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Even at the end of the world, are we ever really alone?
Even at the end of the world, are we ever really alone?
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The Reverie - A Post-Apocalyptic Fairytale

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Thanks to our awesome backers, we’ve already reached our funding goal. £4,800 was the minimum amount we needed to make this project happen. It’s already going to be amazing - but with your support, we can make make it even better.

We want to make this film into an extraordinary visual treat. Our locations are going to make your jaw drop, and with just a bit more funding we can really do justice to those fairytale woodlands, abandoned villages and epic vistas that populate our story.

If we can raise an additional £1200, taking our total to £6000, we’ll be able to upgrade to a state-of-the-art film camera - the Sony F55. You can see its incredible capabilities here. In addition, we’ll be able to afford to finish off the film in a top London post-production house. These improvements will make The Reverie look absolutely incredible.

We’ve already come so far, and we’re so incredibly grateful for that. Can you help us go that little bit further?

In the wake of an unnamed catastrophe, Amy clings to the hope that she's not the last person left alive.

At the edge of despair, she stumbles across a radio that's broadcasting a distant, melodic signal. The music is enchanting, and Amy finds herself helplessly drawn into an unforgiving wilderness, compelled to track down the source of the sound.

As Amy leaves civilisation behind and struggles on deeper and deeper into the woods, the radio becomes her unlikely companion. It's all she has left, and she'll follow its song until the ends of the earth - even if it ends up costing her life.

Hello. We're Sam Wildman and Sian Tomlinson, the director and producer of The Reverie. 

This is a story we're both deeply passionate about. We've already spent the best part of a year developing the film, trekking across ancient woodlands in search of locations, hunting down authentic apocalyptic props, and re-writing the script until our fingers bled and it was perfect.  

We wanted to create a tale that felt distinct from the bleak visions of the apocalypse we've seen before. There's a mysticism and magic to this film - it draws on the Brothers Grimm Fairytales as much as Richard Matheson's I Am Legend or Cormac McCarthy's The Road. 

We think it's a beautiful, heartbreaking, epic story in the making, and we won't rest until we've shared it with the world. That's why we're here on Kickstarter, to ask you to be part of our tale. Help us get our lonely, lost heroine Amy to safety. Without your support, she'll remain alone in the wilderness forever.

There are no giants and goblins in this fairytale. At its heart, it's a story about human magnetism. We're inescapably drawn to others, desperate to try and make a connection with the people around us. Amy, cold and alone at the end of the world, is defined by that need.

There's a delicious irony that her closest companion is a piece of technology. Her reliance on an inanimate object for fulfilment is a symptom of modern living - and that relationship is at the core of our film.

For us, Amy's struggle is universal. She abandons all sense and reason, risking her life in pursuit of an incredible, impossible dream. We've all been there before, wagering it all on a slight chance. We know that the odds are stacked against us, that the outlook doesn't look good. Amy represents the part of us that will never, ever give up.

THE LOOK AND FEEL

It's our hope to film entirely on location in The New Forest, in the south of England. It's a truly epic wilderness, both mysterious and awe-inspiring, and the perfect place for Amy's story. We'll see this world from our heroine's perspective, weaving intimate close-up photography that draws us into her personal drama, with arresting wide shots that extol her sense of wonderment at the natural world.

THE SOUND

Our story is a musical odyssey. How we experience sound is at the heart of the film. That fleeting, fragile melody that Amy discovers on the airwaves evolves and develops into something gorgeous and ethereal, underscoring her emotions, and gradually becoming the soundtrack for the film. Our sound designer Lucy Johnstone will be working closely with composer Miles Hancock to create this unique piece. We hope it won't be like anything you've ever heard before.

THE CAST

We're delighted to be working with the incredibly talented Joanne Gale, our film's solitary star. Her television and film credits include Red Dwarf (Grant Naylor Productions), Doctors (BBC Television), The Chaos (Giffgaff) and The Butterfly Tattoo (Dynamic Entertainment). Her theatre appearances include Jennifer in Freedom (Teatro Isabella, Madrid), Charity Royall in Summer (Brockley Jack Theatre), and Alice Fitzpatrick in Daisy Pulls It Off (The Arts Theatre, West End).

 
Shooting entirely on location has its price, and the New Forest is no exception. As well as filming permits and the logistical costs of placing our crew and kit in the deep, dark woods, we also need to pay for equipment, insurance, props and costumes.

What happens if we don't raise our goal? Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING fund-raising. If we don’t hit our target, even if we’re only £10 short, we don’t get to keep any of the money we raise. If we reach our target, your credit card will be charged at the end of the campaign.

Can we raise more than our goal? Yes! Any additional funds raised will be put to good use, going towards the shoot itself, post-production and distribution costs, making your support worthwhile.

Can you increase your donation once you've pledged? Absolutely! As long as you do it before the campaign deadline, you can pledge as much and as often as you want. You'll need to click on the “Manage This Donation” button once you've contributed and logged-in again. 

Crowd-sourcing works best when there's a crowd! Please help us spread the word and encourage others to support our film.

Join our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, read our campaign updates and invite others to do this too. And please send them our Kickstarter link!

We are in no doubt - The Reverie is an ambitious undertaking. But we've managed to assemble some of the brightest young talents from the British film and television industry, and together we can't wait to make this film a reality.

Sam Wildman - Writer & Director. With credits across BBC One, BBC Two and Channel 4, Sam has been involved in shooting, producing and developing documentaries for the last seven years. When he's not doing that, he's busy making music-fuelled short films. He's previously been named One To Watch at the Edinburgh Television Festival, and has just finished directing his first prime time drama-documentary for Channel 5.

Sian Tomlinson - Producer. With a background in English and a Masters in Producing a Film and Television, Sian's experience covers a range of genres, from working on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to documentaries for the C&I Network as well as independent and corporate film. Some of Sian's recent projects have screened at the Hot Docs International Film Festival and the Greenhorn Film Festival.

Dave White - Director of Photography. As a full-time cameraman, Dave has a slew of credits across television and the arts - from The South Bank Show to Derren Brown, Hollyoaks Specials and Glastonbury Festival. His short film and music video projects have been featured in NME Magazine, BBC Online, and Shooting People's Film Of The Month. 

Phil Marriott - Editor. Editor extraordinaire Phil has cut together programmes and online content for some of the UK's biggest broadcasters. His recent credits include content for the BBC's Being Human, The Voice UK and Eastenders, as well as ITV2's The Big Reunion.

Lucy Johnstone - Sound Designer. Broadcast Magazine Hotshot 2013 and all-round musical genius, Lucy works as a sound editor at renowned post-production house Envy in London. Her credits include Discovery's Gold Rush Channel 4's Inside Nature's Giants, BBC Two's Top Gear and National Geographic's Banged Up Abroad

Miles Hancock - Composer. Multi-talented Miles has some stellar credits across film, television and video games. Recent projects include Channel 5's Killers Behind Bars, and independent films Bardo, The Estranged, and Leftovers.

Jemma Skidmore - Production Designer. Having spent the last two years working at prop hire company Granger Hertzog, Jemma has experience across television, fashion and film. Her credits include set design for Wonderland Magazine and art direction on a music video for experimental rock band Tall Ships.

Michelle Wildman - Set Photographer & Location Manager. New Forest native Michelle started her career at the BBC in factual development, working on programmes for BBC Three before turning her talents to stills photography. She runs a successful wedding and portrait photography business, specialising in collaborations with artists and creatives.

All photography on this page © Michelle Wildman 2014.


Risks and challenges

We've put together a really great team, and have spent almost a year planning and prepping this film. It's ready to go, but there are always hurdles and challenges to be faced. Filming outdoors presents its own logistical hazards, and English weather is often unpredictable (to say the least!).

However, the safety of our crew and the preservation of one of our great national parks are of paramount importance to us. Between us, we have substantial location production experience. We're confident that there's no obstacle that we can't handle, and we'll prepare for every possible eventuality - right through from shooting to editing the film together and distributing it to film festivals and our audience!

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