We are making a short film that will be part of a bigger project!
After experiencing the death of a friend who was my age, I decided I wanted to make a film inspired by her and by others who I have known who have passed away. I am in the process of writing a screenplay about a friendship between two children, set against the backdrop of rural Scotland, it explores family, friendship, love and loss. It’s a coming of age tale that combines Celtic mythology and harsh realism. I believe this story is important because we all experience loss at some point in our lives and one of the things that good cinema can do is bring hope and courage to people, as well as a touch of magic.
Our First Step:
Now the first step - is to make a short film that will set the tone and establish an aesthetic for the feature film. Our aim is to use this short to raise enough funding for the feature through individual investors and funding bodies. So this Kickstarter is to be the first push for our on-going project.
In this short film, you will meet our protagonist; a seven year old girl named Ruth. Through her eyes we experience the world in all it's dreamy magic alongside the intrusion of the adult world. This short film is evocative, sensitive and set against the backdrops of Sussex and Skye it will prove to be visually beautiful.
Writer & Director - Sophia Carr-Gomm I have trained as an actor on the LAMDA Foundation course in 2009 and on the BA Acting Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) from 2010-2013. Since then, I have worked professionally in Film, Television and Stage. My credits include: Shetland (BBC1), Mr Selfridge (ITV), Doctors (BBC), World’s End (CBBC), The Inbetweeners Movie 2, The Tempest (88 London Road) & Heartbreak House (Brighton Open Air Theatre). You can see my credentials in detail here: http://www.spotlight.com/1899-1200-5867 I directed Faustus at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and I have always wanted to continue directing but it has been important for me to train and work as an actor first. This will be my first time directing a film, so this project is incredibly important to me and will help launch my career as a writer and director.
Director of Photography - Tom O’Keefe Whilst reading the script it felt very visual, with lots of scope to make something very cinematic, with a backdrop of scotland to boot. I’m looking forward to working with Sophia again, and hoping we can make something great. You can see my credits and work here: http://tomokeefe.co.uk
Producer - Rebecca Lunato I have worked in a variety of film production roles whilst studying for a BA in Film and a MSc in Business at Sussex University. These roles gave me insight into all areas of production and how to make sure a project runs smoothly regardless of budget constraints. At the beginning of this year I began to assist an independent filmmaker on his projects including independent productions, Director Talk and a short fiction film, both for Nowness. These experiences have helped in learning how to ensure that a film’s outcome matches the director's vision. Sophia’s vision for The Wider Sun is comprehensive and unique and I am really impressed by the crew she has assembled all of which are committed to giving up their time and talents to ensure the project’s success.
Producer - Erin Ross I’ve wanted to work in films for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to make something beautiful and meaningful, and that I could be proud of. So when Sophia sent me the script, I was keen from the get go. I studied for a degree in Media Production at the University of Sussex (2009-2012), and since have been working full time in the TV industry. With seven years of experience behind me, and for a variety of projects, genres and channels, such as Loose Women, Born to Kill? and Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, I’ve learnt a lot of skills that I’m excited to put forward onto this project.
1st Assistant Director - Bryony James I graduated from Met Film School in 2014 with a BA Honours in Practical film-making. Since graduating, I have free-lanced as an Assistant Director working on Features, Commercials and Music Promos. I have worked with Prettybird on a selection of their promos with artists including: Years &Years, Anoushka Shanka, Radiohead and DJ MK. I have worked with production companies including Territory, Sony Xperia and NEXON. I have known Sophia for years, I was fortunate enough to hear about this story in it’s early stages and watch how Sophia has skilfully woven it into the piece it is today; both the short and the feature. Her background in acting has allowed her to flourish as a new director, someone who has always inspired me and who I have been really keen to work with.
Art Director - Charlie Carr-Gomm I graduated from a Degree in Fine Art 4D- Film and Time-based Media at Central Saint Martins in 2015. I have worked on many projects as an assistant Art Director, including the feature film Peter and John which filmed in Nantucket, USA. Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s music video for The Deer & The Wolf. I have assisted Simon Costin on editorial shoot by Photographer Tim Walker. I created the visuals for Cecilia Knapp’s Arts Council Funded solo show Finding Home production. First shown at The Roundhouse and it is currently at the start of a UK wide tour. I am really looking forward to being a part of this project, the script is really evocative and it will be a pleasure creating exactly the right look for this film.
Composer - Dominic Glynn is a film and TV composer whose career has spanned 30 years. From his 2016 movie score, You’ve Been Trumped Too stretching back to 1986 when he became one of the few composers to have re-arranged the theme to cult TV series Doctor Who. After writing incidental music for that show for four years, Dominic’s music has been heard in hundreds of film and TV productions around the world, including The Simpsons, Red Dwarf and Episodes. With a parallel career at the leading edge of British electronic dance music, Dominic has also run his own label, been a regular DJ for The Big Chill Festival, and contributed to the One Dot Zero Digital Arts Showcase. He continues to compose for films and TV worldwide and has become one of Britain’s most prolific writers of production music. 'I’m really excited to be writing the music score for The Wider Sun. The first time Sophia talked me through the concept behind the film I was immediately inspired by the storyline and was drawn into the fantasy. With Sophia’s vision and drive, I know this is going to be an exceptional movie.'
We have to cast the actors, and secure the rest of the crew which will be made possible once funding is secured and we can then lock down shooting dates!
Where the funding will go:
What your support means:
As you know, nowadays it’s hard for young people to launch their careers and it’s hard for them to make a difference. But you can help! Even if you can only contribute a small amount, you will be part of supporting the next generation of filmmakers who are trying to bring more beauty and hope into the world. You will also be directly supporting independent cinema!
Risks and challenges
Naturally filming comes with risks and challenges. We are prepared as a team to work through anything that may pose as an issue.
Everyone is committed and passionate about this project, so we will make it work and work around what we need to.
We have set aside 10% of the budget for 'Contingency' to cover any issues that may arise.
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