Fun Size Horror is excited to bring you the exclusive premier of the trailer for ISLAND ZERO, a feature film from best-selling author Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles) who teamed up with her son, 1st time feature director Josh Gerritsen, to make the horror film. The indie was made in a "small town way", shot on location in Maine by local crew, talent, and artists. Los Angeles filmmaker but Maine native Mariah Klapatch produced the film.
Island Zero is inspired by classic films such as Them and The Thing, that deal with both isolation and monsters.
Inhabitants of a fishing island off the coast of Maine find themselves mysteriously cut off from the outside world after the ferry suddenly stops coming. All the phones have gone dead and every boat sent to the mainland fails to return. When dead bodies turn up along the water's edge, the hardy band of survivors must find out who, or what, is killing them
In Addition, the director and producer will be providing our Community with revealing commentary into this truly independent undertaking. Fun Size Horror is releasing this commentary in three parks to reflect the filmmaking process with Part 1 beginning with Gerritsen's pre-production thoughts below. Read Part 2 & 3 HERE!
Inspiration and Pre-Production of ISLAND ZERO - Josh Gerritsen, director
"The first film I directed was for seventh grade health class called 'Drugs: The Movie'. We had simulated drug use, shootouts, and severed hands. Other films included more severed hands, executions, and a scale model of a working guillotine cutting open a ballon filled with fake blood in slow motion, drenching a town of Lego people. It's a wonder I didn't get thrown out of school or at least sent to the principal's office. Gory practical effects have always captured my imagination and when done well, they elevate a horror film like nothing else.
From the beginning, all of us were 100% committed to shooting the entire film in our home state of Maine and drawing the majority of our cast and crew from here. Tess broke almost every guideline for shooting a low budget film, but it was a damn good script. Somehow, with a few tweaks (and blood, sweat, and tears) our producer made it work for our budget.
Tess and I had lots of wild ideas that needed to be reined in by Mariah. The first draft of the script called for a church that would burn to the ground in the finale. We thought we could shoot this in an actual church and leave the place unscathed after we hammered boards into the walls, ripped off limbs, and spewed fake blood everywhere. It would be fine, right? Mariah emphasized that shooting in a church would have a significant impact on the location and on cost, and a different location could serve the story just as well. We listened to her and soon after, a friend mentioned that his neighbor was planning on knocking his house down. After countless meetings, e-mails, and phone calls between our producer, the homeowner, and the local fire chief, we filmed a third of the movie in that house and burned it down with five cameras rolling. Trust your collaborators.
The only way we were able to shoot this ambitious project with our budget was to shoot in our hometown. Midcoast Maine was a perfect fit for the script and local businesses helped us all along the way, and since we shot during the winter we could rent inns and houses that were otherwise closed at that time. I highly recommend filmmakers shoot their first feature in their hometown because you will get more support than you ever thought possible."
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