Director Alex Bram is on a mission to bring quality back into the horror genre. His award-winning psychological thriller Body of Work honors the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, while at the same time, using modern technology to bring about a new wave of suspenseful filmmaking. His film won two Best Cinematography awards as well as one Canadian People’s Choice award. Now the hit movie Body of Work is coming to print and you can make it possible. Marcus Trahan has determined to bring Body of Work to the printed page. And has launched a Kickstarter campaign to adapt the first volume of the of Alex Bram’s indie movie, into a graphic novel.
Body of Work is a homage to the classic horror style of Alfred Hitchcock. The story is about Jack Volger; a talented but deranged artist who is also a serial killer with a penchant for special pigments to use in his portrait painting — his subject’s blood. Marcus Trahan is a matte painter who also sculpts, does animation,3D modeling and so much more. He has worked on numerous feature film and television projects including The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek: Enterprise, Once Upon a Time, and American Horror Story, to name a few. In 2009, Bram approached him to create oil portrait props for his movie Body of Work, which were to be punctured and bleed on cue. The shoot and final edit were completed in record time, and the movie was an online hit.
Shortly after, they were discussing how great it would have been if they had a large video effect budget so that they could really explore the horror sequences and Trahan suggested that they create a graphic novel adaptation of the film that would allow them to do just that as well as give them the opportunity to pitch Body of Work for a feature film remake. This is that project.
Volume #1 is slated to be 40 pages and 15 of those pages are already completed. The book is slated to be printed by November 1st, along with all Kickstarter obligations, as Trahan has taken some time off to focus on completing this project. They are paying for printing and distributing the book themselves; any extra funds will go towards legal consultation, increasing the print run and paying the creative team.
According to Michael Allen, “Body of Work is a Panic Attack Film that looks at artistry, blood-letting and the desires of the very twisted Jack Vogler. Directed by Alex Bram from actress Shayla Beesley’s script (Perkins 14), Body of Work is the best horror short these eyes have seen. Clocking in at 23 minutes, the fact that this film does not have distribution is more shocking than the final horrifying scene.”
Trahan went on to say, “I love short films. Shorts are a great barometer of talent. Working within confines often determined by how much money a filmmaker and producer are able to put together, and relying on the talents of those willing to contribute their time, often free of charge or at severely reduced rates, the result can be very enlightening. Body of Work from Director Alex Bram is a short ghost story that packs a good punch into its tight 23-minute time frame.”
This project will only be funded if at least $8,000 is pledged by Sunday Aug 18, 2013.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.