November was a huge month for After Nightfall with big wins in Baltimore, New York and Sydney.
TRAVELLING TO NEW YORK
Wayne Tunks and I made a pact that if After Nightfall got into New York Web Fest then we would fly over for the screening. We had just finished filming Season 2 when the nomination came through, but not only did we get into New York, we also got into Baltimore New Media Festival as well, which was the week before New York.
Unfortunately I was booked on another job, eight days filming on a fifty-foot boat off the Great Barrier Reef, so I missed Baltimore. Wayne flew out to the U.S. a week before I did and when I arrived back on dry land I received a phone call from Wayne in Baltimore, not only had we won Best Mystery/Thriller but also Best Cinematography as well.
Two days later I was on a plane for New York where I met up with Wayne (writer/director), PJ Johnson (sound designer/mixer who was nominated for Best Sound) and Jacinta Moses (one of the main cast members). Meeting up in New York was a wonderful experience; it was amazing to remember that After Nightfall was conceived in a small house in Blacktown (Western Sydney). I still remember the day that Wayne sent me the scripts, I phoned him up after reading them and said “Let’s start shooting ASAP!” A week later we had our first shoot day under our belts, it took ten days to complete and a year later we were all in New York. Wayne was still on a high from his week in Baltimore while the rest of us were just excited to be in New York.
NEW YORK WEB FEST
NYC Web Fest ran over three days and it was great to meet filmmakers from all over the world. We got to see a bunch of screenings, attend seminars and soak up the world of new media and web series. The three days culminated in an awards ceremony where, to our great surprise, After Nightfall won Best Mystery/Thriller Web Series.
MADE IN THE WEST AND CFIFF
We had an amazing time in New York, it would have been great if PJ could have picked up an award as well but the nomination was incredible and to win best series with the team there made it really special. We flew back on a high to discover that we had also been nominated for a bunch of awards at The Changing Face International Film Festival in Sydney and Made In The West film festival in Western Sydney. Changing Face was hugely successful for After Nightfall, winning Best Web Series, Best Editor for Paul Anthony Nelson, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Actor for Rob Miniter.
The following day we went to the Made In The West Festival, celebrating films and filmmakers from Western Sydney, where PJ won Best Sound. We were all stoked for PJ to have a win and it turns out he didn’t need to go to New York to win awards, he could do it right here in his own backyard.
November feels like a turning point for After Nightfall, winning awards at international festivals and standing out in a very crowded market of high quality web series. With Season 2 almost completed editing and Season 1 still to screen in Miami and Seoul, there is still plenty to look forward to in the months ahead.
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Nicholas Price is a Sydney based DOP | Producer who has made commercials, video clips, TV, documentary and short films. Nick is a Masters graduate of AFTRS and is always striving to bring a unique visual style to any project he works on. He recently shot the award winning web series After Nightfall and feature film According To Otto.