Topic: The Night Shift, an indie horror/comedy coming soon!

Hi everyone,

Long-time lurker here.  I wanted to share some info about a low budget indie feature I’m working on at the moment called The Night Shift.  It’s about an undead cemetery caretaker, Rue Morgan, and his misadventures keeping the cemetery and its “residents�  safe from the forces of evil while he pines for a second chance at life and the affections of the very much alive day-shifter, Claire Rennfield.

The film is a horror-adventure-comedy based on a very low budget short ($200 with a lot of iffy day for night – yeesh!) we made about two years ago that was very well received.  The short, also titled The Night Shift, has appeared in several film fests across the country and was positively reviewed by Fangoria.  We’re smack dab in the middle of pre-production on the feature at the moment and will begin principal photography on May 1st. The budget for the feature has been upped considerably, though it’s still a very low budget film.  We’ve also found a lot of great, hard-working actors, crew members, make-up, visual effect and prop people that are going to make this a really fun and entertaining film.  And that’s really all we’re trying to make – a fun film.

My crew and I jumped into this daunting endeavor after tiring of Hollywood and its never-ending remake/reboot/sequel machine.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a few choice franchises that I follow closely and I love a rollicking, fun film as much as the next guy.  But many of these “event�  films seem to be getting dumber and dumber (Transformers). I’m a product of the ‘80s, so I grew up with a lot of Indy, Monster Squad, Back to the Future, Gremlins, Goonies and Ghostbusters - films that were fun but didn’t talk down to the audience or insult their intelligence (too much), possessed a certain magic and had a lot of heart.  That’s the tone we’re hoping to recapture with The Night Shift. Fun, smart and entertaining with characters you get to know and, hopefully, feel for – something few studio films make us do these days, actually feel something.

Anyway,  enough of my rambling.  If you’re interested in viewing the original 23 minute short film, feel free to check it out here (it’s free!): thenightshiftmovie.com/watch.html

If you’d like to follow the film’s production process, you can do so by becoming a fan on facebook.com/pages/Fighting-Owl-Films/73399032976 or by following us on twitter.com/FightingOwlFilm

Also, we have the film’s official website up and running, though we’re still doing some refining.  You can check that out over here: thenightshiftmovie.com

Filming is expected to wrap by the beginning of July.  As we go through the pre-production and production process I may stop in (time permitting) seeking advice or recommendations from fellow filmmakers.  Publicity photos are scheduled to be taken this weekend, so hopefully I can give you guys a first look at some of the characters very, very soon.  I, along with the cast and crew, really believe in this project and hope some of you out there will lend your support and spread the word.  Thanks for reading!

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I support independant movies and completely agree on the current state of Hollywood. I've become a fan on FB, I also admit I love the premise it sounds like a lot of fun! > Just checked the site and I love the grainy look, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this, be sure to let us know more FightingOwl, you've really got my attention. smile

This looks like it could be a LOT of fun! big_smile

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I want to play the killer.

oh...hey how ya doin'. Maybe I can help a bit with advice in the future...but you have to let me play the killer. lol

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BlackTequilaKiss wrote:

I support independant movies and completely agree on the current state of Hollywood. I've become a fan on FB, I also admit I love the premise it sounds like a lot of fun! > Just checked the site and I love the grainy look, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this, be sure to let us know more FightingOwl, you've really got my attention. smile

This looks like it could be a LOT of fun! big_smile

Thanks!

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I'm all for indie films, and will definently check out yours.  We have a few troopers here who try to make some films, so you're not alone.  Welcome and all the best in your film making efforts.  (If you're ever in the Philly area, I play a mean monkey!)

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This was a pretty good short. I was pleasantly surprised that the audio was good and the shot composition was done well. Let me know when this comes out as I'm a collector of indie horror films. I'm currently working on an low budget horror film called "Bone Cave". Good Luck.

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Thanks to everyone for their support!

Now you can get your first look at the film’s lead characters.  Coinciding with an overhaul of the official website for “The Night Shift" , an online gallery has been added featuring publicity photos of the lead characters, Rue Morgan, Herbie West and Claire Rennfield as portrayed by Khristian Fulmer, Soren Odom and Erin Lilley, respectively.  Also available to download from the site are two official desktop wallpapers for “The Night Shift"  featuring the leads facing off against the film’s menacing creatures.

To stay abreast of all the latest production developments and updates, please become a fan of Fighting Owl Films on Facebook (facebook.com/pages/Fighting-Owl-Films/73399032976) and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/FightingOwlFilm).  For more information, downloads, photos and cast information, please visit thenightshiftmovie.com .

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I'm watching the short right now. I'm actually impressed. It looks really good, great work.

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aceofspades70 wrote:

I'm watching the short right now. I'm actually impressed. It looks really good, great work.

Thanks! We hope to step it up quite a bit for the feature.

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Though on 2nd thought, needs more monkeys with knives.  But that is just a quibble.

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azathoth wrote:

Though on 2nd thought, needs more monkeys with knives.  But that is just a quibble.

We'll see what we can do about that. big_smile

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Weird, on the 3rd time I read this I read "Night Shirt, an indie homosexual coming soon."

I got confused until I re-read it.  Though that would be pretty funny, I think.

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Glad to see this is still progressing. Get in there indie filmmakers.

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Any updates?

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azathoth wrote:

Any updates?

I'm glad you asked! big_smile We just held zombie make-up tests this weekend and everyone looks great.  One of our producers and actors, Erin Lilley, has started a behind-the-scenes production blog at Paranormal Pop Culture that will go up every Friday with sort of an overview of the production process.  The first entry went up this past Friday (paranormalpopculture.com/2010/03/night-shift-beginning.html) and the next will deal go up this week with some test photos of the zombie makeup.  So check that out if you have a chance!  As of this past weekend all of our props and costumes are finalized and finished.  We're starting set construction around mid-April for crypt interior sets.  Should be a lot of fun and stress.

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The latest behind-the-scenes blog is up on Paranormal Pop Culture. Check it out! This week we cover the zombie makeup class we held and have a few images from that: paranormalpopculture.com/2010/03/night-shift-zombie-school.html

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Stuff

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The latest production blog is up at Paranormal Pop Culture (paranormalpopculture.com/2010/04/night-shift-ouija-worries.html) that covers a little of everything - props, rehearsals, etc. Check it out!

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Coming along well, yes?

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azathoth wrote:

Coming along well, yes?

Yep. So far, so good. Filming begins in about 2 weeks.

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nice.  keep us updated.  Pics of cute girls are appreciated.  lol

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Check out the latest The Night Shift production blog at Paranormal Pop Culture. This week's focuses on fight scene choreography: paranormalpopculture.com/2010/04/night-shift-falling-with-style.html

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Hey, if you want to send me updates, I will post them on my blog. We are big supporters of independent horror. Would love to screen it when its done.

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Dr. Goreman wrote:

Hey, if you want to send me updates, I will post them on my blog. We are big supporters of independent horror. Would love to screen it when its done.

I'll definitely do that. Thanks!

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Live on the blog right now. Your site looks great and I love the photos. Can't wait to see the finished product!!