Thursday, April 11, 2013

YELLOW: A Neo Giallo Short Film By UK Director Ryan Haysom and Cinematographer Jon Britt: Poster Designed By Cult Horror Illustrator Graham Humphreys

YELLOW [2013]
"Imagine Dario Argento Directing Drive" - Diabolique
           Colin McCraken says...
     "The fantastic poster for Yellow: A "neo Giallo" short film was designed by the inimitable Cult Horror Illustrator Graham Humphreys. I've also just noticed that a quote, taken from my review of the film for Diabolique is in the top right of the poster (shown above). That pleases me greatly! My words on one of my favorite movie posters? It doesn't get much better than that! Want to see the film? Be sure to 'like' their facebook page for more information."
Poster Design by: Cult Horror Illustrator Graham Humphreys
"Brilliant! The strongest Inspired Giallo Short We 
Have Ever Seen!" - Paul McEvoy-Film4 FrightFest

"Yellow captures the feel of an art film. This film is both Noe, Haneke and Lynch, as well as Giallo greats Bava, Fulci and Argento..." 
Legendary Turkish horror website korkusitesi

      About YELLOW:
Read James Gracy's Interview here

   It all started on a drunken whim one night at the end of 2010. Ryan Haysom (director/writer) and Jon Britt (cinematographer/writer) buoyed by red wine, decided it would be fun to make a fake Giallo trailer, with no greater intention than that. 2 hours later, with the trailer already uploaded and immediately getting surprisingly positive feedback, a project had unwittingly begun.

      A year passed with focus on other work, but at the end of 2011 a short script was finally written, inspired by the classic Gialli of Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento and many varied films like Manhunter (Michael Mann), Love Is The Devil (John Maybury), Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel) and Fear X (Nicolas Winding Refn). Shooting began with the first driving shots one bitterly cold night in January 2012, with the core team of Haysom, Britt, producer Catherine Morawitz and lead actor Stephen Gilbert.
    At this point the project got its real boost, with the intervention of Director/Producer Ben Robinson (Neon Killer) and Transmedia Producer Reem Shaddad. Using their experience and boundless positive energies, they inspired the crowdfunding campaign for YELLOW, into what felt at the time like uncharted waters.
     After 2 months, including many, many long days and nights spent in front of computer screens, the project had attracted enough willing, believing backers to meet the £4,000 target. This was helped in no small part by the addition of cult Horror illustrator Graham Humphreys' (Evil Dead 2, El Topo) stunning illustrated poster! So it was an official "go" for YELLOW!
      By now, the team had expanded to include Producer Yazid Benfeghoul (Inbred), who in turn brought the German effects Maestro Olaf Ittenbach (The Burning Moon) on-board. One of the things YELLOW had promised were some gruesomely brutal gore shots in the true spirit of classic Giallo.
Poster Design by: Cult Horror Illustrator Graham Humphreys
NEWS UPDATE! Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 - Music collectors around the 
world are probably familiar with Record Store Day, an annual event celebrating independently owned and operated music retailers (a rare thing nowadays), which 
this year falls on April 20th, 2013. Store owners, bands, labels and fans across the 
globe mark the date, often releasing limited editions of new, classic or rare albums,
 most available only at indie record stores while supplies last. This year, UK label 
Death Waltz is unveiling some ultra-cool short run album pressings for the event
 that should have horror music fans drooling.
Part of he list includes Antoni Maiovvi's score from YELLOW, a short film homage
 to Italian giallo horror films of the 1970s and 1980s. Mr. Maiovvi's “horror disco” soundtrack fuses vintage electronics and European prog-rock, and is pressed on 
yellow vinyl with blood splatter effects.
      Another key collaborator, musician Antoni Maiovvi, was now weaving the dark synth that would root the film in the disturbing world of Berlin's nightlife. Designing the mask for the night-roaming serial killer was Smirk Masks. In front of the camera, Rocco Menzel, a professional mime, would supply the killer's fluid movements and the numerous female presences in the film would be portrayed by uber-talented up-and-coming actress Hester Arden.
Rocco Menzel (Killer) in black raincoat and 
mask follows Stephen Gilbert (right).
    Come May 2012, the full shoot took place over 5 long and pretty intense days and nights, something that couldn't have been achieved without the contributions of the entire amazing YELLOW family. Then followed an extremely hectic next 3 months in Post-production, readying YELLOW for the Festival onslaught! It was finished just in time, with massive contributions from legends Sebastian Mietzner (Post FX) and Thomas Warneke (Sound Recordist and Mixer).
May 11th, 2012 - NEWS UPDATE: We are so proud and honored to announce that the German SFX legend OLAF ITTENBACH will be creating the SFX for YELLOW! Olaf is an absolute horror legend and he also directed one of the all time great sicko gore films THE BURNING MOON. Check it out! YELLOW IS COMING!
Poster Art for: 
August 23 - 27, 2012 
     YELLOW finally had its full Premiere at London's Film 4 Frightfest in August 2012, launching to some great reviews! It has  since shown at numerous other Horror Festivals including Sitges International Film Festival and LA Screamfest.

SITGES 2012 Barcelona, Spain
 October 4 -14, 2012
August 1st, 2012 The YELLOW cast and crew landed in Dresden, Germany last Friday for the Dario Argento film festival Cinestrange. It was a crazy weekend full of horror madness! 
 Ryan HaysomRocco MenzelHester Arden,Steve M GilbertCatherine Morawitz and Jon Britt.
SITGES 2012  Barcelona, Spain - October 4 -14, 2012
YELLOW Director Ryan Haysom and Cinematographer Jon Britt, clearly very happy to be at Sitges! A long journey with the film - almost a year - but so worth it!
SITGES 2012 Barcelona, Spain - October 4 -14, 2012
The YELLOW crew with Sitges legend Diego López Fernández and his lovely signed Yellow poster.
NEWS BREAK! YELLOW has official selection at the 9th Fantaspoa Fantastic Film Festival in Brazil! We will be screening in the beautiful city of Porto Alegre. Perfect time for a horror holiday.

"Hunting for a serial killer 
at Brixton's Unhinged Festival
YELLOW screens on November 23rd, 2012 at the Unhinged Festival in Brixton... so don't miss out U.K fiends. 
It's a great mix of art, music, and film.  
More Screening News!
        - The shorts kick off at the HORROR ON SEA FILM FESTIVAL in Essex, UK on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 12:30pm. YELLOW (Ryan Haysom / 2012 / Germany / 26 minutes). A reclusive man hunts a serial killer in neon-lit Berlin.
     - Thursday, February 21, 2013 - Tonight at the 1st Twisted Celluloid Film Festival our neo Giallo short YELLOW screens with Elijah Wood's remake of MANIAC! 
      -March 13-18, 2013 - More good news! YELLOW has official selection at the famous Landshuter Kurz Film Festival in Germany!
   -March 23rd, 2013 - Looks like YELLOW will be taking a little holiday! We just got the confirmation for the short film corner at the 25th CANNES International Film Festival!
       -April 4th, 2013 -YELLOW a neo Giallo has a very special screening with modern Giallo masterpiece Berberian Sound Studio in the UK on May 3rd, 2013. Director Ryan Haysom and lead actress Hester Arden will be in attendance for a Q & A. DJ action afterwards from legendary italo-phile Antoni Maiovvi and pre-film foley action from the Cubes resident cabbage choppers and coconut clashers.

        -April 9th, 2013 - YELLOW has been officially selected for the amazing Stanley Film Festival in Colorodo! It  takes place in the very hotel that was the original inspiration for THE SHINING! Four days of classic and modern Horror with whisky tastings in between, let's all go!
   - YELLOW is screening at the 19th Bradford International Film Festival in April 2013. We're part of their After Dark section and will open for Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem!

       -April 10th, 2013 - YELLOW has been officially selected to play at the 27th Leeds International Film Festival on November 8th - 24th, 2013. Tip: This film is part of the Fanomenon ShortsTales of the Unexpected Shorts Programme - click here to see other films in this Programme!
The beautiful poster for the 9th Fantaspoa Film Festival May 3 -19, 2013 in Brazil has now been released! 

YELLOW a neo Giallo was officially selected from over
 700 shorts from all over the world! Viva Giallo!


Great Press, Publicity and
 Production shots from:
YELLOW [2013]

Poster Design by: Cult Horror Illustrator Graham Humphreys
UK Poster for YELLOW [2013]
       Below are some great images from the new Giallo inspired horror movie YELLOW by Berlin, Germany based British director Ryan Haysom. In tribute to the 1970’s horror movies from Italian Director Dario Argento (The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, 4 Flies On Gray Velvet, Deep Red, The Church, Creepers aka Phenomena, Suspiria, Demons) and the violent contemporary thrillers of Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson)... YELLOW relishes in the violent tradition of European cinema as an elderly man (Stephen M. Gilbert)  is on the hunt for an elusive killer of beautiful women.
A publicity shot of the Master himself, Dario Argento holding
 a large knife. He created the Giallo genre in the 1970's.
     YELLOW opens with a nameless man (Stephen M. Gilbert) driving around Berlin with a dour expression on his face. He experiences flashbacks of the murder of an anonymous woman (Hester Arden), who is injected with an unknown substance and subjected to a felonious eye operation. What follows is the nameless man's search through Berlin in pursuit of the killer, a large and menacing masked figure with a fetish for leather gloves.
        Dubbing itself 'neo-Giallo', Mr. Haysom's short horror film finds itself in good company within this re-emerging genre alongside the likes of Spanish horror Julia's Eyes (2010) and adhering to the giallo genre more rigorously than Peter Strickland's FrightFest favorite Berberian Sound Studio (2012). YELLOW clearly owes a debt to the likes of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci who, amongst others, popularized Giallo - yet it's Michael Mann's Manhunter (1986) which seems to have provided the inspiration for the visuals, especially in regards to lighting and the use of space.
      YELLOW gives the impression of being the first film to truly capture the highly stylized spirit of Italian Giallo in quite some time. Even thought the film is shot in Germany, not an Italian city, Berlin's architecture undoubtedly captures an eerie timelessness.
    The entire film was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR by the talented cinematographer Jon Britt (camera assistant on My Brother The Devil­). YELLOW's visually stunning color palette looks patently separate from various films shot on the Canon 5D, displaying the benefits of a bold approach to lighting effects for the camera.
        The music by Antoni Maiovvi is reminiscent of a collaboration between Goblin (Mr. Argento’s world renowned composers) and Kavinski (who performed ‘Nightfall’ on the Drive soundtrack). It definitely conjures up the paranoid atmosphere found in most of the classic Dario Argento’s films to the modern audience. In the tradition of the genre,  set pieces are crucial and Director Ryan Haysom handles them extremely well in the form of a short Giallo  film for fans of art house and horror.
      In conclusion, YELLOW is clearly the work of young and talented film-makers on the verge of breaking into the big time. Mr. Haysom's short ode to Giallo cinema has much potential. With some major backing and an equally impressive budget, the sky's the limit as to what they can realistically achieve.
Inspired by by the great Italian Giallo films of the 1970s, YELLOW is a fantastic slasher film about a jaded detective on the hunt for a masked killer. As he closes in on his quarry the line between fantasy and reality starts to blur.

January/February 2013
Colin McCracken says... "I am exceptionally pleased to announce that I have several features included in issue No. 14 of Diabolique Magazine. You can find my History of Haunted House movies and an examination of the roles of women in contemporary horror in the Jan/Feb issue, which is available from Forbidden Planet stores nationwide and from diaboliquemagazine.com"

Coming this month, Diabolique Issue 15!
       Diabolique Magazine turns up the volume as we explore the relationship between rock music, horror and satanic imagery. We examine the horrific stage shows of Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie; we look at various horror films which have featured rock music and rock musicians as thematic tie-ins; we trace the history of satanic imagery as it has been forced upon or promoted by certain rock groups. 
      We look at the new Rob Zombie film, Lords of Salem and conduct an in-depth interview with Chan-wook Park on his new Gothic horror film, Stoker. We also conduct exclusive interviews with Rob Zombie, Skinny Puppy’s Ogre, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, and Canadian artist Jim Cummins! With many never-before-seen photos!

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