Friday The 31st - Short Film
Friday The 31st - Short Film
A short Horror Film that will harken back to the golden age of the iconic genre, 'Friday The 31st' brings a new legend to life...
A short Horror Film that will harken back to the golden age of the iconic genre, 'Friday The 31st' brings a new legend to life... Read more
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MEET THE CREATORS
My name is Christopher Greffrath, and I serve as writer, director, composer and producer for 'Friday The 31st'. My twin brother, Robert Greffrath, is serving as assistant director, composer and producer as well. We founded 'Greffrath Park Films' together. Being a huge fan of slasher movies dating back to the 1970's through the 1990's, I've always wanted to make my own slasher film; one that would hold up when compared to the legitimate all-time classics. Now, the time has come to make my dream a reality...
WHAT IS FRIDAY THE 31ST?
'Friday The 31st' is essentially a glorified fan film of classic slasher films throughout Horror movie history. It takes inspiration from many, many different Horror films over the years, yet it contains an all new, original story with a character that feels as if it's been around for ages. Jack Haddonfield may be a new legend, but legends are rooted in evil long before they are ever known, and the pumpkin face killer is no exception...
WHAT IS THE PLOT?
The story of 'Friday The 31st' centers around the legendary Jack Haddonfield, of course. When four young men rendezvous around a fire in the woods of Crystal Falls, fitting story-telling ensues, considering there is a legend deeply rooted in beneath the leaves of this town.
A long time ago, it was Friday the 31st of October, and a legend was born on that Halloween day. Jack was a young boy who worked for his mother in the fields of pumpkins and corn. He loved the Halloween season, and obsessed over making his very own Jack-o-lanterns. He carved out so many pumpkins that they eventually completely surrounded his mother's house.
Jack's mother became enraged and started furiously bashing each and every one of his pumpkins; his family; his brothers. The legend was born that Halloween day after slicing his mother's head off with one clean strike with his machete. Crystal Falls has never forgotten what happened on that Friday the 31st.
After telling the story of Jack Haddonfield, a question looms around the fire; a question of how true the story is, if at all. What ensues is an honest answer from the legend himself. The legend of Crystal Falls... the scarecrow man... the pumpkin face killer... Jack Haddonfield shows himself once and for all, which tests the fate of a few new victims to become a part of the family.
MEET THE TEAM
Having the Red Epic Dragon camera available to us is paramount for creating the right look in 'Friday The 31st'. The trailer was filmed with the Dragon camera, thanks to Jarek Zabczynski, who serves as our primary cinematographer and director of photography. He also serves as editor. Jarek founded Jester Pictures from the ground up and is looking forward to bringing the professionalism required to make the film visually spectacular.
Eli Wells serves as our main lighting technician. Eli was a huge help in the trailer production to make each scene come to life. Lighting is very, very important on a film production, and Mr. Wells is on board to make sure that the short film will be lit up incredibly professionally.
The cast includes Dietz Farcher, Harrison Forman, Kyle Livecchi, Jared Whiteford, Eli Wells, Cara Frisina and Carmine Delandro. A special thanks to all of them for helping out tremendously in the production of the 'Friday The 31st' trailer!
Planning is an enormous part of the process, and to have any realistic plans about making a film, you're going to need a budget. I have set a goal of $20,000 to ensure that I can make 'Friday The 31st' as professional as can be. From props, lighting and food for the cast, to using an incredible, high quality Red Epic Dragon camera, your money will be used for all of the above and more.
HERE'S A LIST OF WHAT WE'RE USING YOUR MONEY FOR
- ACTORS/ ACTRESSES
- PROPS AND COSTUME ACCESSORIES
- EDITING/ POST PRODUCTION
- COLOR GRADING
- SPECIAL FX/ MAKEUP
- RED EPIC DRAGON CAMERA
- PROFESSIONAL LENSES
- FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS
WHEN AND WHERE ARE YOU FILMING?
Our plan is to shoot 'Friday The 31st' this Autumn in the beautiful land of the Hudson Valley in New York. This film needs to have the most Halloween-esque setting, and there is no better location for that than upstate New York. There is no place that captures what the Fall is all about quite like the Hudson Valley. Our local area will serve as the most ideal location for Crystal Falls!
FRIDAY THE 31ST FAN ART
These two drawings are by Cassiopeia Ottulich! She is one hell of an artist and was kind enough not only to draw these pictures, but also design the 'Friday The 31st' title! Big thanks, Cass!
Feel free to send me any fan art! I will gladly put it on the page!
The infamous Jack Haddonfield pumpkin mask was designed by Bob Ferden, founder of www.Fiberglassmasks.com! Bob was incredibly accommodating when given the Jack Haddonfield design idea. He made the pumpkin mask as perfectly as I envisioned. Making it with fiberglass, we went a familiar route of professionalism in the Horror world. Jason's mask was always made out of Fiberglass, and Mr. Haddonfield has followed suit! Be sure to check out Bob's collection of fiberglass masks on his website! Huge thanks to Mr. Ferden!
The burlap scarecrow mask and burlap gloves were designed by none other than Cameron from www.Grimstitchfactory.com! The burlap designs were very important to me for the production, and I needed to find the perfect mask maker to provide exactly what I was looking for. Cameron did it perfectly. The mask fits seamlessly with the pumpkin mask, and the gloves give off the exact eerie tone I've been going for. Special thanks to Cameron from The Grim Stitch Factory! Make sure you check out his website!
Help us with your donations so we can successfully make 'Friday The 31st' a reality! We will be keeping close tabs on our $20,000 goal. We can do this together, people! Jack Haddonfield can truly come to life once and for all if we raise enough money. Any and all donations will be incredibly appreciated! Every dollar counts!
Risks and challenges
I would say that we have already proved how we can overcome risks and challenges when put to the test just by watching the trailer. We had one day and three nights to film the trailer footage, and on the second night of filming, it rained, and it rained hard. Instead of wrapping it up and waiting for a clear night, we decided to do what we do best and get creative.
We covered all the equipment, from cameras and lights, to boom mics and props. It was an enormous risk to even attempt shooting with this heavy equipment in the rain, but we saw what we could accomplish if we powered through carefully.
It's pouring, and we're setting up for an epic shot of Jack Haddonfield approaching ominously in the stormy setting. It's perfect, everything is ready to go, then bam, it stops raining. Well, it didn't stop raining, but it died down to a light drizzle.
We wait. Everything is set up for a spectacular shot, and we can't waste this opportunity. It is too good to pass up. We weren't planning for a huge rain sequence, but it's here now, and we absolutely need to shoot this scene.
An hour goes by, and it's still raining lightly. It's about 3 AM and I'm getting a little worried that all this work to achieve something spontaneously incredible is all for naught. What should we do? Should we keep waiting to see if the rain picks up? Should we move on to our indoor shots? We need to shoot other shots before the sun comes up and we just don't have that much time at all. It was a rather tough predicament during production.
Then, Jarek looked at the radar and informed me that there is a red blob of a storm heading in our direction and should be hitting us in about ten minutes. There is hope for this sequence after all. We can't move on. Everything happens for a reason, and we need to capitalize on the storm approaching if there is a chance of it hitting us.
Everybody gets back in their positions and ready for this shot. Eli at the lights, Jarek operating the Dragon on the dolly, the actors in their positions while standing completely soaked. I kept telling them it's great production value and it will be worth it in the end! The whole sequence is planned out perfectly, and all we need is the storm.
Suddenly, the rain picks up. It's not crazy, but it's definitely getting there. We call action and shoot the sequence for more of a practice run. It looks great, but we need more rain. Please, give me more rain!
Over the next few minutes, the rain picked up so much that I was convinced this was the hardest rain all year in Lake Katrine, NY. We shot the sequence with a few different lenses to make sure we achieved the best takes we could. The lights were set up for an awesome lightning effect during the action. It worked, and not only did it work, it came out absolutely stunning.
Because of our creativity, we overcame a huge challenge when already facing a huge risk of filming in the rain. Because of our tenacity, we captured an extravagant look in a memorable storm sequence that fit in perfectly at the end of our trailer. I would say that we are more than qualified to overcome challenges when they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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