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He Served The Empire

A short historical epic, set during the turbulent roman period of 200AD. Our hero Lucan embarks on a surreal and supernatural journey.

He Served The Empire

A short historical epic, set during the turbulent roman period of 200AD. Our hero Lucan embarks on a surreal and supernatural journey.

£1,052
pledged of £6,305pledged of £6,305 goal
16
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 18 2017 5:49 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 18, 2017

About

WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT THEN?

We have always loved history and the life and achievements of a Roman Centurion have always fascinated us. Serving the Empire, but also being human must have been two hugely conflicting allegiances and exploring this through our character Lucan is incredibly appealing. Working with our lead actor Alex Brock, we expect to do exactly that. Alex was a captain in the army for several years and can draw on his past experiences to fully immerse himself in character. There are times when the universe tells you that you are on the right path, and ever since this project was born this has been the case. Everything seems to fall into place. We have Matt on board, a young and talented cinematographer who is the youngest person in the world to own a Red Scarlet-W 5k Digital Cinema Camera and a set of cinelenses (£60k+ of equipment). We also have Tom on board who also owns a Red, so we have two of those amazing cameras to use! *rub hands with glee*.

We have some fantastic cast on board, as well as a location abroad to accommodate two set builds as well as use of professional and experienced stunt coordinators and a production designer. So many cast and crew have jumped on board with the project already, completely sold by the script alone – and we are really excited to now look to obtain some additional help with funding. I believe this project will be a great success, shot beautifully on high end equipment and we can’t wait to get going in September 2017 and show what we can achieve.

WHY NOW?

When we embarked on our first film project in 2015 (The Hunt Ends), and had the backing and support of all you amazing Kickstarterer's (new word alert) out there, it was very much a new experience for us. Never before had we collaborated with something so creative. Yes, many of the group have worked in high-end commercial sectors with film and photography, but being able to go get fully immersed into something so personal, and something we can shape however we choose and wherever those creative sparks take us, is something we all - each and everyone of us - YEARN FOR. Now we are in a position where we have: - More talented crew and filmmakers to add to the production team. They bring with them an array of thousands and thousands of £’s worth of kit to the project, as well as a combined experience pool of over 70 years! - Better kit! We have two Red cameras with an array of Cinema prime lenses. We will be shooting in glorious 5k & 4k RAW, experimenting with slow-motion and unique camera angles. We also have use of a high-end gimbal, an automated time lapse slider, a crane, a high resolution Drone…the list goes on. - A better, more rounded and enthralling script to work from. I have spent twice as much time refining this script as any other script I’ve ever worked on, including two features. - A talented and very knowledgeable reenactment group with the LEG II AVG who have contacts and networks throughout Europe that can aid us in the creation of this project, as well as 25-year experience with costume design fight coordination for screen. They will also be advising us throughout with regards to historical accuracy, something that is very important to us. Their love and passion or what they do is amazingly contagious, and we all have a deep love of history and getting things looking and feeling just right - in common. - The opportunity to potentially film on location in Holland and England (Bedfordshire), as well as in the Black Mountains in Wales. It’s a multi-location/set shoot spanning the UK and Europe! - A qualified and fully insured UAV (Drone) Pilot on board. - A most talented, able and incredibly dedicated cast who were all very carefully chosen and casted for their specific roles. We are blown away with what we have seen from them already, and cannot believe how well they fit their character profiles. We are so excited to capture their performances. Never before has cast on any of my projects fit the characters so well. I’m insanely excited about seeing what they can bring into the film. - Full access to a local business who will let us camp and use their position on the river Ouse as a HQ base to film from. They are also lending us 4 boats for our river scenes so we can get cast, crew and kit on location, and securing some location permissions for us to film in various locations along it! They are also connecting us with a local stables, who have trained horses for screen. Their local connections and also experience working at least twice a year with some local reenactment groups, is ideal. - Stephen Currell back on side to compose the soundtrack, something he delivered so so beautifully in our last production The Hunt Ends (2015). This guy can still your mind with strings, or get your heart jumping out of your chest with some pounding drums – right from the comfort of your armchair! Such an incredible talent and we welcome him back with open arms. - A very gifted Make up Artist and Prosthetics/SFX team coming in who know their materials, and have worked on some huge films in the past. They are also educators in their field, and can bring in new and eciting faces to help on set when the time comes.

OK I’M INTRIGUED. WHAT'S IT ABOUT? 

Lucan is a man shaped by war. It has been his life. Since a child, he has bled out the empire to all corners of the world. The violence and the fear have been installed in all he has met, His journey so far has been perilous, but waking now at the edge of a river and the apparent only survivor of a bloody and terrific battle, his journey begins as he revisits his life alongside all those he has taken. A key supernatural theme is present throughout as he is visited by those he has killed, including his wife and young daughter. As he moves through the landscape, horrible creatures stalk him. The piece is beautifully composed to a rhyming voiceover of poetry eloquently outlining his thoughts and feelings as we discover the horrors of the new world around him that is not, indeed, quite what it seems.

 

 

PERKS

SUPPORTER - £20 - We are grateful for anything you can spare. A special thank you on the credits, so your name will live on eternally through the power of film. Oh yehhh!

FILM BUFF - £50 - Previously stated perk - A digital download of a Full HD version of the completed film.  

TICKET HOLDER - £250 - All previously stated perks - Only ten ever made. CD and digital download of the exclusive soundtrack for the film, unavailable anywhere else on the planet. - Director signed DVD - Exclusive interview with writer/director Dan Davies.

FANATIC - £500 - All previously stated perks - Executive Producer Credit - Signed Artwork of Lucan - Ticket to premiere of the film. Also, as a nice little add on we will include our previous film The Hunt Ends (2015) on the DVD too, and also to download! Because, well just because. Films are awesome!

ABSOLUTE LEGENDARY STATUS - £1000 - All previously stated perks - Be an extra – come and be an extra on set playing either a Roman Soldier or a Zombie! - Front row seat at the premiere, and one night’s accommodation – all expenses paid - Ticket to the wrap party – come and meet the cast and crew in a relaxed environment. - Pick a prop – select one of our props to keep forever as a memento from the filming from zombie masks, to roman swords, helmets. Etc  Oh, we will buy you a beer at the party too. 

 

BUDGET ALLOCATION

THE LEG II AVG - a very experienced reenactment group coming into to assist us with a variety of advisers roles, kit, fight coordination...

- 5 x Roman Warrior Full Set - £500 

- 5 x Dry Roman Armour/Costume £250

- 10 x Celtic warrior sets with weapons (gladius, spears, cloaks) - £200

- 12-14 gladius / 6-7 shields and 10 x Celtic warrior sets with weapons -£50

- Aexander’s outfit (standard bearer) and standard - £50

- Wife’s outfit £30 per day - 2 days = £40

- Arabel costume - £5 per day (white tunic/nightdress look) 

- £20 - Wife costume – high status/jewellery/everything - £20 per day - 2 days = £40 

- Fight Coordinator - £120 day - two days =  £240 

- Costume designer/fitter - £120 per day -two days  £240

 - £100 mileage

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- total for group: £1730

 HOLLAND LOCATION FILMING FEE - £750 

BEDFORD LOCATION FILMING FEE: £750 

ACTORS / EXTRAS - £365 

MAKE UP AND PROSTHEICS: £1000 

SMOKE MACHINE/ HAZE MACHINE - £60 

CATERING - £600 

ON SET SOUND: £300 

FOLY/SFX - £300 

LIGHTING - £450 

 TOTAL: £6305 

 We can't wait to have you on board as we embark on this epic indie filmmaking experience. Please help us where you can, and share this passion of ours with your family and friends. Creativity will find a way, and with your help we will make this something truly remarkable. 

See you on the battlefield. 

 

Risks and challenges

Although we are experienced and have made a film before, this project grows by the day by the sheer number of this involved, the quality of the kit involved and the requirements for locations, armour, weapons. Etc. During our battle sequences, safety is our no. 1 priority so having trained first aiders on board will be essential and of course, full insurance in place before we shoot. The collaboration not his project is a beautiful thing, and like we have mentioned already - things just seem to be falling into place. The problem we may encounter such as specifically required weather shots, particular locations, and the trials of working abroad and moving kit - especially internationally - has it's challenges yes, but we all love and embrace travel and adventure is never a bad thing! We have all made space in our calendars to film during a week in September and a week in October, and will have two shooting units set up to film simultaneously. Also, when we film the battle sequence we will have 20-30 extras on set, so keeping them organised, fed, warm and in good spirits is vital. Good communication and staying in touch is key, and we have a very experienced Line Producer and 1AD on board to ensure all goes smoothly on set.

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    - All previously stated perks
    - Only ten ever made. CD and digital download of the exclusive soundtrack for the film, unavailable anywhere else on the planet.
    - Director signed DVD
    - Exclusive interview with writer/director Dan Davies.

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    - All previously stated perks
    - Executive Producer Credit. Be a part of this film and our journey, officially, for all time.
    - Signed Artwork of Lucan
    - Ticket to premiere of the film. Also, as a nice little add on we will include our previous film The Hunt Ends (2015) on the DVD too, and also to download! Because, well... just because films are awesome!

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    ABSOLUTE LEGENDARY STATUS

    - All previously stated perks
    - Be an extra – come and be an extra on set playing either a Roman Soldier or a Zombie!
    - Front row seat at the premiere, and one night’s accommodation – all expenses paid
    - Ticket to the wrap party – come and meet the cast and crew in a relaxed environment.
    - Pick a prop – select one of our props to keep forever as a memento from the filming from zombie masks, to roman swords, helmets. Etc

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