The Leak in the Ceiling
In this contemporary Lovecraftian horror, a family traumatised by their relation to inceldom is allegorised as a cosmic struggle against a cryptic terror.
The Leak in the Ceiling
Two estranged siblings, the Fisherman and the Researcher, struggle tirelessly to uncover the mysteries of the "black pill" - a symbol of the incel ideology and a remnant of their shared childhood trauma. As children, their mother was helpless to protect them from the threat of their eldest brother, a reclusive, fanatical incel, who's madness produced a terrible, black flood that ruined the home and those in it. As adults, the siblings suffer their respective miseries.
The Fisherman - the younger brother - lives in isolation, bound to the ocean shallows. Visibly deformed by some affliction related to the flood, he carries out the task of collecting black pills washed ashore or ingested by sea life. The Researcher - the sister - lives within the iron shell of a vintage diving suit, never to remove it for fear of the flood returning. She carries out the task of analyzing the black pills and their origin from an isolated wing of the regional University. The siblings are bound solely by their task to cultivate and analyze the black pills, and by the hope that they may rid themselves of their miseries.
We are second-year BA Film Practice students from the University of the Arts London who are brought together by our enthusiasm of filmmaking. A film built strongly by a team of passionate individuals who have worked successfully and collaboratively on other projects. We are eager to achieve our vision for our project, The Leak in the Ceiling.
This film's ideological intent is to dramatize the potential effects suffered by family members of incels, and to implore the importance of parental awareness of such dangers. However, the horror of the film is not contingent on the audience's familiarity with inceldom. So as the film will remain vague in its concrete references to incels, and is not an "educational" piece, this should have no negative effect on audiences' understanding or enjoyment of the film.
In keeping with the Lovecraftian literary genre, the tone of the film will be dictated by the tenor of the voice-over narration – one of foreboding and subtle melancholy, though ever so menacing. The content of the narration will attempt to emulate the style of pulp cosmic horror stories, taking on their verboseness and propensity to overuse adjectives and complex phrasing. The characters will be voiceless, due either to a physical obstruction (costuming), or a paralyzing terror, further developing their utter helplessness amid the nightmare. Though the setting is contemporary, the design of the spaces will bring a timeless aesthetic (antique furniture, dusty libraries, empty beaches), in keeping with the traditional settings of cosmic horrors.
The usage of a variety locations in the UK; Wales, a studio set and a library in London will enhance the visual aesthetic of this contemporary lovecraftian horror, whilst simultaneously aiding the cinematographer to achieve their aim of style and techniques.
All of your donations are essential to help bring this project to life. As The Leak in the Ceiling is heavily reliant on Production Design, most of our budget is allocated towards to creating this lovecraftian horror. In addition to Production Design, there are many other elements (transportation, production, festivals, etc.) that would need your support in order to help this story become a reality.
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