SECOND EDIT... 'The Survivalist' by Oakhaven Films

‘The Survivalist’ was a collaboration between The Glitch Collective (‘Mariana 627’, ‘What’s Wrong With Morris?’), Period 8 Pictures (‘A Beautiful Death’, ‘Too Many Cooks’) and the newly-established Oakhaven Films, members of each having worked together on previous projects. Oakhaven was the fictional company for which the main character of our sci-fi short 'Mariana 627' worked, and is now the main trading name for our director Matt George Lovett. 'The Survivalist' represents the first short film officially shot under the Oakhaven name, but with upcoming period horror 'Nun's Cross' in the works, it certainly will not be the last.


Second edit...

'The Survivalist' was filmed in London over two days on a budget of £3000. The script was chosen because it seemed markedly different from other shorts on the Impact website: a light-hearted, quietly comedic approach to the apocalypse, and a man for whom the end of the world is the first time his life has had any sort of meaning. We had previously worked with Doug on 'Mariana 627', and so knew he could bring a fabulous beard and commanding screen presence to the mix, as well as a lightly human touch to an eccentric character. The director's house served as the survivalist's house, with some minor dressing, while the bunker interior was built from scratch inside a garden shed in Essex.


First edit...

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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Christopher Dane (Sunday, 02 June 2019)

    Lovely film and a great beard! A few observations: a man like this would already have stocked his shelter and therefore the check list scene probably should have happened in the shelter and, even though it's a great comedic moment when he realises that he has forgotten the 'company' on the list, it seems a little forced that a man that has been living alone for years proclaiming the end of the world would suddenly need company. These are obviously completely redundant comments as the film has already been made :-) I wish you good luck with the competition and the next film!

  • #2

    Karelia (Sunday, 02 June 2019 11:16)

    I loved it! Brilliant idea and well done for doing comedy! I was under the impression we weren't to do laughter but this is a fantastic idea, well-executed and it works. Very well done!

  • #3

    Alison H (Sunday, 02 June 2019 17:22)

    A clever film, with some good editing in the food/items collection sequence! Well done.

  • #4

    PWF (Tuesday, 04 June 2019 18:55)


    A fun, lighthearted film here.
    The use of the shed is well disguised with careful choice of shots (i.e. we don't realise it was filmed in a garden shed).

    A few points:

    - It feels a bit long, but could easily be trimmed a fair amount.
    - There are a few shots in the bunker which 'cross the line', i.e. he looks over his left shoulder, then his right, and the bed switches positions... maybe you have alternative shots and can make this a bit tidier?
    - And (most importantly) I think this film should end around 4:00 when you zoom in on 'Company' and then see his face. That's the punchline; The End. Anything after that drags it out and there's no need for it.

    I think you can get this down to a nice tight 3mins or so whilst also making it better.

    All the best,

  • #5

    Tasbir Malle (Monday, 10 June 2019 18:34)

    Really liked this, funny & thought him turning the paper over to see "company" on the list was funny, good job thought it worked well