We’re Having a Spook-tacular Month!

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It’s been a spook-tacular month at Film Sprites PR in more ways than one! There’s lots going on in the office, so I thought I’d share some of the things we’re working on, as well as some client updates!

It’s been a pleasure to work with horror writer/director Oliver Park for the past few years, and his first horror short, Vicious, has received over 1.1M views on YouTube! He’s currently in LA, talking with studios about the possibility of making Vicious a feature film, as well as talking about other projects. His latest horror short, Still, is being released later this year. You can check out the teaser HERE.

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Just some of the press Oliver Park has received- including being in a Buzzfeed article!

And in a similarly spooky vein, Film Sprites PR is assisting H2Ow Productions with PR and digital marketing of Ao-Terror-Oa. The brainchild of producer Hweiling Ow, Ao-Terror-Oa is a horror anthology linked by one unique element- New Zealand culture. Ao-Terror-Oa was funded by NZ On Air and Google, with the shorts being shown on YouTube. In addition to the 6 shorts, there are 2 mini-series being shown on the H2Ow Productions YouTube channel: Hweiling Watches, where producer Hweiling Ow (who doesn’t like watching horror movies) watches horror while being hooked up to a heart monitor, and Body FX Basement of Horror, where the team from Body FX share their techniques. All of these combine to create 6 Weeks of Horror, starting October 27 (Oct 26 Northern Hemisphere time)! For more information, click HERE. Ao-Terror-Oa has already started to receive press attention from outlets like Stuff, Horror Society, Screenz and FilmDebate.

Another Film Sprites PR client, Apple Park Films, recently made their critically acclaimed feature film Little Pieces available to rent/buy via Amazon Video, where it achieved over 800 minutes of viewing time in the first week of release!

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Apple Park Films’ latest short film, Emotional Motor Unit, is also coming to Amazon Video very soon. Emotional Motor Unit is a tale set in a dystopian world where emotions are secondary to output. In order to achieve a writing task, Writer (played by Little Pieces‘ Graham Cawte) will find out what it means to be human by interacting with an Emotional Motor Unit robot (played magnificently by Francesca Burgoyne).

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And as we head closer towards the end of 2017, if you’re releasing your film in 2018 it’s a good time to chat with us about publicity and digital marketing. Our services include:

  • Copywriting (IMDb biographies, website copy)
  • Social media marketing (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
  • Press kit and press release creation
  • Pitching to media (both traditional and new media)
  • Crowdfunding campaign publicity, promotion and support

Spots fill fast, so get in touch! Don’t forget, you can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn.

And if you’re planning to celebrate Halloween this year- make sure you have a safe and happy time! It’s a good time to enjoy some of those classic horror films, as well as some of the newest releases!

 

THE LAST: The Barber Brothers’ Campaign is On Point With Social Media

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Now, Film Sprites PR is not handling publicity or digital marketing for the Barber Brothers’ crowdfunding campaign for their film The Last, but it’s been a pleasure seeing their Tweets pop up in my feed because they are so on point with social media for their campaign. When I see filmmakers that truly understand how to harness social media for their films, you bet I’m going to shout it from the rooftops. What makes me so gleeful about the campaign’s social media and crowdfunding page? I’m going to break it down for you:

1. They bring value: when you contribute to any campaign there’s always perks involved, from the tangible (like t-shirts, scripts, etc) through to the experiential (a day on set, a Skype call with the director etc). But the campaign for The Last doubles the value with a free autographed poster for every 20th supporter. Talk about doubling the good karma!

2. They don’t have to ‘beg’ for contributions or sharing of the campaign: a while back I wrote a post that talked about the fact that Spam is a meat product, not a social media tactic for your crowdfunding campaign. The Barber Brothers know their worth. They know that the film they are creating will resonate with the right people. They don’t have to ‘beg’ for contributions or for people to share the campaign. There are far too many people out there who will spam every single follower on their feed with the same link, desperately hoping for a retweet and/or contribution. Instead, the Barber Brothers entice you to the campaign with engaging, exciting content: professional graphics showcasing the perks, punchy tweets and film teasers.

3. Their passion for their work shows through: authenticity is key when it comes to any endeavour, and the GoFundMe page for The Last is crackling with the passion the Barber Brothers have for filmmaking. From the clever and energetic copy written for each reward level, through to information about themselves as filmmakers, it’s genuinely dynamic.

Enough of my chatter though- you can support the campaign HERE

 

Watch With the Lights Off: Oliver Park Brings you Horror Shorts VICIOUS and STILL

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Film Sprites PR is thrilled to be working again with the multi-talented Oliver Park, actor writer and director. We have had the great privilege of working with Oliver since 2015 and since then he has written and directed the terrifying VICIOUS (which is now free to view on YouTube) and is now in post-production with the short horror follow up STILL.

Vicious has won eight awards internationally, including Gold Award for Best International Film at Toronto After Dark and Platinum Award at the LA Horror Competition. It was nominated for a further seven awards, including Melis d’Argent at Molins in Spain.

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VICIOUS centres around Lydia, whose sister Katie died in mysterious circumstances. When she returns home late one night to find her front door unlocked, a series of strange occurrences suggest she isn’t alone…

The first teaser trailer for STILL will be available online in the coming weeks, so make sure you keep up with all the news at the STILL Facebook page and via Twitter.