“When the Avian Flu mutated, humanity didn’t stand a chance. Within weeks, 3/4ths of the population had been wiped out.Those who survived the initial outbreak were forced to live on the run; constantly living in fear of infection, always trying to stay clean, and never remaining in the same place for very long. Among the survivors are three friends: Kate, the most cautious and levelheaded of the trio, Alex, who is protective and headstrong, and his free spirited younger sister, Lindsey.”
...and so sets the scene for “Outlast,” a short film built in a post-apocalyptic world around two groups of survivors who confront each other over supplies and dueling personalities. In the video above, our director Jordan Vogt describes it as greatly inspired by the gritty realism and tension of No Country for Old Men, and the gripping post-diseased society stories of Contagion and The Last of Us. Overall we hope to thematically exhibit the primal fear associated with trying to survive and the struggle to maintain humanity in the face of desperation, in a creative, character-driven environment.
This short film has the potential to be a fantastic learning experience for all the cast and crew involved, providing them an encouraging space to explore and develop their creative talents as well as technical skills. All our cast and crew are student volunteers. On a college budget, it can be tough to find the funds to create a film up to your desired creative standards, which is why we're reaching out to you to help. Overall, we're trying to raise $750 to cover our expenses on set. Every dollar you donate will go towards food to keep our crew happy and fed, props, costumes, make-up, and other materials to make our film more convincing, and possible location and equipment rentals. We can't provide a salary for over 30 cast and crew members, but with your support we can offer them a hot meal on set, which, as Jordan so aptly points out, is worth it's weight in gold on a 12-hour shoot.
Every contribution you make, no matter how small, will bring us one step closer to a film we can all be proud to put our names on. Thank you so much for considering our campaign; we've already put in a lot of work and we cannot wait to start shooting! We intend to complete production by mid-April, and hopefully have a completed cut by the summer. Drawing on a diverse, enthusiastic film-student population here in Wilmington, “Outlast” is sure to be a success. The entire cast and crew cannot thank you enough for your support, thanks for helping make this film a reality.