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'Charlie is running out of time as she fights to piece together memories that tell of a crisis she never saw coming...'
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CASTING UPDATE: We're really happy to announce that CHRIS FOUNTAIN will play the role of Tom!

“I first met Emily Gascoyne on the set of Bob and Rose in 2001 when we were just starting out on our TV careers. I am delighted to be working with her again on ‘Late’. It is a project I really believe in and want to bring to an audience. Can’t wait to start filming.”

The idea behind 'Late' was conceived by sisters, Emily and Charlotte Gascoyne. Together they have developed it into a short film. 

Charlotte and Emily (1985)
Charlotte and Emily (1985)

Both Lancashire-born sisters have lots of industry experience.

Emily has been the Story Producer on Emmerdale, Eastenders and Hollyoaks. She's been involved in the storylining of over 1000 hours of TV drama and in her current role as a Series Producer, she helped Hollyoaks win the coveted 'Best Soap' at the 2014 British Soap Awards.

Charlotte Gascoyne trained at the Drama Studio London and has since been working on stage and screen. Film credits include 'Anna' (Christian Macdonald / Screen Academy Scotland), 'The Projectionist' (Jamie Thraves / BFI), 'Scrutiny' (Richard Elson), 'Honeymooner' (Col Spector / Soda Pictures) and 'Trained' (Anthony Jerjen / Paradox Films) which won 'Best Foreign Short' at the 2013 LA Indie Film Festival. As well as helping to pen it, Charlotte will be playing the lead role in the film.

'Late' is essentially a love story...with a twist.

Charlie's a girl in her late twenties. She's madly in love with her boyfriend Tom but she has commitment issues. So, when he proposes on a weekend break at the seaside, it sends her into a spin. But Tom's patience is waning. Will Charlie make up her mind before it's too late?

It's a simple narrative that we can all relate to, but it's told from a point in the future, through the piecing together of memories that are sparked by moments in the present. And the twist? You'll have to wait and see... but like all good love stories, it's aim is to make you reach for the tissues!

The role of Charlie will be played by Charlotte Gascoyne and the role of Tom will be played by Chris Fountain. 

'Late' is due to be shot on location in Liverpool and New Brighton for 3 days over the Easter weekend, April 2015.

The crew is an exciting and talented collective of professionals who have all agreed to donate their time and expertise for free, including prolific director Richard Elson.

'When I first read 'Late' I loved the idea at its core and the freshness of its characters. It has an exciting movement throughout that I'm looking forward to capturing on film.'

The director, Richard Elson has a particular vision for the film, which will be brought to life on the Arri Alexa camera with Panavision Primo lenses.

'The high contrast and resolution of these will allow us to capture crips details that tell the story in a very visual way. We will use dust and light haze to express our hero's point of view, which will be achieved with lighting and smoke machines.'

Here's a flavour of Richard's directorial talents:

We also have an amazing director of photography on board in Richard Bell and a brilliant editor, John Foxen. 

What is more, the film will have an original soundtrack written by Glasgow born Sei A.

They are all on the 'Late' train for no other reason than because they believe in it. We're very lucky to have them.

Please visit our website for their biographies and incredible showreels:

www.latetheshortfilm.co.uk

Emily Gascoyne has been a producer for many years and has managed to beg and borrow much of the essential filming equipment including cameras, lighting and sound.

However, despite everyone's passion, goodwill and generosity, we still have some basic production costs to cover including insurance, transport, locations, catering and post-production.

The location costs are the most significant portion of the budget. The film is full of movement and pace and as such involves several locations, from a Victorian Terrace in Mossley Hill, to a travelling bus down the infamous Smithdown road; an amusement arcade in New Brighton to a blow about on the promenade with industrial views across the Mersey. Liverpool is the third character in the film and we want it to shine.

And if we're lucky enough to exceed our £3000 target, there are several things we'd love to pay for, which will enhance the finished product, such as a professional sound mix and graphics. Any remaining would be used on festival and competition fees. 

What we plan to do with the film

Our primary goal is to show 'Late' at the major International Film Festivals and hope it will open doors to future projects and collaborations for all the filmmakers. And, if it lands with the audience, we'd also love the chance to develop the idea into a feature film.

We are asking for donations to help us reach our target of £3000, without which we won't be able to make the film. 

Please take a moment to look at the rewards we have on offer. Hopefully there's something there to tickle your fancy, from getting an end credit, to being an extra for the day! We are really grateful for every donation, no matter how small.

Risks and challenges

We have a very tight schedule and only 3 days to shoot the entire film. Plus, there is a particularly challenging sequence that involves a moving bus! However, the logistics aside, the most important thing will be to capture the heart of our love story so the performances of our two lead actors will be key.

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