“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…
“Dogged” was 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 25th March 2016 at 2.50pm (GMT) and, as of the time of writing, is almost 33% funded.
Director Richard Rowntree hails from the small village of IverHeath, 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) and Fixation(s)(2014) which have screened at festivals around the world. In 2015 he finished 5th out of over 500 entries in the BBC Competition “The Fear” which was run to unearth the best undiscovered horror directors.
James Griffiths composed the wonderful score for “Dogged” – he is an award winning musician who spent 13 years in The Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards, and his career has incorporated performing on world stages to the Royal Family and at venues including the London Olympic Games. He has composed for MTV, Yahoo! And has a publishing deal in Los Angeles. As Lecturer in Film Composition at The Stage venue in in the UK, he also teaches a new generation of composers.
Production Designer Mel Wignall has spent almost 10 years working in the art department, on productions including The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Ink Heart, Wolfman and Dark Shadows. She studied at Northbrook College in Sussex and specialises in set design.
Christopher Foulser acted as DOP, shooting on the Black Magic Cinema Camera using a range of Tokina and SsamYang lenses. He studied at the University of Winchester and has completed work on several short films with director Richard Rowntree.
VFX Artist Lee Wignall studied at the internationally acclaimed Central St Martins College of Art & Design in London before heading on to jobs with MTV and Fox. In 2005 he was the recipient of a Promax Award, and is vastly experienced and hugely talented.
Hair & Make Up designer Clare Nixon has worked on films including Channel 4 FrightFest short What The Dog Saw and Zombie Playground as well as being personal artist for celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones & Geri Halliwell. She has worked in the industry for over 20 years, and her work has been featured in magazines such as “Teen Vogue”, “Hello” and “You”.