Monday, 12 August 2013

The Expedition - an Indie Film in the making

As an aficionado of all things Indie Ralph's attention was peaked when he caught a sniff of The Expedition, a low budget horror movie by award-winning film producer Ben Loyd-Holmes was  shooting in the UK and scheduled for release in 2014.

Here's the plot - deep in the Amazon jungle a research team lead by a respected Professor embark on an expedition to protect vulnerable and endangered species. After a series of strange events their superstitious guides abandon them but the team choose to remain deep in the jungle, dedicated to the project...

As night falls in the camp they begin to realize that all is not as it seems, and that they are in the hunting ground of a predator.... one they never could have expected.

The Expedition will be directed by Adam Spinks whose feature film Survivors is due for release later this year. As a way of involving fans in the production, The Expedition will be raising some of it's budget via crowdfunding. In return for a pledge they'll receive film related merchandise, experiences or end credits in the movie!

A few years ago making The Expedition wasn't possible on the kind of budget they're proposing, but a lot has changed in recent times that mean that now, a lower budget can make it not just a reality, but a success.

A feature film, The Expedition is a contemporary twist on the monster movie filled with real characters, complex personal drama and heart thumping scares! They're not interested in covering the screen with blood and guts - the story sets out to do so much more!

They talk in the movie about logging and deforestation in the Amazon and other worldwide rainforest ecosystems - and this is a real social issue and while this film will be a work of fiction and is designed for entertainment purposes, they want to draw attention and do their part to raise awareness for the conservation of the incredible Amazon basin and the peoples who reside there.

The great thing about the crowdfunding aspect of the film is, we can all get involved.  For every pledge (no matter how small) there's a reward - from a digital version of the film's poster for just £1 - to being an Executive Producer with an IMDB and movie credit for a 'slightly' more substantial pledge of £2,000.  There's even a fun interactive zone for The Expedition fans.

Help make it happen for the team! Contribute to The Expedition Movie Project- Phase II.

You can also really help the campaign by following them on Twitter.  Support them by re-tweeting to spread the word! @ExpeditionMovie

You can also LIKE their Facebook page here

The Expedition is being made by a brand new creative team formed in London, UK. With a wealth of professional experience between them, the project is in safe, dependable and dedicated hands.

Ben Loyd Holmes- Producer/Actor

In 2012 Ben Loyd-Holmes won Best Producer for "Art Of Darkness" at the London Horror Film Festival and in 2011 Ben produced and starred in "The Hike" which was sold to LionsGate.

Ellie Harvie-August- Producer

Ellie is a graduate from the University of Central Lancashire where she studied Film & Television Screenwriting. Subsequently, Ellie has worked in marketing for film and media as well as a producer. She produced the 2012 Virgin Media Short "Breaking" & the 100% fan funded feature film "Survivors".  Ellie is currently in pre-production on her debut short film as a writer/producer "Yellow" due out in late 2013.

Adam Spinks- Writer/Director

A graduate from Royal Holloway University of London, Adam has been working on film and media projects for several years. In 2013, Adam has directed a double episode of the series "All In The Method" and several short films, his debut feature film as Director "Survivors" is due out Winter 2013.

Richard Osborne- Director Of Photography

Richard graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2012 where he studied Directing Screen Fiction, winning one award and being nominated for others for his graduate film ‘So Haunted.’

He has since been directing, shooting and editing under the name of Green Goat Films, making visually exciting music videos, commercials and promos for companies including P&O Ferries and Carpet Right and musicians like Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Dollface.

Mark Williams- Production Sound Recordist

A graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London in 2012, Mark specialised in Creative Sound Design and authored a dissertation on ‘Sound Design in Post-Classical Hollywood’. Upon leaving, Mark honed his recording skills as boom operater for a feature film, and has since become head of sound department on crime thriller feature ‘Abusing Protocol’, a comedy web series and several shorts. As well as sound recordist, Mark is an equally confident sound designer and composer.

Lucy Friend- Make Up Designer

Lucy is a freelance Hair and Make-up Artist based in London, working internationally in Film, Television and Theatre, whilst also providing skills in Catwalk, Fashion and print.
After training at the Christine Blundell MakeUp Academy, she has accumulated a list of credits including Skyfall (2013), Philomena (2013), Salmon Fishing in The Yemen (2012), John Carter (2012) & Holby City (2011-2013), Clash of the Titans (2011), Sherlock Holmes (2011)
Her most notable work has been makeup for principal cast in Skyfall. She has just finished the hair and makeup for the principal cast of Philomena, starring Dame Judi Dench. Her hair and makeup skills were used for National Geographic in 2009,  She also did the hair and makeup for a full fashion feature shoot for Coco Eco Magazine in 2009.
She was the key hair and makeup artist for comedian Micky Flannagan in 2012 Stand Up to Cancer Comedy show and the key hair and makeup artist for Derren Brown for re-shoots of Apocalypse (2013).
She has been in a featured article for Port Magazine, where she and her hair and makeup mentor (Naomi Donne) were interviewed and photographed

Holly Sermon- Make Up Supervisor

Since graduating Holly has worked on a number of music videos, tv adverts, fashion shoots, short films, including films for the BFI, Virgin Media shorts & the 48hr Sci-fi film challenge. I have also worked on a number feature films and theatre productions including "The Guardians Of The Galaxy", "Thor 2", "Malificent",  'Where the Wild Things Are' & 'Higgelty Piggelty Pop' at the Barbican theatre.

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