Welcome back my horror loving audience. We have a fangtastic guest today…
Tell us who you are and what you do?
I’m Martin Stocks and I write and direct horror/thriller films. I have made 3 shorts so far and have a couple of features in development. My films tend to have a darkly comedic style to them, blending comedy and horror.
How long have you been making films?
I have been writing and developing films for years. I come from a screenwriting background, and studied that at Uni. I developed several decent feature screenplays, but since they take years to get made (if ever), I decided to start directing shorts. I only moved into directing over the last couple of years. I felt that I needed to build up my knowledge and contacts before moving into directing myself.
What awards have you received?
My previous film Toll Booth has done really well on the festival circuit, winning 7 awards so far. These include for Best Screenplay at Canada International Film Festival, Best Thriller at LA Shorts Awards, Best Actor at Unrestricted View Horror Festival, and recently the Audience Choice Award at Cardiff Mini Film Festival. We were also nominated for the Yorkshire Film Award at Oscar-qualifying Leeds International Film Festival.
Can you tell us about “Black Lake”?
Black Lake is a short, animated thriller. It follows a character who wakes up in a mysterious, hostile world after causing a fatal car crash. The world is foggy, ethereal and initially enchanting, before taking a very dark turn. Our character is forced to face his darkest fears to save his soul and escape this bleak world. It’s a very tense thriller about someone going through the toughest living nightmare imaginable.
We’ve got some stunning concept art from Gabhriela Swann which captures the stark beauty of the world we’re creating here. We’re currently building a multi-award winning animation team to bring this to life, and are really excited by the talent the project is attracting.
We’ve also got 2 excellent voice actors on board. Richard Glover (Sightseers, Darkest Hour, Casual Vacancy) and Andrew Shire (Toll Booth, Ripper, Law a