A dark and twisted laugh out loud comedy about a man’s love for his shed… that eats people. Brought to you by an established, award-winning team, prepare for the night of the living shed… Starring comedy icon SALLY PHILLIPS (Smack the Pony, Veep, Miranda, Green Wing, Bridget Jones films) and award-winning actor SHAUN DOOLEY (Gunpowder, Broadchurch, The Woman in Black, Misfits, The Awakening, Eden Lake, Red Riding, DCI Banks, Ordinary Lies, Cuffs, Great Expectations, The Game, This is England ’90 )
Hello! James Moran and Cat Davies here!
Genre fans will know James as writer of the movies Severance, Cockneys Vs Zombies, Tower Block, TV episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood, Spooks (known in the US as MI-5), Primeval, Crossing Lines, Crusoe, Eve, and Cat from her short films Connie, KEEN-wah, and the upcoming Hank: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and with her 12+ years’ experience in production, she knows how to manage the hell out of - or into - this project!
We’re making a new, comedy horror short film called Blood Shed. It’s about a shed that eats people. It’s a love letter to the 80s horror anthology style, while telling a bizarre new tale with a unique monster. We have an incredible team on board and we’ll reveal the talent throughout our campaign. We are desperate to bring this beautiful baby to life, to delight horror, comedy and classic monster fans.
Some of you have probably decided that’s all you need to know, and are already choosing your perks, but for the rest of you, I’m sure you have some questions as to what the blinking flip this is all about.
What the blinking flip is this all about?
What an excellent and unexpected question! We’re making a short film called Blood Shed, and this is the blurb:
Jack loves a bargain. And he loves sheds. When he buys suspiciously cheap second-hand parts online to build his very own dream shed, he and long-suffering wife Helen find they’ve got more than they bargained for: a killer shed with an appetite for blood. As the body count rises, and the shed’s ferocious appetite grows, Jack is faced with a horrifying dilemma. A comedy horror about a man’s twisted love for his shed… that eats people.
That sounds great! I love sheds! Will there be long sequences of shed building, like the barn raising scene in Witness?!
No, sorry. It’s not that kind of film.
Will there be extended montages of gardening equipment, laid out with all the attachments and nozzles for each item?
...no, and we think you should see someone about this obsession.
Oh. Okay. Will there at least be buckets of blood and gore??
Yes! LOADS of it! With lots of laughs, splatter, and swearing. And an evil shed that eats people. We can’t stress that enough. We’re going for a Creepshow-style 80s horror anthology movie look and sound, with lots of red and green lighting, crunchy synthesizer music, and tons of splatter. The opening and closing shots will be comic-style panels, to fully get you into that 80s comic anthology vibe. Think Tales of the Crypt, Evil Dead, Tales from the Darkside. If you’re into comedy, horror, and nostalgia, then this is the film for you.
Okay, I’m in! Who is making it?
We (James and Cat) wrote it - James is the Director, Cat is the Producer. James has directed several award-winning shorts, including Crazy For You starring Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Broadchurch, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Hannah Tointon (Inbetweeners), which was crowdfunded in just 48 hours. It screened at huge festivals across the globe including FrightFest, Fantastic Fest, London Short Film Festival, Telluride Horror Show, Seattle International Film Festival, Raindance, Razor Reel, and the Los Angeles Short Film Festival. It is also now part of anthology feature film Minutes Past Midnight. Here's the trailer:
He has made lots of idents for Horror Channel FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre festival, 5-time Streamy nominated web series Girl Number 9, the team’s latest award-winning new web series Mina Murray’s Journal, and lots more.
Praise for James’ movies:
“A long way from formula slasher fare... a guaranteed roof-raiser for its sheer audaciousness and political cheekiness.” Variety. “Brutally funny and frequently brilliant... The Office meets Deliverance. With a bear trap.” Total Film
Cockneys Vs Zombies:
“Properly funny... written by someone who does properly understand genre. It’s amazing how much, if you have a solidly written script, everything else will fall into place.” Mark Kermode.
“‘Severance’ scribe James Moran’s character-driven script... is as subtle as a brick in the gob, but it’s also a laugh riot.” Nigel Floyd, Time Out
“Written by the ever-reliable James Moran... brilliantly controlled and tense.” Empire Online
Cat has worked professionally in production since 2005 at the BBC, ITV and as a publishing executive at BBC Worldwide managing the release of some of the UK’s biggest comedy titles. She is an expert in making the most of every penny, with a proven track record of managing productions end-to-end.
She is also an award-winning filmmaker, with her last short Connie starring award-winning actress Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella), playing the international festival circuit and currently nominated for a prestigious iHorror award in the US. The glittering reviews include “Funny, creepy, clever and surprisingly affecting” SciFiNow and “Genuinely hilarious” HorrorTalk.
SHAUN DOOLEY as Jack! Shaun Dooley stars in the upcoming BBC One drama Gunpowder alongside Kit Harington and Liv Tyler, just the latest in a hugely impressive list of credits including a Royal Television Society North Award for Best Actor for Mark of Cain. From the heartbreak of Broadchurch and the Red Riding trilogy, to the hit movies The Woman in Black, The Awakening and Eden Lake, Shaun can always be relied upon to deliver a powerhouse performance. He showed a sensitive yet terrifying side in Misfits, as well as a barnstorming singing voice, proving his range, flexibility and fiercely unpredictable edge. He’s also appeared in the TV shows DCI Banks, Ordinary Lies, Cuffs, Great Expectations, The Game, This is England ’90 and Exile. Whenever Shaun appears on screen, you never know what might happen next, but you can guarantee it’ll always be exciting, even when there’s a shed involved…
“As soon as I read the title it appealed to me. I grew up on horror and schlock movies and to be honest the thought of being covered in blood and entrails from a vomiting murderous shed? Well, who in their right mind would say no?” - Shaun Dooley
SALLY PHILLIPS as Helen! Sally is a comedy ICON and writer instantly recognisable as one of the forces behind Channel 4’s award-winning comedy sketch show, Smack The Pony. She has also starred in the three smash hit Bridget Jones films and The Decoy Bride, which she co-wrote, and HBO’s Veep with Julia Louis-Dreyfus! Sally has been a near-constant presence on British television, from I’m Alan Partridge, to Hippies, Green Wing, Miranda, and Parents. Sally co-starred in the 2016 film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as Mrs Bennet. Since 2004, she has played the title role in the BBC Radio 4 comedy show, Clare in the Community. Sally is a tremendous talent and we’re thrilled to have her on board for our bloody SHED-anigans!
We have BAFTA-nominated composer Ben Foster on soundtrack duties. You’ll know Ben from his music for Torchwood, Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey, Thunderbirds Are Go, Good Karma Hospital, and his film work includes The Grey, Prometheus, Prisoners. PRETTY IMPRESSIVE! Ben is working with his long term collaborator and Synth Wizard Toby Pitman, who has programmed synths for him on many of these shows. Ben and Toby are already cooking up science experiments with chunky, analog synths, so we’ll have an AMAZING score!
Andy W. Clift is on board as our illustrator of our storyboards, comic book panels featured in the film, and poster artwork. Andy is a UK-based comic artist, animator & storyboard artist. Over the last few years, Andy has animated and directed many music videos and short films, including as lead animator of a short included at Sundance 2012. In comics, Andy has illustrated stories for the Pride, both volumes of Samurai Slasher as well as co-creating the ongoing web series, Sgt Steel: Allied Avenger. Andy also created the bear-centric adventure miniseries, Bertie Bear. Check out his showreel! Fancy!
Director of Photography
Jack Ayers is a London based DoP with over 6 years’ experience working on a wide range of projects, from multi award-winning web series to feature films. His credits include cult Sci-Fi web series The Chronicles of Syntax, which has more than 200,000 views on You Tube and won multiple awards at LA Webfest, including Best Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Series. He has worked with both James Moran on Mina Murray’s Journal and Cat Davies on the smash hit short Connie, which have both received a host of awards and nominations and critical acclaim from the likes of SciFiNow and Starburst magazine.
Jack works for a range of corporate clients including Paradigm Creative, whose clients include Telefonica (O2), RSA and Retail Fashion Academy. He also works with CAVSOC, a music video production company whose clients include Mr Litch, Kai Jones and Tops X Nina. Further credits include Miami Web Fest Romantic Series award-winning web series 3some and Raindance's Best British Series, Turn Me Online. Short film credits include LGBT film, Blank Inside which was since sold to the Tello Films network, the Fright Night-inspired vampire film I Wouldn’t Wish the 80’s on Anyone, and The Roundhouse funded film Number 13, currently in post-production.
Helen Miles is a sound designer and recordist, specialising in film and TV with additional projects spanning a variety of formats including advertising and web-based media, theatre and game sound. Helen's feature credits include Ben Hecking's Provenance, Harry Macqueen’s Hinterland, Phillip Todd's The Gaelic King, plus British thrillers The Cake Maker and Hard Tide, and fantasy action film Meza.
She also has an extensive list of short film credits including Don’t Move and The Outer Darkness from the award-winning Bloody Cuts Horror series, Unto Death, Plastic Love and Terry & Brenda from filmmaker Jamie Hooper, Connie by Cat Davies, Tea For Two from Mark Brennan, as well as Driftwood, Soror and The Prey by James Webber.
Corporate clients have included Spotify, Uber, Clogau, Thinkfun, Kew Gardens and Young Women’s Trust. Helen has taught sound for film on behalf of BFI Film academy (Macau, China), LCC and UEA, she is an associate of the Institute of Professional Sound and is a member of BAFTA Crew 2015-2017.
Make-up and Special Effects
Kirsty Leigh Graham is a South Africa-born hair, make-up, special effects, practical effects, small props and prosthetics artist based in London. Kirsty works across the film, television and online media production industries. She started FX Gremlin Productions in 2016 and has already worked on amazing productions for The Thomas Brothers at Playhouse pictures, Millicent Productions, Totally Video, Praxima , BBC, and Swing of the Shovel on over 20 independent productions.
Kirsty was Head of Make-up on Connie and web series, Mina Murray's Journal, with Cat and James. She was educated at Kohl Make-up in Johannesburg, where she won the Artistry Award, then went on to complete her studies in creature and character design at Gorton Studio, the first specialist prosthetics and make-up FX school in Europe.
And don’t forget the most important member of the team, the person we couldn't make it without...
YOU! We need YOUR help to make it all happen. To get the proper look and feel we’re going for, we need funding. There aren’t many places to get short films funded, and the timing rarely works for production stuff. Even then, we can only imagine the looks we’d get if we tried pitching “an evil shed that eats people” at any of these places...
That’s why we’re asking YOU for help. If you like our stuff, you know what we can do, you know we can do this. But this time, you don’t just get to watch the end result - you’re helping with the birth! Be part of something beautiful!
Waaaaait a second - are you just going to spend the money on chocolate and Funko Pops??
*closes browser tab* Not at all! This is a complex short, so we’ll need to hire equipment, lights, buy props and have things specially made, rent locations, get costumes, cover costs of making the blood and makeup effects, pay the actors & crew, sort travel, food, post-production... And it doesn’t stop costing money when the film is finished - it costs a fortune to submit to festivals, and promote and market the film. Cat and James will not be taking a single penny of payment for their months and months and MONTHS of work on this film. Even when the cameras have stopped rolling, that’s just the beginning of the work. It’s all for the love of sheds. And comedy. And horror.
But if you raise more than your target, THEN you’ll buy chocolate and Funko Pops?
Nope! IF we raise more - and hopefully we will - then our EPIC stretch goals will be activated and we can make Blood Shed look and sound even cooler! We can make and complete the short with the original goal, but any extra cash will go into more advanced post-production (better visual effects, foley for sound effects, etc), extra production design (to really push the 80s vibe), and we could look at fancy opening and closing animated credits. We could even consider licensing the use of a classic 80s pop song in the film. We’ll also be able to submit to more festivals - festivals have submission fees, even for shorts, and some are 50, 60, even 70 pounds. On average, you get into 1 out of about 10 festivals, so the costs can mount up quickly! The more we raise, the more beautiful our project will be and the more people will see it. Come and be part of something special!
Sounds good. When can we see it?
As soon as it’s completely finished, backers above a certain level will get a secret link to watch Blood Shed, so you’ll get to see it first! And you can watch it over and over and over again. And our Exec Producer backers will even see a version before it’s finished and be able to send us their thoughts on the film! So that’s WAAAAY before anyone else. Then the film will hit the international film festival circuit for a year or so, and hopefully have wider distribution for television and perhaps even theatrical release before finding a home online in a couple of years. The distribution market for shorts has changed massively over the last few years. James’s short Crazy for You is included in the anthology feature Minutes Past Midnight, which is available on BD/DVD/VOD in US and Canada, with an upcoming UK release. So in the wise words of 80s pop princess Yazz, the only way is up!
Currently, we won’t be doing DVDs as it’s only going to be 10 minutes long, and the cost of producing and packaging them to a high standard would mean spending less on the film, and ultimately, you want to invest in the film and have that be as sparkling and amazing as it can be. Besides, in the 80s, all we had was VHS, and if we were lucky, Betamax... (Ooh, do I smell the magnetic tape of an interesting stretch goal?? I think I do!) But keep in mind that now we live in The Future, you can stream it to pretty much any device, like some sort of SPACE EXPLORER!
I’ve read enough of your charming, self-deprecating words! What do I do now?
Look at the right of the screen, and you’ll see our fabulous perks! Some are low cost, some are big whoppers for anyone with enough spare cash. Don’t worry if you can only spare a little, every single penny helps!
If you’re feeling flush and want to throw money at the bigger rewards, that would be jolly lovely. We’ve got lots of great stuff, including things you won’t find anywhere else and workshops at a very special price only for our backers, so check out our glorious swag!
Stay in touch with us, shed fanciers! Our website is www.bloodshedfilm.com and we’re on Twitter - @bloodshedfilm - our hashtags are #bloodshedfilm and #nightofthelivingshed - and we’re on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bloodshedshort/
James Moran is on Twitter as @JamesMoran and Cat is @KittyCointreau - so please tweet, share, like and help spread the word far and wide to fans of films, comedy, horror, the 80s, synths, gore and sheds!
Thank you for reading, and please share this campaign link as far and wide as possible! We need to get the word out! Our shed has an insatiable appetite and she needs to be fed!
This project will only happen with your help! Below is our estimated budget, and we’re very skilled at squeezing the most from every single dime, penny and euro and bartering for our lives. If we raise more, Blood Shed will look and sound even more glorious, it will be seen by a wider audience, and you’ll feel even warmer inside.
Pitch video music:
Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Risks and challenges
Zombie apocalypse, nuclear fire, a new ice age, sudden implosion of the Universe, an asteroid strike - none of these things are likely in the next few months (okay, fingers crossed they aren’t)...
Everything is risky, making films even more so - but we are an established team, we’ve made lots of stuff before Blood Shed, and as long as this gets fully funded, we WILL make this short film. We have most of our team in place, we know roughly where we’re filming, how much it all costs, we’ve budgeted carefully, allowed for delays, rain, contingencies, etc. We know what we’re doing, and if you help us get funded, we will make this happen. We aren’t dependent on any other funding body or a grant to make this happen. We just need *YOU*
The main risks are losing actors, locations, rain cover, and so on - but those are risks we’ve faced on every production, and we have plans in place to make sure we can continue. The beauty of being fully funded is that everything is covered, and the money can’t suddenly vanish, which can sometimes happen with traditional film funding methods!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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