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Thursday, January 20, 2011

KV - comic master of horror

Si Stanisauskis, better known to Moviestorm users as KV, is a single parent in his early 30s from Rochdale, near Manchester in North-West England. After a variety of janitorial jobs, he now works as a teaching assistant at a local primary school by day. At night, however, after putting his three children to bed, he creates horror films and comedies using Moviestorm.

KV derived from the name he used when he was involved in music production. Si originally called himself King Villain, but then opted for the less controversial DJ KV. When he shifted into making movies, he dropped the DJ and decided to stick with just KV.

Si started making movies about 18 months ago. He’d been making music for years, and wanted to make his own music videos. His first attempts were simple slide shows interspersed with screen captures from various visualisers, but he soon tired of that. His first movie software was Antics 3D, but when he realised they were no longer supporting consumers, he moved quickly on. He tried iClone and CrazyTalk, but then gravitated towards Moviestorm and its faster production environment. “I liked its simple approach,” he says. “I could just get in, quickly build my sets and characters, and start filming. I think of it as my home for production.”

His tally of 54 videos so far is impressive by anyone’s standards. “I soon realised I could do much more than music videos,” he says with pride. “I’m a massive fan of horror, and I figured out I could do a lot by combining good sound design with the visuals.”  His horror series Dr Cross was well received by fans, who commented on the eerie sound. It took him three months to make, as he learned how to push Moviestorm to create the effects and the look he needed. He’s upbeat about the amount of work he put in.  “I’m often up until silly o’clock in the morning,” he say. “I don’t mind the limitations. I see them as challenges.”

More recently, he’s been focusing on his silent comedy character, Norman. Clearly inspired by Mr Bean, Norman’s bumbling antics have charmed viewers. “He’s fun to make,” says Si. “He started off as my demo character for the props and things I was making, and he took on a life of his own. This year I did a Christmas movie about him. It took me three weeks, working through the night.”

Like most amateur moviemakers, Si has several projects on the go at once. He also makes free mods for Moviestorm, and has been teaching himself about low-poly 3d modeling. His latest release was a set of normal household set dressing. “They’re little details that Moviestorm is lacking. If you’re like me, adding all those extra details can make all the difference.” He’s also working on more eclectic items like an aquarium and a bumper car ride, and he recently made a hoverbike for Dean Wells, which can be seen in his demo reel, Boom. Si stresses that making mods is a hobby, and he has no plans to sell them. “I like sharing,” he says. “I just hope I don’t get too distracted - I want to make movies too!”

This year, Si’s planning to follow up on his existing work and develop the series he’s already created. There’s a new episode of Doctor Cross, which he says will bring in a new perspective on the story so far, and he’s working on more Norman stories. “I feel sorry for him. I can’t help it, he’s a really tragic character. He needs to get his mini back. ”

In closing, Si notes that his approach to film-making has changed over the last year.  “I’m always impatient to get in and start shooting,” he says. “My first films were all improvised. I’d just get in, see something I liked, and see what I could make of it. Now I’m a bit more organised and try to plan things a little. I’m still impatient, but now that I’m working with other people occasionally, I try to finalise the script before I start filming. I had one disaster last year while making Infected. I cast all the actors, and then lost the script, so I had to write it all out again from memory! I’m sure I lost some of the best bits in the process.”

In many ways, Si epitomises the spirit of the amateur filmmaker. “After a day at work, and then looking after the family, it’s my break into sanity,” he grins.

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KV: Moviestorm page | Mods | Facebook


(5) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 06:18 AM

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. Thankyou for having me and I look forward to many more productions using moviestorm and creating many more free mods :D

Kate on 01/24 at 02:19 AM

Interesting read and nice to know some more about KV!

tamilmovies on 03/25 at 03:59 AM

KV you are doing a multitasking performance…Film maker has many creative ideas…your blog is really nice to see…

tamilmovies on 03/25 at 04:11 AM

KV this blog is quite interesting…

Andy Mole on 03/26 at 02:55 AM

Methodically enjoyed interpretation this piece of writing. Thank you for having me and I look onward to a lot of more productions using moviestorm and creating a lot of more free mods.

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