HeatsProductions aim to Kickstart their new film " Slender Crucis " by crowdsourcing investments
Since the formation of HeatsProductions in 2011 we have gone from strength to strength and have worked with many local acts, the BBC and more! Now we need your help.
We now want to take our films to the next step and to show that we have enough talent to be one of the leading video content producers in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. We want to put our local village and the surrounding areas on the map as a serious place for creative film as the local film industry is fairly small and we want it to be renown for film!
We have decided that the best way to achieve this is to crowdsource the funding via a website called Kickstarter that lets you donate towards the project (it’s one of the most popular sites in its category to help projects like this to get off the ground). There are various rewards for donors, including credits in the film itself for helping get the word out!
If we don’t reach our goal via Kickstarter we will have to try our best without the correct costumes and props (which would damage the overall quality) or we can always try again. The initial funding and shares we’ve had show that the idea is a popular one. The only alternative to these is, of course, to give up which I don’t feel is an option. It’s difficult to fund films but we don’t need much to get us started and to put these areas on the map!
What is Slender Crucis?
Liam Taylor, the manager of HeatsProductions (a two man film production business) will create Interactive videos (Over 150!) for online use (with potential for screenings).
My plan is to create an interactive short film whereby the viewer can chose the outcome. If they go the wrong way or take too long to choose an option, they die and must start again. Along the way they will find clues that will tell them they are going the right way, and can also go back the way they came. There will be a variety of scenes, some will be hard to find too, which allows for lots of hidden extras.
This may sound like a game, but it’s not. I’m sure many of you who have found your way here would have heard of Slender Man and the rumours of him existing since the middle ages and before, originating from a forum. Well I plan to make this real, to give people a reason to visit this little area of the Cotswold’s and to give you something to fear.
The tone will be dark, pitch black with moonlight if possible. There will be no gore, only an element of fear through noises and static, also through the appearance of Slender Man (which will involve some minor 3D work) So this is naturally a horror and it’s first person (handheld). The reason I need funding? For props, I simply don’t have enough money to buy props.
I own all the necessary equipment, and most actors have already signed up but I may need to hire a few more which I have made allowances for if I get the funding I need. This could be great for you, the audience, a chance to change what your outcome is, but in the end, will you have a choice? Help me to create this project, and you’ll find out!
I am aiming to release this project to the public after a screening on Halloween this year if possible, it’ll all be ready on youtube by midnight for public viewing.
Where will the money go?
£300 will be spent on props to improve the film (some of these may take some time to create)
£80 will go towards a website and a domain to promote the film
£100 will go towards hiring and accommodating an actor if needed (If not then this will pay for several screenings in the village it’s filmed in instead! All backers will be invited!)
£20 will be used for food, travel costs etc
£40 (would be £50 but due to fees Kick Starter take off along with tax it is less) will be used as a contingency. This will hopefully ne unnecessary and will instead go towards paying for DVD’s, t-shirts and other rewards after the filming (I will be using my own money for this too)
What do we have already?
Cameras – Canon XHA1 and a Canon 650D
Camera Accessories – A Shoulder Rig, Tripod, Camera Slider, Lighting equipment, other accessories and access to more if they should be needed
Location – A village called Ampney Crucis
Another business – Rubeun42production who shall be assisting with the 3D work
Who’s behind this?
Liam Taylor was born in Swindon in 1991, his passion for multimedia started at a young age with a love of the popular sci-fi film Star Wars along with other sci-fis such as Alien.
He pursued his passion at college where he started a GCSE Media course, and a GCSE Photography course before moving up to doing a BTEC National Diploma in Media Production and produced a portfolio of content while on the course which can be seen on request. Following this Liam decided to start a business under the name of HeatsProductions to further pursue his passion of videography and photography along with other freelance work.
Now he has progressed forward in his career and attends Swindon College where he is taking a Higher National Diploma in Interactive Media
Liam has had a lot of experience working on different sets with many assorted crews and directors and has had just as much experience with editing which includes special effects.
He has also put forward work to festivals and won the Cheltenham Film Festival – Best Short Advertisement Category 2010
People he’s worked with include Shane Warne, The BBC, Nokia, The National Lottery, Google Engage and many others.
We want your ideas, your input and for you to be excited about this production! It is as much your production as it is ours! All constructive comments and input is appreciated.
You can find out about the project at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/412645037/slender-crucis or alternatively email us at: Heatsproductions@googlemail.com