ENTER THE BLACK MANSION

THE BLACK MANSION FOUNDER: HEATHER BUCKLEY

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Artist | Producer | Filmmaker, HEATHER BUCKLEY, now works under the newly minted banner, THE BLACK MANSION. 

THE BLACK MANSION explores genre as a potent vehicle for visionary and provocative storytelling through features, series and documentaries. Our focus is to present new voices that are boldly cinematic, deeply personal and prestige.


THE LIGHTS ARE ON IN THE BLACK MANSION AND ALL ARE WELCOME


This is the first of what I hope will be many opportunities for the community to engage with the content on my slate at the earliest stages of development. The objective is two-fold. I want to introduce these titles and begin to generate interest and conversation, as well as raise very small amounts of funding to cover The Black Mansion’s overhead costs for packaging as I take these projects out to equity investors.


The first project I am sending is INSIDE.

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BUDGET AND FINANCE PLAN

We need to raise $4,000 USD to get a Budget and Finance Plan done.

This will allow us to calculate real numbers for the incentives generated by these partnerships, which will in turn, solidify our Finance Plan - which is the next step. A detailed Finance Plan is needed to show our interested parties: sales / equity investors.

This proper line item budget by a reputable, skilled Irish Line Producer is the launching point for INSIDE.


IRISH LINE PRODUCER

The script has received very positive feedback and high scores. The next step is to hire an Irish Line Producer to do a proper budget.

INSIDE will be a complex shoot because this shoots in Ireland and has an American wri/dir/prod. The US does not have an official co-production treaty with Ireland, so another territory will be involved in order to provide services and create an official co-production treaty.

We need a skilled Irish Line Producer who has worked within this budget range and with several different co-production partners, such as Canada, the UK and Germany in order to price out the best options for stage builds and post production (VFX et al).


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STOWE STORY LABS | USA


INSIDE was selected for the Stowe Story Labs retreat in Stowe, Vermont in its early stages. The lab generously granted the project a partial scholarship and Elise attended the exclusive four day retreat. The experience was one of the most rewarding experiences of her professional career. She pitched the project through peer group meetings, one on one mentorship meetings and continuing support from Founder, David Rocchio | Co-Founder, David Pope | Alumn, Carrie Wachob and the entire SSL community.

Stowe Stories Lab Press Release 


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FRONTIÈRES MARKET at FANTASIA FEST | Canada 


I first met wri/dir/prod, ELISE SALOMON at the FRONTIÈRES MARKET at FANTASIA FEST in Montréal, where she introduced INSIDE to the market for the first time. I saw the pitch and took a meeting with her. 

Getting to know Elise as an emerging female filmmaker with a strong, all encompassing aesthetic to her work and a beautifully scripted folk horror project with a new supernatural entity and driven by the relationship between the two main characters, I immediately saw comparisons to HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and HEREDITARY and felt INSIDE was a must for The Black Mansion slate.

Screen Daily Press Release 
Rue Morgue Press Release 


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CANNES | France


A few weeks later, I came on as Producer and helped Elise execute a 3 minutes Proof of Concept, which was selected by FRONTIÈRES for their genre showcase at Marché du film at CANNES.

At CANNES, we pitched the 3 minute Proof of Concept together as one of 7 projects selected for the Frontières Platform. A wave of interest was generated and we took back to back meetings for 4 days. 

Dread Central Press Release 
Variety Press Release 


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FRIGHTFEST | UK


My dear friend, Paul McEvoy was in the audience at Cannes and saw the Proof of Concept and invited us to showcase it as FrightFest in London. He screened the 3 minutes as a short film on the IMAX screen to showcase the beautiful cinematography, VFX and Sound Design.

Dread Central Press Release 


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GALWAY FILM FLEADH | Ireland


INSIDE was also selected for the GALWAY FILM FLEADH MARKET and we took several meetings there, as well, where we got to meet with some of our potential Irish partners for the project.

Galway Marketplace 


PLEASE DONATE

Please give what you can to help this project along. Any amount helps.

Support an emerging female filmmaker.

Help us jump this major hurdle. 


Launch a beautiful, eerie folk horror with a new supernatural entity. 


WHAT’S NEXT

Next up once we have our Budget and Finance Plan is CASTING. If we can hire the Casting Director that we want, I have no doubt that our wish list will respond to this script. From there… sales partners. 

I will be rolling out these announcements and fundraising campaigns to support early development on THE BLACK MANSION slate as these projects take shape. Thank you for supporting art and artists.
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Fundraising team: Elise Salomon (2)

Heather Buckley 
Organizer
Jersey City, NJ
Elise Salomon 
Team member
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