A local film crew are calling on Aberdonians to support creative talent in the city by helping to fund the final stages of a new short film.
Manifest, described as a contemporary horror story, follows a photographer who specialises in capturing the darker aspects of life in the Granite City and whose voyeuristic lifestyle catches up with him as he pays the ultimate price.
Stylistically similar to Charlie Brooker’s successful modern dystopian series Black Mirror, the film will see the protagonist’s worst nightmare come to life – frame by frame.
"The idea came from witnessing a fight outside a bar,” explains writer Chris Watt.
"I was struck by how nobody was helping this poor guy who was getting beat up, a lot of people were filming it on their phones. It was that idea of hiding behind a little black object rather than getting involved in what was happening in real life."
It’s a project full of ambition without corner cutting or compromise; the team have hired a composer and sound designer to create an original score for the film alongside an international director of photography.
But Manifest is still as staunchly local as the film’s setting, with its director Darren Campbell and writer Chris from the Aberdeen and Shire area alongside the majority of its cast and crew.
And Chris hopes that this locality will hopefully encourage Aberdonians to back the film as it launches a crowdfunding campaign to cover the final costs required to make Manifest a reality.
He said: "I hope [they will back it], Aberdeen is a hotbed of creative talent at the moment. The more interest in creative arts the better and funding is the key to getting it off the ground."
Requiring an additional £3000 to help pay for expert camera and lighting hire, a stedicam and to cover the cost of studio time, the team also need to finance the basic requirements of a five day shoot with make up, food and petrol still to be funded for Manifest’s 24-strong team.
And turning to crowdfunding site indiegogo to help finance the final details was a ‘no brainer’ for Chris, as scores of filmmakers have recently turned to similar sites to finance films without negotiating with large companies.
"We were looking for a bit of capital and some proper investment and we looked at crowdfunding.
"It’s how films are financed today and we wanted to be part of it. All control stays with the artist – it’s a no brainer."
Opting for flexible funding, all donations will be recovered by the team when the campaign comes to a close on March 31 and a variety of perks, from an appearance in the credits to a DVD of the film, have been arranged as a thank you to contributors.
Once the film is completed, Manifest will begin to make its way across the internet to showcase the creative talent that can be found right here in Aberdeen.
"The beauty of digital is that it can go all over the world. We’re hoping to have the film completed by June and from there we want to take it to festivals, down south and overseas. We’re going to make it available to see online, our original score will be available to download.
"It’s quite exciting and nice to see how far it could go."