1. What is Silent Hill Requiem?:

Silent Hill Requiem is a feature film that was made possible via an Indiegogo crowd funding pitch. The pitch raised $5k, the highest budget I have ever had to work with. The plot to Silent Hill Requiem is that in the present day the Otherworld has broken free from its boundaries and is now infecting the entire world. So an unknown force has brought back those that have faced Silent Hill before to try and stop it.

2. Who is the writer, director, editor and actors; anyone famous?

Silent Hill Requiem is written, directed and edited by me, Gareth Morgan. I have been making films professionally for the past 6 years, but I started making films back when I was a teenager with my brother and his friends. I have been working in the creative arts all my life, I started out as a cartoon artist and from that moved to writing, acting (performing mainly on stage) and dancing (where I ran a Dance Company with a very good friend of mine) After that I spent a few years travelling around SE Asia and wrote my first novel, Constellation Gemini, a sci fi fantasy book about the last days of Atlantis, which I will be self publishing soon. Upon returning to the UK I decided it was time to get a degree and ended up with a First Class Honours degree in Film. And that led to me starting up Zenithfilms with no financial backing, just me, big dreams and a group of very talented actors and dancers that believed in me and my work. Most of these wonderful people you will see in Silent Hill Requiem.

Olwen Davies is playing Heather Cheryl Mason:

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I first met Olwen when I was studying at University, but it was a passing meeting. It wasn’t until we had graduated that I got properly introduced to her and instantly knew she was an actress I needed on my team. Olwen spends a great deal of her time performing live in her own devised pieces and collaborating with others. Thus far she has been in nearly every film I have made since setting up Zenithfilms, whether that be a main role or a cameo and I have come to refer to her as the Face of Zenithfilms.

Gareth Morgan is playing James Sunderland:

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Yep, that’s me, how could I pass up the opportunity to play my favourite character in the franchise? But anyway, you know me, lets move onto too…

Jade Louise is playing Maria/Mary:

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Jade has been working with me now for the past two years and I met her through a student I used to teach. She spends most of her time breaking hearts as a model for a variety of different studios but now also works tirelessly in whatever project I throw her way.

Demi Apryl is playing Cynthia Velasquez:


Demi has also been working with me for the past two years as I met her the same time I met Jade. She also spends majority of her time breaking hearts as a model but also relishes any project I pass onto her, the darker the role the more fun she has with it.

Sam Swainsbury is playing Henry Townshend:

Henry in the Kitchen

Sam is a very old friend of mine who I met through my brother. If memory serves me it was his dad’s camcorder that we used when we started to mess around with making short film pieces all those years ago. If you are looking for a famous actor in SH Requiem, he’s your man. Having appeared in a variety of different TV shows on British Television and performed live on Broadway, his most recent accomplishment was having a cameo in Thor 2! Sam is always up for a challenging role and is always a hit with the ladies ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are of course other actors in the film, who play roles you will know, but to tell you who they are will just spoil the surprise ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. What characters and monsters are in Silent Hill Requiem?

As a creative writer I have always been drawn to strong female characters and this is the general rule for any film I have made. The lead in SH Requiem is Heather and she is joined by James, Henry, Maria and Cynthia. There are many more characters in the film but I am holding off on announcing who they are, I don’t want to spoil the surprise, and the same goes for what monsters will feature in the film.

4. What game/s is Silent Hill Requiem based on?

Silent Hill Requiem takes its influences from the original 4 games made by Team Silent as I feel that these games capture what Silent Hill is all about. I am not however saying that I am ignoring the other games in the franchise. You will see references to nearly every game within Silent Hill Requiem, even nods to the cancelled Silent Hills. But in terms of an overall influence, Silent Hill 2 takes that honour. Silent Hill 2 is my favourite game within the entire franchise, not just because of the story, atmosphere and characters but because it is one of two games that has the town itself as the antagonist. So style, aesthetic and pace will all be leaning towards SH2 for this film.

5. Will you be using the music from Akira Yamaoka?

No, simple answer. Silent Hill Requiem will feature all original music from a variety of different artists, some hand picked from the Silent Hill community themselves alongside the wonderful Maria Makarova and the awesome Warmer

6. When is it coming out? Why is it taking so long?:

The film will be out in 2017. I can’t give an exact release date because the editing process is an unpredictable element, just as the filming process was.

You have to remember a Hollywood movie takes between One and half to Two years before completion, and those productions have teams of people working around the clock on different aspects. This film is all me, I have no post production team, all the editing, CGi, background assets, sound engineering, it’s all up to me and I only started this project in Feb of 2014.

The entire film was shot in just over 3 weeks, most days were around 10 hrs long, and the longest day was 14. I am spending roughly 8-10 hrs a day editing, 5-6 days a week (I have to have at least one day off to keep a clear head) and some days I can get through a variety of different shots and other days I will be there for 10 hrs straight just working on one. Today for example, I have been working on one shot since 6am this morning, it’s now 6pm and while it preview renders for the 15th time today (anyone who knows After Effects will understand that) I am taking the time to write this blog. Literately my entire life since February 2014 has been Silent Hill Requiem, and I will not stop until it is finished.

I have now started a series of Vlogs that give more detail into the pre-production of Silent Hill Requiem. They can be found on my site in the VIP Lounge but for ease of use here is the first one for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

7. I’m not a backer of Silent Hill Requiem so how can I get to see the finished film, will it be on youtube?:

The full feature length version of Silent Hill Requiem (2hrs) will not be available on my Youtube channel. There will be a Special Preview of the opening 13 minutes as a taster.

If you are still interested in seeing the rest of the film after its opening 13 minutes, there are two ways to see the full Silent Hill Requiem film.

The two ways to see Silent Hill Requiem are:

– Head over to the Silent Hill Requiem website, make a donation for either a Digital or Optical copy of the film. SHRequiem Donation Page

– Or you can wait for my next Indiegogo Campaign for Silent Hill Lazarus, my proposed sequel, and by becoming a backer of Silent Hill Lazarus you will also get a copy of Silent Hill Requiem (This campaign will start once SHRequiem is released)

Details of Silent Hill Lazarus, the sequel to Silent Hill Requiem follow below:

Silent Hill Lazarus will be a 12 part web series (I’m hopeful to make many more episodes than that, but it’s a starting point) that follows on 16 years after Silent Hill Requiem. The over arcing plot follows Jessica, a British psychology student, who has been brought to Silent Hill under false pretences and soon discovers she is connected to the town.

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Silent Hill Lazarus takes its initial inspiration from the cancelled Silent Hill game Cold Heart in terms of character and setting, and will take influence from such shows like Haven, Fringe, Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone. The show will also bring in other well known Silent Hill characters as well as creating new ones unique to the show.

By backing this show, via an initial Indiegogo crowd funder and then a continuing Paypal donations page, you will become a part of the continued work of Silent Hill from me and you will also be gifted a copy of Silent Hill Requiem, can’t say fairer than that now can you ๐Ÿ™‚

The Crowdfunder for Silent Hill Lazarus will begin upon the completion of Silent Hill Requiem, so sometime soon.

(N.B. For more info on Cold Heart see scans of the pitch document over on Silent Hill Memories)

8. What languages will Silent Hill Requiem be in? Will there be subtitles?

The spoken language in the film will be English and as of this moment the film will come with Spanish, Portuguese, Czech and English subtitles. I am hopeful to have more but I am currently at a loss of people that know other languages and are willing to sub the entire script for a film credit

And the last question that still brings a smile to my face

9. Is this a game or a film?

Well it’s from a company called Zenithfilms and I have never shown any gameplay, but yeah, I’ve been trolling everyone and it’s actually a new Handheld game from Tiger Electronics ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tiger SH Requiem

(Obvious joke is obvious)

Well that wraps up another blog post, I don’t do these very often, too busy making the films to spend time blogging about them, but I would like to thank you all for your continued love and support of me and my work.

As always to stay in the loop please join me on my various social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube)ย  and be sure to swing by the Zenithfilms Store to satisfy your merchandising needs, and I’ll do this again when I’m nearer to completing the film and may finally have an exact release date….maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰

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