Orpington film maker's zombie world record
A film-maker has set a new world record for the longest time spent messaging on a social networking site in a bid to raise money for his dream project.
Anthony Lane, 32, of Buttermere Road, Orpington, is recovering from his 86-hour ‘tweetathon’, which ended on Friday. He used fizzy drinks to keep awake while sending messages to fans on Twitter.
The money he has raised will go towards his horror film, Invasion of the Not Quite Dead, which is being funded solely from donations ranging between £10 and £2,500. He is now just £10,000 short of his £50,000 target.
He said: “I had to sleep for two days afterwards. I want to do a 100-hour tweetathon eventually. That’s when I think I’ll stop. The adrenaline kicks in to keep you going.”
His project has garnered support from film critic Jonathan Ross, The Usual Suspects actor Kevin Pollak and director Ken Russell.
The film’s plot is centred on a meteorite which crash-lands into Swiss mountains in 1978, unleashing a deadly virus. The incident is covered up by the local authorities but now, more than three decades later, the virus is released on an island off England’s coast. A small group of survivors have to band together to fight the once-friendly, now-zombified locals.
Mr Lane said: “I am a big zombie fan but don’t want to re-create something that someone else has already done. I want to do something fresh.
“The great thing about it being independent is no studio gets involved – you can keep some of the magic like this.”
He is due to travel to Bulgaria on April 6 for a week to film the “ambitious” opening scene with a small crew.
For more information about the project, go to www.indywood.co.uk