Sussex-based filmmaker Luther Bhogal-Jones invites you to six minutes of mayhem, delirium, and violence in the short roadside thriller Black Spot. Can you think of a better way to spend Hump Day?
Paul is stranded on a lonely country road when his car fails to start. He walks through a melancholic landscape of missing person posters and floral tributes to roadside deaths before chancing upon another car, but one which ironically is also broken down.
Not only will this car provide Paul with salvation and suffering, but it will force him to face his own recent past actions and provide him with a potential chance to redeem himself…
Shot on a miniscule budget, with a £28 3D camcorder a little larger than a Blackberry, Black Spot is another sharp, shocking ride following the success of Creak, Bhogal-Jones’ previous horror short from 2012.
Black Spot was shot in one day in June at the bottom of the South Downs against an increasingly temperamental shortlived camera battery life whilst also rallying against constant stop/start rain showers. Additional shooting was done several months later at a flat in Brighton for the pivotal flashback sequence.
“I’ve always had a love of 3D films even though they’re tarnished with being gimmicky,” explains writer/director Bhogal-Jones “The red/cyan 3d imagery is such an iconic image from cinema’s history – as well as related so closely with the world of horror and sci-fi – and I’ve always wanted to make a film with that classic look.”
With a relentless soundtrack from Brighton composer Mikolaj Holowko, Black Spot is a six-minute aural and visual assault with an extra dimension which is sure to stand out from the horror short film crowd.
Three versions of Black Spot are available to view – a 3D version requiring the classic red/cyan 3D glasses, a stereoscopic 3D version for viewing on 3D TVs, and a standard 2D version for those who cannot view the 3D – though Luther recommends a 3D version, as that was the main reason for making the film.
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