22nd May2018

Back This! – Animated thriller ‘Black Lake’

by Philip Rogers

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting a new animated short from the filmmaker behind the well-received Toll BoothBlack Lake.


Black Lake is a new animated short thriller project from award winners Martin Stocks and James Wren. They are currently crowdfunding through an Indiegogo campaign which will be running until May 28th. There are several perks available which you can find right here.


A man wakes in a dark, foggy, beautiful, yet hostile world after causing a fatal car crash. He navigates this place, initially spellbound by its stunning ethereal nature, and its pitch-black lake with small floating stars. Dread quickly sets in as he realises the malevolent dangers lurking beneath the surface of this half-dead world. He is forced to confront his darkest fears and face the ultimate sacrifice to escape.

About the team:

This is the follow-up to Martin Stocks (writer/director) short thriller Toll Booth (2017) which won sxi awards including, Best Thriller at LA Shorts Awards and Best Screenplay at Canada International Film Festival. It was nominated for The Yorkshire Film Award at BAFTA and Oscar-qualifying Leeds International Film Festival. A feature version is in development.

James Wren is producing, having made several feature films. The Man You’re Not (2017) features Reece Sheersmith and Joanna Lumley, and recently premiered at East London Film Festival. He also produced short horror/comedy The Monster (2015) with Film London, which screened at over 50 festivals and won numerous awards.

Gabhriela Swan is on board as concept artist and has produced several pieces of artwork which capture the stark beauty of this world and our visual ambitions.


Why Wren and co. are passionate about making Black Lake:

This ambitious 3D CGI animation will create a unique, stunningly beautiful, yet hostile visual world. We explore our protagonist’s darkest memories, and the lengths he will go to escape this world. This will be a visually beautifully film, delivering an emotional impact through a compelling and unusual exploration of grief, regret and guilt within a thriller genre. Your funding will enable us to build our animation team and achieve this distinctive film.

You can find out more about the project by following Black Lake on Twitter and Facebook


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