Somnium - Short Film

by MartinWelsby in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England

SOMNIUM explores societies growing technological anxieties. There will be a time where your secrets aren't safe, even inside your dreams.

by MartinWelsby in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England

We did it
On 21st April 2018 we successfully raised £150 with 6 supporters in 35 days

On behalf of all of the Somnium team, we would like to thank everybody who has contributed to our project so far, it is very much appreciated.

We're currently into the production stages of our exciting project, being halfway through the filming process already! We have got everything from the props to the costumes but we need your help to pay for the actors, logistical costs and locations.

The basis of our project.

We currently live in a time where the relationship between humans and technology is slowly withering. It evolves at such a forceful rate, humanities moral compassing can often go astray within its development. We want to make a psychological crime thriller socially commenting on societies rising unease with the advances of technology, primarily on how your idea of privacy could easily disappear, even the one's inside your dreams. 

The Story.

In the not so distant future - Somnium; an artificial intelligence system has been created - currently a virtual reality prototype in the hands of the criminal justice system, kept away from the public eye. This is a device that can allow others to exploit and traverse into your dreams, after all; that is where you're at your most vulnerable.

Robert Freud is a private investigator who has been given one of the first cases of this kind. His task is to be sent into the subconscious of a criminal patient in order to figure out the true extent of his crime; before he is able to walk free. Freud will have to tread lightly, if he is to return from the depths of his fragmented mind, in one piece.


*Check out our social media for all our up to date progress!

We are currently half way through our vigorous schedule with 8 days left before re-shoots and we are full speed ahead with the post and effects. We recently released a trailer to our Facebook account with a mass of appreciation and recognition.   


Meet the Cast.

James Collett - Acting as John Holden (The Patient).     

 Billy Francis - Acting as Robert Freud 

 Paul Wilson - Acting as The Director

Jack Brown - Acting as John Holden (Double) 

 Daniel Ricketts - Acting as Transition Theatre Lab Worker

Connor Hanley - Acting as Transition Theatre Lab Worker

Meet the Crew.

Connor Gready - Director

Clint Ivanov - Scriptwriter

Harriet Buckley - Producer

Martin Welsby - Director of Photography

Sophie Hare - 1st Assistant Director

Samual Fitzjohn - Camera Operator 

Tom Smith - Assistant Camera Operator/Assistant Editor

 Faris Sami - Composer 

Luke Schilling - Editor

 Digvijay Singh - Lighting Operator

Why do we need funding?

All twelve of us working within the production team currently study Film Production at the University Of Salford - in the heart of MediaCityUK. Fortunately for us, we have a multitude of camera and lighting equipment at our creative disposal, with equipment such as the: Panasonic Varicam LT,  DJI Ronin and Steadicam stabilisation equipment, as well as a variety of Dedo lighting gear. These tools will allow us full creative control in creating a stylistically professional quality film, a film we hope to take to multiple film festivals across Europe; and potentially further afield. 

However, we do need your assistance to help fund the remaining part of the production. This will include factors such as:

 - Location Hire & Set Design

In order to achieve the stylistic aesthetic we're aspiring for, suitable locations and props for the set design will play a monumental factor in accomplishing this goal. This is where - if successful - we will make use of most of the funds, as this is something we consider of great importance.  

 - Professional Cast

High quality acting is an indispensable element in filmmaking, having the influence to truly bring your story to life. If we achieve our funding goals, we have a much greater opportunity to delve into the realm of actors, finding the perfect cast for our film. 

 - Extra Travel Expenses

We have a driver in the production team however; the car is reasonably small, and will sadly not manage to deal with the entire transportation of filming equipment. Your kind contributions can help support us with the logistical side of the production process.


In the remarkable situation of us exceeding our goal on CrowdFunder, the additional funding will contribute towards distribution and marketing costs.

Why help us?

Primarily, we truly hope that it can provide you with a huge amount of satisfaction, knowing that you have played a part in making our project come to life. Whether a big or small contribution, our gratitude will know no bounds.  

However, If you're feeling especially generous, we have an array of gifts that we are more than happy to offer you, it's the least we can do. The rewards range from limited edition posters and t-shirts, to the credited role of executive producer. Feel free to take a look.

Thank you for your time, your support will truly go a long way.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Pledge of £5

You'll receive a personal thank you from the team on our Facebook page.

£10 or more

Pledge of £10

You'll receive a digital download - Somnium, as well as our special cover image for your Facebook page. This includes: - A personal thank you from the team on our Facebook page

£25 or more

Pledge of £25

We will reward you with a position on the end credits 'Thank You' list. This includes: - A digital download - Somnium. - Our special cover image for your Facebook page. - A personal thank you from our team on our Facebook page.

£50 or more

Pledge of £50

We will reward you with a digital album created by our composer; Faris Sami. This includes: - A position on the end credits 'Thank You' list. - Digital download - Somnium. - Our special cover image for your Facebook page. - A personal thank you from our team on our Facebook page.

£80 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Pledge of £80

You'll receive a limited edition Somnium T-shirt. This includes: - A digital album created by our composer - Faris Sami. - A position on the end credits 'Thank You' list. - Digital download - Somnium. - Our special cover image for your Facebook page. - A personal thank you from our team on our Facebook page.

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