Currently in post-production, KINDRED will be heading off to the Cannes film market.
David Bryant's psychological thriller KINDRED, will shortly be heading off to the Cannes film market to seek distribution.
Shot in the directors home on a micro budget and currently in post-production, KINDRED stars Bill Fellows, Michael McKell, Jane Asher, Lucy-Jane Quinlan, Jonathan Linsley, Sharon Lawrence, Dylan Reeves-Fellows & Caleb J. Burton.
Following the brutal murder of his wife and son on Christmas Eve, the agoraphobic John, fights to cope with life alone...
Synopsis: Following the brutal murder of his wife and son on Christmas Eve, the agoraphobic John, fights to cope with life alone. His home has become both a shrine to his lost family and a prison. He now relies on anti-depressants and visits from his Psychiatrist to maintain his very sanity. When strange happenings occur during the night, John believes his family has returned and is trying to contact him, but as events escalate his mental health worsens, until he nears total mental collapse. Just when he needs a friend the most… Bobby appears, but things are about to turn deadly as John learns the truth about his family’s death.
David Bryant talks about the making of KINDRED and gives some advice to low budget filmmakers. www.bryantbros.co.uk
How did you come up with the story for Kindred?
The process of creating the base concept came from the necessity to set the film in a single location. I also wanted to develop a character led story with events happening to a sympathetic character rather than focusing on gore or CGI effects. This was coupled with my interest in making genre films looking at current issues that are affecting society, in this case, mental illness.. The story quickly developed into a journey toward mental collapse, using the paranormal as a catalyst.
Why did you choose to produce a thriller movie?
The answer to this is twofold. Firstly I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers, always have been, and I gravitate toward making films like I enjoyed in my formative years (and the 80’s was a great decade for the genre). Second is that when working in the low budget arena, psychological thriller, with a healthy dose of horror, is the perfect genre with legions of fans looking for gripping new stories to sink their teeth into.
How did you produce the film on a micro budget?
I have experience producing micro budget films and have learned many tricks in their production that I applied to Kindred. First is to set the film in one location, but also make that location somewhere you can access at little expense. Next is tocast professional actors but keep the cast small. On Kindred I had one lead actor and every other actor could be shot in one or two days. Finally keep the shooting schedule as short as possible and avoid time consuming set-ups!
What advice would you give to low budget filmmakers?
Apart from following the rules above, just write a screenplay with a great hook, it doesn’t have to be unique, but has to have something to set it apart from other films of it’s ilk. Remember, don’t make life more difficult by writing a sci-fi set on Mars, write about something that interests you and make a movie that you want to see. If you are not excited to make the movie, no one will be excited to watch it!