WELCOME to 1 Phobos Way...
DC Bill Stevens, not two years ago failed to save the life of a young missing girl, this failure consumed him, defined him. Today he must question the husband of a missing woman, is history doomed to repeat itself?
All that can be said is that as soon as he enters the isolated house the missing woman is not the only one in danger, deception, delusion and death lies within. We are year 3 students from Norwich University of the arts, and this is a graduation film. Student short films often have a stigma attached, but if we can guarantee one thing, it's that this won't be like any you have seen before.
The main aim is to create a dark, creepy main tone of the film, and build enough attention by changing lenses frequently during the interaction between two characters.
The main tone of the film is going to be dark and black. The moodboard shows the creepy and dangerous feeling which the film will give to the audience. It also portrays how the protagonist will discover the truth by going into something more deeper and darker. The references are from True Detective (2014), Se7en (1995) and A Quiet Place (2018).
It will be important to put a lot of thought into the overall design as there are many elements within this film that help the narrative. A lot of inspiration comes from thrillers such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Se7en (1995) and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019). The scarecrow in this film plays an important role within the narrative. Although not seen for very long, the horror effect of the scarecrow and role it plays is very important, therefore the scarecrow has to really stand out and be memorable to the audience.
MEET THE TEAM
Toby Rendell-Dodd | Writer/Director, Producer & Editor
My name is Toby Rendell-Dodd, writer and director of Phobos. I knew this film would be a challenge because I wanted to make something that had audiences on the edge of their seats, something not enough student films are trying to do.
My aim is to deliver an experience but not a hollow one, while there are creepy, nail-biting moments, always ratcheting up the tension, the film looks deeply at the mind of two opposing forces the monster who has lost all humanity and the detective who must learn to conquer his fear to save a life. From the moment I picked up a camera, this film was always the way I was heading.
Ruiyang Zhang | Cinematographer
Hello, my name is Ruiyang Zhang. I am responsible for cinematography. I have always been keen on the idea of horror and thriller, and Phobos satisfies all my interests. Toby is definitely an ambitious director and his film requires a versatile location, an isolated wooden house, and strong acting skills, but as he knows clearly what he wants in his film, I am really confident about the team succeeding.
As the cinematographer, I will work closely with the director on set. There is no doubt in my mind that we are going to overcome all the challenges together and achieve the best version of Phobos at the end.
Georgia Diane Pett | Production Designer
Hi, I'm Georgia and I'm the production designer on Phobos. I have worked on many films before but none of them have had the thriller/horror aspect like this one. The story is such a strong piece about facing your fears and doing the right thing no matter how scared you may be.
With Toby's brilliant writing and artistic view of the script, bringing this film to life for the screen will be an interesting journey for all; especially in terms of designing an environment that creates a dark and intense situation for the DC Bill Stevens.
Delfina Witkowska | Sound Designer
I love a good mystery story as much as the next person, but this film stands out to me because of the unique use of storytelling, and because it is nothing like anything I've ever worked on before. I will use all I have learned up until now to create the sound of losing control and slipping off the path of sanity, to keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
As a filmmaker, I see Phobos as an exploration of the human psyche meets the creative process. With the amazing team behind Toby, this film really will speak to you on a new level.
How YOU can bring this to reality
We can’t do it without your support! If you’ve gotten this far, and like what you hear, please consider donating or sharing.
We hope to, with your support, push the production value beyond our own boundaries. Any donation you give will be used for crucial aspects of production and distribution such as:
- Casting professional actors to play Bill and Dawson
- Booking locations for the shoot
- Travel to and from shoots for the cast and crew
- Props, costumes and design
- Film festival entry fees
Should we pass our initial target of £1000, we hope to enter more film festivals, to put the film in front of more audiences and bring the mystery to the eyes of detective drama lovers.