Hi there! I guess this isn't so much a question...I watched The Battery last night as part of the Durango Film Festival and seriously loved it. I find myself still thinking about it today. I loved the living room dance party, the creepy car scene, the smokin' beardy leading man, the zombie cast, the soundtrack, I could go on and on. You guys are crazy talented, thanks for sharing your gift!
Even though I thanked you on your page, I’ll thank you again here. Us three main guys, Jeremy (director, Ben), Adam (Mickey), and Myself (camera and tech) have been drowning in the business side of getting this movie released in the past few weeks. Doing all the really boring legal and technical stuff. So it’s great to stop and remember that we made a fucking movie. And it’s great to hear that you liked it too.
If you can or will be in the Central Florida area on November 28th and can get the day off work, leave your email address in a comment on this post to get invited to a private theater screening of The Battery with many of the filmmakers in attendance. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Orlando Screening”.
The Battery now has its own Facebook page for you to like, poke, comment, and do those kinds of things that can be done on those kinds of pages. Everything we post here will automatically be posted there and then right into your Facebook feed where you can then read about the status of our film in between the status of Aunt Maggie’s digital farm. You are also free to start discussions there, ask questions, and whatever else Facebook can do now that we completely don’t understand the new layout of their site.
when is this movie coming out?!!?? im sooooo excited!!
Right now we are polishing the sound and color with a deadline of July 13th. We will be submitting to a few film festivals but obviously want to get it out to as many people as soon as possible. Once the film is completely polished next month we will be actively pursuing distribution options. We will also get out a real trailer with the polished visuals and some actual dialogue.
Most of our “crew” has known each other for ages. And we wear many hats. But there are only so many hats you can wear on a set before the neighborhood children start pointing and laughing and singing "hathead, hathead, look at all those hats!", while double-dutching on the sidewalk near a gushing fire extinguisher in the sticky thick of August, before ultimately scattering in fear at your approaching, segmented, indescribably horrifying, elongated Cthulhu-esque shadow.
You know, because of all those hats on your head.
So we needed a sound guy. Below is our original Craigslist call:
O. hannah Films is seeking an on-set sound mixer for a micro-budget horror feature. The film will be shot over 16 days in early August, in Kent, CT.
Experience is necessary, Equipment a plus.
This will be an intimate, hot, sticky, sweaty, bloody, grueling affair, shot almost entirely in the woods near Kent Falls. Cigarettes, Sandwiches, Coffee, low pay and a place to lay your head will be provided. Along with an overwhelming sense of pride, accomplishment, and teamwork.
Only serious applicants, who don’t mind dirt and bug bites, need apply.
Applicant MUST BE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE SHOOT.
Luckily, Mister Nick Bohun was–and remains–crazy enough to think that on chicken-scratch and with cuts and scrapes is an acceptable, even preferable, way to work. And as it turned out, he is also fairly skilled in the art of wearing multiple hats. If you need a sound guy/all around on-set problem solver, look him up.
If you don’t, then do check out his new e.p., The Hungry and the Hunted. If tags including, experimental, blues, downtempo, noise, nonsense, soundscape, and weird; or song titles like Rat Dance do anything for you, then it just might be your jam.
It’s not an easy thing, getting great music for a no-budget movie. Like every other aspect of the process–from funding on through post-production–it takes a mix of generosity, passion for the project, and an understanding that the only way to create something special on scant resources is through collaboration. Oftentimes the only compensation for participating, is a faint swell of pride at seeing how your art, or skill, or tireless effort, contributes to the whole.
In the case of the following generous, and blisteringly talented musicians, the best we can do at this juncture is try to open a few new ears to their efforts.
All three of these artists will have songs featured in the The Battery.
“Wise Blood is Chris Laufman, a young guy who lives in Pittsburgh and makes woozy, inward pop songs out of other people’s music. Laufman’s voice is usually the only original element in Wise Blood’s songs. But Laufman’s sample manipulation can turn something like the brontosaurus-stomp drums from Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” into just one element of a funky swirl of a track.”
Many moons ago Eric met Jen in the elevator of a college dormitory. Now, more than a decade later their music is inspired by the old haunted farmhouse in which they live and the ghosts who occasionally serenade them to sleep. They are influenced by the sound of church bells, by Jen’s canned apple chutney, and by the wild animals that roam their farmland…
What to say about Rock Plaza Central… They’ve been one of my favorite bands for going on five years now. I was lucky enough to have seen them live (before their indefinite break from touring) at least a half dozen times, hoofing it in to the city from Connecticut each time they rode through.
When we released our locations video last summer as a teaser, it featured two Rock Plaza Central songs and we noted it in a Twitter post. Chris Eaton, lead singer of the band, caught wind of it, seemed delighted, and started a conversation that eventually led to him actually recording an original cover of Claude Ely’s classic song Ain’t No Grave (Can Hold My Body Down), specifically for the film.
It was an incredibly gracious gesture from a busy man, to a group of shoestring filmmakers he has never met; a perfect example of the way artists and musicians and filmmakers can connect and collaborate through social networking across the world…
There is another, equally excellent record called The World Was Hell to Us that I’m not sure where you can purchase, but I suggest you follow Chris on Twitter or friend him on Facebook so you can politely hound him to sell you a copy.
So please folks, friends, family; shell out a couple clams for these incredible musicians, if for no other reason than to say, with your own hard-earned money, that you appreciate artists who selflessly offer their own work, to help facilitate the goals and dreams and work of others. Our movie wouldn’t be near as good as it is without their contributions.
Just a shout in the storm here to let everyone–or anyone–know that despite an eerie quiet around these parts lately, we have been working on finishing the film. A little over a week ago in fact, in the hot bowels of Florida in February, we had a marathon editing session, during which we delicately pared the movie down from a portly two hours and nine minutes, to a lean hour forty-five. We are now only a few minor tweaks away from a picture lock.
Then sound and color and music. Then you. Thanks for sticking with us.
Thankfully we had a dedicated behind the scenes camera on the “set” of The Battery that shot over 600 videos. Sadly—to encourage people to pick it up and actually shoot—it was one of those cheapo Flip type cameras. In the end, at least it got the job done.
While we plan on eventually editing the best of this footage together with cast and crew interviews, we thought it would be cool to share some of the videos on this site now, while the movie is still being edited. The first of these videos is embedded below.
In this video, writer/director/actor Jeremy Gardner proves that the gun is just a prop while actor Adam Cronheim is gagging at the sight of the putrid makeup Hillary Hunt (mentioned below in the post about Lucky McKee’s The Woman) is applying to her assistant Nicole.
Hello everyone! We would just like to thank you for the sudden interest in our movie. Though we shot this thing just this month, The Battery has been a labor of love that we have been trying to get off the ground for nearly three years.
We know how it feels to see or hear about a small film like ours and not know if, when, and how you will ever be able to see it. For this reason, we have reorganized our page here so that we can provide constant updates on post-production and then hopefully soon after that, details on how you can see the final product.
We will also use this blog to go further into the plot of the movie and share screenshots, clips, and then eventually the full trailer. Beyond that, we are really looking forward to sharing more about the making of the movie and sharing some of the 600 behind the scenes clips recorded during the shoot!
Thanks again for your interest and we promise that we’re going to make this movie as good as we can make it and keep you informed every step of the way. If you have any questions for us, feel free to ask them by clicking the link at the very top of the page.
"The Battery" is a feature-length zombie movie filmed in 15 days with a budget of only $6,000. Written and directed by Jeremy Gardner, the film follows two former baseball players, Ben and Mickey, months after an unexplained outbreak. Gardner also stars in the film, alongside New York native Adam Cronheim. The film was entirely shot on the Canon 5d mkii by director of photography, Christian Stella. Filming wrapped in August of 2011. Now in post-production, we hope to have the movie finished for festivals and/or distribution by the end of 2011.
A full website is still in the works. For now, please send any press and/or distribution inquiries to email@example.com