5th Passenger VFX Fundraising

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Gail Williams catches up with the 5th Passenger...


I’ve written a few times now about an upcoming independent film, 5th Passenger by Scott Baker and Morgan Lariah.

Well, they are out there and at it again.

The film is about five people in an escape pod after their space ship blows up … a pod built for four. It’s a lifeboat in space with a deadly alien twist.


The principle photography was completed back in January and February this year in a mere 17 days. Money for that was raised in a very successful Kickstarter campaign, where they actually managed to exceed even their stretch target. As a contributor to that campaign, I can confirm that they have kept their promises, my United Galactic Service badge came through the post. Unbelievably, they addressed all of these by hand, see below with Morgan (in the yellow vest) busy writing - I checked with Morgan and apparently there was a lot of Star Trek watched during that session.


And here’s what they were sending:


(These pictures come from the 5th Passenger FB page, so thanks to whoever posted them.)

But there’s still more to do. It’s time for all the post production, the editing has been going on apace, and now it’s time for the extra magic that is visual effects. Unlike the best things in life, this doesn’t come for free.  When was the last time you saw a SciFi film that didn’t come with stunning visual effects? Though I have to admit, I watched some seventies TV scifi the other day and the visual effects were stunning alright - stunningly bad. But we don’t want that for the 5th Passenger do we? No, we don’t.

Here’s just a glimpse of what the guys are trying to achieve:


So the team are at it again raising money for the effects, this time on Indegogo. The perks offered for contributing here range from becoming a “Passenger”, name on a website and a Twitter shout out ($10) all the way up to being an Executive Producer ($10,000). There’s loads of stuff in between, including DVD or BluRay (of course), a fabulous t-shirt, signed copies of various things including a script, there are also signed props and costumes with certificates of authenticity - in fact there are loads of things on there I wish I had the readies to have gone for. I won’t tell you what I did contribute but I hope that like me you’ll think this worth the support too.



I can’t wait for the final film and wish Scott and Morgan and all the team all best in this campaign.

Find out more at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/5th-passenger-vfx-funding#/

Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!

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