The award nominated Scayrecrow by Ashley Thorpe is among the three films he’s offering for download from his Carrion Films site from tomorrow (March 4). The others film are the Screaming Skull and the earlier The Vampire.
In a move that sets up the animations as real modern-day Penny Dreadfulls, the popular illustrated magazines from the 1900s, the films will be downloadable in an mp4 format (laptop/iPhone/iPod friendly) from the Carrion Films site.
Ashely told D+CFilm: ‘This is the first time that these films have truly been let loose and this style of commerce, the inexpensive download, is the closest thing to a modern ‘Penny Dreadful’ type of distribution.
“The Penny Dreadfuls would be bought for pennies and then handed round, increasingly dog-eared reader to reader, but the stories – the good ones at least – would spread like wildfire.
“Now the devoted or just plain curious can dowload and share these in much the same way. It’s fantastic and it’s just scraping the surface. We’ve got some very special things on the horizon.’
Scayrecrow and The Screaming Skull were part of plenty of festivals last year, but The Vampire is an older film.
‘It was my first attempt of tackling this kind of material in this way,” said Ashley.
“I was trying to find a way of combining still images with a dynamic soundtrack, like a musical storybook. It was first and foremost going to be a comic that had an animation as an extra. It has animated elements, but it was a test really and people were very supportive.
“I was especially lucky -and I don’t think it hurt getting this one into festivals -that my photographer knew Derren Brown and he persuaded him to cameo as a vampire! Blink and you miss him, but he’s there.’
Scayrecrow has also been nominated for the 2009 Media Innovations Award in the Best Independent Film/Video category.
After the initial run of downloads further releases can be expected later in the year, including more vintage material from the vaults and new ‘Penny dreadful’ releases, like the The Hairy Hands.
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