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Velcome To Vampvile

by Big Mamba Productions

A Vampire Hunter moves into a mysterious town named vampvile. He is about to go meet his new neighbors.


WOW great film
and to anyone reading this I would recommend checking out the other videos on this guys channel, VERY COOL

Ok so first of all I see that what's in the screening room here is an extended cut running 6 minutes 22 so I have to ask the question did you write a 6 and a half page script and have to cram it into the 5 minutes? Because my first piece of advice would be to write no more than 5 pages next year. I get and massively appreciate a 'go big or go home' mentality, but if you view this competition as asking you to make a slice of life film then what you produce is probably going to be a lot tighter. I know that this probably comes across as massively preachy and condescending, but when I see extended cuts jump out at me I feel obligated.

The film itself is a fun take on vampires, bursting with energy from the opening frame with guerilla camerawork as a baseball wielding Frog-brother type strolls down the street seemingly driven to drive out bloodsuckers from his neighbourhood, only to form an unlikely connection with the fanged undead as they welcome him into their home with open arms.

I appreciated the in jokes to tie this into the WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS universe and subverting all expectations straight off the bat by having a flat full of vamps who love garlic, though wished the film had a bit more to say than riffing off the expectations of the audience.

Got to say though, the actor who played the party crashing Ivan was absolutely outstanding. What a great performance! Just stole the whole show for me and elevated the short from average at that point to enjoyable! Cows blood jokes, understanding physical performance and line delivery was just sensational.

Technically a few issues for me with some camerawork that felt unfocused not in terms of the actual focus of the lens, but more just leaving a lot of negative space in the scene. Audio whilst easy to discern what was said also felt a bit echoey due to shooting in larger open areas of the house I felt.

But a fun film and for that I give you credit.

Story: 2.5/5
Technical: 2/5
Elements: 2.5/5
Overall: 2.5/5

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