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How First-Time Director David Sandberg Turns His Horror Short Into a Major Feature Film

Short film "Lights Out" is the perfect filmmaker's Cinderella story. Made for literally no money, the 2-and-a-half minute horror short--about a woman who sees a mysterious shadow every time she flips her light switch off--is now a major motion picture helmed by the short's mastermind and director David Sandberg.

Short film “Lights Out” is the perfect filmmaker’s Cinderella story. Made for literally no money, the 2-and-a-half minute horror short–about a woman who sees a mysterious shadow every time she flips her light switch off–is now a major motion picture helmed by the short’s mastermind and director David Sandberg, and produced by genre giant James Wan (Saw).

Explains NPR, “Wan co-produced Lights Out — especially helpful, given that Sandberg had no idea how to direct an actual movie. He didn’t know when to say ‘action,’ let alone how to work with a crew. To trust a filmmaker so lacking in fundamentals might sound imprudent, but [producer Lawrence] Grey said he trusted Sandberg’s vision. He added that, when it comes to low budget horror, financiers can afford to take risks.”

Read the full story here. Watch the original “Lights Out” short and the trailer for the film below.

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