About this project
We are into the final hours of the project. We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from you all. Thanks to you we have reached our stretch goal!
In these final few hours you are still invited to get involved. ALL our rewards are still available, and any additional funds we receive will go towards developing more sophisticated visual effects and art department, so that the most comic moments in the film - Dean's injuries and accidents, as well as that final explosion I am not telling you about, are more impactful, more effective and most importantly, funnier.
What is Sound Asleep?
Sound Asleep is a short film comedy, written by me, Nadaav Soudry. Based on my own personal insomnia, it is a comedy about the trials of finding sleep. It's a little surreal, a little slapstick and a little dark.
Dean Peels is a self help writer who can’t seem to help himself. With that name maybe it was inevitable that his need for sleep would permeate his life. Even his motivational books are peppered with accidental references: Wake Up and Smell Your Success and Stop Dreaming, Start Winning.
Up all night, Dean lives out of sync with the rest of the world, or at least in the wrong time zone. Tonight is the umpteenth time in a row Dean has been kept awake. Tonight he won't take it lying down.
Over the course of one night, Dean's methods of dealing with the noises that keep him awake, from the dripping tap and the ticking clock to the party upstairs and the amorous neighbours, get ever more extreme, bizarre and destructive... Each time Dean deals with one noise, another comes along to take it's place.
Sound Asleep is a live action physical comedy with no dialogue and great sound design.
Update: New Artwork
Our amazing artist, Peter Ayres, has sketched out a few new scenes to help illustrate some of the funniest moments.
Scene 4 - Dripping Tap
Early in the film Dean has to deal with a dripping tap. Not content to block the sound with a tissue or cloth, it takes an almighty yank on a spanner to seal the tap. But the spanner comes loose and hits Dean in the face. Now it is his bloody nose, rather than the tap that drips. But in the silence he is contented. Until...
Scene 5 - Frenzied Love
Dean is kept awake by his neighbours' amorous noises. (off screen). He pounds on the wall, only to discover they got into his rhythm. Realising he can control them, Dean plays some 70s funk music to encourage them to get it over with. As the music builds pace, so do the lovemaking noises, and Dean starts dancing. The music gets faster and faster. So do the love noises, and Dean's dancing. Eventually, all of a sudden, all three reach a frenzied climax at once - the music, the noises and the dancing. Exhausted, Dean is left in peace and quiet, to enjoy a blissful post climax cigarette.
Until... well, we wouldn't want ruin the whole film for you. You'll have to get involved if you want to know what happens next.
Why Sound Asleep?
This is a really unique film. It's by an insomniac about an insomniac. It's very very funny; a mixture of physical, almost slapstick and a darker surreal comedy. But this is also an innovation in film making. I am no stranger to bending genres and taking risks (I'm up for an award for that right now), but this is something special. We are really excited about creating it with you. It is a silent comedy, with no dialogue at all. But it's all about sound. Exaggerated, warped, and confusing, just like how the noises sound when you are trying to and failing to sleep. That's why we call it Sound Asleep. It's all about the Sounds that stop you from Sleeping.
The film is unique in it's look. Comedy fans will know most comedy is filmed in bright flat light. But Sound Asleep takes place entirely at night. We have developed a completely different, more filmic way of creating comedy in the dark. Makes sense for a dark comedy!
And it verges on the surreal. As Dean gets ever more tired, maybe he starts to lose it. Are the sounds coming from next door or really just inside his head? Why is his bed getting bigger, softer and plusher even though he can't reach it? And why is it singing to him?
Why Support This Film?
This is a really quirky and unusual film, but with very mainstream appeal. It's use of sound is completely original. Only your support can make such an unusual film a reality.
Insomnia is a very real issue that takes many forms. It's not the easiest thing to talk about. Not that many bosses are sympathetic to it - only parents of young children get away with being tired at work. Real insomnia is often kept secret and so ignored. Making a film about it will gently encourage greater acceptance.
As an insomniac, Nadaav has found that only a really good dose of laughter every day helps him sleep. So instead of making a serious and worthy documentary we decided to make a comedy. So we can talk about it, but also laugh.
Who Are We?
Sound Asleep is being made by insomniac writer & director Nadaav Soudry, and insomniac producer Ajay Arora. You may have met us at our amazing Trafalgar Square Pillow Fights, or our Teddy Bear's Picnic. Perhaps you joined us at the Sleep Over, or our moon-lit Pyjama walk. We've been running some pretty awesome, mostly free events and we'd love you to join us. You just have to know where to find us!
About Nadaav: I have been directing film and TV since 2006. My short comedy, The Opera Singer, screened at many festivals in 2010-11, including London Short Film Festival, Virgin Media Shorts, the ICA and Raindance. I have directed commercials for Fortis Bank and Lebara Mobile, and I am currently shortlisted for a Focal Award for innovation, for my Citibank commercials. My TV credits include Panorama (BBC1), Time Team (C4), Blue Peter (BBC1) and The British Comedy Awards (ITV). In a past life I used to work as a comedy scout. My website.
My producer, Ajay has produced dozens of commercials for Lebara Mobile, Loreal and Audi among others. He exec produced Turning Point, a multi-award winning Nigerian feature film drama. His TV credits include X-Factor and The Mobo Awards.
Rewards and Donations
Every penny goes on screen and we really appreciate your support. Choose from the rewards on offer or donate a different amount by clicking "Back This Project".
We have put together some rewards we think are very fitting. You could have me read your name as I drift off. I could even sing you a lullaby. If you joined us at one of our pillow fights, or you just like the look of them, you could choose a souvenir Sound Asleep Pillow Case. There are also DVDs and credits up for grabs. And we have more goodies planned. But our favourites are:
You could be in the film!
There are two rewards that offer you and friend unique opportunities to be in the film. We are not talking some walk on piece where you are out of focus in the background. Your role will be pivotal to the success of the film.
Be in the party scene: Dean is kept awake by a party upstairs. You and a friend will join us in the studio, or if there are enough of us, we'll throw an actual party! You'll work closely with the director to create the party sounds we need to keep Dean awake.
Be in the sex scene! Dean is kept awake by his neighbours bonking! You and a friend will come to our London sound studio and work with the director to create the perfect comic sex sounds. Don't worry - we are recording audio only - you can keep your clothes on - this is voice acting! It promises to be a hysterical, unusual and possibly even romantic afternoon!
Backers Party. Every reward at £30 and up receives an invitation to our exclusive backers party in London. There will be special entertainment, music, lullabies, comic dream interpretation, games, pillow fights, and a chance to quiz us in person about what we have done with your cash!
Higher level rewards also receive an invitation to the premiere.
Our amazing story board artist and designer, Peter Ayres, has made some gorgeous Sound Asleep prints, available as rewards. Here's a preview; the actual print uses pure, solid pigments, so is a far lovelier thing in the flesh.
Hats and Pillows
We also have some cute night caps and pillows up for grabs as rewards.
What Happens Now?
We are already in pre-production. Currently we are casting for Dean. We are approaching our favourite physical comedy actors. We are also securing equipment and props, and viewing possible studios.
Actor schedule and location availability aside, we expect to shoot in summer 2014, edit autumn 2014 and begin submitting to film festivals in the winter.
Where will the finished film go? Where can I see it?
Upon completion we will submit the film to festivals in the UK and around the world. Initially we will target top tier festivals like Edinburgh and London. We are very confident of screenings at Branchage, London Short Film Festival and Raindance, where Nadaav has previously screened The Opera Singer. We have a list of several dozen top festivals we expect to be screened at, including short film festivals like Encounters, comedy festivals like Loco, and big name festivals all over the world, and have a festival strategy in place already.
We have had interest from Channel 4 via their Shooting Gallery slot, and a distributor has also shown strong interest.
Top short film distributors, Shorts International and Future Shorts both agree that the short films that do best around the world are dialogue free and family friendly, and luckily enough, Sound Asleep is both!
The script has already received commendations from Film London and The Bureau / Rankin Film Productions through their various schemes.
With this strong level of interest, the film is in the best position it could possibly be in for festival screenings, distribution and broadcast. Coming to a screen near you, with your name in the credits!
Risks and challenges
Even on the budget we have things are tight. There is a small chance of delays due to crew/studio/cast availability since we cannot pay full commercial rates. We'll be pulling in a ton of favours!
Success of the film rests on casting and performance. It's a challenging performance that will be needed. A mixture of pathos, physicality and amazing facial expressions, but grounded in reality. Our actor will have to respond to sounds that will not yet have been recorded - the party, the sex effects (because our backers will be needed to come to record them!) Achieving all that on the tight shoot schedule our budget allows is perhaps our toughest challenge, but we have done our preparation and are ready for that challenge!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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