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The Hades Pit: A female led sci-fi film (RELAUNCHING 2015)

A young woman embarks on a mission to rescue her abducted father from the strange forces that took him from their home

The Hades Pit: A female led sci-fi film (RELAUNCHING 2015)

A young woman embarks on a mission to rescue her abducted father from the strange forces that took him from their home

£2,417
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21
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 15 2014 6:41 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 15, 2014

About

RELAUNCHING IN 2015

Well folks, we came and we tried. But it was worth the ride, and we shall be back in the new year with another shot at making this project happen. Please sign up for details on how we are getting on, and for news on the relaunched campaign, which already as a result of this kickstarter and all the support so far, which has opened a few doors and possibilities for the film, has a head start that will help take us closer to the goal of a finished kick ass female led original science fiction film. Thanks for checking us out, this page has a wealth of info about the project so please feel free to check out all of it below as well as in the updates section. We'll be back! 

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, PLUS UPDATES

Thanks so much to all our supporters so far, it means so much to us! Please continue to share on twitter, facebook, google plus, or wherever you hangout online and in the real world. And do donate if you can, as every bit will help us get this film made. It's all or nothing on kickstarter, so if we don't reach the goal, we don't get anything at all. We are in the final HOURS of the campaign now, and there's still a ways to go to our goal, but please don't let this discourage you from backing, as all the support we get counts for something in the end, and if enough of you have left it to the last minute to contribute, or are just finding this project and are interested, then who knows what heights we can achieve! It's a long shot, but he who dares wins! For anyone JUST finding the campaign, I would also like to invite you to check out the updates section, as there is a lot more, and constantly updated information about the film, from inspiration, to progress, to more development work in the form of concept art and casting. Check it out! But first, the story so far:

THE BACK STORY

I was on set doing post work for a feature film, when I got this idea. I wanted to make a female led sci-fi fantasy film that was inspired by video games, specifically Nintendo's Metroid. An adaptation of a non-existent franchise if you will. One of the actors on the film, famous for being a student at a certain school of magic, encouraged me to write it. And I did... in 5 days! Not because writing is easy, but because I had a very very clear idea in my head for this particular film. 

WHAT IS THE HADES PIT ABOUT?

The story starts with a young woman and her dog on their way to the countryside with her father, on a regular annual father/daughter retreat where he works as a Park Ranger. On this trip however, something is not right, signalled by the smoke coming from behind the abandoned factory on the way to their home. They pay no heed to it, and things slowly start to get stranger and stranger in a suspenseful build up to the fathers abduction from their home in broad daylight by large masked figures. With all the communication posts down, and the nearby service station now manned by a fresh corpse, the daughter emerging from where she was hidden away by her father during the carnage, eventually takes matters into her own hands, heading with her dog towards the one place they must have taken him. She finds an underground facility filled with weird sinister scientists, experimental creatures and an unlikely ally in one of the test subjects, and is forced to put a lot of her gaming instincts (She's a gamer) to use in a real world situation. With any luck, the little sizzle trailer below will go some way towards communicating that story, as well as giving you a good idea of the feel and look we are going for. 

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SO WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE SCRIPT WAS FINISHED?

I showed the script to a few people, who all liked it a lot, and then I put it aside as something I might do were I ever to have a suitable budget, as it couldn't be done justice to on a non existent or micro budget the way I envisioned. That was almost 6 years ago.

Sneak peak at some concept artwork
Sneak peak at some concept artwork

A TRUE INDIE KICKSTARTER, WITH AMBITIOUS CROWD FUND GOALS

There's been a lot of talk online and in the media about the celebrity kick starter campaigns which led to millions of dollars donated into certain projects, and how that was bad for the independents and bad for the site's ultimate purpose to empower those that really needed backing who couldn't get it otherwise for projects they were passionate about. And so I thought, "I'm an independent filmmaker, and I could really benefit from that kind of backing for something like this" knowing I would not have access to any sort of larger funding from elsewhere, being a relative unknown (Despite 5 feature films under my belt). If I had the right project, maybe I could finally give crowd funding a go... THIS is that project, and I hope to hopefully prove that even a nobody like me, can raise the kind of interest and consequent backing for a project that people are willing to see become a reality, without the kind of goodwill fan currency that more famous projects attract as standard.

SURE FILMS ARE EXPENSIVE, BUT WHY DOES THIS FILM NEED OR DESERVE OUR HELP?

With this backing, I hope to enlist the services of at least a few recognised industry actors, as well as a team of respected industry professionals I have not yet had access to on smaller budgets, alongside my regular collaborators, to bring to life something special that will appeal to lovers of the genre, while also being done to a high standard. I have previously made my last films on nothing but blood, sweat and elbow grease by pulling favours and writing with a non existent budget in mind. For something of this scale, I wouldn't dare to try and make it for anything less than a reasonable amount to really do justice to the idea, and make it something worth your money, and your 90-100mins of viewing time. It's not about a pay day, but about being able to realise a dream project that will hopefully lead to more stories along the line from the same universe, as there is a fascinating world to be built with these characters, and anything that happens as a result of this film getting made, will be a DIRECT by product of YOUR help. 

If Bruce Campbell says YES? (Ash himself!! You KNOW it's a S-MART move!) If Samuel L Jackson says YES? (Yes it's Nick Fury, but we can dream, right?) If Sigourney Weaver says YES? (Ripley herself! How awesome would that be??) Give yourself a pat on the back, because YOU helped make it happen. There are a couple of people already attached (you may recognise them in the pitch video), and we are approaching several others already. 

WHERE WOULD IT BE FILMED?

The film is neutrally written as far as location is concerned, but it is being prepped with the US in mind, and with post-production in Europe. If we are able to make your donations go further in one location over another, then you can be sure we will go for that option, guaranteed. 

HOW DO WE KNOW YOU'RE CAPABLE OF MAKING THIS FILM?

Well I'm glad you asked! Other than having had experience making many independent films before, all in different genres, I studied at film school in London, and went on to work on other sets of bigger productions in various capacities, and so have the technical experience and network to allow the kind of crew that will be skilled enough to pull off this sort of film, while also having the know how to deal with the industry professionals we will be hiring to work on the project. 

Two of my features recently got distribution, and will be available in the US, as well as worldwide. What does this mean? That those projects of very little means but a lot of heart, were able to convince a distributor that they were worth putting out to the general public. I'm hoping that what this translates to is that with more means at our disposal, we will be able to do something that won't just sit on a shelf somewhere, or on youtube, as well as be pretty cool and entertaining as well. 

I'll be working with a DP who i've collaborated with before, my good friend the talented Christopher Schneider. Here's something we did earlier:

And a review for it.  

Plus my current showreel:

 And Christopher's reel:

 We're both fans of the genre, and want to see something on screen that also meets our own expectations as audience members, so we have an in built language that would allow us to translate the material to screen in a cool way, with the help of the rest of the team.

We'll also be looking to work with the good folks at STUDIO ADI, Amalgamted Dynamics inc, who have worked on such iconic films as The Alien film series, The Thing, Tremors, Starship Troopers, Jumanji, and many many more.

Studioadi Concept art not related to the film
Studioadi Concept art not related to the film

Much of the Visual Effects work in the film is going to be practical and in camera effects, so being able to afford to have them on board will be a real plus for us in bringing the vision to life. 

For the score, we will have an original soundtrack by Kurt Baggaley, which promises to be something pretty special, so all in all we're in pretty good shape with those already on board, and look to get in even better shape by the time we are able to get others to join on our adventure. 

FEE AND COST BREAKDOWN

Assuming we reach our goal, just to give a rough idea of where some of this money will be going right off the bat:

  • Kickstarter fees ~ £15,500
  • Processing ~ £9,300 +
  • VAT ~ £6,200

Following this, our larger costs

  • Practical SFX ~ £61,800
  • VFX ~ £40,000

And then the cost of producing these perk rewards at the bare minimum:

  • 145 Custom USBs
  • 80 Paperback scripts
  • 80+ Posters
  • 45 BluRay Discs
  • Digital elements creation

And of course production costs for equipment rental, insurance, accommodation, locations and permissions, crew and so on. 

What we are asking for is the absolute minimum we can afford to make this film for, and even then we're pushing the boundaries, all out of love and passion for this project. Without YOU, at this very moment, none of this will be possible. 

Also, the more donations we get, the more we are able to stretch the limits of what is capable on the project. We may even be able to shoot on Film! But that's the dream scenario where we surpass our goal, which again will only happen with your help.

Risks and challenges

Being an independent project, there are many risks that are associated with this kind of venture. Risks that we hope to minimise through good planning and good people, but which exist nonetheless. If we reach our goal, as in the bare minimum, there is always a chance that some of the logistical elements may mean delays in the start of principal photography, or post-production, as well as reward deliveries.

Having worked as an independent filmmaker for a good few years now, making my own films as well as working on other people's projects, big and small, I'm very used to dealing with these kinds of situations, and the people I work with are too. Just because we have some proper funding to make a film, doesn't mean that we will get lazy with the process. Every little cent and penny will be put to good use to create an amazing piece of film worthy of our backers commitment, and of our own high standards.

Scheduling is perhaps the biggest hurdle, getting talented people together for a set period of time is tough on a good day, so that could also lead to potential delays. Looking further still, once the film is completed, the biggest problem for independent films is distribution, and we plan on making it a very straight forward process by targeting specific festivals, and then having an official release online JUST for our Kickstarter backers, so you will be able to see the fruits of our labour after following us every step of the way towards making it, without having to wait around for any other deals to be made. Having had two other films land distribution, we're also hoping that it might be a little bit of an easier ride for this project, with all your help for even more of a solid foundation and a fighting chance. If you the people speak, those who have the power to put the film out there, will listen.

Regarding the perk rewards, some of these that involve physical props would of course vary in terms of what the final items will look like, but whatever the end design, they will be made to a high quality, and would be worthy of "collectable status", especially if the film ends up doing as well as we all hope it will, in which case you good sir or madam, will be in possession of a very rare item indeed, as well as having helped out on an ambitious independent project.

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Funding period

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