We take the piss out of our generation
“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