Who are we?
Tom - Director/Writer
On the rare occasion Tom isn’t quoting some nerdy reference from a decade old fantasy series, you might find him trying to ride a bike, eating a banana or attempting to reason with himself that two showers a day isn’t a crime against mother nature. All these things done separately and never all at the same time, Tom is a man of principles after all. More often than not, he is fleshing out his characters into the weird and wonderful people who have inspired him during his 25 years on planet earth.
Oli - Director Of Photography
Oli is known predominantly for her love of soft light, her fear of cold weather and her hatred of rodents. With a mind as colourful as the inside of a kaleidoscope, she spends most days humming the tunes from various iPhone games while wiping her camera lenses or fighting tooth and nail with the malignant grey squirrel. Aside from that, she knows how to light a damn set.
Masha - Producer
When it comes to asking questions of the stars, all eyes are on Masha. The most spiritually in-touch member of the group, Masha is both a point of guidance and of reason and will happily explain why the problems you're experiencing are not on you, but on society. We all like Masha. Real talk though, Masha can get on anyones level and at the same time organise the hell out of a low budget film production.
Why should you support us?
If you’ve typed in offbeat, dark comedies into Netflix over and over again only to find the same results, then do it for your sanity.
If you want to support young filmmakers from different backgrounds, with an equal gender balance and an attitude to go above and beyond the call of duty to get a career in what they love, then do it for that.
If you’ve often lost sleep due to existential dread that without your support independent cinema will die, then contemplate that thought and consider donating.
Just to be totally clear with you, if you’re not into dark offbeat comedies set in a zombie apocalypse with a sprinkle of salty language, then this film may not be for you.
For those of you who are interested, let us tell you about the world as we know it. A post-zombie-outbreak UK.
In this post-zompocalypse world, the zombies are less of a threat and more of a pest. Like the seagulls of Brighton - they might go for you, but you’ve got the upper hand!
That being said, the presence of the undead is enough to crash the UK’s economy and cause widespread disorder.
The story is set after the protests and riots have been shut down/quelled/disbanded by the government and with the help of a shady multi-conglomerate organisation called PHAM Corp.
PHAM Corp rule through a proxy government, and whilst providing jobs for the British people, they also use mass surveillance and fear to control every aspect of life.
They are not the only ones who have capitalised off the chaos however. Vloggers are the journalists and truth speakers of this world, giving out the all-important how-to's, “how to make pickled eggs” ”how to turn household objects into deadly weapons” to reports on missing people, tainted water supplies and zombie-rights activism.
Being a vlogger isn’t a risk-free occupation. Those in particular peril, preach Anti-PHAM Corp rhetoric and the loudest of all of these is a man named Noah Guy.
Noah is the main character in Going Viral. He lives with three housemates on zero-street, supposedly where the zombie outbreak began, and runs his doomsday-prepper channel from his bedroom. To say he has a Messiah complex, would be an understatement. Being stuck somewhere between being misanthropic and wanting to be the saviour of mankind, when he’s not stroking his own ego, he’s hard at work trying to discover a cure for the zombie virus. Which is where our story starts.
Locations and Set Design:
As the film takes place in a luke-warm post-apocalyptic London, it’s only fair that we set-dress our locations to look like s****holes. This means, all the things we’ve grown up taking for granted, are now broken and unusable, dirty and corrupted by a year of turmoil. We want the viewer to feel immersed in the difficult surroundings in which our characters call home. The words dilapidated, derelict and dystopian are key in each set we dress.
As our film is based around a seemingly deranged doomsday prepper with a knack for chemistry, we are left wondering whether he is the answer to everyone's problems or the cause of them. We toy with this idea in our stylistic approach, using colour palettes, camera angles and props to influence your opinion on whether Noah is a God, or the Devil or just a total loser.
What does your investment pay for?
Your donations will go directly to paying for the beautiful locations we have unearthed from the grey concrete mass of London. Once this cost has been covered, we will use the rest of your generous offerings to pay our wonderful cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to bring this project to life.
Thank you for taking the time to read our pitch!
*For those wanting to be extras, we plan to shoot 2nd July - 6th July!*
*For those winning a photo of yourself, or your name in the film, please contact [email protected]* Thank you!