Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we know what we’re doing! In 2016 we ran a Kickstarter campaign for our first feature film “Dogged” – which we shot later that year, and completed in March 2017. We then took it on a festival tour all around the world (which is still ongoing!), and the film was picked up for distribution by Left Films for a release in 2018 on DVD and VOD in the UK, Ireland and North America! We’ll keep you updated with every step of the process, so you can keep your beady eye on us!
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We do things very professionally here at Ash Mountain Films – now that we have finished the script, done the scheduling and ironed out all the details, we’ve budgeted the film accordingly – so we know (from past experience), that we’ll be spending the money you pledge in the right way – and won’t go over budget or risk the film not being finished. We don’t frivolously waste our budget, we prefer to spend it on screen to enhance the film!
The main thing to remember about this, and 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 and 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.
A lot of crowdfunding projects are happy to take your money and 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, and 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, and we’d love to answer any questions you may have at any stage of the project!Last updated:
If your cast & crew are working for free, will it be any good? What are you getting out of this, and why are you doing it?
We can’t guarantee 100% it’ll be your “cup of tea”, but if you’ve got this far into reading about the project, we hope it will be!
Our first feature film “Dogged” received some outstanding critical reviews (you can check them out on the IMDB page), and the film has won several awards (including 4 for best horror feature) at some pretty prestigious film festivals! So we do have a proven track record of making good quality product!
What do we all get out of it?
The buzz of making a film is quite unlike anything else – the feeling of accomplishment, particularly with such a limited budget is enormous, and quite simply, everyone involved loves what they do – why else would they turn out of bed for a 5am call in the cold and rain?!
What we get out of it boils down to one pretty simple idea – that we love making films, and we love sharing them with audiences – but we can only do that with YOUR help!Last updated:
It’s a tough marketplace out there for what are described as “no-budget” feature films.
It would be remiss of us to make assumptions about the distribution at this stage, as it’s not in our hands, but we’re looking to achieve a similar level of success with “Nefarious” as we did with “Dogged” – namely to make a good enough film that a distributor or sales agent who’s well established will pick the film up for worldwide distribution through the best channels for the film – be that a theatrical release (which, in all honesty, is pretty unlikely for a film of this scale), home video (DVD and Blu-Ray; MUCH more likely); VOD (which we could ostensibly manage ourselves if there’s no interest from established distributors); or even just a festival run followed by a release on YouTube or Vimeo – there’s no hard and fast route or guarantees to distribution, so it’s in our interests to make the best film possible to give it the best chance of getting distribution.Last updated:
Absolutely – if you went on Amazon or into a store to buy a DVD, you might pay £5 or £10 – so £50 is a lot – but remember, this isn’t just about buying a DVD!
The DVD’s are a REWARD for people who have INVESTED in the project!
For a short run of DVD manufacturing, unit price is around £4.30 – so we not only need to cover the cost of that, but also to raise the funds to properly finance the film!
You’re not here to buy a product alone, you’re helping out ultra-ambitious filmmakers to enable them to produce something that ordinarily wouldn’t be possible with the money we’re trying to raise!
Plus, have you checked out all the other amazing perks with this level of reward!Last updated:
As one reviewer of our last film “Dogged” (budget: £15,000) said “fifteen grand is one of those sums that’s a lot of money for most people, and an infinitesimally small amount of money with which to make a feature film”.
And it’s true!
There’s a pie chart breakdown in the campaign info where you’ll be able to see where the money’s going to be spent.
What we can assure you is that, just like our last film, nobody involved is making a single penny out of it!
Cast & crew are all working for expenses only, which is only reasonable given how much time and effort everyone involved is investing in the film. We want to make the film professionally and legally, so things like insurance and location fees all mount up quite quickly. If you consider most films also pay their cast and crew, we think you’ll agree that this is a pretty special low budget to be working with!
We love it this way though – it makes us more creative as filmmakers and by financing the film with pledges from supporters, it means that we’re not shackled with financiers demands that we don’t think are in the best interests of the film (like showing unnecessary boobs that don’t advance the plot!).Last updated:
We own two BlackMagic Cinema cameras, several beautiful lenses and lots of other equipment, all purchased out of our own pockets – so we’ll be using that to make the film as good looking as possible.
Our cinematographer has been highly praised for his work on “Dogged” too, so we’re sure that it’s going to look amazing!
Sound is 50% of the film, so we’re focusing heavily on that too in terms of both recording on set and also the sound mastering and mixing in post-production – all too often, low budget independent films don’t pay close enough attention to the sound, but this isn’t something we’ve been accused of thanks to our incredible team!
If it’s anything like our last feature, people will be blown away with the high quality of what we can produce on such a limited budget!Last updated:
Look, the honest answer is that we know not everyone will be able to afford to help out – but we massively appreciate your interest in the project anyway!
If you’d like to help out in other ways, please post about the project with a link to the Kickstarter page on social media, and encourage everyone you know to check out the page and to support us if they can!
Messages of support to us, the filmmakers, also put a happy smile on our faces and encourage us when times get tough, so if you like the idea of the film, just let us know!Last updated:
There’s only 3 possible reasons we can think of that you should back us:
1) You like the look of the project & want to see the film get made;
2) You want one of the amazing rewards on offer;
3) You love the idea of supporting a group of talented, hard-working & enthusiastic filmmakers who desperately want to make this film and are all working for free!
We can’t be much more blunt than that…we’re not asking for charity, we really want to engage YOU in this project to help bring it to life.
If you pledge to support us, then this becomes YOUR project too – you’re a part of something!Last updated:
Yes! The script has been completed, and it’s been looked over by our fabulous script editor who has multiple feature credits to her name!
The script is shoot-ready, and although there’s some things we still need to do during pre-production, the script isn’t one of them.
And be sure to know, we honestly believe you can’t make a good film out of a bad script, so it’s something we’re very confident in!Last updated:
Crowdfunding, for us, is the best avenue for financing our project.
Well, the honest truth is, that as indie filmmakers without a “name”, we would find it incredibly difficult to get private investment. Even if we did, then we would be sacrificing a huge amount of creativity and control of the project to those private investors.
So why not public funding?
There’s not much of this about as it is, and when you consider the length of the application process and the fact that we don’t fall into any of the “preferred categories”, it’s something we’re not interested in pursuing – we just don’t want to waste the time and energy on something which is likely to be a fruitless pursuit (though rest assured, we have looked into it!).
So why Kickstarter?
We chose Kickstarter for several reasons. We’ve used them before, and we trust them.
We also believe that the all-or-nothing route is the only fair way to raise funds for a film. We wouldn’t want to achieve 50% of our goal and then take the money from you good people without the ability to produce the film. We couldn’t make the film with only 50% of our target, so it wouldn’t be fair of us to take it on that basis.
Kickstarter brings together communities of people with a common goal – in our case, to make a movie that we want to make, and hopefully you want to see!
We want to make this movie in our own image, without interference from people who want to make it something “commercial”.
We’re not prepared to compromise our integrity or waste our time making something we wouldn’t want to watch ourselves!Last updated:
Just ask! Tell us what you want, and we'll put together a bespoke reward package just for you!Last updated:
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