As part of their Kickstarter campaign for feature length horror/thriller/noir film “Sara, Exponential”, Simon and Marielle Birks are giving people the opportunity to contribute their own 15 second film about what scares them. Unlike other crowdfunding campaigns, this is not some expensive reward tier; this is available to everyone who donates just £1 or above.
As Simon explained, “This is our second Kickstarter this year. The first one we ran was in January, and that was looking for money to fund the printing of my new comic, Sinners. One of the best lessons I learned from this experience was when I asked the backers what sort of rewards they would like to see. I wasn’t sure what sort of answers I’d get, but the best feedback was from a backer who said that a lot of the rewards are set outside of people’s limits. I thought a lot about what they’d said. There’s a reason, of course, why there are higher level rewards, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that, wherever possible, I wanted the rewards to be more accessible to everyone.”
“So, for the ‘Sara, Exponential’ campaign, I decided that every backer should get the chance to do something interesting. Usually, the lowest funding tier is just a social thank you, which is very nice, but it’s not much of an incentive to hand over your hard earned cash. So, by giving everyone who gives us money the chance to take part in creating a sister film to the main one, I’m hoping the people who visit our page will come away with an excellent, challenging, perk.”
Each film should only be fifteen seconds long, and should be about something that the backer finds scary. This could be them telling of an experience they’ve had, or a fictional story of their own, or even a 15 second narrative film. “I wanted something that would fire people’s imaginations, and be within the scope of everyone with a smartphone and a pound to spare,” Simon continued. “That’s the great thing about modern technology. This sort of creativity is not limited to the few anymore,” Simon explained. “It’s opportunities like creating these films which can make people realise just how talented they are.” Should the project reach its £20000 funding goal, the short films submitted will be featured on the film’s website, and the top 360 will be made into a 90 minute film, called “Sara, Exponential – Real Scary”.
There are several rules to the short films. No nudity or swearing, and the films must not contain any content which the owner does not have the permission to use, for example, music.
“We’re really excited about making this sort of opportunity open to all,” Simon says, “And we can’t wait to start watching what our backers’ ingenuity can come up with.”