I am the Manager of HeatsProductions (A two man film production business, I'm also a Uni student) and for my new short I am planning to make an Interactive video for online use (With potential for screenings) My plan is to create an interactive short film where by the viewer can chose the outcome. If they go the wrong way or take too long to choose an option, they die and must start again. Along the way they will find clues that will tell them they are going the right way, and can also go back the way they came. There will be a variety of scenes, some will be hard to find too which allows for lots of hidden extras. This may sound like a game, but its not. I'm sure many of you who have found their way here would of heard of Slender Man and the rumors of him existing since the middle ages and before, originating from a forum. Well I plan to make this real. To give people a reason to visit this little area of the Cotswold's and to give you something to fear. The tone will be dark, pitch black with moonlight if possible. There will be no gore, only an element of fear through noises and static also through the appearance of Slender Man (Which will involve some minor 3D work) so this is naturally a horror and its first person (handheld) The reason I need funding? For props, I simply don't have enough money to buy props. I own all the needed equipment, and most actors have already signed up however I may need to hire a few more which I have made allowances for if I get the funding I need. This could be great for you, the audience, a chance to change what your outcome is, but in the end, will you have a choice? Help me to create this project, and you'll find out!
I am aiming to release this project to the public after a screening on Halloween this year if possible, it'll all be ready on youtube by midnight for public viewing.
Here is the official facebook page for Slender Crucis
Where will the money go?
£300 will be spent on props to improve the film (Some of these may take some time to create)
£80 will go towards a website and a domain to promote the film
£100 will go towards hiring and accommodating an actor if needed (If not then this will pay for several screenings in the village its filmed in instead! All backers will be invited!)
£20 will be used for food, travel costs etc
£40 (would be £50 but due to fees Kick Starter take off along with tax it is less) will be used as a contingency. This will hopefully go unneeded and will instead go towards paying for DVD's, t-shirts and other rewards after the filming (I will be using my own money for this too)
What do we have already?
- Cameras - Canon XHA1 and a Canon 650D
- Camera Accessories - A Shoulder Rig, Tripod, Camera Slider, Lighting equipment, other accessories and access to more if they should be needed
- Location - A village called Ampney Crucis
- Another business - (unsure if we can name them yet) who shall be assisting with the 3D work
Who's behind this?
Liam Taylor - (Linked In)
Liam Taylor was born in Swindon in 1991, his passion for multimedia started at a young age with a love of the popular sci-fi film Star Wars along with other sci-fis such as Alien.
He pursued his passion at college where he started a GCSE Media course, and a GCSE Photography course before moving up to doing a BTEC National Diploma in Media Production and produced a portfolio of content while on the course which can be seen on request. Following this Liam decided to start a business under the name of HeatsProductions to further pursue his passion of videography and photography along with other freelance work.
Now he has proceeded forward in his career and started to attend Swindon College to do a Higher National Diploma in Interactive Media
Liam has had a lot of experience working on different sets with many assorted crews and directors and has had just as much experience with editing which includes special effects.
He has also put forward work to festivals and won the Cheltenham Film Festival - Best Short Advertisement Category 2010
Some people hes worked with include Shane Warne, The BBC, Nokia, The National Lottery, Google Engage and many others that can be seen here
Risks and challenges
The main problem I am going to face is successfully connecting each individual video (Of which I have planned nearly 150 so far)
I am forever planning and creating links, storyboarding making sure every detail is accounted for. The only problem that could arise is from a lack of planning and trust me, there won't be a lack of planning.
Sound will play a major role in this, the sound for this film is a very complex job. However it should prove to be a very rewarding challenge and I can not wait to go out to create sounds for this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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