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For £220 we'll give you a special fantasy-themed costume of your choosing.
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Sometime in the Dark Ages, a band of men traverse an empty wilderness, looking for a cure...
Edrig, a young prince, leads his men on a pilgrimage to find a cure for a mysterious sickness that is sweeping through their homeland. They carry with them the body of Edrig’s father, the King, unable to bury him so far from his home.
As the men travel further into the desolate landscape, Edrig begins seeing visions, and the line between vision and reality becomes blurred. The men grow disenchanted and superstitious about Edrig's leadership.
The combination of tensions creates a boiler room situation that erupts in violence and betrayal as one by one the men come to embrace that their pilgrimage is a lost cause.
Darkness. Swords. Ancient Celts. Blood. Crazy visions. Angst. Beautiful landscapes. Probably rain. Definitely mud.
Welcome to SKARNEN.
But, like, y tho?
I was inspired by epic fantasy books and films from childhood: the quest of Lord of the Rings, the grandiosity of the world-building in Game of Thrones. I wanted to make something like that - a world / galaxy that seems far, far away, but still filled with flawed humans.
That is why this is a film set sometime in the Dark Ages in a mysterious land and it has fantasy elements, but ultimately it's about a son trying to live up to his father's wishes.
Ah, yes, ye olde father/son conflict. It's a good one.
Luke and Vader. Simba and Mufasa. Hamlet and Ghost.
Edrig is driven by his need to live up to his deceased father, who to him is both King and parent. The pressure of expectation breeds anxiety and delusion in him.
We think the need to fulfill a parent's last wish, or to make a parent proud, is a universal experience.
Additionally, this is a film about being driven to madness by a singular goal or desire. Edrig is on a single track mind to achieve something that he can't quite see, but believes in. This holistic belief, to the point of isolating himself from everyone, is a tragic arc that we think the viewer will slide into and be transported by.
Lastly, this is a quest story. Just like The Odyssey. King Arthur. Lord of the Rings. The journey is one of the most important themes in storytelling. We're tapping into that universality.
We hope to create an experience that is both beautiful and tragic and transports the viewer to another time and place.
The image of a group of men trekking across a desolate and brutal landscape, whilst carrying a dead body, was such a strong picture in my mind that I knew I needed to write a film around it.
Finding an emotional core, and an emotional language to sit at the heart of this took longer, and evolved through the writing process.
Set against the immovable monolithic scenery, the unravelling characters will seem stuck in a boiler room of conflicting motivations and a lack of good options.
An important element of the story is landscape as character.
We want it to feel like the characters are in danger of being subsumed by their surroundings.
The landscape needed to be unearthly. Magnificent and threatening. Brutal and gorgeous.
There was only one place that would do it justice.
The Isle of Skye in Scotland has been inspiring artists for centuries. We're adding ourselves to the mix and are committed to filming there.
We want to utilise the expansive, isolating and brutal vistas to convey a lot of the atmosphere of the film, to portray the state of anxiety and rising tension that Edrig and his men feel, trapped in a hostile environment far from home.
The Isle of Skye has been the backdrop to a lot of films and TV, including Prometheus, Highlander, 47 Ronin, Macbeth and many more. More relevant to us, it has been recently pegged as the location for the Game of Thrones prequel.
It is important that the characters look authentic to their backgrounds.
The costumes and the make-up need to sell the image that these are men who have travelled far and lived hard. Everything needs to feel worn and look like it has history.
We have connected with experts in the field: historians, craftsmen, weapons and armoury experts and industry costume designers and makeup artists to create our world.
Our makeup artist, Denise Donnelly, trained at Game of Thrones makeup artist Pamela Smyth's school The Makeup Dept. and is experienced with practical blood and wound effects.
Gill Horn, the costume designer of the film Valhalla Rising has graciously lent us her expertise and guided us through the pre-production process by sharing her artistry and process.
This story demands real textures. We can't wait to construct these pieces and share them with the audience.
To share our mood and tone, here are some influential films for us.
Valhalla Rising inspired us photographically in its consistency of mood and tone. It also represents the time period and its depiction of the tension between the pagan word and the encroaching Christian one is relevant. It was also shot entirely in Scotland.
We were thematically inspired by Werner Herzog's 1972 masterpiece Aguirre: the Wrath of God in terms of characterization and setting as a character that swallows people whole.
Game of Thrones has inspired us by the completeness of the world. Design took a lot of hints from House Stark. We hope the North Will Remember.
Enough artsy-fartsy talk.
Filmmaking is a very expensive venture.
We're looking for some help to raise the necessary funds to make this film as badass as possible. The script, location and themes all demand an authenticity and gritty realness to them.
We've got part of the budget covered already, but we need a help getting the rest of the way there. Your donation will be incredibly important to the creation of our film.
We've got a pretty great team of professionals behind this.
Most of the team come from the MA Filmmaking program at the London Film School. That means that combined, we all have experience on basically every. single. role. on a film set. We know film sets inside and out. We're true craftsmen and women at what we do.
- It is very important to us that we leave no trace on the beautiful Isle of Skye
- Our crew motto will be light and fast!
- We are working on connecting with Skye locals to be on our crew.
- We will not carry generators or other heavy equipment to disrupt the landscape
What have we got to show for ourselves?
- The script of Skarnen has been in development for several months
- We've done exhaustive location scouting on the Isle of Skye
- We've connected with Scottish production companies
- We will be starting the casting process very shortly
But what about you?!?!!?!
What are you even getting out of all of this?
Worry not, dear reader!
We have a ton of cool rewards to giveaway. Check 'em out. One of our favorites is the private YouTube channel with behind the scenes videos and DIY how-to filmmaking videos. We'll be updating it throughout the production.
We named our rewards after peaks in the intrepid Cuillin Mountain range on the Isle of Skye. We know, we're cute. We're going to be doing a lot of filming in the Cuillins.
Soooo when can you expect your stuff?
- We are going into production in late October.
- We have a planned limited release in December 2018 in London, UK - we'll be shipping out rewards and merch after that.
- Then, our little Skarnen will take off on an international film festival trip and it'll be red carpet from then on out. We'll keep our community up-to-date on here.
We're already gaining some internet love!
- We're Film Shortage's Crowdfunding pick of the week!
- The Skye Times covered us!
- As well as Dark Matter Films!
- And we've got a fun and active Facebook following of over 1,000 people!
Risks and challenges
All filmmaking is risky. We're making it about 1,000% riskier by filming it entirely on an island in northern Scotland in late October. Hmm.
Weather is going to be a huge factor during filming - with wind, rain, and more rain being a guarantee. Part of our production funds are going towards smart weather gear and we're planning on spending it wisely by kitting ourself out in order to be safe and (sort of) comfortable during long days of filming outside in the Scottish highlands.
This film is also tricky because we need stunt coordinators, fight choreographers, special effects makeup and visual effects. All of these things take time and money.
Our production designer has set out to equip the team with the most experienced and generous of spirit who are willing to help us out for free. We're also consulting with Scottish-based production companies who have been very generous with their time and resources.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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