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A dark and surreal psychological thriller about a husband who seeks revenge on his cheating wife, in a very peculiar way.
121 backers pledged AU$ 14,079 to help bring this project to life.

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WHAT ARE WE DOING?

The 5th Shadow is my first feature film and after eight years, it is almost complete. What we have accomplished to this point is amazing, especially when you consider how little money we have done it with. The film has been made with the extraordinary support of our wonderful executive producers and a very talented cast and crew.  We are here to raise a little more money for post production costs from you guys so we can complete the film. If we don't raise 100% of the goal ($12,000) we don't get any of the money. Even if you can't support us financially we just ask you share this page with all your friends and family and ask them to have a quick look.

The 5th Shadow follows Henry Blank; a lonely, middle aged, burnt out artist on a dark and surreal odyssey into the icy depths of his own hell.

All signs of the child prodigy he once was have disappeared. His wife has run off with an older man, and the only thing left is a house filled with echoes of past happiness. Chased out of his mind by fear, Henry descends through his past, witnesses his own birth, and looks death in the eye - or headlights as it is in this case. However it is a chance encounter with a beautiful jazz singer that determines Henry's fate. 

She offers meaning, hope, and together they dissolve time but can she be trusted, or is she bait, luring Henry deeper into chaos where nightmare and reality are no different? Or is she something else all together?

If Henry has any chance of escape he must complete his life's work, a painting even he is petrified of. Ultimately, he must learn to forgive, though he is going to have to cross through hell first.

The 5th Shadow began as a simple idea and grew into a dark, complex tale about loss, heartbreak and failure. It is a look at the intriguing ways we deal with these things. How do we cope? How do we move forward? Where is the line between actuality and delusion when considering ones happiness? 

I have always loved films and literature that deal with the truly dark, psychological side of life. Embarking on my first feature film, it was only logical that it was of this nature. If you think of films like David Lynch's 'Lost Highway' of Ray Lawrence' 'Bliss' then you have an idea of what type of film you are backing.

After eight years, eleven months of production, one hundred and fifty hours of footage, forty cast members, a lot of lost sleep, even more cigarettes and the enormous contribution of our executive producers, the film is almost complete. The editing is moving along well and I'm really excited at the shape the film is starting to take. We just need a little more money to finish things like the final edit, sound design and some very cool in-camera visual effects that myself and Gideon Jennings, (D.O.P.) are doing. I can't give too much away but we are hand painting some of the film in a way I have never seen before. Anyway, you'll have to wait and see more on that soon. 

The $12,000 we are hoping to raise would barely feed the cast and crew on a Hollywood film, however, if you consider we have spent less than $60,000 to accomplish what we have up until this point, $12,000 along with a lot of favours and some very generous friends in the industry will be enough to scrape through and appear with a completed feature film at the other end of the tunnel.

Any funds raised over this amount will only ease the job at hand and allow us to have the film professionally colour graded, spend more time in the sound studio perfecting the sound design as well as blow off the frontdoor of the heroes house, which I've dreamt about doing for a lot longer than eight years!

P.S. Blowing off the front door of a house without blowing the entire front of the house off, is not cheap. 

If you can help complete The 5th Shadow and be part of this mammoth creation, I would love to have you along for the ride. Contributors will receive regular updates about how we are going and how much further there is to go, plus as you'll discover in the rewards, you'll receive a personalised web card on Facebook (emailed to you if you don't use Facebook).

Thank you so much and I hope to hear from you all soon.

Cheers…..Dave Sparx

WHO IS IN THE FILM?

Actor Joel McIlroy's career began on stage and led eventually to his AFI nominated performance in Daniel Netthiem's short film, 'The Beat Manifesto'. 

He later appeared in a variety of roles on Australian television including, Changi, Love Is A Four Letter Word and Home and Away which earned him a silver Logie nomination.

It's the role of Henry Blank in The 5th Shadow however, which most exemplifies McIlroy's efforts to portray the human condition. 

“It's a kind of domestic horror until the surface is scratched away, revealing something else, something a little unsettling and closer to home”. 

Neveen’s career began straight out of high school in ‘Dylan’ playing Katherine Porter at Belvoir St Theatre, followed by appearances on ‘Home and Away’ & 'GP' which led to roles on ABC’s ‘Rake’, ‘Cops LAC’ and most recently ‘Packed to the Rafters’. 

Below are some of the supporting cast I had the pleasure of working with on the film, each and everyone of you, including those Ive not mentioned have contributed in making this, the great film it is fast becoming. Thank you!

WHO MADE THE FILM?

Without the extraordinary crew this film would never have made it past day one.

        

My eternal thanks go to everyone who has worked, supported, cooked, or poured water for The 5th Shadow. 

THANK YOU!

Woody Allen's 'Take the Money and Run' was the first film experience I ever had. I saw it at the drive in cinema as a double feature with The Man From Snowy River, I was never the same again.

Check out my bio at the top of the page for more information.

Paul's career began at Sydney University as President of the Film Society which led to the attainment of a Masters in Digital Media from COFA at UNSW. 

Utilising his knowledge of cinema, he went on to work as a sound designer on the video games Dystopia and Blade Symphony from Puny Human Games whilst continuing his career in film and television

As a producer, Paul is always looking for bold and unique projects to bring to life. Seeing the potential The 5th Shadow had to be a landmark film, meant that bringing this film to fruition was a straight forward decision. Since filming began, the amazing film Paul was expecting was replaced by something far more spectacular; The 5th Shadow has a depth, intensity and beauty that is strikingly rare in our modern cinema landscape. 

Gideon studied film with David Sparx and has been a key collaborator for more than ten years as D.O.P. on several short films, ‘Hired Out’, ‘“Run”, He Said’, and the multi-award winning, ‘Under The Brellu’.

During this time Gideon has shot 18 short films, including entries into the Berlin and Cannes Film Festival, and worked on the highly acclaimed, John Pilger documentary, 'Utopia'. 

Gideon was drawn to the dark, dualistic aesthetic of the The 5th Shadow, sighting artists Francis Bacon and photographer Gregory Crewdson as inspiration. 

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR CHECKING OUT THE 5TH SHADOW, YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

CHEERS……DAVE SPARX

Risks and challenges

When it comes to film making, there will always be risks. That's the nature of the beast. The beauty of the position we find ourselves in (having completely shot the film), is that most of the risk has already been taken. You are backing a film that I've personally spent eight years making so it will take spontaneous combustion to stop me finishing it now. Plus I've made a lot of films in the past so I know what is required to see a film through to completion.

I can't guarantee it will be easy, however I can guarantee an outrageous, mind bending, completed film.

The hard part is done, now we just need a little more help in turning all the potential into an amazing film.

Thanks very much and I hope to hear from you all.

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    A HUGE THANK YOU!
    You are helping us to achieve our goal of completing our feature film. To say thanks you'll receive a personalised web card posted on Facebook. For you, from us. No two web cards are the same.

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    AUDITORY INFLUENCES
    For being so cool and helping us complete the film, you will receive a cd of music that influenced the film, music that I listened to while writing or that which the crew blasted from their cars as we drove back down the coast over the long production period, there is even some very intriguing spoken word. The music ranges from some of the great folk music of the 60 and 70's to blues and jazz and even some seriously mind bending psychedelic trance, trip hop and death metal. It's far reaching. You will also receive a personalised web card on Facebook.

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    A HUGER, HUGE THANKS AND A BOOKMARK!
    You'll receive a 5th Shadow bookmark from us as a massive thank you for your generosity. It goes a long way.
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    YOU MAKE THE POPCORN.
    We thank you so much for your support.
    You'll receive a dvd of The 5th Shadow once the film has premiered, plus a personalised web card on facebook to say thank you.

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    SOMETHING A LITTLE OLD SCHOOL!
    For your utterly cool generosity we'll post
    a one of a kind, 5th Shadow post card with a special note from one of the cast or crew to either yourself or someone special of your choice.
    Every card contains unique artwork from the film.
    You'll also receive a downloadable copy of The 5th Shadow feature film once the film has premiered, plus a personalised web card posted on Facebook

    No two post cards are the same.
    The film will be completed early 2015 at which time the downloadable copy of the film will be accessible to you.

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    THE FILM IS WHY WERE HERE.
    You'll receive a downloadable copy of the film once the film has premiered. You'll also receive a signed The 5th Shadow bookmark plus a personalised web card posted on Facebook. For you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

    The Facebook thank you will be delivered mid 2014. The film itself is not due to be completed until early 2015. The compromise made with micro budget film making is that small amounts of money mean large amounts of time.
    I ask for all your patience while we deliver the best possible film.

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    THE MOVIE IS WHAT BROUGHT US ALL HERE.
    You will receive a signed DVD copy of the film, once it has premiered plus The 5th Shadow book mark and a cd filled with music that inspired The 5th Shadow. I guarantee it's the coolest mix tape you'll ever hear. Plus you'll also receive a book mark and your very own personalised web card on Facebook.

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    THE FILM AND ITS ART.
    You will receive a downloadable version of the film once the film has premiered plus a signed lobby poster (11"x14") of the film to say a huge thank you. Plus you'll also receive a personalised web card posted on Facebook for you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

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    THE FILM NOW HAS YOUR NAME ON IT.
    Not only will you receive DVD copies of three other equally insane short films made by the crew of The 5th Shadow, your name will appear in the final credits as a huge thank you for your support. Plus you'll also receive a downloadable copy of The 5th Shadow once the film has premiered along with a 5th Shadow bookmark and of course, a personalised web card posted on Facebook. For you, from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

    The digital copy of the film will be delivered once the film is complete.
    The dvd's of the short films will be delivered in mid 2014 and the film is to be complete by early 2015

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    THE FILM IN YOUR HANDS
    You will receive a signed DVD copy of the film once it has premiered, the film's end credits will also list your name as a huge thank you, plus you'll get a signed The 5th Shadow poster (60cm x 85cm) to hang somewhere cool. And, you too will receive a personalised web card posted on Facebook for you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

    The posters will be delivered mid 2014 while the film will be completed by early 2015.

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    VERY LIMITED POSTER AND THE FILM.

    There are only four so you need to be quick. This is a signed full colour poster of a 'porn film' from 'within' The 5th Shadow, 'Dr Flangeglove'. Take a look in Update #10 to see the poster. It's very cool and I think hilarious especially if your a fan of Dr Strangelove. Along with this wicked poster you will receive a signed DVD copy of the film once it has premiered, the film's end credits will also list your name as a huge thank you. And, you too will receive a personalised web card posted on Facebook for you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same. The posters will be delivered mid 2014 while the film will be completed by early 2015.

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    UNLOCKING THE ENIGMA OF THE FILM.
    You will receive a unique, one of a kind pocket guide to 'The 5th Shadow' containing brand new artwork, anecdotes and a few early clues to unravelling the enigma that is the film. You'll also receive a dvd copy of The 5th Shadow once it has premiered, that has your name on the end credits as a massive thanks plus you too will get a personalised web card posted on Facebook for you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

    The dvd of the film will not be delivered until after it's release.

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    THE RED CARPET IS UNROLLED AND YOU'RE THE GUEST
    You're invited to a V.I.P. screening of the film in Sydney once the film is complete. (flights and accommodation are not included). You'll also receive a piece of signed artwork from the film plus a digital copy of the film that has your name in the end credits as a huge thank you. You'll also get a personalised web card posted on Facebook for you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

    The web card will be delivered mid 2014 and the V.I.P. screening will take place once the film is complete, early 2015.

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    YOUR NAME IS 'IN' THE FILM.
    Have your name mentioned on one of the radio programs heard during the film. There are several occasions during the film when radios can be clearly heard. Not only that, some of the talk back radio is a pivotal part to unlocking the enigma of the film. Your name will be integrated into the talk back radio in the film. You'll also receive a digital version of the film that has your name in the end credits as a massive thanks, along with a web card posted on Facebook as a huge thank you from us to you.

    The web cards will be posted on facebook mid 2014. The film is expected to be completed by early 2015.

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    YOU AND YOUR DATE ON THE RED CARPET.
    Two tickets to the V.I.P. screening of the film plus original poster art from the film and a DVD copy of the film that has your name on it as a huge thanks. You will also receive a personalised web card posted on Facebook for you, from us as a huge thank you.

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    A BUNCH OF COOL STUFF AND HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOW. For being so cool you'll receive a jar of my homemade marshmallow along with two tickets to the V.I.P. screening of the film plus original poster art and a DVD copy of the film that has your name on it as a huge thanks. You will also receive a one of a kind 5th Shadow pocket guide with script exerts and artwork, signed by one of the cast or crew. You will also receive a personalised web card posted on Facebook for you, from us as a huge thank you.

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    YOU ARE 'IN' THE FILM.
    Be in the film, well vocally anyway. You can be in the film as a voice on one of the radio commercials or talk back radio programs that appear throughout the film. The population of 'Reverie' are a strange bunch and the topics they discuss on talk back are absurd so it will be a load of fun. You will also receive a DVD copy of the film once it has premiered and your name will be in the end credits. You'll also receive a personalised web card posted on Facebook for you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.
    The voice recording will take place in the second half of 2014 and will appear in the final film once we've completed it.

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    AN ABSOLUTE ONE OF A KIND!
    You'll receive a framed oil painting signed by the artist, that is the centre piece of a crucial scene from the film. You will also receive a DVD copy of the film that has your name in the credits once it has premiered, plus a personalised web card posted on Facebook. For you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

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    YOU GET THE LAST SAY.
    You can have a personalised message to you or someone of your choice (only kind messages) appear on screen at the very end of the film. ("Marriage proposal", for instance or "Honey we're having a baby...and it's not yours")
    You will also receive a DVD copy of the film plus a one of a kind web card to you on Facebook.

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    IT'S MASSIVE AND THERE IS NO WAY THERE'S A COPY.
    You'll receive an absolute one of a kind graffiti piece created by a renowned Sydney street artist that was inspired by The 5th Shadow. The piece was completed on two pieces of solid wall that fit together, measuring 2000mm x 2500mm. The piece has been safely stored in my office since it was completed so not only is it in great condition, the back of it is filled with editing notes and mind vomits. It's either a very intimate clue into some of the films subtext and sub subtext or evidence of my insanity. Either way it's a very unique and cool piece of street art and perfect for someone with a fairly large room. You will also receive a DVD copy of the film that has your name in the end credits as a massive thanks along with a personalised web card posted on Facebook. For you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

    Shipping of the art work is the buyers responsibility.

    The artwork will be shipped mid 2014 while the film is to be completed by early 2015.

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    I ATE HIS LIVER WITH FAVA BEANS AND A NICE CHIANTI!
    I will come to your home (Australia only, unless you want to fly me to your country) and cook you and one other a three course meal, show you a sneak peek of the film, fill you in on some of the insanity and hilarious chaos that took place while making the film, plus you will become an associate producer of The 5th Shadow. You will also receive a personalised web card posted on Facebook. For you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

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    THE SEQUEL - I ATE HIS LIVER WITH FAVA BEANS AND A NICE CHIANTI! I will come to your home (Australia only, unless you want to fly me to your country) and cook you and one other a three course meal, show you a sneak peek of the film, fill you in on some of the insanity and hilarious chaos that took place while making the film, plus you will become an associate producer of The 5th Shadow. You will also receive a personalised web card posted on Facebook. For you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    You'll officially become part of The 5th Shadow family as an Executive Producer of the film. Your name will feature in the opening credits and on all art work from the film that includes credits. You will also receive a unique, one of a kind pocket guide to 'The 5th Shadow' containing brand new artwork, anecdotes and a few early clues to unraveling the enigma of The 5th Shadow plus a personalised web card posted on Facebook for you from us as a huge thanks for your support. No two web cards are the same.

    The pocket guide will be shipped mid 2014.

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    YOUR COMPANY COMES FIRST.
    Have your company logo appear solo on screen at the very start of the film. Plus you'll receive a copy of the film on DVD, a poster of the film, a bookmark and your own personalised web card on Facebook.

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