Thanks for clicking on our project, & welcome to the Kickstarter campaign for our home invasion horror/thriller “Nefarious” – the second feature length film from Ash Mountain Films, the team behind the multi-award winning “Dogged” - and this time we've raised the bar!
For just £15 (about $20), you can pre-order a digital download of the film!
Need more convincing?
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 (for just £15 you can get an earlybird digital download of the film!);
3) You like the idea of supporting a group of talented, hard-working & enormously enthusiastic filmmakers who all want to make this film so much that they’re 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 – by pledging to support us, you become one of us, & this project is YOURS as much as it is ours!
Sometimes, you have to turn to crime. Sometimes, it turns on you...
Darren, Lou, Jo and Mas live a meagre existence on the fringes of poverty. Indebted to the criminal kingpin of their social housing development, they routinely fear for their lives.
On the other side of town, the already wealthy Marcus and his mentally handicapped brother Clive receive a windfall in the form of a winning lottery ticket.
When their worlds collide following a botched robbery, the would-be criminals get more than they bargained for, and will be tested to their limits in a desperate attempt to survive a predator of monstrous proportions.
This isn’t just some throwaway teeny-slasher movie – we pride ourselves on our filmmaking as art – making something that stands out from the crowd & slew of low budget horror films being produced every year. It has a story, & isn’t just intended to scare you for the (anticipated) 90 minute run time – but to be something you think about for days to come!
We firmly believe that the real monsters in this world are human - people with twisted beliefs, skewed morals & blinkered ideals - so NEFARIOUS follows that pattern.
Where do people feel safe, & where do they need to feel safe? At home.
So by bringing the home-invasion sub genre to the surface of this story, we want to make the audience intimidated, isolated and downright scared. Throw in some elegant twists & turns, make the characters believable, a handful of practical gore, a sprinkling of amazing locations & sets and, most importantly, a killer script - mix with a group of talented, passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated filmmakers and presto!
But at its core, NEFARIOUS is about something more meaningful - it explores issues around mental health and disability, the class divide in the UK, and sexual manipulation - all of which are subjects we feel have a real relevance in the modern world.
We desperately want to make THIS FILM, and we need YOUR HELP!
What do we want to do with this movie & what are we trying to achieve?
We've made one feature film - we had great fun, and great success - but now we've raised the bar for ourselves!
One of the things we learned from making our first feature film “Dogged” was that nothing should be underestimated in independent filmmaking!
We had a principle cast of around 20 & multiple locations in a relatively tight shooting schedule. This made things a little tough to coordinate during the shoot, so we decided that with “Nefarious”, we were going to limit both cast & locations – minimise them, with the goal of making this project even more cinematic & intimate.
This film will enable us to concentrate more on key aspects of high end indie filmmaking to ensure we stand out from the crowd – full control of lighting, environments, & more time to focus on performances, atmosphere & dread inducing tension!
As with “Dogged”, we want to make the kind of film we'd like to watch ourselves as avid & discerning horror fans - but we can only do that with your help!
In early 2016, we ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for our debut feature film – a folk horror tale called “Dogged”.
The film was produced on schedule, within budget & to an incredibly high standard given the resources available to us. The film has been screened at a multitude of prestigious film festivals around the world, & has, thus far, picked up 6 awards (including 4 for “Best Horror Feature”) & will be released on DVD & VOD in the UK, Ireland and North America in 2018 by Left Films Distribution.
It also received a number of outstanding critical reviews (some of which you can find links to below).
So, now we come to our second feature film – “Nefarious” – a home invasion horror/thriller – an even more ambitious project that we need your help with!
Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform, so if we don't reach our target, none of your pledges will be collected, & we won't be able to make the film!
You can also help massively by promoting the project to your friends, family & social network!
Please use the hashtag #Nefarious to help us spread the word and to reach our goal!
And why not follow us on Twitter for regular updates? @NefariousMovie @AshMountainFilm and @r_rowntree – you can also “like” us on Facebook for added exposure & to keep up to date with our news via @NefariousFilm & @AshMountainFilms
Want to see an example of what we did last time?
Here’s the link to the trailer for “Dogged” onYouTube:
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…
Around 8-10% is payable in Kickstarter & bank transaction fees (dependent on how you make your pledge, whether it’s debit or credit card). 7.5% is for the score which is being written, performed & produced by the excellent composer James Griffiths (more details on him below!) – 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!
3% is for insurance – this covers public & employers liability insurance (essential, especially where people are working for free & locations are being provided for minimal costs) – 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 7.5%
Sound & post production are things which are 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 & mixing package plus other post production costs will amount to 7.5% of the budget.
When the cast & crew are all working for free, the least we can do is provide food & beverages for them, and to reimburse their travel expenses – this amounts to 37% of the total cost of the film.
Production expenses (printing scripts, paying for printer ink & so on) also mounts up – that will cost us around 1% of our budget.
That leaves us with: 13.75% to allocate to the art department (which includes construction of a pretty ambitious set); 2.25% for costumes (being sourced largely from charity shops & the like!) & 3.5% for hair & makeup, which is going to need a LOT of fake blood & various body parts, etc.(!) - 3.75% is set aside for marketing, promotion and festival entry fees (so this budget should cover us right up to the release of the film).
So where’s the other 3.25% going…?
Well, that’s where YOU come in – through Kickstarter, we’re offering some 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 & a feature in the last few years, which have screened at festivals around the world. With 16 years experience in the film industry (which incorporates working on over 100 feature films & TV shows) & 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 back in 2015, & he's well equipped to stamp his unique visual style of storytelling on this, his second feature film. He's also a massive horror film fan, so he knows his audience, & genre, inside out!
Most of all, he cares passionately about this film, telling THIS story, & 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 & cast listed below, as well as Co-Producers Aston Productions who are headed up by Jo Southwell.
DOP/Producer Chris Foulser loves cameras. In a slightly unnatural & possibly illegal way. He hails from Bishops Stortford in Essex, & 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 & has an affinity with the coast, which is probably why he chose to reside in Windsor, 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", & that kind of ingenuity, combined with a keen eye for a killer shot means he's a great guy to have on your production!
Editor/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, & he studied art & design at the prestigious Central St. Martins College in London. He has worked freelance for several major companies including MTV & Fox, & 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 & miniature shoots, as well as pre-visualisation, editing, animating, compositing & even directing! Lee is our wing-man & post production wizard extraordinaire!
Writer/Production Manager/Producer Matt Davies has studied scriptwriting extensively, & following on from his work on our first feature film “Dogged”, he’s glad to be back on board for “Nefarious” – a film (& script), very close to his heart. The great thing about Matt is how he turns from Autobot to Decepticon in the blink of an eye & doubles as the production manager on set, and, having almost given up his life for his art following a horrendous car crash during our last production, we have absolutely no doubts about his dedication & commitment to the project!
Composer James Griffiths is an award winning film composer & 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, & at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, The London Olympic Games & Tours of Japan, the USA & Australia. He has a Masters Degree in Music Performance & Psychology. He has composed music for TV clients such as MTV, VansTV, Yahoo! & 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 then followed up his stellar work with the feature length film, creating a score that was haunting, magical & incredible in equal measures. He’s excited to be working with us again, testament to how well we all get on!
Check him out at www.jamesgriffithsfilmmusic.com
Production Designer Mel Wignall studied Theatre Design & Production Crafts at Northbrook College in Sussex, where she specialised in set building. Upon graduation, she waded straight into the world of film & TV, & has spent the last 10 years working as a prop maker, set dresser & model maker primarily. She has some pretty impressive credits to her name, including "The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus", "Ink Heart", "Wolfman" & "Dark Shadows". Mel has helped us on several of our shorts, &, handily, she's also married to Lee, one of our producers! Her outstanding work on our last feature, combined with her effervescent personality mean it was a no-brainer for us when considering who to ask for this project!
Costume Designer James Hair runs COG - a prop, costume & SFX makeup workshop. 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", &, of course, "Dogged" – as well as travelling extensively with companies such as the lauded RSC. His work on our last feature incorporated a spectacular 72 individual costumes which were spread across 6 script days – no mean feat! We love him so much, we asked him back again for “Nefarious”!
Toby Wynn-Davies starred in our last feature “Dogged” and gave us a truly wonderful, menacing and mesmerising performance – and we’re delighted to be able to welcome him back in the role of “Marcus” for this project! With over 30 years of experience in theatre, film & television, horror fans might recognise Toby from his leading role as Wesley Wallace in Charlie Steeds’ “Escape from Cannibal Farm”. He’s currently performing on stage in the Arrows & Traps Theatre Co. adaptation of “Three Sisters” in London – and he brings something really quite special to every role he embodies!
Aaron Thomas Ward will play the role of Darren. Aaron is a rising star with credits including “Call The Midwife” on BBC and the features “Accident Man” and “Lie Low”. Horror fans may recognise Aaron from his lead role in Crypt TV’s massively popular short film “The Birch” from 2016. A very natural and adaptable actor, with strong dance, animal movement and fighting styles. His commitment to each role is based on finding the truth in a character and bringing it to life on screen. We’re very excited to welcome Aaron into the Ash Mountain fold as one of the leads in “Nefarious”.
Nadia Lamin plays the role of Lou in “Nefarious”. Having first worked with us here at Ash Mountain on “Dogged”, we know that her unique look and style, as well as her dedication to characterisation will bring something to the part we couldn’t find anywhere else. Recipient of the Best Actress Award at The Rob Knox Film Festival in 2017 for her role in the short film “Human”, Nadia has also starred in shorts including Patrick Ryders’s “Chimera” and “Dirge” – and we’re incredibly excited to see how she stamps her mark on this part!
Clive will be portrayed by another Ash Mountain alumni from “Dogged” – the wonderful Gregory A Smith. Experienced in comedy and drama, tri-lingual actor Greg is equally comfortable on both stage and screen, with recent credits including "Abigail’s Party”, “The Right Ballerina” and “Spin Cycle”. Greg’s total commitment to his characters appeals to us massively here at Ash Mountain with what is sure to be a challenging role.
A newcomer to Ash Mountain is the fantastic Abbey Gillet who will play the role of “Jo”. Abbey has been a performer from a young age and has plenty of industry experience, including television credit as “Jasmine” in “Weavers”. She embodies her characters fully – a natural, raw talent we’re incredibly excited to be working with. Her audition showed us that she really has a deep understanding of both the character and the script, and we can’t wait to see her in 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 & well-developed characters as our priority!
With a successful Kickstarter campaign, we don't anticipate any problems in finding qualified & experienced actors to fill these roles.
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 this summer/autumn (2018), with an anticipated completion date for the film of mid-2019. We have lots of pre-production work to do in the meantime to make our film the best it can be, & 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 we think the best thing on offer here is the chance to SEE THE FILM!
For EVERYONE who pledges £15 or more (about US$20), you'll get to see the film with an early bird digital download!
For the higher rewards packages, you can receive amazing perks such as tickets to the cast & crew screening, set visits and even title credits in the film!
Remember, the quality of our work depends on your generosity, so please dig deep, & also help us spread the word about the project!
Your pledges won't be collected until the end of the campaign, & even then it’s ONLY 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!
Well, whilst we can't offer any guarantees, here’s some words from the pro’s about our last feature film, “Dogged” from some folks who really know their stuff!
Bro Knows Movies - “A script and film that will make genre fans very happy…a stern & tenacious psychological horror-thriller”
Decay Mag - “2017’s Best indie psychological thriller”
Dread Central - “A living, breathing piece of cinematic frightfulness”
1428 Elm - “The most intriguing indie film I’ve seen in years”
Morbidly Beautiful - “One of the best horror films of the year”
Bloody Flicks - “Makes you want to lock your doors at night and sleep with a blanket on”
13th Floor - “A wonderfully intriguing mystery thriller”
Cult Faction - “A movie that takes risks & delivers”
Fitz of Horror - “A folk-horror film that will stand up to multiple viewings”
Pop Horror - “Just brilliant”
Anything Horror - “An indie horror film worth its weight”
Caution Spoilers - “The perfect type of horror”
Down By Kontact - “Indie horror at its best”
Horror Fuel - “Mystery & paranoia, twists & turns & a great deal of tension…a truly creepy tale”
UK Horror Scene - “Definitely one to watch”
Horror Hothouse - “Intriguing, broody & dark…absolutely stunning”
The Slaughtered Bird - “A dauntingly isolated feel…solid & intelligent”
Remember, you can follows us on Twitter @NefariousMovie & @AshMountainFilm & @r_rowntree & on Facebook for regular updates!
Our last feature film "Dogged" screened at lots of very cool film festivals, winning several awards & garnering many more nominations - here's the full list!
Shawna Shea Memorial Film Festival (USA), Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival (USA), Days of the Dead Film Festival (USA), Directors Cut Film Festival (Canada), Fake Flesh Film Festival (Canada), Glasgow Horror Festival (UK), Lusca Fantastic Film Festival (Puerto Rico, USA), RIP Horror Film Festival (USA), San Antonio Horrific Film Festival (USA), Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival (UK), Manchester Folk Horror Festival (UK), Black Sunday Film Festival (UK)
Best International Horror Feature @ Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
Best Horror Feature @ Glasgow Horror Festival
Best Horror Feature @ Shawna Shea Memorial Film Festival
Best Feature Film @ Black Sunday Film Festival
Best Actor (Sam Saunders) @ Shawna Shea Memorial Film Festival
Best Producers @ San Antonio Horrific Film Festival
Best Director, Best Actor (Philip Ridout), Best Actress (Debra Leigh-Taylor), Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best SFX (San Antonio Horrific Film Festival)
Best Director, Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Sam Saunders) (Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival)
Here's a few words from one of our previous backers:
"In the modern world, anybody can access the tools & technology to make a film, but it takes somebody with specialist knowledge, understanding & insight of film to make something that is compelling to watch. Richard & Ash Mountain Films provide that & more, quality assured, whatever the budget. If you're investing in a film, you are actually investing in the passion & skills of the director & production team, so it makes sense to invest in one with an incredible depth of knowledge, experience & film enthusiasm like these guys...where do I sign?"
Tim Fuell, founder Jibba Jabba Productions, Journalist & Entrepreneur @timfuell
The main thing to remember about this, & all of our projects, is that we do this because it’s our PASSION!
We simply love making films, so we have the ethos embedded in us to produce something good & to ensure that it gets the attention it deserves from start to finish!
You’ll know what we’re doing as we post regular updates to our backers via Kickstarter – and you’ll get notifications of those via email if you pledge at any level.
A lot of crowdfunding projects are happy to take your money & run – but we know how hard you’ve worked to earn the money that you’ve pledged to the project, so we PROMISE not to do that.
We have a 100% track record of delivering all rewards to our backers, & we like to show you what we’re doing every step of the way!
Want to know something we haven’t told you? Just ask!
We’re totally transparent throughout the whole process, & we’d love to answer any questions you may have at any stage of the project!
Risks and challenges
We have every intention to shoot this summer/autumn (2018); 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 – we managed to overcome every obstacle in our path on “Dogged”, and now we have even more experience at our disposal to negotiate the often choppy waters of indie film production!
Whilst we anticipate a mid-2019 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 time frame.
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…well, let’s deal with that if it happens – but we can promise we have some great stretch goals lined up!
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. Just check out how many updates we did for our last project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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