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Strangelets is a small collaboration between my friend David Upson and myself. Written by Dave, the story originally was planned to be a man in search for a mysterious type of creature known as a “Strangelet”. The Strangelet was to be invisible or hard to see or only this man could see it. During editing I was going to make it so that where the Strangelet was, it would be this kind of odd 3D blur in space (thinking Predator’s invisibility but blurred) so you have to look twice to figure out what’s there. This however was too much work and I didn’t have a clue how to do it. Instead, on the shooting day Dave as writer and director of the piece decided to wing it a little bit and experiment which was probably the best direction as this was our first film we had made together. Afterwards we decided to do our own edited version of the film each with what we shot on the day. During the shoot it became apparent that we could make life a lot easier for ourselves instead of thinking about special fx all the time by simply using what was in front of us and generating an idea of something being wrong and something being caught, after all I have always liked horror movies that don’t throw it in your face but keep you guessing. So this is my edited version of the film we shot that day. It’s a little student-like but actually I quite like it. Hope you like it too.

Written, Staring & Directed by David Upson
Co-Directed and Edited by Simon Banthorpe

Music by Simon Banthorpe

Equipment Used:
Olympus Pen EPL-1 + Minolta 50mm F/1.7 (an adapter was used)
Nikon D7000 + Nikon 35mm F/1.8
Standard Tripod

Adobe Premiere CS5
Adobe After Effects CS5
Reason 4

Copyright David Upson & Simon Banthorpe 2011

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1 Howard | on 25 July 2011

really well shot and edited - surreal stuff, like it!

2 Simon Banthorpe | on 26 July 2011

Thanks very much!

3 IP1zine | on 22 August 2011

Please note: In issue 39 of IP1 magazine, IP1 reviewed this fantastic film. In the review, we failed to mention that it had made in collaboration with Dave Upson. We are sorry to Dave for not mentioning his involvement.

4 Trevormcdevor | on 23 August 2011

My bad, apologies, got a bit focussed on the film itself!

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