Black Lake

BLACK LAKE on Indiegogo

Black Lake concept design

Imagine a darkly beautiful horror animation, from an award-winning writer/director, with live musicians to create the musical score and stunning graphics from a team lead by a top concept artist. Sounds good, right? BLACK LAKE will be all this and more – but they need your help to make it happen.

Writer/director Martin Stocks is the talent behind the multi-award winning Toll Booth, which picked up the Gold Award for Best Thriller at the LA Shorts, along with 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.

Now, Martin is looking to horror fans to help him create his unique vision, BLACK LAKE, an ambitious and visually stunning animation.

The synopsis is as follows:

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 a 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.

James Wren is producing, having made several feature films. The Man You’re Not features Reece Sheersmith and Joanna Lumley, and premiered at East London Film Festival on 21st April 2018 at Rich Mix cinema. He also produced short horror/comedy The Monster 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.

They also have two award-winning and extremely talented actors on board, and will release details throughout the campaign.

How you can help make sure BLACK LAKE  gets made:

Says Martin: “We need people to donate to our Indigogo campaign to help us bring this project to life. We have all sorts of fun perks including original concept art, cinema screenings and even a promotional film.

“Every donation of £10 or more will be invited to a cinema screening of the teams’ previous work, and given a free drink. At the higher end, you can have a character animated based on your face for £1,000. For £2,000, the experienced, award-winning team will produce a professional promotional film for you or your organisation. The team have previously made promotional films for clients including Halfords and EDF Energy.”


“We have experienced and talented animation consultants on board for the project. We are still looking for a lead animator/s, and to partner with production companies with a strong track-record in producing ambitious animation projects like this. If you know anyone please hook us up.”

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“We need everyone to share this project on social media to increase our visibility and help us reach more potential donors.”

The crowdfunding runs until May 28th. Please help in any way you can.

Perks on offer, for helping make BLACK LAKE happen, include exclusive cinema screening of the film, meet the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes videos, SEO or copywriting support, signed original concept art, and you can even appear in the film as an animated character! And just a £10 pledge gets you an invitation to a screening + a free drink!

PLUS students and the unemployed get an upgrade to the next perk.

Says Martin: “We are a friendly and inclusive set of filmmakers, and are happy to lend advice, meet you, support you, or support your own projects in any way we can.”


BLACK LAKE Indigogo campaign:

Twitter: @BlackLakefilm @MartinTStocks @WrenJR

Facebook: @BlackLakefilm

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