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“With Trav, we just phoned up his agent and asked,” Vines says. “And Jerome, he came on two days be­fore we shot that episode — we still didn’t have any­one to play the role so it worked re­ally well.”

That will­ing­ness is a com­mon trait among emerg­ing cre­atives, Vines explains. Those lucky enough to earn reg­u­lar gigs of­ten have to start at the bot­tom, which is fair but of­fers few op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. That’s what this project of­fered, he says. “We’re all just start­ing out so this is a chance to play around with our ex­per­tise and try new things. And it shows that if we want to go out and ex­per­i­ment, it’s pos­si­ble with work and other com­mit­ments.”

Im­mers­ing him­self in the project re­quired Vines to over­come a long-held pho­bia of hor­ror movies, with re­search re­quir­ing him to en­dure count­less clas­sic ti­tles, from Night­mare On Elm Street to It.

“When we got started, I hon­estly didn’t know how I’d go. But I can see why peo­ple love these kinds of movies. It’s such a unique ex­pe­ri­ence to be scared.”

The labour of love has been well re­ceived so far, with traf­fic on the on­line videos grow­ing and plenty of pos­i­tive feed­back.

And Vines and his co­hort are al­ready think­ing of ideas for their next en­deav­our.

“Af­ter we shot the last episode, we didn’t know what to do with our­selves — no more pro­duc­tion meet­ings at 9.30pm, our week­ends freed up. But we had a lit­tle launch a few weeks ago — 250 peo­ple sit­ting down watch­ing our work. That was the best feel­ing I’ve ever had.” All six episodes of Girt By Fear are on­line now at girt­byfear.com.au

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