Began filmmaking for the first time in February 2015. He made his first official short horror film called “China Haunting”, which was all spoken in Mandarin.
After making 18 short films for his YouTube Channel JaxPrice Films, Caution: Spikes, the 19th one, was Jax’s first short film to ever go to film festivals worldwide and gain recognition.
Caution: Spikes took seven months of pre production, production and post production.
Their is no nighttime in Caution: Spikes. It all happens in broad daylight. Since most horror is in darkness, Jax wanted to make a horrific and different creation that people would be scared of in sunlight.
Caution: Spikes or the Spikes Monster, was played by actor Tom Mcmenamim, who stands 6’5 ft tall and weighs 308lbs. However, as the Spikes head was attached to Tom, the final height of the monster was 6’8 ft tall.
Since Jax wanted Caution: Spikes to to be filmed in a swampy atmosphere, the film was shot at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, FL. The setting in the movie was Louisiana. However, most people thought the film actually was in Louisiana, due to the similarities of the Spanish Moss trees and the deep Bayou of the swamp.
The name Caution: Spikes started when Jax was hiking on a nature trail in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. He came to a sign that said “Caution: You can’t go beyond the nature trail, turn back now.” Immediately, the word Caution was set as an official title, but he kept questioning himself Caution: What??
The original title of the film was going to be called “Spikes”. However, when Jax found out their was already a project called Spikes, he went back to the sign he found that said Caution: and put that together with Spikes. Thus making Caution: Spikes.
The monster was named Spikes, because of the 12 spikes on his head that formed a Mohawk.
Many ideas and different stories were thought out for Caution: Spikes. One of the stories was a about a Russian big game hunter, whos father gets killed by a creature on an island and he has to go find the creature that killed his father. Another story was about Jack Peterson, a big game hunter and Ezra Lee, a professional photographer, who go to an island off the coast of Louisiana to find “Big Bubba”, a 400 pound boar, that no hunter has managed to kill over the last decade.