Scythe, Not A Typical Indie Slasher Film
Scythe is a film project written and directed by Jim Rothman. There are two variants for Rothman’s concept. On the 8th of April 2016 Horror short; “Scythe” made its debut on the film festival circuit. The Horror short serves as a twofold promotional tool. The film showcases the conceptual avenue for a full feature adaptation. Also, the aim is to offer a glimpse on Rothman’s genre-redefining medium.
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“Scythe” markets as a Slasher film stripped of clichés and poor story line. The film upon completion will conveys elements of a psychological slasher Thriller. Story driven narrative, a structured cast of characters and Mystery-rich tonality are building blocks. Project creator, Jim Rothman aims to present a Horror film for modern Horror enthusiasts. A crowdfuning campaign is set to launch within the upcoming week. Gain an in-depth look on the indie developed film “Scythe”. In anticipation to the campaign launch DecayMag.com offers an exclusive interview with Jim Rothman.
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[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]Update: Scythe Crowdfunding Campaign is Live 5th of April 2016 [/box]
“Scythe” and The Slasher Genre
DecayMag.com Aside from having a successful crowdfunding and a successful film. What’s the underlying goal within the horror genre? In other words, how will “Scythe” the film be remembered as?
The slasher film genre seems to have been dormant for a while. Despite the clichés that are associated with it, I would love to be one of the few people to try and bring it back. There is so much we can do with it on the scale of creating intrigue, suspense, fear, through characters and story.
I want SCYTHE to be remembered as a quality slasher film where you cared about the characters, got into the story and went on the journey with them as they face immeasurable odds. That and as a sort of “wish list” idea, I would love to create The Grim Reaper Killer as another iconic horror film villain on the same level of Freddy, Jason, Michael, Hellraiser and Ghostface.
DecayMag.com: MTV, FOX and Chiller all launched a Slasher Horror Mystery series. How will the film “Scythe” fit with this emerging Horror trend?
I have yet to see those series. Still catching up.
DecayMag.com: What are the visual and conceptual elements “Scythe” offers that will redefine the Slasher genre?
The first person perspective is something we’ve had for some time. It’s just how we use it that still makes it a useful device. Environment plays a huge role in that, where, depending on where you characters are, and how you decide to represent them in their circumstances, the camera acts as the villain or the victim and putting the audience back in the driver’s seat of the experience. They are no longer bystanders. They are there experiencing the emotions and terror with the characters.
DecayMag.com: The crucial aspect of Slasher films are the relentless antagonist. Can you share insight on the grim reaper concept?
The Grim Reaper was always creepy to me. Skeleton face. He hasn’t been utilized that many times in the horror genre or movies in general for that matter. As we’ve had our masked villains, I thought utilizing The Grim Reaper as a masked villain would give a sense of familiarity, while still terrifying people with his face and the mysteriousness of his actions.
DecayMag.com: It is reported that the cast of characters susceptible to being killed off. Why the drastic approach to slaughtering everyone?
Well, not EVERYONE dies. Somebody has to liver to tell the tale. But again, if you know who will die and who doesn’t, based on the slasher film genre, then that in itself is a cliché and why watch the film? As an audience member, you’re not supposed to be ahead of the film. You are supposed to follow along with it. So anything that fans have seen already spoils that experience.
DecayMag.com: Speaking of Slaughtering. It’s also reported that “Scythe” will have no partnership with gore-centric visuals. A Slasher film without gore, why go this route?
Our focus is on fear, suspense, and intensity. There will be blood. After all it is a slasher film. But for me, there is nothing more gripping, more enticing, than not knowing what it is going to happen in a film, which I serve through story. Gore has been overdone quite a bit. We’ve seen the arms fly, the guts spill out, the brains eaten, it’s just done too much. You can have a great slasher film without gore. Look at Halloween: Greatest slasher film of all time in my opinion, and a strong influence for SCYTHE, and barely any blood in it at all.
DecayMag.com: Will “Scythe” have a protagonist? Can you shed some light on the protagonist? How will he/she be also be re-envisioned for modern slasher concept?
There are two protagonists in the feature film. The lead teenager and the FBI agent in pursuit of the killer. Each of them have a background and a cross to bear for what is happening to everyone in the film, but it is the teenager who has the arc of the character. She has a fully fleshed out character and something an audience identifies with. It is she that learns the lesson in the film: Be your own hero.
DecayMag.com: The crowd funding campaign for the film “Scythe” will launch soon. What will be the challenges you’re hoping to cover when financial goals are met?
The challenge for me IS meeting the financial goes. Once the film has reached it’s initial mark, the question becomes how much further will the horror film community allows us to goal in raising our stretch goals to enhance the quality of the film.
DecayMag.com: Will this production proceed if the crowdfunding goal is not met?
Yes. It will take longer, but as we are halfway through our funding goals through private investors, I wouldn’t give up. I’d keep going.
DecayMag.com: Backers in the Horror community enjoy incentives. What will be some of the incentives offered for those generous individuals?
We have all kinds of awesome perks. The favorites from those who have previewed the perks are: being able to place your own personal props in the film, the limited edition double sided poster, marked from 1-1000 and autographed, the SCYTHE cap, the set visit and the producers package.
DecayMag.com: How will the donation be allocated, will it be in pre-production or post-production or both?
Both. We have a piece chart in the campaign that clears shows how all the money would be allocated.
DecayMag.com: How are other ways people can contribute to the overall crowdfunding campaign?
By sharing the link to the campaign and letting other horror film fans out there know that we are independent filmmakers who have done their due diligence by raising half the money, that we have shot footage that clearly shows what we are trying to do, that we are experienced award winning filmmakers and that we have a chance to make our first feature film that will be awesome film with their help.
“Scythe” Distribution and Short Film
DecayMag.com: “Scythe” the short film offers a refreshing look at the Slasher sub genre. How difficult was it in avoiding the cliches and reused concepts?
Not difficult at all, because that is the point of the film. We are avowing all the token horror film clichés that we hate so much. Once the audience realizes this is not your typical slasher film, then they will be drawn into the film and enjoy it. The first time I show them something they think they know what will happen, and then it doesn’t, they’ll be intrigued.
DecayMag.com: The cast for “Scythe” the short film featured teens. Wouldn’t this be an industry cliche? How will the concept differ in the full feature adaptation?
Technically, teenage girls are a cliché yes, however I wrote it a specific plot point and motivation for The Grim Reaper Killer and his personal history. He targets them on purpose. To know why, you will have to see the film.
DecayMag.com: When will filming begin for “Scythe”?
We are aiming for a late September, early October production start.
DecayMag.com: The end distribution point will it be film festivals, a general release or both?
Theatrical distribution is always a filmmaker’s goal and dream of course, but which distribution channel where the audience is best served to view it, is where we would like to be.
DecayMag.com: Will “Scythe” release via VOD or DVD/Blu-Ray or both?
In the end I imagine a combination of both.
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Spacial Thank you goes to Jim Rothman for setting aside time for this interview. Schedule constraints hindered many attempts for a interview session. In the end we’re glad to have had a accomplished this mission. We’re pleased to offer insight on Jim Rothman’s upcoming Slasher Horror; “Scythe”.