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"After a time, one image threatened to achieve clear focus... It was in him. They knew. Even with protection, he'd looked too long, from too many angles, into the abyss. He was infected."
David Langford, the Hugo Award winning science fiction author, editor and critic has given us permission to adapt his story BLIT into a short film!
Want to know more about the Berryman Logical Imaging Technique (BLIT)? Check out the Nature article here.
Our film is an origin story for the universe established in Langford's story. The plot centers on an extreme right wing, upper-crust English terrorist cell that gets their hands on a BLIT image. This is a high-resolution graphic that holds the power to kill anyone who looks at it. One member of the cell ultimately rebels against his brothers' decision to broadcast the image as a weapon, leading to a deadly conflict of conscience.
Shot in an abandoned nineteenth-century military bunker in Kent, the film will combine a dark, menacing tone with a frenetic plot that evolves in real time, with events ultimately leading to a conclusion that has earth-shattering consequences for the world of the film. Hopefully it'll be quite a ride.
Early drafts of the film by our screenwriter extraordinaire Lawrie Doran have already attracted some exceptional talent to the project. We will be continuing casting throughout this campaign, but for now, suffice it to say, the director is extremely excited.
PRACTICAL MATTERS and WHY WE NEED YOU
The film is a near-future science fiction story that requires a lot of production design in order to deliver the visual feast the script promises. We want to kit out a decommissioned bunker with advanced technology, and still have money left over to get the actors/crew out there for a week to shoot the thing! This is all in addition to the usual kit hire and post-production costs. Our producer Mathias Askeland has put together a budget we will have to stick to if we want to get the film finished. It looks something like this:
Cast and Crew: £0.00. Despite the fact that many members of the cast and crew are working professionals and earn their living through film making, everyone on this project has agreed to work for free to ensure we can make the world we're building as fully realized (and cool) as possible.
Location hire: £1,116. This is a fixed cost we have agreed to for the location. It is an outstanding spot to shoot and we feel the cost is definitely warranted.
Camera kit hire: <£2,500. We've inquired into hiring cameras for the week and the quotes land us at about this price, so for now we just have to make up our mind which camera is best for this shoot. Test, test, test...
Production Design: <£3,000. We need to dress an empty 19th century bunker. No small task to begin with, but considering our tiny budget, it has become nearly herculean. Our production designer is excellent and well up to the challenge however, so as long as we can give him a bit to spend he can take it a long way. Why spend so much on production design? It's the most important factor for creating the look of the film. Great production design is both a cinematographer and an actor's best friend.
Light kit hire: <£500. We've done previous shoots with similar lighting conditions and £500 was enough, so we feel confident we can make this money go a long way.
Food, lodging, transport: <£2,000. An army marches on its stomach and so this is always the expense that ends up breaking the bank because it isn't fixed and depends entirely on the shoot. Anything from traffic to rain to a broken refrigerator can throw this cost over budget, but this crew has made several films together now and we're confident we can keep this cost to a minimum, with much of the crew sleeping in the bunker (and avoiding its inevitably ghostly hauntings) to keep this cost as low as possible.
Post Production/ Mix and Grade: <£1,100. Having a professional mix and grade for the film will really propel it the extra mile. We've asked post houses for quotes and Mathias has decided that with some haggling we can get a quality grade and mix for under £1,100.00.
= 10,200 :-0
.:A LOCATION SCOUT:.
No fear, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to dampen that echo on the shoot so we can actually edit something together afterwards...
Risks and challenges
Risks? Ultimately the risk is always that we will make a bad film and the money spent on the project will be wasted. That wont happen. We are an experienced crew working with an experienced cast and the early days of half finished or ill conceived projects are well behind us.
Challenge? Our goal is not just to make a worth while film, but to make something that transforms its audience. We plan on having the film screened at the biggest and baddest festivals around the globe and that won't happen unless we attack the project with everything we've got. Ultimately the challenge is to bring all our hard effort together into something cohesive on the screen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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