Goodnight Death is an independent short live-action thriller starring Callum Blue and Danielle Kotch.
Charles is a Grim Reaper, stuck in a state between life and death. He looks like the living, breathing humans around him, but works day and night to help the recently deceased to their final destination by guiding them through a door that materializes when their time has come. What lies beyond? Even Charles doesn’t know that.
All he knows are the names of the next souls he has to reap, and the times of their oncoming deaths. But the job has grown difficult for Charles. His pocket watch, which he depends on to keep him on schedule, is showing signs of age, and his boss, the silent, horrifying creature known as Death, isn’t satisfied with Charles’ performance of late. And if all this weren’t enough, his latest client, a girl named Jennifer, refuses to go quietly.
Our team has been working hard to put together an Indiegogo campaign to raise $48,000 in funds. We’ve managed to raise 30% within the first 10 days of our campaign and hope this press release will help spread the word about our crowdfunding efforts.
Separate from our Indiegogo campaign, Goodnight Death is also offering investor opportunities to a select few. To donate to the production in any amount and receive credit and exclusive gifts, please submit your much appreciated contribution at https://igg.me/at/GoodnightDeath by April 15th, 2018.
Our short film will just be the beginning of Charles and Jennifer’s story. Once successfully funded, shot, and edited, this film will go towards the creation of our feature length, which delves deeper into the mystery of the Reapers and continues past the finale of the short. We will learn more about Charles’ unfortunate death and why exactly he was forced to become a Reaper. He is also far from the only Reaper to exist in our world. The feature will introduce more of our undead, and the humans that come to interact with them.
What began as a short fiction assignment, turned into an obsession with the characters and the world they inhabited. The story is strongly inspired by Pan’s Labyrinth, the original Twilight Zone series, and the TV show Dead Like Me. Goodnight Death is a fairytale for both teens and adults. It delves into our relationship with life and death by telling it through the eyes of beings who couldn’t be further apart – an ageless Grim Reaper burdened by a troubled past; and a young, unstoppable child with a thirst for life. It is a subtle film, not about the gore of passing on, but rather how we face living.
I have a soft spot for the horror and thriller genres. As Guillermo explained in his Golden Globes speech… monsters also helped me understand the world as a child – as unusual as that may seem. Originally, from Lviv Ukraine, I studied filmmaking at Sarah Lawrence College and found myself inspired by the dark and unusual. I think there is beauty in untamed and wild beasts, and have always believed that stories are best told through the eyes and voices of children or fantastical creatures.
During college, I travelled abroad to study filmmaking in Kyoto, and shot a documentary about the ever-disappearing artisan culture in the country. The experience helped me understand art and filmmaking from a perspective I hadn’t imaged before, and I take it with me as I prepare to direct Goodnight Death. – Elsa Levytsky
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