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An adaptation of the short story by Stephen King.
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L.T.’s Theory of Pets is about how pets can cause more problems that just peeing on your rug. It’s the ultimate story of dog people vs cat people and pet lovers vs cynics but is also a sensitive tale of a tortured man reflecting on his broken marriage, and, as it’s a Stephen King story, a dark horror. 

Pets vs People

As we all know, pets are so much better than people. They hug you, they don’t ask you to do things and they love you unconditionally. 

But what if you were convinced that your pet was out to get you, would you still feel the same? 

The Story

L.T.’s Theory of Pets is the story of L.T. and Lulu; a husband and wife who naively buy each other a dog and a cat but find they don’t quite get on with their pets as expected, and, as their marriage diminishes, the animals become not just a cause for total chaos in their house, but a poetic reflection of their relationship. 

As the story is told after the fact by L.T. at a dinner party, we discover there’s more to it than it appears…

Stephen King’s Dollar Babies

L.T.’s Theory of Pets is based on the short story by Stephen King, which has been generously licensed to us for only a dollar (!) as part of his Dollar Baby program. This allows us to produce the film, send it to festivals, and guarantees that the man himself will see the finished product. Unfortunately, it also prohibits us from sharing the film publicly (though we hope they’ll budge on this), so if you’d like to see the film make sure you choose the perk with access to a private link to the film!

Previous Dollar Babies have led to superstar careers, including that of Frank Darabont; the original Dollar Baby, who went on to direct The Green Mile, The Mist, and the world's greatest film, The Shawshank Redemption.

We are a team of young filmmakers who met at Queen Mary University of London three years ago. This project is a passion for all of us, as well as the small army of other young filmmakers who have offered to help us out in production!

Christian Haywood is our Writer and Director and owns NO PETS! 

The cynic of the group, Christian graduated from the BFI Film Academy in 2016 and has gone on to produce, write and direct a multitude of short films spanning genres and styles with Ashton House Films. His love of comedy and high-concept ideas encouraged him to adapt the story and remains the only member of the team not convinced that pets love you unequivocally! 

Joe Deeks is our Producer and a proud dog owner.

Joe recently arrived back from a year in New York where he produced and directed three short films shot in Manhattan, Queens, Harlem and New Jersey. Being a dog owner, Joe relished the prospect of having to work with animals and was keen to get involved from the beginning. Joe is hoping to use his experience with dogs and cats to help overcome any potential issues facing the project, as well as helping to obtain and prepare a suitable working environment for our furry friends.

Ivee Raičević is our cinematographer and owner of 2 (!) cats AND a dog!

Two cats and a dog later, Ivee has a hard time believing that pets can be vicious. Nevertheless, she’s still open to having her mind changed. With degrees in both film and photography and studying in New York for a year, she has had an opportunity to work closely with established cinematographers and learn the craft first-hand. She will ensure that all good boys and girls have their close-up!

Jesse Cox is our sound designer and owner of 2 cats and a dog! (Blimey, they really do like their pets)

Jesse has a background in music production as well as being in the process of completing a photography and verse publication. He's confident both his experience in sound recording/design and his experience with animals will make it easy to provide a suitable and professional working environment in which to create a fantastic film, while enjoying some quality time with 'friends' (pets).

We need to raise £1,500 to get this project off the ground, and your money will be essential in helping us realise our vision for this film. 

By donating you can grab one of our perks, which you can see on the right.

Our major costs include:

  • Hire and welfare of two trained animals: casting our dog and cat will be essential to smooth and effective production.
  • A varied cast of 5 actors.
  • Travel: we’ll be shooting in East London, but will still need to get not just ourselves, but also over 500kg of equipment, onto set for two days.
  • Location: we will need to source a house for our protagonists, as well as a forest area nearby.
  • Food! It may not seem crucial, but keeping our large crew, both human and animal alike, will require a serious amount of grub to keep us healthy and happy.
  • Festival applications: We want to reach as wide an audience as possible, and the Dollar Babies graciously allows us to do so. 
  • Making the film the best it can possibly be. Our budget is not much to make an entire short film, and we will be using every trick in our arsenal to bring down the costs. Any money raised above our budget will contribute to the film’s quality, and our wellbeing (I’ve been told it’s important).

Please do share our Facebook and Instagram, and if you mention the film in a post, picture or tweet, use the hashtags #PeopleVPets and #LTsTheory, and share with us your pets, and why they’re so important!

Facebook: @AshtonHouseFilms

Instagram: @AshtonHouseFilms

If you have any questions get in touch with us on social media, where you can also keep up to date with everything we’re doing!

THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

As young filmmakers, we are highly aware of the risks and challenges we'll face in the production of L.T.'s Theory of Pets. Having two animals on set will be a challenging addition to the production process, as well as shooting the full short in only 2 days!

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