Death & the Widow

by Gregory Fishwick in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd June 2018 we successfully raised £3,601 with 24 supporters in 28 days

We are looking to complete the budget for our short, period, Gothic horror film which will be shooting in July in Yorkshire!

by Gregory Fishwick in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

The Story

Hello everyone, my name is Gregory Fishwick and welcome to Victorian England, the setting of my new film as writer/director,  Death & The Widow!

The film is a short period Gothic horror that explores the fundamental mysteries of love, life, sex and death. Let me tell you a little about the story. 

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A woman observes the body of her daughter being treated by an undertaker. The sight of his hands on female flesh stirs memories in her of her deceased husband and a passion in her is awakened. Whilst voyeuristically spying on him one night, she discovers a bizarre side to his nature, thus leading her to discover dark, hidden depths to her own desires. 

Concept Art

The film was born out of a question I found myself asking; how does someone who lives among death on a day to day basis, such as a doctor or, more specifically, a mortician readjust to living day to day life among the living? I felt Victorian England, one of the most macabre and perverse societies in history was the perfect setting for this chilling and sensual story. 

The Return

Many of you will be familiar with the project already due to a previous crowdfund campaign where we manged to raise just over £1400 of the predicted budget. As a period piece, however, our budget is substantial, hence why we have returned asking for a little more help!

Below is a breakdown of where the money will be going. 

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The project has moved on considerably since the last campaign. We are fully cast and crewed up and you will be able to hear from our team as the campaign progresses. We have fantastic locations in place including the stunning Carlton Towers (below is me dwarfed by said location on a recce!) which you may well have recently seen on British television in ITV's Victoria. Costumes will be provided by among others, the prestigious West Yorkshire Playhouse and, of course, shooting dates are in place; we commence a 5 day shoot on 2nd July!

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Lavish locations, fine costumes, high end equipment and a talented cast and crew; all these aspects obviously cost considerably but they are integral in bringing the world of Death & The Widow to life and in an historically accurate manner-we need your support to do it! 

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The Vision

For those new to the project, let me talk a little about my inspirations and influences. 

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The film draws equally on arthouse and grindhouse, classic and contemporary, black and white & colour!  It's period setting allowed me to reflect my love of early expressionistic cinema and weird literature and while it is a horror, it is an unconventional one with a romantic slant to it.  

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Film is, of course, a visual medium so the mood board below is maybe the best way to reflect the tone and aesthetic that we're going for! 

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The Future

As the saying goes, every little helps. We are extremely grateful to those who have generously contributed already. That final push is now all we need. Everything is in place and we are ready to go! If you donate, you will become part of a unique film production and, of course, there are some equally unique perks up for grabs! (13 in total - a horror film's lucky number!)

Thanks for checking out our page and remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! 

We hope you are as excited about our film as we are! From all the cast and crew of Death & The Widow (that's us below!)  Thanks! 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

Thank You Credit & Social Media Shout Out

For £5, we'll give you a public thank you on our various social media platforms and a special thank you credit on the film itself!

£13 or more

Signed Film Poster

A poster featuring original art work signed by writer and director Gregory Fishwick.

£20 or more

Private Screening Link

A private weblink to the completed film.

£25 or more

A Signed Photo

A signed head-shot of one of the leads of the film.

£33 or more

Signed Copy of Script & Prop

You will receive an actual prop from the set of the film and a copy of the script signed by writer/director Gregory Fishwick.

£53 or more

Victorian Easter Egg

You will receive an exclusive weblink to a hidden, new story where it will be revealed how exactly The Widow came to be the woman in black.

£113 or more

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A Visit To The Set

You will get to visit an actual location on one of our shooting days.

£153 or more

A Taxidermy Masterclass

You will get to participate in a masterclass of that most macabre of Victorian art forms - taxidermy! Learn how to stuff a rat - and you get to keep it at the end!

£213 or more

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A Walk On Part

You will be decked out in full Victorian attire and seen on screen in a small non-speaking role!

£313 or more

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Immersive Viewing Experience

You will be invited to a private outdoor, night-time screening - with a difference. The film will be projected on to the ruined walls of the magnificent Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds!

£413 or more

Executive Producer Credit

You will be listed on the film AND on IMDB as this senior production role.

£513 or more

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The Red Carpet

Receive the star treatment and get to accompany one of our two lead actors to a VIP screening of the film!

£1,313 or more

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A Demonic Day

Our top horrific perk! Brave enough to sleep in a haunted house? Spend the day with writer/director Gregory Fishwick, producer Tom Rawding and The Widow herself, Natasha Linton. Lunch and drinks followed by a visit to 30 East Drive, site of one of the most notorious hauntings in England. After exploring the house, we will cozy up together for an overnight sleepover - complete with webcams. Do you dare?

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