Jester

A shape-changing monster attacks the audience of a rock concert, visible only to the band's guitarist and an enigmatic, angelic figure with unknown motives.

  • Max Albrecht
    Director
  • Max Albrecht
    Writer
  • Zahava Hill
    Producer
  • Chris Rutter
    Key Cast
    "Dexter Jacobs"
  • Sonera Angel
    Key Cast
    "Miss Sun"
  • Jack Power
    Key Cast
    "Mister Clips"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Comedy, Action
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Max Albrecht

Born in the south of England and raised in the north, while studying a physics degree at university Max identified film-making as a way to combine his various creative interests, including writing, visual composition, acting, and composing songs and soundtracks. Max is a lifelong fan of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and surreal films, and draws upon his own scientific knowledge and medical experience of surviving cancer at an early age to colour the philosophies behind the characters and worlds in his films.

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Director Statement

The screenplay won the National Youth Film Academy's £1K Challenge that awarded funding towards equipment, locations, and props, on the condition that the film could be delivered within three months. The film draws together influences from a variety of sources, including Lovecraftian cosmic horror, western religions, horror-comedies such as 'Shaun of the Dead', Edgar Wright's style of visual comedy, and even video-games such as 'Sunless Sea' and 'Darkest Dungeon'. The aim has been to create something strange, unusual, and hopefully, original, from such mixed inspiration. Being a fan of practical effects, the likes of which are seen in John Carpenter and Clive Barker films, many are included in the film and reinforce its "lo-fi" tone. The extra character added by the music of our friends in the bands 'Shotplate' and 'View to an End' really is the icing on the cake.