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Ties of the Ribbon is a short film following two men and the mysterious disappearances of women over the last 2 years.
Ties of the Ribbon is a short film following two men and the mysterious disappearances of women over the last 2 years. If you want to be a part of the movie or donate/support Click the link below
Ties of the Ribbon is a short film following two men and the mysterious disappearances of women over the last 2 years. If you want to be a part of the movie or donate/support Click the link below
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Ties of the Ribbon is a complex layered thriller from London-born director and screenwriter Jason Ferguson.

Having spent the first half of his creative career in music Jason honed his skills for visuals working with some of the biggest UK artists at the Amy Winehouse/ Keane/ Angel. This gave him the creative inspiration for story telling using film and video. 

First envisioned over two years ago, the film has received support from experienced documentary filmmaker Vanessa Van-Yeboah (BBC/Channel 4) and talented colourist Michelle Kort (Ex Machina/ The Crown/ The Kings Speech). In order to create a cinematic, visual masterpiece on a short film budget, we have pulled-in favours from our contacts all over the film industry and some very talented emerging talent including our Sound Design team who have worked with the likes of Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Wretch 32, Noam Murro, 20th Century Fox, Biscuit Filmworks, Pantene, Universal Music, Tilney, Grey London and Sony Pictures. Their work and the work of our talented DOP Hax Ahmet, will be key for adding emotion into our visuals. 

We believe this script is strong enough to take it all the way to the big screen but we need your help and support to make this happen!

A phone rings, a dozen texts are received and an engagement is missed... only by the end do we know who the roses are for...

Time to unravel the mystery...
Time to unravel the mystery...

Ties of the Ribbon follows Mr Violet, a professional in his 30s, throughout a midsummer’s day. 

During what at first appears to be a fairly normal morning, Mr Violet awakes to a flurry of texts from a familiar source but he decides to ignore these throughout the day - could this be a spurned love interest or a worried spouse? 

Mr Violet feeling guilty, decides to make up for this avoidance and stops by his favourite florist’s run by Mr Fairbrooke, to pick up some flowers for them... roses for that special someone, will they be waiting for him at home?

The day comes to a close and Mr Violet rushes back to do some grovelling but we notice something strange about the apartment and more significantly, the bed. 

There seems to have been a struggle and the bedroom door is ajar. Something stirs from underneath the covers and the door shuts...

Great character development is essential to any script. What sets our film apart is the use of visual storytelling over a traditional mix of dialogue. The cinematic nature of this film requires our cast to really approach their character roles in a very expressive yet natural way.

Paloma Andrade studied acting gaining a diploma at Croydon School of Arts in 2013. She has also attended many acting workshops, as well as a few acting courses at Actors Studio and The Academy. She performed in many speaking roles, a few of these being Ikstuarpok, The Break Up and Against the Wake.

Kamil is a seasoned stuntman/model and actor. Best known for his role in Final Score and upcoming Guy Ritchie film King Arthur.

Originally from Greenock, Renfrewshire in the west central Lowlands of Scotland, Kenneth has starred in a number of short films, TV commercials and plays.

Ties of the Ribbon has a clear cinematic vision in mind for the production. As the film has very little dialogue the story relies heavily on clear visual storytelling through DRAMATIC and STUNNING imagery. The character development around the two central figures in the film is built up through layers that will force the viewer to question motives and encourage them to rewatch the film to see the subtle clues that will all be apparent towards its compelling climax. Our cinematographer and director on this project have a strong passion for immersive and thought provoking filmmaking. Creative camera techniques, immersive sound design and stark colour choices will combine to give the film a strong cinematic aesthetic. There are four central locations where the film takes place. 

The Apartment, this aesthetic is important to give context to the central character and through this we learn some important clues about one of the main characters. 


The Florist, another important component to the story and which ties the central characters together, giving atmosphere and depth. 


The Allotment, which ties all the characters in the film together, the soundscape and camera angles will paint a vivid picture.

Storyboard Mood Images
Storyboard Mood Images

An exclusive bar, the introduction to Mr Violet and Fern. Here amongst the lavish furnishing and within a secret room we are exposed to the intimate setting of the characters.

The Goat in Chelsea
The Goat in Chelsea

 

This film builds suspense through sound a visuals. 

Moodboard Images
Moodboard Images

We want to create a conversation around the film, have the viewer question the plot and really force the audience to rewatch the film to discover the full story...

The unlikely romance between Mr Violet and Fern has a duplicitous nature. 

In order to capture this, we will be referencing some classic cinema influencers (FATAL ATTRACTION, BASIC INSTINCT.) 

This quickly changes to an uncomfortable very scary and very real fear. 

We're drawing on some of our cinematic heroes like (Christopher Nolan/Joel Schumacher/Amma Asante) whose film style is visceral, innovative and unique, as well looking to the dark and atmospheric photography of Dariusz Wolski, Greig Fraser and Emmanuel Lubezki. This project hopes to serve as a testament to the vision of the director's drive to create a piece of thought provoking art. 

We’d love to win a bunch of awards and take this all the way to the BIG SCREEN.

Ties of the Ribbon will be entered into the major festivals like Tribeca, Toronto, London Film Festival, SXSW, Cannes and other Oscar/Bafta accredited film festivals. This is an exciting project from a talented and ambitious crew, featuring up and coming talent.

Ties of the Ribbon was written as part of a bigger feature idea. Following the success of this short film, we plan to make this into a feature film, with our sights set on the BIG TIME.


How your support will help this project 

What we have done? 

We have come a long way since our initial ideas a couple of years ago and in that time we have completed the script, shotlist, storyboard, set design, and have assembled a fantastic crew and location. 

How your funding works

Once you pledge an amount for the project, your funds won’t be deducted until the campaign is complete. You can always increase the donation once you have pledged, every little helps but you will need to do this before the Deadline otherwise they won’t count towards our goal. Just log back in click on the “Manage This Donation” button once you've contributed and logged-in again. 

How your funding breaks down

Overall Funding Breakdown
Overall Funding Breakdown

To help us achieve the high production values we are aiming for, we have had to pull in a lot of favours. 

The funding will cover both production with the equipment needed to achieve the look and a post-production facility to devise our high-end visual effects. The funding we are seeking is to cover the actual costs of the shoot and post production. 

What happens if we don't raise our goal? 

Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING fund-raising. If we don’t hit our target, even if we’re only £10 short, we don’t get to keep any of the money we raise. So we really need your support to bring this project to life.

 JASON FERGUSON - DIRECTOR & SCRIPT WRITER   

Writer and Director
Writer and Director
Jason is creative filmmaker from London with over 7 years experience working as a creative within MUSIC, FILM and TV COMMERCIALS, working with some of the biggest acts on the planet such as Amy Winehouse to Jay-Z. He also has worked for world-class post-production house Evolutions and Absolute and has worked on some of the biggest UK TV series from the award winning 24hrs in Police Custody to the Secret Life of 4/5 year olds. This allowed Jason to perfect his craft for filmmaking and pen his first scripted project, as he prepares to take the centre stage with his first short film.

VANESSA VAN-YEBOAH – PRODUCER
Producer
Producer
Vanessa is an experienced documentary film maker and has produced and directed on BAFTA award winning and nominated television series such as 24 Hours in A&E, One Born Every Minute and 24 Hours in Police custody. Vanessa has also produced one off feature length documentaries for the BBC. Her enduring passion for Drama and Film has seen her produce short films with inspiring, emerging talent and after reading the Ties of the Ribbon script and being impressed by Director Jason Ferguson's vision and work ethic she jumped on board the project. 

HAX AHMED - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Having spent many years working in the wonderful and creative field of filmmaking, Hax has honed his craft by taking a cinematic approach to storytelling through stunning visuals. He has a talent for injecting mood and atmosphere into his work, which will be key in creating the look.

KOLA BELLO & CHRISTOPHER KETLEY - SOUND DESIGN 
Sound Design & Composition
Sound Design & Composition

Chris is a London based multi-instrumentalist, musical director, arranger, producer and composer that has worked across TV, short films and other bespoke media. His clients have included The BBC, 20th Century Fox, Biscuit Filmworks (Noam Murro), Pantene, Universal Music, Tilney, Grey London & Sony Pictures. Kola a very talented music director, composer, has lent his talents to the likes of ELLIE GOULDING, LADY GAGA, ALEX CARE, TINE TEMPAH, NAUGHTY BOY and HAVAS WORLDWIDE amongst others and he has also composed for short films and TV shows.

CHAD RAYMOND - ADR/ FX
ADR/ FOLEY
ADR/ FOLEY
 
Chad has steadily grown a a proficient sound engineer and has lent his skills to TV, FILM and SPORTS projects across the UK and International industry.
His ear for audio and ability to add depth to an image is a vital asset 

MICHELLE CORT - COLOURIST
Ambitious and talented with a proven creative career in post production, Michelle has worked on some of the most ground-breaking projects of the last 5 years. Michelle will be giving the footage that important emotional feel. Some of the projects she has previously been a part of are THE CROWN, EX MACHINA, THE KINGS SPEECH, BROOKLYN, CHUBBY FUNNY to name a few...


IHSAN ALNASRAWI & ADAM DAVIS - STORYBOARD ILLUSTRATORS
 
Adam is a seasoned visual storyteller who has worked across a variety of formats. Contributing boards and story to a number of greatly successful online shorts, commercials, music videos and feature films, he is drawn to expressing the atmosphere and mood of a visual environment to bring out elements of drama and suspense. Some of his clients include Virgin, UBISOFT, Intel and Square Enix. 
Ihsan storyboarded various films, from large features like “Lies We Tell” starring Harvey Keitel and Gabriel Byrne, to shorts like “Lost in Spring”. Coming from a background in TV commercials, art and graphic design, Ihsan lends his services to Ties of the Ribbon.
We know when it comes to contributing financial support, times can be tough.We want to say a BIG THANK YOU for all your help with funding the project.

In return we would like to deliver a fantastic project; something you can be proud to be a part of and something you will love to share.

We believe experiences are the best gifts, so we’re offering loads of exclusive rewards, including behind-the-scenes access to the shoot, your name in the credits, tickets to the official premiere, signed artwork and an amazing overnight stay on the night of the screening.

We would like to thank you all for your Time and Support, Ties of the Ribbon, is a dream, THANK YOU for helping to make this dream possible. Socials & Updates You can also help my spreading the word by sharing this link via social media using the #TOTR #tiesoftheribbon #supporttotr #kickstarter and spread the word . Every post counts.

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Risks and challenges

Every filmmaking project comes with it's own set of risks and challenges.

Tight production schedules and working to a strict budget around cast and crew availability.

We've managed to pull together a really great team of cast and crew members and have spent almost a year planning and prepping for this film.

The experience of the team has allowed us to be as best prepared for pitfalls and mishaps throughout the production.

Preparation, planning and flexibility are key to a successful shoot.

We are extremely confident that we are prepared for any complications that may arise through the production process from, shooting days, post production and distributing it to film festivals and our audience!

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    Ribbon Tag

    This perk is inspired by the missing names of the people on the ribbons. We will like to remember you by sending you a BIG THANK YOU and SHOUT OUT via SOCIAL MEDIA.

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    Early Bird Team Ribbon

    Early bird catches the worm!  

    As a treat for the first 20 supporters ONLY, you will be rewarded with an early bird link to view "TIES OF THE RIBBON" (First Cut) digital download.
    You will also receive a digital copy of our FILM POSTER!

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    There are not enough ways to say thank you, so as well as all of the above, how about your name in the END CREDITS.  

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    Violet Ribbon

    Roses are red, Mr Violet is blue, be careful who you talk to, or the next victim could be YOU! This reward takes you behind the scenes of the "Ties of the Ribbon" with BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOGRAPHIC STILLS. You will also receive a digital link to the FILM.

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    Fairbrooke Ribbon

    The mystery to Mr Fairbrooke's award winning roses is a deep, dark secret! This will be shown in your copy of the KEY SCENES STORYBOARD!!

    You will also receive a digital copy of THE FILM SCRIPT, IMDB CREDIT (production credit), DELETED SCENES, SOUNDTRACK and a PERSONAL THANK YOU (on social media)

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    Fern Ribbon

    Fern isn't your typical victim and this isnt a typical reward!

    Limited to 10 people ONLY (not included in any other reward) you will receive your own PERSONALISED MOVIE CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU.

    This includes the cast at the end of "Ties of The Ribbon" thanking you in their character using your name.

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    Bronze Ribbon

    It's party time!

    With this reward you get to celebrate with us at our WRAP PARTY where you get to meet the cast and crew and have a glass or two on us.

    You also get the opportunity to have a ONE ON ONE SKYPE CONVERSATION with THE DIRECTOR or PRODUCER where you can ask questions about the film or share your feedback.

    Included under this reward is a SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH of the cast and crew, SCRIPT NOTES and COMPLETE STORYBOARD.

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    Be a part of the movie!

    As well as the above rewards, have your NAME INCORPORATED IN THE FILM. This reward also includes a SIGNED PHYSICAL COPY of the script and an INVITE FOR YOU AND A GUEST TO THE FIRST SCREENING OF THE MOVIE.

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    Silver Ribbon

    In our eyes all our backers are stars, but this reward enables you make your acting debut as AN EXTRA in the movie. You will also receive our exclusive Ties of The Ribbon ALTERNATIVE ARTWORK and ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDITS.

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    Black Rose Exclusive

    Just 1 person has the privilege of being our Black Rose Exclusive Backer!

    With this you receive the ORIGINAL MASK used on the movie and an OVERNIGHT STAY for 2 in LONDON and DINNER WITH THE DIRECTOR (PLEASE NOTE YOUR TRAVEL AND EXPENSES ARE NOT INCLUDED). You will also be presented with a HANDMADE BOOKLET which includes original artwork, stills and concept art.

    You also receive a EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on the Ties of Ribbon Short Film.

    Includes:
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    • Film Poster
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    • Digital Script
    • Key Scenes Storyboard
    • Deleted Scenes from the Film
    • Soundtrack
    • Invite to Wrap Party
    • 1 on 1 Skype Conversation With Director or Producer
    • Signed Photograph of Cast and Crew
    • Invite to First Screening For You And a Guest
    • Name Incorporated in the Movie
    • Signed Physical Copy of The Script
    • Be An Extra in The Film
    • Original Mask From Film
    • Overnight Stay for 2 in London Hotel
    • Dinner with the Director and Producer
    • Handmade Booklet
    • Executive Producer Credits
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