Three years after Emily has recovered from cancer, she struggles to adjust back to everyday life. Living in fear of redeveloping the fatal disease, a manifestation haunts her from the depths of her subconscious in the form of a faceless creature; her fear incarnate.
Emily’s best friend Nina organizes a weekend endeavor with the guys to a holiday house secluded in an outback town as a way for Emily to loosen up and have some fun. What started as a casual party weekend soon turns into a series of unusual events.
The group experience firsthand the unsettling and hostile nature the people of this rural town like to treat city folk with. Emily and her friends find themselves terrorized by the faceless creature stuck somewhere between reality and subconsciousness, while simultaneously being harassed by both the local law and deadly Russian mobsters trailing a specific package of stolen goods.
'The Faceless Man’ is a brutal horror film that blends paranormal with psychological elements. The film raises questions on our greatest fears and presents them on a silver platter. Put simply, this is not a politically correct film.
Characters are in your face and severely unhinged that in turn produces some of the darker sides of human nature not commonly witnessed. ‘The Faceless Man’ holds true to its horror roots presenting a unique take on the horror genre while blending gore, psychological, slasher, crime, and a touch of old school Ozploitation for a powerfully entertaining film.
James’ inspiration for ‘The Faceless Man’ is a poetic palate of shades of green, brown and red. The dark tone of the film takes inspiration from such works as WOLF CREEK, SAW and the EVIL DEAD franchise. The Faceless Man also serves as a throwback to the Ozploitation era of Australian films made during the 70's and 80's.
From ‘The Faceless Man’s Writer/Director James Di Martino – The horror genre is something I feel needs a bit of a shake-up. We need to understand that horror is not limited to gore fests or shock value. True horror stems from people’s fears. Cancer is something that scares many people, yet I see little to no horror films delving into this category.
I’ve drawn on my own experiences of fear and dread at the idea of potentially succumbing to that sickness again. Most importantly, I’ve endeavoured to develop a contrast of who the real monster is in our society. I also wanted to create a story that deconstructed the regular characters we see in slasher films, so I’ve pushed them all to extremes to see how they would react.
THE CONCEPT ARTIST:
The design of ‘The Faceless Man’ is being illustrated by Perth based concept artist Austen Mengler, who has created a legion of harrowing original characters over the years and has been working on Australian & International projects for the last 8 years. Austen’s horrific style suits the tone of the film and is a great asset in the concept stages of pre-production, thus keeping the film true to the horror genre and creating something that is both frightening yet original.
Below are just a small selection of the concept art designs going into The Faceless Man, which will next be taken by the other team members to create the harrowing prosthetic makeup application on screen. Austen is also offering options to get exclusive commissioned artwork, a limited edition signed print of The Faceless Man design, and the behind the scenes film development book going over the entire Faceless Man design process.
WHY YOU SHOULD BACK THIS FILM:
• The goal of this campaign is to raise $10,000. While this may seem like a lot of money, in the film world it is not. We are very lucky to have funds to get the film off the ground but we need a helping hand if we want to truly bring our strong vision to fruition by creating sets and bringing the art department up to the highest possible standard we can achieve. The money raised will all go toward building various sets, adding to our art department, and creating a physical full body suit of the signature Faceless Man monster.
• There are not many true horror films coming out of Australia. The ones that do get made are very CGI orientated. We are determined to use practical effects with no CGI to maximise the realistic approach to the film.
• Filming will commence in June and will be completed by the end of 2018
• In a sea of politically correct films, it’s going to be entertaining to viewers to see something that will push the boundaries of the horror genre.
We have a heap of rewards which should cater to every kind of potential backer; commissioned Artwork created by the amazing Austen Mengler is something to keep an eye on.
For only $25 you get a private link to view the feature film once its completed with a signed copy of a limited still from the film sent directly to your email.
WHAT HAPPENDS WHEN WE REACH OUR GOAL?
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THE CHAPTER 5 TEAM
James Di Martino
The Chapter 5 Studios team is lead by Writer/Director James Di Martino as CEO of the company. Having completed a Masters Degree in Marketing & Business in 2016, James felt the desire to pursue a creative venture. Within two short years James had a multi-award-winning catalog of six short films he had written & director or produced.
Co-Producer & Director of Photography, Rhys Sherring comes from a degree in Screen Production and has written & directed his own award winning short film ‘Headspace Inc’. He was also Producer of the short ‘The Intentions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’ which was screened at 2018’s Academy Accredited Flickerfest and has won several awards at various festivals around the globe. His most recent work saw him become Director of Photography for the Chapter 5 team’s latest two shorts ‘The Immigration Game’ and ‘Five O’Clock’.
Associate Producer & Actor – Daniel Facciolo has helped shape the company of Chapter 5 Studios from its inception having earned a degree in Human Resources. Daniel starred in Chapter 5’s award winning short film ‘Coinflipper’ and took the helm of lead actor in their recent bushranger period short film ‘Five O’Clock’. Daniel has assisted in the production management side of ‘The Faceless Man’ and will also be starring in the film as one of the core supporting characters.
Producer - Lucinda is an Australian Film Producer with a background in Acting, Production and Broadcast. She has produced Web Series, Shorts, Music Videos and several Features that have completed the festival circuit and been nominated for awards internationally.
Her current slate consists of over 20 projects, all in various stages of Production including 5 feature films shooting internationally in Japan, Czech Republic, Canada, US, UK and Australia along with 2 short films, a web series and 3 TV Shows. Past projects include festival selection & Leo Nominated feature film "FSM" (Indiecan10k Challenge), Cannes Short Film Corner screened short "A Family of Ghosts" (Crazy8's) and Leo Nominated short "The Starlight Heist”.
Lucinda's passion towards film, love of the industry, hard work and 'go getter' attitude had her recognised as one of the filmmakers to watch in 2016 by local industry peers in Vancouver, Canada.
Associate Producer - Julian is an award-winning Screenwriter and Producer, starting his career as early as 2014. In 2017 he won an award for Best Screenplay for writing his first feature film “Marital Problems”. This is his first collaboration with Chapter 5 Studios.
SFX and make up - Emma's special effects work first started in 2012 when she worked on short films and then over the years has been taught by Dale Bamford who worked on films such as Wolf creek and the Babadook creating the SFX. Emma has worked on many short and features films including The Vipers Hex, Dragon force and Secretions.
Inneke has art directed on a variety of films, such as the independent feature "Indigo Lake" for Cobbstar Productions in 2015 which won Best Feature - All Genre at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2018, and multiple short films such as AFC Funded "Drowning" in 2009.
Production design and costume - Inneke has designed TV series "The Good Cop" and "Undercurrent" for CJZ Productions that will be screening on prime time television for Foxtel and Seven Network respectively.
Veteran Film Armorer - John has been in the film industry for over 45 years having worked on big productions such as "Mr. Nice guy" with Jackie Chan, "Knowing" with Nicolas Cage, and "The Killer elite" with Robert Di Nero. Dependable and professional, John assists in stunt co-ordination and everything safety.
We have a locally sourced quality talent line up starring in the film, with a couple of returning Chapter 5 regulars:
Sunny S Wallia
We are very lucky to have an amazing supporting cast of Australian talent which includes; Brendan Bacon (Innuendo, 2016), Albert Goikhman (Cult girls, 2018), David Beamish (Charlies Farm, 2014), Peter Flaherty (Choir Girl, 2018), Daniel Reader (The Immigration Game, 2018), Damien Oehme (Five O'Clock, 2018), Andy Mcphee (Sons of Anarchy 2010, Living Space, 2018) and Roger Ward (The Man from Hong Kong 1975, Mad Max 1979).
Music is a crucial part of film and something that we understand is vital to creating atmosphere and soul in features.
Music will be composed by Ben Connley-Walker of BCW film scores who has a body of work from short films to features including Chapter 5's very own 'Immigration Game' and 'Five O'Clock'.
Benjamin Connley-Walker is an experienced Composer & Audio Engineer who is the director of BCW Film Scores Pty Ltd. BCW Film Scores will be providing a comprehensive audio service that will look after the entire audio production for 'The Faceless Man' by Chapter 5 Studios. Having worked with Chapter 5 Studios in previous projects, Ben is excited to get started on 'The Faceless Man' and overlook BCW Film Score's work on the film.
Principal photography will begin in early June and finish in late August. Post production will take until the end of November 2018. Then the film will be taken to the American film market to be sold to a distributor and pushed for a theatrical release in as many countries as possible.
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KICKSTARTER FUNDS BREAKDOWN:
The funds will be spent on enhancing the art department's set dressing and design, props, costume, make-up prosthetics of the Faceless Man himself and additional SFX throughout the production.
Incentives to push beyond our target.
1st – $10,000 - Film will be completed. Reward - EVERY backer gets a thank you credit in the official credits of the film.
2nd - $20,000 – Behind the scenes video will be expanded and turned into a feature documentary on creating indie films within Australia. Reward – All backers will receive a private link to view the feature documentary.
3rd - $30,000 – Reward – Each backer that pledges $50+ will receive a digital art book or photographs and concept illustrations of the faceless man.
4th - $40,000 - Reward – All backers will be invited to a private theatrical screening with a Q and A with key cast and crew.
Risks and challenges
There are many risks associated with taking on a big project like this.
However, we have a proven track record with our short film catalogue that shows we always get the film done. We already have the required funds to start shooting in June and have a dedicated team who want nothing more but to improve the independent film industry in Australia.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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