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G O’Clock centres on the character of Alex, a 28 year old homosexual paramedic, who works and parties in London. While being an exceptional paramedic, Alex is arrogant in his belief that he can separate his party and work lifestyles. This firm belief that he is in control is tested when he meets the handsome young Nik, and over the course of a chillout, his work and party lifestyles collide.
WHAT HAS INSPIRED US TO MAKE THIS SHORT FILM
Writer/director Mitchell is an active participant of the gay clubbing scene in London hosting regular clubbing events like RoomService and #SecretParty. Through the scene he has been privy to what many are noting as the rise of "sex party culture" that is growing in London today. The use of “sex drugs” like GHB (the G of our title) is on the rise in London. His intention with this film is to inform and add to the current ongoing dialogue within our community. He does not want to admonish or criticise chillout culture, he instead wishes to show a snapshot of how these parties go down, and depict that while they can be enjoyed responsibly, there are never any certainties when drugs and sex are combined.
Leigh and Jake
At 25 years old Leigh is very much in love with his boyfriend Jake, also 25. This love however is deeply intwined with their mutual addiction to the gay London party scene. Going out every weekend has reduced their awareness of the dangers involved, culminating in our films opening sequence where Jake has gone under, or overdosed, on the drug GHB. By the end of the film however, we see this couple enjoying then leaving a chillout. Their dual character arc shows that when negotiated properly, when treated with respect and awareness, these parties can be enjoyed as a fun detour from ones daily life.
Alex is a 28 year old homosexual paramedic, who works and parties in London. While being an exceptional paramedic, Alex is arrogant in his belief that he can separate his party and work lifestyles. At his core, Alex is a caring and fun guy, but one who fails to see that arrogance can be just as dangerous as naiveté.
At the age of 23 Nik is perhaps a little naive in the ways of London’s gay party culture. Having thrown himself in the deep end he is wary of the dangers he sees on the scene however cannot stop himself from being seduced by it’s drug induced allure. He immediately falls for Alex's confidence and completely trusts that Alex knows what's best when it comes to enjoying chillouts safely.
Tony is 38 years old and wealthy, he works hard and parties harder. He is extremely funny, maybe a little camp but is always the life of the party, why else invite 30 hot boys over to your house; if not to be the centre of attention? However, having been a member of the party scene for so long, he has started to lose perspective on right and wrong, and this may lead him down a path that is darker than even he could have imagined.
Kevin is in his late twenties, or early thirties, no one is really sure. What everyone is sure of is, that if there is a hot chillout going down, then Kevin will be there! He's the guy that has too much energy, is in everyones face and manages to irritate at least 90% of the people at any given party. But Kevin holds a surprising secret, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
We have managed to take these young hot actors on board so far, they will be taking a part as extras in the chillout party scene.
Marcin Grenyik and Fabio Pozzetto
MEET THE TEAM
We simply couldn’t make this film without our strong and professional crew. So let’s meet our lovely team!
WRITER/DIRECTOR - Mitchell Marion
Mitchell Marion is in his final year at the University of the Arts London, taking is BA in Film and Television. Growing up in Brisbane Australia, he moved to London in 2007 and has been working in the film industry since then. Working as on professional productions such as Jupiter Ascending (2015) has provided Mitch with much insight into how professional high budget movies are run. Mitchell is passionate about story telling, especially the crafts of screen writing and how to transfer the written word into the moving image. He has experience in multi camera television directing, having written and directed the comedy short How Did the Chicken (2013), and the short drama What About the Boy (2014). Mitchell’s as yet unreleased single camera, psychological horror short film The Other Inside, which he both wrote and directed, tackles the themes of addiction and love. These are themes which will be expanded upon in his upcoming film G O’Clock.
PRODUCER - Yupeng Zou
Yupeng is a third year BA Film and TV student at London College of Communication (UAL) specialising in producing. He has produced the film Albert (2014). He also produced and directed a short advert for Firefox Film Festival (2013). Originally from Shanghai, China and moved to London in 2011. He has gained enough experience through being production assistant at Objective Productions (2013) and Bullion Productions (2014) in the UK. He is also a production assistant for China International Film Festival London (2013).
DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY - Jannik Schmoller
Jannik is a third year BA Film & TV student at London College of Communication, specialising in writing-directing and cinematography. Originally from Hamburg, Germany he loves living in London which he considers being the creative capital of the world. In his work, he aims to explore our vast and fascinating unconscious. Jannik's experiential short film “Torpor - Winter Sleep” screened at the 2015 London Short Film Festival and will be presented at this year’s Festival de Cannes (Short Film Corner)
FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/ PRODUCTION MANAGER - Magdalena Kozak
Magdalena Kozak is a 3rd year (BA) Film and TV production student of London College of Communication, University of Arts London. She is really passionate about every sort of a motion picture. She has gained a various experience in film production. She has directed two short films: 'Void' (2014) and 'The First Wave' (2013). She has produced two short films: 'Crossroad' (2014) and 'Bardo Green' (2012). During the summer of 2013 she has been involved as Production Manager/1st Assistant Director in a feature film 'Vampire Resurrection' directed by Mark Morris and short film 'Scarecrow' directed by Alex Browning.
FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA - Freddy Bowes
Freddy is an aspiring DoP from southern England, currently studying at London College of Communication. Working as a freelance videographer before starting university, he now regularly freelances in the commercial production industry, with the goal of becoming a director of photography in feature films. Freddy has previously collaborated with Mitchell Marion as the Cinematographer on the short film The Other Inside.
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR - Amara Rossell
Storytelling has been part of my life since Amara was a child, now as an young adult Amara has the opportunity to tell her own stories and be part of new ones. As a second year film student, she has worked on various short films as a producer and director. She has also worked as a sound recordist and editor. As she explores different avenues at film school, Amara has the opportunity to learn and discover all aspects of storytelling through the medium of film. Her adventure has just begun.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT - Nikolai Panek
Nikolai Panek is very enthusiastic about filmmaking, He enjoys seeing how a project evolves from an idea to a finished piece. Previously he has worked on a theatre production "how much I love you" as the main producer. He also worked together with Martin Tsicane an artist from Switzerland on a short film "The Umbrella" about movement in the city of Zurich. He has done a few commercials for small companies. And recently he entered the reed short film competition with his film "H".
SECOND ASISSTANT CAMERA - Edward Rieber-Mohn
Edward Rieber-Mohn is a Norwegian second year BA Film and Television student at University of the Arts London. Edward has previously received film training at Mediefabrikken in the outskirts of Oslo and was the film team leader and member of the head board for the UngLyd Festival from 2011-2013. In fiction, Edward has appeared on short film sets and TV-series, including Into our Darkest Home and Naarje as a gaffer, Camera assistant and decoration assistant, and has filmed promotion material for several musicians, including Nico and Vince and Stig van Eiik, as a freelancer.
SOUND DESIGNER - Bear Spink
Bear Spink is in his final year of (BA) Film & Television at London College of Communication (UAL). Specialising in sound he has also got experience directing and directed a short film 'The Delivery Boy' (2013) as well as inserts for other projects. He hopes to take his experience and work in television after graduati
EDITOR - Veneta Gergova
Veneta Gergova is the editor on the film G o’clock. She is from Sofia, Bulgaria originally. Right now she is enjoying her second year of the BA Film and TV course in University of the Arts London. In the past, she has worked on many film sets across the different film departments. In addition to that, she has gained experience working in a TV studio environment. However, her main passion remains editing, which is why she is very excited about this project.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Marialucia Apicella
Marialucia is studying Live Events and Television at LCC. She has collaborated within the university to design three film sets and Is currently on her forth film. Her role as Production Designer requires organisation and excellent communication skills. Production designers' guide the art department to create a set which expresses the directors view and aspects of their own within a given time frame and era. Marialucia has previously volunteered for productions such as 'Secret Cinema' which have enabled her to create a better understanding of the way live and pre-recorded productions work.
Currently, we are at our pre-production stage and we have been in contact with QX magazine and Ice Blue Medical and they are willing to help us with our productions and promotions.
Ice Blue Medical will provide us with an ambulance and all the medical equipment that will be shown in the film. Also, we will have a professional paramedic to assist and give the actors a proper workshop in terms of how to fake drug use and perform the reactions from taking drugs, to make this film more realistic and achieve the organic snapshot of reality.
QX magazine UK will help our film with exposure after it’s finished. Casting for the featured roles will commence in just over a week.
We are shooting the weekend before Easter (26/03/2015 - 30/03/2015) and we will have our first rough cut after two weeks, which is on 13th April 2015. This film will be screened at BFI (British Film Institute at Waterloo) in the mid of June 2015.
After we finish the final version of the film, we will send them to LGBT and other Film Festivals.
WHAT WILL THE FUNDS GO
The money you donate will go to everything you can see on the screen, from production design to the actors. Every penny will be well-used and help us make this film become reality.
This will take up the largest portion of our budget, as we need to create a large chillout party including untidy and sexual activities. We will need at least 20 actors for this scene.
We have already gained access to an amazing flat in central London, take a look at the pictures below.
We need to provide food throughout the whole duration of our shoot. From actors to our crew, it will be around 30 people on set. It is an important way to keep our crew and actors energetic and motivated as we will have to stay up the whole night to shoot the party scene.
We have gained access to the Sony C300 camera but ideally, we would like to use beautiful Red if we could raise enough money (£4,000) in order to be able to afford the lenses and other extra equipments to pull off the cinematic look we are aiming to achieve.
In order to create the nature of the sex drug party scene, we will need to a lot of props and materials to make it look realistic.
A few actors will need to present full frontal nudity on the screen as well as recreate sex acts. In order to make this happen, we will need to provide a financial remuneration.
FIND OUT MORE
G O'Clock Official Website
G O'Clock Official Facebook Page
Risks and challenges
The main challenge of our film will be creating an open and secure set environment, one where actors will feel comfortable and secure enough to shoot sex scenes and appear naked. We will ensure the actors are well rehersed and prepared for these moments and make sure the crew is respectul and professional at all times.
Another challenge is in recreating realistic drug taking. The key to succesfully achieving this will lie in our production design and editing techniques.
As a student project, raising our budget is a huge concern, which we hope you can help with! We are aware that our vision for this film is extremly ambitious, however we have the utmost confidence in ourselves and our intention. We truly believe that this film will go far.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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