After several months of negotiations, we can now announce that
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution will distribute
We Are Monsters in the UK and represent the film
for World Sales, starting in Cannes today. Read
the Screen Daily press article here.
With this announcement comes the attachment of Executive
Producers Spencer Pollard and Caroline
Stern who bring a wealth of market experience, guidance
and contacts to the production. We're thrilled to welcome them
- Movie Mogul
At 10pm GMT on 23.03.13. the We Are Monsters Kickstarter
campaign reached an exciting climax, as literally within the last 3
minutes - we hit the final £15k stretch target, bringing the
campaign to a wonderful finish!
final picture looks like this: 236 backers, £15,206 raised,
wonderful 304% funded on Kickstarter.
So now we move onwards... we finish casting WE ARE MONSTERS, we
lock the SHOOTING SCRIPT, lock and bond PRODUCTION FINANCE and then
go SHOOT THE MOVIE! We're well on our way. Keep up to date with us
on Twitter with @WeAreMonstersUK & @MovieMogulLtd
Our primary WAM website is now www.wearemonstersmovie.com
Thanks to everybody who has supported us along this amazing
Sci-Fi action movie WE ARE MONSTERS is now seeking
Are you classed as a 'high net worth individual'? Do you have a
significant tax bill that you would like to reduce?
Ltd are now raising equity finance through their HMRC approved,
Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) -
Recondite Films Ltd. Investing a minimum of £25,000 (1 Unit) in WE ARE
MONSTERS offers the following benefits:
• 30% EIS tax relief to UK investors
• First recoupment position from Company Net Receipts on the
movie, plus a further 50% share of Company Net Receipts
Investing £100,000 and above in WE ARE
MONSTERS offers the above benefits plus:
• EXECUTIVE PRODUCER status on the movie
Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you require an
30% tax credit on any investment between £25,000 and £1,000,000.
Therefore £60,000 invested in our EIS means £18,000 credit against
your tax bill (there must be a tax liability at least equal to the
The investment must be kept intact for 3 years and 4 months, after
which all gains are free of all taxes regardless of the profits
with no ceiling.
The investment can be used to defer capital gains tax on a
realised gain invested into the film. This also means that if you
have paid capital gains tax in the last 3 years, and maybe paid 40%
tax on it, the realised gain can be invested into the EIS and any
tax paid claimed back, which can then be used in conjunction with
the 30% on investment.
The investment also takes that amount invested out of the scope of
inheritance tax after 2 years, which is attractive to those looking
to minimise their overall estate`s exposure to tax, whilst
retaining control of their investments.
The investment is made directly into shares of Recondite Films Ltd
and the initial investment remains at 100%, even though the net
cost to the investor is only 70%. No fees or commissions are
In the event of losses, then that loss, less the credit already
received, can be offset against any other income.
Investors should seek advice from their own professional advisers
as to the suitability of the investment and their entitlement to
tax relief. HMRC publish relevant information on their website.
A PDF of HMRC's guidance on EIS - An Introduction to the
Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) - can be downloaded from their
The content of this promotion has not been approved by an
authorised person within the meaning of the Financial
Services and Markets Act 2000. Reliance on this
promotion for the purpose of engaging in any investment activity
may expose an individual, company or other entity to a
significant risk of losing all property or other assets
We are thrilled to be able to announce the 'deadly pact' between
Horror Channel, Frightfest and Movie Mogul. Long have we been
believers and advocates of short film challenges, and now we get to
host one with such prestigious horror partners! Follow the rules
closely and you could win £6,666, a massive career boost and a
major film development opportunity with us. Good luck! www.shortcutstohell.com
Horror Film Challenge
Are you a writer / director / producer / animator /
Are you looking for AN OPPORTUNITY to show the
what you're made of?
Then read on!
Frightfest, Horror Channel and Movie Mogul CHALLENGE
to make a short horror film following 6
This challenge is open to ANYONE in the UK over the age of 18. THE
BEST 6 FILMS as selected by Frightfest, Movie Mogul and Horror
Channel, will be broadcast on the Horror Channel in the run up to
Frightfest (August 2013), where they will be screened at Leicester
Square before their discerning
winning film will receive £6,666 cash, great publicity, and the
opportunity to develop a horror short or feature film idea under
mentorship from Movie Mogul, for a possible 2014
"E'en hell hath its peculiar
laws.." ~ Faust
We believe that restrictions really FOCUS CREATIVE
THINKING, and we're looking to be entertained in a BIG way. So
we've laid down SIX killer restraints for you to
1 Choose a title from the
following 6 options:
- SWEET 6TEEN
- 6 SHOOTER
- 6 SECONDS TO DIE
- 6 DEGREES OF (LIMB)
- 6 FEET UNDER
2 Maximum run time - 6x 30
seconds (That's 3 minutes!)
3 Maximum lines of dialogue -
4 Maximum hours of shooting
time - 6
5 Maximum budget -
6 Maximum cast and crew
members - 6
Upload your completed short
film to YouTube and email the LINK to:
Entries no later
than 6pm on 6th June 2013.
- You must live in the UK and be 18 years or older to
- Films can be live action or animation
- All MUSIC & RIGHTS CLEARANCES must be in place, and
this must be your own, original work which does not infringe the
rights of ANY THIRD PARTY
- Selected films agree to grant ALL RIGHTS in ALL MEDIA to
Movie Mogul for broadcast, screening and publicity
- You must READ and AGREE to our FULL T&C's here (link
- You must supply a one page BUDGET TOP SHEET with your
submission, detailing expenditure
- Selection decisions are final and no correspondence will
be entered into
TECHNICAL SPECS FOR UPLOAD
- Video Codec: h.264
- File extension: .mp4 or .mov
- Frame rate: 25fps
- Resolution: 1024 x 576 (SD), 1280 x 720 (HD), 1920 x
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0 (Square Pixels)
- - Video Format: 'PAL'
- - Audio Sample Rate: 48kHz (ie - 48,000
If you have any further
questions, please email:
See you on the other side.
Good luck :)
Here's 10 top tips on breaking into the film industry
1. Offer something over asking for something with all approaches -
Simple trading rules apply
2. Listen to advice, even if you don't like it
3. Never send scripts / materials in to a company unless by
4. Keep intro emails short and concise - no more than 2 paras
5. Stick to facts on CV's. Bullet point experience. Avoid the
irrelevant, paper rounds etc.
6. Do not take offence if you don't receive a response to a spec
CV. People are busy
7. Meeting people face to face is important, get out there and
8. Work to your strengths and plug your weaknesses with the
strengths of others
9. Never stalk a producer, director or employer. They'll remember
you for the wrong reasons
10. Make things happen for yourself, don't ever wait for
Tweet #breakintofilm-MORE! if you want to get us started :)
The Kickstarter page for our sci-fi action horror WE ARE
MONSTERS went live today
Encouragingly we raised over £1k in pledges within the first hour!
If we kept up that pace, we'd reach our ambitious £100k target in
We're very excited over here, things are going crazy on Twitter
@WeAremonstersUK thanks to our man in the hotseat - Justin Tagg and
his way with words. We're even getting a few likes on ye old
Facebook now too, which is very encouraging https://www.facebook.com/wearemonstersmovie
please give us a click or two if you like the look of what we're
doing, everything helps, and there are many ways in which you can
get involved if such is your thing.
Our campaign runs for 60 days and ends on Friday 15th February
at 12pm. For those of you not familiar, Kickstarter is an all or
nothing platform. If we don't reach £100k by 15th Feb... then we
leave with nothing. Sounds like a gameshow, doesn't it? Only this
isn't a game... it's very serious in fact. Gulp. Please help us!
Did I give you the link? Here it is again... just in case http://kck.st/U6OHV5
It's going to be an incredible film, the script is top notch, as
is the talent we have attached. Watch this very exciting story
unfold over the next 59 days.
Synopsis: Lorna Thompson, a lonely suburban
schoolgirl, joins a mutant gang of teenagers on a quest to discover
their true identities. They uncover a global conspiracy, which they
must find the strength to fight before civilization is
Thanks for your support
Are you a creative, talented person, overflowing with ideas?
Movie Mogul are looking for new collaborators to help conceive,
develop, write and produce micro-budget feature films with - could
this be you?
If you can leave your existing scripts at the door and keep an
open mind… you are hard working, determined, non-precious and
prepared to embark upon what could potentially be a very long and
creative journey up ahead - with no up-front pay… then we would
like to hear from you!
The reward? Become the fully credited co-writer of an original
feature film screenplay, with the potential of entering into a
joint venture with us.
If you fit the above criteria, then please send us a letter
explaining why, to -
firstname.lastname@example.org with the word Intern in
We will then request a writing sample. DO NOT send us any
scripts at this stage - they will NOT BE READ and you will fall at
the first hurdle in doing so!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Always keen to keep an eye on the changing digital landscape and
dip our toes in chilly, shark-infested waters, we at MM decided to
have a stab in the world of self-publishing, with Frazer
Lee's movie novelisation of Panic Button.
In February this year we took a little punt (one of many!) and
launched the Panic Button novel on Amazon as an exclusive digital
download for Kindle.
Utilising various free download days, but keeping the novel a
snip at 99p the rest of the time, we are somewhat amazed to be able
to report that almost 30,000 units have now been downloaded since
At its prime, the novel has resided at No1 in the overall (free)
download charts and No1 in Horror and Thriller (paid) charts,
whilst gaining significant top ten traction in the overall paid
This has undoubtedly effected DVD sales and word of mouth for
the film, and has been a real eye opening experience for us to say
the least. We love you Amazon, and we'll be back with more - just
wait and see! Anybody not familiar with the novel can check it out here.
Just goes to show that sometimes it pays to get wet!
We are very pleased to be able to announce that international
sales of Panic Button are now back on track in the very capable
hands of Kaleidoscope Film Distribution.
KFD have confirmed closed deals on Japan,
Germany, Korea, Russia and Benelux from this years Cannes film
market. We are confident that major territories such as the US and
France are not far behind now, and the film finally looks set to
reach a global stage.
More sales news as it comes in!
... Movie Mogul are...
Movie Mogul are thrilled to announce that Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment have
been appointed as the world sales agent of Panic Button for Cannes 2012 and
beyond. With many of the major territories still available, we're
very excited to have the film in such capable hands.
Watch this space for sales news or get in touch if
you would like to request a screener.
We would like to say a big thanks to you all for your amazingly
positive comments towards our new film MONSTER
PROJECT, and especially to those who have offered their
hard earned to back us. We're thrilled to be able to announce that
this funding round has NOW CLOSED, and Monster
Project has the greenlight to enter full-time development from May
There may well be further investment opportunities ahead so
please do not hesitate to get in touch for more info.
Sign-up to our mailer and watch this
space for progress. Better look out - the monsters are coming!
the MM team
Well it's been almost a year since our last blog update, that's
crap we know, but mainly because we've been so involved in
Panic Button and its sales and
promotion that we've migrated to other platforms and been having
fun running competitions and building the story universe. We're
more often found over at: All2gethr.com, Facebook, Twitter, and
@AlligatorKiller seems to enjoy consuming our time
We intend to do more this year with Welsh Producers Network and
get some regular meetings and events going.
We have three new films in development, all of which are
exciting us greatly.
Psycological thiller 'Quickfire' - is currently
being penned by writer Helen Adkins
Comedy 'Forgers Of The North' - is currently
being written by comedy genius Rob Sprackling
And teenage monster movie 'Recondites' is being
written and packaged in house
We'll also be looking at some quicker turnaround micro budget
genre flicks in coming months. A busy and exciting time for sure!
In truth we dont know which project will receive the greenlight
first, so we're just enjoying the ride for now.
We will endeavour to share more news, more often, new year's
If you haven't seen Panic Button yet, you can
pick it up on Amazon or iTunes, simples
Thanks for reading
- Movie Mogul