The Gate, a short genre film by British filmmaker Matt Westrup, will be transformed into a feature length production by U.K. Wayfare.
The movie plays out like a cautionary tale against unregulated pharmaceuticals, but contains some very sweet effects, and a few really good creepy scenes.
Independent filmmakers creating shorts as an advert for what they could do with a bigger budget is an interesting trend, and is just one more facet in the way the market for entertainment is moving away from the massive machine, and allowing the little guy to get something over to the audience.
It still requires a bit of money, and a big team to make something like this, so it’s not like we’re at the point where any young person with a camera and an idea can proposition Hollywood - but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
"Our plan for The Gate was to always expand and build upon the world that I conceived for the 11 minute short,” Westrup recently commented. "Wayfare Entertainment shares our vision in taking those themes and ideas, and adapting them into a sci-fi thriller that is driven by a grounded, sophisticated plot and intriguing character arcs."
No production or release dates have yet been announced for