Box Fresh is a sitcom pilot that is being made with the enormous generosity of the filmmakers and actors of Bristol and London. We have assembled a great cast and crew, and everybody is working for nothing except their belief in the project being something very good indeed.
However we still need funds to pay for various things such as equipment, location hire, catering, travel expenses, and multiple other costs that inevitably crop up when endeavoring to make a 24 minute film.
The sitcom itself is the emotional journey of a teenager stuck with his dad for the summer - a dad who is emotionally stunted and more concerned with how he's doing on the gaming leader boards than he is with parenting. Set in the somewhat niche world of strategy gaming, the sitcom is populated with unique characters who, despite their idiosyncrasies, prove to be a surprisingly affable and touching bunch.
Director Martin Morrison brings vast experience of 15 years television directing on shows such as Grand Designs and One Born Every Minute. Writers Andrew Endersby and Sam Morrison come from an animation background with previous film Rocket Science! nominated for a British Animation Award; director of photography Sam Morris has worked on numerous award-winning projects with Bristol-based Aardman Animations.
The cast includes award-winning stand-up Toby Williams and Bristol-based actors Gerard Cooke and Andy McCullough, abetted by up and coming local talent.
Risks and challenges
We have been in pre-production for some time already, juggling the needs of the project with our day-jobs, and have already encountered a number of challenges from casting to finding locations to having the same locations suddenly disappear. Every film almost bubbles over with potential difficulties and we have to be prepared for similar issues cropping up on the shoot and in post. Fortunately although the financial aspect of Box Fresh is 'amateur' the experience we bring to bear on the project is not, as all the crew work in the media and have experienced shoots before. Our job collectively is to overcome obstacles but foreseen and unforeseen and realize the end goal, which is a sitcom pilot worthy of the name. We have the belief in our script and will have to bring the same strength of will to the logistics of the project.
Upon completion we'll be taking the pilot back to previously interested parties such as the BBC and Hat Trick productions, and also approaching others with a view to turning our half-hour into a six or twelve part series. These odds are going to be long, of course, and we go into Box Fresh with our eyes open and realistic expectations. However, in an age where there are multiple platforms to get work shown on, we're confident the very least we can expect is a really enjoyable film that showcases the talent of everybody involved.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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