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WINK is a story about a girl alone on Halloween night, standing by to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. Eventually, she is stalked by Emojis’ and must try to stay alive!

WINK is a fun short film that gives fans a Halloween 1978 vibe with the opening Jack-O-Lantern scene! With the growing popularity of Emojis’ in our culture, I found this to be very entertaining and fun, especially since Halloween is just days away. Actress Danielle Victoria delivered a fantastic performance and fit the part just right; I would not mind seeing more of her in the future.

You can watch WINK in its entirety below and after that check out our interview with Writer and Director Alex J. Mann!

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WINK – Emoji Horror Halloween Slasher Film 

 

Written and Directed by: Alex J. Mann
Co-written by: K. Adam Bloom
Produced by: Alex J. Mann, K. Adam Bloom
Starring: Danielle Victoria
Director of Photography: Carlos Medina
Edited by: Nelson Ramm
Score, Sound Design and Mixing by: Tristan Clopet
Visual Effects by: Harrison Wieting
Casting by: Emily Lallouz
Propmaker: Alex Potter

Interview With Writer & Director Alex J. Mann

iHorror: Can you tell us about yourself and your career as a filmmaker?

Alex J. Mann: I got my start writing and performing comedy in NYC at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater, which led to TV writing, which led to directing. Last year, I started Space Oddity Films, a production company exploring tech & culture across TV, film and digital, with my co-producer K. Adam Bloom. We became particularly excited about the tech/horror genre, and have had some success producing content in that vein.
iH: Emojis’ have become essential and very much a functioning component of our growing society. What were the influences in creating WINK?

AJM: Our last two shorts (3 SECONDS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxmTRa6xCZ8) and ME2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6CfyKnvGOc) did well, so we knew we wanted to do something for Halloween. We try to explore a “truth” about technology in each film – in this case, it’s that emojis are creepy, have cold, dead eyes and are a strange shade of yellow. What better way to get this across than to pay homage to the slasher genre? The influences were HALLOWEEN and PSYCHO.
iH: Where did you shoot Wink and how many days were spent filming?
 
AJM: We shot at Adam’s sister-in-law’s house in LA. The shoot was one day at the end of August, with a month of pre-production, and a month of post.
iH: Did you face any challenges while shooting WINK?
 
AJM: Shoot went smoothly, although a lot of the footage was empty shots of rooms and hallways because the emoji animations were all done in post. It was sometimes tricky to envision where they’d be and how they’d move.

iH: Do you have any other projects coming up in the near future?

AJM: We’re currently pitching a TV show adapted from our short films, and plan to make our first feature next year.

iH: Where can fans watch your other films and receive information on upcoming projects?

AJM: We’d love for fans to subscribe to our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/spaceoddityfilms) and like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/spaceoddityfilms).

 

 

 

 

-ABOUT THE AUTHOR-

Ryan T. Cusick is a writer for ihorror.com and very much enjoys conversation and writing about anything within the horror genre. Horror first sparked his interest after watching the original, The Amityville Horror when he was the tender age of three. Ryan lives in California with his wife and Eleven-year-old daughter, who is also expressing interest in the horror genre. Ryan recently received his Master’s Degree in Psychology and has aspirations to write a novel. Ryan can be followed on Twitter @Nytmare112