Kindred is an upcoming short film, written and produced by Josh Bryer, M&C Saatchi Associate Creative Director.
It’s the first sci-fi to star Indigenous Australians, and has been raising money through crowdsourced funding platform IndieGogo.
The film has a number of industry pros lending their talent and resources, including Dan Higson of Smith & Western (Music & Sound), Pauline Piper and Will Alexander of Heckler (CGI), Charles Ivory (Editing), Bill McGuire (CGI) and Chris McHardy (DOP).
Until recently, the film was running out of time, at nearly $15,000 of the $20,000 needed to cover hard costs.
But that all changed when M&C Saatchi decided to top the campaign up to 100% with a $5,000 contribution.
Bryer said: “It’s rare that an agency backs its people’s passions beyond adland. But it’s something M&C Saatchi believes in, and it’s one of the reasons I’m still happy to get up for work after nearly five years at the agency.”
The project has also recently secured the very talented and experienced Indigenous actor, Damion Hunter to play the lead role. View his bio and CV here: http://bit.ly/NYclRg
A short trailer has also just been released, as a little taste of the film’s tone and a sneak preview of some of the CGI. View the trailer here: http://www.indiegogo.com/kindred
Contributions are still being accepted to cover much-needed CGI costs, with 10 days to go until the fundraising deadline expires.
The film will be shot in early September at Director Oscar Nicholson’s studio, ON Productions, in Surry Hills.
It’s slated for release in late March.