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The other night at the BlackMilk Vs Sailor Jerry party, I was asked at what stage we are at with Sunrise Hotel. I think it is generally assumed that it is a quick process to make a short movie. This isn’t always the case, depending on the short movie, it can take months of preparation. It really all boils down to how close to the original vision you want to make it.
With Sunrise Hotel, we are quite adamant to make it fit into the “vibe” of the original script … This has taken a bit longer due to our ongoing search for the perfect locations and we’ve also had to start a process that we’re all quite new at. The process of gaining funding.
We have realised that gaining funding for a creative project is quite a tricky thing as you have to keep true to your creative vision, while being able to offer the investor something they can benefit from. I think that we have a lot to offer when it comes to this … We are more than happy to negotiate.
Having produced 6 short art and horror films over the past two years without funding, we have a good idea of how to keep a budget down to what is necessary without skimping on quality. After all, our short films have won many awards and gained a lot of exposure during this time, in national newspapers and at various events, as well as online and abroad.
But all this said … trying to find the right sponsor isn’t that easy at all. So if anyone knows of someone who would like to get involved in this endeavour or if you are interested in this offer for sponsorship,please download a more detailed document here.
In exchange for funding we will be able to offer a variety of benefits, including, but not limited to:
1. Online video, image and text exposure.
2. Mention in the credits.
3. Possible corporate product placement.
4. Possible advertising at screening events.
5. Possible creation of an advert or promotional film in exchange for financial sponsorship
Partial sponsorship will be acceptable.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Ronnie Belcher (Co-Director)
071 352 1764
Thomas Dorman (Co-Director)
072 249 8703
A lot has happened over the past two weeks in the BlackMilk Camp. We have been working hard to get our documentary out, are in the process of launching our coffee brand and we’ve watched our viral advert spread across the internet at quite a pace.
But it’s not been ‘all work and no play’. We had a pleasant break from all the seriousness on last week Tuesday with a wild rum party. Yes, you bet ya… And not just any rum … But a Sailor Jerry rum party.
It was the first time I got to party with the Sailor Jerry Cape Town crowd and the first time I got to meet Sonja. And boy! We most certainly had fun.
The height of the evening for me was making the official BlackMilk shooter.
And here is the recipe
- 1/2 part Sailor Jerry rum
- 1/4 part Coffee
- 1/4 part Guinness
Pre-order the Limited Edition ‘BlackMilk One’ DVD for R195 only!
The First 100 customers to pre-order will receive limited edition, signed collectable press cardsfrom the BlackMilk short films and stand a chance of winning one of 10 vouchers worth R200 each.
All profits will go towards the creation of Sunrise Hotel, the next BlackMilk short film.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested and we’ll send you further details.
Production Design for BlackMilk is like living in your favourite Art Film. Anything and everything is possible. It is a world where beggars are puppeteers; theatre is life is theatre; character regression manifests physically through the set and lovers lead you to Dali-beaches scattered with memories. It is a world where typewriters and televisions can co-exist and where mirrors and telephones lead you into deeper and darker dimensions of the human psyche.
I have been working with BlackMilk for almost two years in the capacity of Production Designer/ Art Director. I came on board about a month before shooting 23 Rue d’Amour. I still today do not quite know how I managed to prepare everything in time, but somehow it all worked out. Today, three shortfilms and multiple smaller projects later, and I am still here. BlackMilk is my mistress and ours is a clandestine affair. She seduced me… and I willingly allowed myself to be mesmerized by her black seamed stockings and high heels, her face still hidden in the shadows and obscured by a wide-brimmed hat, and a silky trail of smoke rising from the elegant cigarette holder in a gloved hand…
Following is a bit of insight into the behind the scenes workings of the visual world of BlackMilk…
23 Rue d’Amour stole my heart… and ate it. When I read the script I was inspired. A new world opened before me. There was so much that I could play around with and elements that I could add to the film. I do not recall the complete briefing that I received, other than Film Noir and ‘old-school elegance’ without restricting the script by confining it to a certain period. I started sourcing in the prophouses of Cape Town where bit by bit the different pieces started falling into place. Items inspiriting ideas and those ideas tying in with general themes of the film. A good example of this is the eye-shaped mirror in one of the opening scenes. During the pre-production phase I constantly tried to include textures and depth into the design. I created depth with interesting things such as a dirty popcorn machine to shoot through, a warped carnival mirror to twist you into a different reality and big old metal letters backlit for added dramatic effect and background texture.
Another rather unusual and interesting experience of Rue d’Amour was the specialized fabricated props. The script called for an uhm… intimate part of the male anatomy to be chopped off, cooked and eaten. Let me tell you now… finding willing donors in that department is rather difficult. So a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. You make one. After exploring different ideas and options, we finally decided on making said piece out of different meat and food elements. I collaborated with a food-stylist, Marien, and together we found the perfect combination of salami, steak, chicken skin, spaghetti and liver spread to create a rational fear in any normal man. One of the most unusual questions that you could possibly ask you ‘boss’ is probably the following:
Me: “So, Thomas… would you prefer it circumcised or uncircumcised?”
When shoot day finally arrived it was a delicate juggling act where you could find me at any given time either a)squirting blood from underneath a table; b)poking skewers through pigs’ eyes; c)wrangling goldfish or d)dragging furniture around. All this while attempting to keep an eye on what is happening in the frame and with continuity.
Looking back at the film I can see my mistakes and places where I could have done more. I really should have ironed that goddamned tablecloth…. I am human. I make mistakes. I learn. And next time I will make sure to include the steamer into my breakdown…
The BlackMilk team has been blessed to gain the recognition they so truly deserve with their creative film productions. Without the talent of the respective cast and crew, the following would not have been awarded:
2008 On the Verge of Blood…, Best Homage, South African Horrorfest
2009 KiTTY KiLL, Best Art Direction, Auteur Film Festival
2009 KiTTY KiLL, Best Cinematography, Auteur Film Festival
2009 KiTTY KiLL, Best Editing, Auteur Film Festival
2009 KiTTY KiLL, Overall Best Film, Auteur Film Festival
2009 Emma-O, Official Runner Up, South African Horrorfest
2009 Emma-O, Best Screenplay, South African Horrorfest
2010 Regression (Trailer), Audrey2 Creative Arousal Award
2010 Regression, Overall Best Film, South African Horrorfest
2010 Regression, Overall Best Film, Auteur Film Festival
2010 Regression, Best Director(s), Auteur Film Festival
2010 Regression, Best Cinematography, Auteur Film Festival
2010 Regression, Best Editing, Auteur Film Festival
2010 Regression, Best Sound Design, Auteur Film Festival
2010 Regression, Best Actress, Auteur Film Festival
2010 The Lovers, Best Screenplay, Auteur Film Festival
The team is currently busy with a new film.
Photo by Leon Visser, assisted by Lohan Koegelenberg.
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To see our previous film trailers, visit our Vimeo page here.
After a 9 hour session we finally completed the Sunrise Hotel shot list on 23 January 2011.
It was a very creative exercise that was led by our Cinematographer / Editor Leon Visser. Thomas and I also planned who would be directing specific scenes and acts.
A very ambitious project, the Sunrise Hotel shot list contains many more shots and set-ups than any of our more recent films.
We will shortly meet up with our Production Designer / Art Director Este Kira so that she can start to create the needed elements required to breathe life into the Sunrise Hotel.
Photo by Zoltan T. Szabo
Two of the previous BlackMilk short films were recently included in a prestigious film screening event held in Budapest, Hungary.
The event was organized by a prominent patron of the arts that created an exclusive screening for film makers from around the globe. Our resident Hungarian stills photographer, Zoltan T. Szabo, ensured that KiTTY KiLL and EMMA-O were both available to be included at the evening.
The response to these two award-winning short films was overwhelming.
Long live KiTTY KiLL and EMMA-O!
Photo by Zoltan T. Szabo, 2011
Last night, Ronnie, Leon and Lohan dropped by my place, so that Ronnie and
I could discuss the cinematographic aspects of our new film with Leon.
We are planning on meeting with Este soon to discuss the film’s art and production aspects.
There are still one or two scenes that need ironing out… But it’s looking extremely exciting.
We are still on track to start filming early next year!
Here’s a photograph of the three of us from last night.
Ronnie Belcher and Thomas Dorman have just completed the third draught of their latest short film script.
The new project promises to be one of their most ambitious projects to date; The film will have a much bigger cast than any of their previous projects and also promises to include complex dialogue, which is an element that they have not included in other works. “We will shortly be meeting with the rest of the BlackMilk team to discuss our vision. The team that ensured the wonderful success of our previous two films will once again lend their expertise, passion, and knowledge. Thomas and I cannot make these films without them”.
The final draught should be completed by end 2010 and the team are confident to start shooting in March 2011 once all pre-production has been completed. “We are in the process of scouting for locations and we will be casting the roles within the next month.” The film will include all the usual “BlackMilk” elements, but will also push the creative boundaries of the entire team.
If anyone wants to be involved with this project, please email Ronnie: firstname.lastname@example.org