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The Summoning (short film)

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The Summoning
File:The summoning 2018.jpg
Directed byAkash Sk
Produced by
  • Akash Sk
  • Stefania Perera
  • Kasun Rathnasiri
Starring
  • Shenic Tissera
  • Stefania Perera
  • Akash Sk
  • Kasun Rathnasiri
  • Anisha Barakathulla
Music byRuud Hermans
CinematographyKasun Rathnasiri
Production
company
High School Junkies
Release date
31st October 2018
Running time
14 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Budget$650

The Summoning is a Sri Lankan horror short film written and directed by Akash Sk. It premiered on the 26 October 2018 and was released on YouTube and Vimeo the same Halloween..[1].

Premise[edit | edit source]

Four friends discover an ancient spirit board and conduct a séance, inadvertently summoning something sinister that seeks its own vengeance.

Production[edit | edit source]

The film was conceived as a quick skit for Halloween by the production team High School Junkies after their previous short EIDETIC was received successfully at film festivals around the world including Raindance Film Festival and the San Diego Comic-Con Independent Film Festival [2]. Akash Sk stated "We’ve been meaning to do a close-knit project which included the four core members of the High School Junkies." . Shot over four nights in Negombo, Sri Lanka [3] this was the group's fifth attempt at a cinematic production, the film's entire completion time lasted roughly 9 months [4].

Release[edit | edit source]

The film premiered at the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka on the 26th of October [5]

Critical Reception[edit | edit source]

The Sunday Times praised the 14 minute short's cinematic quality as "hauntingly brilliant"[6] having been made on a shoestring budget of LKR 100,000 ($650) [7]

Dimithri Wijesinghe of The Morning wrote that the director and his crew are able to create an idyllic horror atmosphere with some highly impressive framing, to keep you on edge. [4] Additionally the team behind the film were praised for their dedication to filmmaking which is a true gift to the future of Sri Lankan cinema, an industry still trying to find its footing [4].

The film also became the second Sri Lankan film to be accepted for screening at San Diego Comic-Con's Independent Film Festival in 2019 [8].

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Independent horror film 'The Summoning' by High School Junkies to premiere today | FT Online". www.ft.lk. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  2. "THE SUMMONING | LMD". LMD. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. ""The Summoning" – An independent horror film by High School Junkies". Colombo Gazette. 2018-10-23. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "The Summoning – a testament to clever filmmaking - The Morning - Sri Lanka News". The Morning - Sri Lanka News. 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  5. "'The Summoning' : An independent horror film". Sunday Observer. 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  6. "This time it's horror: High School Junkies strike again". The Sunday Times Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  7. The Summoning (2018), retrieved 2018-12-04
  8. "Sri Lankan filmmaker, Akash Sk's movie, "The Summoning" has been selected to the San Diego Comic-Con Independent Film Festival". Sri Lanka Foundation. Retrieved 2019-06-18.

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