A thriller with a local connection is nearing completion but needs investors.
Dani Barker, who grew up in Salmon Arm, wrote and starred in Follow Her – described as a realistic and timely horror film dealing with a terrifying situation faced by a woman seeking fame on social media.
Barker and her collaborators on the film were able to finish filming in New York City in late February, and she completed her move to Vancouver before the pandemic struck. She said working on the project remotely with others across North America was sometimes blocked by a frozen Skype or Zoom call, but the movie is now close to being completed.
The post-production of Follow Her, including color, sound and visual effects, is outsourced to companies with significant experience with Hollywood films. Barker said she didn’t expect the project to be so heavy on effects, but now sees visual effects as an essential part of the story, describing them as just another character.
The costs associated with post-production are part of the reason Barker and his fellow filmmakers are seeking backers for the film with the goal of raising $ 50,000 through an online platform called Wefunder. The difference between Wefunder and crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe is that those who donate money through Wefunder are investors entitled to a share of the film’s profits.
The Wefunder campaign had already raised $ 20,050 as of November 24. The campaign is available at wefunder.com/followher, and those with questions can contact Barker or his fellow filmmakers using [email protected]
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