PINPRICK - A Short Coming of Age Horror Film

Hello! We’re a group of students from Sydney Film School, currently in pre-production for our short coming-of-age/horror film PINPRICK. We are a highly competent crew who have worked on numerous productions with each other, and know we can make something great out of this. We just need your help to be able to realize this project.

follow us at @pinprickmovie on instagram for regular updates on the production!

The Pitch
While preparing for her first date, Mary notices a strange new pimple on her cheek. She goes ahead with the date, but is dismayed to find that her partner couldn’t be further from the person he presented himself as online. Things only seem to get worse as the night goes on, and as they do, Mary starts to become overwhelmed with an unspeakable series of impulses, somehow communicated to her through the pimple - impulses that become harder to resist the closer she gets to her breaking point.

The Short Film essentially takes the internal anxiety of puberty and turns it into something physical - while on the way exploring body-image, rites of passage and relationships in a rather grisly fashion. We strongly believe that although the story does go into some dark places, everything is rooted with teenage experiences anyone will be able to relate to.

Why We Need You
As you would guess from the animated teaser above, there are certain sequences in the short that will require extensive use of prosthetics and special effects. And while our current budget just about covers our cast, equipment and crew, we’re short-changed when it comes to affording both the practical effects we need and a location that matches the claustrophobia asked for in the script:

That’s where you come in: Any donation you’re able to make at all to our campaign is greatly appreciated. Even a few dollars gets us closer to our goal, which we have designed to be quite flexible depending on how much we end up raising. Here’s a broad breakdown of exactly what facilities your donations will help support:

In a perfect world, we would hope to raise our target goal of $1000 before shooting starts in October, but we understand that a major part of any creative endeavor is compromise; so whether we end up making $800, $400 or even $200, we’ll be thinking on our feet of how to modify our current plan (from both a stylistic and production standpoint) to work towards the best outcome within our limits.  

As an added benefit, we’ve also designed rewards for each tier as our way of saying thank you:
(Important Note: Donations are tax-deductible)
Every single donor will receive, upon completion (estimated to be late-November/early-December), a link to stream the short online before anyone else, as well as a personal Thank You in the credits of the film.

Anyone who donates $15 or more will receive the previous perks, plus an invitation to the theatrical premiere at the Sydney Film School Festival in December.

Anyone donating $30 or more will receive the previous perks, as well as a PDF of the script and an HD download of the film.

Anyone donating $50 or more will receive the previous perks, alongside an A2 (29.7 x 42cm) Poster of the film.

Anyone who donates $100 or more (thank you so much! Your faith will be rewarded!) will receive the previous perks (with up to 4 tickets to the premiere upon request) plus a credit as “Associate Producer”.

And if anyone manages to donate $250 or more (my gratitude cannot be expressed in words, I’ll have to do it in person!) they will receive the previous perks, as well as a Producer credit: this includes early access to various rough-cuts of the film throughout post-production, with the opportunity to give feedback and possibly inform the course we follow in creating a final cut! I’ll also buy you a drink at the premiere.

Plans For The Future
If all goes well, we plan to submit PINPRICK to as many festivals as possible, giving it a chance to travel the circuit and get a response. All of this will be further elaborated upon in the future as we make our way through production, but for now all we can say is that every donation helps, and whatever the scale of the short ends up being, we appreciate every single one of you.

Thank you,

Julian Kopkas (Writer, Director, Editor)

Donations ()

  • Lachlan Anderson 
    • $80 
    • 4 mos
  • Elías Miranda Olaso 
    • $20 
    • 5 mos
  • Mark Moskvitch 
    • $50 
    • 5 mos
  • Grant Croese 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Donna Croese 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
See all

Fundraising team: PINPRICK Crew (2)

Julian Kopkas 
Raised $520 from 8 donations
Castlecrag, NSW
Marcus Croese 
Team member
Raised $150 from 2 donations
This team raised $330 from 6 other donations.
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