Original article by MJ Simpson mjsimpson-films.blogspot.co.uk
In what way do you consider Night Kaleidoscope to be ‘punk rock cinema’?
“It’s more an attitude. We took the ‘don’t need permission’ and DIY approach from punk, rather than the spikey haired three-chord version. And I think that’s an attitude that every indie filmmaker should take. Just get out there and do it.
“Additionally, it was a pretty rocky production. I had fantastic production support. I like controlled chaos, so there is always a strong semblance of structure – just with an ability to improvise within that. Unfortunately everything that could go wrong went wrong and it became very much an adapt-to-survive approach. All very seat of your pants. There was no script as such. I was shooting a feature for a friend that finished on the Saturday, we filmed on the Monday and I went onto another feature the following Monday. Just picking up a camera and making it up – which you can tell in a fair few places! It’s more an attitude of production – as the film is really a bit prog rock! You can achieve special things working this way, but it does not always work out and what you gain in places you lose in others.”
Why has it taken three years to be released?
“Due to the shear amount of other work I had on, the film just sat on the shelf. I just had no time to look at it, or even think about it until I could squeeze in one day in 2015 for a pickup. My day job was taking about 15 hours a day and I had a documentary to finish – we had a TV and large festival slot for that but had not actually finished the film, so every second was taken up. A few days without sleep.
“Without knowing what we had in the can we managed another pickup at the end of 2016, for what we assumed was needed. It was edited fairly sporadically from mid 2016 as our editor had to work on it in between jobs. This was the first time we really saw it, and realised we needed an extra couple of scenes. Again it went a bit ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ and I ended up covering my hotel room in tinfoil, getting Patrick, Jason and Kitty around and throwing blood all over the place. Not sure what the other guests made of that, but we had no complaints. So, although it was started a long time ago it was only put together very quickly towards the end.
“There was actually very little post production work done. Nearly all the images were made in camera. I just held a couple of pieces of glass at angles in front of the camera. One with food dye on it and the other to reflect or project images onto it. The only real bit of post was a shot of eyes turning white.”
How satisfied are you with the way that the film turned out?
“In some respects it’s amazing there is a film there. But really nobody outside of your friends or other filmmakers care how little time a film took to make, or how small the budget was. Films only stand on how good they are.
“The film is what I wanted to make; in that respect I’m happy. Overall I just wanted to try something different whether it was a failure or not. Some of it worked and some, well not as much. Mainly not having a story! I think you’re certainly right about the repetition, though I was very keen on a visual art film with poetic flourishes. I just maybe put a bit too many in! But I’d rather have a film that got one star where we’d tried something that was different than three stars for something that’s like every other film.
“I just have no interest to try and copy anyone, a style or a current genre. And if that means some people hate a film, I’m fine with that! I can see where the flaws are, but that’s also something I’m happy with. it’s a bit more human. People these days are not allowed to make mistakes and learn. Things are too neat and shiny. Rough edges can be good. I’m most satisfied with what I’ve learned. That’s the way to progress. I’m not afraid of failure, what you learn from it is important to your next movie.”
What exactly is a ‘Digital Imaging Technician’?
“Ha, a Digital Imaging Technician – also known as a DIT is a geeky guy who sits next to a DoP at a monitor and manipulates the image to suit the DP’s intended look.”
What is Tartan Features?
“Tartan Features is part of Year Zero Filmmaking. It’s a bit like an indie record label where a collective of film-makers make micro budget feature films that share a certain vision. We’ve made about 13 so far – it’s open to anyone in the world. It just happens to have started in Scotland but you don’t have to be from there. We’ve had a few good successes. One film allowed the director to go on to have a well-funded next feature. At its heart it’s just people who get up from their seats and make a film, help grow an industry and learn. Here’s a link (click on the pictures for more info on each film) – www.yearzerofilmmaking.com/tartanfeatures“What’s next for you?
“I’m a week away from shooting a new feature. This time something very different It has a story for starters. People do and say things without 15 minutes of trippy visuals (only five). We’re taking two weeks to make it, the budget is more, we’re paying everyone. We’ve got a great cast, script and crew, and I’m very excited. It’s a little like Blood on Satan’s Claw, Picnic at Hanging Rock and less Night Kaleidoscope. You’ll definitely know it’s one of my films though. I’ll tell you all about it soon!”
Fresh from its preview screening at the Atlanta Days of the Dead Horror Convention, people in the UK can finally watch Night Kaleidoscope on Amazon Prime, buy on Region 2 DVD and even purchase a limited VHS edition. Region 1 and NTSC VHS and very limited Betamax (yes, BETAMAX) to follow….
Night Kaleidoscope is the third feature from director Grant McPhee, following on from the success of his Post-Punk Documentary – Big Gold Dream, listed as one of Sight and Sounds best films of 2015, an Edinburgh International Film Festival Audience Award Winner and a recent screening on BBC TV.
Bridging a fine line between the trashy 70s Euro Horror of Jess Franco, the British Art-House miasma of Nicholas Roeg and the underground experiments of Kenneth Anger Night Kaleidoscope manages to become a unique film of its own.
Article by Barbera Torreti darkveins.com
Night Kaleidoscope , the Scottish vampire movie produced and directed by Grant McPhee, is currently available for video on demand (Amazon Prime) and also in DVD and VHS formats (in a limited edition). Defined as a “psychedelic horror” Night Kaleidoscope is a surreal film and terrifying at the same time and that is partly inspired by the films of Jess Franco. This horror feature film about vampires also features a synth-rock soundtrack 80s-style.
Original article by Luke Rodriguez – modernhorrors.com
It’s seems as if it’s becoming increasingly difficult to capture the modern essence of classic monsters. Creatures like The Mummy, Vampires, Werewolves, and Frankenstein’s Monster have had a sad decade or so, but things are beginning to turn around for these timeless terrors. Forget about the Universal reboots, films like The Witch, Patchwork, Late Phases, and now Night Kaleidoscope are breathing new life into the characters that once haunted your (and probably your parent’s) dreams.
Vampires were dealt a massive blow with the runaway success of the Twilight books and films. For a long time, there was nothing less-cool to make than a vampire film or show, but I think we’re finally ready to move on – and there’s no better way to do that than with a shoestring budget indie flick that looks absolutely fucking gorgeous. Seriously, I cannot wait to get my eyes on this thing.
Full article by David Gelmini – dreadcentral.com
With vampire movies becoming tired and monotonous over the years, we always love it when something comes along that breathes new life into the sub-genre. Case in point: The new movie Night Kaleidoscope, from director Grant McPhee, whose documentary Big Gold Dream won the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, certainly seems like a movie that we’d go crazy for.
Original article by Michael C – horror.nl
* Night Kaleidoscope is de derde film van regisseur Grant McPhee en zijn eerste in het horrorgenre. De film is opgenomen in een week tijd op een klein budget, maar dankzij zijn ervaring als cinematograaf is dat er niet aan af te zien. Geschreven door Chris Purnell en Megan P. Gretchen vertelt de film het verhaal van de helderziende Fion, die na een aantal brute moorden een visioen krijgt van de moordenaars, een liefdeskoppel, die zich te goed doen aan hun slachtoffers en met name het bloed. De hoofdrollen zijn voor Patrick O’Brien and Mariel McAllan.
Interview with Director Grant McPhee by Simon Ball – Horror Hothouse
Transforming Edinburgh’s cobbled back streets into a dark dreamscape that brims with supernatural menace, Night Kaleidoscope tells the story of Fion (Patrick O’Brien), a cynical psychic investigator who peddles his ability to anyone with the money to pay for his services. Shot in under a week on a weeny budget Night Kaleidoscope is our kind of movie.
Since Edinburgh is the Hothouse’s second home so we tracked down director Grant McPhee. Cornering him in one of the city’s darkest wynds, there was no way he was going to get away without spilling the beans on the movie.
So by way of introduction who is Grant McPhee and how did he become a filmmaker?
‘I started working as an assistant cameraman. I was lucky enough to work with some very talented DPs such as Chris Doyle, Peter Deming and Robert Richardson. I shot a lot of indie features and shorts in my spare time before deciding on a whim to direct my first feature, Sarah’s Room in 2013. It’s impossible to not be influenced by anyone. I probably like Nicolas Roeg – his directing and cinematography more than any other film-maker but I’m more interested in trying to do my own thing whether successful or not.’
And without giving too much away about the plot what is Night Kaleidoscope all about?
‘It’s about a psychic investigator who is hunting down a group of right-wing vampires. He’s helped along the way by psychedelic drugs, a dead girl and an old hippie. We shot in around a week on a super micro budget though most went on trying to pay the small crew something. We wanted to see how far we could take our constraints and build upon our last film.
The movie is now in the final stages of post production so we should be good to release it mid-Summer’ in the mean time take a look at the trailer we like it very much.
Night Kaleidoscope is one of a very few horror movies to be shot in Edinburgh, which given the city’s imposing architecture and dark past the Hothouse has always found surprising, Grant agrees:
‘That’s a good point. The city has the history and fantastic dark locations. Most films about Edinburgh’s dark past have been gothic thrillers and horrors are still very thin on the ground. There’s a great film calledOutcast (2010) with James Nesbitt and Kate Dickie, that every horror fan should watch. Hopefully more people will take advantage of the architecture for the horror genre.’
We agree Outcast is an excellent supernatural thriller that will be featured in a future Bargain Basement of Terror feature, but Grant is more than just enthusiastic about Scottish film he involved with the Tartan Film collective actively supporting the work of other Scottish filmmakers:
‘We’re taking a very DIY punk attitude and making our own brand. The approach we are taking is to treat our collective as though it were an Indie record label, a bit like Factory Records. We’re hoping to bring together like-minded filmmakers and releasing our films through the TF umbrella. The idea being that if one is successful it will help the others, simplify marketing and allow non commercial films to gain a little interest through more commercial films. We’re working with Lauren Lamarr, Andrew Lanni and John McPhail amongst others who share the same mindset of rather than sitting and waiting for something to happen – to go out and do it yourself.’
So what’s next for Grant McPhee?
‘A documentary feature called Teenage Superstars. It’s the story of the Glasgow Indie bands scene from the 80s-90s. Bands such as BMX Bandits, Vaselines and Teenage Fanclub, all part of a group of friends who would later have a very big influence on Nirvana. It’s the second in a series of three films about Scottish DIY bands.’
Grant McPhee Thank you for speaking to the Horror Hothouse.
Full article available on modern.scot
The result is a truly original and unusually beautiful horror film, a testament to the talent and ingenuity of Scotland’s burgeoning indie horror scene that looks set to continue McPhee’s streak of successes. Expect to hear much more about the film in the coming months.
Original article by Dave – horrorcabin.com
I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of vampire movies. I never found then especially scary and with the rise of the teenage, angsty, goth-like variety, I was put off for a long time with these creatures. But then “30 Days Of Night” came out and changed my mind about what a proper, scary, bloody vampire film could be. And, now, it’s happening again with NIGHT KALEIDOSCOPE.
NIGHT KALEIDOSCOPE, from director Grant McPhee, looks to be a very trippy, surreal, and psychedelic trip into the world of vampires. And it was all shot in just ONE WEEK. That is not a typo! This, in itself, is an accomplishment that makes me want to watch it right now. Because when you watch the trailer (and you can view it below), it looks like that itself would have taken at least a week to make!
original article by Dr. Terror – terrorama.net
Vampires never go out of fashion and today we have here for you the trailer for Night Kaleidoscope director Grant McPhee . The film was produced in 2014 with a very modest budget and was filmed in just a week, but now it seems that will be available to the general public. The video features a very nice retro look and is very bloody, so it’s worth a look.
Original article by Carl Manes – ilikehorrormovies.com
Night Kaleidoscope is the third feature from Award-Winning Director Grant McPhee, and his first foray into the horror genre. Shot in just one week on a shoestring budget, the film punches well above its weight thanks to McPhee’s stunning cinematography and bold vision. McPhee started his career as a cinematographer, and it shows. The film is a lush, visceral, visual experience that harks back to the Giallo films of the 70s with its bold colour palette, while creating something fresh and modern with experimental camera techniques. Shot predominantly at night, as the name suggests, Night Kaleidoscope transforms Edinburgh’s cobbled backstreets into a dark dreamscape brimming with supernatural menace, where reality fuses with the surreal in a psychedelic haze.
Original article by Chris Alexander – shocktillyoudrop.com
Scottish filmmaker and cinematographer Grant McPhee (SARAH’S ROOM) makes his microbudget horror debut with the chilling, atmospheric, neo-vampire movie NIGHT KALEIDOSCOPE, a lush, Eurohorror flavored shot primarily at night in the streets of Edinburgh. SHOCK just caught the trailer and got our claws on a glut of stark photos from the film and from what we can tell, what the movie lacks in budget, it more than makes up for with imagination, mood and sensuality.
Count us in for this one…