What We Do in The Shadows
Flatmates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else - except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood.
When their 8000 year-old flatmate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must teach him the ropes and guide him through his new found eternal life. And in return they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashions, technology, and the internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu, that really changes the vampire’s lives and attitudes towards the ever-changing world around them.
When Stu’s life is threatened, the vamps show us that maybe humans are worth fighting for, and that even though your heart may be cold and dead, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel anything.
This feature is based loosely on a short film that Waititi and Clement made in 2005. Although it has been 8 yrs since they came up with the idea, this certainly proves that good things take time, but vampire mockumentaries take about 8 years. Waititi and Clement co-wrote, co-directed and co-star in the 85- minute film, alongside a host of their NZ comedy peers, including Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh, Jackie Van Beek and Rhys Darby. The film was shot between Wellington locations and a sound stage in Miramar, utilising a lot of local crew and talent. The interior of the house was entirely created from recycled materials by Ra Vincent, and the costume and make-up design was created by Amanda Neale and Dannelle Satherly, both of whom Waititi has worked with on his previous features. The shooting took place over 5 weeks starting in September 2012 and completed with one week of pick-up’s in August 2013. It was entirely improvised around a script that Taika and Jemaine had written, but didn’t show to the cast. Because of the random and often prolonged nature of the improvised takes, the guys came away with about 125 hours of footage from which they needed to create 90 minutes of story. Therefore the editing process took almost a year, with the post and VFX being addressed slowly throughout.
2014: SXSW Music Film Interactive Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (People's Choice Award), Hawaii International Film Festival (Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature), Stanley Film Festival Audience Award, Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (RTS Audience Award), Full Moon Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (Best Film, Audience Award), SITGES Film Festival of Catalonia (Jury’s Special Mention and Grand Audience Award: Best Feature Film), Monsters of Film (Audience Award), Warsaw Film Festival (Audience Award), Celluloid Screams Sheffield Horror Film Festival (Best Feature Award), San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (Audience Award), Night Visions Film Festival (Audience Award)