Rats, cannibals, dismembered arms and overflowing human organs. Oddly, I’m not referring to a regular Saturday night at Hannibal Lectors. Over the last four months, while many enjoyed the sunny weather, the warm beaches and the amazing summer festivals, students and alumni from across 9 different disciplines at VFS came together to bring to life the twisted genius of H.P Lovecraft’s The Rats in the Walls.

It was no easy task translating this dark novella into a short film. It required a team of students and professionals who strived from the very beginning to ensure that the finished product would be nothing short of awe inspiring and a crowning achievement in everyone’s careers.  From the awesome writing to the riveting acting, the mesmerizing makeup to the blood curdling sound, the astounding animation to the incredible digital design and game play. Each and every team member came together to ensure that the world would notice Team Rats.

And they have. Even before premiering, The Rats in the Walls has become an official selection at the H.P.Lovecraft Film Festival taking place in Portland, Oregon from October 1st to October 3rd. A single selected film amongst over 200 entries. For a student made and produced film, this is now small feat and it could not have been done without this devoted team.

While the last four months have been tumultuous, they have taught me many things; not only about the nature of film making, but about my own abilities. Movie making is a long and often stressful endeavor. Yet, with the right team of people working with you, the end result can be nothing short of magical. Regardless of where I end up in the future, The Rats in the Walls will always have a special place in my heart for being the first film and interactive piece I ever produced. Thank-you Team Rats for making the experience so memorable.