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About

Night of the Emerald Wasp

Beth used to be a superhero, one whose name was whispered in fear by criminals, stories of her heroic deeds became the stuff of legends. She was The Emerald Wasp.

Then, suddenly, she disappeared. After a great battle which left almost all of Earth's superheroes and villains dead, she was assumed to have been amongst the casualties. In truth, Beth was devastated by the loss of the love of her life, Stacey, also known as 'The Bolt'. Beth could only watch in horror as Stacey was vaporised in front of her, the screams of her life partner echoing in her mind, haunting her every waking hour. Unable to return to her life of superheroics, Beth went into hiding, watching as the world tore itself apart. There were no more heroes. The criminals took the cities back. 

Synopsis

Night of the Emerald Wasp picks up on Beth's story many years later. She discovers that she has cancer, caused by the same energy that gave her such amazing super powers. As her body gives up, she ponders the meaning of her life and what, if anything, she can do with what time she has remaining. 

The Emerald Wasp
The Emerald Wasp

Director's Statement

These ideas come to me at the strangest of times. This one at 2am after a vivid dream where I was part of a superhero team on a suicide mission against an impossibly strong enemy. It's not a rare occurrence, the notes on my phone are filled with half realised ideas for films, characters and lines of dialogue written in a daze before I roll over and go back to the land of nod. Most of them are bizarre - why did I think a film about a cheese monster would be in any way a good idea? Was I seriously thinking that a hard boiled detective investigating a serial killer should really have the name Dick Engine?  And I seriously question my thinking when I came up with the idea that McVities would want to sponsor my film about a group of ninjas who use Jaffa Cakes instead of shurikans. Although I'll defend that idea for as long as I live.

But some of these ideas hit the mark, the characters are still vivid in my mind when I wake up the next day. I play scenes over again and again, slightly altering dialogue each time, building the narrative before I've even written a word. I picture important moments, the look, the style, the characters' emotions and then I start taking these thoughts out of my head and onto the page, sharing them with other people who add their own vision, developing my initial thoughts and working as a team until I'm sitting, wide eyed, watching these characters play out these scenes on the screen and I have that giddy feeling again, that feeling that reminds me why I adore films so much!

Night of the Emerald Wasp is one of those ideas. The film that I picture is an epic, stunningly made short which looks like a multi million pound studio production and leaves viewers staggered by how awesome it is. So it's my job to do that, one step at a time, by putting together a team that is capable of such amazing things and working together to live up to my vision. But this vision can't be realised without two important things; the money to make it and an audience to enjoy it. After all, that's why I make films. It's not to make money personally, but to share my stories with people who want to hear them, which is why crowdfunding is a good way to go about raising the funds for this as it's not just about the money. You're showing your interest in this project, in us as a film making team. In me as a storyteller. It means you want to be involved, and that means everything. 

The film is set in the final days of 1999, where paranoia is running high and the end appears to be looming for everyone, from some nebulous 'something' that hangs in the air. Y2K, the Millennium Bug, whatever people called it, it was clear that they few people understood it. I think it's a good analogy for the character of Beth. She has always struggled to understand her identity and sexuality and it was only when she befriended another superhero, The Bolt, that she realised that she felt comfortable as a hero and accepted that she is a lesbian. (Although graphic novels have more storylines regarding LGBTQ characters, I feel there is a distinct lack of representation on-screen) After losing Bolt in a horrific battle, Beth lost her identity again and shrouded herself in obscurity. It's at this lost moment of her life, when things couldn't seem to be lower, that she discovers she has cancer. 

I believe that cancer is a dark and evil thing, you can't always tell where it comes from, it seems so vague but it takes people we love away from us. I've lost family members to cancer, but never suffered from it personally, so I can only imagine what it would be like to live with that black cloud above my head. I'm very aware that it can be a sore subject, but I feel that these moments that people are at their lowest can be used to tell the most hopeful of stories about humanity. To show light at the end of a particularly dark tunnel. That we can keep getting up after we fall. 

And I want you all along with me for the journey! 

Thank you for taking your time to read this. If you can, an investment in this project would mean the world to me. If you can't, then share it with all of your friends and spread the word! I want you all to be a part of the Emerald Wasp family!

Darren.

Visual Style

When I think of the visual style of Night of the Emerald Wasp, I think of green and pink neon, dark, misty alleyways, cityscapes that are both vast and somehow dingy. Visually, my inspirations are Kathryn Bigelow's 'Strange Days', Tim Burton's 'Batman' and Alex Proyas' 'Dark City'. All films that have the exact feel that I'm hoping for; gothic yet colourful. Dark and striking. Camera movement and depth of field are important aspects of making a film feel more cinematic and these aren't elements that we intend to scrimp on just because we're making a short film. 

The Costume

The Emerald Wasp costume was designed by the hugely talented Carl Flint, an artist known worldwide for his illustrations, storyboards and comic work. He took on this challenge with relish, asking a million questions that I had to come up with a million answers for! The finished design is, in my opinion, a work of genius. I can't wait to bring this to life for the big screen!

The Emerald Wasp Costume
The Emerald Wasp Costume

My Team

Cast

Emma Rose Carlton - Beth / The Emerald Wasp

Emma Rose Carlton
Emma Rose Carlton

A graduate of Plymouth University and a long term performance artist at the Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham, Emma has years of experience in stage and screen including many stage productions, TIE, outdoor and promenade theatre. Some of her favourite and most challenging roles include Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible and Nanny Ogg in a steampunk reimagining of Wyrd Sisters. Her first experience of working on film was a short film that was made with Darren; "Katharina the 'Curst" a viking-era adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. She is also trained in stage combat and the use of multiple weapons and loves the process of storytelling. She towers over the rest of the cast and crew as well which means that we're all a bit afraid of her but also that she has a totally dominating screen presence!


Matthew Bugg - Godfrey / Mantis - https://www.matthewbugg.com


Matthew trained in both dance and music and now works as a writer, composer, musician and actor.

He is the writer and director of Miss Nightingale - an original British musical which toured the UK five times before doing an eight week run at the Vaults and then transferring to The Hippodrome Theatre in the West End.

His other West End work includes: Gatsby: The Next Chapter, Dear Lupin, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Volcano, Cirque Berserk and Our Man in Havana. 

He has worked on dozens of touring theatre shows including: King Lear (with Michael Pennington), The Handyman (with Timothy West), Star Quality (with Amanda Donohoe) Angelina Ballerina (UK and international Tour) and Dracula (Singapore).

He’s a proud Yorkshireman and lives in his hometown of Sheffield.


Megan Shields - Stacey / The Bolt

Megan Shields
Megan Shields

Megan is an actress based in Crewe. She's one of the most passionate, friendly people you'll ever meet and her love of film and acting is unsurpassed. 

Crew

Director - Darren Westwood

I have a degree in both psychology and film production (amazing how well the two fit together!) and over ten years of experience working on my own low budget short films and have won several awards including Best Director and Best Film. I have had my films shown at festivals worldwide, including Cannes. I often struggle to style my hair in a way that I'm anywhere near comfortable with and I have a habit of sidetracking any conversation into films, actors and directors that I love! I may be a bit obsessed with films, which means that at least I'm doing what I love! Making this film will help to further my career as a writer and director, possibly even help me along to make my first feature film. 

Producer - Daria Nitsche

Daria has a Master’s Degree in Film and Media Production. ​She has worked on numerous films, current affairs and corporate videos, for brands such as Netflix and Channel 4 News. ​She has experience working on international film productions, including German, English, Italian, American and Nigerian productions. She has worked on feature films with a budget of up to £3m and her short films have been screened at various film festivals and markets across the world. ​She also co-owns Evoke Media Group, a Video Production, Digital Story-Telling and Media Consultancy based in the North of England, that has recently secured a contract with Channel 4 News to produce a number of documentaries in 2019.

Director of Photography - Ed Swales

Ed got his start in filmmaking as a video journalist after graduating MA Broadcast Journalism (BJAC accredited) from the University of Sheffield. Since then he has worked nationwide shooting both commercial and narrative projects. He is currently in pre-production for two feature films shooting in 2019 and he loves the challenge that film making presents. He is proficient with many camera systems, lighting and equipment.

Production Design - Charlotte Ball

Charlotte is a freelance designer with a passion for set, prop and costume design and making. She has worked professionally on a variety of creative platforms from feature films to theatre performances. She is a graduate from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Theatre Design. She has a vast amount of experience in film, and was nominated for ‘Best Production Design’ at Birmingham Film Festival in 2017 for her work on a short film ‘Time, and Again’. 

Sound Recordist & Sound Designer - Waqar Shah

Waqar studied BA Film & TV at the University of Hertfordshire graduating with a 1st Class Hons degree. From taking on numerous small projects he has moved on to becoming freelance, tackling sound from production to post for over 4 years. He has recorded and mixed a variety of commercial and fiction pieces, some broadcast on Television. Always prioritising dialogue to be at its cleanest on location to enhancing the soundscape in post-production, Waqar does his best to bring the sound of every production to its fullest, giving it presence.

Special Visual Effects - Simon Taylor

Simon oversees Post Production services at “Code Delta”. He has a Masters Degree in Animation and Visual Effects which has given him a great grounding in technical art. His work has varied greatly from music videos to film and television, finding its way onto BBC, Sky and ITV to name a few. Simon has a passion for innovation and is constantly striving to push the boundaries of technical art to create visual illusions.

Music - Edward Harvey 

The amazing music you heard in the trailer was made by the exceptionally talented Edward Harvey. He makes awesome tunes and runs his own broadcast and media production company, Enigmatic Productions

Concept Artist - Carl Flint

Carl has been working as a storyboard artist for the last ten years or so, before that he was a London-based editorial illustrator – primarily for magazines and newspapers focussing on popular culture such as NME, Select and the Guardian. His work now focuses mainly on storyboarding and visualising for film & TV for a range of international clients. He's an exceptionally talented artist and has an imagination to match! Check out his work here.


 What We Need


Production of Night of the Emerald Wasp will take place around May/June 2019 and we expect will take around two weeks to shoot. I want the majority of the budget to be visible on-screen, from camera equipment to ensuring that the film has fantastic production quality. Given that, our biggest costs will be;


     - Equipment hire. Getting the right look to this film is essential, and the equipment we use will be key to this. Lenses, lights and grip equipment will be a necessity to make this film look as good as it can be.


     - Cast and Crew. Making films is an expensive business and crew often go above and beyond due to their passion for the creative vision and it would be great to reward their dedication. The budget that we need for this will ensure that, at the very least, nobody will be out of pocket, but I would love to be able to pay people for their hard work and time. 


     - Production Design. Once we have our locations, we need to make them look right. Set dressing, costumes, everything you see on screen will need to be sourced or created. This includes the Emerald Wasp costume.


     - Catering. I've been told many times that my cast and crew won't work if they starve to death, so keeping them alive is kinda important to finishing the film. Luckily, I make an amazing sandwich. Unfortunately, sandwiches cost money! 


     - Insurance. Making films safely and legally!


     - Post Production. With this being a film about a superhero, we want the times that she uses her superpowers to look realistic and cool. We also need to edit the picture, complete the sound design and arrange an original score.


     - Festival Submissions. Once Night of the Emerald Wasp is completed, we'll be taking it to festivals worldwide. Entry fees to these can really add up!

Stretch Goal


Our minimum budget to make this film will be approximately £3000. If we reach this goal, that means we can make this film but will mean lots of people putting in lots of time for free, or very much under minimum wage. We understand that this is one of the main issues with low budget film making and we're all prepared to do that in order to make the film as good as it possibly can be. However, the more we make, the better an experience this will be for everyone involved, so even if we make it to our goal, please keep investing and helping us as it will all go towards a worthy cause!
 

One of the things that I would like to do is include a 'nightmare' sequence. This will be a flashback scene where we see Beth reliving the moment that Stacey dies. This will be a very stylish scene, shot entirely on green screen and involving a lot of special effects, so it will be expensive to make! At the moment, this scene has been taken out of the script as it's too much to ask that we include it on such a small budget, but if we reach a goal of £4000, then we'll put it back in and the film will be totally complete! 

 
Thank you all so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to you becoming part of our film!
 

Risks and challenges

Like any film production, Night of the Emerald Wasp will have its fair share of challenges to overcome. Here's a few of the issues we've anticipated;

Budget - What we've asked for here is the minimum amount we believe we will need to make the film, but there are always risks associated with this; actors and crew experiencing emergencies, equipment malfunctioning, weather not behaving itself. All of these things can push production backwards and will eat into the budget.

Time - Organising people is always tricky and would be quite difficult if we were full time filmmakers, but we all have our own 9-5 jobs, family commitments and an annoying habit of requiring sleep, so our time needs to be carefully managed and coordinated.

Rehearsals - As we want the film to be as good as possible, we have assigned time for rehearsals, not only for the actors but also makeup, costume, lighting, sound and camera tests for each location. Although this is a short film, we want it to be incredible, which is going to take a huge amount of pre-production work.

Rewards - We've tried to keep our rewards practical and achievable whilst making them interesting enough that you'd want to invest in the project. There's so much more we wanted to include, but we've had to be realistic about what we will be able to deliver given the timescale and the fact that we'll be making a film at the same time.

Spreading the word - We're going to be trying our best to spread the word about our project and this is something that you can help us with! A social media share or just telling people about it would be of enormous help to us. Not getting enough attention will lead to two problems, the first being that we probably won't make our target budget and the second is that we won't have an audience for the film.

Getting it out there - Once the film is made, the hard work really starts! We already have a festival strategy in place, but there can be a lot of variables with whether it gets accepted into these. We can plan as much as possible for this, but in all eventuality, it's one of those things that's out of our hands. All we can do is make the film as good as it can be!

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