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Dirt  is a short horror film written by Lyndsay Sarah Doyle. The story follows Penny, a troubled runaway, who is picked up hitchhiking by a group of friends on a camping trip. But after trekking deep into the forest, Penny soon realises this group is not seeking the ideal camping spot after all, but something much more sinister. Now it's an epic fight for survival, as Penny pulls out all punches to be the last one standing.


'Dirt' came about as a result of a conversation about the lack of some really cool female characters on offer for teenage girls in Australia. We wanted to create a female character that was not a supporting role to a dude, but a lead who could dominate the screen. Typically in roles of the horror genre the female is always a victim, is never quite equipped with brains or brawn, and struggles to meet the barrage of violence from the predator.  But 'Dirt' is very different. From the get go, we wanted our "victim" to bite back, have grit and attitude - and hence "Penny" was born.


First and foremost, our aim is to entertain. We want our audience to watch this and get excited! Secondly, we want our cast and crew to have a blast. Thirdly, and most importantly, we want to encourage audiences to demand more female driven stories with female characters in unconventional roles (such a teen out in the forest kicking ass). After all, like boys, girls just wanna have fun making films!


Mikaela Binns-Rorke - 'Penny'.

Mikaela is a young Australian model and aspiring actor. She got her start in acting from a young age, appearing in countless commercials and musical theatre productions, including fronting Big W's Total Toy Domination campaign, and starring in commercials for IGA and Fujitsu Air Conditioning. Being an avid supporter of anti-bullying campaigns, she also featured in an eSafety Commission's advertisement to educate Australian children on how to deal with bullying.  Mikaela is active across social media, and with a cool following of over 34,000+ on Instagram, this is one young actress to watch!


Lyndsay Sarah Doyle – Writer, Director & Producer

Lyndsay is a Sydney-based writer, director and filmmaker. She has been involved in television, film and theatre since a young age.  Her debut short film 'The One' has had international success in the film festival circuit, including winning Lyndsay the 'Best Woman Filmmaker' in the Chandler international Film Festival in Arizona, and in the Yes! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival in Canada. Lyndsay has recently completed her first short documentary project 'Vegan Story', a short horror/thriller 'Room of Doors', and is in the process of writing a feature film script for the Australian production house Digital Realm to be filmed in Sydney.

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Karl Jenner – Director of Photography

Karl  is a cinematographer and filmmaker based in Sydney, and has been working in the film and television industry for over 20 years. Karl is a technical filmmaker with experience in editing, 3d animation, and visual effects. With a passion for creating beautiful imagery and for cinematic storytelling, he has worked alongside internationally-renowned and award-winning creatives. Over the past few years, Karl has been developing his own narrative film projects which have been screened around the world in such prestigious competitions as the Montreal World Film Festival.

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Marius Luppino – On-Set Photography

Marius has worked in the entertainment industry for decades in television production, talent management and social media content development, and photographer. He has photographed some of the world's most loved stars, and is inspired by photographers like David Lachapelle, Herb Ritts, Mark Seliger. We are delighted to have Marius come onboard to offer his skills to capture the imagery of the film, and characters of this storyworld.

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Budget Overview

As well as investing our own money and skillset, we are looking to raise $6,000 by the end of this campaign to get this show on the road! All of your generous donations will go directly to funding the essential production elements required to make this short film possible. This includes the highly skilled team members and their equipment, permits, safety and catering.  As well as the amazing post production talents found in the depths of a dark edit suite.

'Dirt' Budget Breakdown

On-set Crew Fees: $3,000

Special FX Makeup: $500

Stunt Co-ordination/Safety: $1,000

Catering: $200
Permits: $200

Legalities: $800

Post Production Fees: $3,000

TOTAL = $8,700

Potential Challenges

We are filming in May, no doubt it's going to rain, but then again living in Sydney you soon learn it can rain any time it feels like it. While this is something to be mindful of, it shall not deter us. What do they say? Rain, hail or shine – we’re making this film!

Safety is also one of our main challenges – hence why we’ve brought onboard a very skilled stunts co-ordinator to work with our team. The professional will be providing training and guidance to our actors prior to shoot day, as well as on the day. We will be working closely together to achieve our kickass vision, but all the while keeping our cast and crew safe. The last thing we want is for someone to actually get hurt – on-screen violence only, please!

on 20th Mar 2018 at 6:00am. The payment portal is closed now.
AU$25 +Digital Movie PosterGet a digital high-res copy of our film poster for 'Dirt'!
11 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2018
AU$50 +Signed Production StillsGet a signed copy of one of the production stills from 'Dirt'. Signed by lead actor Mikaela, and writer/director Lyndsay.
26 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$100 +Personal Shoutout from SetA personal shoutout to you on Facebook from Mikeala to say thank you - while on set filming 'Dirt'!
8 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2018
AU$150 +Behind-the-scenes PhotosGet exclusive digital copies of behind-the-scenes shots of 'Dirt'. These are images that will not be sent out by the production team for the promotion of the film.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$250 +Behind the scenes footage - Unseen! Ooooooh!Never before seen footage from behind the scenes during the filming of 'Dirt'. These are candid moments that will not be shown to anyone else in the world.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2018
AU$300 +Skype Chat with Miki and team of 'Dirt'Have a one-on-one chat with the star of 'Dirt' Mikalea Binns-Rorke, and crew! We will give you a very personal thank you for your contribution, and you can ask anything you want about the production of 'Dirt.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2018
AU$500 +Photoshoot with Marius LuppinoMarius will photograph you for your actors headshots, business headshots or maybe you just wanna have some fun! It's totally between yourself and Marius to discuss. Please note: this applies for our pledgers who are in the Sydney vicinity, or are willing to travel to Sydney to work with Marius. Travel, accommodation or other related expenses are not covered by the production team or Marius Luppino. A time and place is to be discussed between the pledger and Marius outside of the production.
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$1000 +Dinner with the Cast & CrewCome join us for a celebratory dinner in Sydney! Please note: This is for pledgers who are in the local vicinity or are willing to travel to Sydney for this event. Travel, accommodation or related expenses are not covered by the production. But dinner is on us!
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2018
AU$1000 +Name a Character!That's right! You get to name one of the supporting characters in the film 'Dirt'. Give us a bunch of options - and we'll pick the best!
0 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2018
AU$2000 +Come to our Screening!This is an exclusive screening of the film 'Dirt', before it has been released to the public. Snacks and drinks provided. Please note: This is a Sydney screening. Travel, accommodation or other related expenses will not be covered by the production team. If you are unable to attend in person, we can Skype you in to join us. Due to the nature of the schedule, the time and date of the screening may be inflexible, but we shall do our best to accomodate.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2018