We've done it horror hounds, we've smashed the 100% funded milestone! First off, thank you so much to everyone who has backed, supported and help bring this film to life. So what's next? Well as most of you will know, indie film campaigns are launched in the hope of raising the minimum production costs. And we now have the opportunity to move forward and create the best damn gothic horror film imaginable. So with that in mind, we've launched our stretch goals:
£7,500 - If we reach our first stretch goal, we will be able to go above and beyond in bringing our new horror icon Darkness to the life. Right now our budget allows for a full head cast, but we want to do more. Help us unlock this goal and we'll be able to create full body SFX work to really make Darkness something special.
£8,500 - Our second stretch goal is all about post production. Editing and VFX work is covered but we want to bring in Hollywood level Sound Designers, Mixers and Colourists. If you help us unlock this goal, you are ensuring Black Mass looks and sounds the best it possibly can. A presentation worthy of the worlds biggest screens.
£10,000 - And our final stretch goal, the big one! Once we have created our unique gothic horror, we now need to get it in front of the biggest festivals in the world. As you know, Black Mass isn't just another horror film, its a story that dives deep into the world of depression and the depths it can take you to. And we want to take that message across the world. Our ambition for this film is huge, and we are looking at the very top festivals in the world. Sundance, SXSW, FIFF, Sitges, Raindance. To achieve this we will look to hire a PR and Marketing team that put us firmly on the radar of all these festivals.
From day 1 Black Mass has been a roaring success and we could not have dreamed of such an amazing start and reaction for our little film. So as a Special Thank You for all that incredible support, our £50 and above perks will now include a Limited Edition OST CD of our amazing and unique score from composer Mitch Bain. From the bottom of our black hearts, THANK YOU!
Black Mass is the latest project from Producer Chris Nials and Writer/Director/Producer Scott Lyus - the team behind award winning short films Silently Within Your Shadow and Echoes of the Passed. A gothic horror that promises to be their most ambitious and personal tale to date.
With an award winning cast and crew, including actors Johnny Viviash, Charlie Bond and Sophia Eleni, with Director of Photography Neal Parsons, (who worked on the Oscar Winning Short The Silent Child) and Composer Mitch Bain. Black Mass promises to be a terrifying horror that will chill you to your core.
The dark and atmospheric story centres around a bereaved father and his two adopted daughters as they try to come to terms with the loss of their mother, all while haunted by a demonic presence.
Black Mass is a story that is born out of my own personal battle with depression and the depths it has taken me to. For me, it has been the darkest and scariest period of my life, and while it’s a battle I still suffer with, it’s something I’m ready to open up about and help shine a light on. The story is a passionate take on a very tough subject and I don’t want to shy away from or sugarcoat what people with depression go through. I feel horror is the perfect genre to explore that story and I promise Black Mass will be the scariest and darkest film I have ever made. - Scott Lyus
The film will introduce a new and terrifying horror legend known as Darkness.
A demonic presence known by many names but most commonly referred to as Darkness, the entity latches on to those at their weakest, appearing as an old friend or loved one, an ever present voice, slowly taking over their life until nothing remains but a deep, dark void.
Our new horror icon will be created with a mix of Hollywood level FX and VFX work. And we are beyond excited to announce, and we can't believe we get to say this, Bafta Nominated (The Theory of Everything) FX artist Kristyan Mallett and his KM Effects team have joined Black Mass to bring our new horror icon Darkness to life. Kristyan has a ridiculous CV that includes the Harry Potter franchise, the latest Mission Impossible films, Ghost Stories, Guardians of the Galaxy, Autopsy of Jane Doe and Star Wars: The Last Jedi to name just a few.
And putting the finishing touches to Darkness, will be VFX guru Ryan J. Thompson, who has worked on a bunch of cult horror hits, including horror mega hit The Birch which was picked up by Eli Roth’s CryptTV and has hit a record breaking 15 million views on YouTube alone, has joined the Black Mass team to bring our terrifying icon to life.
Johnny Vivash as Charlie (The Father)
Johnny, a fan favourite among the indie horror community, he has featured in multiple award-winning productions such as Book Of Monsters, Charismata and The Creature Below.
Charlie Bond as Jessica
Charlie has been a stalwart of British indie films, having appeared in The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan, Hellriser and King Lear. As well as upcoming indie horror Dead Air.
Sophia Eleni as Meagan
Sophia is an incredible young actress well known for her roles in American television series Tyrant and romantic comedy feature Finding Fatimah, as well as upcoming TV mini series Whatever After.
We've listened to what you guys want and we've come up with a wide range of different perks. e it a helping hand or a full on Executive Producer credit, we've got you covered.
But before you donate, we're sure your biggest question is going to be "where is my money going?" Don't worry, it's not being used for an over the top Hollywood party; we'll be investing every penny into creating a truly unique & chilling short film like you've never seen before.
We've already invested our own money into bringing the film to this point and will be investing even more as the project rolls on. However, due to the sheer scale of Black Mass, we need a little help bringing this one to life. Here's the lowdown:
• Equipment: 30% of our final budget
• Cast and Crew: 20% of our final budget
• Location & Accommodation: 20% of our final budget
• Production & Post Production: 20% of our final budget
• Perk Service: 10% of final budget
By contributing you're directly becoming part of the awesome world that is indie horror. And as we've previously mentioned, we want to do more than simply make an incredible horror film. We want to help raise awareness for depression and mental illness, so be safe in the knowledge that by supporting our campaign you're helping make a difference within an industry you love, and hopefully the wider world beyond!
We know even a fiver can be hard to succumb to when you're making last week's out-of-date takeaway last until payday, so we appreciate any and all help you can throw our way.
Be it a Tweet, Post on Instagram or Facebook, it all means the absolute world to us!
Risks and challenges
Film as we know, is a tricky business and we want to give you peace of mind that Black Mass will be made. But as Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform, we need to hit our target goal if the film is to head into production. But we are confident that with your help, we can smash our goal and bring this film to life.
Once we meet our target, we go straight into production, with our shoot pencilled in for mid-April, so there is absolutely no chance that this film doesn't get made if fully funded. We've put a lot of work into Black Mass so far, and we want to see this film come to life more than anyone. So we will continue to put work in night and day to bring you this ambitious project.
The perks. Some of the perks such as social media shout outs and behind the scenes content will be delivered straight away. However you will have to wait a little longer for those awesome DVD bundles and download links, reason being is post production on Black Mass is going to take a good few months with all the editing, grading, music and VFX we need to put in to ensure we deliver the best film possible. We will aim to deliver all perks by the dates listed, however in some cases we can't guarantee that we will make the delivery dates suggested. This may be for several reasons, for example, should we be selected for a top genre festival, (and we are aiming for the biggest!) we may have to hold off a little longer before sending out the completed film due to Premiere regulations.
However, we PROMISE we'll do everything in our power to get those amazing perks out on time and we will absolutely keep you updated every single step of the way. Our backers, supporters and fans are our number one priority and we will ensure we deliver you the best possible horror film we can. A film we promise you'll be proud to be a part of. This is horror made by horror fans for horror fans.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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