In this coming-of-age story trapped in a surreal-horror world, our main character Miles struggles to navigate through peer pressure, fears of uncertainty, adulthood, and disintegrating relationships, all the while tangled in a communal nightmare consumed by an unearthly substance with his friends.
Inclusion StatementWith your support, we aim to bring together people of various ages, races, and sexes both in front of and behind camera to help make a resonating story about growing up.
About The Project
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Inspired by sorrow & nostalgia while growing up in little city suburbia, this is a story about a teen named Miles and his childhood friends Dennis, Molly, Aaron, and Kyle who all just finished high school. They want to make the most of these last moments altogether. Though reluctant, Miles follows his friends to a party happening in a sketchy house at the dead-end of one of their suburban neighborhoods. The house, the trail of moss-caked cars leading up to it, and the people lingering in its front lawn are peculiar enough. But once inside, Miles becomes trapped in a world more unsettling than he ever imagined, as he faces peer pressures, fears of an uncertain future, and withering relationships. All of which given life when confronted with an unearthly substance by the name "Blackhole".
"Go dark with us..."
This is a story near and dear to me. It's based on my own experiences being born and raised in small town USA. The sense of no growth, no opportunity, the isolation. Having only your friends and your imaginations. Until the priorities shift with the graduation of high school. The surmounting tensions and expectations of adulthood that you are forced to face with a life in transition. It is my full intention to make an original and resonant experience for the audience. I plan to achieve this by channeling the nostolgia and fleeting nature of youth, similar to films like 'Mid 90's', 'Dazed and Confused', 'Breakfast Club', and 'Stand By Me'. Then I will spin it with the grit and horror inspired by films like 'Eraserhead', 'Videodrome', 'Kids', 'Gummo'.
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THIS?
First off, you will be supporting independent, local (in WA state) artists. Everyone on this project lives in and around Seattle, WA.
Second, I feel we often see much of the same things played out in movies and TV, stories that aren't very original, nor personal or sincere. But with your support, it is my goal to change that, to try and make an experience that is not only unique, compelling, and resonant for you, but one that is also very personal to me. One that I feel properly captures the essence of what it's like to grow through periods of dramatic transition in life, and how difficult they can be to face; the uncertainty, the anxiety, the sacrifice and loss. But also the hope and opportunity that lies on the other side.
WHERE IS MY CONTRIBUTION GOING?
We know we're asking for alot. But with how ambitious this project is, particularly the unqiue world we are crafting, it will take alot of talent, labor, and resources to pull it off properly. Since it mostly takes place in a house, we will need to cover rental costs and insurances of the location, buy a ton of furniture and decorations, as well as store the location owner's furniture and decorations elsewhere. With how chaotic and messy the world is, we'll also need house protection and cleaning supplies.
Our amazing Special FX team Bandersnatch will not only be doing extensive creepy, cool makeup on all our talent every day, they will also be creating gallons upon gallons of our wonderfully horrendous substance that is anywhere and everywhere in the story; consumed, spilled, splattered, etc.
On top of all this, we need to pay for some newfangled props to be designed and buit, art dept. supplies, wardrobe, sound, lighting, and camera equipment. But most importantly of all, feeding and paying our wonderfully talented cast, crew, and party of extras who are taking this adventurous, dark and sludgy plunge with us to make this thing happen.
NEXT FLOOR ENTERTAINMENT
Next Floor Entertainment is thrilled to be a part of this production! Specializing in horror storytelling for almost a decade now, Next Floor Entertainment has been providing content that is both terrifying and entertaining. The company was founded by Justin Robert Vinall and Aaron Alonso in March of 2010 after completing a short film together aptly titled, "Next Floor". From there on, Justin went on to promote the productions further with their first horror short film, "A Deal For Red Eyes" which was a finalist for the BlackBoxTV Film Festival in 2012. Following that, experimentation went on with several different projects until their voice was solidified in the horror genre with a beauty horror short, "This Pretty Face" in 2015 which went on to do very well at film festivals around the state. Since then Next Floor Entertainment have created stories that are both engaging with dramatic themes and with twisted visual flair to each one, from "EMIKO" a Japanese Inspired Terror to "Midnight Delight" a Cautionary Tale. Their latest creation is "A Purple Vision" a new horror short film following an incredibly shy young woman who goes to a party and uses a dangerous elixr to win the partygoers admiration... only for things to turn into a nightmare. Blackhole isn't the first seed&spark horror campaign we've launched, we were also a part of the production for another successful campaign for Red Five Production's "The Pod People", a story following the normalities of an addiction. We're excited to be collaborating with Morgan Hendrickson and add Blackhole to our family of terrors.
WHY CROWDFUNDING/SEED & SPARK?
Why asking for mass contributions? Why not other means? Or not out of your own pocket? Why not put your money where you mouth is? Well, I did go out of pocket for making the Teaser video (Part of the Pitch video above), a little under $2,500, to ensure it turned out well, because why would I expect others to support a project I wouldn't put my heart and soul into. I would love to make this project happen out of pocket and treat all those involved handsomely, but unfortunately it's way beyond my own means. And at the end of the day, even with all your wonderful support, I might still have to go out of pocket to ensure we are getting the best thing that we can. Things tend to add up quick. But even if you can't afford to make a contribution, you could still work wonders for us by sharing this campaign with friends, family, social media, wherever, whomever. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Below are some beautiful behind the scenes photos from the fun and gross Teaser shoot day we had (taken by amazing photographer Benito Vasquez), showcasing most of our principal cast. As well as a "taste" of the aesthetic, the atmosphere, and the abhorrent substance.
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About This Team
Morgan Hendrickson has been working freelance in film production in the Seattle, WA area since 2014. Ever since he was a kid, telling stories for the screen has been his lifetime goal. It all started with watching a few cool, unique flicks as a child, to picking up his parent's VHS camera and making stop motion shorts with legos, to taking every video and TV production class in highschool, to now making a living working from set to set, absorbing anything and everything he can. When not working, he's writing scripts and studying movies, or helping friends out with their creative endeavors. All usually acompanied with a nice craft beer. And now he wants to make a cool, unique flick for you. Though probably not accompanied with a beer...
Justin Robert Vinall
Intrigued by atmospheric horror, Justin Robert Vinall has been professionally part of the Seattle film industry scene since 2012 with no end in sight. Acting as the Producer on this project, Justin has written, directed and produced several pieces over the course of 10 years from his own company, Next Floor Entertainment. His award winning short films from the social commentary nightmare of "This Pretty Face" to the dream-like terror of "EMIKO" has placed him as a rivetting voice in the horror scene. Producing primarily short films from Shelby Smout's Relationship Drama, "Old Blue Eyes Ain't Nothin'" to Red Five Production's Monstrous "Pod People" short film. He lives for unique and thought provoking work and being involved with Morgan Hendrickson's production is some of his most exciting yet.
Director of Photography/Co-Producer
Tylor Jones is a freelance Director of Photography based in Seattle, WA. He works all over the country and specializes in high end commercial and narrative projects. His passion for film sparked at the early age, ever since then he has been perfecting his talents and film techniques into modern cinema. And Tylor is very excited to create a unique world for Blackhole to thrive in.
Ryan Middleton is a gaffer and owner/operator of Single Source Grip and Lighting (www.singlesourcelight.com). He brings 15+ years of film industry experience to the role with credits from projects and artists that you have most likely heard of (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1545253/). Blackhole provides an opportunity to collaborate on a story in a universe where even light follows no known, conventional rules.
JJ Hernandez has been acting hither and thither since receiving his BFA from Central Washington University in 2013. When he's not working on a project he can be found floating down rivers or manning the counter at the comic shop he works at (Krampus Kave in Leavenworth,Was)