Indie Horror Journal: Bringing the Child Eater to Life Part 1

Child_Eater_Short_PosterStep 1: Film School

While enrolled in Columbia University’s Film MFA Program with a focus in creative producing, I was required to team up with a writing or directing student who had a feature length script so that we could take it through my feature film development and pre-production courses. Any writer or director interested in participating sent in preliminary details and then those details were put into a binder sorted by genre. Naturally, when I got ahold of that binder, I flipped straight to the horror section. It probably won’t come as a surprise to know that compared to the drama section, the horror one was sparse. In fact, I only had three options, but fortunately, one of them wasn’t just the best of the bunch, a last resort or adequate enough – it was above and beyond anything I could have hoped for. Sure enough, I instantly hit it off with the man behind that script, Erlingur Thoroddsen, and not only did we agree to work together through those two courses, but continue our collaboration well after and fulfill one of our thesis requirements by making a short film together. And so begins the tale of Child Eater.

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