About this project
Welcome to our kickstarter for our film noir short film! We are raising funds to film this short 6/7 minute piece and in return you can get your name in the credits, (always wanted to be a film producer, hey *wiggles eyebrows*), film noir art cards painted by some wonderful artists, film noir badges, our very own film noir Late Nights zine, totes and tees! Oh and a copy of the film! (Almost forgot about that!) We also would love to invite you to a future screening of the film.
We begin at our wonderful local cinema where our female assassin goes to the late night film screenings to unwind and hide away from the world. But then middleman Jack arrives to give Livien her next assignment. His visits at first are an intrusion, but Jack soon becomes more to her than she could have imagined, complicating her already dangerous and complex life. She finds herself torn between what she longs for and what she needs to do to protect not only herself, but now Jack.
The style of the film is a mixture of 1950s film noir as the cinema we are to film in has an elegant interior and art deco feel. The cinema feels like a film set from the 20s/50s but the point of the film is not to make it a period piece. We want it to be timeless, like the love and violence they experience. Costumes will be an assortment of 20s, 50s, 80s’s and 90s clothing, mixing the dirty desperation of that period with elegance and boldness. The style is to keep the time of this story ambiguous and not the focus of the film.
The film will have the look very much of a Film Noir. Lighting will be dramatic to create this bold look and instantly hinting to the audience this is a spy thriller. Camera wise, at least in the cinema scenes it will be shot more like a western. Shots such as extreme closeups will be key in showing their emotions, while then cutting to wides to help create this tense, difficult atmosphere as they struggle with their emotions. The characters have very little movement so this dynamic shooting style will really help to create tension. It won't be in your face fast cuts between the two as this is not meant to be fast paced, but it will be almost continuous movement. We want to draw out the drama so we will hang on to shots for as long as possible. We will make the shots interesting though.
We are RAAR! Films (Katie Hogan and Emily Attwood) We are young, enthusiastic creatives, making our own films. We are dedicated to supporting other new and young talent in independent film production. We are always looking to get more people involved, raise the quality of our productions and to make films that everyone involved in is truly proud to be a part of and want to return to create more.
This short is a dream for us. It will be the first project we have worked alone as Raar! Films. We are a partnership with the same hard work ethic and love for film and filmmaking. This project will be a showcase for what we can accomplish together and give us something truly superb to show to investors for a feature film in the future. We can't do it without your help though!
A preview of our Raar! work. Full showreel coming soon
It is a brilliant script (written by Kubrick Prize for Fiction award-winning filmmaker Katie Hogan) with such potential both narratively and visually.
For this short we need funds to pay for:
- Renting equipment (lights and if we earn any extra jib)
- Food for the crew, actors and extras
- Props for party scene inc. fake alcohol drink
We will/have paid for ourselves/will beg/borrow
- Pre-production costs
- Casting Space
- Rehersal Space
- Dedo Lights
- Extra equipment not in budget such as jib unless we can raise any extra
- Film festivals unless we raise any extra
- Directors transport and expenses
Nobody will be paid with the money raised, it will go straight into the production of the short. All pre-production has been paid for by us such as transport for meetings, the promo shoot, etc. The only exception is if we raise significantly more than our target we will put some money towards entering film festivals. Apart from that your money will literally go into the production. Firstly, any extra money over the total will go on hiring amazing equipment like jibs and dolly and tracks to improve production values. We have a budget breakdown below for you to have a peek at.
We all know films are expensive to make and all filmmakers need a bit of help. We are hoping to rely on resources and our own tenacity, but we still need to cover some costs.
The rules are, you must always feed and water cast and crew and pay for travel, which is exactly what we will need the funds for. We will also need to hire equipment and source costumes. These all cost money and we’re hoping that you’ll be as excited as us about this film to help us out.
We are also hoping to get the local community involved by asking locals to take part as extras and hopefully to inspire future filmmakers and writers out there to get creative and start their own projects.
Concept, Story and Inspiration
Like all great stories, ‘Late Nights at the Movies’ was an idea that came to me at 2am one morning. After writing all night I was running out of steam. I wanted my character to be something unexpected and I really wanted to write my own version of a hitman/assassin story. I thought back to all the times I had been in the cinema, a perfect location for a clandestine meeting to take place, and imagined that this character would go to late night showings to escape her ‘day job’. Slowly, slowly, the character of Livien was born. At first the story was meant to be told across a series of short stories, but after a few people telling me ‘this would work great as a film’ I adapted it for the screen. The film is inspired by the genre Film Noir and of course, stories about hitmen and assassins.
Late Nights at the Movies is about Livien, a professional killer, who goes to the late night film screenings to unwind and hide away from her job, her clients and anyone else who is after her. Somewhere along the line she ended up working for an organization and signed the wrong kind of contract. Middleman Jack meets with her at the movies and tells her what to do and where to go. At first this was an intrusion to her, at the place she calls her sanctuary, but over time Jack and Livien have become more than just colleagues. This complicates matters however, as Livien struggles with her feelings whilst trying to protect the one she cares about. – Katie
Katie often sends me over her stories and short scripts. This one cinematically was definitely something special. You could feel the atmosphere just reading it, see the lighting, the halo of light lining the back of Livien’s head from the projector and smell the smoke filled air from her cigarette as the smoke circled above her head, the flickering screen illuminating her face. The dialogue was on point as usual for Katie. Concise whilst packing a few punches. There was also something tender about it that I wanted to explore. A woman assassin who on the surface has a thick skin, but also has touching, challenging moments. Usually in films it feels like they have to be one or the other, always 2-dimensional.
I love how, although the characters feel quite real, it is like they are living in the moment for us. It is as though Livien has always been sitting in that cinema the moment we see her, waiting for us and perhaps Jack but she doesn’t know it. All the little details make it feel not quite real, it’s a different world, a different place and it is timeless. We don’t know when or where they are and I like that. It makes it feel truly cinematic. -Emily
Now a little about what you get for helping us!
Each reward bracket has its own amazing rewards. Most are pretty self explanatory but we'll go into more detail about the physical items. (These aren't in reward order because that would make too much sense).
First up we have our film badges. You'll receive a badge either with artwork from the art cards on or a still from the film you can proudly wear.
Which brings us to our art cards! We have four talented artists creating beautiful art cards based on Late Nights at the Movies for you. If you choose this incentive or any above it, you will receive each of these cards (4 in total) through the post.
Now to explain our zine. Basically, it's a mini magazine that we have created ourselves all about Late Nights at the Movies. With info about the film, mini interviews, photographs and more stories from the Late Nights Universe, it will be something we hope you will treasure!
Next up we have our DVD or Blu-Ray depending on which donation you pick. Pretty self explanatory. You'll receive a shiny disk in a nice case through the post. On it will be our magnificent film!
Not exactly a physical item, but one that may need a little explanation. What we really really want to do is have a screening of late Nights at a cinema nearer the end of this year. So depending on how much we manage to raise and logistics with getting a cinema, we can't promise when this will be. But this is what we'd like to do.
Now for the true big wig rewards. The tote bag and the t-shirt. These will have artwork or a still from the film on with our lovely title 'Late Night at the Movies' on. On the back of the t-shirt it will say 'Executive Producer'.
Hiring will cover 3 filming days
COSTUMES/PROPS Costumes for 2 mains and extras -Pantsuit -Shoes x2 pairs -Coats x2 -Suit -Cigarettes -Sunglasses -Bottle etc. We will supply these ourselves at no cost or actors will -------
Party Scene Props/Drinks Costumes we or actors will provide ------- £20 -------
MEMORY Hard Drive ------- £31 -------
Memory Cards will borrow / already own
LIGHTS Dedos- will borrow for no fee Hire other lights ------- £50 -------
SOUND Sound equip will be provided by sound person
TRAVEL 4 Crew- pay for Cinematographer and Sound Person's travel, only us directors if extra money £20 per day max. ------- £120 -------
Extras 3 extras @ £15 per day for one day (cinema scene) Other extras no travel expenses ------- £45 -------
Makeup Artist @£15 per day travel + £5 per day tools for 3 days ------- £60 -------
Cast main x2 @ £15 per day for 3 days ------- £90 -------
Other actor party scene @ £15 for 1 day ------- £15 -------
FOOD £4 per person per day 1st day= 11 mouths 2nd day= 11 mouths 3rd day= 8 mouths =30 feedings ------- £120 -------
Insurance -PLI & Employers’ liability insurance ------- £65
Rewards ------- £50 -------
10% Contingency ------- £66.60
5% Kickstarter ------- £40.00
3% Paypal(+20p per pledge)------- £29.00
------------ =£801.60 ------------
Who are we?
Emily Attwood – Producer, Director, Editor
Having always had a camera (or two, or three) in my hand, my fascination for film began as I watched from afar my granddad making family films with his video camera. Not allowed to get my hands on it as it was too precious and I was very, very young, I dreamt of filming anything and everything with it and waited for no-one to be around to finally get my mitts on it (until I heard footsteps and ran for the hills, so I saved to buy my own camera to my family's delight). I haven't stopped filming since then.
I have won four film awards (Best Film and Best Director among them at The Adders Youth Film Festival) and have been shortlisted for best short at Renderyard Film Festival.
I went on to study filmmaking at University and have been filming and photographing since. I created Raar! Films with a couple of friends out of University and made a series of Zombie shorts which we hoped to make into a feature eventually. Circumstances changed and I decided to move forward alone with Raar! Films. The past few years I have been freelancing as a photographer and filmmaker. Now I have teamed up with Katie Hogan, my partner in film (and crime hehehe) who is joining Raar! and has a similar work ethic to me (film film film). We have worked on a couple of the zombie films together, but this is a piece that will truly be our own. And we want to show what we can do!
I have also worked on 2 feature films as Assistant Director, Stills Photographer and Camera Assistant as well as numerous short films. This will be a stepping stone to make my own feature film! You can check out my website for more info.
Katie Hogan – Writer, Producer, Director
Having been obsessed with films since a very young age, I made it my mission to watch as many films as possible from all over the world. Film Noir was the genre that captured my imagination while studying in college and University and I have always wanted to write/film a story where the femme fatale was the front and centre.
I studied Film and TV Production at University of Hertfordshire achieving First Class Hons. My film was selected for the Visions Festival and won The Kubrick Prize for Fiction for my short ‘Space Detective’. The award winning short film was also recently screened and discussed on the Cambridge TV show, Celluloid Dreams.
I have previously collaborated with Emily and Raar! Films on their Flamingo Close shorts and wrote the successfully crowd funded short ‘Cass’. As well as writing short films and stories, I am an avid film blogger and have been writing on my blog ‘She Likes Movies’ for 7 years as well as regularly contributing reviews and features to Vulture Hound magazine.
Our first zombie film. Written and directed by Emily
Our second zombie film, written by Katie and directed by Emily, crowdfunded by you on indiegogo!
Trailer for 'The Snare' feature film. Emily worked as AD
Katie's award winning short. Written and directed by Katie
A fun zero budget shoot Emily decided to shoot at christmas with a couple of amazing actor friends
How and when?
We are planning on putting out a casting call this month for actors (May). We will then hold auditions in June and shoot in July! Post production will then begin and continue until August- September. September is also when you'll receive all your lovely Kickstarter rewards and the film will be released!
The Odyssey in St. Albans are very kindly allowing us to film there, all dates being fine, which we are incredibly excited about! It is an art deco cinema recently saved from destruction and restored to its former glory. We hope this will bring some extra attention to it as it is our favourite cinema.
As with most of our other shorts we will be using a Canon 5D Mark ii (or possibly iii) as it has excellent image quality, is very good in low light (even though we will have lighting cinemas are pretty dark) while being small and compact so we can squeeze it into tight places. We will be filming between rows of seats so this will be perfect.
There is another scene in a bar. We are hoping to get lots of locals as extras so if you fancy some fun on set, let us know.
If you have any questions about anything please do message us!
Thank you for your time and we would love to hear from you!
Emily and Katie
P.S. We're part of the Kick It Foward Project at http://kickingitforward.org.This means that as part of the project we agree to use 5% of any profits we make from our crowdfunding on other Kickstarter projects. As we will not be making any profits as such, as all the money we raise will be spent straight on the film, we have already backed a Kickstarter project with more than 5% of our target (using our own money) and plan to back at least a couple more in the next couple of weeks! You can follow who we back here.
Risks and challenges
Our project will only get the funding from you if we make our target. That means that if we succeed with this crowd funding we won't be cutting corners or risk non completion of the project. Your money will only reach us if we reach our goal amount! We have also invested our own money (as specified above) so you are not alone in this!
Of course, like all Kickstarter projects there is a huge amount of trust you put into the projectees, in this case us. We can assure you that together we will make this beautiful short film and deliver all of your rewards. We will also keep you updated with any news, filming dates and if there are any snags at all. We promise to you that we will be open about everything. So in return for your trust, we will give this project to you.
We have made many other short films (and worked on a couple of features) so there really is minimum risk for you. We even successfuly managed to get a previous short funded via Indiegogo. You can take a peak here if you like! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flamingo-close#/
Any questions please do drop us a message at LateNightsFilm@gmail.com
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