Sci-Fi Short Created by DFX Students Selected for FrightFest

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Sci-Fi Short Created by DFX Students Selected for FrightFest

A young engineer wakes up from cryo-sleep during a routine deep space flight. Was it due to a false alarm, or something more sinister?

Mayflower, a short film made by NFTS Digital Effects MA students as part of their second year prosthetics short film exercise, has been selected for this year’s FrightFest, which takes place in London’s Leicester Square between the 24th and 28th August.

The film was made as part of the second year students’ annual prosthetics short film exercise, aptly named ‘Gorefest’, in collaboration with prosthetics and make-up FX school, Gorton Studio and its sister company, Millennium FX, Europe’s biggest screen prosthetics business.

The concept of The Mayflower, came from Millennium FX founder Neill Gorton and the film was directed by NFTS Digital Effects MA graduate and Millennium FX Concept Artist, Chris Goodman.

About The Mayflower

It is 2210.  A young engineer aboard the star freighter ‘Mayflower’ is woken from cyro-sleep by a ship’s alert, during a routine deep space flight.  Magus, the ship’s computer system, explains that the situation was a false alarm, but Engineer Preston is disturbed by strange visions of alien horror that make him sick to his stomach.  Despite Magus reassuring him that hallucinations are a symptom of cryo-stasis, Preston starts to suspect the truth.  As he investigates the ship, his grip on reality slowly begins to fade and the horrible reality is revealed...

The Team: Starring Jason Ryall and Benjamin Farry; Directed by Chris Goodman;  DoP Jon Muschamp; Production Design, David Tinto; Composed by Thibault Chavanis; Edited by Mdhamiri A Nkemi; VFX by NFTS DFX students; Produced by NFTS DFX students and Nikolay Savov.

To buy tickets for this year’s FrightFest and to watch Mayflower, which is being screened at 11.15am at the Prince Charles Cinema on Sunday 27th August as part of the short film showcase, please visit www.frightfest.co.uk

The NFTS Digital Effects MA is unique in giving its students a hands-on, practical filmmaking experience alongside a comprehensive digital learning programme in the all-new DFX studios. There are a last few places remaining for the two-year MA, which starts in January – more info and apply at www.nfts.co.uk/dfx