A man must overcome a formative childhood memory or risk repeating mistakes of the past.
When I was growing up in Denmark, I went through years of bullying at school. On an almost daily basis, I had to face attacks that I was not a “real boy” and that I was not doing “manly things” because I simply wasn’t into what was deemed “right” for my gender. Being a young, introverted, shy boy, I did not understand why I was not allowed to be who I was, and why it was deemed not okay for a boy to be emotional and sensitive.
Following my experience, which had a hand in forming who I am today, I feel that I have a responsibility to speak up for young boys and men around the world — to show that these traits are indeed perfectly normal for any human being to hold and that it should be socially acceptable for boys and men to express them.
JIMMY is a story about a man realising that his current day behaviour stems from a formative experience in his childhood and the reconciliation and relief that can be found when you finally allow yourself to be exactly who you have always been.
— Christian Sørup Jensen, January 2018
To capture the look of the past (late 80s) versus the present day, we'll be look to juxtapose the scenes through choice of colour, lighting, shot size and lens, in addition to set dressing and props.
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Through online crowdfunding, we are aiming to raise £3,500, which will make up part of our total budget. Most of JIMMY's budget will go towards the different locations for past vs present and production design as we are adamant about the story's authenticity. We will also be involving child actors, which includes additional licensing and fees. Plus, a key part of the story will involve a mouse, so we will be engaging an animal wrangler to ensure the mouse's welfare and guarantee a humane set. We will also be buying and renting a range of set dressing and props to ensure an accurate portrayal of an 80s home, as well as a present day flat. The funds raised through Kickstarter will go towards all of the above in addition to going towards the rental of additional film equipment and lighting, transportation, and catering for the cast and crew, plus helping us cover the submission fees for entering this short into film festivals around the world.
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking would not be as fun nor as challenging as it is without a bit of risk. Bringing together hardworking and successful Heads of Departments, however, we believe we've got the right team that can take on this challenge.
Our main areas of concern will be:
Locations: Authenticity is one of our main concerns, so it is imperative for us to bring that through with our choice of locations. As such, we're working with location scouting experts to ensure that we find the best locations to bring our story to life.
Set dec: We're bringing on a Production Designer who'll be responsible for the look and feel of the locations. As our story takes place in the past and present, this HOD will be ensuring all the details are accurate and look great on screen.
Live mouse: We'll be bringing on a real mouse to ensure our story's authenticity, as such we'll need an Animal Wrangler on set. This professional will ensure the animal's welfare and we'll be certain to maintain a human set.
Child actors: We will be working with a number of child actors to bring this story to life so to ensure that their well-being is maintained and that we respect all rules and regulations, we have on our team a casting director that specialises in casting children.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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