About this project
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!
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”.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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