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Note from Fran and George to our editors Richard and Bryony, about the video and your cheeky additions - well played my friends, well played.
We’ve made it! Thank you all so much for your support! We can keep going and make the film even better! If we manage to get £5500, we will be able to hire a professional composer and the potential of an orchestra. We will be releasing the soundtrack on Spotify and Soundcloud for you all to enjoy before the film is released online!
The hit TV programme, ‘Colosseum’, promises contestants a once-in-a-lifetime experience of acting in a gruesome action show. With a life changing cash prize at stake, among the vulnerable entrants is Adam, an ‘unfit’ father. He signs up with the desire for a better life. However, he is unaware of the games true nature; there are no special effects and no stunts. The bewildered contestants are forced to brutally murder each other to the cheers of the blissfully unaware public. And as our protagonist is maimed, mangled and mutilated, he must choose between his morals and his own survival.
Some parts of society today have become disenchanted with and afraid of people in power. Both politicians and corporations distort the truth to convince us to buy their policies and/or products. The current political climate is one of unease and distrust. This film will play on those fears.
As filmmakers, we know how easy it is for the public to be misled and misinformed. Power and money allow people to hide the truth, and this is especially true of the media. News outlets and TV shows can print and say what they want, when they want and the public believe and trust them implicitly.
How far could our disbelief be pushed? Could a programme like this be made in reality? Does telling us that it's fake make us believe that it’s fake, even as we watch horrific acts unfold in front of us? These are the questions our film will explore.
Here is a test video we shot of something 'Colosseum' viewers might expect to see.
We want to create a parallel between the audience watching the fictional show, and the audience watching our film. ‘And The Winner Is…’, involves blood, gore, trauma and violence. Is it right to consider these things entertainment, despite their fictional nature? This film not only explores societal themes, but what it means to watch and create films. Should we be judged for the way we treat our characters? For the trauma we put them through? Or is it okay to enjoy any work of art as long as it’s fictional?
We are a crew of up-and-coming filmmakers and friends who are advocates for promoting and supporting minorities within the film industry. We all share a burning desire to tell thought-provoking stories, inspiring people to speak out.
Francesca Alabaster is a talented producer with a wide range of skills, including acting, production management, and scriptwriting, with her trademark creative art flare. Launching her career in the film industry, she has recently produced and co-directed a number of films, amongst them an award-winning short, ‘Hand Shaped Bruises (and a broken smile)’, which was created to raises awareness for sexual abuse victims. She is CEO and co-founder of the production company, ‘RAMP Studios’. With a commitment to improving the ratio of women currently working in the industry, she is also using her art form to spread important messages to the world.
Co-directing with Francesca is George Carpenter, our director, writer, and occasional actor. The two of them have successfully utilised each other's skill set on a number of other productions, one of them being ‘Hand Shaped Bruises’. They are now inseparable. George is known for his distinctive, experimental and hallucinatory screenwriting, demonstrated in the psychological thriller, 'Take Your Medicine'. Now he has used his experience and expertise to write an immaculate and complex script for “And The Winner Is...”. George is also the co-founder of 'RAMP Studios' and plans to join Francesca on her ambitious voyage to take the film industry by storm.
Francesca: I am very proud to stand with such incredible, passionate and talented people and call them my crew. We have grown together over the years and developed our skills to the best of our ability. I am completely confident in each and every individual within RAMP and I cannot wait to see their creativity unleashed on this project.
We have managed to raise part of our budget already through sponsors, fundraisers and self-funding but we need your help to reach our goal!
In our previous productions, we have had to make compromises due to budget restrictions. If we achieve our fundraising goal we will be able to hire professional actors and make-up artists. Using authentic costume and better props helps to create a production value usually associated with big-name pictures.
Since this film is our most ambitious yet; with scenes demanding a large cast, stunts, practical effects and much more, a suitably large budget is crucial. We also believe attracting external creatives will stretch the limits of what's possible. The difference will be plain to see when everyone involved is able to deliver a mind-blowing final product together.
Below we have outlined our predicted costs, including production budget and the current pricing for our campaign. This money is going towards the production of our perks and rewards for you guys, including shipping them all to you.
If we manage to get a selection of people kind enough to pledge to our film and reach 80% of our £5000 goal, we will be releasing our first stretch goal. This will mean we can put more into different aspects of the film, making it the best it can possibly be. It also means that we have an opportunity to give something back to our supporters (it’s all about you guys). We have 3 very special stretch goals that can be unlocked as the campaign progresses, so make sure you stay tuned so you don’t miss out on all the exciting things to come!
We fully appreciate that there are always going to be risks in the production of independent short films. These problems can arise in all stages, from pre-production right through to post. The challenge is on, but we believe we have thought through all possible risks and hurdles "And The Winner Is..." could face.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
"And The Winner Is..." contains ideas that have been toyed with in many other incredible films, so we want to ensure our idea remains new and exciting. We feel by using our own experiences with corruption and abuse of power, we can make sure the story remains unique and personal to us.
- Lack of Funding & Sponsorship - Well, as you all know, nothing in life is free. Factors in our production will be affected by cost - our wardrobe and costuming department, props, make-up, specialist equipment, special effects, hired actors, and more. Though we know we are able to create films without any money, we want to make this better than anything we have done before.
- Age rating - We already knew the risks we were taking when making such a gory film as it isn’t to everybody’s taste (especially not Francesca’s mum). But we are more than positive this film is about so much more than gore. Whether you can only stomach a bit of blood, or you live for splatter horror films, there will be something for everyone in our thought-provoking storyline.
- As a crew, we have faced overwhelming challenges in the past, which we tackled as a team. We are confident that we will continue to do so with this production and with many more to come.
Risks and challenges
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