Earlier this year, it was announced that married writer/director team Micheline Pitt and R.H. Norman would be embarking on the creation of a short film titled GRUMMY, about how monsters have the ability to save lives. After a successful Kickstarter, Pitt, best known for her clothing line Vixen by Micheline Pitt and La Femme en Noir, and Norman, best known for his Cuban-shot film, Gusano and his Afghanistan war short, Hajji, jumped head first into production with legendary creature effects artist Kevin Yagher to bring this heartfelt and personal story to life.
Inspired by Pitt’s experience where she used her imagination to escape an abusive childhood, the short centers around a young girl whose stuffed creature, Grummy, brings a new world to life during her most vulnerable moments. Yagher, known for creating memorable creature work such as Chucky from Child’s Play and Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, was tasked with bringing Grummy to life – complete with full animatronics built into the life-sized creature suit. That said, practical effects have always been at the forefront with this project – going so far as to utilizing physical sets and effects reminiscent of those seen in fantasy films from the 80s and 90s.
With production well underway, we here at Nightmarish Conjurings were lucky enough to get an exclusive glimpse into GRUMMY’s progress, through photos and videos, which showcases the beautiful creation of the physical sets as well as Kevin Yagher’s sculpting and the beginning stages of actor Alex Ward’s embodiment of Grummy.
The following videos show the behind-the-scenes creation of the world building that will be seen in GRUMMY.
GRUMMY is set for release in 2020 and will feature actors Tom Degnan (One Life To Live, Limitless) and Alex Ward (Annabelle Comes Home, American Horror Story) with more cast announcements coming soon. Rounding out the production team are producer Gary Deocampo, Production Designer Doug Williams (Pacific Rim, Chappie), Composer Jason Turbin (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gerald’s Game), and Director of Photography Sean McDaniel. To stay updated on all things GRUMMY follow along on IG at GrummyMovie.