AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 11: (L-R) Vanessa Winter and Joseph Winter attend "Deadstream" Premiere during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar on March 11, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Sean Mathis/Getty Images for SXSW)
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Deadstream's 'Brutal' Filming Schedule Meant There Was No Room For Error
One of the best horror movies of 2022 is the found footage-style film “Deadstream,” which follows a disgraced YouTuber trying to make a comeback by livestreaming his overnight stay at a haunted house. Directors Joseph and Vanessa Winter crafted a highly entertaining, unique blend of horror and comedy, though the filming of “Deadstream” was far from relaxed.
Given the nature of the live-streaming format, the directors needed to have every aspect of the film planned. Vanessa Winter shared, “There wasn’t a lot of space to play around, time restriction-wise. And also, just in the nature of it being a livestream, the movie actually had to be pretty precise where each plot point and each dialogue piece was kind of timed out.”
Joseph Winter, who also stars as the main character, added, “There was a stopwatch aspect where Vanessa knew how many seconds we had for each moment. The only time we had to make something up on the spot was because it just wasn’t working.” The film feeling natural without improvisation is a testament to its fantastic script and intricate camera work.