In October 2010 Samantha Horley of The Salt Company created “The Vipers Nest”, a creative collective for commercially orientated first time filmmakers because she felt there wasn’t as much support for them as those who wanted to make the artier fare.
Of the original Vipers Nest line-up, two have made feature films screening at Sundance, Toronto, Sitges and London; one wrote a TV feature which had a European TV audience of over 12m. Another was selected for 2011 Screen Stars of Tomorrow and is currently financing their first film with Altitude and US-based Occupant. One is developing a project with iFeatures. Two are attached to films set up at Metrodome and Salt, another has been directing a hit TV series airing on BBC One. One is developing TV projects with Salt and also has an app game in production. Additionally, three have created global ads for brands such as Yeo Valley, Timberland and the Home Office. There have been many shorts, music videos, virals and a handful of successful collaborations between them all, with more to be announced soon.
The Vipers Nest 2 opened for submissions in January 2013 and Salt were deluged with over 180 applications. Samantha selected 22 directors, writer directors, writers and producers from backgrounds in TV, shorts, music videos, commercials and documentaries.
It is an independent scheme. Salt takes no rights over anything which is created within the group. Salt just want to encourage serious commercial ambition, help make successful films with clear target audiences out of the UK, and support a swathe of exciting new talent find their feet and their voice.
By empowering The Vipers, we hope that connections will continue to be forged and quality commercial films made.