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£3,748
pledged of £17,000pledged of £17,000 goal
43
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 14 2019 3:42 PM UTC +00:00

About

Scottish surfing champion and Thurso local Mark Boyd, who will feature in the documentary.
Scottish surfing champion and Thurso local Mark Boyd, who will feature in the documentary.

'TWILIGHT ZONE' is a short documentary film about Surfing, Mental Health and the Environment. We want to tell the beautiful, inspiring  story of the small community of surfers in Thurso, on the North Coast of Scotland. Some of Europe's biggest swell arrives on these freezing shores in the middle of Winter, and we want to capture this stunning visual spectacle. At the same time, we want to find out what drives these men and women of the sea to keep going back in - people like Scottish surfing champion Mark Boyd. 

Surfing has long been seen as a way of life, and more recently as hugely beneficial to mental health. We want to find out what our surfers think of this, and how surfing has affected their lives. The state of our oceans and the effects of climate change are now causes for major global concern, and we want to examine this issue and what changes have been seen in this corner of the world through the lens of people whose lives revolve around the oceans.  

The film will focus on the story of a small number of characters, from a few seasoned veterans and professionals to the younger generation of surfers who are just starting to test themselves in the North Sea's biggest water. 

Mark Boyd sits inside another North Coast wave - note the snow on the mountains in the background!
Mark Boyd sits inside another North Coast wave - note the snow on the mountains in the background!

The budget we're asking for will pay for the following:

  • Camera & lighting equipment, lenses and drone 
  • Water Cameraman in the surf 
  • Post-production (editing, sound & music, colourist)
  • Vehicles, fuel and  accommodation in Thurso 
  • Entry to surf and outdoor film festivals

About Us: 

Jimmy Campbell-Smith is a British film maker who started out making commercials and branded content in 2011, and has since worked for a range of sports and automotive brands including Jaguar, Land Rover, Team Sky and Honda Racing. Between 2015-17 he completed the postgraduate MA in producing at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and has since worked on films and television shows for Amazon, Sky, Netflix and The BFI. In his spare time Jimmy is an avid - but rubbish - surfer and fisherman.

Matt Pickard is a CAA accredited Drone Pilot, DOP and Editor. A passionate hobbyist for many years, he took the leap and started out as professional in late 2017. He works for a broad range of clients, from commercial filmmaking for the likes of drinks giant Diageo to agricultural and surveying photography at home in the Weald of Kent, where he lives with Arthur the Dog.    

Risks and challenges

As any surfer will tell you, our greatest challenge is going to be making a film that revolves around the ocean. The waves don't turn up on demand and even when they do, the conditions in Thurso can make filming very tricky indeed. Fog, extreme winds, and did we mention the cold? That's why we need to go up there for a good length of time (around a month) in order to give ourselves a good shot at capturing the showpiece moments of the film, which will be on the really big surf days.

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