|My Haunted House|
Alex Williams is an animator, cartoonist and the founder of Animation Apprentice. He is also working on an independent film project, My Haunted House, which is currently in development, aiming for a 2016 release. We asked him to tell us about the project, and what still needs to be done to bring it to the big screen.
What is My Haunted House?
Alex: My Haunted House is a feature film for theatrical release at Halloween in 2016. It’s a story about a boy, a perfectly normal 12 year old kid who just happens to live in a haunted house. His family are ghouls and ghosts – he’s the only one who’s normal. It’s a story about wanting to fit – and wishing your family were different, more normal like the other children. So, hopefully, a pretty universal story, really.
We’re co-producing with Denmark and we are in the process of putting the final budget together and locking down the finance structure. It’s hard work but it’s thrilling to be working on our own feature film.
|Film work by Alex Williams|
Can you explain the process of getting a feature film made?
Alex: The key problem of course is raising finance. You can’t just go to the bank and get a loan, you will need investors and partners, few of whom will likely take more than say 20% of the risk. So you have to pitch; to do that you need a great idea, ideally a high-concept “What if?” idea that will get your project noticed.
|BFI - funds for film-makers|
|Design by Monika Dzikowicz|
Will students from Animation Apprentice be able to work on the film?
Alex: Absolutely! One of the main reasons I want to make the film is so that I can work with some of the talented graduates from Animation Apprentice. After all, I know their work intimately and I know how I can get the best work from them.
When can we buy tickets?
Alex: Hopefully, if all goes to plan, the film will be out in theatres in time for Hallowe'en in October 2016.
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