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“THE MILL AT CALDER’S END” at once recalls M.R James and Hammer horror films with a passionate sense of storytelling in a medium that both enshrines and reinvents the old classics.” – Guillermo del Toro
THE MILL AT CALDER’S END is a Victorian ghost story puppet film in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and gothic horror films of the 1960s. This film utilizes 30 inch tall bunraku puppets and traditional in-camera practical effects.
In the remote village of Calder’s End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, his childhood home, intent on breaking an ancient family curse. Grimshaw’s journey takes him deep below the decaying mill,into mysterious, forgotten catacombs, where he must confront the very source of the evil that has corrupted his family.
THE MILL AT CALDER’S END was directed by Kevin McTurk, a professional creature effects artist, cinematographer, model maker, and puppeteer. Kevin began his career in special make-up effects over 20 years ago, working at Stan Winston Studios on Batman Returns, Interview with a Vampire, and the Jurassic Park films. He has worked for many effects companies over the years, including the Jim Henson Creature Shop, Amalgamated Dynamics, and Spectral Motion. In 2004, Kevin was contacted by Weta Workshop in New Zealand and moved to Wellington to work on the films King Kong,The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the gory comedy Black Sheep (in which he also played the Weresheep creature).
In 2011, Kevin received a Project Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation and a Filmmaker’s Grant from the Handmade Puppet Dreams (a short film series curated by Heather Henson, Jim Henson’s youngest daughter) to make his first puppet short film “The Narrative of Victor Karloch.” The film was a great success, playing in over twenty international festivals, and winning the 2012 BEST ANIMATED FILM at the DragonCon Film Festival. His follow-up film, THE MILL AT CALDER’S END was a successful Kickstarter project, which was initially targeted for $32,000 and earned over $65,000 in contributions.
- Director: Kevin McTurk
- Writers: Ryan Murphy and Kevin McTurk
- Producer: Kevin McTurk
- Director of Photography : Kenton Drew Johnson
- Visual Effects Supervisor: Adam C Sager
- Lead Puppeteer: Eli Presser
- Voice of Nicholas Grimshaw: Jason Flemyng
- Voice of Apparition : Barbara Steele
- Creature Suit Performer: John Alexander
- Music: Meredith Yayanos and Will Thomas
- Sound Design: Eric Skodis
- Creature Concept Design: Guy Davis
- Parchment Design: Mike Mignola