April 2, 2020
Working within the Horror industry, we are sometimes given some interesting opportunities and we like nothing more than a sneaky preview.
We were recently contacted by the makers of a new short horror film, ‘The Tell Tale Heart’, which is based on the Edgar Allen Poe story of the same name. Whilst being familiar with Poe and his stories, I have to confess to not having read any of his works.
Answering a call to claims of hearing bloodcurdling screams, the police arrive at the home of an elderly gentleman but are greeted by a young man (the Narrator) who claims to be the live-in help.
As the officers question the young man we begin to question his sanity. What unfolds is a macabre tale of murder and deranged guilt.
The film’s time setting is ambiguous which serves to add to a feeling of madness. We are never able to get a full handle on the situation we are presented with.
Clever use of cinematography and lighting adds an uneasy hallucinogenic feeling which creates a new dimension to the narrative.
Furthermore, tension builds with the near constant heartbeat within the score, constantly reminding us of the “heart” of the story.
The bloody confession certainly does not hold back in all it’s gruesome glory. Again a great use of camera work, which lets us see the gore whilst not showing us everything.
As the tension and horror intensifies the Narrator continues to lose his grip on reality and we are left questioning what is real and what is fantasy.
A small cast lead by Sonny Grimsley is used to great effect and heightens a feeling of claustrophobia. Director McClain Lindquist provides an intense 22 minutes of insane storytelling.
Currently in consideration for a number of film festivals, the movie does not yet have a release date. However, Horror fans can find out more on their website www.telltalemovie.com and why not give them a follow on their Instagram page @telltalemovie?
Review can be found at: https://www.madabouthorror.co.uk/blog/the-tell-tale-heart-short-movie-review.html
By Adam Williams
April 1, 2020
So I was lucky enough to be sent a private screener for the upcoming short film- The Tell Tale Heart. The film, directed by McClain Lindquist, is a modern re-imagining of the classic Edgar Allen Poe story. As per the official synopsis-“Adapted from Edgar Allen Poe’s original text, this Original psychological thriller Story has been re-imagined in this mind-bending, pulse-pounding, bloody-disgusting short film.”
I’ve got to be honest this film surprised me, I really enjoyed it. Considering this story has been done again and again, I found myself looking at it through a fresh pair of eyes as the film makers re-told the classic psychological thriller. The cinematography and camera work was fantastic, it looked great. I don’t want to ruin the film but the use of certain shots, with quick, fast paced editing made for something really special. One or two moments reminded me of the quick cuts of Captain Howdy, as he randomly flashed up for a few times in The Exorcist. Certainly made more of an impact on the story, the audience and added more depth to the film’s central character- the narrator. The shots and editing combined with the acting managed to subtlely create a very real, and unsetlling, sense of dread and forboding throughout the film. It’s as if you slowly descend into madness with the narrator as he confesses and attempts to come to terms with the unspeakable things he has done.
The cast were great; had good chemistry and gelled together nicely on screen, however Sonny Grimsley (as the narrator) stole the show for me. He was phenomenal. Really sold the conflicted character and his descent into madness. His performance was never over the top, but for me was a lot more subtle, slow and steady. Grimsley managed to bring almost a sense of sympathy to the character, odd and slightly distrubing considering what his character had just done. The make-up and special effects were surpisingly good considering this is a low budget film, I won’t go into too much detail here but there’s some pretty great gory moments in it!
All in all a fantastic short film that embodies and pays tribute to Poe’s original story whilst re-imagining it. It does this brilliantly whilst taking inspiration from horror classics like The Exorcist, Psycho, The Shining, American Psycho & the classic TV Series The Twilight Zone. I often found myself debating whether or not this entire series of events was solely in his head or was actually happening. The film as a whole is undeniably horror, but it’s not a flat out in your face horror film. It’s more psychological; it makes you think and is a slow burning scare that will stick with you long after you’ve finished watching the film.
I’ve been told the film will be doing the film festival circuit and hopefully by the end of the year it should be available to stream and purchase online. We will keep you updated with a release date when we know. Believe me this is one you won’t want to miss.
By Bryan Christopher
March 20, 2020
There’s a lot to like about this short based on Edgar Alan Poe’s tale of a disturbed man’s dark confession. It visually translates the unnamed narrator’s descent into madness in a lot of interesting ways, it features a soundtrack as varied and manic as his mental state, and it also doesn’t hold back on the red stuff when he attacks the poor old man in his care. But by setting the story in modern day, Lindquist acknowledges something I’ve always noticed about Poe: although he’s a brilliant storyteller, my man tends to be a bit wordy. Watching the cops react to the narrator’s insistence on pontificating with Poe’s original text adds a layer of humor that I really appreciated. This one’s just a lot of fun.
Where you can find it: Making the festival rounds. Watch the trailer here.
Review can be found at: https://rue-morgue.com/short-cuts-the-short-horror-review-roundup-for-march/
By Anthony Gulfo
March 10, 2020
The Tell-Tale Heart , known in Italy as The Revealing Heart is one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous stories . Published for the first time more than a hundred years ago, precisely in 1843 , the Revealing Heart has not yet ceased to fascinate and disturb . Proof of this is the short film produced by BassMint Productions : The Tell-Tale Heart (2020) , directed and written by McClain Lindquist.
The story of Edgar Allan Poe tells the story of a man insane and his obsession with an older man, especially for his eye glass. It is an obsession that slowly degenerates and, finally, leads the protagonist to commit the murder of the old man. But because of his madness the killer unmasks himself: he seems to feel the old man’s heart beating, beating and beating! The noise haunts him and leads him to appear before the authorities. The story is narrated in the first person, and is immediately captivating : the narrator (protagonist) presents himself as perfectly healthy and he cannot help reiterating it as soon as he has the opportunity. In this way, the reader is pushed to distrust him and to understand the reality of the facts through his own intellectual effort.
The short film , unlike the story, does not have a linear structure . Two policemen go to the madman’s house (played by Sonny Grimsley ) and ask for explanations about the disappearance of the old man. The madman, therefore, begins to explain the story. As he does so, the spectator witnesses the development of the obsession with the old man (James C. Morris), which leads to obsession, perversion and murder. The killer tells the story in the old man’s house and in the prison: the periods of time merge , creating a confusing whirlwind of images and events that, however, allow us to understand the unfolding of the facts. The chaosit also represents the mental state of the protagonist: a man devoured by an obsession, unable to order his thoughts.
The terrible visions of the madman, getting closer to the end, are increasingly bloody . It could be said that the short in question is push even beyond the story of Poe , giving an almost exaggerated form to the words and giving a shade gore . If in the story the old man’s heart merely palpitated, in fact, in the short film we see the madman holding a real quivering heart in his hand . And there is often a great abundance of blood.
Edgar Allan Poe , in his stories, hardly ever used blood to disturb. Rather, he endeavored to create atmospheres suitable for the purpose. He managed to do this by taking advantage of elements such as darkness , the banal ticking of a clock, the weaknesses and perversions of the human mind . Poe was able to convey a ‘ primitive ‘ terror , dealing with themes that have always concerned the nature of man. The Tell-Tale Heart of McClain Lindquist manages to unsettle combining atmosphere typically poeiana, but adding the violence and blood; elements, the latter, which have little to do with the Boston writer.
Consequently, The Tell-Tale Heart (2020) presents itself as a courageous product, which is inspired by Poe, but allows itself to go even further, revisiting the story in a more modern key.
Review can be found at: https://www.horroritalia24.it/the-tell-tale-heart-2020-recensione/
By Jared Christensen
January 26, 2020
The long awaited independent production of The Tell Tale Heart short movie has officially wrapped its year long production. From it has come a stellar movie, a lot of great memories and plenty of scary stories of real-life hauntings of the cast and crew. All of this mayhem was seen through their harrowing experiences while making this horrifically intense film.
“I’ve worked with gore and monster effects before, but this time was very different,” said Mikkel Richardson (First Assistant Camera) “Chris Hanson(Special Effects) is a master. I’d been excited to work with him leading up to the shoot. I saw that Chris could stand up to the hype. The detail in the gore and the grotesque distortions were unreal. After the shot was done I had to step off set to collect myself and get some air. I’d never worked with content in a scene that ACTUALLY made me scared. When you put a talented performer in makeup like that and let them work, you don’t need the context of the film to feel disturbed”
And Mikkel wasn’t the only one dealing with actual anxiety while filming the horror movie on set. McClain Lindquist the Writer, Directorand Producer of the Tell Tale Heart short movie had a handful of truly scary unforeseen movie-making moments as well. This first happened when his nightmare inducing images (born from his own terrifying childhood dreams) and the talented actors extremely intense acting literally forced him to step away from some of the more violent scenes of realistic carnage and devolving villainous madness.
“I almost feel bad for unleashing the demon spawn of my own nightmare fueled dreams… almost.” Lindquist is quoted as saying about his monstrous incarnations of dread and fear. “These horrific visions born or better yet ripped from the deepest darkest recesses of my Amazonian psyche are now thrust onto a unwitting world… like I said, I feel bad… almost.”
Lindquist in turn spoke also lavishly about the genius art and creative creature creations of the incomparable special effects master Chris Hanson.
“To witness first hand the visceral effect of Chris Hanson’s creepy artwork had on not only myself but a majority of the crew was awe inspiring,” Lindquist continued. “When James C. Morris(The Old Man) was walked on to the set, the mood in the studio instantly became altered. So much so you could have heard a pin drop. I was truly and completely terrified. The sound stage seemed to become strangled to the point I personally needed to get some fresh air. Which I felt was a valid and decent excuse to step away from the visual manifestation of my worst nightmares as a child.”
The scary vibe was felt by many members of the crew “I was gasping and then holding my breath in certain scenes so that I wouldn’t make another sound,” said Janelle Corey (Wardrobe) while working on-set during the production of The Tell Tale Heart short movie. “I remember being so terrified that I spent most of my time offset working in the wardrobe tent because I was too big of a baby.”
The horror continued well after the film wrapped in post production “It may have been the late hour, a lack of sleep, a mild predisposition, or some combination thereof,” said Ryan Templeman the film’s Assistant Editor/Consultant “But during one particular late night editing session, I had myself quite convinced, I was literally going insane.”
Joe Olivas the Director of Photography was also greatly affected by the visceral images “I got physically sick to my stomach when I watched the Narrator cleaning up his crime in the bathroom scene. It made me realize that after filming a scene like that I have the benefit of knowing that it is all just movie magic and the gore isn’t real. (Sound Design) work strips away that buffer and adds a level of realism that convinces my ears that what my eyes see is real!”
Joe Olivas wasn’t alone in his nervousness. A crew member who wishes to remain anonymous (and is not one to get easily spooked) had a on set panic attack induced by true fear. The unnamed individual had to step outside during filming. Being so terrified that they eventually ended up leaving the studio and didn’t return to the set until the next day. This unfortunate incident was brought on by a highly intense moment of triggered anxiety. It is possible that the impetus was the scary movies overall themes of insanity, projection, and guilt. Or it could be the intended confusion of delving into the psychopathy of a delusional monomaniac murderer that brought them to a eventual breaking point?
Even being far removed from the darkness, safely situated in another studio on the other side of town the reverberations of the horror movie could be measured “I was working on music late night,” said Joel Pack, the film’s talented composer “And (I) got to a point where I had to get the %*$& out of the studio because I was too creeped out!”
The horror/psychological-thriller short movie has truly exceeded everyone’s expectations and anyone who was involved in the making had a great “buzz” about them when I attended the lavish wrap party. The camaraderie and excitement was palatable. Everyone there seemed to genuinely know they had created something truly special, something that is much bigger than themselves and those fearless individuals that have seen any of the teasers or trailers can testify why.
Tentatively set for spring of 2020 in Ogden, Utah.
The Tell Tale Heart will be at the Emerald City Comic Con on March 12-15th which will take place in Seattle, WA at the Washington State Convention Center. We will debut the incredibly creative comic book adaptation at this prestigious event. There’s some potential that there will be a private screening of the movie and also a panel discussion with some of the creators, cast, and crew from the Tell Tale Heart at this event.
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by Eric John
October 18, 2019
The Tell Tale Heart short film is a Modern retelling of Edgar Alan Poe’s classic story that was first published in 1843. Releasing sometime in 2020.
McClain Lindquist, of Ogden, Utah, recently completed filming the short film “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Alan Poe. McClain is the Producer, Director, and Writer for The Tell Tale Heart.
McClain, this is your first movie. What is The Tell Tale Heart about? Why did you choose this story as your first movie?
“The Tell-Tale Heart is a famous story by Edgar Alan Poe… It was the first Psychological Thriller written in 1843. It’s a short story. In my opinion, maybe the greatest short story he ever wrote. It’s my favorite Poe Story. The first time I heard it was in the third grade. It was Halloween and the Librarian read The Tell-Tale Heart and I was blown away. It was the first time I realized what a metaphor was and I was taken by the horror, psychological thriller and detective noir elements. I instantly went home and my brother had a book of short stories by Edgar Alan Poe. I loved them…I was already into monster movies like the universal stuff…So in the third grade I went and searched out these movies, The Black Cat, The Pit and Pendulum, the Raven, and others. They were great and so I figured since The Tell Tale Heart, in my opinion it was his best story, that’s going to be his best movie, and boy was I wrong.”
McClain, what made you ultimately pursue film making?
“The reality is that it’s all tied back to my band, The BassMint Pros…we had been a band for a few years and didn’t have a music video, and so we were kind of forced into it. I was really opinionated and still am about movies…I was thrust upon being the filmmaker for our first three music videos. I wrote and directed them. Our first video was out in Death Valley. We went out for three days and knocked it out of the park and learned on the fly…I did a lot of pre-production and it really paid off. I approach each video with a new philosophy on how to shoot, style and technique…Music videos led to this.”
What were your biggest challenges? What were the roadblocks you faced?
“Well, initially finding anyone that would even want to work with me…”
Can you tell us why you chose James Morris, to play the old man?
“James C. Morris, actor extraordinaire, there’s only ten actors in the world that can do what he does like your Doug Jones’s and Andy Serkis’s of the world, he also one of them he was amazing. It was important to me to have someone of his caliber to play this role, as the old man. He was terrifying, he was warm, he was lively and he was… dead! (laughs) We saw a wide range of emotions from James. It was an honor to work with him.”
Why did you choose Sonny, what was it about Sonny?
“Because Sonny is an amazing actor. I knew almost instantly that he was “the guy”…I never looked at anyone’s credentials. I had no clue any of his acting background or previous experience. I went off of my gut feeling…my intuition told me this was “the guy”. Even though this is not what I envisioned the character to be. I just kind of knew from an instant that he was “the guy”(Narrator), and I was totally right.”
What is it about Mikah that made you choose her as the Police officer?
“Once again I trusted my gut intuition and it told me she is the one. I saw it on the first read, I knew almost instantly that Mikah was my girl. Police officers are tough male and female, and she had to take it there. It was really important for me to have her as OPD. This story takes place in Ogden. All my stories do. I love my hometown…It’s important to me that Ogden gets respect and seen in a different light. It was also really important to me that we use Eccles Art Center which is a gem of Ogden. It means so much to me personally as well…Anyways. Mikah’s character was supposed to be thirty years older than what she is, there were things that she did with her eyes in between dialogue, I saw it, I always knew it was there. I knew I had to now rewrite the script. The hero to me was Mikah. She was and is my hero.”
What is it about Teren that made you select him for the role of the detective?
“Teren Turner from Park City is a great actor, a very physical actor. There’s something in his eyes, it lies just beneath everything and he’s really good at having that come out at just the right moment. The little things that he did in between his dialogue were what ultimately sold me. His character was not written for his age and he did not have his size or his massive intensity. Teren brought all those things to the role. I didn’t write it that way. I am so grateful for his invaluable contributions. He showed me some stuff right from the first read and definitely took it up a notch in his callback. I also knew he was “the guy” right from jump…Teren was and is my guy, a decision I’m really pleased with because he is a great actor!”
Can you tell us what inspired some of your shots for the movie?
“Jacob’s Ladder was highly influential to this movie. Another one would be Evil Dead 2 and Cape Fear. I like how the original Hell Raiser was lit. The Tell Tale Heart short film is a noir piece. Even though it’s 100% a horror movie, its also a Psychological thriller because I wanted to be true to the original Poe story. I also wanted this to be THE definitive Tell Tale Heart movie, where fifty years from now an English teacher in tenth grade will pull out our film and they watch The Tell Tale Heart, this version, that would be so cool to me.”
Is there another movie in store for you?
“There’s probably another movie…people are already hitting us up…It’s overwhelming to be honest.”
McClain is passionate about his own art and that of others. Working alongside him on set, I saw his affinity to create visionary art.
McClain informed me off-script, that he will debut the film in his hometown of Ogden, Utah. For movie updates visit TellTaleMovie.com
by Ryan Jensen
September 30, 2019
The following letter was written and prepared by our Line Producer John Lindquist as a practical joke. It’s main target was Producer/Director McClain Lindquist. It was presented to him half way through filming as a serious letter. It’s jokes like this that can drive a man to madness.
Producers of Tell-Tale Heart,
On behalf of the fine women and men dedicated to keeping houses and hotels clean and orderly, I send this correspondence with some trepidation.
It has come to our attention that on your film set the actions you’ve assigned to the domestic help provider as portrayed by the character Narrator, cast an unflattering light on all maids, house cleaners, manservants and butlers.
The domestic care industry has a long tradition of quality.
While domestic and household accidents are the leading cause of death in the country, servant upon employer violence constitutes a mere 38% of that number. The character of the Narrator is unfair to the 62% of our union members who do not participate in homicide.
We would also like to point out that of the 38% of members who are murderers, only 15% participate in dismemberment, and fewer that 3% bury their victims within the house—almost all of the entirety of the murders committed by domestic help result in the victim being discarded off premises.
Would you consider asking Mr. Poe to rewrite the story to have an ending in which the Narrator and his employer go for a walk? Perhaps they could have a difficult conversation about incontinence which would still provide some creative tension. While we respect Mr. Poe’s creative process, we are concerned with the damage to reputation to our union members.
Maybe Mr. Poe could have the police be the villains, as this seems more realistic.
James “Jimmy” Boanerges
Authorized Representative of UUDW
by Charles Lindquist
August 7, 2019
The only good movies come out of Hollywood, right? Wrong. Some of the greatest movies are not products of Hollywood. Films from Inglorious Basterds to Monty Python’s Life of Brian were not products of Hollywood. According to Los Angeles Magazine* as recent as 2016 only 7 of the 100 top-grossing live-action movies were filmed in Hollywood. It could be filmmakers are moving away from the Hollywood machine.
If not Hollywood, where are they being made? Utah for one. The upcoming adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart is slated for filming in late 2019 at Redman studios in Salt Lake City. This film is completely home-grown in Utah.
Director McClain Lindquist, an Ogden native, said he wouldn’t consider filming anywhere but in Utah. For him there is a pride to live and breathe all things localized. Another talented Utahn working on this film, Chris Hanson, is an industry premier practical effects and makeup artist. Hanson is no stranger to working on Hollywood blockbusters, with the likes of Predator and Hereditary, but prefers to work at home.
The history of Utah in films is not the only benefit to filming in Utah, many film industry workers move to Utah to build a life in Utah. Joe Olivas, director of photography for The Tell-Tale Heart, says that one of the benefits of working in Utah is the natural beauty and great communities. He is happy to build a family here and establish roots here in Utah, Olivas and his wife are currently raising their son here in Utah.
One film that has inspired some of Lindquist’s previous work is Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. The Opening of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade was filmed in southern Utah. Utah is not a stranger to big-name films; Forrest Gump, The Sandlot, and Footloose were all filmed in Utah, and The Tell-Tale Heart plans to join the list of big movies on the state’s film resume.
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by Jared Cristensen
June 6, 2019
Ogden, Utah – A unique blend of classic literature, practical special effects, cast and crew camaraderie, and lastly a “conscious camera” approach is creating some serious internet hype. This local homegrown Utah production is beginning to bring Poe’s classic story, “The Tell Tale Heart,” to life as it continues to lunge towards the big-screen.
“The Tell Tale Heart” short film, a BassMint Production, is coming to life with its terrifying online presence, personified by pre-production dark art, including its stunning gothic film poster designed by Andy Walsh (yes that is the Eccles Art Center in Ogden, UT), its own locally produced comic book which is being co-designed based on the director, McClain Lindquist’s storyboards and by local favorite and world renowned artist Chris Bodily aka “Hatrobot”.
Production is steadily moving along with a handful of polished cast and crew hirings including the procuring of the incomparable Chris Hanson, a horror film special effects veteran, and James C. Morris, a long-time talented actor who has been cast as the Old Man. Hanson and Morris have been working together on numerous films and various other projects for years dating back to their days working at nationally renowned Rocky Point Haunted House. “I was the Make-up Director for Rocky Point the last ten years they were operating,” said Hanson, the film’s Special Effects Director who’s had a successful career in Special Effects. “The coolest thing that happened in my young career was sitting in David Lynch’s house,” Hanson said. “Where I got to apply lots of make-up and gore for ‘Lost Highway’”.
Hanson mentioned working for Steve Wang painting werewolves for the film “UNDERWORLD” as another highlight of his stating he felt Wang is the greatest artist in the effects industry. Hanson has been involved in many films like “The X Files”, “Hellboy”, “Men In Black”, “The Green Mile”, “Vampires”, and “Hereditary” to name only a few. “I’ve worked on completely unforgettable themes,” Hanson said.
Hanson has been heavily involved in the early production of the The Tell Tale Heart short film from the “Floating Bloody Heart” video where he designed, created, and operated the heart that is shown in the video (link below) to some designing for various scenes involving the Old Man, whom James C. Morris has been cast to play the role of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLT2YApw6qY
Hanson added about his working relationship with Morris “The biggest carry over from Rocky Point has been continuing to work with James since then,” Hanson said. “I’d just glue stuff to the guy and he’d act his heart out.”
“We have a great symbiotic type relationship together,” Morris said of Hanson. Morris, who’s also been around the block a time or two acting in theatrical performances, commercial acting work like the “Squatty Potty; Unicorn” and Lady Gaga’s“Monsters Ball”, voiceover work, and, of course, many films like Jeff Kanew’s National Lampoon film”The Legend of Awesomest Maximus” and for the Sci-Fi Channel on the Original Film “Ice Spiders”. “I worked as some great creatures that have such a great unique character… I was much more interested in the anti hero, characters that have this really interesting under-belly,” Morris said. “I love building that sense of dread or anticipation… your own truth being torn away,” he said. “I love creating those excitements as an actor.”
Morris is the first casting for The Tell Tale Heart film and is looking forward to combining the many talents of those that are already working on the project with those yet to be added as its main production in Salt Lake City nears.
The film’s buzz and growing online audience can be attributed to the director, producer, screenplay writer, and the creative vision of McClain Lindquist.
Lindquist is making his debut as a director in short filmography but he’s no rookie behind the camera as a producer and director, on-stage as a performer, a writer, or in front of the camera as an actor and has discovered his preferred cinematography style for “The Tell Tale Heart” through a career of making music videos.
This style, coined “conscious camera”, is explained as having the camera carry the weight of a character without being an actual character by employing the technique of using the camera as an accomplice in the story while not representing the point of view of an unseen character. Conscious camera pushes beyond capturing the visual; through awareness of the camera itself, it reflects the emotions and thoughts portrayed in the story.
This creative vision has been being unleashed online through their website and the various social medias with images from groundbreaking artists within the second wave of what is referred to as Dark Art by the likes of Stanislav Krawczyk, The Dark Lord of Logos Christophe Szpajdel, Spiritcage, and lastly Maxime Taccardi Priest of Terror who famously uses his own blood as paint. (see below)
The majority of the film’s production is set for September 2019 at the state-of-the-art Redman Studios in Salt Lake City, Utah with Joe Olivas as the Director of Photography. The film can be expected to be wrapped with post-production sometime late in 2019 followed by the theatrical release later in 2020.
“Revisiting Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart is more than bringing a classic horror story to a new audience; it’s discovering a creative way to explore this classic psychological thriller,” the film’s website stated. “The narrative is enhanced through an unpredictable use of sound and light. The characters blend a modern sensibility with anachronistic charm as seen through an unsettling array of time and space, while a shifting setting disorients the unwitting audience. What is seen and what is heard leads the perplexed audience to ask… what is insanity and what truly constitutes reality?”
City Creek Media
by John Lindquist
May 14, 2019
The upcoming production for the film The Tell-Tale Heart is generating buzz. Why are so many people excited about participating in an independent short film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart? The simple answer is that this isn’t just another use of Poe’s work as a cheap and easy dramatic outline. While this adaptation is a modernization of the classic, it remains steadfast in its commitment to Poe’s story, vision and style—nothing cheap or easy.
The more comprehensive answer why people want to be a part of this production are the director and his script. Director, McClain Lindquist, is the frontrunner in an offshoot of postmodernism in which the camera carries the weight of a character without being an actual character. This stylistic movement, coined “conscious camera”, employs the technique of using the camera as an accomplice in the story while not representing the point of view of an unseen character. What the camera shows, why it shows what it does, and the manner in which it shows actively connects to the story. Differing from subjective camera (or a first-person shot) that shows perspective from a specific psychical character, conscious camera is not a camera shot as stand-in, or neutral observer, or recorder of events. Conscious camera pushes beyond capturing the visual; through awareness of the camera itself, it reflects the emotions and thoughts portrayed in the story.
Lindquist developed the technique and style of conscious camera over a career of music videos and minor projects. As to why he chose The Tell-Tale Heart, Lindquist explained, “The psychological factors from the point of view of Poe’s narrator provide one of the best opportunities to explore [conscious camera].” Lindquist’s choice was both as an artist and a fan. “As a fan, I watched just about every version of The Tell-Tale Heart and while some have been close [to the original story], too many take a shortcut, or wander off in another direction. I wanted a definitive adaptation for modern audiences that stayed true to the short story.”
Which leads us to the screenplay adaptation. “I had these ideas about how I wanted the story told and what it would take to accomplish,” Lindquist shared, “but to get other people on board [making the film] I needed a script that captured my vision and how I would use the camera.” He didn’t have to go far to find a collaborator. “To help [with the script] I needed someone I could trust, and who knows how to write. The guy I chose happens to be my brother, John.”
The script did the trick. As it has made the rounds, industry people have been clamoring to be part of this project. “Camera, sound, music, special effects, artwork, graphics, production crew, studio, and actors,” Lindquist listed some positions filled or have applications under consideration. With production scheduled for Fall 2019, Lindquist has time, and ample interest, to be fastidious in who he chooses to be part of the project and its progressive conscious camera technique.