The greatest tipmaster in horror, Avery G, was at it again this week, giving Dread Central a heads up on a brand new project by artist Nick Stathopoulos that channels Audrey II and The Thing. Get your Round-Up ready; your gardens will never be the same after It Grows.
The film currently has a script, and some test shots of the ‘plant-monster’ have been taken (check them out below). Recently Stathopoulos talked with Undead Backbrain about It Grows.
“The project came about when Ryan Cauchi was directing my movie show See You Next Wednesday on TVS. He’s a talented young guy with a passion for filmmaking, and we talked about collaborating on some small movie, possibly for Tropfest, Stathopoulos said. “We determined it had to be small and not too complex so we could actually have a chance of completing it. These projects notoriously fall in a heap, and it’s a huge investment of time — something I have little enough of as is. It had to be something that could be shot around my tumble-down terrace house; that used what we had at hand and also took advantage of my ‘old school’ special effects approach. We both love puppets and models and a non-digital look. We’re shooting on a Canon 550D digital SLR camera, and the look is incredibly good.”
Working around what was available, Stathopoulos found inspiration. “There’s a subsidence in my backyard, and I thought that would make a great crater…and that’s the germination of It Grows,” Stathopoulos said. “I wrote the script quickly and then started sculpting. This was meant to be a quick, no-nonsense little film, but it’s been a protracted schedule due to other work and exhibitions, but I’ve just about finished all the models and puppets and we hope to start shooting when the weather clears. We’ve done hung-miniature tests and lighting and color tests, and everything looks great in a goofy kinda way. We’re both excited by what we’ve tested.”
We’ll keep an ear to the ground (but not near the garden) for any future info on It Grows. Stay tuned!
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