Damaged Goods tells the story of a teenage boy, Zippo (Mark Cummings) who along with his younger sister Nelly (Alex Stead) find an injured dog by a roadside, take him home, nurse him back to health, only to find out he has come from the horrific world of dog fighting. Zippo and Nelly then have a battle on their hands to save the dog being pulled back into the brutal, inhumane world from where he has only just escaped.
An independent UK film, made in the North East of England, Damaged Goods tackles the darkest of topics, intertwinned into a hard hitting drama concerning two kids from a near broken family who find a light in their otherwise dark existence in the shape of a dog, with an equally sad background.
Damaged Goods has been made with the help of the RSPCA who helped us make sure the film was not only made responsibly but is also a realistic protrayal of low level dog fighting. We hope that the film tackles the subject matter in both a warm and sensitive manner.
The film is now in post production, however, in order to complete the whole project we do need extra funds to complete production and marketing. We are asking for £1500 to help us complete our film and get it out there but if we were to make anymore via Kickstarter we promise those greatly appreciated and still really important funds will be ploughed into the project so if we are lucky enough to reach our target please still think about helping. Please look at our latest trailer and website (www.damagedgoodsfilm.co.uk) and if you like what you see please look at one of our rewards and if one looks attractive please, please help our little film that we believe has a big message - thanks Mike Tweddle (writer/ director/producter of Damaged Goods).
Risks and challenges
If our project was to be successful via Kickstarter then the real work begins for the Damaged Goods team. By allowing us the extra funds you will be helping us with production and marketing costs which we are presently struggling for. We then have to determine how to not only produce our film (theatrical , VOD, DVD - or all of the above), how to package our film and most importantly market the film but we have calculated with these extra funds we can achieve the strategy that we originally planned for.
As the film is still in post production there is still the potential that we will find issues with the material that has been already shot that may be unsuitable i.e. audio levels may need a long, complicated process of editing, continuity issues will no doubt arise and link shots may be required. We need to get the film classified for distribution by the BBFC in order to be able to show it in public - this will be costly and we hope that we achieve the age classification that helps us get the film out to as wide an audience as possible.
Marketing is the key to the success of the film and we need to get that right. At the initial stage we are looking at self distribution - the type of strategy we feel suits the movie best, yet this has the potential to limit the appeal of the film as of course a major distribution deal would help the film get to a wider appeal as possible. The extra funds will help us initiate the self marketing and distribution plan but is something that will undoubtedly have its limits.
Another challenge will come in the shape of physically producing the film both into suitable formats for a limited theatrical release but also onto VOD and DVD - this needs to be given careful consideration as if we do not choose the right production company then this could cause setbacks regarding getting our film out into the public domain.
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