What is HARVEST?
A horror short film by Munir Malik.
What if there really was a secret to eternal life? What price would you pay for it?
Three friends hit the road to a rave. They're drunk, excited and horny as they barrel through the countryside in Max's banger. The car hurtles down narrow country lanes. The windows are wound down and Rob and Tina are belting out the tunes, the music is loud enough to cause a landslide. They're loving it.
Rob and Max both vie for Tina’s affections, but neither are having much luck – she’s more keen on getting drunk. Booze, cigarettes and the songs of last summer fuel the journey. But danger lurks on the road ahead. Danger in a terrifying incorporeal form. Masked shadows lie lurking in the forest. Rob, Max and Tina are exactly the youthful spirits they have been waiting for.
Harvest is a horror short film project conceived by Munir Malik. We are looking to raise £5,500 to fund a two day shoot in April, and to complete the post production of the film in the weeks after. The idea is simple but it will take a lot to deliver it to the standards we want and to make it stand out above the usual horror fare. We are striving for the best production values possible - better to do a simple idea well than a complicated one badly.
How did the idea come about?
The ideas for "Harvest" first came about four years ago. Munir has long been terrified of horror films, but also an admirer of their power. What better way to overcome a fear of horror films than by making a great one? In fact, on our first location recce Munir was so terrified by the dark woods that we explored that he decided to change the script from night time to daytime...
This short will form the basis of a larger feature, but the intention is that “Harvest” will stand alone on its own merits. Although it’s a fun horror piece and will play on some traditional ideas of the horror genre there are some bigger ideas that we would love to explore.
Youth. Today, we obsess over youth and treat age as something that needs to be warded away for as long as possible. The inevitability of age and death haunts us constantly.
BUT what if there were ways that humans could stay young forever? Would we undo our wrongs and change ourselves to not repeat the same mistakes of the past? Knowing we cannot die, what kind of excesses would we indulge? Would we strive to make the world better for ourselves, knowing we would have to occupy it forever? Or would our callousness only magnify?
What if eternal life were possible and the only cost was the death of another? How many of us would make that choice? And what kind of person would it turn us into? HARVEST explores a brief example of this idea. It is a brief snapshot, the backstory to a bigger feature-length idea that will pick up from where this story ends.
How can you help us?
If you like us and you like our idea, there are two ways that you can help us:
Give us money! Got a grand lying about somewhere stuffed down the couch? Spare twenty quid resting in your bank account? We will be extremely grateful for any kind of donation. It all helps! We’ve got a reward system in place so if you think you can donate please have a look to your right here.
Alternatively, we are also looking for in-kind support.
If you would prefer to give us direct access to certain equipment or skills that we need for the shoot then that’s even better! If you’ve a delicious piece of film equipment, or a car that you think would look great in a short horror film or anything that might help reduce the costs of our endeavour, then we would LOVE to hear from you!
Specific types of in-kind support that we are looking for:
Stunt coordinator - Have you ever co-ordinated a stunt (professionally)? We have one small stunt that that needs your assistance.
Online Editor/Grader: Are you one of these things? Do you know someone who is starting out in this area and looking to get a credit to their name. We would love to hear from you.
VFX - We have a sequence that requires some post-production special effects. We would love to get someone on board as soon as possible to plan the best ways to shoot this to best facilitate adding the effects in post production.
A Car - Make your car a star! As we mentioned, we are looking for a car. And it’s absolutely vital to our shoot. So if you’d like to make your car a teeny bit famous, get in touch!
We’re ideally looking for any of the cars below or a similar type: Austin Maestro, Austin Alegro, Ford Fiesta (Mk1-3 Ideally), VW MK1-2 4 doors Colour: Red, Black or White (order of preference)
But we are of course willing to be convinced that other models will work!
How will the funding be used?
Quite simply, to pay for the shoot. All money raised will be used to pay for cast, crew, equipment and any other costs. We are completely self-funded!
Director: Munir Malik
Munir Malik is a Director/Editor whose first short, Jung (Urdu: Battle) was funded by IdeasTap in 2009. The short was premiered at Soho Rushes short film festival. Since then he has made a number of other shorts fiction and nonfiction projects. The most recent was second unit director on the CBBC and Kindle Entertainment BAFTA winning web series, Dixi.
Producer: Paul Testar
Paul Testar is a script editor and producer whose credits include Black Work for ITV, and Tripped for E4. He works as a development and script editor for Mammoth Screen. Before working in television he worked as a producer in theatre, working with Irish theatre companies Collapsing Horse Theatre and Gúna Nua, also serving as the director of the Dublin Shakespeare Festival.
Executive Producer: Preethi Mavahalli
Preethi Mavahalli is an executive producer with extensive credits in film and TV. She is currently an executive producer with Mammoth Screen. Prior to this she worked in development at Film4, and was a Development Associate on London Film School’s Hothouse programme. She has developed and produced a number of short films and was appointed one of six young creative directors for the multi-disciplinary Coming Up festival created by Old Vic New Voices and IdeasTap. Preethi entered the film industry when she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Film Business Academy
Production Manager: Andrew Boateng
Andrew Boateng is a freelance producer/production manager with a background in feature films; credits include Bonded by Blood 2 (2016) and The Contract (2016) as well as a number of low-to-mid budget short films. Alongside this, he is the founder of Tripwire Productions Ltd and has been Producer and MD for 3 years, producing a number of narrative shorts and most notably the feature documentary, Chester P for Mayor: Hip Hop, Homelessness and the Housing Crisis (2015) with award winning Director, Greg Hall. Currently, Andrew is working at the distribution company Bow Street Media, learning about the final stages of film marketing, exhibition and distribution.
Music: Skillbard & Panos Ghikas
Skillbard (Vincent Oliver): http://skillbard.com/info
Panos Ghikas is a composer, performer and producer. His output encompasses music for film and other media, pop production, concert music and live improvisation. He is a member of surrealist post-pop band The Chap and runs the Migro record label. Panos performs and releases collaborative multi-channel work with composer/improviser Jennifer Walshe and performs violin and viola in free-improvisation groups Friendo, the Bohman Expanded Family and Sudden Rectum. His commercial work has been performed and broadcast worldwide. His acoustic compositions have received performances in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Greece and Mexico. Panos Ghikas is a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and has previously taught at Goldsmiths, Kent and Anglia Ruskin. http://migrorecords.com/
Risks and challenges
Why do we need your help?
To make this film the best possible thing it could be we need to raise a budget of £5,500 so that we can film over two days in April. We need to raise money for absolutely everything: actors, crew, equipment, transport, location costs. We are completely self-funded and these are all critical elements. We will be filming in a rural location and want to capture that moment in Spring when the season turns and the woods are full of bulbs. An April shoot is therefore essential to us and that’s why we’re raising the money now.
£5,500 is the bare minimum that we require in order to support a team of 27 people on this shoot. If we do not raise the money there is the very real possibility that we will not be able to make this film at all.
Even if we raise the money there are still a number of hiccups on the way - we need to get our team together, arrange the logistics of our shoot and complete shooting on a very tight schedule. Fundraising is just the first of our challenges!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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