Who We Are:
We are a group of creatives called FoolishPeople, who specialise in creating immersive theatre. Over a number of years, we have developed a practice Theatre of Manifestation that enables us to transform entire buildings into dreamlike worlds that our audiences explore as the action unfolds around them. Our work has been commissioned by organisations such as the BBC, Secret Cinema and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
We have been working towards making a film for some time as we believe our creative practice has the ability to capture visceral emotion and beautiful moments that can be fleeting for our audience and transform them into a very special motion picture.
Our audiences enter into the worlds we create and choose their own journey, a technique that challenges their habitual way of watching art and entertainment in a conventional manner. Active engagement and participation is vital and absolutely necessary. This structure allows for an intimate interaction with our stories that can be a powerful, compelling and a liberating experience within the individual.
FoolishPeople pride ourselves on undertaking ambitious productions and 'Strange Factories' is our most unique and important to date.
The Story :
A storyteller possessed and haunted by an idea for a new fable searches for four lost friends, refugee performers of a theatre destroyed in a mysterious fire: Sam, who is obsessed with dangerous stage effects, Jessica, a glamorous femme fatale, Rose, who has sacrificed her life to art and Hettie, a clown who hides a secret.
Victor is convinced their unique skills will help him complete work on a story he fears is becoming a paradox.
He finds his friends in a remote, pagan village founded by Stronheim; owner of a Strange Factory hidden deep in the local countryside, infamous for the frequencies of sound it emits.
Victor inadvertently enters into a dangerous covenant, when Stronheim vows to re-build the theatre if Victor learns the truth hidden at the heart of his story in time for it to be performed at the village festival.
The key to the group’s success lies in unravelling how Victor's story relates to the customs of the villagers: bizarre rites practiced under influence of a hallucinogenic effluence siphoned out of the Strange Factory and served at the local pub.
Kidnapped actors, hideous monsters, invisible escape artists and ghosts of audiences past, present and future manifest in a landscape haunted by phantasmagoria.
The Phantasmagoria of Strange Factories:
The film will be toured and presented within an immersive theatre event created by FoolishPeople that explores the early history of cinema and film via the touring traditions of Phantasmagoria and theatric arcana.
The performance that accompanies the screening of the film will feature the actual actors from the 'Strange Factories' feature film and extends the story to further explore the secrets of the mysterious Stronheim and the relationships of Victor, Rose, Sam, Jessica and Hettie the clown.
You will be able to watch the film in an atmospheric setting that immerses you in the weird world of 'Strange Factories', whilst you witness the manifestation of the creatures and characters as they come to life around you. We have left a space for you to interact with the film, and venture into a wonderland to become part of the story.
'Strange Factories' will subsequently have a general cinematic release before becoming available on DVD and download in a collector's edition with extra unreleased material filmed during the 'Strange Factories' tour.
'Strange Factories' is in part inspired by unforgettable cult films such as 'The Wicker Man'.
The genre of our film is 'Film Fantastique', the most wonderful French term for a genre of cinema and literature that overlaps with science fiction, fantasy and horror. We can explain it no better than Robert Hardy, director of the Wicker Man:
"A Film Fantastique can have almost anything in it, it's based on fact but it can take flights of fantasy which are still rooted to the truth and reality of the story, so that the imagination can roam." - Robert Hardy
What We Need & What You Get:
Stories and myths are given life by those who engage with them and this is why we hope IndieGoGo's powerful community will support the ambition of this project.
We want and need you to become part of our story. You're a crucial part of how this project is produced, created and experienced.
We’re aiming to raise $12,000 via IndieGoGo to support the production's costs that we need to bring our film to life. Your pledges and donations are vital in enabling us to create new forms of storytelling for audiences who are hungry for new, truthful experiences that go beyond simple, passive entertainment.
We’re offering magical and exclusive experiences as ‘perks’ for our funding drive on IndieGoGo revolving around the film's release that will give you the opportunity to explore the mystery of the narrative and learn how you may even already be part of this story. We can say with absolute confidence and conviction that these perks are unavailable with any other original film, and are matched fairly to the amount you wish to donate.
We have an extremely talented core team of creatives who are passionately invested in the project. Your pledges and donations will be used directly for equipment, location costs, production design and costume needed during our shoot. The whole team is committed to making 'Strange Factories this Summer with as many resources as we can afford, with the entire cast and crew living and working on location. Any remaining funds from this drive will go straight into post-production costs.
To show our gratitude for your support and confidence in our idea and work, anyone who pledges via IndieGoGo will be the very first afforded the opportunity to see the film, and explore the heart of the mystery surrounding Stronheim’s Strange Factory.
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