Comedy horror flick Scareycrows has been left in limbo after a last-night shoot disaster. Now, to get the final scene in the bag and to send the film to post-production the filmmakers need to get the team back together and have set up a KickStarter campaign to do just that.
The story is an old fashioned, tongue-in-cheek horror film, according on the KickStarter page, and tells the story of Amy, a trainee hairstylist, who lives in the sleepy, seaside town of Sidcombe.
“As the annual Scareycrow Festival approaches Amy realises that her friends have begun disappearing one by one and her boyfriend, Ryan, surprises her by insisting that they should move to London.
“Soon Amy discovers that Ryan has been keeping a sinister secret and that the local legend about a witch who can bring scareycrows to life to kill her enemies may not be just a legend after all.”
The fictional Sidcombe is played by director Lucy Townsend‘s hometown of Dawlish.
“Scareycrows has become something of a community project,” she said.
‘I always knew it was an ambitious project as the film has over 20 main characters and 15 locations but once people began to hear about what we were doing I was amazed by how much help and support we received.
‘We were allowed to film inside our local pub, in the church, in the hairdressing salon and in the local council chambers. Some kind people have even let us film inside their homes and when we needed to set up the Scareycrow Festival on the town lawn we were overwhelmed by volunteers who spent days helping us to man stalls, carry equipment and act as marshals.
‘Not only have Dawlish Town Council and Teignbridge County [sic] Council got behind the film but a great many local businesses and individuals have gone out of their way to help us.’
But what went wrong?
Lucy said: ‘I should have known that things were going too well!
‘We have been working on a very tight budget as we had only been able to raise the bare minimum we needed to make the film.’
‘On the afternoon of our last night shoot the camera van with all the lighting equipment was on the way to the location when it broke down. By the time it arrived we had lost four hours and it was just not possible to complete everything before the sun rose.’
‘It was an absolute disaster for us and everyone was devastated. Without the last scenes we can not finish the film but we had spent all of our budget and it felt as though all our efforts had been wasted.’
To help finish the film, and to find out what inspired Lucy to delve into comedy horror pop over to the Scareycrows KickStarter page. There’s a host of goodies for pledgees (including genuine gingerbread Scareycrows ‘each one will be a delicious culinary work of art’). And spread the word.
To get you in the mood, here’s a trailer, and you can follow Scareycrows on Twitter.
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