How I Ate Your Mother

About How I Ate Your Mother

How I Ate Your Mother is an award-winning short film made by the Boom Shadows team in 2013. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, this sci-fi featured a unconventional look at how zombies lived in the future. In addition to winning 3 awards at the Exposure Filmmaker's 48 hour Film Festival (Best Film, Best Editor, Best Screenplay), How I Ate Your Mother was also a Shooting People's Film of the Month Finalist (May 2014) ending up in the final three short films for that month.

How I Ate Your Mother has also been screened at the Nightpiece Film Festival (as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and the Portobello Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Horror. It was also shortlisted for the Eastleigh Film Festival Short Film Competition.

How I Ate Your Mother was written, filmed and edited within 48 hours as part of the Exposure Filmmakers 48hr Film Challenge. This yearly event is one of the key events during Southampton Film Week.

What judges have said about How I Ate Your Mother:

'This film was  very well shot and if had there been a cinematography award, then you would be a very strong candidate. Very clever twist in the screenplay and nice use of the double shock factor! Makeup was brilliant!'

“The undead live on, and they deserve love too don’t they? A lovely little Zom-com, and what more romantic offering is there than a dead pig’s head? I’m off to the butcher’s. Congratulations to the team, and particularly the make-up artist!”
Will Massa


Directed / Written by
James Atkins

D.O.P / Edited by
Ben Grace

Jessica Sargent

Chris Keenan

Marcus Kinsella

Kerri Winterburn


Canon 600D
Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens
Canon 18-55 3.5-5.6 EF-S II Lens
Edited on Adobe Premiere


Berliner Zombie Film Festival 2017
Official Selection

Big Terror Horror Short Film Festival 2017
Official Selection

Hackney Attic Film Festival 2016
Official Selection

Fright Night Film Fest 2016
Official Selection

Lima Bean Film Festival 2016
Official Selection

Cornwall Horror Fest 2015
Best Horror (Nominated)

NextGen Mobile Film Festival 2015
Best Short Film - Narrative

Wreak Havoc Horror Film Fest 2015
Official Selection

Portobello Film Festival 2014
Best Horror (Nominated)

Eastleigh Film Festival 2014
Best Film (Nominated)

Nightpiece Film Festival 2014
Official Selection

Shooting People's Film of the Month
May 2014 Finalist (Top 3)

Exposure Filmmakers 48 Hour Film Challenge 2013
Best Film (Winner)
Best Screenplay (Winner)
Best Editor (Winner)