About this project
Hi, we're Jon and Grant and we're raising money to fund the production stage of our sci-fi horror, short film, BLACK SHORE.
Watch the teaser trailer!
We have an incredible cast.
We already have some amazing talent on board, including Matthew Steer who has just been on stage in the latest incarnation of Hamlet, with Benedict Cumberbatch, he was also recently in the BBC series, Partners in Crime.
We also have Gemma Whelan who plays Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.
The soundtrack to the film will be composed by Joshua Hayward and Tom Furse from the band The Horrors.
Black Shore is a film about a mother who disappears in mysterious circumstances and it becomes increasingly apparent that something supernatural is behind her disappearance.
Using the ideas of the holographic principle and quantum entanglement, we have created a story that explores the ties that bind our minds to reality and asks the questions.
What is real in the world and who is it that truly matters?
How long will it be?
It will be 20 minutes in length.
Why are we making it?
Two years ago, frustrated by our day jobs, we embarked on making an inventive, original short film, with a view to enter film festivals. So, we approached writing team, John Roman and Ossian Ritchie to create a film born out of out mutual love of science fiction.
Although Black Shore is an entire film in its own right, it does fit within a larger story that we would love to turn into a feature length film once complete.
Four years since she vanished, Ben’s wife, Ailsa has reappeared. She has seemingly been trapped within a time loop. Ben’s confusion is only deepened when she reveals that the recurring symbol he has been seeing is actually a signal, forewarning him of the arrival of ‘The Machine’. As time and reality begin to break down, Ben must unravel the secrets of Black Shore, figure out the mystery of what has happened to Ailsa and protect his son Michael from the unknown menace.
What is the symbol?
Ranging from Original Soundtrack Downloads, T-shirts, Posters, Film Credits, a Film Extra for the day, a VIP Screening, being an Associate Producer and Signed Props.
There's more images of the rewards at the bottom of the page !
Find out who we are.
A feeling of suspense and horror permeates Black Shore as we uncover the mystery of Ailsa’s disappearance. This feeling is only accentuated by a deranged, down the rabbit hole experience and the realisation, that this is not just about a missing person but about something more sinister.
The film will have a bleak, realistic look and corroded feel, set during the middle of winter, in the cold, deserted, seaside town of Black Shore.
We've already storyboarded the entire film...
and we've done the concept art.
The concept art by Markus Lovadina
The £20K raised on this Kickstarter Project will fund 50% of the film's minimum £40K budget. Enough money to cover 7 days worth of filming, which is enough time to film the whole of BLACK SHORE.
We have managed to pull a lot of favours already, so many of the usual big expenses like editing, post production and sound design are not going to be too expensive. Also much of the camera equipment is being supplied by our Director of Photography Zoran. But we still need to raise enough money to cover the major filming costs, such as location hire, cast and crew, lighting, art department, wardrobe, transport, insurance and food.
The other 20k will be raised through a combination of self-funding, private funding and film grants.
The village of Black Shore
The bleak windswept English coast has been a breeding ground for folklore, myth, and eccentricity for centuries. Coastal towns tend to be a bit strange. Black Shore is no different. A small village, made up of few houses, a beachfront promenade, a fairground and a lighthouse and diner overlooking the bay.
The diner sits, boarded up, abandoned on the promenade. A lighthouse towers behind it, casting a long shadow out to the water. Further along the coast the town’s main street stretches off with houses dotted on either side into the distance. A few shops line the promenade down to the sandy beachfront. A funfair, shut for the season, marks the end of the shops.
We plan on filming in and around the funfair rides, beaches and caravan parks of Selsey in West Sussex on the south coast of England during the winter season. An area where Grant spent much of his childhood.
Jon Park & Grant White - Directors
Emmy and Gold British Arrow Award winning and BAFTA nominated, filmmakers and VFX artists Jon Park and Grant White have over 13 years' experience in the film and animation industry. They have directed a number of acclaimed commercials, music videos and documentaries, for Burberry, Nokia, Bose, Barclays, The Horrors and Daft Punk. Grant trained at Ealing College before joining The Jim Henson Company, working on many high profile film and television shows, later partnering in creative production company Minivegas. Jon studied animation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and began his career in Bristol, working on BBC Natural History shows. The pair first met whilst working at Glassworks London and have more recently been working as VFX Supervisors at MPC London and freelance directors for Saatchi and Saatchi.
Leah Harris - Producer
With a background in journalism and radio, Leah has over 12 years creative production experience, working for a number of the top UK production companies. Her career has covered a diverse output, from Broadcast television and TVC to Digital: documentary shorts, branded content, educational programming and live broadcasting. She makes shorts in her spare time and has won a load of nominations and industry awards along the way, most recently the audience award for the best narrative short at the San Diego International film festival.
Zoran Veljkovic - Director of Photography
An Award winning cinematographer with over 30 years behind the camera. Zoran Veljkovic SAS has assembled a serious body of work. He has been living and working in the UK since 1991. His feature films have received BAFTA and EMI nominations as well as prestigious festival awards in America, UK, Italy, Spain, Japan, Holland and Yugoslavia. He received Best Cinematography Award for his work on the feature film “After Fall, Winter”. Zoran’s rigorous early training enables him to push the envelope of modern technologies. He flawlessly moves between the worlds of features, dramas, commercials, and TV series. Zoran is a member of Serbian Society of Cinematographers (SAS) as well as a BAFTA member.
Steven Blundell - Production Designer
A London-based Production Designer and Art Director with over 15 years professional experience. Steven specialises in commercials, features and digital content but also works on TV, Shorts and Promos.
MPC - VFX / CGI
MPC is a global leader in VFX. Renowned for their creative expertise in the advertising, film and entertainment industries, some of their most famous projects include a string of blockbuster movies and famous advertising campaigns for brands such as John Lewis, Channel 4 Paralympics, Three Mobile and First Direct.
Tom Furse and Josh Hayward - Soundtrack
Keyboardist and lead guitarist in The Horrors.
John Roman & Ossian Ritchie - Writers
Writers John Roman and Ossian Ritchie have been writing together for the last five years. Ossian wrote a fictitious monthly advice column for Sheffield City Press, listings magazine for two years and has had numerous short stories published online. John has written and illustrated his own comics. He has been commissioned for fashion label DIY Couture and comedian Phil Nichol's Award Winning show The Naked Racist. They are both regular contributors to the irregular Entropy Now, online magazine. John's encyclopaedic knowledge of graphic novels and films and Ossian's love of literature have collided to produce unexpected, modern stories.
Matthew Steer - Ben
Matthew Steer recently played alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican as 'Rosencrantz' and can be seen in the current series of Drunk History. Other credits include the feature film Urban Hymn, regular character 'Albert' in Partners in Crime, Cider With Rosie (BBC), Drunk History (Comedy Central), Utopia series 2 (C4), 'Halberdier' in Ken Branagh's feature film Cinderella.
Gemma Whelan - Ailsa
Gemma Whelan is an English actress and comedian, known for playing Yara Greyjoy in the HBO fantasy-drama series 'Game of Thrones'
Austin Taylor - Michael
Austin Taylor recently appeared as 'Gavroche' in Les Miserables in the West End. You may also recognise him as the boy dancing with an imaginary, pink elephant in the Mr Kipling commercial. He has also recently been cast alongside Rachel Weisz in ‘My Cousin Rachel’ Other credits include Quacks (BBC) Doctor Who (BBC) Doc Martin (ITV) and Grantchester (ITV)
Making films is a costly business, and we based our funding goal on what is needed to make sure we do this story justice, giving it the time and attention it deserves. The money will go toward covering the team's production costs, including.
- Cast and Crew Expenses
- Food and Catering
- Sound Recording Equipment hire
- Location and Studio hire
- Art Department, Set and Props hire.
- Wardrobe, Hair and Makeup
- Shoot Insurance
We've also applied for film funding, taking our total film budget to nearly £40K.
T-shirt - 'Sandcastle' by Babak Ganjei
One Sheet, Film Poster - by Chris Jones
The shoot is scheduled for April 2017, it will be a 7 days shoot, 6 days on location and 1 day in the studio. We then go into post production immediately after delivering the film around summer, 2017.
A huge thank you to everyone thats helped us get this far.
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Risks and challenges
With any creative endeavour, especially those involving film & vfx, there is a good chance of delays from unforeseen challenges and obstacles.
The biggest challenge will be keeping to a very tight production schedule. Post production will not be a problem as we’ve got MPC backing us all the way. The hard work will be on set making sure we get enough time to do the story justice.
We will be keeping everyone informed of our progress with regular updates, so any unexpected hiccups or delays in the production will be clearly communicated.
However, the team are all professionals who have successfully completed numerous projects of this kind before and we have full confidence in our ability to bring this film to the screen
The shoot will also be covered by production insurance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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