About this project
We're delighted that we've reached our funding goal, thank you to everyone who's pledged so far!
So what happens now?
You can continue pledging until 2.50pm (GMT) on Friday 25th March!
What will you do with the additional money?
We can bring more crew on board to ease the burden on our small but immensely talented & dedicated core team!They’ll all be working for free just like us, but this will enable us to pay for their travel expenses and food on set!It will also give us some more money to allocate to the art department, costume and hair & make up to raise the production values even higher!
In short, every single penny will be spent on the film to give it the highest possible chance of success in future!
Thank you to everyone who’s been involved so far in any way at all, this is YOUR movie, and we want to make it the best it can be!
Why should you help us?
You shouldn't! Unless, that is;
1) You like the look of the project & want to see the film get made;
2) You want one of the rewards;
3) You like the idea of supporting a group of talented, hard working and enthusiastic filmmakers who desperately want to make this film (and are all working for free)!
We can't be more blunt than that - we're not asking for charity, we really want to engage YOU in the project to help bring it to life!
Paranoia was the first warning...
Sam is stuck in limbo in the remote English village where he grew up - his parents disappointment, coupled with his own lack of direction lead to him seeking excitement in forbidden places.
As Sam searches for a purpose, he and his girlfriend Rachel are the unwitting victims of a peeping tom, and their lives begin to unravel in a depraved spiral of paranoia.
Sam soon discovers that there may be a link between the community leaders he's grown to trust and a series of terrifying encounters with bizarre masked maniacs.
When Rachel disappears, and Sam's worst fears become a reality, he uncovers a sinister cult who will stop at nothing to preserve the status quo of their environment, and keep their identity a secret...
Last year we made a short version of the film which finished joint fifth in BBC 3's search for the best undiscovered horror directors.
Buoyed by the reactions we received to the short (you can read some reviews at the bottom of the page!), we have fleshed out the story & characters and want to imbue our audience with an even greater sense of dread, malice and terror!
Picking up where the acclaimed short film left off, "Dogged" the feature film is a story that we care passionately about, featuring characters that we, as film makers, know well, and want to share with you!
We all want to make the kind of film we'd like to watch ourselves as avid horror fans - and we can only do that with your help!
Remember, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform, so if we don't reach our target, none of your pledges will be collected, and we won't be able to make the film.
You can also help massively by promoting the project to your friends, family and social network!
Please use the hashtag #Dogged so we can reach our goal! And why not follow us on Twitter for regular updates? @DoggedTheMovie @AshMountainFilm and @r_rowntree
If you're seriously considering pledging & would like to view the original short film, please message us and we will send you a link!
We'll be as frugal as possible with the budget - below is a pie chart to help explain where the money's going:
It might sound like a lot of money, but here’s how it’s going to be eaten up…
10% (£1500) is payable in Kickstarter & bank transaction fees.
10% (£1500) is for the score which is being written, performed and produced by the excellent composer James Griffiths (more details on him on the kickstarter page!) – this sounds a lot, but it’s an incredible deal based on almost 2 hours of original composition which really adds to the atmosphere of a horror film!
4% (£600) is for insurance – this covers public and employers liability insurance (essential, especially where people are working for free and locations are being provided for minimal costs equalling 5%/£750) – it also covers some of the equipment which several large local companies have agreed to rent to us for a fraction of the normal price, which takes a further 7%/£1050)
Sound is something which is essential to get right – more than a bad picture, an audience immediately disengages with a film that has bad sound, so to resolve this, our sound design and mixing package will cost us 10%/£1500 of the budget.
When the cast & crew are all working for free, the least we can do is provide food and beverages for them, and to reimburse their travel expenses – this amounts to 24%/£3600 of the total cost of the film.
Production expenses (printing scripts, paying for printer ink and so on) also mounts up – that will cost us around £750 or 5% of our budget.Post production too will cost money – although we own a large amount of equipment already, we do need to provide storage of all the digitised film on separate hard disc drives which will account for a further 5%/£750 of the money.
That only leaves us with about 16%/£2400 to spend on the costumes (being sourced largely from charity shops!), hair and make up and the art department dressing materials, which includes needing to build several specific sets.
So where’s the other 4%/£600 going…?
Well, that’s where YOU come in – through Kickstarter, we’re offering 25 unique “rewards” for every single person who pledges to support the project…the hard costs of this are covered by that money!
Writer/Director/Producer Richard Rowntree has completed 6 shorts films in the last 2 years which have screened at festivals around the world. With 14 years experience in the film industry (which incorporates working on around 70 feature films & large scale TV shows as a key member of the art department) and a degree in film from the University of Kent at Canterbury, he knows his way around film making! He finished in the top 5 of the BBC's search for the best undiscovered horror film directors last year, and he's well equipped to stamp his unique visual style of storytelling on this, his debut feature. He's also a massive horror film fan, so he knows his audience, and genre, inside out! Most of all, he cares passionately about this film, and getting it made to the highest possible standards. However, he's not on his own - he'll be ably assisted by the key members of the crew and cast listed below!
You can see his ImDb page here for further credentials!
DOP/Producer Chris Foulser loves cameras! He hails from Bishops Stortford, and it's the initials of this town that are at the very core of what he's about! He studied at the University of Winchester and has an affinity with the coast, which is probably why he chose to reside in Slough, where the soothing hum of the M4 Motorway mimics the tropical sound of the waves lapping at the shore. At school, he was voted "Most Likely to become a Blue Peter presenter", and that kind of ingenuity, combined with a keen eye for a killer shot means he's a great guy to have on your production!
VFX Artist/Producer Lee Wignall describes himself as "pretty geeky but not super-geek"! He's been illustrating for as long as he can remember, and he studied art & design at Central St. Martins College in London. He has worked freelance for several major companies including MTV and Fox, and was the recipient of a Promax Award back in 2005. He has experience of working in many areas - location shooting, green screens, motion controlled, set and miniature shoots, as well as pre-visualisation, editing, animating, compositing and even directing. Lee is our wing-man and post production wizard extraordinaire!
Composer James Griffiths is an award winning film composer and formerly a professional musician of 13 years in The Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards. His career has incorporated performing on world stages to the Royal Family and at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, The London Olympic Games & Tours of Japan, the USA and Australia. He has a Masters Degree in Music Performance and Psychology. He has composed music for TV clients such as MTV, VansTV, Yahoo! and has a music publishing deal in Los Angeles. He also works as Assistant to Saturn Award Winning Film Composer Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) & was recently appointed as Lecturer of Film Composition at The Sage venue in Gateshead. James joined forces with Ash Mountain Films to score the music for the short movie of Dogged and is incredibly pleased to continuing on the journey for the Feature Length Picture.
Check him out at www.jamesgriffithsfilmmusic.com
Production Designer Mel Wignall studied Theatre Design and Production Crafts at Northbrook College in Sussex, where she specialised in set building. Upon graduation, she waded straight into the world of film and TV, and has spent the last 10 years working as a prop maker, set dresser and model maker primarily. She has some pretty impressive credits to her name, including "The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus", "Ink Heart", "Wolfman" and "Dark Shadows". Mel has helped us on several of our shorts, and, handily, she's also married to Lee, one of our producers!
Hair & Make Up Designer Clare Nixon has been involved in the business for over 20 years. In addition to her film work on "Infected", "Zombie Playground" and many more, she has also worked on "Celebrity Juice" and the short film "What the dog saw" which opened the Channel 4 FrightFest event last year. She's worked on glamorous celebrities such as Geri Halliwell & Catherine Zeta-Jones and had her work featured in magazines such as Teen Vogue, Hello and You. Clare is an integral member of the Ash Mountain Films family having worked on 5 of our 6 shorts to date.
Costume Designer James Hair runs COG - a prop, costume & SFX makeup workshop. He has already begun work on the animal masks that our assailants will wear - have a look at the pics! If he isn't taking afternoon tea somewhere, he will most likely be found in his workshop - covered in glue - or hunting imaginary assassins in the fly loft of your local theatre! His recent work as a costume designer has incorporated the films "The Flock", "Cat Rescue", "#murderselfie", and, of course, the short film "Dogged".
Sound Designer Joel Summers studied music technology at Swansea University before becoming a sound designer. Since that time he's worked on a number of films (including "Zombie Playground: Ice Scream" & "Mayonnaise Malais") and at live events. Joel did the sound recording for the short film "Dogged" too, and we were so impressed with his thorough approach and quality of recordings, that we asked him back to do the feature, and luckily for us, he said yes!
Sam Saunders will reprise his leading role from the short film - and we're delighted to have him on board! Sam graduated from Drama Studio London in 2013, and since then he has starred in a number of short films, as well as performing on the London Fringe scene, and in several regional & national theatre tours.
Sam's girlfriend Rachel will be played by the wonderful Aiysha Jebali who will also be reprising her role from the short film. She is a Scottish/Tunisian professional actress who has starred in leading roles in several award winning films. She trained at Ecosse Performers College and has also studied in Hollywood! Acting is her passion & she's lucky enough to have merged that with a successful career. Aiysha is represented by VS Casting & we couldn't be happier that she's agreed to return to the role!
In terms of other casting, with the exception of our leads, the actors have not yet been confirmed. We've been focusing on creating engaging and well-developed characters as our priority! With a successful Kickstarter campaign, we don't anticipate any problems in finding qualified and experienced actors to fill these roles, and we have several choices in mind at this stage. Your support as the public (and our potential audience) will also help to attract the kind of talent we want to help realise the project!
We're anticipating shooting through September and October 2016, with a completion date for the film of April 2017. We have lots of pre-production work to do in the meantime to make our film the best it can be, and we need YOUR help...
Your support is CRUCIAL to the success of this campaign.
Kickstarter is an all or nothing crowdfunding platform, so if we don't reach our target, none of your pledges will be collected!
To thank everybody who supports us, we'll reward you handsomely! See the rewards sidebar for more details - but in the meantime, below is a brief summary of the kind of things on offer:
For EVERYONE who pledges £15 or more (about US$22), you'll receive a minimum of a credit in the end roller of the film under the "Special Thanks" section.
For EVERYONE who pledges £25 or more (about US$36), we'll send you a digital download of the movie to watch at home - get together with friends, and it's cheaper than going to the cinema!
For £100 (about US$145), you can promote your business or website with your company logo in the end roller of the film, listed as a corporate sponsor.
For the higher rewards packages, you can receive amazing perks such as being an extra in the film, dinner with the director, invitations to the wrap party, tickets to the premier and even title credits in the film!
See the rewards sidebar for more details and packages!
Remember, the quality of our work depends on your generosity, so please dig deep, and help us spread the word about the project!
Your pledges won't be collected until the beginning of April if we reach our funding goal, so don't worry if you're a bit short on funds this month...think of it as a lay-away pledge!
Remember, you can follows us on Twitter @AshMountainFilm and @r_rowntree and on Facebook for regular updates!
Here's some words about the project (and the short film) from people who really know their stuff!
"With a brilliant musical score and cinematography, Rowntree's style does a great job pulling the viewer in. Dogged is a well-executed blending of a dark fairy tale concept, meshed with psychological terror."
Matthew Myers at The Blood Shed @BloodShedMyers & @BloodShedHorror www.theblood-shed.com
Read the full article here:
"There's definite potential in Dogged. If the short is what new UK horror director Richard Rowntree can pull off in one shooting day, then we may have a new director we need to keep an eye on. But he can't cut corners with the feature - he'll need the right funding. As well as everything else he'll need, he must invest in getting original masks and good actors."
"Fleshing out the short film's narrative and bringing more intimidating masks into the mix, Rowntree could definitely be onto something here."
Howard Gorman - film writer at Scream Horror Magazine, DreadCentral and Cinema Chords. @HowardGorman
" ...it’s definitely something I’d like to see developed. It’s symbolism is subtle, but integrally linked to it’s fairy tale inspiration. There’s a great deal of action in the short, and it’s well-done, succinct and builds fear and tension seamlessly. It blends distorted visuals and music to create an unsettling, jarring experience that will set viewers on edge – as a good horror film should. Importantly, it reminds that scares can be made without a massive budget."
See the full review at http://popcornhorror.com/dogged/
"Rowntree has shown why we will be expecting some neat horror films from him in the next few years. Using plot devices from some of the scariest films of the past several years ("The Strangers," "You're Next," and "Kill List"), he keeps the story crisp and original to deliver a big bang scare...Perhaps what eventually throws us is the ambitious nature of the menace. Rowntree doesn't stop at a cute "Boo!" to end this short, though that would have been fine. Without betraying the plot, let us just say that there is a really creepy 90 minute horror film to be birthed by this 4 minute jewel called "Dogged."
Zisi Emporium for B Movies @cjzisi
See the full review at: http://zisiemporium.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/dogged-horror-short-in-hyundai-santa-fe.html?m=1
"Dogged is a great little film...(it) is a chilling, twisted horror film that reminds us that our primal fear of what lurks in the woods is well deserved"
Jim McLeod at www.gingernutsofhorror.com @jimbomcleod
"Dogged pays homage to many classic horrors, whilst carving an intriguing identity of its own. Lots of questions remain and there's plenty of potential, so I'm very much looking forward to the feature-length version."
Sarah O'Connell, Editor-in-Chief of Film-Reviews.net and radio film critic
"If Rowntree's short film "Dogged" is any indication, his full length feature will surely be worth backing. He has shown that he has a love of film making and the horror genre, and with proper backing, his feature has high potential."
Graveyard Glen at www.thenecropolismacabre.com @NecroMacabre
www.TalkHorror.com (@horrortrailer) called the short "A promising experiment in paranoia".
"In the modern world, anybody can access the tools & technology to make a film, but it takes somebody with specialist knowledge, understanding and insight of film to make something that is compelling to watch. Richard and Ash Mountain Films provide that and more, quality assured, whatever the budget. If you're investing in a film, you are actually investing in the passion and skills of the director and production team, so it makes sense to invest in one with an incredible depth of knowledge, experience and film enthusiasm like these guys. After watching the short, your brain is already whirring with "what ifs", "how comes" and "where nexts" - teeing up the need for a full feature that can expand on the background, characters and scenarios...where do I sign?"
Tim Fuell, founder Jibba Jabba Productions, Journalist & Entrepreneur @timfuell
Jumpscares.co.uk (@jump_scares) Review:
"Wasting no time in getting to business, the short begins as it means to go on – with a relentless pace that cuts to the chase and a focus that successfully exhibits the directors passion for the project. The masked antagonists and voyeuristic nature of the plot is most akin to 2013's "You're Next", but by no means is this a cheap imitation – Dogged proudly and firmly stands on its own four legs."
Horror Hothouse (@HorrorHothouse) Review & interview with director Richard Rowntree:
"Here at the Hothouse (we) would love to see it expanded into a full length feature, so if you have a few Pounds, Euro or Dollars to spare click on the kickstarter link now!"
UK Horror Scene (@UKHorrorScene) Review:
"Dogged is a genuinely promising short that I think will make for a disturbing, terrifying horror, and YOU could be a part of it. Seeing what these immensely talented filmmakers can do in a day with £300, what they manage when they hit their target is going to be pretty damn special."
Horror Movie Newz (@werewolf918723) Review:
"Dogged took a way creepier take on cult films than The Wicker Man, I didn't even like The Wicker Man! Dogged, like The Hills Have Eyes, reveals that consistent paranoia we all seem to possess "Somebody's watching", which is pretty damn creepy when done right. This film did right by the cult genre in my opinion. I was definitely getting a vintage horror vibe when the masked killers were revealed."
Thirteenth Floor (@13thFloorSite) Review:
"The first thing that immediately hits you when the short starts is the score. A score can make or break a horror movie in many ways, but this one is dark, intense, and really sets the tone for the story as it unfolds.
Another thing that really stood out to me is the cinematography. Richard's camera work and shot selection does a really good job of pulling the viewer into the madness he's created.
The main objective is to get "Dogged" fleshed out into a feature length film. If this concept version is anything to go by we will be in for a wild ride, filled with greater characterization and higher production values when the film is made."
Wight Blood (@WightBlood) Review & interview with director Richard Rowntree:
"Short films aren't always easy to review. It's next to impossible to create any depth to a story in four minutes. But Dogged does feel like a full length feature film crammed into its short run time. The score is very impressive. Obviously the filmmakers felt this was an important part of the film, and rightly so. It makes Dogged standout from other low budget short films. The music creates the atmosphere, scares and pace of the film. It's very impressive. But it also looks great, the director is clearly a fan of horror and knows how to shoot the genre. The influences for the film are clear to see...even with the masks of the villains (The Strangers, You're Next). But it doesn't matter so much when what you do, you do well."
Demon Scribblers (@DemonScribblers) review:
Only a measly four minutes in length, shot in a single day and coming in under a less than five-hundred-dollar budget, Dogged somehow managed to capture my attention completely. A testament to the professionalism, knowledge and expertise of (director) Richard Rowntree, cast and crew it shows great promise and attention to detail there’s nary a scene that appears out of place. In fact, this short flows tremendously well. The multitude of camera angles used and corner of the screen (out of character perspective) tricks utilized adds to the building sense of ominous nature, the You’re Next/Purge masks worn by the antagonists only heightens this same feeling. The accompanying soundtrack adds effectively to the atmosphere throughout a great companion/catalyst to the on screen action. In short (pun!) this effort bodes extremely well for the premise of a full length if the modest Kickstarter goal is met. I have no doubts (if there’s any justice) that showing a short of this standard of quality will bring in the required funds and plenty of backers excited for a completed product (making the best use of a larger budget) that will help shine a light on a fan of/contributor to the genre. One who knows exactly what he’s doing and the means and measures needed to produce a top notch film."
Thank you for taking the time to explore "Dogged", and we hope you will want to help bring this project to production!
Risks and challenges
We have every intention to shoot in September/October 2016; but we also want to make the film the best it can be. Delays may occur because of location and availability negotiations and various logistical issues which may arise.
However, this isn't the first time we've had to deal with this kind of uncertainty (director Richard Rowntree was a Production Manager on independent features in a previous life!), so we're well equipped to deal with those problems!
Whilst we anticipate an April 2017 completion of the film, this may also be slightly delayed in the same way, but we're all pulling together as a team to overcome any obstacles so we meet this date.
Each and every one of our core team thrives in the film making environment, and the challenges it presents to us on a daily basis - we love what we do without exception, and we're all working towards the goal of making this film the best it can possibly be!
If we surpass our fundraising target, then we will be able to attain even higher production values by way of casting, equipment and bigger supporting crew, which would culminate in an even better finished product.
We promise to communicate with ALL of our backers throughout the film making process, and keep you updated of any potential obstacles as and when they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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