About this project
The Lure of Ambition
Enemy of Man is an ambitious feature length retelling of William Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, Macbeth.
This will be the feature directorial debut of actor Vincent Regan. Vincent is no stranger to Shakespeare. Although known for such films as The Messenger, 300, and Troy, he is a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare and National theaters and has directed and acted in Macbeth on the London stage.
The Enemy of Man will have a unique cinematic quality, stripping back the dialogue and cranking up the action. It traverses a bleak, frozen landscape of shattered castles and pillaged towns, rendering the interior world that clouds Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s addled minds, as they sink deeper into their heart of darkness. A timeless masterpiece of war, ambition, betrayal, murder and ultimately, revenge.
We have attached a brilliant cast featuring some of the most talented actors working today.
Macbeth - Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings), BAFTA nominee
Ross - Rupert Grint (Harry Potter, Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman)
Duncan - Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Aliens 3), Emmy nominee
Lady Macbeth - Announcement coming soon!
Banquo - James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)
MacDuff - Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
Kern - Neil Maskell (Kill List, Atonement)
Produced by Steve Harvey, Roopesh Parekh, Jasper Smith, Kaush Bharti Associate Producer Christian Murray, Dom Pochee Edited by Jamie Trevill Production Design by Hugues Tissandier Directed by Vincent Regan
What stage is the project at?
We are blessed with a stellar cast attached and have shot a proof of concept trailer and short film called The Instruments of Darkness.
We’re offering the full 8 minute proof of concept short film exclusively to Kickstarter backers for pledges of $10 and over.
Our cast and crew that made this proof of concept a reality, helped bring it to life out of their love and dedication for the project and were not offered any financial incentive. They believed in the idea and the potential of what the project had to offer and we hope you do too.
Proof of concept trailer.
We now need to raise the budget and, just as importantly, prove to the world there is an audience out there for this film.
This is where you come in!
We need your support and backing to make this happen.
A film of this scale requires a lot of money and we are tirelessly working to raise the full budget through a combination of pre-sales, tax credits and, of course, Kickstarter.
In order to raise money through pre-sales and secure our private investors we need to show that there is an audience out there hungry to see this film. If we hit, or better still, exceed our target, we will be able to prove that.
So please, even if you aren't able to pledge, you can still join Enemy of Man and help make this happen by tweeting, liking, banging your war drums and telling everyone about it!
Okay, fair enough, so what is the money actually for?
All money raised from this campaign will go towards taking the film into pre-production. This will allow us to create the concept art, storyboards, scout locations and begin work on the costumes, sets, and a host of other things. Having all those additional elements in place will help us secure the final production budget.
Any money raised over our target on Kickstarter will go straight into the production budget.
As well as creating a brilliant film, we also want to give you, our supporters, something unique that offers value for money and will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign. We have tried to come up with a selection of rewards that achieve this at each different level. Here are a few of those on offer:
The Instruments of Darkness proof of concept short film
We've created a proof of concept short film titled 'The Instruments of Darkness' to show what we can do and we want to share it with you. It will be available exclusively to Kickstarter backers initially before we release it to the rest of the world. This is your chance to see it first!
We have teamed up with Worn By Heroes - a boutique t-shirt company “with a mission to create cool, fun and unique t-shirts that pay homage to the film and TV shows that we love.”
They make only t-shirts that true film buffs will recognise.
Limited Edition Poster
Special Limited Edition Poster
Both the limited edition and special limited edition posters have been designed exclusively for Kickstarter and limited to the number of backers who pledge for it. They will be signed and numbered by the artist.
If you would like your poster signed by the cast please add on $200 to your pledge.
Designed by the legendary Terry English who has designed armour for films such as Gladiator, Aliens, Harry Potter, Clash of the Titans, and Lawrence of Arabia. The armour above was used in The Instruments of Darkness. The photo represents the type of armour you will receive and not the exact pieces.
Concept sketches of how the prop swords may look, though the final design may differ slightly.
A whole suit of armour to take away! You’ll even get a set visit to see Terry English’s armour in action, plus two tickets to the premier and the Funding Producer reward.
An exclusive piece of original concept art for the film. These one of a kind pieces will be created to help translate the vision of the film from script to screen. Each piece of concept art will be signed by the artist.
Original storyboards which have been crafted by acclaimed storyboard artist Temple Clarke. Temple has helped bring such films to life as this years Oscar winning film, Gravity, The Queen, Cold Mountain, Children of Men, and The Avengers to name a few.
A set of five exclusive digital postcards delivered to you in glorious high definition. Or get the printed versions as part of the exclusive DVD/BLURAY box set.
HD Copy of the Film
At this stage we can't guarantee securing all the finance required to go fully into production. So we feel that its extremely important everyone pledging $15 or more receives a digital copy of the film when it is released.
We've only managed to reach this stage through sheer hard work and determination. The proof of concept trailer and short film were made with our own money, favors and a lot of elbow grease - imagine what we can achieve with your help!
We thought long and hard about opening the project up to Kickstarter and although we have an amazing cast attached, we are an independent production and feel Kickstarter is the right community to help make this film happen.
Being truly independent of course has its advantages; we can put our own vision up on the screen without being tied by a studio. But it does mean we don’t have the support and financial backing a studio would allow.
Be sure to sign up to our newsletter on our official website to keep up to date with all the latest news about the film. Also join in the Enemy of Man discussion on our Facebook page and engage with us on Twitter @EnemyOfManMovie
Risks and challenges
Every film, no matter how big or small the production is, has its own set of unique challenges and the Enemy of Man is no different in that respect. The production team behind the project have a wealth of film experience and a passion and desire to see this film get made and have taken measures to offset any nasty surprises.
One of our biggest challenges to overcome is going to be raising all the financing required to make this film a reality and this is where you all come in. Though we can not guarantee if we hit our target that the film will definitely be made, we are confident that by completing pre-production with your help, that we will be able to take the project forward and secure additional finance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We want to be as honest and open as we can be with you. We understand that we are asking for a lot of money and from the outside this looks like a 'Hollywood' production. Let us assure you it is not - we just have big ambitions.
Here are a few questions we've been asked so far. If you have any others, fire them over and we'll try to answer them as best we can.
Film making is a risky business and at this stage we cannot guarantee with 100% certainty the film is going to get made. We didn’t want to promise something we may not be able to deliver on - the last thing we want to do is let you down. That said, if we reach our Kickstarter target, we truly believe Enemy of Man will get made and if it does, we are giving to every pledge of $15 or more an HD copy of the Enemy of Man film on top of your other rewards.
Okay, so you're trying to secure additional finance. If during the campaign you raise enough money to go into production will you offer the film and other rewards related to it?
Absolutely yes! If during the course of the campaign we raise enough money to guarantee the film will go into production, we will offer the Enemy of Man feature film across various formats such as HD downloads, DVD, Blu-ray and hopefully even cinema screenings. This will be accompanied by a whole host of surprise rewards necessary for the film to be in production, that at this stage we feel unfair to offer.
If you would like more than one reward simply add the totals of the individual rewards together and pledge that amount. After the campaign we will then contact you to confirm which rewards you want. For example, say you would like the DVD and a T-shirt. Add the cost of a DVD ($35) to the cost of a T-shirt ($75) and pledge $110 in order to get both of them.
The HD copy of the film will be delivered when the film is released in your region on an online distribution channel, like iTunes.
This campaign is being run by Enemy of Man Executive Producers James Heath, Liam Garvo and Andrew Harmer.
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