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This project was successfully funded on January 1, 2012.

A series of five films set entirely underwater exploring our oceans like never before!!

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**ANOTHER UPDATE - We've smashed the $80K target so we want to really give something back. If we reach $90,000 will host private cinema screenings for each and every backer (with +1's) in London, LA and New York!**

**UPDATE - We have hit 100% but if we can make it to $80,000 we can film the final part in 3D - be part of something truly unique!!**

The Underwater Realm is a series of 5 short films set entirely underwater. Using unique film-making techniques specifically developed for this project the team of volunteers aims to bring the fascinating world of our oceans to the cinema and inspire people to think more about the life within them. 

Imagine a race of people living beneath our oceans, who have been living there for the last 3000 years. How have they survived? How have they adapted to the underwater world around them? 

It is in this world that "TheUnderwaterRealm" is set. In five short films we will tell of the five times human kind has come into contact with this mysterious aquatic race over the last 2000 years.

We travel back from the present day, scuba diving in the Red Sea to 1942 in the midst of a frenetic aerial battle. In 1588 we are in the belly of a Spanish galleon during the invasion of the Spanish Armada, in 1208  we find ourselves on the historic celtic coastline of the UK. Finally 149BC and the height of the Roman Empire.

Alongside these shorts, a trilogy of features scripts is being written. Our hope is that these short films will create such a demand for this feature trilogy that we will see them made.

some of the wonderful cast members of The Underwater Realm

Realm Pictures was started by a group of like minded friends who shared the same passion and goal of being able to bring their stories and vision to the world through film. 6 years on, and the passion and determination to do this remains as high as ever. In 2010 we completed the action-horror Zomblies, created on a tiny budget, but with extremely high ambition. Zomblies has since gone on to win a number of awards including 'Best Horror/Sci-Fi' and 'Best Editing' at the 2011 London Independent Film Festival. 2011 saw us take first place in a national competition with a short based on our experiences during the making of Zomblies, and the trials and tribulations of making a low budget indie film. The competition was headed by the Raindance film festival and went on to open the festival this year. Here Raindance founder, Elliot Grove talks about Realm and gives his support to the Underwater Realm project.

What defines Realm as a company is never being afraid to push ourselves and not being afraid of the big project or goal. One of the mottos we live by is that of Michaelangelo "the danger of mankind is not that he will aim too high and fail, but he will aim too low and succeed"

As if the project wasn't exciting enough we are giving you a whole heap of unique things to encourage you to back it! Downloads, Blu Rays, plans for our LED lighting system, practical action movie tutorials, find out all about it in this video... 


              2 PACKS: $80

              3 PACKS: $100

              ALL 4 PACKS: $125 

You want to see these films as much as us, excellent!! You will receive a special personally signed Kickstarter edition Blu Ray of the series in mouth-watering HD with your name in the credits! Included on this disk will be a personal thank you from the cast & crew along with a featurette showing you exactly how the films were made and what your donation made possible. Not only that, but during production you will receive exclusive behind the scenes photos, updates and sneak peaks from the cast and crew on set to show you what you are helping to make happen. 

For those who want to make a bigger contribution we have a slice of cinema history... You will receive a personal signed guarantee from the Director entitling you to a framed first edition of the feature trilogy if (when!) it is made. This will be completely unique and not available to anyone but those who back the project this early on!!

Award winning DOP, Eve Hazelton, spends an hour demystifying lighting! In these tutorials Eve explains:

  • Lighting theory - hard, soft, diffused, confused? This will sort you out!
  • Which kit is best for your budget
  • The ins and outs of industry lighting, hold your own on set
  • How to turn a script into a lighting plan
  • Lighting a dynamic scene
  • The five essential lighting setups required in film

This pack will be available as an hour long DVD or digital download with practical applications of all the setups explained. The tutorials cover all aspects of lighting for film; from indie to industry.

During the course of this project, we set out to develop a set of lights that imitate industry-standard soft lights like kino-flos, but fit for our demanding shoots. Our lights are:

  • submersible in water, rugged as hell
  • flicker free
  • battery powered
  • dimmable
  • solid state (LED)
  • 5500K daylight

By choosing the LED Lighting pack you will receive all of the wisdom and knowledge we have gained in building these things! Full plans, parts lists and video instructions. These really are amazing lights - we can't wait to see how you develop them!

This is a short introduction to what you can achieve with this reward!!

A special edition of our action movie romp, ZOMBLIES with 10 in-depth practical tutorials to make a blockbuster action film on the cheap. You will learn how to;

  • Create silicone moulds for props, weapons and masks!
  • Directly apply latex and silicone to create convincing wounds !
  • Build an compressed air cannon (in the video) to create on-screen explosions!
  • Make a fake gun look like it's firing!
  • Create a digital horde and save on extras!
  • Make your own cinema grade fake blood!
  • Make your own breakable glass!
  • Put a man through hell! (with coffee granules and dirt)
  • Break down your costumes for added realism!
  • Choose the right lens and angle to sell that stunt!

With this pack you'll have all the tools you need to produce something spectacular and don't forget to send us a link to your project that we can share!! 

If you want to take it one step further upgrade to the next level to get in touch with the team directly where over an hour long skype conversation (and 5 emails) we will go over any aspect of YOUR production to help you create that unique look or sequence that will make it stand out from the crowd!!

If after all this nothing takes your fancy please get in touch!! If there is anything you think we can offer you don't be afraid to ask. We will do (almost) anything to see these films made so drop us a message at and see if we can help you out!!


  • I don't blame you! $80 will get you two of the $50 packs, $100 will get you three and just $125 will get you ALL FOUR $50 PACKS!

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  • That depends on how many lights you want, how long you want the battery to last, and how rugged you want them to be!

    We made 2 x 8 banks with massive 4 hour battery packs, chargers, mains adapters, frames and supports - completely waterproof for $1500

    You can quite easily build a non waterproof 4 bank for $500 - of course it depends how much you shop around for the parts locally! We tell you where to get the uncommon parts, but the glue/rivets/cables are up to you to source!

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  • What a lovely idea!! When you pledge on behalf of someone else we will send them a personalised email on Christmas day thanking them and explaining their gift. All you have to do is send us a message when you pledge with the recipient's name and email address and your message, we'll do the rest!

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    And you get an HD digital download of the completed films in September and a concept art wallpaper right away as well as a big THANK YOU all over social media - add $10 to any of the following rewards to receive the digital download of the films and concept art right now.

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    To receive a DVD of the finished films you helped make happen. This will include a 15 minute featurette thanking you, and showing you what you helped create.

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    Ocean Fan Pack - Blu Ray (or DVD) of the final films with your name in the credits as a supporter! This compilation will include all the concept artwork, production blogs and the behind the scenes documentary. Find out in-depth exactly how the project you helped create was made and watch it all in HD on the sofa (couch)! We will also send you completely exclusive behind the scenes still photos and messages from the cast and crew during production that nobody else will see!

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    LED Lighting Pack - good quality soft light is hard to achieve cheaply, and almost impossible to achieve on location. We have developed a set of rugged, low power, high output, fully submersible, cinema quality, battery powered lights and are giving you the plans to build and develop this system for yourself!

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    Indie Action Movie Pack - you will receive an exclusive Kickstarter special edition of Zomblies on DVD (, a B-movie action romp by Realm Pictures. Included are 10 in-depth video tutorials to enable you to make your own action thriller on a minimal budget. Explosions, gore, bullets, jets and more in this incredible resource compiled after years of filmmaking with no money!

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    The @EveHazelton Lighting Guide!

    An hour long tutorial with practical examples of how to light for film and video. This will cover everything from the theory of light through to equipment demonstrations & how to plan and execute lighting setups for dramatic scenes! Available as a digital download or DVD

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    And not only will you get the Indie Action Movie Pack tutorials you also get 5 emails and an hour Skype conversation with director, Dave Reynolds (or any of the department heads), on any aspect of your OWN production. Pick his brains about visual or special effects and lets see what you can do!

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    An hour with @EveHazelton! You get the Eve Hazelton lighting guide and 5 emails and an hour on Skype with Eve to discuss how to light YOUR project. Got a specific problem or question? Let Eve shine a light on it...!

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    For the Ultimate Fan Pack - by making these films happen you are helping to make a future trilogy!! This level of donation shows just how much you believe in the project so in addition to the Ocean Fan Pack we will send you a personal guarantee that you will recieve a unqiue special edition pre-release framed blu-ray of the first FEATURE with space for the whole trilogy...! These copies will not be available to anyone except early supporters like you! Grab a bit of cinema history!

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    Now you are talking. Welcome to the project, you just made 'Associate Producer' in the credits, and you are on IMDB! You will get all of the benefits available from the Ultimate Fan Pack, only now you get the entire FEATURE TRILOGY when it gets made - completely unique special framed edition only available to early adopters!

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    Come and party! You are an 'Associate Producer' with all the benefits AND you are invited to our post project wrap party for everyone involved, including a private screening of all five films where you'll see your name up on the big screen of a swanky London venue (travel not included)

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    If you want to see these films as badly as we do we want to meet you. We fly you over during principal photography OR the London Premiere, your choice. Hang out with the cast and crew on set, or rub shoulders with the fancy folk at the world premiere as you watch your name up on the big screen. Oh, and you get the rest of the rewards. All of them...

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