About this project
Cannibals & Carpet Fitters tells the story of a group of carpet fitters who are sent on a job to an old Country house in the middle of nowhere.
However they soon discover it's a trap set up by the savage, cannibalistic family, The Hannings.
The carpet fitters are forced to fight for their lives or risk ending up being the evenings dinner. Unfortunately they are not quite your typical heroes!
Cannibals & Carpet Fitters is an action packed horror/comedy feature film based on our award winning short film of the same name that we made a couple of years ago. Our plan was always to make the feature film, with the script being written at the same time as the short. This was our way of giving people a little taste of what we want to bring to the feature film. Of course we was only able to hint at a lot of the things we have planned due to it's tight budget and time. So for the feature you can expect more cannibals, more carpet fitters, more laughs and of course more gore! Below is the short film for you to check out if you've got a bit of spare time (19 minutes to be exact - perfect lunchtime entertainment).
Having created the short film of cannibals & carpet fitters and then seeing the very positive reaction to it, we know without the limitations we had, just how much better we can make this feature. We've got a cracking script! Some amazing actors attached. We’re bringing back most of our crew from the short film too, who know how to do things well, but in budget, and joining them will be some other crew members from James’ Predator Dark Ages short film with a wealth of experience.
We’ve been fans of horror movies pretty much all our lives, especially the tone and feel set by the films of the 80s. We've always enjoyed the stories where the horror merges with other genres, for example like action or comedy. Films like Evil Dead 2, Shaun of the Dead, Dog Soldiers and the Cottage. And Cannibals & Carpet Fitters will fit right in. Plus we’ve all seen enough zombies/vampires/possessed people too. It’s time for something a little different. It’s time for the cannibals!
We want to create something that will take you guys on a ride that you will will want to experience again, not just relying on a trick or scare that once seen leaves little to return to. There’s going to be moments of humour that are abruptly interrupted by violence, and vice versa. Where the audience are awaiting the next horrific moment but at the same time can’t help breaking into a smile. It’s a film where we want the audience to root for our carpet fitters (ordinary people, not heroes) but also fear for them, unsure who will survive. Trust us the feature has a healthy body count!
It’s going to be exciting, it’s going to be unique, and it will be an awesome feat of entertainment that will have a massive appeal to all the horror and comedy fans out there! But this is where we need your help!
We've been lucky enough to already have some money in the bank to get the ball rolling on 'Cannibals and Carpet Fitters: the movie'. And as you can see we have some amazing talent involved. But here's the catch. To make the film we know you guys really wants to see without cutting corners, we need your help.
If we hit our minimum goal of 10K we would have enough to secure our cast and crew, plus some great locations such as our Cannibals home, a large country house like in the short, just a lot BIGGER! We would also return to Nottingham in the UK to film in the large tunnel network, which we've only touched upon in the short. Not forgetting the make-up and Special FX we will be using this time around.
There's even more gore than before!
Your donation will also help in covering transport and accommodation costs, along with allowing us to get our hands on the best possible kit we can to shoot the film on. If we are successful we anticipate shooting this Autumn, with a completion date spring 2017.
Of course we really would love to go past our minimum, as anything over 10k would really give us the freedom to add in even more action, gore, scares and hilarious gags. Plus it would help towards the cost of building some well needed sets, post production, film promotion and more!
Remember this is a kickstarter campaign so it's all or nothing, which is why we really need you to make a donation and hit our target!
Pledges will only be collected if our campaign is successful and once finished.
As a thank you for your donations we've thought long and hard to create a collection of exclusive perks, from signed scripts, Blurays & DVDs, to invitations to the film screening and even the opportunity to appear in the film or come on board as a producer!
Be a Cannibal!
That's right! As one of our exclusive rewards we are giving away several smaller Cannibal roles, these are non-speaking (more grunts!) but you would have a small scene with our Actors and be credited in the movie which will also appear on IMDb.
There are plenty of different perks available so please do check them out and get involved. Plus every backer will be kept updated with exclusive behind the scenes photos & videos plus news on how we're doing. The rewards listed here are only the beginning! We may add more rewards as the Kickstarter campaign unfolds. There will also be some awesome stretch goals if we hit our initial target.
Ian Whyte - Charlie
Born in North Wales, Ian is an actor, stuntman and former professional basketball player, best known for portraying the Predator in the movies Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Ian also portrayed one of the "Engineer" aliens seen in Ridley Scott's 2012 science fiction film, Prometheus and has portrayed various characters requiring a physically tall actor in the HBO series Game of Thrones, including white walkers and giants. For these roles he was unrecognisable under make-up but his amazing performances shone through. This has made him perfect to play our 7ft Cannibal character
Zara Phythian - Tasha
One of Europe's most decorated and highly revered female Martial Artists, Zara Phythian, a former 13 times multi-style sports Martial Arts Champion with two Guinness World Record titles, is now one of the UK's most exciting talents working in Film, TV, Motion Capture, Music Video and live presentation. Zara was actually spotted in the USA whilst she was competing and winning 4 US National Belt Titles at one event. She was hired as an actress and returned to the US for an independent sci-fi movie. This is where Zara found the 'actor bug' and subsequently retired from International competition to follow and study a continued career as a unique actress, with the looks of a leading lady and the skills that set her apart from others. Credits include: He Who Dares, The Hike, Underground, Streets of Myth, Transit 17 and the upcoming Marvel movie Dr Strange.
Mingus Johnston - Edward
Born in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, actor Mingus Johnston is the middle of three boys from former politician, Lord Russell & Lady Johnston. Having been quite rebellious as a child and constantly getting into mischief, it was at the age of 18 that he decided to go see what the world had to offer. Following spells living in England, Australia and Sweden, Mingus settled in Rome, Italy, where he got his first real taste for acting in an amateur acting society helping Italians learn English through acting. After running the Rome marathon in his kilt, performing in a rendition of West Side Story as one of the Jets, and speaking fluent Italian, Mingus returned to the UK to study drama. His first break was Jack The Giant Slayer (2013) which quickly lead to another Brian Singer production, Uwantme2killhim?(2013) followed by, The List (2013) and most recently Mingus appeared as one of the lead biker's in Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation.
Jessica-Jane Stafford - Gillian
Since 2006, Jessica has starred in the BBC TV series The Real Hustle, a spin-off of the BBC drama series Hustle. Along with Alex Conran and Paul Wilson she demonstrates confidence and magic tricks, distraction scams and proposition bets on members of the public, to show viewers how to avoid being fooled by them. As of 2012, Clement has starred in all 106 episodes of all eleven series. She has also starred in all of the one-off specials: The 12 Scams of Christmas, Winter Special, Worlds' Greatest Bar Bets, Best Ever Cons, Don't Miss a Trick and The Real Hustle Around the World. In 2013, she starred in the short film Two Persons Max, for which she won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. In 2014 she appeared in the Sky1 series The Smoke and saw the release of 'Devils Tower', in which Jessica played Kate - receiving positive reviews for her role
Lee Charles - William
Lee was born and raised on the Wirral, and is a former five-times World Kickboxing Champion who has recently broken into the movie industry as an actor and stunt man. He took up Martial Arts at the of age of 6 years, training for many years in many different styles that saw him fight all over the world. in 2012 he worked on the movie "Green Street 3: Never Back Down”. It was this movie that saw Lee’s acting career begin to take off, securing roles in movies such as “I am Soldier”, “Montana”, “London Fields”, “The Anomaly” and most recently Stan Lee’s “Lucky Man”.
Not forgetting these guys...
We are also still casting key roles for the film... more news on that soon!
James Bushe - The Director & Producer
James is a multi-award winning filmmaker, who has written, produced and directed a number of short films that have featured in various film festivals including Cannes short film corner, Leeds International Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Shriekfest, Chicago and New York Horror Festivals. He is also one of the founders of Fascination Pictures, an independent film company. His short film ‘Blackout’, a horror comedy, went on to win Best Horror short film at the Shriekfest film festival in Los Angeles.
James followed this up with Cannibals & Carpet Fitters. Again the short was a massive success and won Best Horror short at the Leeds International Film festival, as voted by the audience. James’ latest project ‘Predator Dark Ages’, a medieval monster movie based on the predator franchise, has so far had over 1.5 million views on YouTube, again with outstanding reviews. It has been hailed as one of the best fan films ever made.
Richard Lee O'Donnell - Writer & Co-Producer
Richard is not only one of the producers for Cannibals and Carpet Fitters but also the writer and actor, playing one of the lead character's, Dean. Richard has been a professional actor for over 5 years and is experienced in film, TV, theatre and corporate work with an excellent reputation in the independent film industry. It was Richard that was responsible for bringing the team together for the Award Winning short film version of Cannibals and Carpet Fitters using his knowledge and experience to see his vision through. He will be doing the same thing for the feature film.
“I'm lucky to have the opportunity not only as an actor but a writer and producer for the feature film version of Cannibals and Carpet Fitters. To be involved in such a level allows me to deliver the film with the passion, vision and professionalism it needs.”
Gerard Giorgi-Coll – Director of Photography
Gerard has been into filmmaking for most of his life. Teaming up with director James Bushe for 'Blackout', Gerard took on the Mantle of Director of Photography. They followed this up with several more short films including 'Cannibals & Carpet Fitters' and 'Secrets of the Dark House'.
As a director, Gerard has written and directed several short films and music promos and has a number of feature scripts in development. Gerard most recently was responsible for filming all the behind the scenes footage for the Channel 4 comdey, "Toast of London" starring Matt Berry. You can view more of Gerard's work below...
Jayne Hyman - Lead SFX Makeup Artist, Prop Maker
Jayne is a Freelance Maker and Special Make-up Effects Artist with a background in film, theatre and live events dating back to 2004 when she undertook a Media Make-up course at Shepperton Studios. She relocated to Nottingham from South Wales in 2007 to pursue work, and since then has worked on a number of short and feature films including ‘Devil’s Tower’, ‘Zombie Hood’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’.
Jayne is part of a filmmaking collective in Nottingham called Team Chameleon.
Steve Askey - Visual Effects
We are very lucky to get Steve back on board for the feature. Steve is a Visual Effects Designer. He has worked on a wide spectrum of productions, conjuring up everything from killer worms and burning zombies to gore explosions and chopped off noses. Steve worked on some of the CGI in the original short film and also James' Predator Dark Ages. A sample of his work can be seen below. Steve and Jayne make an excellent team combining the use of real and digital effects so we can get the desired effect on film.
"I'm a Sheffield based 3D Artist into visual effects, animation, short films, horror and anything a bit clever and geeky"
Juan Iglesias – Music Composer
Composer of film scores and musical theatre, Juan created the original music score for Cannibals & Carpet Fitters the short film, so we had to have him back! Juan's movie credits include Blackout (2012), Between the Silence (2011) and Predator Dark Ages (2015).
He also worked on the acclaimed album for the the victims of Typhoon Yolanda Composers For Relief: Supporting the Philippines (2013). His theatre credits include Fox Girl Five (2010) and he also composed, over in in New York, the new musical The Mirror Never Lies. An addict of old-fashioned film scores.
You've read our story, met some of the cast & crew but now it's down to you!
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From all of us on The Cannibals and Carpet Fitters team, thank you for checking out our campaign... now let's make some movie magic!
Risks and challenges
Every film has its risks and challenges, for example we could lose cast and crew due to time constraints or they get better gigs, this is the movie business after all. This is British film as well so bad weather could potentially push back when we want to shoot our outdoors scenes.
Yes film-making is EXTREMELY HIGH RISK but we have assembled a brilliant team with years of experience between them. We're aiming for something exceptional here and are incredibly passionate about achieving our goal. We know what it takes to make a film and more importantly we know how to do it with limited resources. Over the past few years we have made a number of films on limited budgets finished to a high level (some of which you can check out above).
Some of the rewards we have provided have an estimated delivery date, this will only be once the film is completed, for example if we get an amazing distribution deal we can only release our perks around that distribution date, which is no longer down to us.
But hey... don't be afraid! Unlike most independent, unheard of feature films, we tested the waters with our short film first, which you can watch above. The short film did extremely well in the UK and the US so we know we have a winning formula. A lot of our feedback was, "this should be a feature film!". So now that's exactly what we are doing. If you like what you see in the short then you are backing the right project as we promise to deliver a true, cult comedy horror, classic no matter the odds.
Its been nearly 3 years now, from first drafting a feature script, to then producing the short film and now finally a feature film, so it would be a shame to stop now. We know what we can deliver and can't wait for the day we can all just sit down and watch "Cannibals & Carpet Fitters" the movie. Thanks to you guys!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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