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In a world crippled by an epidemic, two sisters are being hunted by the people who evicted them from the relative safety of their camp.
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Who are we?

We are a third year undergraduate crew from York St John university. We are extremely motivated to create the project and have been planning to bring it to life for well over a year. We have decided that bigger is better when it comes to this project and that is why we have come to kickstarter.

Meet The Crew!
Meet The Crew!
  • Ceri Roberts - Director
  • Charlotte Groves - Production Designer
  • Michael Cornell - Director of Photography
  • Adam Coggin - Editor
  • Brittany Lee Holmes - Sound Designer
  • Lisa Cooke - Production Manager

About the Story - The World

When a deadly epidemic tore the world apart the British government created ‘Project Venture’, an initiative set up to build a series of safe havens away from cities and populated areas, designed to keep survivors safe. However over the 15 years since the outbreak the project has turned into nothing short of military run work camps. Chances of survival outside of the camps are slim because unfortunately for the occupants, the camps’ military leaders have a monopoly over the supply of food and other rations such as medication. Being all powerful they see it fit to punish anyone who questions the regime be that through execution or eviction, though they amount to the same thing. Within Compound-4 on the Yorkshire coast, news has reached the occupants of a resistance that has been syphoning supplies from Project Venture and are believed to be equipped enough to accommodate the growing number of refugees, this offers a potential salvation for anyone evicted from the camp but not enough of a reason for escape. 

The Story

When Dawn is denied medication for her chronically ill sister Faith she attacks the commanding officer of their quarantined compound. Both sisters are evicted from the relative safety of the camp and left to survive in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They travel along the coast searching for the resistance who have been the topic of much conversation among the occupants of the camp. However their journey is made more difficult, not only by faiths deteriorating condition but a guard sent out to kill them by the vindictive camp leader embarrassed by Dawn’s public subordination.

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Characters

Dawn: 20 years old.

Headstrong, confident, and certain of herself. She gives of a cold barrier between herself and the rest of the world, but this warms up in her relationship of her sister, Faith. Dawn is very protective of her, being the only member of her family she has left, and feels responsible for everything that happens to her. She doesn’t trust anyone around her, but if Faith trusts them she is willing to accept her opinion on them over her own, even if reluctantly. She has a proactive attitude and can’t stand to sit around and do nothing. She is restless when unable to act on her own accord, and will actively voice her opinions.

Faith: 18 years old. 

Chronically ill. Thoughtful, quiet, and tentative of her actions. She is warm towards strangers and tries to have a positive outlook, although she keeps herself to herself. She doesn’t really speak, or voice her opinion unless she feels it’s necessary. Faith feels like she is a burden for her sister, both down to her illness and her opposing quiet nature. Faith is patient, and willing to wait and assess situations. She is always willing to give people the benefit of the doubt. Although she is ill, she tries desperately for it to not be a hinderance, and tries to take it in her stride as best as she can. 

Nick: 

After losing his own children in the epidemic, Nick has taken it upon himself to keep watch over Dawn and Faith, he is Kindly and fatherly and ultimately puts the lives of the girls before his own. Having been a member of the initial resistance, he is the one who informs them of the outpost.

Guards: 

The guards in the compounds are anonymous, distinguished from each other only by they designated number. They wear long coats and full face gas masks to hide their identities. The guards are considered to be the most fortunate of the survivors in many ways, with first pick of the rations and little risk of eviction. However they are required to follow the orders of their superiors without question and are unlikely to have a willing family or friends.

Guard #0071: 

Leader of the military effort in Compound-4 and known only as Seventy One he is the only guard with an identity, choosing to wear a mask which shows his eyes to exercise his sick need for credit for the actions of himself and his subordinates. Seventy one has a tendency for abusing the females of the camp in exchange for their basic rations and is single handedly responsible for the eviction of Dawn, Faith and anyone else left to die under his command. 

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I know that's £850, but we're feeling generous about prizes!
I know that's £850, but we're feeling generous about prizes!

 Production Design

As with many projects trying to depict a world different from our own we want to be ambitious in how the world looks. This means detailed and stylized costume and set design. We are fortunate in that we have access to fantastic locations and the basic means to create set, but we don’t have the funds to fill those sets and locations or dress our actors in a way that will portray our world with the gravity we think it deserves. A large portion of our budget will go into creating costumes for the guards, dressing sets such as the rations station and the rebel outpost, hiring weapons, special effects makeup and much more.

Locations:

We have found some excellent locations for the film, from stunning and abandoned coastal paths to fortified and equally deserted public parks which we feel will actively portray both the open and empty nature of the world outside the compounds and the security and militarization of the life inside.

Beach and Cliff Side Location
Beach and Cliff Side Location
Compound Exit Gate
Compound Exit Gate

Travel & Actors

We have had a great deal of interest from actors who want to work with us on this project and we have found many fantastic performers who we think would be perfect for their respective parts, however, most of these actors are traveling some distance, and as it stands we cannot afford to pay them. We need these talented actors to accurately get across the subtle but powerful emotions that will really pull this story along. Without the money from this campaign we may have to settle for actors less compatible with the roles, or more likely bankrupt ourselves.

Keep up to date!

Follow us on twitter @compoundfour for news from inside the camp and @compound4movie for official production news

Check out our website www.projectventure.org

Keep checking back here for periodic video and text updates.

Risks and challenges

Every film production has its pitfalls, the production process is rife with risks and challenges. These include everything from actors dropping out to cars breaking down. Dealing with these challenges is where being film students comes in handy, we are trained to be more that prepared for any eventuality that the process might throw up. More to the point our fantastic and talented production manager has drawn up and will continue to draw up extensive risk assessments and is going to try her best to keep us out of trouble.

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