'As I write this I can see Ellie from my window playing and I am still in awe at the child’s circumstances. Perhaps it is fate that she was born half-blind, allowing her not to see the creature for the monstrosity it truly is.' - Karen Crawshaw, October 1994 (Diary Extract)
As primary school teacher Karen Crawshaw takes on new pupil Eleanor Stagg, a man spends his days watching the children at the gates to the school. With the sense of peace at the school now threatened, Karen attempts to understand the man’s strange attraction to Eleanor, all the while coming to terms with the bizarre behaviour of the headmaster – Paul Bolton.
In a chilling climax, Karen discovers that the true evil had been much closer to home, and the man was not as he seemed.
The film hopes to regenerate interest in the horror/monster genre through combining metaphorical parallels between a common evil within society - paedophilia - and a traditional creature of nightmares. Using this, the film explores both adult and child fears.
The film will be shot during the course of February 2013 in and around Surrey, UK.
Origin of Story
The story evolved from drawing parallels between a child predator and a natural predator. The way an unwanted stranger may wait for the perfect moment to snatch a child was quickly comparable to the same way an animal may lie in wait for the right time to strike at livestock.
Who Are We?
All of our crew are filmmakers by heart, with experience from many projects in the past. Having all read the short story and subsequently the first draft of the screenplay, we all came together in mutual interest and ambition to make the film the best it can be.
The Impact: Re-imagining of the Genre
A trend in cinema at the moment is the need to either reboot or reimagine a franchise, or in rare cases an entire genre. Our opinion is that the werewolf sub-genre has not yet fulfilled its potential in cinema.
By taking this classic horror genre and merging it with the complexities of a drama surrounding child abuse, we feel that this film may be the start of something new.
Working on the principle that less is more and collaborating with both concept and prosthetic artists, we will create a unique creature; a protector of Ellie, and the tragic hero of our tale.
Our creature will be made from an original design being built entirely from scratch in a London studio.
What WE Need!
So far we have raised £5500, however in order to produce the film, we need £7000. Your money will go towards:
- Transport (£500)
- Equipment (£2000)
- Costumes (£500)
- Props (£500)
- The Making of the Creature (£2000)
- Catering (£500)
- Locations (£100)
- Festival Entries (£100)
What YOU Get!
For your generous donation, you will receive something in return. The more you give, the more goodies you'll get!
A DVD Copy of the Film
A single disc copy of Howl (2013) with added extras on the disc. Comes in a quality DVD case with a custom-made sleeve signed by the cast and crew.
(Postal address required)
Ministry of Defence Classified Dossier
In July 2010, Scotland Yard ran an investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Karen Crawshaw.
Upon reading and analysing the events described in the late Miss. Crawshaw’s diary, Scotland Yard concluded that the case be passed onto the Ministry of Defence.
The investigation is ongoing and strictly classified, but a number of restricted dossiers have surfaced online.
(Postal address required)
Karen Crawshaw’s Original Diary
Locked away in the vaults of the MOD for a number of years, very few have read Karen Crawshaw’s original diary from 1994.
Handwritten, she describes the strange occurrences in the village of Chillum and beyond, including the bizarre behaviour of Eleanor Stagg as she grew up.
The diary has seen some wear over the years, but still retains the various ink splodges and sketches by the original owner within.
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*Festival run could last as long as two years after the finished film has been cut*
Other Ways YOU Can Help!
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The Howl Team x
Risks and challenges
We're a large team of devoted filmmakers, looking to make our next short film, this time, one of proportions none of us have ever dreamed of before! Of course, with any project there can be problems; however, measures have been put in place by our Producer to ensure these are minimised.
- Frequent meetings with each department, as well as a whole group take place in the presence of industry professionals.
- Regular deadlines ensure each challenge is seen to, far enough in advance to provide us with leeway to rectify the situation.
However, our production takes place in good old sunny England. We needn't go on about the problems weather can cause on a shoot, but we're lucky in the fact the majority of the film takes place inside, affording us the chance to dodge the grisly February weather!
Perhaps our largest problem faced has been subject matter; the majority of locations we've spoken to so far have been very cautious of the project due to the delicate subject matter. However, having explained our professional, mature stance on the subjects within the film, we've managed to ensure the majority of our locations now.
Due to the fact the film is aimed to be submitted to film festivals, Delivery of physical copies of the film will be shipped after festival run.
The film will be completed by the end of March 2013, all rewards will begin shipping after this date.
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