I Should Have Run was filmed on the Bristol to Bath cycle path in February 2015. The Staple Hill tunnel takes seven minutes to walk through, and in the 1980's wasn't lit at all. Although now a thriving thoroughfare for families and cyclists, several of our team members have been mugged there in their youth.
We filmed between the hours of 10pm and 3am for three nights in a row. This fox in particular kept returning to our filming site, enabling us to capture this shot. To get his attention required some noisemaking.
I Should Have Run was filmed on a Sony A7 camera, XAVC-S at 1080p. It was -3 degrees on the nights of filming, so any breath you see is 100% real.
DOP: Scott Wharram
We decided not to show the monster in the story, as with all good psychological horror, we decided that less is more. The POV of the monster allowed us to be creative with the creature and let our audience imagine what it would look like from their own fears.
The hero special effect was created using a clean frame as a plate, then some VFX magic. Also needed were a few metres of black rope (only available from Anne Summers), two tea trays and two strong men wearing thick gloves.
VFX: Scott Wharram
The sound post production was done by Tom Hobbs at Films @ 59. He created a soundscape using, among other things, backwards pigeon flapping and spoken latin. Gabriela Staniszewska reads the narration and is the voice of the monster, and other vocal effects.
Sound: Tom Hobbs
Preparation and planning for the film took around two weeks, and the total budget was around £200 GBP.