Big Spring filmmakers James Fite and Brandon Johnson will be debuting their new short film “Carnage Radio” today at the West Texas Film Festival in Odessa. Fite told KBest News that Carnage Radio started as a feature film script, but due to a lack of funding they decided to turn it into a short film.
"May  was our deadline. We said if we don't find the funding we were going to do a short film, and in May I took the script and made the 30-minute short film script," said Fite. He went on to say that they used the month of June to prepare for the film, and began shooting the film in July. He noted that it took 8 days to shoot Carnage Radio and the film had been in post-production since then. They completed the post-production in October 2018.
Johnson advised that in the past their film crew consisted of the duo, Fite’s wife, kids, and maybe 1 other person, but this time around they were able to recruit help.
We went out and put together a crew of local people in Big Spring. There are people in Big Spring, talented people, that have the interest to do this stuff," said Johnson. "When we found them and put together our little crew, we were astounded by how much we could get done when we weren't trying to do everything ourselves."
"Zach Campbell was our cinematographer because we knew he had a good eye with his photography. We got David Haro to [be] our sound engineer because he has his own studio where he does his own mixing and everything," added Fite.
Fite went on to say that they’re trying to get as many local people as they can to attend the film screening today. The first screening will be at 10:30 AM and it will premier at 7 PM at the West Texas Film Festival that will be held at the Jack Rodgers Auditorium Odessa College. Cost is $10 per person for the day, or $25 for the weekend.
If you miss this opportunity to see the premier of Carnage Radio today, you’ll have to wait until it screens in Big Spring on January 26, 2019. For more information, check out their Facebook page for Carnage Radio.