Do you want to see a New Zealand movie far removed from the pretty countryside setting you're used to seeing on the big screen? Then support our exciting thriller set in suburbia - 'Blind Panic'!
Our names are Mark Willis and Matthew Mawkes and we want to set a new standard for low-budget film-making in New Zealand. Genre movies in our part of the world have gone from strength to strength in recent years, and we want to join the likes of Housebound, What We Do in the Shadows and Deathgasm with our gritty crime thriller.
We’re two best friends who have known each other for the past 15 years. Both of us have written and directed short films and then came a day when we decided to make a feature film...together.
That film is ‘Blind Panic’, a crime thriller set in suburbia in the middle of a heat wave. It centres around two characters, Madeleine, a blind woman, and Louis, a criminal recently sentenced to home detention. Over time, a friendship develops between the two, but things go awry when Louis oversteps the mark and finds himself with Madeleine’s unconscious body lying in the hallway.
With a surprise visit from his probation officer, Louis panics, and makes the worst decision of his life – he ties Madeleine up in the garage. Fearing Madeleine may call the cops if he lets her go, Louis has to decide what to do with her. But he has a bigger problem than Madeleine – slowly closing in is Roman, his psychotic ex-boss. Hell bent on evening the score for some missing money, Roman will wipe out anyone in his path…
And that’s all we want to say about the plot, without giving too much away!
WHY SUPPORT US?
Because since day one, we’ve had the gut feeling that ‘Blind Panic’ would be something great, and we want to share that with you.
What starts out as a drama between two characters trapped in suburbia, soon takes a sharp turn into a claustrophobic thriller. The two main characters struggle with the decisions they make and the situations they are in. Outside forces only complicate matters as the story roller-coasters to a climax. ‘Blind Panic’ delves into themes of power, entrapment and survival – and is never without a dark sense of humour.
At its heart 'Blind Panic' is all about two characters trapped by their own circumstances, and the inner strength our protagonist finds to get herself out of a seemingly impossible predicament. It's going to be an exciting movie to make - and watch.
Last year, we were lucky enough to receive $10,000 from the New Zealand Film Commission to shoot material to showcase what we’re capable of. If you have 5 minutes, check out the test footage we shot featuring our two awesome lead actors. It showcases not only their great chemistry, but also the fantastic locations we sourced, and the technical excellence we’re capable of achieving.
We have great experience between us. Have a look at our director Mark's amazing, atmospheric horror short film Splinter. And because we're so proud of it, we've also uploaded the first 10 pages of the 'Blind Panic' script for you to get a little more insight into what we're going for.
Now we have the challenge to deliver ‘Blind Panic’ the feature film, and must raise the funds ourselves. We are asking for your support to help us raise the bare minimum we need: $40,000 to pay the cast and crew. Almost every other aspect of our budget we can cover, such as camera gear and editing facilities.
So please support us by donating whatever you can, and we hope you’ll enjoy the unique rewards we’re offering. We really want to involve you in the entire film-making process, and look forward to showing you the results of our labour of love: an absolutely awesome thriller that will knock your socks off.
We truly can’t wait to show you ‘Blind Panic’!
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is to get our film seen in a market saturated with content. The digital age has been awesome for low-budget film-makers like ourselves. In a way, the playing field is truly level now - there is nothing to stop anyone with an idea from going out there and making a movie. Who doesn't have a cell phone with a decent camera on it nowadays?
What we believe will stand us apart is our cast. The first indication an audience will get that a film is low budget is a bad performance. This is why we need to raise $40,000 to secure the talent we need. They will be carrying our film, and we need to look after them.
Behind the camera we have a director (Mark Willis) with a great eye for detail and a huge talent for achieving technical excellence. And behind him we're assembling a great team with vast experience between them.
Our film will have a low budget, no doubt, but it won't show on screen, either in the performances or visuals. In fact, it will be truly cinematic and captivating. We think our promo material showcases that well!
Put your faith in our team and we will come through. We humbly thank you for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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