We dream of a time when equality reigns. When those who were in power and those who have been oppressed will stand on equal ground. But what happens on the road to that future, when an event occurs that turns the power balance on it's head? What happens when those on top see their power, their numbers vanishing in the blink of an eye?
They do whatever it takes to stay on top.
Tick is a sci-fi/horror short that will take you through a fractured, post-pandemic society, after vampirism begins to appear in a small subset of the population. We follow one such girl, Nishiime, who lives in hiding from the organization who kidnapped and enslaved her family.
It's a heartbreaking, blood-soaked, pulse pounding story of a young girl finding her strength in the face of shame, fear and adversity.
Nishiime is a young indigenous girl, swaddled in naiveté. She’s too young to really remember the world before the pandemic hit and her family has normalized life as a vampire so much so that she doesn’t understand the true threat that lurks in her own neighbourhood. When she’s thrust into the wilderness and forced into hiding, her feelings of guilt and powerlessness make her a skilled fugitive, but her dreams are haunted by her long lost sister with messages of love and anguish. Nishiime must fight those who have come to harm her and use her suffering to summon the power of the woman she is meant to become.
Wenona is Nishiime’s older sister: a pragmatic and protective young woman. She’s old enough to understand how the world really works, and see the dangers that her little sister cannot. She cares fiercely for her family and will do anything to protect them.
Johnny is a young man, about Nishiime’s age, though he looks much rougher, and older. He’s lived most of his life with the plague that destroyed his family, and has been taught from his youth about the disgusting selfishness of the vampire kind and how their gifts have been bestowed upon them for the good of the people, and yet they refuse to share their bounty. He blames them for the loss of many in his community, as well as his own illness. His hatred and anger are always at a boiling point.
Sam is a middle-aged woman. She’s survived through intellect and understanding how to play the system. She lost most of her family during the outbreak and now she has vowed to do whatever it takes to keep her remaining loved ones safe. She has empathy for those who she hunts down, but she knows that if she didn't, she and her family would be dead. So she does what she has to do.
Ashlea is an award-winning Toronto-based filmmaker and photographer. Her first film, "INK" saw a successful festival run, screening at festivals all over the world. Awards include a nomination for Best Makeup in a Short (Filmquest, 2017), a Best Actress Award for lead Mishka Balilty (Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, 2017) and Best Director (HorrorHaus Film Festival, 2017).
INK is scheduled to release online before the New Year.
Kevin is also a Toronto-based filmmaker, albeit hairier. His feature debut, "24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters" premiered at Austin's celebrated genre festival, Fantastic Fest in 2016 and has since been released worldwide. In addition to TICK, Kevin is currently producing the upcoming documentary series, "Untold Horror" and his next feature, "Sapped".
11/24/17 - NEW REWARD ADDED!
11/23/17 - NEW REWARDS ADDED!
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We've broken our script down to bare bones and figured out exactly what we must have and what we can live without. Our goal of $15k will require us to call in some favours, but it's just enough to make it happen! Some of the very important things you will be helping us with are as follows.
- BLOOD (lots, and lots and lots of blood!)
- SPFX makeup (we want to create as many of our effects in-camera as possible!)
- Red Camera Package (Tick is meant to be a beautiful film, and we need access to a camera that is capable of capturing the beauty of our locations and the spectacle of Nishiime's struggles.)
- Lighting & Grip
- Composer and Sound Design
- Props, set dressing, costume
- A big-ass van
- Location fees
- Cast & Crew
- Kickstarter fees
- Festival Submission fees
Risks and challenges
No production is without pitfalls. We can never truly know what could sneak up on us when making a film, but there's always something! It could be our cold winter shoot days, it could be car trouble, it could be flu season! Whatever comes our way, we promise to keep our backers apprised of what's going on with us. We're sure it'll make for good stories.
We want you to reach out as much as you like. Ask us any questions you might have and let us know if you think we could be doing better at anything. You guys are part of the team and we want to hear from you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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