“Dogged” is a 4 minute horror short made in 2015 by Ash Mountain Films and director Richard Rowntree. The film is not available to the public just yet as it has been entered into several genre specific festivals around the world. It was shot in one tortuous 19 hour shooting day and cost just GBP£300 to produce.
The film was entered into the BBC competition “The Fear” to unearth the best undiscovered horror directors in Oct/Nov 2015, and finished 5th out of over 500 entries. The short has received rave reviews from the horror community, and the team behind it are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to shoot a feature length version later this year.
The Kickstarter campaign ends on 25 March at 2.50pm (GMT) and, as of the time of writing, is almost 33% funded.
“Dogged” is a dark fairy tale meshed with psychological terror and explores our primeval fear of “what lurks in the woods”. When protagonist Sam and his girlfriend Lola are caught making out in his fathers car by a bizarre masked man, their escape seems all too easy. As they return to their normal lives, they are plagued by visions of masked people watching them, and their lives begin to unravel in a depraved spiral of paranoia. As Sam digs deeper into these visions, he discovers that all is not what it seems in his seemingly idyllic rural community, and he uncovers a murderous cult who will stop at nothing to preserve the status quo of their environment, and keep their identities a secret.
Director Richard Rowntree hails from the small village of Iver Heath, just west of London, UK – home of the world renowned Pinewood Studios. He has worked on over 70 feature films and large scale TV Shows, mainly as a key member of the art department. He has written and directed 6 short films in the past 2 years, including “Absent Friends” (2015), “Reversible Lines” (2014) & “Fixation(s)” (2014) which have screened at festivals around the world.
Head over to Kickstarter where the team have some great rewards on offer for supporting the film.