Monday, October 22nd 2012 - 03:43 UTC

BAS contractors’ team shoot horror movie ‘South of Sanity” in Antarctica

A fictional feature film has been shot in Antarctica for the first time. Scottish climbing instructor and documentary-maker Kirk Watson filmed South of Sanity while working for British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Documentary-maker Kirk Watson filmed “South of Sanity” on a script from Dr. Matt Edwards

Shot entirely in the Antarctic, the horror movie's cast and crew were made up of fellow BAS contractors and staff.

Matt Edwards, a doctor who lives near London, wrote the script for the feature which is now being marketed by a US film-maker. Rated 18 by the British Board of Film Classification, the movie follows 14 staff at an Antarctic station as they are stalked by a killer.

Aviemore-based Mr Watson, who is originally from Torphins in Aberdeenshire, has six years' experience working in Antarctica. His tasks include leading scientists across glaciers and training them in climbing techniques.

In winter, when the continent is locked in darkness and freezing conditions, staff learns skills such as woodwork and black and white photography to help while away their free time.

Mr Watson decided to hone his film-making by shooting a low budget fictional feature with help from other British staff, which included marine biologists, geologists and mechanics.

He said: “We filmed a couple of day scenes on a weekend and the rest was shot in the dark just to make the film darker.

”So our actors suffered a bit in the cold as we had people sitting outside for ages, or playing dead people lying in the snow. It became a bit tricky with the 'dead people' as they shivered, so they were carefully edited to get rid of the movement.“

Mr Watson added: ”We had several actors with mild hypothermia during the filming. The good thing was they had lived there for a year, so were pretty used to it.”

As well as writing the script, Mr Edwards was the film's make-up artist using a children's face painting set.
For fake blood, he came up with a recipe using food colouring, white flour and syrup. The film will get its premiere in Aviemore on 31 October.

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1 Think (#) Oct 22nd, 2012 - 08:30 am Report abuse
And the killer is.................
The very same Psycho Emperor Penguin that attacked our little defenseless Virgin of Luján, at the Malvinas Argentinean War Cemetery, some months ago……..
2 Idlehands (#) Oct 22nd, 2012 - 09:40 am Report abuse
We shot the first ever feature film there. That must prove we own Antartica. It's incontrovertible.
3 Think (#) Oct 22nd, 2012 - 10:58 am Report abuse
No... no… no...
This dogs own it….
It's incontrovertible....

Japanese original…:

Bad Yankee copy…:
4 JohnN (#) Oct 22nd, 2012 - 12:49 pm Report abuse
Some Antarctica-related stories in September's South Georgia News and Events :

- Who Visits, How Many?
- Marine Protected Area; More Protection Coming
- Krill and Marathons - GSGSSI Visit To Norway
- Fishing And Shipping News
- Preparing For The Aerial Assault
- Bird Island Gets Lots Of New Place Names
- The Ice Project – Search For Endurance And Feature Film
- Wild Trip Of A Lifetime
- End Of The Mooring Line For HMS Plymouth?
- Bird Island Diary – Gentoo Breaks The Egg Record
- Alps To Antarctica
- South Georgia Snippets
- Dates for Your Diary
5 British_Kirchnerist (#) Oct 22nd, 2012 - 11:14 pm Report abuse
Our South Atlantic “commitment” really is “South of Sanity”!

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