• Brief Synopsis


    A schoolteacher unravels the mystery behind the odd relationship between her new pupil and a stranger with a dark secret.

    What's New

    11Apr

    Howl Wins Award!

    Today Howl won Student Widescreen Film of the Year at the BKSTS/National Media Museum!

    22Mar

    Howl Wins Two Awards!

    Today Howl won Best Screenplay and Best Horror/Thriller, missing out on Best Film at the Screentest Film Festival!

    21Mar

    Howl Nominated for Award!

    Howl has been nominated for Student Widescreen Film of the Year award at this years BKSTS/National Media Museum Awards!

    24Feb

    Howl Nominated for Awards!

    Howl has been nominated for a total of 3 awards at this years Screentest Film Festival! Best Film, Best Horror/Thriller and Best Screenplay! Fingers crossed!

    11Feb

    1st Birthday!

    Today is the 1 year anniversary of the first day of shooting. This time one year ago, we were shooting Bertie the dog at the exterior of our school!

    29Oct

    DCP ahead of Camerimage!

    Today Director Jamie Sims and DOP Samuel Hooper sat down to make small changes ahead of screening in Poland!

    4Oct

    Camerimage Film Festival!

    Today we got word that Howl was accepted into the prestigious Camerimage Film Festival in Poland!

    19Sep

    Portobello Film Festival

    Today we screened Howl at the Portobello Film Festival!

    15Jul

    Today we had a private screening at the school location, for all of the children and parents involved!

    3Jul

    BKSTS Screening!

    Today we screened at London BFI for the BKSTS Annual Student Film Show!

    27Jun

    Lab Festival Screening!

    Today we screen Howl at The Lab Film Festival in Hackney, London!

    20May

    Poster for print!

    Today we send our poster to the printers ahead of the Degree Show, special thanks to Grace Suarez for her fantastic designing!

    29Apr

    First Screening!

    Today is the first screening of Howl in all of it's glory! Everybody seemed to love it!

    16Apr

    Local University Press!

    An article about fundraising with Director Jamie Sims, and Producer Nina Kastner was published in the University Magazine, Glue!

    5Apr

    Composing

    Director Jamie Sims sits down with Composer Harry Kirby and gets creative juices flowing, everywhere!

    22Mar

    Picture Lock

    Today we locked the picture edit! Hard grafting by editor and director!

    23Feb

    Shoot Wrapped!

    Today we wrapped filming on our shoot! Stills and videos coming soon!

    21Jan

    Storyboards

    Director Jamie Sims and 1st AD Ben Cowan sat down to finalise storyboards.

    20Jan

    Bertie the Newfoundland

    We went to meet a dog for the film, Bertie the Newfoundland. Here is the video!

    16Jan

    School Meeting

    We held a meeting with all of our extras' parents after school today!

    15Jan

    Grit Media Interview

    Director Jamie Sims, Writer Allan Macleod and Producer Nina Kastner do an interview with Grit Media.

    13Jan

    Fully Cast!

    We're now fully cast! We shall be revealing our actors very shortly!

    12Jan

    Composer Visit

    Director Jamie Sims, Sound Designer James Wright and Editor Ross Cameron went to meet our Composer Harry Kirby.

    11Jan

    Caravan Location Visit

    Our location team tracked down a nearby abandoned caravan to pass as Big George's house!

    10Jan

    School Location Visit

    We took a trip to our school location for a meeting with the Headmaster, and to begin measuring out rooms!

    9Jan

    Paul Bolton Audition

    We took a trip to London for auditions for the part of Paul Bolton.

    8Jan

    Scheduling

    Producer Nina Kastner and 1st AD Ben Cowan sat down to work out a preliminary schedule for the shoot!

    4Jan

    Location Visit

    Today, we visited our school location to plan out a few of our scenes.

    1Jan

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year Everybody! Donations are going swimmingly so let's keep it going! Thanks x

    25Dec

    Merry Christmas!

    We hope everyone is having a fantastic Christmas!

    21Dec

    School Location

    Today we locked down our location for the school. Forms are signed and we've begun to map out the scenes in the school!

    18Dec

    Donations Galore!

    Our Kickstarter Page hasn't even been online a day, and we're already 26% funded! Thank You!

    17Dec

    Kickstarter Page

    Today we set up our Kickstarter page. To donate towards our film, simply click here! Donate!

    12Dec

    Pledge Video

    Today we shot the video for our crowd fundraising page, we hope to have the page go live, later today!

    11Dec

    Almost Fully Cast

    We have finalised our casting and have made offers towards the lucky few!

    10Dec

    Casting Decisions

    Director Jamie Sims, Producer Nina Kastner and Writer Allan Macleod review all of our actors!

    9Dec

    Casting Recalls

    The team head to London for the last day of Casting Recalls.

    8Dec

    Casting Recalls

    The team head to London for Casting Recalls. We will have a Karen and Ellie after this weekend!

    7Dec

    Creature Builder

    We welcome a new member to our team, Robbie Drake, to help build our creature!

    6Dec

    Crowd Fundraising

    We set about creating our Kickstarter page! Coming Soon!

    Howl Opening Scene


    We hope you enjoy this short teaser of the film, and look forward to you being able to see it in it's entirety, after our Festival run is over!

  • About Our Story

    'As I write this I can see Ellie from my window playing and I am still in awe at the child's circumstances. Perhaps it is fate that she was born half-blind, allowing her not to see the creature for the monstrosity it truly is.' - Karen Crawshaw, October 1994 (Diary Extract)

    Synopsis

    A schoolteacher unravels the mystery behind the odd relationship between her new pupil and a stranger with a dark secret.


    Our Aim

    As primary school teacher Karen Crawshaw takes on new pupil Eleanor Stagg, a man spends his days watching the children at the gates to the school. With the sense of peace at the school now threatened, Karen attempts to understand the man's strange attraction to Eleanor, all the while coming to terms with the bizarre behaviour of the headmaster – Paul Bolton.

    In a chilling climax, Karen discovers that the true evil had been much closer to home, and the man was not as he seemed.

    The film hopes to regenerate interest in the horror/monster genre through combining metaphorical parallels between a common evil within society - paedophilia - and a traditional creature of nightmares. Using this, the film explores both adult and child fears.

    The film was successfully shot in February 2013, in Surrey, UK. Post-Production has completed and now Howl is making the rounds on the Festival circuit!

  • Production

  • Press

    We have been fortunate enough to feature in several blogs/magazines, here are just a few of them. If you'd like to do an article on the film, please contact Ben Cowan at marketing@howlshortfilm.com

  • Contact Info

    Nina Kastner (Producer)

    Email:

    nina@howlshortfilm.com

    Jamie Sims (Director)

    Email:

    jamie@howlshortfilm.com

    Allan Macleod (Writer)

    Email:

    allan@howlshortfilm.com

    Adam Baldock (Production Manager)

    Email:

    adam@howlshortfilm.com

  • Special Thanks

    A huge thank you goes out to all of those who have contributed towards our film so far! You're helping make this film a reality!

    Erik Berglund

    Steve Martin

    Beth Duffell

    Naomi Rose Thomas

    Rosa Blackburn

    Hannah Rowsell

    Jack Grange

    Grant Woolley

    Fundamental Theatre Project

    Edward Quin

    Wayne Jameson

    Mark Sambrook/strong>

    Nocturnalpanda

    Aimee Norris

    Gordon Wright

    Natalie Yau

    Clementine Lloyd

    Kudzai Mupotsa

    Don Newton

    Alex Simmonds

    Kunal Shah

    Becky Dale-Everett

    Veronie Adams

    David Webb

    Lynn Rose

    Laurence Saxon

    Gordon Grant

    Katie Sainer

    Sharon Prentice

    Elizabeth Colleen Mellies

    Carol-anne Stanghan

    Holly Brooks

    Sim Padmore

    Werewolf-News.com

    Elaine Adamson

    David Hadley

    Tony Sambrook

    Christobel Mary Sambrook

    Jane Appleby

    Callum Graham

    Gabriel Cordel

    Sheradan Miller

    Thomas Rawsthorn

    Marcus and Catherine Van Dam

    Lena and Peter Kästner

    Norma Baldock

    Vix Standen

    Chris Thomas

    Masha Kästner and David Moss

    David Moreno, Josefa Moreno Rivilla and Natasa Buljan

    Carla Petrini

    Francisco and Anne Moreno

    Trevor Prentice

  • Creature Concepts

    More Content Coming Soon

    Karen Crawshaw

    Ellie Stagg

    Big George

    Bolton

    Locations

  • Videos

    A Meeting With Bertie from HowlShortFilm

    Pledge Video Outtakes #1 from HowlShortFilm

    Pledge Video Outtakes #2 from HowlShortFilm

    Character Concept Meeting 2 from HowlShortFilm

    South Farnham School Recce from HowlShortFilm

    MC Big Bad Wolf from HowlShortFilm

    Werewolf Rampage on Campus! from HowlShortFilm

  • Karen Crawshaw



    Sarah Whitehouse

    Sarah Whitehouse has a wide range of experience, having worked in feature films, TV, theatre and in radio.
    Sarah brings a natural maternal quality to Karen.
    You can find out more at:
    IMDB
    WEBSITE

    Ellie Stagg



    Cara Doherty

    The youngest of our cast, Cara Doherty is a fantastic actress with huge success already, currently working on commercials and short films. There is something magic about Cara which we knew from day one, and we're very excited to show this on screen!

    Mr Bolton



    James Wren

    Although the antagonist of the film, James Wren is from a comedy background as a writer, performer and producer working with the likes of Rhys Darby.
    James brings a brilliant realism to the Bolton.
    You can check him out on:
    IMDB
    WEBSITE

    Big George



    Neil Cole

    Neil Cole had a captivating stillness in his audition: the perfect Man for Howl. Not only an actor, a comedian, broadcaster, voiceover artist, and motorsport journalist, he is also currently shooting his own show.
    You can check him out on:
    IMDB
    WEBSITE

    Masha Greenwood



    Keeley Jo-Jupp

    Playing the mother of Eleanor Stagg, Keeley-Jo Jupp has worked in film, radio and theatre. Keeley brings the difficult challenge of someone trying to provide for her daughter, while the whole world crashes around her.
    You can check her out on:
    IMDB
    WEBSITE

    The Creature



    Dan Dewhirst

    Dan Dewhirst is a highly experienced Stunt-Man and Actor whose performances have covered everything from feature film to West-End stage. Previous creature performances include work for Ridley Scott's Prometheus, movement for Rytlock Brimstone in the award winning game GuildWars 2 and shows for the Royal Opera House.
    You can find our more about him here:
    MODEL MAYHEM

    Amy



    Jessica Bohan

    One of our main classroom children, Jessica Bohan's confident nature makes her perfect for the showoff of the class. She was a delight in the auditions and is perfect on screen!

    Aaron



    Liam Finnegan

    The second youngest of our cast, Liam Finnegan's curious and cheeky nature makes him perfect for the role of Aaron, he stood out from many in our auditions. We're very please to have him involved!