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A short film looking at corruption and abuse of power. How ordinary people can be forced to commit horrific acts for entertainment.
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Poster header design by @gooztees (via Instagram).

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!

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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.

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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?

On set photography by Brad Lacey.
On set photography by Brad Lacey.

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.

The crew working together on a handful of other projects
The crew working together on a handful of other projects

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. 

Designed by Francesca Alabaster
Designed by Francesca Alabaster

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!

A sample of our t-shirts. Check the perks to see how you can get your hands on one!
A sample of our t-shirts. Check the perks to see how you can get your hands on one!
New T-Shirts designed for Fan Favourite - Level 2 (left) and Gooztees Fan Favourite - The Finale (right).
New T-Shirts designed for Fan Favourite - Level 2 (left) and Gooztees Fan Favourite - The Finale (right).

 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.

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    Please Welcome Our First Contestant!

    Congratulations on entering Colosseum. Can we get an interview before you go into the game? It's just a few words about yourself, how you got here, and other regulation stuff we just need to cover - nothing too difficult. Here's the script, take a look and could you just read into the camera for us...

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    Addict

    You are a true addict. You sport the poster on your bedroom wall. You rush to the screen when the show is on. You're addicted to the television. Addicted to the game. Addicted to the violence. So addicted, in fact, that you see visions of your name in the rolling credits of the show. Is that really you? Or are you just hooked to the screen?

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    Glued to the Screen

    You live and breathe for a game show that exploits people. But it's just a show, right? These people are actors, the blood is make up and the effects are just green screen. You can't believe your luck when you find a lost tape of behind the scenes footage. You get to finally see the reality behind your favourite show. What's the worst that could happen?

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    In the Arena

    It's true - Colosseum's next series features a live studio audience, and you've managed to grab yourself 2 tickets! You prepare questions for the show's host and eagerly await the confirmation email of the disclosed location!

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    Onto The Next Round

    You've made it this far in the game, it's only going to get worse. But if you don't win, just know at least you'll bag yourself a poster to remember your time here at Colosseum. The end is nigh.

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    Fan Favourite - Level 2

    The games have been running for a while. The public love the show and can't get enough of it! Views have sky rocketed and the name Colosseum is everywhere. Get your hands on the new merchandise and enjoy access to the boxset!

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    Fan Favourite - The Finale

    Welcome to the finale, it’s the final episode - the end is near. But who is your favourite contestant? You see everyone around you wearing the merchandise and you haven’t bagged yourself anything yet. It’s your last chance to be apart of the best TV show around, Colosseum. You take it, without a clue what truths lie behind your screen.

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    Front Row Seats

    You find yourself at the front line of the action. The game is getting tense and you couldn't be happier. You sit tentatively on the edge of your seat. Who are you rooting for?

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    Finalist

    So you've got this far, that's not too bad. Although the game is getting tough, at least you've got something to lean back on if all else fails. But you won't fail, will you?

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    Sudden Death

    You're drawing with another contestant. It's just you and them. One must come out on top. You've got one last thing to do, so better make it count. People will remember your name for years to come.

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    What an achievement! You don't know it but the viewers of the show are backing you to the end. They're even sporting limited edition t-shirts to show their support. No backing out now. We're all routing for you.

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    Your 15 Minutes of Fame

    You love the spotlight, don't you? You'd do anything for your chance to shine on television. Everything you've always wanted; your name in shining lights! You even get to show it off with your new accessories and t-shirt. Be quick there’s only 3 spaces available!

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    And The Winner Is...

    You live comfortably in your penthouse suite, flaunting the high life. Nothing can get in your way. Your shares in the successful game show Colosseum have left you living expense free, and all for what price?

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