Georgia: In An Interview With Georgia
I'm confused… is this a musical?
Admittedly, we got a little carried away with our singing in the video, but no, it's not a musical! Your Hands is a "dramedy" (one of my favorite terms). It begins at the end of a relationship between Lily and Jack. The story then centers around Lily in her post-breakup journey on the subway, exploring her grief, loneliness, struggle to let go and gradual acceptance.
Mmm... that doesn't sound very funny.
I know, right? The foundations of the story are BLEAK: heartbreak, loss, grief, pain. Makes you want to hit yourself over the head with a frying pan. But I guarantee this sad subject will be approached in a funny, unusual way. I will steer clear of the sentimental, depressing angle.
You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything...you can survive it. - Bill Cosby
Great. But what are you doing directing? Have you got a clue what you're doing?
It's true, I have spent the majority of my career in front of the camera rather than behind it.
But I grew up dreaming of being a director, not an actress. I was very lucky to break into acting (sadly leaving my job at a cheese shop) when I was eighteen. I loved acting so much I never looked back. Fast forward to January of last year, a month before I flew out and auditioned for "The New Normal." I decided it was now or never to direct something. So, I made a short film called I Think, Therefore.
A combination of incredible talent - Harry Melling, Oona Chaplin, Tom Hopper - a severely limited sleep pattern and great support gave us a fabulous film. I am currently submitting it to festivals and I can tell you that making it was one of the best experiences I've had to date. I cannot wait to direct Your Hands.
What's so special about Your Hands? Why should I help you make it?
The caliber of actors coming on board is insane. I want to create a great environment for them. They are going to bring so much to the story; it's going to be exciting to bring their characters to life! Also, I want to be able to feed them (especially Nick, he's 6' 4").
There are two options for shooting on the subway:
1. Shooting on a live subway would be an organic, real setting, but also loud, unpredictable and very expensive.
2. Filming on a static subway carriage at a studio would be controlled and creatively freeing, but would need green screens, post production work and would also be very expensive.
Challenges, yes, but great settings for such an emotionally turbulent and unpredictable journey. I've used public transportation all of my life and the different personalities I've met have been formidable! I want to capitalize on the array of characters found there there and embrace the assortment of humanity.
The color palette in Your Hands is going to be vibrant, lush and explosive! It will be used to portray Lily’s inner struggle, as well as her self-discovery and understanding. We will be working with a great color team to make Your Hands visually exciting, powerful and unusual.
To achieve an effective use of color and to create a real, distinct environment, we will need to work with some amazing post-production guys and gals…lucky for me, we know some!
Mmm. Ok. Does sound pretty cool. What do I get in return?
Apart from my eternal love and gratitude, we have a ton of incentives to offer. So if you join us, not only do you get a cool little somethin' somethin' (or a big somethin' somthin'), you can also be part of making this crazy and fun film. Which, in my mind, as a movie-lover and Brit, is the dog's bollocks.
If I become a backer will you shut up?
Yes! Just click on the big green button! Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up. Signing up is easy - you can even do it through Facebook!
Risks and challenges
The beast that is scheduling...
Finding time is going to be our biggest challenge. I am aiming for the creme de la creme of comedic talent. That means I'm trying to grab people with very busy work diaries! Nick is about to start a huuuuge Sony feature film called KITCHEN SINK that shoots August through September. An acting hero of mine is nearly onboard, but it's all down to our scheduling (which is why I won't tease names until I can confirm).
My amazing crew are also the busiest people I've ever met. They spin multiple jobs like plates and we will have to work our bottoms off to fit YOUR HANDS seamlessly into the mix.
Acting is my full time, bread and butter job. So I will also have to duck and weave like a ninja to make both YOUR HANDS a successful project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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