THE TRIP is a story about a young couple, Rose and James, who decide to get away to the Cotswolds for a weekend before their wedding. But beneath a veneer of seating plans and country strolls, the dark shadow of a mystery encounter with an older woman hangs over James.
As sinister events unfold in the country, the secret that could explain them is gradually revealed in London.
Will it break them? Should it? Or is this a secret best not surfaced at all…
WHO ARE WE?
Sope Dirisu - JAMES
Our lead actor is the fantastic Sope Dirisu. As we learned at auditions, Sope can act through anything: helicopters, water spillage, nosebleeds… He just keeps going. Previously a National Youth Theatre superstar, he’s now hitting the big screen, with significant roles in The Mill, Utopia, Humans (all Channel 4), BBC’s The Casual Vacancy and he’s even just shot a very exciting Hollywood blockbuster that we can’t mention. Hush hush. But trust us, he’s sh*t hot.
Gillian Saker - ROSE
We are all a little bit in love with Gillian. Having had recurring parts in C4’s Misfits and BBC/Amazon’s Ripper Street, you may well recognise her off your telly box. Gillian is also an accomplished theatre actress, and we’re thrilled to have her on board. She has the perfect quirky charm that Rose needs, and we can't wait to work with her.
Director - Sophie King
Sophie is an experienced director of short content and a graduate of the National Film & Television School (NFTS) BFI Talent Campus for the nation’s 50 most promising filmmakers. She is a Directors’ Guild (DGGB) member and has shown four of her films at the BFI Southbank, among other festivals. She was recently nominated by Underwire, the leading UK women’s film festival, as Best Director U25, and her projects have been supported by the BFI, Channel 4, BAFTA, Creative England, Creative Skillset and more.
Her work spans from commercial clients (BMW, Peroni, London Fashion Week Magazine) to purely creative ventures (having now directed over 6 films screened in cinemas). After working in the TV department of M&C Saatchi, Sophie is currently the creative producer at production company The Wagon, where she also directs content. She has been described by The Guardian as ‘one to watch’ and by NFTS as 'a force to be reckoned with', while the BFI believe that she has a 'bright future within the film industry'. She is taller than most so it's always easy for cast and crew to find her on set.
Writer/Producer - Timothy Root
Timothy is an executive at Channel 4 and also acts independently as a screenwriter and producer (THE TRIP is not a Channel 4 or Film4 project). With both parents from production backgrounds and having spent his teenage years in LA, filmmaking has long been a fixture in his life.
Whilst living in LA he wrote, directed and produced several short films and music videos that were shown at US film festivals. Currently, alongside his career on the business side of TV and producing THE TRIP, Timothy is also in development on a long-form drama series adapted from a series of a novels. Timothy is even taller than Sophie so he manages to maintain some (dubious) authority in their meetings.
DOP - Chris Sharman
Chris is the nicest man you’ll ever meet. He’s also a bloody great DOP. Chris has worked for ITV and BBC, and has shot commercials, documentaries, music videos, shorts and features. And they all look gorgeous. He has a RED Epic Dragon camera, the same model recently used to shoot Gone Girl, and we can't wait to set him loose in our beautiful Cotswolds location.
Editor - Robbie James
Our energetic New Yaaaawwwkkkerr, Robbie studied at Tisch in NYC, which means he knows his sh*t. He was also an in house editor at Sony for 5 years, so he really knows his sh*t. Oh and now he’s on the coveted books of Soho Editors so he definitely knows his... ok, you get the picture. He also has a super cute kid. But that’s not why we’re employing him. Promise.
Composer - Segun Akinola
Musical genius and all round lovely bloke, Segun graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with first class honours in doing-musicy-things. He’s also now studying composing at NFTS, so he’s pretty bloody good. Every sample score he sends us makes us proper freak out in the good way.
Production Manager - Alex Cooper
Alex has worked in the creative industries for a bloody long time, and is very good at getting people to do things without them crying (something Sophie is still working on). He was based at M&C Saatchi for a few centuries, and now heads up account management at production company The Wagon.
Production Designer - Madeleine Dymond
Maddie has collaborated with Sophie as production designer on the majority of her films. She's headed up wardrobe and props for a number of films screened in cinemas, and got a first in her degree during which she focused on production design. She’s worked with the BFI and the BBC, and her ever-changing hairstyles always keep us on our toes!
Hair & Make Up - Natalie Fox
Natalie has a dog so we love her. But we especially love her because she’s great at her job. She studied hair and make up at LCF, and now makes people look better on telly, films and in magazines. She’ll make all the actors look a billion times less tired and more enthusiastic. Right?... Right?
Post Sound - Kieron Banerji
A man with ears like a hawk, nay, a bat, nay, a headmistress, Kieron is our devoted post production sound guru. He got a first from the School of Audio Engineering in London (SAE Institute), and has composed and mixed for almost all of Sophie’s films. He is also the funniest person you’ll meet, so spending 48 hours with him in a sound studio isn’t so bad.
WHY SHOULD THIS FILM GET MADE?
THE TRIP is an important film for a lot of reasons. Firstly, it’s got a really exciting cast and crew. Far from being a student project, this film is made by people who have to pay full price at Topshop (sadly). From the actors to the shooting crew to the post production team, everyone is at the top of their game, and our hope is that by bringing together all these talents we can create a truly great short.
It’s a film that features a really genuinely, actually, interesting older female character in Rose's mother. Not just your standard ‘mum’ parked in the background - she’s exciting and dangerous. Where Rose sees in James the man she loves and wants to spend her life with, her mother sees a man unfit for her daughter, and this ultimately morphs into almost psychotic paranoia. We wanted to explore the clash of different generations and outlooks, and in doing so we touch upon important issues of class and even race.
We want to make a film of contrasts, that keeps you guessing: artistic but slick, enjoyable but unsettling, short but memorable. And we hope that you can help us achieve that.
WHAT’S THE MONEY FOR?
As we're sure you're aware, filmmaking isn't cheap, and whilst we do have the money to finance the fundamentals, the dream has grown since our first pre-production meetings. We’ve managed to get a staggeringly talented cast and crew, and it’s turning into a pretty large scale operation. In order to produce the best work possible, and keep this momentum going, we want to be able to give them the tools they need. We also want to be able to feed them, give them beds to sleep in and ferry them to and from our locations. Because nobody likes a hungry gaffer.
We also have a few complex set ups, such as shooting a lengthy driving scene in a car. We need money for the camera rig hire and insurance (...and for a whole load’a brollies if it rains). We’d like to be able to give our production designer enough cash to splash sets with the bells and whistles that can make all the difference, like for a party scene at the end - at the moment she's working with just a few strings of fairy lights, and that’s a real party pooper.
Even in post production, our baby will continue to sponge off us heavily. We’re going to have to do some ADR sessions (especially for our car scenes), and we want to hire a studio for our composer to record his music with live musicians. We want to have the right kit to get a superstar edit and grade, and to be able to provide our experienced editor with the posh coffees he deserves.
We’ve worked it out, and an extra £5k is the real bare minimum we need to elevate the production to the level we feel it now deserves. We only get the money if we reach our full amount - else we get nothing! And we’ve only got 30 days, so very much in the style of the copycat action movie we are definitely not making, the clock is ticking. All of your money will go straight into the film (bar the tiny % kickstarter takes for its part in it all), so please please help us in any way you can.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge? Getting Sophie to stay awake in the night shoots. No, no, we’re kidding (we’ll drip feed her Red Bull).
Our film requires a few challenging set ups, such as shooting at night and filming multiple car scenes. But we’re confident that we can meet this challenge. Our DOP has shot similar films before, and as the stills above show, he’s got a sure handle on it. So your money rests safe with us.
We've got some challenges in post production too, such as recording dialogue for our driving scenes, but we're confident that our experienced sound engineer will tackle this no problem.
The film is 100% getting made, and it’s happening soon - this campaign is about raising the stakes. And boy will we be grateful if you can help us do that. Whether it’s £5 or £500, we are desperate for any and all support. Even if you can't donate, please help us spread the word!
When the campaign is over, we'll keep you fully up-to-date with the production and when to expect your rewards for donating. If you have any questions at any point though, please do feel free to email email@example.com and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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