My name is Flynn Moores, a film maker from a small town in Wales, I Wrote, Directed and produced The Conspiracy of Dark Falls as well as doing all of the post production myself, I even learned how to do CGI just for this film. I've been making films since I was 17 when I studied media and moving image at college, throughout my adult life I have aspired to create a feature film and after a few failed attempts this movie has become my crowning achievement.
With most films I write, the overall story comes to me fully formed in minutes, usually inspired by seeing something visual or by something I experience in everyday life but not The Conspiracy of Dark Falls. This was different, one day when I was filming another production, I was stood at the base of a waterfall taking in the sound of the rushing water on my break when I was struck by how the water looked so black, I said out loud to myself “hmm they should have named it dark falls”. Suddenly the idea of a small town like the one I was in, named after the falls came to me and would be a great starting point for a dark thriller. A few weeks later I came back to the same town and checked into a hotel with the aim of writing the story, I knew the hotel and the town would be a great inspiration, I stayed for nearly a week and wrote 52 pages of the script. Before I left, I had binge watched a few movies that I wanted to set the tone of my writing, those films were The Thing, The Da Vinchi Code and of course X-Files fight the future. The town I stayed in ended up being the town I shot the movie in also, we even shot in room number 23, the room I stayed in when I wrote the story.
Despite how things may appear this film was made on a minuscule budget of less than three thousand pounds and the entire film was shot using only a Nikon D7100 with 35mm and 18-140mm lenses. In terms of crew there was only myself and David Moors for principal photography, I did all of the directing and cinematography and Dave took care of the audio recording. It was a humble production for sure and we couldn't have done it without the wonderful people who were kind enough to let us film in their homes and businesses. More so there would be no movie at all without the amazing actors who offered their time and talents to make this film happen. We shot principal photography for 26 days straight and although Dave and the others would work for 8-10 hours at a time, I would only have 3 hours sleep each day. At one point I just crashed and had to call everyone to take the day off, the toughest part for me was when Dave was away for 5 days and the only help, I had was my friend Steve for one day of the five especially as I didn't drive at the time. There was a point at which I found myself behind the camera holding a light in one hand trying to keep it steady because the stand had broken and a microphone boom in the other hand while wearing headphones and trying to direct. After principal photography I spent the next year shooting the rest of the movie with the help of another dear friend Zoeie Buser-Evans, Dave also came and helped out when he was available and eventually filming was done. It means a lot to me to win the award for best visual effects because I did all of the post production for the movie single handed and I taught myself how to do CGI because we simply couldn't afford to pay anyone to do it. Shooting the film was an incredible amount of work and even more so in post-production but I got to work with some amazingly talented people like Ethan and Jo as well as all the other talented actors, I met some great human beings like Jacha, Dil and Rita who were all involved in providing filming locations for us. It was definitely an experience that will stay with me for my lifetime, some moments were even hard to believe, one evening we forgot to get some extras and at the last minute we roped two guys who were painting in the background to join us, it turned out they were performing arts graduates and we had friends in common. Sometimes movie magic happens behind the camera too, all in all the filming process was not an easy one but it was a hell of an adventure.
The most common reaction to the film that I get is from people who know that it was made with no money and very few people, they always say the same thing “it looks so professional”.
That's a good question, well as for the film industry this will be my last feature film for the foreseeable future, I did what I set out to do and along the way found the skills to follow my other passion, game development. I am now working full time on my own video game that I hope to release later in 2021.