Sleep Tight is a Horror / Comedy short film telling the tale of an overly attached father, his wheel-chair bound teenage son and the monster that stalks him in the night. This five minute short is a throwback to the horror comedy genre of the 1980's, specifically the work of John Landis and Sam Raimi, the men responsible for such cinematic masterpieces as 'The Stupids' and 'Spider-Man 3'. That means real practical effects and real creature makeup.
We love HORROR! Specifically, the practical effects-driven flicks that scared the pants off of us when we were little. Too much horror today is reliant on monsters, blood, and guts generated inside a computer. From CHILD'S PLAY to C.H.U.D, we want to 80's horror to rise again!
If you like your horror old-school with real, in camera, chills tied together with a lush synth soundtrack, then SLEEP TIGHT is right up your alley. Expect chuckles, mayhem, and monsters!
Money! £6,030 more specifically. You may ask yourself what this is needed for...well:
Actors! A film is nothing without a strong cast to make the script a reality!
Locations: Surprisingly even the smallest of sets can cost a fair amount.
Props / Costume/ Make up
Catering. Have you ever worked a twelve-hour shoot without any food in your belly? You go a bit mad.
Yes people, donating can prove enticing. Here are just some of the incentives for donation.
Pledge £500: A signed copy of the script and storyboards used in the film. Become an Executive Producer and receive a digital copy of the film, a signed exclusive printed poster, and a limited edition t-shirt. Plus receive a private invitation to the film's wrap party.
Pledge £200: Become an Executive Producer and receive a digital copy of the film, an exclusive printed poster, and limited edition t-shirt. Plus receive a private invitation to the film's wrap party.
Pledge £150: Become a credited Executive Producer, receive a digital copy of the film and digital poster. Plus a limited edition t-shirt! And receive a private invitation to the film's wrap party.
Pledge £100: A special thank you credit in the film and a digital copy of the film. Plus an exclusive printed poster!
Pledge £50: We'll send you a digital copy of the film as well as a digital poster and shout out!
Pledge £25: A digital poster and a shout out.
Pledge £5-10: Thank you so much! You're making this film happen and we couldn't be more grateful!
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LET'S MEET THE TEAM!
Lewis Taylor - Writer / Director
Lewis Taylor, a London born writer/director, and trained animator. Lewis has worked extensively in all aspects of the film and television industry for the last five years. Whether it's helping develop scripts for Hammer Films or creating costumes for Transformers, his energy and enthusiasm for film is as extensive as his collection of laser-discs.
Follow his personal journey with the project on:
Jack Pollington - Producer
Jack is the lead creative producer behind Fancy a Jam Pictures. Since forming the production company in 2014 he has produced a number of short films in a variety of styles working in collaboration with Creative England, the BFI, Random Acts, Screen South, Arts Council England and Channel 4.
His short films have been broadcast on Sky Arts, Channel 4 and have been screened across the globe at festivals such as Atlanta, London Short Film Festival, Encounters, Aesthetica and Camerimage. He is also the recipient of a Royal Television Society award for his 2014 undergraduate short film: ‘Sunday Dinner with the Morgans’.
Nick Milligan - Director of Photography
"Growing up in London has given me a great interest in people. Everyone has so much more to them than meets the eye and trying to portray that on screen with characters is a lot of fun. To this film, I hope to bring a sense of realism and drama to complement the wonderful cast we have lined up".
Nick, based in North London, recently graduated from film school and has been working as a camera trainee since. Shooting 35mm stills is another obsession of his.
Some of Nick's work:
Gareth Rowntree - Art Director
Gareth is a London based production designer and filmmaker, and in-house art director with The Glitch Collective. He has designed a whole host of shorts, notably the dark horror 'A Beautiful Death', wacky sci-fi 'Videobox' and the award-winning Random Acts film 'Crashing Waves'. Additionally, he has produced, animated and edited his way across music videos, working with musicians such as DJ Yoda, Hunter & The Bear and White Room, as well as having work featured across Channel 4 and E4. He is currently finishing up post-production on his directional debut, short sci-fi 'Mariana 627'.
Suzi Battersby - Makeup Effects
Suzi is an experienced freelance artist and technician specializing in prosthetic makeup, creature effects, prop and puppet making, and sculpture. She has worked in the film and theatre industry for 6 years and has, in that time, forged a strong career as a high-end and versatile maker for many major clients and productions, as well as independent filmmakers, artists, and musicians.
Working both independently and as a freelancer for industry-leading UK effects companies, Suzi has been a part of BAFTA-winning and Oscar and Emmy award nominated teams. Her work can be seen on such films as Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant and J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as well as on TV productions including BBC drama series Holby City and National Geographic's biopic drama series Genius. Suzi has also made props and puppets for major stage productions for Shakespeare's Globe, English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, and on Broadway.
Suzi is currently a member of BAFTA Crew, a professional network and masterclass programme for emerging film talent and was also a finalist in the 2013 World of Wearable Art Awards (WETA Category) held in Wellington, New Zealand for a creature costume entitled 'Puma'. Her piece was then exhibited at the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum in Nelson, New Zealand in 2014.
To see more of Suzi and Red Girl FX's fantastic work visit: https://www.redgirlfx.com/
Rebecca Gale - Costumes
Rebecca is a British Costume Designer and Maker who studied Costume for Performance at the University of Worcester. Since graduating she has gone on to explore the different costume worlds of Live Events, Theater, TV, and Film.
A creative designer and maker her costume creations can be seen in the new theater show 'Fantasia' in the London Vaults, The interactive experience of 'LaplandUK' and in the horror film 'Cassette'.
Mark Field - Dad
Film & TV includes: Fortitude 2 (Sky Atlantic), Brideshead Revisited (Miramax), Bounty Hunters (Sky 1) Lawn of the Dead (Curve Films), How Not to Live Your Life (BBC), Doctors (BBC), On-Off Licence (A.M.N Films) Model Planes (F.F.Films), AYOK (London Film Collective) Jim (Mellow 9), Doctor Who (BBC Radio)
Theatre includes: The History Boys (NT) The Conquest of the South Pole (Rose Theatre Kingston & Arcola), The Grapes of Wrath (Chichester Festival Theatre), An Inspector Calls (NT International Tour), The Critic (Chichester Minerva), Vincent River (West End & New York), Removal Men (The Yard Theatre) The Rubenstein Kiss (Nottingham Playhouse) Everyman in his Humour (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic Theatre).
Mark has won the Alan Bates Award, the Old Vic New Voices Award and has been nominated ‘Best Actor’ at the Off West End Awards. He is also the founder of the A.M.N collective and is a guest Director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Joseph Thomas - Son
Joseph Richard Thomas graduated from Arts Ed in 2016 and has since then performed in numerous theatre, screen, and commercial projects. He has recently finished a two-week show called 'Eavesdropping Again' with Angel theatre company which was performed at Barons Court Theatre.
Péline Liberty - Creature Actor Portraying 'The Abomination'
Péline is a French / Turkish actress with ten years of performing experience. A former student of the prestigious Conservatory of Drama in Rennes, Company CLAP in Nantes and The Actors Centre, London; Péline has studied under such names as Patrick Regis and Harika Uygur. With a decade of martial arts and combat experience, Péline is also a trained singer and Cabaret performer.
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