Dr. Brendan Cole is summoned to the sinister Blackhall Mansion to authenticate what might be the historic find of the century.
Automata is a Gothic thriller, filled with spine-tingling twists and gut-wrenching dread that will linger with you for years to come. Our supernatural tale pits a lonely widower and his stepdaughter against a foe like no other, a three-hundred-year-old, life-size clockwork doll, known as 'The Infernal Princess.'
Our film stars Jamie Scott Gordon (The Black Gloves, The Unkindness of Ravens), Erich Redman (The Danish Girl, The Illusionist), Jonathan Hansler (Axed, The Devil's Business), Alexandra Nicole Hulme (Lord of Tears, The Black Gloves) and Victoria Lucie (Dartmoor Killing).
Deep in the bowels of Blackhall Estate, the greatest clockwork automaton of all time has just been discovered... or has it?
Automata tells the story of antiques expert Dr Brendan Cole, who receives a mysterious call inviting him to authenticate whether the discovery might be 'The Infernal Princess', a legendary automaton that vanished long ago without a trace.
But it's just a story, a myth - at least, that's what Brendan has spent his career arguing. Yet, as the cogs begin to turn, the twisted machinations of 'The Infernal Princess' are unveiled, threatening the present through the power of its own dark past.
Soon, inconceivable horrors are unleashed upon Brendan and his step-daughter Rose, as one spine-tingling twist follows another, until the terrible truth of 'The Infernal Princess' is finally revealed, in a haunting finale that will linger with you for years to come.
Automata features a new and terrifying horror icon, never before seen on film... until now.
'The Infernal Princess' was considered so lifelike and uncanny in its day that it provoked fear and awe among all who saw it. During its unveiling in 1786, the clockwork doll performed five 'great feats' which were so incredible as to defy all explanation.
Its inventor was celebrated as a genius, until the first tragedy occurred... followed by another... and another...
In Automata, Jamie Scott Gordon explores the depths of loss with his moving portrayal of widower Dr. Brendan Cole, a single father obsessed with his life's work; to disprove the existence of 'The Infernal Princess'.
Co-Starring is Erich Redman, an esteemed character actor whose work can be seen regularly in studio movies such as Captain America and The Illusionist.
And finally, introducing Victoria Lucie who plays Rose, stepdaughter of Dr. Brendan Cole. This startling young talent proves herself a capable performer among veteran actors, producing a charming and emotional performance.
We need your help to complete production and post-production on what is our most ambitious film yet, featuring epic-scale historical scenes set during the Age of Enlightenment in 18th century Europe.
With your support, we can complete our film with all the grandeur and scale we envisage, and market it so that we can show it to the widest audience possible.
We've used our own money so far, along with support from our friends at Dark Dunes Productions, but to complete production and to finish post-production, we need your help.
We've dedicated everything to creating fresh, exciting, and, above all else, original horror films, but because of this, we do struggle to get mainstream funding. The only way that these unusual, risky films get made and released, is with the support of fans like you. So, we sincerely hope you'll join us on our exciting adventure, and help us to show the world that there is an appetite out there for original, edgy stories!
In return for your support, we'll work tirelessly to produce rewards that you'll be proud to own, and films that you'll love to watch. Rest assured, every penny we get we'll match with our own blood, sweat and tears as we devote ourselves to making Automata our best film yet.
Risks and challenges
The film is already in the home stretch. Once we meet our fundraising target, we will get straight to work completing the final draft – there is absolutely no chance that the film won't get finished (barring perhaps a global apocalypse type scenario!). We've put a year of our lives into it already and we'll be doing whatever it takes to get it done as soon as possible, and looking as great as it possibly can!
Then, as soon as the film is finished, we'll get right onto producing all your rewards. We have a detailed plan in place for how we will do this. We can't guarantee that we will make the delivery dates suggested on the rewards – for example, should we manage to snag an amazing distribution deal, we might have to wait a little longer before sending out the movie. But we CAN guarantee that we'll do everything in our power to get them out on time and we will keep you in the loop throughout the process with plenty of updates. You, the funders, are our priority and we want you to have the best experience with us on this film. You can also get in touch any time with questions – we're quite friendly!
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