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About this project

"The eye of danger and the face of fear are what really pull off a person's mask, you need to stand up for what you desire, what you want! You must do it now Jack, before it’s too late!"

LAKEWOOD is a feature-length psychological thriller about paranoia, seclusion and bullying that takes the concepts behind "THE SHINING" and 'MEMENTO' and flips them on its head and every way possible.

The teaser poster
The teaser poster

“Fear takes root in the soil of insecurity… you are scared Jack, I can tell.”

WHAT IS THIS MOVIE?

Lakewood is a psychological thriller set in Manitoba Canada in a fictional town of the same name. Our story follows the newly married Jack(Charley McDougall) and Emily(Jessica Ann Bonner) who move to Canada to escape the hectic, soul destroying life they live in the UK and seek life closer to nature. 

WHY SHOULD IT BE MADE?

The story challenges and explores the concepts of Paranoia, seclusion, removal of access from the internet and social media and most modern forms of communication from the world. What happens when someone so used to constant connection with the world has that removed?

LAKEWOOD is a story that writer/director Danny Allen has been working on for over 2 years now. For inspiration for the project he locked himself away in the wilds of Canada, without contact with the outside world for a month to try and find out what its like.

 STRUCTURE AND INFLUENCE

'LAKEWOOD' is heavily inspired by 'THE SHINING' but not because of its story. What inspires us is the craft, design and thought that went into making that film a masterpiece. There are so many levels to that film, that leave people questioning what its really about when the end credits role. This is something we want to mimic with 'LAKEWOOD', there are hidden meanings written into the script, and we want to subliminally suggest these just like THE SHINING also did.

As for the film's structure, its not a linear narrative. We have created a spiral structure that is inspired by both 'THE SHINING' and Christopher Nolan's 'MEMENTO' that jumps back and forwards in time, almost two different timelines synced together. The design even goes as far as mirroring key points, meaning that if you were to overlap the two timelines they would play out perfectly together. 

Writer/Director Danny Allen explains the structure and influence a bit more in this video.

"The more you think of an imaginary problem, the more you feel that its real... that's Paranoia Jack."

WHO'S IN IT?

Jessica Ann Bonner: Jessica is a professional model and actress from Kent with experience in modelling for magazines such as Nuts and Zoo and featuring in such films as 'Missing', 'Devil's Tower', 'Vendetta' with Danny Dyer and the lead role in 'Christmas Slay'.

Charley McDougall: Charley is a professional actor from London. He has a BA in Drama and an MA in contemporary Theatre from Anglia Ruskin University. Charley has featured in many films including the first mind controlled film The Great Escape, A Warning to the Curious, Through The Lens and more recently Crypt 3D.

THE DIRECTOR:

Danny Allen is a UK based film-maker with a growing experience in feature filmmaking working on such films as CHRISTMAS SLAY (1st Assistant Director and Sound Recordist), INVASION OF THE NOT QUITE DEAD (1st Assistant Director, Sound Recordist), along with past experience working with the BBC on drama shoots such as TRACY BEAKER RETURNS and WOLF BLOOD in the Assistant Director department.

LAKEWOOD is Danny's second outing as a Director following on from his 2012 short film OUTSIDERS which was a subterranean horror film shot entirely in tunnels underneath the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Director Danny Allen
Director Danny Allen

FILMING

Because the story is set in Canada and was entirely written on the location that we would like to use we think its a no brainer to film there. The scenery and feel is incredible and  because at every step we are trying to take the best value choice we have managed to secure this location free of charge for the two weeks we intend to film. 

To help bring costs down even more we will be using the cottage to live in, there are no hotels or even towns within a 1.5h radius so travelling would be a big waste of time. However this cottage is only small, there are two bedrooms which will be a problem during filming. As part of our budget we are hiring an RV which will double up the living space, provide several extra beds, be our transport to and from the town if we need anything.

The cottage is located on the banks of Lake Winnipeg in Grindstone Provincial Park with easy access to all the nearby islands that are also amazing to film on.

The cottage we will be using
The cottage we will be using
Lakeside View
Lakeside View
Cabin close up
Cabin close up
Local Shop
Local Shop

WHAT WE NEED: 

We are very fortunate to be in a position where we already have access to equipment needed to produce this film. We only need to raise £10,000 now to make this film a reality. The money raised will cover:

  • Flights to and from Canada
  • RV hire while in Canada
  • Transport costs
  • Props, wardrobe & art direction
  • Special Effects and Make-up
  • Feeding our cast and crew
  • Set design
  • Visa costs
  • Hard Drives

THANK YOU! Please Share our Kickstarter to friends and family and help us meet our goal!

THE AIM: 

We want to share LAKEWOOD with the world, we will be seeking distribution deals internationally, we will be taking it on a festival run around the world. We want as many people to see Lakewood as possible. How great would you feel knowing that their is a DVD/Bluray in shops with your name on the credits?

Any profits that are made from LAKEWOOD will be ploughed straight back into Rocktopuss Films for our next production which a feature length adaptation of our short movie OUTSIDERS set underground in cave systems around the UK.

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL:

#FearYourMemories Teaser Trailers:

As part of our pre-campaign we asked the people of twitter to send us their scary memories and childhood fears. We received over 200 of them which is incredible. Some of them fears are going to be worked into the final film because we want to make our story and characters seem as real as we can possibly make them, with real fears.

During this campaign we released 3 teaser trailers for the project, two of which feature voice recordings from lines from the actual script. "FEAR" which was our 10 day teaser trailer features the voice of Charley McDougall who plays "JACK" in Lakewood.

Interview with Dr Russ Hunter(Horror Expert and Senior Lecturer in Film and TV):

 MADE IN HULL:

Although 80% of our film is going to be filmed in Canada the entire film is being planned, produced and edited in Hull, UK. A city with a rich history of cinema, including The RANK ORGANISATION, that has been lost over the years. 

As the UK's next city of culture we want to help bring film-making back to this city and once again make it a powerhouse of the British film industry. For that very reason we will be filming the opening sequences of LAKEWOOD in Hull. If that wasn't enough we are going to be hosting the WORLD PREMIER of LAKEWOOD also in Hull before we take it off around festivals and distribute it world wide.

If you're a Hull business then we want to here from you. We want to help put Hull back on the map!

LAKEWOOD: Made in HULL
LAKEWOOD: Made in HULL

Risks and challenges

Our cast and crew has donated their time and skills for this project to stretch a lot from a little, but without your help to reach our funding goal, we cannot make the film. We appreciate even the smallest donation or passing on the word about LAKEWOOD, every little bit counts. Thank you!!

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