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What is Long Gone?
Long Gone is a short horror film set around the fictional village of Fenningbury in North East of England. Long Gone follows the story of missing business woman, Heather Langford. Her disappearance a year ago triggered a search by local police and detectives, they too started to disappear. One year on reporters and detectives still search the wooded area where they were last seen. Missing posters litter the area, a mystery looms within the darkness. Two reporters head to the countryside in search of the truth....but sometimes the truth doesn't want to be found.
Zamboni Productions seek funding and sponsorship for the production of their short horror film 'Long Gone' set in the North East and created by local talent from OUR region.
Northumberland, April 2016 – New start-up Zamboni Productions is raising funds via a crowdfunding campaign to produce their short horror film, Long Gone using only skilful North East talent.
The company set out to raise £2,750 to produce the film, which will showcase a full company of talented cast and crew exclusively from the North-East of England. Zamboni hope to exhibit their finished film at film festivals throughout the world.
The crew is comprised of Northumbrian filmmaker and director Dan Douglas based in Newcastle, Producer Kate McCheyne from Cullercoats, award winning filmmaker and director of photography, Euan Preston, based in Morpeth. Music by local Sunderland star, Paul Liddell, Score by young Tynemouth composer Ed Rowntree, and artwork by Whitley Bay local Chris Bishop.
Our talented cast is formed by local actor Drew Horsley, comedienne Hannah Walker, actor and voice over artist Gareth Lilley, actor and novelist Rod Glenn and Whitley Bay’s Jessica Johnson, who has recently returned from a one month run in New York City alongside Producer, Kate McCheyne.
Long Gone will be shot on location in the North-East and edited in Newcastle, shot exclusively at a secret and secluded location in the Chathill area of Northumberland and set in the fictional Northumbrian village of Fenningbury.
Zamboni Productions was created when Director, Dan Douglas, decided to take a chance on a film idea he had and joined forces with Producer, Kate McCheyne and writer Martyn Armstrong. Douglas and McCheyne are working together for the first time and are putting all of the time their days will allow into making this short film something to be excited about.
Kate: “Admittedly horror is not my favorite genre but I can absolutely see Dan’s vision and match his passion for this project. We’re constantly pushing each other's creativity and have proved already to be an effective team."
Dan: “We're putting everything we have into this project, Kate has assembled an amazing team of talented cast and crew who would love to be involved and were willing to come along to do a promotional photo shoot for the project for free, we also have some incredible locations arranged and a script which will keep people on the edge of their seats throughout, but now we need a bit of help from local businesses and film fans to raise some funds.”
Long Gone follows the story of missing business woman, Heather Langford. Her disappearance a year ago triggered a search by local police and detectives, they too started to disappear. One year on reporters and detectives still search the wooded area where they were last seen. Missing posters litter the area, a mystery looms within the darkness.
The campaign launched on Wednesday 6th April, 2016 and will run for 30 days in order to raise the £2,750 needed for filming, payroll, editing and distribution of this independent film.
Zamboni Productions have created the page in order to raise the funds necessary to produce ‘Long Gone’ to the highest standard possible. Investors are offered a variety of different rewards for their pledge ranging from public thanks on social media to signed scripts, blu-rays, invitations to private screenings and their name in the credits.
Businesses can also sponsor the production, a great opportunity to get an “In Association With” credit. More information on the rewards on offer can be found on the kickstarter page at www.long-gone.uk
Zamboni request that you take a good look at the project page and share it with social media sources. They would appreciate any media coverage and would welcome you to support a truly Northern filmmaking statement. Zamboni also request that you contact them at any time for further information.
From the Beginning.
Back in November 2015 director Dan Douglas decided to make a short horror film, after a Facebook post asking for help writer Martyn Armstrong came on board. After A LOT of messages back and forth (and invaluable feedback from Dans partner) by January the script was complete. Next a hunt for a producer started and Kate McCheyne joined the crew. Graphic designer & photographer Chris Bishop, DP Euan Preston, composer Ed Rowntree and voiceover artist Gareth Lilley have also joined the project. We have carried out location scouting and have some amazing locations arranged but now WE NEED YOUR HELP.
The killing of missing Detective Tom Parker
In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't.. oh hang on, thats the A-Team, Our team smoke less cigars but probably have better aim, we are a keen bunch and are completely dedicated to this project.
Dan Douglas was born and raised in Northumberland and has lived in Newcastle since 1997. Dan has been producing video content for over 15 years and has worked on a huge range of projects both for his own production company and on a freelance basis for others.
Dans love of the horror film aesthetic led him to start work on Long Gone, his first foray into the genre.
Martyn Armstrong is a writer from the North East of England who studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Northumbria University.
He has had some poetry and short prose published in small press, has assisted with various creative projects and has written several short screenplays.
He currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa, where he is actively involved with various community based projects, when he’s not writing.
Kate McCheyne has worked in Stage Management since 2002, with a degree in Technical and Production Arts. Highlights include: Deputy Stage Manager, Evening Standard Award winning The Pitmen Painters at Live Theatre, Newcastle and The National Theatre, London; Company Manager, West Side Story at The Sage Gateshead. Most recently Kate has toured the UK with award winning 'Key Change' which also ran off Broadway in New York. Key Change just won the Arts Council Award at the Journal Culture Awards. This will be McCheyne’s first short film but definitely not the last.
Euan Preston is a multi-award winning filmmaker and Director of Photography. His work stretches a huge range of film and television styles, including documentary, broadcast commercials and narrative cinema.
Chris Bishop AKA picturesbybish is a commercial photographer from Newcastle, he studied Photography Video and Digital Imagery at Sunderland University and has been working in the industry since 2005.
Chris has had work published nationally and internationally for the likes of Classic Rock magazine, Cosmopolitan, Arena and Vice Magazine. He has also won several awards, one of which saw a piece of work displayed at the European Parliament.
His Design work initially started out as a favour to his wife and a nerdy love of Typography, but has quickly lead to a multitude of commissions from various Theatres and Theatre Companies such as Greyscale, Arc Stockton and Curious Monkey.
Edward is a pianist, composer, producer and DJ who is currently studying music at King's College, London. He grew up listening and playing out drum and bass music in Newcastle, but is now focussed on contemporary classical and baroque music. He will be combining both classical and electronic aesthetics for the score of Long Gone.
Paul Liddell is a working musician/singer/songwriter/recording artist based by the sea in the North East of England. His current album, the excellent ‘Milestones And Motorways’ is a proudly home-made and independent release. Paul is currently on tour in Germany.
Hannah Walker has performed with numerous theatre companies, such as comedy troupes Mixtape (Live Theatre), Teeth In Eggcups (Alphabetti Theatre) and was a co- founder of Dark Hills, a theatre company that took two sell out shows to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is most recently working with Yeaman Productions on their show Frank Sumatra (Theatre N16.) Hannahs current show, An Evening with Savvy B takes a comic look at who we become when we drink and what it takes to sparkle.
Drew studied performance at the Live Theatre academy. He has since gone on to have a wide and varied career on both stage and screen. On stage, he has had the honour of working with companies including the RSC, Live Theatre and ESC, among many others. His recent film and TV credits include, the BFI award winning, In Our Name and the critically acclaimed, Interview with a Hitman. Drew's also featured in numerous commercials, most notably, the Dead Island trailer, which won the Gold Leaf at Cannes festival.
Jessica has recently been performing with Open Clasp in their production of Key Change, touring the UK and performing at the Edinburgh Festival throughout 2015 and also New York at The Forth Street Theatre. Jessica recently performed in The Women's Voices Project at the European Parliament with Make do and Mend - TV and film credits include 'School for Seduction', 'Girls Club' and recently featured in leading BBC comedy 'Cuckoo'. She is also a comedian and punk poet, well known in the UK for her onstage antics! Represented by Regan Management Manchester, UK.
Rod Glenn is an actor from Newcastle. Previous roles include The Hippopotamus, Ripper Street, Wolfblood, The Hollow Crown and The Sceptic and has recently finished filming Outside, a new film adaptation of Captain Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition where he plays the famous explorer.
Why We Need Your Help.
We have assembled an incredible cast of professional actors who have kindly given their time to promote this project, but we still need to raise the funds to pay them.
We also want to shoot our film with the best equipment we can, the more money we raise the higher the standard of equipment we can hire and the higher quality the finished film will be.
We also need to add the roles of video colourist, makeup / prosthetics artist and SFX artist and would like to pay them also.
Our other costs include props, clothing, transport and film festival entry fees for the completed film.
Where is missing Family Liason Officer Greg Jones?
What will become of Amanda?
Will Chris survive?
Whose blood is that?
How Can You Help Us
There are loads of ways you can help us, we have a huge list of rewards available in exchange for your cashmoney, whether you have a spare fiver or a spare grand knocking about we are very grateful for any financial contribution you can make to the project.
Alternatively maybe you have a BMW we can use, or top notch editing facilities in the north east available, maybe you are an expert video colourist, a makeup artist, a special FX guru, we need all of these things so if you can help, please get in touch.
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ONCE COMPLETED, VIEW THE FILM HERE: WWW.LONG-GONE.UK
Risks and challenges
We aim to commence our 3 day shoot in June, although it is summer we are shooting a lot of our material outside and so weather is a concern, being that the film is set in the North East and summer here is none existent.
The minimum we can make this film for is £2,750, and this is only paying the cast, not the crew, and using equipment we already own. If we do not raise the money there is the very real possibility that we will not be able to make this film at all.
Even if we raise the money there there is still a lot of organising to be done to arrange the logistics of our shoot and complete shooting on a very tight schedule. Fundraising is just the first of our challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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