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A game of Crazy Golf descends into violence for Reed and Lucy as they fall under the spell of macabre arcade voodoo.
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PROJECT UPDATE:

Thanks to one very generous backer, we have reached our initial goal of £2,000. However, this was the BARE MINIMUM amount needed and I still have a pile of handwritten letters to go out in the post and have 1000 leaflets coming to me in the post, so the campaign must go on! Our new goal is £3,000. With £3,000 we can rent better filming equipment, pay the actors properly, pay for a prop maker to make the Reed and Lucy dolls rather than relying on Ebay, pay for a storyboard artist, budget in another day of filming to ensure everything is the best it can be (I'm getting ahead of myself here, but the possibilities are limitless!). Please continue to help us make what will be not only a GORE-IOUS film, but also now a SPOOK-TACULAR film, a TERROR-IFIC FILM, a SCARE-TASTIC FILM!!! And a massive thank you again to our £1,500 hole in one pledger, Gordon Sutton, who I'm looking forward to meeting! 

STORY

Reed and Lucy are enjoying a day in an amusement arcade. After winning a small prize on a 2p machine, the young couple fail to notice the appearance of two dolls behind the glass that bear a haunting resemblance to them. Their game of Crazy Golf starts in good spirits, but as Reed begins to lose the game he begins to lose his mind, and as the two dolls veer toward the edge of the machine, Reed’s competitive nature veers towards homicidal. It’s going to be GORE-ious!

INSPIRATION

Whilst writing the script and envisioning the shoot I have been predominantly inspired by The Shining (1980), Braindead (1992), The Wicker Man (1973) and The Evil Dead (1981). Also, tv and films from my youth such as The Queen's Nose (1995-2003) and The Witches (1990).

Excessive gore & freaky voodoo magic.

MOOD

2p machine
2p machine
Crazy Golf
Crazy Golf
Dolls Behind the Glass      ©Tan Napat Kositpipat
Dolls Behind the Glass ©Tan Napat Kositpipat
Handing Over the Clubs  ©Tan Napat Kositpipat
Handing Over the Clubs ©Tan Napat Kositpipat
It's Just a Game © Tan Napat Kositpipat
It's Just a Game © Tan Napat Kositpipat

MUSIC.

Music is what makes a horror movie and we have the very talented Patrick McManus on board who has already been preparing music for the film. We will be going for an electronic heavy, retro horror movie soundtrack. Inspired by the 'Tubular Bells' song from The Exorcist, we will be aiming for an iconic, memorable soundtrack which is present throughout the film. 

Here's a taster of the kind of sounds we'll be hearing.

WHY WE NEED MONEY.

- Costumes, Props & Make up effects. 

In order to emphasise their possession and the voodoo hold the machine has over Reed and Lucy I want to use black and red bloodshot Sclera contact lenses which cover the whole eye. These alone cost £63 a pair and we will need spares incase any break.

Sclera lenses
Sclera lenses

We also need small doll models of Reed and Lucy which will be inside the 2p machine. I originally thought of these being knitted characters, but have since decided that they wouldn't be menacing enough. FIMO (polymer clay) models are what we are going to be getting specially made for the film. Here is an example of what they will look like:

2p Machine Dolls
2p Machine Dolls

The film will also have two violent hallucination scenes. 

  • The first involves Reed putting his hand inside the golf hole to pick up the ball, and pulling his hand out to find his fingers have been severed off. For these shots we are using the special effects make up and skills of Maud Whatley:
© Maud Whatley
© Maud Whatley
 
© Maud Whatley
© Maud Whatley
  • In the second hallucination scene Reed looks down in the golf hole and sees a closed eyeball inside before It opens and stares up at him. For this shot a model replica of a golf hole will have to be made so it will realistically look like something is under the ground looking up.

We will also need excessive amounts of fake blood and foam golf clubs, so no one gets hurt.

- Locations. 

We want to hire out a Crazy Golf Course for 2 days so we haven't got to worry about members of the public disturbing the shoot or a lack of variety when it comes to shots around the Crazy Golf course. 

We also want to hire out an Arcade for a day.

- Crew Equipment.

When filming in the Arcade for a day we will need lighting. We will also need to hire a professional sound mixer so we aren't relying on cameras to pick up the sound.

- Expenses.

For the cast and crew's train fares and petrol to and from the shooting locations. Also for food and drink, insurance and small things like sun tan lotion on set. The three days of shoot will be long ones so everyone on set will need to be adequately fed with at least a breakfast and lunch.

We also need to pay for our actors.

CAST

REED will be played by SHAUN CHAMBERS. Shaun trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2012 with the GYEARBUOR Asante prize for acting. His credits include playing Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge at the Arcola Tent, Dillon in Equally at the Cockpit Theatre and has starred in short films Pandemonium and A Moments Matter. 

Shaun Chambers
Shaun Chambers
 

I am also thrilled to confirm that JENSON ZHU, this years Britains Got Talent semi-finalist comedy impersonator will be playing the role of the CRAZY GOLF COURSE ASSISTANT! He was hilarious on the show, terrible at impersonations and will be a wonderfully freaky little addition to the film.

We will be casting for the role of Lucy and other small roles this month. All pledgers will be kept updated on our progress!

CREW

Chloe Philippou: Writer/Director/Producer

Chloe Philippou graduated in 2013 with a degree in English and is a North London based filmmaker. Her first short film ITCH was selected and screened at Lindfield Arts Festival and her experience includes freelance script development work with Angeli Macfarlane and working alongside film director Gabriel Range.

Sapphire Sherbird: 1st Assistant Director/ Producer  

Sapphire is a London based 1st assistant director who has worked on 15 productions within the past 2 years. She is currently studying filmmaking at Kingston University and has recently had one of her short films selected to be screened at the Southbank BFI (British Film Institute).

Barnaby Walter: Executive Producer

Barnaby has worked as a writer, film critic, magazine editor and website advisor. He graduated from The University of Southampton last year with a BA in Film & English and his dissertation on the Hostel Series went on to be acclaimed by director Eli Roth. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Film & Cultural Management and is Film Editor for The National Student.

Andrea Zabala Wynn: Director of Photography

Andrea graduated with a degree in English & Creative writing at Warwick University and went on to study music arranging & sound engineering for a year.

After that she moved across into the visual side of filmmaking by studying practical filmmaking at the MET. Since graduating she has been freelancing as a DoP / Camera Operator both in London and Barcelona.

Philip Reinking: Editor

Philip came to the UK from Germany 1 and a half years ago and has been editing and making films since he was 12. A film he made in 2010 was featured on the German release of Saw 7 on DVD and BluRay. He is currently studying filmmaking at Kingston University and also has a film selected to be screened at the Southbank BFI (British Film Institute). 

Maud Whatley: Costume & SFX Makeup

For two summer seasons from 2007 to 2008 Maud represented the wardrobe and costume department with The National Youth Theatre, including the run of 20 Cigarettes at the Soho Theatre. She was a production assistant for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival show A Little Bit of Dickens in 2013, frequently illustrates websites and is self trained at Special Effects makeup.

Jack O'Halloran: Locations Manager

Jack is a freelance film production researcher/co-ordinator who works predominantly on art history documentaries. Most recently he worked on the live cinema broadcast 'Matisse Live from Tate Modern'.

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges are what making a film is all about. From weather problems on the shoot days to people dropping out. Luckily a few members of our team are affiliated with filmmaking Universities, so their facilities and students are things we can fall back on if plans go wrong. We are also arranging back up filming locations. Ultimately, all the crew are experienced in making films and are dedicated to seeing this through to the end.

Thank you for reading, and THANK YOU SO MUCH if you decide to help us out.

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