The South Bank Review Winter 2017 | Ghost Stories and Us
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Ghost Stories and Us

Martin Freeman. "Businessman awaiting his first child". Picture credit: Lionsgate.com

(Tahmina): “How did you both come together/meet?”

Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson met at a “Jewish summer camp” they both worked on filming and shooting for ten years, they have produced different genres, for example; comedy, thriller, novels and fictional stories. They both decided to work together knowing that they are both into writing and directing short films.

(Tahmina): “What made you go into the acting career?”

“As you all have watched and hopefully enjoyed the short film that was produced by Jeremy and myself, I have played the character, Goodman.” Andy went into acting and thought he can invent new surprises as he carries on and making new projects with Jeremy.

(Tahmina): “How do you both work together?”

Considering that film and directing consumes a lot of time and development. They found a good software called Writer duet it is a software that benefit them both. By writing up their ideas on a page they are able to update, make choices and direct the work anytime they want, it will change their concepts and inform whether if someone has changed, added and edited. Keeping them up to date with key dates and edits.

“Emailing was a must for both of us, it will take us at least four to five weeks on writing up our ideas and transforming them into reality and five weeks of shooting with live cameras.”

(Tahmina): “How much was it real?”

There were many different clues in the short film, talking about things that they did not want to mention. For example; the paranormal that was in the Ghost stories short film nature and belief, they wanted to get their audiences attention by having demonic features, edits and characters.

One effect that they have mentioned was on Martin Freeman who played Mike Priddle in the Ghost Stories, they made the first shot of him with neat hair and then made it all scruffy, by doing this they then reversed the shot and made it look like he has transformed his hair effortlessly.

(Tahmina): “How to go on about casting?”

“We get a leading man in order to go forward on producing the play”. Andy and Jeremy have a list of names that they go through, each person go through the acting of the auditions. By ensuring that they have decided on the best performance and whether or not they suit the character. For a business POV there were first time directors/filming.

 (Tahmina): “In what way did you balance around the jump scares?”

By balancing around their jump scares other editors had to go through three different phases of testing.

  • First being, to find out your style in the way the directors have produced the short film.
  • Temp Track, figuring the scare music and having silence in the play to build the tension.
  • Finally, trial and error, certifying that they go over what they have edited and changed in order to make it more intense.

“There will be many numerous accounts where there will be issues and technical problems, however, that happens in all film industries. Making sure that you have gone over what you and your team have produced in the end for you audience to experience something new.”

(Tahmina): “Top Tips?”

“KEEP ON WRITING…”

(Mahasen): “How did you (Andy) start your journey”?

Since the age of twelve Andy knew he would be a writer and director and now, his movie reflects if he’s achieved that aspiration or not. He’s been acting for around thirty years. ‘I just got sick of doing theatre’ he wanted to go into the film industry rather than just theatrical acting. And it became more prominent to him when I was walking through the west end and saw ‘the woman in black’. Jeremy and Andy bonded over short horror films. ‘Jeremy is more into literature’.

(Mahasen): “How did technology effect the production”?

Andy points out and creates a big emphasis on it being ‘so bloody cheap’. It’s very beneficial to the working family, as technology isn’t set in stone and their schedules are flexible as they could access the technology through their phones. With having family and kids for both Jeremy and Andy it was important that they don’t have to compromise if you want to do good work. Every so often they did clash heads and get in each other’s way but with something so serious and time consuming they negotiated’. (Jeremy).

(Mahasen): “How did you come about Selecting Actors/Actress’s”?

‘They were a nice group of people to work with and they were very selective. The production team took no money upfront which means nothing was compromised. Andy and Jeremy especially didn’t take money because they didn’t want their movie being controlled or changed in making decisions, sticking to it and following it through.

(Mahasen): “Why did you use woman as psychotic ghosts”?

Andy and Jeremy did not realise that their short story was male dominated until they watched it once produced. Jeremy did point out that they wanted to highlight the points where ‘men nowadays don’t relate to their wives anymore, fathers don’t care for their daughters’ and to them they felt that they needed to portray this aspect as it ‘felt right in terms of telling a story.

“The filmmakers have created moments of subtle, creeping menace” – Nikki Baughan: Screen Daily.

 

 

Arriving in cinemas: Friday the 13th of April 2018!

Ghost stories trailer: Lionsgate Youtube.

Mahasen Jannah
jannahm@lsbu.ac.uk

A East London girl living an East London life. Mahasen finds herself trapped in the most scariest novels. Compared to everything around her, her enthusiasm to pursue english on a degree level is influenced by many factors; from Stephen King to Dean Koontz and of course her secondary head of year. She enjoys watching and indulging into the latest crime movie/novel and has an obsession with capturing moments which she can write about. She is an aspiring teacher in the making, wanting to shape the next generation with her crazy love for a good read.