A teenage sharpshooter hunts her sister's killer in this violent modern Western set on the plains of southern Ireland.
'Compelling, visually brilliant' - PROJECT OF THE WEEK - IndieReign.com
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
Cleo Callahan, a troubled teenage sharpshooter, strives to avenge the death of her estranged sister after she is found murdered in a public bathroom. Unbeknownst to Cleo, her best and only friend Robin O' Riley is the murderer she's sworn to kill.
A multi-award winning script, this violent, modern Western feature will shoot in August 2013 under Lagoon Pictures, the production company of Irish filmmakers Patrick Ryan and Tommy Fitzgerald.
The first few pages of the screenplay are available for a gander here -
We're going to make this film come hell or high water. Our total projected budget is €30,000. €10,000 of that is coming from our side, but we need your help to make up the remaining €20,000.
We know it's a lot, but we want to do this script justice and make it properly, from every aspect of production. We've been working towards this for the past two years, and intensely for the past six months. We plan to take the finished film as far as it will go, and we're ready for it.
With our €10,000, we're going to pay our cast and crew, house them, and make sure everyone's covered by insurance.
The remaining €20,000 will divide between camera, sound and lighting costs, catering and transport, production and costume design, post production costs and distribution fees for festivals. You can find a graph detailing the division of funds in our gallery!
Just the facts - we are already in pre-production. Once our campaign wraps up in early May, we'll kick it into high gear. We shoot from the 2nd to the 26th August. Editing and post work will be completed by the end of October, and from there it's a steady send out to festivals the world over.
THE SCOPE AND THE SPRAWL
A film like this has never been made in Ireland before. We're taking Irish film out of the inner streets of Dublin city and landing it in the stunning, desolate surroundings of deep south County Kerry. Clint Eastwood once said of prison films, 'there's not enough sprawl in 'em'. We feel the same as ol' Clint about Irish films. So we're going to inject a little sprawl into our cinema.
But this isn't just a film for Ireland. It's a film we hope and intend everyone, everywhere will enjoy. A genre revenge piece that aspires to the visual and thematic sensibilities of an art film, 'Darkness' utilises two strong female leads, Western undertones, violent overtones, rural Irish landscapes and a tragic, gut wrenching revenge plot.
We've turned down offers on the screenplay in order to make this thing the way we want. It's ready.
We've got our leading heroine, Emma Eliza Regan, and our leading villain, Emma Willis, two super talented rising Irish stars. They're ready.
We've got our crew in place, a crack team of the most skilled and exciting up-and-coming filmmakers in Ireland. Most of them have been working with us for years. They're ready too.
The final piece is this campaign. If you can help us raise the money we need, we promise to deliver a tense, emotional, bullet-ridden, bloodstained Irish Western drama, and we will do it to the absolute best of our ability.
RIDE WITH US
Goes without saying that times are tough at the moment. We're not expecting everyone to be able to contribute, but that doesn't mean you can't help us if you think we're onto something with this thing.
You can give us a hand by sharing, linking, blogging, tweeting; anything at all that gets the word out there! We appreciate everything.
If you want to get in touch with us about any other ways you might like to help, or if you simply want to find out more about us, throw us an email at email@example.com.
This train's runnning all the way to end of the line. Climb aboard.
Patrick and Tommy