About this project
HEIR is a disturbing, thought provoking PRACTICAL FX driven horror short film from FATAL PICTURES, the team behind the the critically acclaimed, award winning shorts CONSUMPTION, WORM and FAMILIAR. FATAL PICTURES is a Canadian film production company consisting of Writer/Director Richard Powell, recently named one of ten "On the rise indie genre directors who should be on your radar" by FEARNET, and Producer Zach Green, who along with Richard where named one of ten "Canadian genre filmmakers to look out for" by PLANETFURY.COM. With three successful shorts under our belts the obvious next step is feature films, but there is still one last short film that wants, needs, demands to be made. This is that film...
After connecting with a stranger of similar interests online, Gordon and his young son Paul, embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge a secret passion. Before the day ends a horrible truth will be uncovered and a harsh lesson will be learned. HEIR is a monster movie unlike any other, it is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power.
HEIR star Robert Nolan speaks about the film and our past collaborations.
Starring the kings of indie horror Emmy Award Winner BILL OBERST JR and ROBERT NOLAN, and Produced in association with RED SNEAKERS MEDIA, creators of REMOTE, THE ELUSIVE MAN and THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS, HEIR has a great pedigree of talent attached. In addition to these new collaborators several trusted artists are returning to help us craft the ultimate horror short including FAMILIAR's Cinematographer MICHAEL JARI DAVIDSON, SPECIAL FX team, THE BUTCHERSHOP and Composer BERNIE GREESPOON. For a better understanding of the passion and skill of these filmmakers, WATCH FAMILIAR AT THE LINK BELOW!
Our goal is not only to create a chillingly memorable short film but to demonstrate what can be done after a film is funded. Our supporters will see the film they helped make in festivals around the world, in print and in distribution. That is our commitment, to produce one of the most successful crowd funded film projects to date, but in order for that to happen we need the assistance of film lovers and filmmakers just like you. Check out what Horror Cult Star Bill Oberst Jr has to say about HEIR and his involvement in the project!
In order to reassure our supporters that HEIR has the goods, Fatal Pictures reached out to a cross section of the horror community for feedback on the HEIR screenplay. Check out what they had to say!
"HEIR promises to deliver a disgusting dose of Lovecraftian body-horror that will make you squirm in more ways than one!"- Jason Thorson, editor-in-chief of RavenousMonster.com
"A monstrous spin on an all-too-familiar tale of bad parenting." - Alyse Wax, FEARnet
"Considering Familiar, its last work, I would say that Fatal Pictures will definitely bring us, with Heir, a must-see short film. Graphically shocking and original with its body modifications, i would bet it'll be a great masterpiece. The horror in its very best form: disturbing and unique." - Nicolas Tonsho, Fantaspoa International Film Festival
"Ever since I had the pleasure of screening FAMILIAR last year, I became an instantaneous fan of Richard Powell and his work. Richard's ability to tell powerful stories in short film format is incredible" - Heather Wixson, Founder - CineMayhem Film Festival
"With HEIR, Fatal Pictures have planned a stunning and memorable swansong. Set to delve into darker and more grotesque avenues than they have even ventured before, HEIR is certainly going to be another sucker punch from one of the most exciting independent studios out there. Be afraid, because you most definitely won’t be prepared." - Colin McCracken, Zombie Hamster
"Powell is an unflinching examiner of the perversion of humanity that is born of our deepest fears, doubts, regrets and hidden hurts. He reminds us we walk among the wounded and mutated every day." - Dave Pace Bonello, Horror Journalist
"Powell and his producing partner Zach Green are breaking new and horrific ground with HEIR. This project shows that the pair's festival monster FAMILIAR was no fluke; Powell and Green are in the vanguard of horror's new cinematic masters. HEIR is an honest-to- God, bonafide new notion of terror." - Bill Oberst Jr.
"Powell's script for HEIR is so compelling, so fascinating, I just can't wait any longer to finally see the film" - Maynard Morrissey, Horror Movie Diary
FATAL PICTURES: WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE'VE DONE
FATAL PICTURES is a Canadian film team consisting of Writer/Director Richard Powell and Producer Zach Green. Check out Richard and Zach speaking about WORM, FAMILIAR and the foundation of Fatal Pictures following a screening of WORM at Toronto Screamfest 2010.
Together we have produced three self financed short films which have each gone on to earn critical praise, awards, world wide festival appearances and distribution. In order to understand what we aim to do with HEIR, we felt it would be helpful to demonstrate what we've accomplished with past projects.
Our first short, a clinical look at the phenomenon of consensual cannibalism. CONSUMPTION played nearly 20 International film festivals and has been distributed by both OUAT MEDIA and AMERICAN HORRORS. The winner of five short film awards including Best Short, Best Director and Best Special FX. Find CONSUMPTION on FACEBOOK and IMDB
Here are a few quotes about the film; "an uncomfortably great film" - Critical Film "as dark and morbid a short film as you are going to find" - Rogue Cinema "a must for those who are interested in nihilistic, cannibalistic and repulsive flicks" - Flick Fanatic
Our second and considerably more ambitious short film, WORM. Shot on 16mm Film in a High School, WORM depicts one disturbing day in the life of unstable teacher Geoffrey Dodd (Robert Nolan). WORM earned Fatal Pictures multiple film awards, 30 plus Film Festival screenings and over a hundred positive reviews(read them HERE). WORM currently has TV distribution with AMERICAN HORRORS and will serve as the basis for a feature adaption in the near future. Find WORM on FACEBOOK and IMDB
Here's what a few of the critics had to say about WORM; "a truly remarkable short film, a movie that operates on more levels than most like-minded feature-length endeavors" - Beyond Hollywood "hooked me from the very opening scene and didn’t let up until the credits rolled" - Daily Grindhouse "Worm is akin to being dragged through a scintillating cesspool and that's a sincere compliment" - Apocalypse Later
FAMILIAR is our third and latest short film. It is still active on the festival circuit and can also be seen in full on FEARNET where it has been signed for a 3 year distribution run and has already been a STAFF PICK!. The short has played roughly 50 international film festivals including the FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, NEW YORK CITY HORROR FILM FEST and the TELLURIDE HORROR SHOW to name a few. FAMILIAR has recieved nearly 200 rave reviews including FANGORIA, DREAD CENTRAL, RUE MORGUE and AINT IT COOL NEWS (Read them HERE). The film even had the honor of receiving in print articles in both FANGORIA and RUE MORGUE magazines. IN 2012 FAMILIAR made it onto 7 year end Best of Lists. Find FAMILIAR on FACEBOOK and IMDB
Here are a few quotes regarding FAMILIAR;"Fantastically acted, suspensfully shot and gruellingly written, I can't reccomend Familiar enough" - Ain't it cool news "Chilling, carefully controlled mini-masterpiece" - Fangoria "One of the smartest, creepiest and most unrelenting short films Ive had the pleasure of viewing as of late" - Dread Central
THE HEIR TEAM
You can't make a great film without a great team of artists and for HEIR we have stacked the deck. The amount of skill ready to make HEIR a reality is incredible and will gurantee a level of craft and reliability that will make every supporter proud to be involved!
HEIR will feature the incredibly talented horror actors BILL OBERST JR and ROBERT NOLAN, who's work in the genre has earned them multiple awards and rave reviews. HEIR will be their first time meeting on screen and we predict the results will be fabulously creepy.
BILL OBERST JR is most widely-known as the face of director Jason Zada's Take This Lollipop, awarded a 2012 Daytime Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the category of "New Approaches-Daytime Entertainment." Oberst has been seen by over 100 million viewers worldwide in the role of a predatory online stalker in the interactive application for Facebook users.
He is the recipient of the 2012 Golden Cobb Award for Best Rising B-Movie Actor and the 2012 Best Actor Award from Hollywood's Shockfest Film Festival. He shared a 2012 Best Ensemble Acting Award from Sacramento Horror Film Festival and shared a 2012 Best Ensemble Acting Award from Phoenix Film Festival for The Retrieval.
His other awards include a 2013 Monstey Award for Great Historical Monster Moments and a 2012 Baddest Villain Award from ZedFest Film Festival. A 2012 British fan poll for the site Erebus Horror named Oberst as King Of Indie Horror.
ROBERT NOLAN is a Toronto based actor who has been a key part of Fatal Picture's development. Our first collaboration with Robert was 2010's WORM, a short film which earned him countless rave reviews thanks to his incredible and horrific performance as the psychotic teacher Geoffrey Dodd.
Our next collaboration with Robert Nolan was FAMILIAR, where he once again turned in a magnetic performance. Robert has earned multiple acting awards for his work in WORM and FAMILIAR and he continues to receive critical praise to this day for his turn as the Dodd brothers.
Robert's addition to the cast of HEIR is great news and guarantees the film will deliver top notch acting of a quality rarely seen in independent film, let alone short independent film.
SPECIAL FX: THE BUTCHERSHOP
In addition securing two powerful lead performances, HEIR will feature a host of stomach churning PRACTICAL FX. It is our belief that this union of story, performance and visceral, tangible SPECIAL FX creates a stunning and memorable horror experience that stimulates the mind while sending shivers down the spine!
To help us realize our horrific vision we have once again enlisted the help of the super talented FX team RYAN LOUAGIE and CARLOS HENRIQUES, otherwise known as THE BUTCHERSHOP! Check out their reel of work above featuring clips from our two of our previous works; CONSUMPTION and FAMILIAR!
CINEMATOGRAPHY : MICHAEL JARI DAVIDSON
With just over five years experience in the film industry, MICHAEL JARI DAVIDSON has
six feature films under his belt, as well as 20+ short dramatic works
and 25+ music videos and commercials shooting for industry leaders such
as Legendary Pictures, LLC (del Toro's Pacific Rim: Still Seas), Activision (Call of Duty: Operation Kingfish), Columbia Records, WalMart USA and Fangoria Magazine. Fangoria calls Davidson's cinematography in the film Familiar "gorgeous".
Davidson's work has been highlighted in magazines such as Canadian
Cinematographer and Kodak's InCamera, as well as broadcast on
SuperChannel and MuchMusic.
In March 2010, Davidson was named as a Director Ex-Officio of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. In August 2010, Davidson was welcomed to the membership as a Director of Photography in I.A.T.S.E. 667, the International Cinematographers Guild.
CO-PRODUCERS - RED SNEAKERS MEDIA
REMOTE, a twisty, 20-minute time travel slasher film, has racked up 11 awards over its impressive 4-year festival run, and was nominated for a Director's Guild of Canada Award in 2010. It is currently being developed into a feature film. WATCH REMOTE IN FULL BELOW!
RSM’s most recent short, THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS, is an ambitious, 6-minute musical partially set in the 1930’s. It is their second short to be nominated as Best Short Film by the DGC (2013).
Currently, RED SNEAKERS MEDIA are in post production on their soon to be Halloween classic, THE LAST HALLOWEEN! Check out THE LAST HALLOWEEN on IMDB for more details.
RSM prides itself on producing attention-grabbing media content in every viable genre, with an intense focus on innovative storytelling and a commitment to delivering the highest possible production values… all on a budget.
Remember the name Red Sneakers Media. You’ll be hearing more about them in the very near future.
EDITOR & ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - JOHN NICHOLLS
John Nicholls is an Award Winning Toronto-based Picture Editor that has been involved in the production of (as well as cut) a variety of promos, shorts, music videos, TV Series and feature films (3D too!).
Since the beginning of 2012, he has been involved in the BravoFact shorts 'The Sweetest Hippopotamus' and 'The Last Halloween' for Director Marc Roussel and Producer/Star Ron Basch, as well as cutting two feature films currently playing film festivals - 'Looking Is The Original Sin' for Gail Harvey and 'Sex After Kids' for Jeremy LaLonde.
This is his first collaboration with Fatal Pictures.
CHECK OUT OUR INCREDIBLY UNIQUE & EXCLUSIVE PERKS!
Our goal here on KICKSTARTER is to raise $ 17,000 and we want to let you know why we need that amount and how it will be used in the making of HEIR. Before we break that down we want to let every potential supporter know that this is an all or nothing campaign. Either we do it right or not at all, which is the approach we have brought to every project to date. This means there is no risk of a compromised or inferior film, every supporter will either have their pledges returned to them or have a part in a great, successful, original film!
If we reach our goal of $17,000 the budget will be used for the following;
CAST/CREW PAYMENT/EQUIPMENT RENTALS : $10,000
SPECIAL FX/PROPS/MAKEUP : $5000
CONTINGENCY/PERMITS/FOOD : $2000
In return for your generous support we have created some truly unique, interactive perks that you won't find anywhere else! Here is a brief run down of a few of the exclusive rewards we have to offer!
- The full rights to an original, unproduced short film script from Fatal Pictures will be up for grabs. Make it, expand it into a feature, do whatever you like with it, it's yours! The script, entitled VESSEL, embodies everything that makes a Fatal Pictures short film what it is; complex characters, disturbing social commentary and our signature blend of horror and drama. Matchflick.com describes VESSEL as "a unique blend of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Frankenstein."
- The original HEIR poster painting, signed by key members of the cast and crew. This is a one of a kind reward that one special supporter will claim.
- For fans of our previous film Familiar, we will be creating limited edition DVD & Blu-rays, which will feature an extra special, exclusive bonus feature, which will remain a secret until the discs ship. These limited editions will be the first physical release of Familiar for home use from Fatal Pictures, something that’s been a long time coming!
- Continuing with the exclusives, two major props from our previous films will be up for grabs! From Worm, Geoffrey Dodd’s suitcase of horrors (hand crafted by writer & director Richard Powell) and from Familiar, the squid monster which John Dodd digs out from his leg! This unique piece of our filmmaking history was created by the spectacular FX team The Butcher Shop (the same team on HEIR) and comes covered in the original dried blood! These are just a few of our unique rewards, more to be announced shortly!
WHY KICKSTART HEIR?
- SUPPORT SHORT! Short filmmaking is the minor leagues of all cinema, a place for filmmakers of the future to hone their craft and develop the skills that will keep this art form vital and important. If HEIR isnt the right fit for you please find that short film project that is and give it your support! Short films are the most free, open and experimental of all films, they are created by the most passionate and determined of all filmmakers for the love of the art. It is in short films that the daring and original voices can have their voices heard, where the drive to create overrides the demands of profit.
- SUPPORT HORROR! Oh horror, the genre I love, the genre I was raised on, you are amazing but you can be so much more! HEIR continues in the Fatal Pictures tradition of elevating Horror, of infusing it with the brains and integrity which can place it respectively among the other genres. With HEIR, we will continue our battle to bring story, characters, dramatic weight and literacy to the horror genre! We have seen what the genre is capable of with films like THE SHINNING, THE EXCORCIST and ROSEMARY'S BABY, lets try to get back to that and prove why Horror has the greatest potential of all genres.
- SUPPORT PRACTICAL SPECIAL FX! HEIR will feature some truly horrifying Practical FX, an art form which is rooted in the horror genre and is tied to many of our favorite film memories! Help us fight the good fight and bring some more slimy, creeping Practical FX into the world, help us keep the artform and its passionate, talented artists working and creating images that make us smile and squirm!
- THIS FILM WILL ROCK! Probably the best reason to support any film! We have the experience, the team and the story to make an awesome, horrifying and memorable short film! We have the follow through to get the film made, get the film seen and get the film in festivals around the world! We have done it before and we will do it again with HEIR, all we need is the support of some one like you who believes that passion, quality and dedication is something worth backing!
Other Ways You Can Help
Support comes in all shapes and sizes and we will need it in all shapes and sizes to be successful! You can help HEIR by sharing this KICKSTARTER on your various Social media pages and by suggesting it to friends. A simple Tweet or Facebook post really goes a long way, Crowd funding doesn't work without a crowd! Find HEIR on Facebook and give the page a like, share it around and we will do the very same for you and your projects in the future! Just make sure to tag either the film, Richard Powell or Zach Green in the post and we will make note and return the favor!
While most of the elements have been secured for HEIR, the film is still in need of the following and maybe you can help!
LOCATIONS in the GREATER TORONTO AREA have yet to be secured, including; A House with a simple living room, basement and bedroom, A Coffee Shop or Dinner for a single three minute scene.
MALE CHILD ACTOR; We are still looking for our SON character and perhaps you or some one you know has a Son who is interested in taking part? While we will be going through traditional casting avenues looking for our Young Boy (10-12 years old) we thought we might keep the role open to the public! If interested please contact us through the information provided above! This is a paid, non-union position.
ADDITIONAL HELP: Any Independent film is always in need of passionate, talented filmmakers and if you feel you would like to take part in anyways please contact us. We can't promise you a position but there just might be a place for you on the production team, we won't know until we hear from you!
Risks and challenges
Every film is faced with its own unique problems and challenges, HEIR is no different. To ensure we create a powerful, far reaching short film, Fatal Pictures has assembled an experienced, talent rich team to help us see the production through to the end! In addition to our team, Fatal Pictures has a great deal of personal experience producing short film projects and promoting them sucessfully afterwords. We understand making a film is only half the battle, getting it seen is the other often over looked task that spells the difference between failure and success! We can assure every supporter that their pledges will be used effectively and will result in a film that they can be proud to say they are a part of!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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