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Filming has wrapped on the new indie horror film “Hex”, and now the producers are seeking community support to bring the pulse-pounding adventure to audiences everywhere. The film is unusual in that it was written, acted and produced by skydivers, making it the most realistic skydiving movie ever.
The idea for a film merging horror and skydiving came naturally to the production crew - Andy Malchiodi, Chris Johnston, Bethany Baptiste, and Joey Box, who are all skydivers. They were able to naturally paint the skydiving world of Hex based on many years of experience around the drop zone.
Mike Carpenter employed the perfect framing and camera moves of each jump to communicate the aerial action in ways never seen before in Hollywood. The visceral experience sets a high bar for dynamic cinematography. Every scene was also shot in splendid 4K resolution, and one of the most important duties will be adding the right color grading to each frame, as well as creating the necessary visual effects.
To pull off the skydives written in the film, the producers enlisted the help of some incredibly talented freeflyers, including Co-director Andy Malchiodi. Jumpers in the movie also include Melissa Nelson Lowe, Jason Russell, Dusty Hanks, Stephanie Strange, and Eric Busto just to name a few.
“Hex” is a unique addition to the horror genre, combining modern freeflying with chilling horror themes. The film follows protagonist Sarah, played by Kayla Adams, as she and five fellow skydivers execute a taboo aerial formation. What happens next defies explanation: Sarah witnesses an inexplicable disappearance during the jump, and the team soon find themselves haunted and fighting for their lives against an unseen, mysterious force. They quickly discover that nothing is what it seems, and the viewer is carried right along with them on the wild ride.
“Our post-production team is ready to go,” says Co-director Chris Johnston, “and your contribution will help us complete visual effects, sound design and color grading — these are some of the necessary finishing touches to what we know is a great film. This production has been an incredible journey for Co-director Andy Malchiodi and I, and we’re enormously grateful for any support the community can give us.”
Perks for supporters of “Hex” crowdfunding campaign start at $15, see website here for details. The entire team is sincerely thankful for all contributions to our campaign.
Chris Johnston, Producer/Co-director