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The world's first feature length claysplotation. A clay animated horror debut from Lee Hardcastle. Read more

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The world's first feature length claysplotation. A clay animated horror debut from Lee Hardcastle.

About this project

Join the SPOOK TRAIN News Letter:

The kickstarter is a bust but there has been a lot of interest from outside investors, to continue supporting the project and keep up-to-date sign up to our Spook Train news letter ► http://eepurl.com/SuPrH

A SPOOK RIDE OF A MOVIE... LITERALLY

Three kids discover the remains of the legendary Spook Train, they're about to experience why it was shut down by a moral panic. It's a dark ride with an even darker sense of humor.

The main characters of the wrap around story from left to right: O.B., Natalie and Short
The main characters of the wrap around story from left to right: O.B., Natalie and Short

10 ROOMS OF TWISTED TALES

Experience 10 unique nightmares made of clay. Some stories are 15 minutes long while others are a quick punch to the groin at just 30 seconds.

click the image to watch the trailer in 3D!
click the image to watch the trailer in 3D!

WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM

I developed this idea for Spook Train because I'm a huge fan of this genre and love the "the most fun you'll ever have being scared" approach to horror films, you know like Evil Dead 2 and more recently I've heard people describe films such as Sinister and Insidious as a "spook-ride-of-a-movie".

And it got me thinking, wouldn't it be cool to make a film that was literally a spook ride in every way?

A friend of mine suggested that if I truly believed in my idea then why not make a fake trailer for it and raise funds to have it made properly. So here we are.

MEET THE CREW

Writer, Director & Animator - Lee Hardcastle began claymation full-time in 2010 after success with The Evil Dead in 60 seconds. The following year he sold all his belongings to support an unpaid career and created short films that screened at Cannes and won a place in the feature film ABCs Of Death. He's gone on to work with Momentum Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Sufjan Stevens, Kill The Noise, Portugal. The Man, had his fan film Claycat included on The Raid DVD and recently received the MTV Clubland Video of Year award.

Pingu's THE THING, T IS FOR TOILET, Claycat's THE RAID
Pingu's THE THING, T IS FOR TOILET, Claycat's THE RAID

A Brief History of Missing Head & Lee Hardcastle 

Sound Designer, Re-recording Mixer - Tim Atkins has worked on sound for such projects as Steve McQueen's Shame and Mike Newell's Great Expectations, as well as recording dialogue for Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. He has honed and finessed his work through a long and fruitful collaboration with Lee Hardcastle and is most proud of his work on Lee's last epic Ghost Burger.

Wes signed Tim's Rushmore DVD, how good is that?! And Mr. Fox is such a great film.
Wes signed Tim's Rushmore DVD, how good is that?! And Mr. Fox is such a great film.

Music Supervisor - Spencer Hickman aka. Death Waltz Records is a boutique soundtrack label releasing vinyl, CD & digital. Working closely alongside legendary composers and directors such as John Carpenter, Richard Kelly, Alan Howarth and Fabio Frizzi. And been in the biz for 25 years!

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

For those unfamiliar with stop motion animation, the film will take a long time to complete, over 2 years to be exact. For Kickstarter we're offering Spook Train for Halloween 2016.

Do this another 24 times to get 1 second of footage.
Do this another 24 times to get 1 second of footage.

HOW STRETCH GOALS EFFECT THE FINAL FILM

The film will be 60 - 90 minutes long but duration is not the priority, the quality of the production is. We want to aim for a more beautifully crafted clay animated film and stray away from the cruder made-for-youtube examples. The larger the budget, the more we can focus on other aspects of the production that can propel a film to orgasmic heights.

Stretch goals will be announced as it happens, let's reach 40k first.
Stretch goals will be announced as it happens, let's reach 40k first.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

It goes into the Missing Head Ltd. business bank account. The kickstarter £40k goal covers DVD/Blu Ray distribution, kickstarter fees (8 - 10% in UK), props, art materials, sets, studio fees, sound design fees and music composer fees. Initially this is what we need covered before we can begin to move forward but trust me this list can go on and on and on if we had a bigger budget to play with. The most expensive item on our list so far is 24 months' rent on a dedicated studio space.

The money does't go on expensive cameras, equipment or luxury items, we're an up and running fully functioning claymation studio and already have these at hand. Money will go into the production of Spook Train and Spook Train alone.

Everything is made by hand with simple materials.
Everything is made by hand with simple materials.

WHY USE KICKSTARTER?

To be honest, our experience in film making does not go further than YouTube, not that this is a bad thing but we've no idea how films get funded or who you have to approach, we've always just done it our selves in the past. Last year I got called into a meeting with a big film company down London, I still have no idea what that was about but anyway nothing happened and that's why we're here on KickStarter!

We saw Kickstarter as our only option to pitch an idea and sell our film up front, using the sales to fund, produce and deliver the promised film..

So what excites us the most about launching a Kickstarter is that we can share our idea for the movie with everyone! Not to mention the interactivity with fans and backers, if this film gets made through kickstarter then you're gonna have a huge impact on the making of it.

Ghost Burger [2013] - completely self funded over 5 months.
Ghost Burger [2013] - completely self funded over 5 months.

GET INVOLVED

If there's any way that you'd like to get involved then contact spooktrainfilm@gmail.com. Even if you've got words of support or advice, hit us up. We'll be hiring talent and crew later and will give our backers the first call out.

REWARDS

DVDs and Blu-Rays will be professionally manufactured by http://www.mjmultimedia.co.uk/

We will be happy to answer questions or concerns much like a customer service via email at spooktrainfilm@gmail.com or submit a FAQ.

Choose from Download, Region Free DVD or Blu-Ray
Choose from Download, Region Free DVD or Blu-Ray
Do you wanna see how it's made? Exclusive only to backers.
Do you wanna see how it's made? Exclusive only to backers.
Ghost Burger HD at just £3. Spook Train HD Download included with the Signed blood splattered Postcard
Ghost Burger HD at just £3. Spook Train HD Download included with the Signed blood splattered Postcard
Backers of our last crowdfunded project rolling on the credits of ABCs OF DEATH. On stage with Jake West and Ben Wheatley at the PCC London, 2013.
Backers of our last crowdfunded project rolling on the credits of ABCs OF DEATH. On stage with Jake West and Ben Wheatley at the PCC London, 2013.

LINKS 

Spook Train news letter: http://eepurl.com/SuPrH

YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/death

Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/leehardcastle

Instagram: http://instagram.com/leehardcastle

Twitter: http://twitter.com/leehardcastle

Website: http://leehardcastle.com

Contact: spooktrainfilm@gmail.com

LEE SAYS...

As always, your support overwhelms me in a way I hate to admit in words on here but when I think back over the last four years it chokes me up, without you lot and the people who've blogged, voted and shared my videos, I simply would not be in the position I am today and I hope you know how grateful I am without me doing something terribly awkward, just take my word for it.

I thank you and I count my lucky stars to have made it this far.

ABCs Of Death premiere 2012 - Toronto CA
ABCs Of Death premiere 2012 - Toronto CA

Risks and challenges

Look, I'm gonna commit 2 years to a small dark room... it's gonna be a tough gig. I ain't gonna be able to party, go traveling, start a family. My life will be on freaking hold! It's one hell of a decision I'm prepared to make, I have to live in a cheap and small crappy apartment to make ends meet financially when I could be gallivanting in the city and earning some serious money working for big brands - but I just know that my time to be a creative lunatic is now and I may never have this chance again, it's like that scene in Star Wars, I've got a shot at the goal, I hear the force. I'm listening to the force dude and I'm going for it.

The only possible, but small, risks we can foresee are any unexpected delays to the production schedule. It’s not something we take lightly but sometimes things happen that are out of our control – staff sickness, random acts of God, fire - you know the story.

The same goes for our rewards – we've planned out the fulfillment of each one and will make every effort to stick to the delivery schedule stated.

We’ll be in regular contact with you all via our blog on LEEHARDCASTLE.COM, so you’ll be able to check up on the production on a regular basis and will be the first to know of any changes.

THE FINE PRINT

• You must be over 18 or have full consent from a parent or legal guardian to be a backer. Due to the nature of this production, we must stress, this claymation is not for children.

• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations and applicable law. If any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    £3 reward

    35 backers

    Ghost Burger Kickstarter Package

    A digital download of our last film 'Ghost Burger' [a 22 minute sequel to 'T is for Toilet'] in full HD 1080p with kickstarter-backer exclusive mp3 soundtrack.

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    £6 reward

    24 backers

    Top Secret Tricks

    Wanna know how to make blood spray? Eyes pop? Guts spew? Lee is gonna show you how to make people out of clay and murder them. Tips, techniques and tutorials on how to create your own bloody claymation horror. 1 new video every 3 months, 8 videos in total, first one starts in May. Exclusive only to kickstarter-backers. + This reward also includes the Ghost Burger Package

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    £12 reward

    139 backers

    Spook Train [HD Download]

    A digital download of the feature length movie Spook Train in full HD 1080p resolution with kickstarter-backer exclusive extra features not available to the public. + This reward also includes Top Secret Tricks // Ghost Burger Package

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    £14 reward

    27 backers

    Blood Splattered Postcard + HD Download

    A Postcard splattered and signed in authentic clay blood by Lee Hardcastle himself!
    + This reward also includes Spook Train [HD Download] // Top Secret Tricks // Ghost Burger Package

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    £16 reward

    88 backers

    Spook Train [DVD]

    A region free DVD of the full film with kickstarter-backer exclusive behind the scenes featurettes, directors commentary. + This reward also includes Blood Splattered Postcard // Spook Train [HD Download] // Top Secret Tricks // Ghost Burger Package

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    £18 reward

    187 backers

    Spook Train [Blu-Ray]

    A region free Blu-Ray of the full film with kickstarter-backer exclusive behind the scenes featurettes, directors commentary. + This reward also includes Blood Splattered Postcard // Spook Train [HD Download] // Top Secret Tricks // Ghost Burger Package

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    £66 reward

    71 backers Limited (129 left of 200)

    Backer Credit + Blu-Ray Ltd Ed

    Be cool as a corpse when the movie begins, because your name is the first to show up! Right there as a "Backer" + This reward also includes a Ltd Ed Blu-Ray (Ltd to 250 copies) which contains a piece of bloody clay inside that was used on the actual production of the film! // Blood Splattered Postcard // Spook Train [HD Download] // Top Secret Tricks // Ghost Burger Package

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)