Tim Hautekiet has filmed a new sketch along with fellow creators Sammy Paul, Christine Riccio, Morgan Paige, Daniel J Layton, Matt Amys and Elliot Gough.
The location for the sketch is the Queen’s Hotel in Eastbourne. Speaking to TenEighty about the project, Tim said: “The Queen’s Hotel has felt like our playground. We’ve been encouraged to do whatever we wanted to do creatively.”
Tim explained that the aesthetic of the 135-year-old listed building affected some aspects of the final sketch. “The starting point for this sketch was ‘haunted house’, so I was basically looking for something old and wooden, preferably dark with small windows.
“[The Queen’s Hotel] immediately reminded me of the hotel from The Shining, so I started rewriting the sketch to make it work in a hotel, and I’m so glad I did because the location is awesome. The endless, long and dark corridors were great for us to stage the scenes and play around with lighting them in creepy, creative ways.”
Tim worked with somewhereto_, a non-profit organisation that works with young people to find free project space, whether it be for filming, band practice or starting a business. Their aim is “to ensure every young person in the UK can unlock free space to do what they have a passion for”. In Tim’s case, they found the location for the sketch and helped with the logistics of setting it up.
— somewhereto_ (@somewhereto_) August 22, 2015
“The buzz and ideas that flow from the young filmmakers we work with is infectious,” they told TenEighty. “It generates an amazing energy for all of the somewhereto_ crew involved in the process – from supporting on script development to capturing the final ‘martini shot’ on set!”
On working with the organisation, Tim said: “As a YouTube filmmaker, you sometimes feel confined to your bedroom. For young filmmakers, it’s hard to get access to really cool spaces and to shoot on this kind of level. It can be really expensive and there are a lot of people that need to get paid, so collaborating with somewhereto_ on a project like this has been a rare but amazing experience.”
Those also involved in the project include Daniel J Layton, Morgan Paige, Sammy Paul, Elliot Gough, Matt Amys and Christine Riccio. When asked whether he was happy with the results of the filming, Tim said: “Very happy. It just felt nice to be in my element again, making stuff and having fun because I get to do it with my pals. Was just like old times!”
— Sammy Paul (@ICOEPR) August 22, 2015
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