- PARASITE (Psychological Drama)
Writer/Director: Bryan M. Ferguson
Hey Boils and ghouls, apologies things have been a bit quiet on here recently, aside from being without internet for a couple of weeks – I’ve actually been working on a couple of projects which will have your eye sockets shaking.
Let me fill you in on what’s been going on the past month or so!
The film also screened at the Vienna Independent Shorts festival on 3rd June. As part of the special 100 Films in 100 Minutes programme.
And if you couldn’t make it to California and missed it in Vienna – I hope you headed down to The Glad Café in Glasgow on the 4th June for the Southside Film Festival. I was fortunate enough to have been nominated for the Southside Filmmaker Award.
Fellow creeps and weirdos, please return your seat backs to their full upright and locked position, I’ve got two new short films in post-production awaiting to squirm their way into your brain through your eye sockets.
BLOCKHEAD – I shot this one back at the end of February/early March while in Florida. This will make the third entry in my unofficial Florida trilogy (the first entries being The Misbehaviour of Polly Paper Cut and Caustic Gulp) I will be releasing this one next after making a few tweaks. The only way I can describe this one is if The Twilight Zone and Ren and Stimpy were fused together in a clammy climate.
SECRET PROJECT – This one I’ve literally just finished shooting principal photography with one or two insert shots to be done. I’m working on the edit right now. I’m really excited about this one. Below are some behind the scenes images for you to get an idea of what to expect.
I recently sat down with a young writer and model named Jack Shanks who asked if he could interview me for a university project. I cautiously met with him, as I normally really hate these sort of things, but he was a cool and easy going guy- put your eyes on it on page 28 HERE
Just posting to say that I know things have been quite here on the news front but that's because I've been on holiday for the last couple of weeks! But here I am to give you lot some updates.
Those of you who came to my Blueprint B-Roll event a couple of weeks back at Glasgow Short Film Festival, thank you! You guys sold out the show, it was a full house and just by the reaction I could hear throughout - you guys were really onboard with the bizarre nature of the programme!
I found this nice little write up by Random Clock Films:
I was really honoured, pleased and lucky to have been a part of this festival - as I had initially submitted RUBBER GUILLOTINE to the festival only for it not to be successful, however Philip Ilson, director of the London Short Film Festival, had selected the film to be included in his Friday Night Shorts event that he was curating for the festival - so a huge thank you to Mr. Ilson for his support and allow it to all weirdly worked out.
I began shooting the film late October/early November of last year. I would shoot the process of the artists and captured their progress over time. I also interview Tuk Tuk CEO, Rizvi Khaleque, who briefly discuses what the restaurant's goal is for the city of Glasgow, with the film closing on the restaurant's launch party event which took place earlier this month via The List.
I'm really happy with how this turned out and hope to make more stuff like this. It may not be one of my short films but it has my finger prints all over it - put your eyeballs on it!
The films range from the darkly comical and the weird and wonderful to just flat out "what the fuck did you just put in my eyes?". Safe to say it's going to be a night you'll either love or be puzzled by - strictly for weirdos only! The event takes place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts on 18th March - I'll be there to introduce/warn you of the programme also.
In addition to the above event, RUBBER GUILLOTINE has been invited to play out of competition at the "Round Midnight" programme on the 17th March, also at the Centre for Contemporary Arts. I'm pretty thrilled to be a part of this block as it seems it's a late night selection of the dark, funny and sexy. Tickets for this block here
Laurent Crouzeix of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival had selected the film as one of his top five stating that 'Flamingo' is "A daring story that revolves around self-inflicted pain. Probably one of the most original narrative fiction I saw this year. Painful, yet somehow universal I believe. Not for the faint-hearted."
You can check out the full list of films HERE
To precede FLAMINGO's screening at the London Short Film Festival on 10th Jan at the Moth Club. (tickets available HERE)- I have put together a new trailer to whet the appetites of those weirdos that have been waiting to see this film since it's infamous premiere last March.
Those eager to get there hands on their hacksaws can be rest assured that the film will premiere online very very soon. So bring your limbs and for some of you.. bring your vomit bag.
Watch the NEW trailer below which features 90% of new footage (not for those with a panic disorder):
Also if you sadomasochists need more - put your eyes on the previously released teaser trailer below:
RUBBER GUILLOTINE is being showcased on Fandependent Films for their Winter Festival 2017. The film will be featured on their platform for 20 days! Go watch the film over there! The more views it gets the more chance you can help the film win the Audience Award! - And for all you real punk jelly enthusiasts - "Become A Fan" and for $3/£2.50 - You can help the film win the Fan Award.
RUBBER GUILLOTINE has been selected to screen in Berlin at the 10th British Shorts Film Festival on the 14th January. Tickets available HERE
Following the screening in Berlin the film will compete for the 2 MINUTES SHORT FILM AWARD in Stuttgart for 300. STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER - FESTIVAL FOR EXPANDED MEDIA. The film screens on the 21st Jan. Tickets HERE
This will be the first time I've had any of my work screened in Germany. If you're a fan of my work and are in the area, please do snag a ticket and support the film!
A quick reminder for those in the UK, this film screens at the LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL on the 8th January at Hackney Picturehouse. Tickets still available HERE
I would highly recommend anyone who is a fan of my work to try and make this screening. FLAMINGO is not yet available online and is needed to be seen on a bigger screen. Bring your limbs and a strong stomach - not for the faint hearted.
"FLAMINGO" was the film that stemmed from winning The Skinny Short Film Award for my previous film, "CAUSTIC GULP" in August 2015. The prize consisted of £3000 worth of camera equipment courtesy of Olympus, to make a new film in the intervening months and to have said film be presented at the Glasgow Short Film Festival.
I had originally written "FLAMINGO" back in the winter of 2014 as something completely different. It was initially more of a dark comedy. I even attempted to shoot the film in January 2015. I shot one scene, the climax. It was awful. Much to my annoyance and apprehension I put the script in a drawer (folder in my laptop) and the following month I started work on Caustic Gulp (a script I wrote the night before I flew out to Florida on holiday and subsequently went on to shoot it while there).
Fortunately the little oddity caught the attention of the judges of The Skinny Short Film Award competition.
After winning The Skinny Short Film Award, I underwent a spate of intense anxiety and depression. I was in a complicated headspace due to an unexpected personal matter. I found myself ridden with anguish/alienation and only had a few months to shoot/cut a brand new film. So I found myself digging out the original script for Flamingo which I ended up retooling considerably, omitting a lot of the humour and completely rewriting our protagonist and her background. Huge scenes were removed and altered and I feel a lot of how I felt at that time bled into the finished film.
Production began on October 29th in a Glasgow Country Park on a wet day where I made one of my actors (Kristopher Curran – Lumberjack) wield an axe and hack tree carcasses for hours on end. I felt completely dead after we wrapped up on that day and I failed to realise that this was only the beginning of what turned out to be one of the most stressful and agonising shoots I had ever endured.
We were shooting every weekend during one of the roughest winters that Scotland had seen for years. Gale force winds, torrential downpour, ice cold temperatures. Not only was the weather against us but so was the light. The script was page after page of scenes set entirely during the day – which posed an issue considering we would only get 5-6 hours of daylight a day. I felt at the beginning, those first few weekends, I was being a pain in many of the throats of the actors because I would be dragging them out of their beds at 6am in the cold dark mornings to shoot, without any compensation.
But as we continued to shoot we became more of a depraved family of outcasts trying to get this film finished. Being the only crew member (aside from my co-producer Mhairi Henderson and Make-Up Artist Rachel Gallagher) I was feeling the strain of this shoot. The stress of every aspect of the shoot and prep of each weekend. The frustration of having to wait until the weekend to shoot while suffering a full time job. Everything that could go wrong, did. But we banded together and said fuck you to the obstacles, even if we were bruised and mangled from doing so.
A week before Christmas I sat slumped on the floor of a dance studio in the city centre of Glasgow. My eyes stinging, bones aching and brain dying from 14 hours of relentless shooting after cramming two full day shoots into one, as this was our last chance to shoot with our leading lady (Eileen Williams – Fern) before she had to fly back to France.
5 days later – I end up breaking my hand. The bittersweet irony of tackling post-production on a film about amputation - with one hand. Though I do believe this was a blessing in disguise as if it weren’t for my injury I would never had been signed off from full time employment and had had the time to stitch together the film the way it deserved. I locked myself away over Christmas and started to piece the film together like Dr. Frankenstein. I would rarely sleep and live on endless cups of coffee and gorge myself on late night pizza, when I’d remember to eat.
I was at the London Short Film Festival for a screening of Caustic Gulp when I had received the news that Flamingo was accepted to play in competition at the Glasgow Short Film Festival.
But it wasn’t until the premiere of the film in March at the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, that I truly saw how all those hours and all that money that I put into this film (leaving me massively skint), were completely and utterly worth it. The film packed the gut wrenching punch that I hoped for. The anguish, alienation and anxiety that I felt over those months spilled into the film and bled into the audience. Such a visceral experience in fact that the film induced panic attacks and caused some audience members to faint.
The glee I felt as I stepped over fainted viewers as I left the screening room to palpitate into a beer has yet to be matched. I honestly feel Flamingo is my strongest film to date and evidently so did the press and the jury of the Glasgow Short Film Festival as they awarded me Special Mention for having “a clear cinematic vision and style”.
The Skinny hailed the film "Ballardian" in it's portrayal of psychosexual body-horror. Read the full article and interview with myself here
I've yet to release FLAMINGO online so if you are in or around London, this is a great opportunity to get to see this, it really needs to be seen on a big screen to get the full experience. Though beware, past screenings of the film has caused mass fainting, high anxiety and panic attacks.
Can your guts take it? - Get your tickets HERE
RUBBER GUILLOTINE screens at the Hackney Picturehouse on 8th January as part of the Girlhood programme. The film will be screened alongside a programme of short films that follow the trials and tribulations of young girls coming into womanhood in a man's world.
The film has been available online for a few months now and has successfully gained quite a lot of fans and recognition, which is great! - If you are in London or can make it there, I'd highly recommend this programme, even if you've seen Rubber Guillotine - because the accompanying films are powerful stories and should be seen.
Snag tickets for this HERE
It's genuinely a thrill to have my work playing alongside the Scottish Premieres of the new Jim Jarmusch, Park Chan-Wook and Julia Ducournau's "Raw", which, like "Flamingo" - caused audience members to faint at this years Toronto International Film Festival.
Ukraine film buffs! As previous announced RUBBER GUILLOTINE plays 100 Films in 100 Minutes this month. The film is currently playing in Kyiv (Oct 6th-9th) and then both Chernivtsi and Kharkov. All details and future screenings can be found HERE
Spot the jelly and eyeballs in the festival's trailer below:
So I'm finally allowed to announce that both FLAMINGO and RUBBER GUILLOTINE have been selected to screen at the BAFTA accredited London Short Film Festival in January. Full details of the screenings to follow shortly. But I'm hoping to scrape some cash together to actually be present at the festival next year. I'll keep you all posted on the details when they come.
Hope to see some of you there and look forward to present (and assault) an new audience with FLAMINGO. Those who might need medical attention can laugh their panic away with RUBBER GUILLOTINE.
I'm really excited about being a part of this one because it's the first time any of my work has played in Ukraine, its genuinely unfortunate that I can't actually go, if you can or if you live there - be cool as jelly and go support my film, ya creep!
Those who are like me and can't venture to Kiev to put their eyeballs on the film, you can see it online HERE