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Three characters lose their senses of sight, hearing and speech. After waking up in an abandoned mall, they realize they are not alone.
Three characters lose their senses of sight, hearing and speech. After waking up in an abandoned mall, they realize they are not alone.
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Follow The Leader

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SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL

Concept Art by MARVEL comic book artist Greg Smallwood
Concept Art by MARVEL comic book artist Greg Smallwood

After a brutal car crash, three business partners wake up in an abandoned mall having each lost one of their senses (sight, hearing, speech). Trapped inside by a terrible blizzard, they soon realize they’re being hunted. As they struggle to survive, they must learn to communicate, to trust each other, and decide whether they even should. Throughout the movie, the camera enters the perspectives of our characters as they explore, stripping the audience of that sense, and taking them on a ride as the story unfolds.
 

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

With Follow The Leader, we're going for something fresh. We love horror movies, but honestly, sometimes we feel like we've seen them all. We as filmmakers are trying to strip back the voyeuristic nature of the horror film and place the audience behind the eyes of the characters, only entering into these first-person views periodically throughout the duration of the film in order to better relate to their struggles. When the perspective shifts, we’re not going for the shaky, found footage style.

Our generation is obsessed with nostalgia, and that’s why we wanted to set this movie in an abandoned 90s mall. We want the audience to re-experience the 90s as a surreal ghost. Horror is an incredible genre, with a huge fanbase and filmmakers pushing boundaries with creative new ideas all the time, and we’re excited to make this for fans of the genre.

WHO WE ARE

Concept Art by MARVEL comic book artist Greg Smallwood
Concept Art by MARVEL comic book artist Greg Smallwood

The Burghart Brothers - Jacob and Ben. We've been filmmakers since we were 10 and 8 years old growing up on a farm in Offerle, Kansas.

We are collaborating with Rockhaven Films, with writer Josh Doke, cinematographer Iain Trimble, and editor Ed Schroer, as well as producer J.S. Hampton, Follow The Leader will be our feature film debut as collaborators. Additionally we are working with an expanded crew who has experience with multiple feature films in the Midwest and L.A. 

WHY

We love telling stories and we've been working on Follow The Leader for the last 9 years. We love movies that are innovative and made with style and energy - from Twilight Zone to Black Mirror, Hitchcock to Christopher Nolan, Sam Raimi to Edgar Wright. We are excited to show the world our unique vision of horror.

Concept Art by MARVEL comic book artist Greg Smallwood
Concept Art by MARVEL comic book artist Greg Smallwood

(Special Thanks to Greg Smallwood)

Risks and challenges

We are going to shoot during the winter since our team and actors are most accessible then. We have a few malls in mind, and are confident we'll find the perfect one, but we may end up having to do a little more production design than we would like. Nothing we can't handle.

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