Caneshia Voisey loves comedies. In Killcon she created a dark, off-beat tale of a serial killer get-together. She told us how she got the short film made
What can you tell us about Killcon, where the story came from and what attracted you to the genre?
Killcon started with one of three film ideas; I wanted to make an original short film, something that has not been done before… So I took the ideas I had to the Exeter Film Collective (a place where creatives can meet up, share thoughts, chat and just talk all things film). Once I told everyone about the three different short film ideas I had they were most interested in the Killcon one.
After I found out people were interested in bringing Killcon to life, I made a group chat and spoke to two other people to start writing a script, debating different ideas, plots and characters… We then showed some of the original people who were interested and it all went from there.
Killcon is about a wannabe serial killer (Alessandro McCoy played by David Kittow), who is oblivious to the fact he is inept and hated by the serial killer community. He takes it upon himself to hire a documentary film crew and invites them to a little known convention, with a twist… We find out things have a slightly darker side than what you’d usually expect. Killcon is a comedy mockumentary about serial killers, but everything goes wrong in the most hilarious ways possible.
Genre wise, I love comedies and wanted to do something different to what we have already seen.
Your Instagram profile says, “I do this thing where I pretend I’m someone else”, what’s your background and what got you into film?
Haha, so I loved adding that little quote to my Instagram profile, because when you act you become that person, It’s not just a character for me. When I get given a script, I read it through first to get a general idea, then I read again and again to understand who my character is and why they are doing/feeling the way they are.
I love breaking the character down for each written scene, as I get to know them and the What, Whys and Hows, I can start picturing it being put together like a puzzle as I’m learning the lines.
It’s actually a sad origin story of how I got into acting. I didn’t have the best childhood: it was very physically and mentally abusive, so I used to watch TV to, kind of, escape reality. My love of film then developed into wanting to do it myself, so I joined school plays and started to fall in love it. I got to become someone else even for a little bit, I loved telling stories and watching how the performances changed people’s expressions to happy, sad and excited. Acting saved me in more ways than one and it has become more than a passion for me.
Where did you film Killcon?
We had three locations for Killcon. As it was all self-funded, I only had a limited budget, so for one scene we used my house. For our main character’s scene, we used one of our set photographer’s house and then for the actual convention, we used the Bootleggers in Exeter.
How did you find your cast and crew?
That was mainly through the Shooters and people I already knew as friends or have previously worked with. Some I had never worked with before but was recommended, so I looked at a few people’s Spotlights and found some awesome actors through there.
Our very talented director Justin was also recommended to me by one of the people who helped me write Killcon.
Did you come across any challenges while filming and what was the most unexpected aspect of the shoot?
Yes loads. They say make a plan, execute the plan, expect the plan to go off the rails, throw away the plan. In this case, we did that a few times. From my idea to writing, then planning dates, props, people etc, that went pretty smoothly and surprisingly quick compared to other pre productions I’ve worked on. But nearer to the time, we had a few setbacks. People dropped out, last minute script changes and location problems that I had to then figure out and fix within a small timeframe.
We also had a few problems on actual shoot days, as the location we hired the staff member forgot they were working, so we then became three hours behind schedule, as well as an actor having to go hospital before they made it to set, so we needed to find a new one for the next day.
This was also my first time doing multiple jobs on set all at once. I was the Producer, AD, Set designer, as well as a few other minor jobs as crew and then just because I like the challenge. I also acted in Killcon as one of the main characters, so that was extremely overwhelming and hard to juggle, but I’m very proud and impressed with how I handled myself when so many relied on my organisation skills, in between my acting in scenes.
What next for Killcon, and what’s next for you?
Killcon is now in the editing stage. So I am hoping to get that done by the end of April. If possible, Killcon originally started as a short, but has now developed into a TV pilot. I’m hoping to get some funding as I’d like to turn it into a six-part series, based on a different character each episode.
As for me, I have made a production company called Greenwolf Productions, so all updates and future projects will be on there. I’ve already started to collaborate with a few people on another fantasy short called Shadow of Elliryan that is now written and in the pre-production stage.
For my acting I am hoping to get a few more roles and auditions via my agent and hopefully get some more projects out there. I’m also aiming to surround myself with more likeminded people in the film community.
Thank you Caneshia! Looking forward to seeing Killcon and Shadow of Elliryan.
images courtesy of Jim Elton
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