***Tunnel Vision is a column that takes a look at underground and indie films/video and film making.***
I would like to share an extra cool horror series I stumbled on today. They call it The Gore Shift, and it’s fucking awesome.
The Gore Shift is a cool web series that is hosted on Youtube. I found it today while surfing through Indie Talk, and I am very happy I did.
I have been in horror mode for a few months now (not sure I am ever out of horror mode really) so I have been in search of cool indie horror films to talk about on Tunnel Vision. And as if to answer my prayers I stumble unto what can only be described as a twisted, more explicit take on popular anthology shows such as Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits.
From The Gore Shift’s own site
The Gore Shift rose from the ideas of three aspiring film makers who grew up on horror. Within a few short months of knowing each other scripts were planned and written. Filming began in early February on a shoe string budget and a yearning to make the best short horror films possible. The internet as a medium allows us to push the boundaries that theatrical or otherwise mainstream methods would impose upon them. Season One is only the start.
So what we have here is a very small group of underground filmmakers, who are very passionate about horror, going to work to create an awesome horror anthology series. What’s not to love about that?
Let’s talk about the episodes they already have out. Three in total.
First, let’s direct some attention on their awesome opening segment, that is found at the beginning of all the episodes.
We can already see that their cinematography is great, and their creativity is even greater. Nice, crisp, and creepy. Can we talk a little about those giant fly head things?! Very cool.
I started out by watching 30 seconds of episode 3. I liked it right away. I immediately stopped playing the video and went all the way to the beginning, episode one.
The first episode is called Idee’ Fixe, which pretty much means fixation.
I was already impressed by what I had seen, but when the first episode got started, I was super impressed. You could see just how talented the crew running this was. The lighting was awesome, sounds design was good, soundtrack was fitting, cinematography was great, and the acting was impressive.
Let’s not forget about the story. They got right into the subject matter, which was obviously about strange fixations on a topic I am all to familiar with. I will let you watch it so as not to spoil anything.
This entire episode was actually pretty original, and did not succumb to the many horror cliches out there, which was very refreshing to say the least.
And BTW. GORE! The show has it in the title, and they do it very well.
One thing I liked about this was that they posted behind the scenes footage for their episodes.
This is really important to me as a film maker. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, watching the innards of the production. I got to see the crew and some of the cool tricks they used. And as I predicted, the nice picture quality was due to the use of some kind of Canon DSLR. Although I am not sure the exact model.
It also came to my attention that they were using things like clamp lights. If that’s all they used for lighting then I give them huge PROPS! They did mention a shoe string budget. And I am all to familiar with that, because my entire lighting artillery is clamp lights, and I operate on ZERO budget (which is why I rarely operate at all)
NEXT UP: EPISODE TWO
I actually had a hard time finding episode two. Why? Because of the title: The Making of the Gore Shift
I thought is was more behind the scenes footage. What I came to find out was that they decided to take a stab at the found footage/POV genre. I was down with that.
They also very cleverly tied it in with the show itself. Disguising the POV Horror short as behind the scenes footage was creative as fuck!
The acting is this episode was superb, and very believable. Thumbs up on that one guys.
That;s all I am going to touch on for this episode, don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
And Last But Not Least!
We come to the episode that started this madness for me. Episode Three: Good Boy.
What we have here is a B&W horror short. It is all around much more simple in design, and more intimate to boot.
The acting is once again great, especially for such an underground production. Not surprising that there was so much passion, since the lead was played by writer/director Andy Carillo, who also served as writer/director or the first episode.
This one was dialog driven, it left you hanging for a bit (not in a bad way) while you tried to put the story together. And really, at the end you may still be trying to put the story together. It only hints at what could be going on. That is part of the magic with this episode.
The episode also cuts to intense and bizzare imagery from time to time, making the whole thing a little more artsy than the last two. This is not for the worse, in fact, I am having a hard to deciding if this episode is actually my favorite out of the bunch.
It’s hard to say, because these are all great pieces if work.
In the end, what I can tell you is this: The minds behind this underground gem are super creative and headed in the right direction. No, scratch that, they have already reached their destination
The Gore Shift is a great accomplishment, and is something I will be paying attention to for the rest of my internet days.