Horror film made in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 13:08 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

THERE were some spooky goings on in Portishead earlier this month as the town's Old Mill Road became the setting for a new horror movie.

THERE were some spooky goings on in Portishead earlier this month as the town's Old Mill Road became the setting for a new horror movie.

Portishead filmmaker Paul Dudbridge teamed up with writer Will Griffin, to produce the film, but this latest venture is a far cry from the usual light and warm, snow filled, festive films the pair previously created for television.

The film is a short horror film about a dying man who begins to see demons in his last days.

Paul said: "This is all very dark stuff but we wanted to produce something completely different."

A crew of 20 took over Vision Studios in Old Mill Road for three days, where the creators had built the complete set of the flat, which is home to the main characters.

Paul added: "It was a fantastic experience, the demon scenes were filmed against a large green screen for stunning special effects work like that seen in Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, which we have never done on such a large scale before."

The studio is owned by Portishead businessman Colin Holloway and his two sons Geoff and James, who also run Eyelight, a stage lighting company.

Colin said they are delighted to support the local film makers.

Professional cameraman Roger Pearce, just off Dr Who and Being Human, took care of the filming but only half the crew used were professionals, with the other half being young film students keen to gain more experience.

The film will be released later in the year and is expected to preview in Portishead.

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