Your new movie Acid Pit Stop - in a few words, what is it
it’s a zombie comedy with a few hommages and a different kind of zombie.
rave in a deserted warehouse, the perfect place to introduce a NEW
designer drug – right? Two young blokes, alongside two girls picked up
en route, quickly discover just how wrong they were. With users turning,
blood gushing and body parts flying – will there be anyone left alive
amongst the undead?”
How did the project fall into being in the first
Studios Productions always have a lot of projects on the backburner and
running in the background. This one came through one of our friends Matteo
and we thought, as we say in the industry, it had legs so we took it on as
a full film project.
With Acid Pit Stop being a zombie film -
this is a genre you seem to be always be coming back to ... so why is
that, and some of your genre inspirations?
don’t do just zombie films J
Our first film Torture has no zombies at all and we have done a lot of
work in the horror and sci-fi genre, but everyone loves the zombie films,
so we do our fair share J
My inspiration comes from my love of horror. I’ve loved horror since I
was a kid, with zombie films coming up top; Dawn of the Dead specifically.
In fact, there is a hommage to Dawn of the Dead
in Acid Pit Stop trailer.
What can you
tell us about Acid Pit Stop's writer Matteo Valentini, and what was
the collaboration like?
Studios Productions with a first draft of a film script.
Our producer then read it through and said it had legs but needed some
work. After some discussions with Matteo a contract was signed and then
our producer worked with Matteo to complete the script for Acid Pit Stop
that has been turned into the film you will see next year.
Zombie movies demand their fair
share of blood and guts almost by definiton - so what can you tell us
about the gore effects in yours?
spent some time on the gore, as I am a fan of more practical SFX and less
VFX where possible. All the make-up artists worked very hard and came up
with some great zombie creations you will see throughout the movie.
Obviously as with all zom-coms there will be some added blood splatter VFX
for comedic effect, but otherwise all the effects you see in the film are
Acid Pit Stop is set in the raver subculture - something
you're at all familiar with, personally? And of course also the drug
culture that comes with it?
were going for the 80’s style rave party, for sure, but in a modern-day
setting. However, it was a clever hommage to a certain TV series as well J
What can you tell us about
your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
a director you do have to set out with a vision on the end result of the
film, which I kept to throughout. Good cast and crew always helps and we
did complete the film in less than 4 weeks, so a great job was done by
everyone. Communication is what I think is very important on set and of
course a great producer and first AD to schedule the film is paramount.
talk about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
casting director for the film, the team and myself had a lot of discussion
about cast. It is important to do auditions or at the very least watch
previous performances to understand whether each actor will be perfect for
the role. We were very lucky as the main four actors had all worked
together in theatre previously so already had a good bond and an excellent
rapport which I think shows throughout the film. As a cameo we decided to
bring on Bruce Payne as a known actor and someone we believed was perfect
for the role of Jacob in the film. I think you will all agree when you see
the film we made the right decisions on casting.
can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
terms of shoot atmosphere, I would like to think everyone enjoyed their
time on Acid Pit Stop and, for sure, we had some funny moments throughout
the filming so expect some good comedy on the film.
$64 question of course, when will Acid Pit Stop be released?
film is due for release in 2019 but there is no specific date as yet as
final post-production is still being done but we will be at Cannes this
year, so we will update people when we can.
future projects beyond Acid Pit Stop you'd like to share?
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We are working on a lot of projects for 2019 and 2020. I can let you know
that a feature for the novel we released called Zombie Chunks is currently
being filmed and also, we are in pre-production for another feature called
Mannequin. We will release more details about those in 2019. Other
film projects are currently under wraps.
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Thanks for the
You're welcome J