Who we are:
Joe Doyle is a young, ambitious and daring director who's first short film; the critically acclaimed External Gazer (2017), is in competition at multiple film festivals in Britain, North America and mainland Europe. Louis Earle is a film producer who graduated from the New York Film Academy in May 2016 and Kingston University (London) in June 2017. Louis and Joe have collaborated before on External Gazer and in different capacities on a feature called One Night More (scheduled for limited released later in 2017). Our Editor, Louis Holder is a student at University of Westminster studying and practicing Film who has completed multiple award-winning successful short films, featurettes and documentaries in addition to directing One Night More.
Louis and Joe's previous film External Gazer received rave reviews from highly respected film industry figures such as Franc Roddam (director of cult classic film Quadrophenia, Lords of Discipline, The Bride, Aria, War Party and K2) who described it as so "It reminded me of Polanski's Repulsion, with impressive production values and impressive building of psychological tension".
Our film is Joe Doyle and Louis Earle's second effort in the science-fiction genre. We believe that quality in a film is dictated by the quality of the story being told. That is the ethos of all our productions. A low budget should not affect storytelling, and young filmmakers should not be intimidated away from making a film in a genre that usually demands Hollywood level production values. We intend to submit the final cut to festivals worldwide like we did with External Gazer and your contribution would play a part in that.
Permanence is a science fiction, drama film set in a dystopian future where the ozone layer has all but collapsed and has caused much of the human race to become fatally ill. Hospitals are failing to keep up with the demand for treatment and normal people are forced into committing uncharacteristic crimes in order to feed their families and pay for treatment. In the midst of all this misery a very primitive and early form of time travel has been developed; and the plans have been leaked online. This brings us to the subject of the film; a 37 year old father called Jacob who is struggling to keep up with the payments of his daughter's treatment for a fatal respiratory disease. His daughter's condition worsens and the struggle to keep up with medical payments has caused his marriage to deteriorate and leads him down a path of adultery and a dalliance with the criminal underworld. Jacob's wife Elaine is no less affected, she has long suspected Jacob's infidelity and compounded with the stress of caring for a terminally ill daughter this causes her mental health to deteriorate. However, on a seedy night out to meet his mistress, Jacob is confronted by a future version of himself who presents him with an ultimatum that changes the course of his life forever.
Jacob (think Josh Brolin/Jeffrey Dean Morgan/Thomas Jane): Jacob is a father in his mid-30s, who like many struggles to provide for his family in the aftermath of the ozone layer crisis. Jacob's daughter Holly is suffering from a fatal respiratory disease and requires regular treatment, which is both costly and unreliable. As Holly's condition worsens Jacob's troubles increase and he begins to cheat on his wife Laura in seedy nightclubs.
Laura (think Sara Paulson/Lily Rabe/Maggie Siff): Laura is Jacob's wife. Laura has long suspected Jacob's infidelity and it wears away at her mental state. She is struggling to cope with watching her daughter's Holly's deteriorating condition at the same time as her marriage.
Holly (think Dafne Keen/Maisie Williams): Holly is Jacob's 10 year old daughter. She suffers from a fatal respiratory condition directly resulting from the collapse of the ozone layer, and despite her parents best efforts to hide her from their arguments, she knows that their marriage is falling apart.
We need to raise £1200 in order to fund the project. This will go towards purchasing props, locations, covering cast/crew expenses and special effects. Rather than just shamelessly ask you for money we have added a set of perks that you can purchase.
As a result of the critical success of External Gazer we want to "strike the iron whilst it's hot" and make an even better production to follow it up. This is a fascinating and captivating story, and we want nothing more than to make it for you. This is why we need your help. As we are still growing our profiles as filmmakers we do not have a studio to rely on to help fund this project, so we are relying on people like you to help us make this happen. However we are not going to just ask you for money and give nothing in return, we offer a range of perks in exchange for your generosity (that can be seen along the sidebar).
"What other films is it like?"
The storyline draws on Rain Johnson's Looper (2012), focusing on the ethics of time travel. The characterisation draws on Oscar-winning short film Curfew (2013) in how it deals with Jacob's personal conflicts, and how they mould his character. In terms of visual style the film is mostly inspired by Oscar-nominated director Denis Villanueve's (Sicario, Arrival, Prisoners and Incendies) 2013 film Enemy. Specifically we intend to recreate the "sickly yellow hue" of Enemy. We created some test footage a while ago and have attached it below so that you can get an exact idea of what we are aiming to create.
This is an example of how we intend to present Jacob and his family, particularly to highlight Jacob's internal conflicts and the soul destroying nature of his family life.
The nightclub is an integral part of the story, as this is the location where Jacob is presented with his ultimatum from his future self, it also serves as a key aspect in the beginning of the film.
Highlighted below is the colour scheme of the film that we intend to recreate, drawn from Enemy (2013):
Colour scheme (as demonstrated by the test shots we created prior):
"Sci-fi needs big budgets to be good"
We do not believe that this is true, and we intend to challenge that perception by doing just that, making a good sci-fi on a micro budget. We are under no illusions that a large budget can enhance a sci-fi, however we believe that the storytelling of sci-fi does not need extravagant special effects and CGI to work, let alone succeed. As Singularity does not rely on extravagant special effects to tell the story, a lack of such resources will not hinder the story being told in Singularity.
"Will the film suffer if you don't raise the money you need?"
Whatever happens we will deliver the highest quality product possible with the resources that we have. This film will get made, and you have the opportunity to be a part of it. Above all else we are grateful to whatever you have contributed financially and rest assured that it will be well spent and this will be a professionally made short film. The reality is that the more money we have at our disposal the better the film will be, you get to be a part of that.
"Will I see it in a cinema?"
Because we intend to go back down the festival route, as it has been good to us with External Gazer if Permanence airs in a festival in or near where you live there is a very good chance that you will get to see it in a cinema. However this requires your help via funding (think about it as if you're pre-arranging your ticket!). If this does not take your fancy, for the right donation package we will send you a HD quality private Vimeo link once the film has completed production which you can view with friends and family; or even in the intimacy of your computer screen with a glass of wine and some popcorn.
If you're absolutely unable to contribute financially you can show this page to friends, family, and other people you know who may be interested in donating or just interested in the film. Word of mouth is the best promotional tool known to man. Ultimately we do this for our audience, no one wants to make a film that gets stored away on a laptop never to be seen by anyone ever again.