Cruising thru email the other day, I found this note sent in by Steve Daniels who shared his latest Canon EOS 5D Mark II film “Dirty Silverware” which really grabbed me – so of course I asked him to tell us more about the project (I had to twist his arm! HA) and he sent some BTS info and photos.
I've been an avid subscriber and lover of your blog since you started it. I thought your readers may be interested in viewing this short award winning fantasy film “Dirty Silverware.” It was shot on the 5D. After a year long festival run where it tied for Best Short at Sitges, Europe's most recognized Horror/Fantasy genre film festival, it is now available to view on-line.
Congrats to Steve for tying for first!
Here's a photo with Steve and the creature:
A little bit of info about the project: I applied and won a small film production grant of $10,000 from the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College. I wrote the story after noticing a very old and creepy spoon in the silverware drawer in the kitchenette at my work. No one had seen this spoon before and had no clue where it had come from. I refused to use the spoon as I began imagining that some sinister entity had placed it there and that the spoon had taken part in some very terrible, dubious acts.
I approached “Dirty Silverware” very much in the spirit of Terry Gilliam and his dark fantasy fairy tales. The film stars Dana Childs, Corin Wiggins, and Katie Krueger. Chris Bickel did the original score. Michael Meyer provided all practical special FX.
I DP'd the film and exclusively used the Canon 5D mark II. I shot the film using a flat “neutral” setting as the image was then heavily graded in post. I utilized a variety of lenses including the mind blowing Canon MPE-65mm macro lens for all the detailed silverware shots, the L series 50mm prime, 24-70mm, 70-200mm and a Zeiss Prime 21mm. I found it key to have a large HD monitor on site in addition to the 7″ camera mounted Marshall to check focus and lighting. The large monitor's histogram also helped tremendously with watching our highs and lows in the levels.
More info: The film is unique in that it featured many 1st time talents to filmmaking. Dana Childs, who plays the lead Jack, is missing part of his right arm in real life and had directly inspired me to write the story. We had never met but I had seen him around town and approached him cold on the street and asked if he would consider being in this weird film that I had written just for him. Luckily he accepted. Dana had never acted before but did an amazing job in “Dirty Silverware” and was recognized with a “Best Performance” award from the 2011 Knoxville Horror Film Festival. “Dirty Silverware” was also the first film for Corin Wiggins, who plays Young Jack. The narrator is Charles Bryant who does not traditionally do voice over work. I randomly came across Charles on Youtube doing his own amazing spoken word poetry and knew I had to have his unique voice narrating the film. I believe this was also his first production.
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)