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A gripping scifi mystery thriller from the maker of Third Contact.
A gripping scifi mystery thriller from the maker of Third Contact.
A gripping scifi mystery thriller from the maker of Third Contact.
546 backers pledged £31,826 to help bring this project to life.

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The Story

It is the near future and research scientist Philip Hoyt’s wife is dying, quietly.

As she lies in a deep coma, Philip battles to save her life when everyone else is ready to let her go.

Using a newly developed technology, he steps across an electronic bridge into her unconscious; into her dreams and memories, probing buried ‘psi-complexes’ to discover the mystery of her illness, and her families reluctance to help.

Yet, through the veil of this mystery, he catches a faint glimmer of life. He holds on for the sake of love, unable to turn away from that distant star we call hope.

Concept Art by Col Price
Concept Art by Col Price

Hi...

My name is Si Horrocks, the writer and director of this new sci-fi mystery thriller called Kosmos.

Last year my debut sci-fi “mind-bender” of a feature film ‘Third Contact’ raised £15,000 on kickstarter and put on one of the most exciting events in independent cinema history - with a huge amount of help from my friends.

Readers Reactions:

“gripping” 

“keeps you guessing” 

“I couldn’t predict what was going to happen next” 

“brilliantly written… characters are there from the first page”.

"I can tell you love music.. this is a concerto! Beautifully crafted."

Kosmos concept art by Col Price
Kosmos concept art by Col Price

My Vision for Kosmos

Although ‘Kosmos’ begins with an intimate human story, the world I’ve designed for Kosmos is vast. This gives us a lot of room to expand into. If we do our job well and the show proves popular, the story can keep expanding beyond, into the bigger universe I have waiting for you.

Without any industry interference, there’s an opportunity for us - me, the cast, the crew and YOU - to create a show limited only by our imagination. You are invited to get involved so that together we can explore the Kosmos!

What Next?

Kosmos is a web series of 6 x 15 minute episodes. We have the script. The cast is mostly in place and we are all set to shoot next February. But we need a small amount of funds to be able to pay the actors and crew, plus other expenses.

You can get involved and help us get this made. If this sounds like an exciting project to you, take look at the rewards on offer and see if there’s a level at which you wish to take part.

This campaign is all or nothing. If we don't reach the goal by December 18th, we get nothing and the show will not go ahead.

The Cast So Far...

Thanks to the magnificent work of casting director Andrew Fawn, we have an incredible line up of talent for the show. 

We are still casting for a few of the roles, but already we have an amazing line up of talented actors, including Jeff Dahlgren, who starred in Laurent Boutonnat's Giorgino, which has since gained cult status, and Virginia Hey, who has featured in scifi TV show Farscape, Mad Max 2 and Bond movie The Living Daylights.

The cast so far...
The cast so far...

The Crew

Simon Horrocks (writer/director/producer)

Simon wrote, directed and produced his debut "mind-bending" feature Third Contact for £4000, without a professional, shooting it himself on a consumer camcorder. The film was selected for the prestigious Hofer Filmtage in Germany before it's "global premiere" at the BFI IMAX, last Sept.

Yana Georgieva (producer)

Yana has worked in various television programs in production, film distribution as well as producing and directing multiple short films. Sleeping Dogs is the first feature film Yana produced, which received nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and was part of several international Film Festivals as well as the Raindance Film Festival.

Mike Myshko

Mike gained a 1st class BSc in Broadcast & Film Technology in 2003 and has since worked behind the scenes on indie shorts and features including 'The Liability' starring Tim Roth and Jack O'Connel, as well as post supervising roles on 'Bypass' dir. Dwayne Hopkins and 'Light Years' dir. Esther Campbell. He also does photographic, design and digital work for major brands, creatives and acclaimed artists like Alexa Meade, Reg Gadney and Motoko Ishibashi.

Marcus Markou

Marcus is the writer and director of British feature film Papadopoulos & Sons which was completed in 2012. The film was self-distributed by Marcus Markou and went so far as beating blockbuster G.I. Joe: Retaliation during its opening week in London. This success places the film among the Top 5 self-distributed UK films in the past 15 years. It led Marcus Markou to become a speaker about the subject of self-distribution such as a Masterclass at the London Breakfast Club and a lecture at BECTU's Freelancers' Fair in 2014 about "new opportunities for distribution". The film is a subject of case studies, such as the book Selling Your Film Outside the U.S.

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We Will Deliver

In the last 18 months, myself and a few of the team have been involved in several crowdfunding campaigns. Firstly, for cinema distribution of Third Contact. More recently, to set up a film festival to help talented new filmmakers get exposure.

Although there are risks involved in backing a crowdfunding campaign, you can see that we have a great track record when it comes to delivering our promises.

The feedback from last year’s BFI IMAX Global Premiere was a great reward for the hard work which went into making the film and screening it at one of the world’s most prestigious cinemas.

This has inspired me to involve you once again in creating something unique and memorable.

Risks and challenges

The job of making films always contains a certain amount of risk, no matter how much your budget. There have been epic failures at all levels of the film industry, a few involving some of the legends of cinema. Nobody can be a 100% certain of success.

Once the funds are in place, we hope to be filming by early to mid February. Most of the locations are interior, which means we will not be too vulnerable to the elements. We will have production insurance, contingency plans, and an experienced production team with a proven track record.

Once filming is over, we will try to get the first episode ready for viewing as soon as possible, aiming for March or early April.

Rewards will be delivered as close to our estimated time as we can manage, but remember you must also make sure to provide us with all the details we need by the deadline set. If you don’t give us your t-shirt size until after we have ordered them, for example, it can be difficult to get that reward to you. To get a single t-shirt printed outside of the main batch takes extra time and can be expensive.

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    #1 <> You’re now a part of the Kosmos movie making process and I want to show you the secret things going on, out of sight of less privileged mortals. Each week throughout next year’s shoot you will receive the behind the scenes video diary. This will feature me and the cast and crew hard at work and telling you about our experiences on set. There is sure to be many mysteries, suspense, surprises, dramas and twists and turns... and that’s just making the series.

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    #2 <> Watch EPISODE ONE of Kosmos EXCLUSIVELY before its official release. PLUS Perk #1

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    #3 <> Your name will be listed on the Kosmos website’s SPECIAL THANKS page until the end of time itself (or the internet, whichever comes first). PLUS Perk #1 and #2

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    #4 <> Limited Edition Kosmos Print: You will get a printed frame from from the film Kosmos. The print will bear your unique limited edition number and your name, plus it will be signed by one of the cast or crew (you choose who). PLUS Perk #1, #2 and #3

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    #5 <> You will get a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the music score for Kosmos as soon as we’ve written it and before the official release of Episode 1. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3 and #4

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    #6 <> You will get a high definition DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the Official Kosmos Poster as soon as it’s finished and before the official release.. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.

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    #7 <> Thanks to YOU your name will be included in the THANKS TO section of the end credits of every episode. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #6

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    #8 <> You will get a personal video message from any one of the cast or crew - you choose who! PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7

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    #9 <> You will get the official, limited edition, kickstarter backer only, KOSMOS t-shirt! PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7

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    #10 <> You will get the FULL SEASON of Kosmos to download, with deleted scenes & director’s commentary. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7

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    #11 <> You will get a digital download of the Episode 1-6 shooting scripts, complete with director’s notes - typed or often scribbled by hand on the day, during the frenzy of filming. PLUS the FULL SEASON of Kosmos to download, with deleted scenes & director’s commentary. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7

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    NEW <> BE AN EXTRA IN KOSMOS <> be a part of the Kosmos filmmaking process as a background artist. Credited at the end of the episode and on IMDb. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #10 Travel and Lodging not included.

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    NEW <> You will get a digital download of the Episode 1-6 shooting scripts, complete with director’s notes - typed or often scribbled by hand on the day, during the frenzy of filming. PLUS the FULL SEASON of Kosmos to download, with deleted scenes & director’s commentary. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #9 (the official kosmos "I was there at the beginning" t-shirt)

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    #12 <> You will get a physical copy of the Episode 1-6 shooting scripts, complete with director’s notes - typed or often scribbled by hand on the day, during the frenzy of filming. The scripts will be dedicated to you and signed by the cast and crew. This is item will only be available for kickstarter backers, a unique memento to prove you were at the start of this epic new scifi show. PLUS the FULL SEASON of Kosmos to download, with deleted scenes & director’s commentary. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7

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    #13 <> Was that YOU??? Your image - as a photo, drawing, painting or some other likeness - will appear in one of the episodes. It might be a framed picture on the wall, or a police mugshot, or we’ll find some other creative way to get your face in the show somehow. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #10

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    #14 <> Appear in Kosmos. You will be a FEATURED EXTRA in an episode of Kosmos - Season 1, credited at the end of the episode and on IMDb. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #10

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    NEW REWARD! <> An official, kickstarter backer-only, Kosmos (A2-size) printed film poster. You will be invited to the set where you can meet some of the cast and crew, watch a scene being filmed, and have your limited edition poster signed by whichever of the cast and crew are available that day. If you can't make it to the set, for filming, we can get all the main cast and crew to sign the poster and have it mailed to you. (travel and lodging not included) PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #10

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    #15 <> See how it’s done... Spend a day shadowing me on set while shooting Kosmos. Witness the organized chaos and drama of a film shoot, so close you can see the sweat on my brow. See how I work with actors, crew and locations to try to bring a screenplay to life without a bank full of production funds. Get behind the scenes information on the story of Kosmos, that no one outside of the cast and crew will know (you will have to go through the sacred ritual where you swear to secrecy). Get a set of pics taken with you and the cast and crew, plus the official Kosmos t-shirt and a copy of the call sheet signed by everyone on set that day. You’ll get to “mark” one of the shots (hold the clapper and say “Scene 2, take 34!”). Travel and lodging not included. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #10

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    NEW REWARD. Simon, Marcus and Yana have all produced self-financed feature films which went on to achieve success against the odds. With this reward, the three of us will read your screenplay (either complete or in development). We will then meet you for coffee at Marcus' office and give in depth and comprehensive feedback about the script, indie production, an indie film sales or distribution strategy and/or crowdfunding. Travel and lodging not included. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #10

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    #16 <> You will be one of our official Associate Producers for Season One. You name will appear in the titles at the end of every episode, also on the official Kosmos website and IMDb page. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 #10 and #15 (travel & lodging not included)

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    You will be one of our official Executive Producers for Season One. You name will appear in the titles at the start of every episode, also on the official Kosmos website and IMDb page. PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 #10 and #15 (travel & lodging not included)

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    Season One Sponsor

    You will be our official Season One Sponsor. You name will appear in the titles on its own at the start of every episode, also on the official Kosmos website. Your company logo will appear before each episode as the official sponsor. You will be listed as Season Sponsor in the end credits of season one and submitted to IMDB. Your photo or logo will also be heavily featured on the official website and in all the backer updates. You will be welcome to attend the filming in London at any time, including the cast and crew wrap party. You will be included in the pre-production process as we go about setting up locations, scheduling, creating props, choosing costumes, discussing logistics etc and you are welcome to give feedback or ideas (although I will always retain the final word). You can follow the post-production process as we edit, sound design, score the music, add computer generated VFX and finally grade the 6 episodes of Kosmos. Get a peek at the rough cuts before we polish them. See the deleted scenes and outtakes, before they’re put on the extras package for digital release (travel and lodging not included). PLUS Perks #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #10

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