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Roar is a 10 minute supernatural drama; a sober take on the superhero genre, told through real themes and experiences. Read more

Vancouver, Canada Shorts
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This project was successfully funded on February 7, 2014.

Roar is a 10 minute supernatural drama; a sober take on the superhero genre, told through real themes and experiences.

Vancouver, Canada Shorts
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Stretch Goal! - $21,000

A huge thanks to all our backers, we're thrilled to have reached our target. With one day left we want to keep the push going with our new stretch goal of 21k. The extra budget will not only go towards reinforcing the quality of certain elements, such as set design and visual effects, but it will also give us the chance to reach our budget beyond the costs of rewards and fees.

Stretch Goal
Stretch Goal

ROAR is a film about generational bonds and disconnects, exploring the commitments of two brothers divided by pride, brought together to fulfill their Grandfather's final wishes. In doing so they question each others motives as they struggle to come to terms with what has been asked of them.

Roar is about people with extraordinary powers; powers they spend their lives battling to control, and which ultimately consume them.

A bit of background:

We've been developing this project for a number of months. Initially our process began with collecting images and reference that interested and engaged us. This kicked-off a long spell of story development, many brains were stormed and whiskeys consumed until we had a really strong script to work with. 

From there we've been expanding on our story, developing our characters and creating a richly detailed world to place them into. This pushed us into creating the teaser trailer above. It was a chance for us to begin visual development of the film, scout some potential locations, and get our hands dirty. It was a great process to go through, and it's gotten us really thrilled at what we can achieve with the real film!.

We're incredibly excited to get this film into production.

Pre-Production:

It's important with an ambitious project such as this that we carefully plan out as much as we can before getting our hands dirty on set. We're already deep into pre-production. Our script is ready. We're through a good portion of our storyboarding (courtesy of Ed Chee) and beginning to piece together an animatic. It's super exciting to see an idea we've plucked from our heads start to turn into something real. Check out a couple of Ed's storyboards below.

*UPDATE* Check out the updates section for further insight into our progress on this.

Production:

We're making a 10 min short film. We'll be shooting in small-town Canada over 3-4 days in early Spring.

We want this film to look incredible, the quality of image is crucial to our vision, so we will be shooting on RED Epic.

It's an expensive short to produce. We have two key scenes with practical fire effects that add a level of complexity to our shoot. We could achieve these shots with CG, but it will never look as good as the real thing. 

Our Team:

We're putting together an awesome team of talent to help us make this film. We already have some key players involved, and we're incredibly grateful for the experience and time they're bringing to the table. Currently we're on the lookout for a Producer, and we're eager to start searching for our lead cast.

Stuart Langfield - Writer & Director: Working as an independent filmmaker and animator, with a focus on design and animation for feature film and documentary. His strong background in traditional graphic design, and a Masters in animation from Glasgow School of Art, brings a uniquely detail oriented approach to his work. Previous credits include work on award winning feature documentaries PressPausePlay and A Fragile Trust.

Dylan Rekert - Writer & Director: Surrounded by film from a young age, the process helped shape Dylan's narrative style and visual focus. Though a career in graphic design has led him down many different paths of artistic expression and communication, film has remained his passion and he has continued to contribute to the filmmaking process every step of the way.

Ian Anderson - Cinematographer: Anderson’s ten years of industry experience include a variety of long and short format film productions and commercial projects. His focus on long format story telling has resulted in his most recent collaboration with director Chris MacBride, "The Conspiracy". This marks Ian’s third feature film credit as Cinematographer.

Jennifer Mackie - Editor: With a fine art background, Jennifer has worked for many years in animation cinematography, most notably as Camera and Staging Lead at Pixar Canada. Editing was a natural progression of her skill set, broadening her view of cinematic storytelling.

Ed Chee - Storyboard Artist: Ed Chee is a storyboard artist working in the animation industry and has worked on projects ranging from pre-school to action adventure TV series. Currently he is a Supervising Storyboard Director at Nerd Corps Entertainment working on the Monster High series of movies. He also has a diploma in Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a major in painting and can be seen plein-air painting in and around the city of Vancouver. Ed's 3 favourite movies are: The Fisher King, GoodFellas, Shaolin Soccer.

Where your funding goes:

The reality is, your pledges are as much an investment in us as they are in the film. There's no financial profit to be made creating short films, we're doing this out of a desire to create something incredible. Your pledges, in addition to some of our own financing, will be used to cover our production expenses. Films aren't cheap to make, even short ones!, so to make things clearer, check the graphic below for a rough breakdown of the projects budget:

Rewards: 

As well as helping us fund a really awesome project, we want you, our backers, to have something really great in return for your generous donations. Take a look below for more info on our rewards.

NEW REWARD ALERT:

Receive a ROAR high quality digital print poster. Only backers at this level get this print. Artwork will be approximately 18 x 24. You also get the digital package and HD film download. Estimated delivery: Jun 2014 Add $25 CAD to ship outside Canada. *Frame NOT included.

Detail
Detail
 

$10  You'll get access to an HD digital download of the film once it's completed. Estimated delivery: Jun 2014 

$25  You'll receive a digital package containing a PDF booklet with movie stills, production artwork, behind the scenes shots etc, as well as desktop wallpapers for your computer. You also get the HD film download.  Estimated delivery: Jun 2014

$50  We'll print and send you a high quality, 10x8 still from the movie. You'll get to choose from a range stills. Only backers at this level get these prints. You also get the digital package and HD film download. Estimated delivery: Jun 2014 // Add $5 CAD to ship outside Canada

$100  We're giving you the chance to be in our film!, send us a digital scan of an old family photo and we'll include it in our set. You also get the digital package and HD film download. Estimated delivery: Jun 2014

$250  Receive a ROAR limited edition, hand numbered screen print. We currently have two designs ready, and may add a third, you'll get to choose which one you want. Scroll down to check out the art. You also get the digital package and HD film download. Estimated delivery: Jun 2014 // Add $25 CAD to ship outside Canada

$500  We'll list you in our credits under 'Special Thanks'. You also get a limited edition screen print from the $250 pledge, and the digital package and HD film download. Estimated delivery: Jun 2014 // Add $25 CAD to ship outside Canada

$1000  High quality, limited edition production booklet containing film stills, script excerpts, concept artwork, storyboards etc. You also get the digital package and HD film download. Estimated delivery: Jun 2014 // Add $25 CAD to ship outside Canada

$2500  You'll receive an 'Executive Producer' credit at the end of the film, and we'll share a rough cut with you, actively engaging you in feedback and discussion before entering our final phase of post production. You'll also receive the limited edition production book, digital package and HD film download. Estimated delivery: Jun 2014 // Add $25 CAD to ship outside Canada

The Artwork: 

We're still finalising the print specifications. They will be approximately 20x28, high quality screen prints on heavy stock. We currently have two main designs, we might add another one if there's enough interest. These have been illustrated at a very high resolution, the detail is pretty incredible.

ROAR Poster 01
ROAR Poster 01
Poster 01 Detail
Poster 01 Detail
ROAR Poster 02
ROAR Poster 02
Poster 02 Detail
Poster 02 Detail

Some Final Words:

We'd like to thank you for taking the time to check out our project, and if you've pledged your hard earned cash then we're eternally grateful!. Don't forget to like us on Facebook, spread the word, and help us make this awesome film happen.


Stuart & Dylan

https://www.facebook.com/roarshortfilm

http://www.roar-film.com

Risks and challenges

As with any project of this nature, we can and will encounter an array of obstacles during our production.

Securing the right talent will be our first, and biggest challenge. We’re looking for experienced actors who can embody, and bring to life, the characters we have on paper. Our script is short on words but high in visual intensity and emotion, our talent will need to possess a subtlety and charisma that’s conveyed through images, not words. We think our script will be a showcase for this talent, and we’re confident we can find and partner with the right individuals.

We’re shooting for an incredibly rich, detailed world to set our film in, and we’re aware that issues may arise in terms of locations, production design, and weather. Budget is tight, and achieving the high standard this film needs is going to be a careful balancing act to achieve our vision.

We’re confident that alongside the incredibly talented team we’re assembling, we’ll be able to overcome these difficulties, and continue to push towards our ultimate goal of making a really kick-ass film.

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Rewards

  • You selected
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    27 backers

    You'll get access to an HD digital download of the film once it's completed.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    39 backers

    You'll receive a digital package containing a PDF booklet with movie stills, production artwork, behind the scenes shots etc, as well as desktop wallpapers for your computer. You also get the HD film download.

    Estimated delivery:
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    Pledge $50 or more

    24 backers

    We'll print and send you a high quality, 10x8 still from the movie. You'll get to choose from a range stills. Only backers at this level get these prints. You also get the digital package and HD film download.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    11 backers Limited (1 left of 12)

    We're giving you the chance to be in our film, send us a digital scan of an old family photo and we'll include it in our set. You also get the digital package and HD film download.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    11 backers Limited (39 left of 50)

    Receive a ROAR high quality digital print poster. Only backers at this level get this print. You also get the digital package and HD film download.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    12 backers Limited (38 left of 50)

    Receive a ROAR limited edition, hand numbered screen print. We currently have two designs ready, and may add a third, you'll get to choose which one you want. You also get the digital package and HD film download.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    6 backers Limited (19 left of 25)

    We'll list you in our credits under 'Special Thanks'. You also get the limited edition screen print from the $250 pledge, and the digital package and HD film download.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    High quality, limited edition production booklet containing film stills, script excerpts, concept artwork, storyboards etc. You also get the digital package and HD film download.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $2,500 or more

    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    You'll receive an 'Executive Producer' credit at the end of the film, and we'll share a rough cut with you, actively engaging you in feedback and discussion before entering our final phase of post production. You'll also receive the limited edition production book, digital package and HD film download.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

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