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.
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.