Oxford students have kickstarted a campaign to raise funds to complete work on a new feature film set in 1940s occupied France.
Benjamin Eeley, a digital film production student at SAE Oxford, is planning to shoot his movie early this summer but needs to raise the minimum £10,000 to bring Die Jagd (The Hunt, in German) to life.
Set during the Nazi occupation of France, the film will follow the harrowing story of a group of allied soldiers held captive and subjected to a cruel and sadistic game led by the commanding officer.
Benjamin said: “The film at this point is now a pure passion project, I’m starting to get lots of people offering their time and skills to the project free of charge, just to see it made.
“We are looking to shoot in the early summer of 2018 and have a rough version completed for August, in time for my dissertation hand in, as this will be my dissertation piece.”
Benjamin will write, direct and shoot the film himself, with fellow students filling the remaining crew roles such as producer, editor and camera operator.
A Kickstarter campaign is due to go live in February to raise the minimum needed for the project, but Benjamin hopes to raise £20,000 to get use of quality sets, equipment and to hire and record a full orchestra.
Filming will take place in the Midlands, with the coastal scenes likely to be shot in Cornwall.
– Owen Hughes