‘Child Eater’ Short Becoming a Full Length Film: Beware of Robert Bowery

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After three years in Columbia’s Film MFA Program and an additional year of development and prep, it’s finally time to make the move from short to feature. Back in the spring of 2011, I teamed up with writer-director Erlingur Thoroddsen and together, we made the short film Child Eater under the Columbia umbrella to fulfill our thesis requirement. A year later, it was in the can, a year after that it played in SXSW’s Midnight Shorts Program, and now that another year has passed, it’s time to make our next big move – turn Child Eater into a full feature.

The film focuses on a boogeyman-type character named Robert Bowery. Way back when, Bowery was the proud owner of a beloved petting zoo. Trouble is, after getting hit with a case of macular degeneration, the local parents no longer felt safe letting their little ones loose on the game farm grounds. Completely distraught, Bowery snapped, attacked the children and chowed down on their eyes to keep himself from going blind. Now, Bowery is long gone, but the legend and decaying zoo still remain and 10-year-old Lucas is the unlucky little boy who has to move into the old home just a short walk away. At least Lucas has Helen coming over to babysit tonight. If he could just convince her that Bowery is real, maybe she can help him make it through the night alive.

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After so many years of development, it’s hard to believe it’s really happening, but come April 7th, we will start principal photography in Catskill, New York. Not only are we lucky enough to have quite a few people returning from the short film including Cait Bliss (Helen), John Wakayama Carey (director of photography), Ramsey Scott (production designer) and Fiona Tyson (make-up), but we’ve also recruited a number of newcomers, all eager to live through our little nightmare. Child Eater will mark Waiting for Godot’s Colin Critchley’s (Lucas) first lead role in a feature film while seasoned actress, Melinda Chilton, will step in as Ginger, a recluse obsessed with killing Robert Bowery who tends to take her passion to protect the innocent a bit too far.

Having grown up in the 80s, we’re undeniably influenced by classic slashers like Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers, and also the tone of their respective films, particularly their ability to deliver powerful scares, but exhilarating and enjoyable ones, too. We are shooting the zoo portion of the film in a real, rundown game farm and the property is just brimming with eerily curious buildings that are all loaded with highly unique kill opportunities, giving us the chance to subvert genre tropes, and truly show you things you’ve never seen before.

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We’re confident in the material and in our team, but there’s still no denying that making the leap from shorts to features is a monumental challenge. Columbia trained us well and our experience making shorts absolutely honed our craft, but there’s an endless list of elements that are vital to the success of the production. Of course you’ve got the obvious components like the script, talent involved and financing, but then there’s also an enormous amount of paperwork, feeding a company of close to 30 people for a month, ensuring there are accessible bathrooms on every set, stunt safety concerns, and so much more. It’s certainly a learning process, but it’s also one where you can’t miss a beat, otherwise the whole production could come crumbling down. Fortunately, between myself, Erlingur and producer Luke Spears, the pieces are coming together well and we’re heading straight towards a fulfilling and successful shoot.

I’ll be Tweeting throughout the entire production, so if you’d like to get a sense of what a first feature shoot is like, feel free to follow along here @PNemiroff or here @ChildEaterMovie. And if you’d like to learn more about the production right now, we’ve currently got a Kickstarter campaign up and running to help us secure the last little bit of our budget.

Mind your eyes; Robert Bowery is coming!

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  1. Child eater will quickly turn into Child Stinker, what with that monster burpin and fartin kids out. With that in mind the movie doesn’t seem original at all.

    • Dude, there’s no need to be negative. These people are working hard on this film, and kuddos to them for doing it.

      • “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding”!

        • “How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?!”

      • Appreciate that, John. Thanks so much for the support!

  2. What is this, an advertisement? Never let someone with a vested interest in the story write said story. It’s called conflict of interest and turns what should be objective journalism into self-promoting propaganda. Not that this site has ever concerned itself with the trappings of good journalism, but this is a new low. Let’s let a disney exec start writing the agents if shield reviews now, I guess.

    • Noodles –

      Perri is one of our regular contributors. She’s a hard working entertainment writer and filmmaker. When we heard that they were making Child Eater into a film, I reached out to see if she’d like to write up an editorial talking about the project – to help raise awareness for readers that might be interested. This isn’t an advertisement, it’s not even a review, we’re not involved with the production, we’re merely supporting the creativity of one of our colleagues. Perri and the indie filmmakers that she’s working with aren’t a mega-corp like Disney, they’re film lovers and creators that are trying to make a passion project. When the film is done, rest assured Perri will not be the one reviewing it.

      As a commenter who has previously claimed to be an artist yourself, I’m surprise you’re not more understanding. If you can’t comprehend why we’d allow a post about the project (or why we thought readers might prefer to hear from Perri instead of one of our news writers) or you plan to simply continue attacking our integrity, feel free to take that attitude to another site.

      • Lay off, Ben. His critique was valid. There’s no need to become overly defensive.

        • His critique was valid? And Ben’s response and reasoning isn’t? Get the hell out of here. If you think “this site has [never] concerned itself with the trappings of good journalism,” is a valid critique (it isn’t) then feel free to leave, Veritas, I’m sure everyone is going to miss you.

      • fair enough. snarky is never the best route, really. i am not criticizing petri or the movie. my issue with this piece is that perri has a vested financial interest in the project, and thus letting her write this is a conflict of interest which is a huge breach of journalistic ethics, and makes the site look unprofessional. if this were written by another staffer from the angle of a student filmmaker breaking into the bigger business of film without selling out to mega-corp studios, that would have been a wonderful article. as it is it is neither an editorial, unless the editorial staff really wants us to know that, in their opinion “child eater” is awesome and we should check out their kickstarter page, nor a true news piece. it is directed publicity for the project. as for the other trappings of good journalism that i mentioned, i was referring to things like confirming information, vetting sources, not reporting on rumors, and copyediting published material for typos and gross factual errors. these i am happy to let slide, as reporting on rumors is an integral part of what you do at screen rant, and part of the appeal to the audience is those very rumors. as for the copyediting, it is a sad fact that much more prestigious media outlets than screen rant are just as bad or worse – offenders (see huffington post for your daily dose of typos), and thus i don’t hold screen rant accountable for a standard that is unfortunately going the way of the dinosaurs. after all is said and done, i have nothing against perri or her project, i hope that one day she is famous enough that my mac will stop auto-correcting her name to petri, so i can write a complete thought about her without stopping and re-typing her name then reassuring the ghost of steve jobs that i really mean it to be spelled that way. i simply was a little put off by this piece being included on a site that i otherwise love, warts and all. i apologize for the snark, and the incomplete arguments of my previous comment.

      • Ben, I just wanted to let you know that I think it is awesome when the editors comment on an article and call someone out on their bull. Thank you and thumbs up :)

  3. What a horrible concept.

  4. Congrats and good luck with the project Perri. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out.

    Just promise us that if this becomes a hit you won’t abandon the genre to make popcorn blockbusters. :)

    • Thanks so much! And in all honesty, I’d trade a big budget blockbuster to get to spill some blood my way any day!

  5. This got very dramatic very quickly. Congrats/Good luck Perri!

    • Every horror movie needs a little drama ;)

      Thanks so much!

  6. So excited for you Perri! (Love it when you sit in on the podcast BTW!)This sounds fun, I’m intrigued. And shooting in an abandoned zoo sounds creepy as hell!
    Can’t wait to hear more! Happy producing!

    • Thanks so much! Really means a lot! And just wait until you see the zoo … it’s kind of disturbing how little set dressing is needed.