Jake Tabata (DEGANZ) is making his directorial debut with horror, coming-of-age web series The Creature. To make this happen, he is holding a Boosted campaign to raise $9,000, kicking off on 18 July.
The Creature follows Aidan, a young gay man, on his journey to self-acceptance. Stuck in the online dating rut of endlessly swiping with no results, Aidan is ecstatic when matched with his ‘dream man’. However, to leave for his date, Aidan must face the perturbed Creature lurking in his home’s shadows. As he challenges the Creature’s authority over him, Aidan learns that being alone doesn’t mean he has to be lonely.
This project’s kaupapa centres around authentically telling queer stories, upskilling young creatives, and ensuring accessibility (meaning it’ll be free to watch!). Ultimately, Jake and the creative team want young queer people to feel seen, heard, and validated through this story.
If you are keen to support this group of emerging filmmakers to tell this important story of young queer representation navigating romance and anxiety in the online space, visit their Boosted page.
Good luck to Jake and the rest of the production team!