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The Verge is a frantic action, sci-fi short film following three women fighting for survival on the edge of an ongoing apocalypse.
The Verge is a frantic action, sci-fi short film following three women fighting for survival on the edge of an ongoing apocalypse.
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IN A NUTSHELL

The Verge is a ten-minute, female-driven, live action, sci-fi short film. It follows three women, survivors of an ongoing apocalypse, who are forced to fight their way to the top of a flooding building. This breath-taking climb will change both their lives and the fate of humanity.

Combining the best elements of an exciting action film, The Verge will thrill the audience while making them reflect on profound human issues affecting our society and planet today. The symbolic production design together with an impactful ending are what ultimately make of The Verge an action-packed allegory, setting it apart from other short films. 

Endorsed by a passionate team of experienced filmmakers, The Verge also stands out for its strong off-screen and on-screen female power and diversity, giving voice –and fists – to groups that are rarely provided with lead, heroic roles.  

If you believe this is a short film you would like to see or are just curious to know how this climb to the death ends, join us in this adventure and race with us towards The Verge!

THE TEAM

 THE PLOT 

In the basement of a derelict building, three young women wait to face the final test of a selection process. While a brutal storm grows threateningly outside, the challenge is revealed: they need to make it to the top floor of the building. Simple… If it wasn’t for the fact that only the first candidate to arrive will be “the chosen”.

Scene 1 - Concept Art
Scene 1 - Concept Art

Our trio suddenly engage in a desperate sprint that quickly turns into an ascendant race to the death. Blows, stabs, alliances and revelations splash the climb; violence rises at every floor.

When our protagonist finally gets to the top, we understand the prize pursued is something bigger than their lives.

THE CHARACTERS

  • BRAVE is a humble, honest girl but the brutal world she lives in has turned her into a rebel. She may not be a trained fighter, but she has the courage and strength of a fierce survivor and will do whatever it takes to complete her mission.
Brave - Concept Art
Brave - Concept Art

Smart, adaptable and agile, BRAINS believes she has what it takes to be the chosen. Her thoughts move as fast as her feet, making her a dangerous opponent. If she can’t outrun or outfight her rivals, she will definitely outthink them.

Brains - Concept Art
Brains - Concept Art

BRUTE is a ruthless fighting champion whose only concern is her own survival. She is ready to keep doing what she does for a living: to fight without compromise and to win without mercy.  

Brute - Concept art
Brute - Concept art

THE FIGHTS & THE LOOK

We want to show real women, fighting a real battle, each of them with a different style of combat, a different agenda and a different set of strengths and weaknesses. Long takes will sell the action onscreen, as we aim to keep the tension and authenticity of the fights as tangible as possible. More importantly, we will be focussing on the characters’ personalities and their emotions during these battles: their thirst for victory, their desperation to fight for a greater good and their fear to fail in their rise to the top.

Scene 2 - Concept Art
Scene 2 - Concept Art

In line with the apocalyptic tone of the story, the film will be visually draped in dense blacks, sickly fluorescents and a constantly moving camera racing alongside our trio. The unique costumes of the fighters and the intriguing design of the abandoned building play a key role when it comes to portraying the actual apocalyptic world The Verge is set in. 

Costume Sketches
Costume Sketches

THE BUDGET

We had initially planned to fund The Verge ourselves, for a minimal budget, but we quickly realized that the story deserved a bigger scale production. We then decided to take the crowd funding route to expand our budget.

Budget Diagram
Budget Diagram

The bulk of the budget will go to the set design and the locations. Bringing a sci-fi apocalyptic world to life is both challenging and expensive, and we want to make sure that we have the means to do it right. We will also be bringing on board actors trained in martial arts and onscreen combat along with fight choreographers to make the action sequences as riveting and original as possible.

Preliminary poster image
Preliminary poster image

 

Risks and challenges

Every film has it's unique set of challenges and in that respect The Verge is no different.

The main challenge will be bringing the apocalyptic world to the screen. A team of experienced production designers and costumes designers along with the right locations will be key to the success of the film and that's where we will put the bulk of our money.

The second biggest challenge will be making the brutal fight sequences look real and be truly engaging. For that we will be hiring a professional fight choreographer and casting actresses with extensive martial arts and on onscreen combat experience.

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    You are a Civilian

    You are now one of us, apocalypse civilians! We will celebrate that with a big THANK YOU and a SHOUT OUT on social media! You will also receive private updates, news, secrets and intel on the making of “The Verge”.

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    You are a Survivor

    As an apocalypse survivor, we want your name to go down on posterity! We will thank you on our END CREDITS and all of the above.

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    You are a Racer

    You are running with us in this climb for survival! Your effort will pay off and get you the digital download of THE FILM (before anyone else can see it!) and all of the above.

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    You are a Fighter

    You want to take some real action! Because you are ready to work up a sweat for us, we reward you with The Verge's MAKING OF DOCUMENTARY. You will witness how we rehearsed the action fights, set up the scenes in the abandoned building, as well as listen to the testimonies of our cast and crew. And, of course, all of the above.

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    You are a Leader

    We love your spirit and acknowledge that you really want this film to stand out! This is why we want you to dive into The Verge's world with all your senses! Get a digital download of the SOUNDTRACK and a digital copy of the SCRIPT with the Director's Notes (on shots, lighting, movement, etc.), plus all of the above!

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    You are a Champion

    We have to admit it: you kick ass! We know there aren't many like you, so we want to reward you with something very special: a digital download of THE FILM WITH PERSONALISED COMMENTS! You just have to tell us what aspects of the film you would be interested in learning more about and we will make a version with a voice over just for you! Besides, get all of the above.

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    You are a Hero

    You made it to the top! In other words, you are saving us! Since you are our hero, The Verge's team wants to meet you in our WRAP UP PARTY and reward you with our unique PHOTO ALBUM EDITION with stills from the set signed by all crew and cast. And all of the above!

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    You are an Associate Producer

    You believe so much in this film that you are already part of our team! You will get an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT, VIP TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE and all digital downloads!

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    You are an Executive Producer

    WOW. We couldn't be more impressed, nor thank you enough! However, we can reward you with the best credit in our hands: you are now an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of The Verge. You are invited to MEET with the Director, Producer and Writer to discuss ideas for the film. In addition, you will get VIP TICKETS to the PREMIERE and all digital downloads.

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