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About this project

  Greetings friendly faces of Kickstarter. :) We’re Lewis Jordan and Jason Smith and we’d like to introduce you to SCAVENGER; a project we’ve been working on for the better part of the last four years. A Nouveaux-Gothic chamber piece; minimal characters for maximum effect. Not quite a horror and yet not quite a thriller.

At its most superficial level, ‘Scavenger’; as the title suggests, is about a scavenger hunt; a scavenger hunt with almost other-worldly origins

The ‘Freya box’, the central object of our story with an odd; almost supernatural past requests an item, in return for an incredibly addictive; but brief experience known as ‘enlightenment’; pitting two players against each other and pushing them to the very limits of their sanity.

As the game progresses, the requests grow increasingly vampiric in nature; the pursuit of which draws the worst side out of our characters.

We won’t beat about the bush with this; Addiction is an issue that’s dealt with in some form by billions around the globe, and when the supernatural elements are boiled down from the story; our tale becomes a horrifically plausible reflection on how destructive a force this can be; • What it does to families, • To individuals, • And in the worst cases, how it can bend otherwise wonderful people into monsters, just looking for their next fix…

…at any cost.

Recently Lucinda Rhodes and her fabulous production company Hawken-Rhodes have joined our team and have been instrumental in securing an award-wining cast and crew. More on those wonderful chaps in a moment.

The story has been crafted with a very claustrophobic feel in mind, primarily set in one location; harking back to the almost drawing-room feel that the early universal horror films had.

The central setting of the tale; a new home that, at the beginning of our story, represents a place of comfort, security and newfound stability to our central character after he endured a hard breakup, along with our Freya Box; draws a life-force of its own, leaching the life and sanity from everyone within; almost becoming a character in its own right.

The further drawn into his own madness by the forces at work, the more the four walls that once provided a sanctuary start to turn on him

Visually the film draws heavily from the German-Expressionist movement of the 20s/30s. Think along the lines of: • The Hands of Orlac; • The Man Who Laughs • and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari.

Pacing-wise, this is not another fast-and-furious style horror that’s been inundating cinema for the last decade or so; this film is more of a creeping; slow-burn; akin to • The Exorcist; • The Shinning; • or to a lesser-extent The Omen[1976].

It’s an unsettling tone. Most unsettling of all, despite your better judgment you’ll find yourself sympathising with our players even as their actions towards each other become increasingly vile. 


 Writers Lewis M. Jordan Jason Smith

Director Lewis M. Jordan

1st AD Jason Smith

Emerging talents on the UK Indie cinema circuits; Spent the last few years honing their craft making several short features, receiving critical acclaim. This is their first venture into the world of feature length projects.

We’ve cast two of the fastest rising stars in UK independent film today in the films principle roles:

Paul Marlon

Paul Marlon [Click for Showreel]
Paul Marlon [Click for Showreel]

A name most will recognise from his starring roles in films such as:

  • Essex Boys Reunion
  • Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan
  • Communion
  • and SSDD

Not to mention his appearances in TV shows:

  • A Touch of Frost
  • L8R
  • and Toast of London

Victoria Broom

Victoria Broom [Click for Showreel]
Victoria Broom [Click for Showreel]
 
BAFTA winning Director Neil Jones has described her as “a talented, brave and energetic artist, her drive and ability to take direction made her performance dynamic and totally believable”

Along with working with actors such as Steven Berkoff, Craig Fairbrass, Noel Clarke she’s played prominent roles in numerous films including: 

  • Man in the Mirror
  • Crossroads
  • Vampire Women of Satan
  • Dead Cert
  • Forest of the Damned
  • Stalled
And notably appeared in the Derren Brown special: Hero at 30,000 feet.
Lucinda Rhodes [Click for Showreel]
Lucinda Rhodes [Click for Showreel]

Producer Lucinda Rhodes has been instrumental in securing the best names available; most of whom have a long-standing history of working together. Her credits and experience both in front of the camera and behind the scenes are vast and invaluable. Her credits include

  • Evita
  •       -Winner of 1997 Academy award for best original song 
  •       -Nominated for 4 other Academy Awards
  •      -Winner of three Golden Globes
  •       -Nominated for two other Golden Globes
  •       -Nominated for eight BAFTAS
  •       -Nominated two MTV Movie awards  
  •       -And countless other nominations
  • Deathwalks
  • No Reasons
  • Fall of the Essex Boys
  • Le Fear

 And TV credits including:

  • Cavegirl
  • Dreamteam
  • My Parents are Aliens
  • and the upcoming HBO series: The Floogals
Spencer Hawken
Spencer Hawken

Producer Spencer Hawken; the other half of Hawken-Rhodes; whose credits include

  • Blakes 7
  • Poseidon
  • Doctor Who

 And he’s made various appearances on talk shows including:

  • This Morning
  • Paul O' Grady
  • Richard & Judy
  • and appearances on Children in Need
Porcelain Film [of Nicholas Winter]
Porcelain Film [of Nicholas Winter]

Nicholas Winter is our Director of photography; an Award winning Director in his own right:

His film Breathe won him the London Independent Film Festival 2010 Award for Best Director

And he’s also worked on films such as:

  • Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan
  • Lost a Girl
  • Communion
 

And he’s Written, Directed and Produced episodes of Television Series: The Indestructables.

Bradley Stearn [Click for Showreel]
Bradley Stearn [Click for Showreel]

Bradley Stearn is serving as 1st Assistant Camera; His credits include:

  • No Reasons
  • Welcome to Essex
  • Death Walks

Sound Recordist: Jeet Thakrar was nominated for the Verna Fields Award for his work on The End of the Line. In addition to this he has numerous credits, including:

  • Spring Heeled Jack
  • The Witching Tree
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  • No Reasons

Your investment will be going to General production costs such as:

  • Location Rental
  • Props
  • Costums
  • Paying [and feeding] our cast and crew

 Without your contribution none of this would be possible, so I’d like to thank each and every one of you interested enough in this project to pledge for supporting us.

Risks and challenges

As with any production there are risks, related to the nature of filming; but the script has been carefully structured to reduce all logistical difficulties to the bare minimum [almost no location changes; minimal cast; minimal stunts]

The combined experience of everyone involved spans over 50 productions; so even if [when] any issues should arise during production, we’re confident that it can be overcome with ease.

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