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Room 22 and Intoxicated are two short films based in Shakespeare, made by two separate teams, to be rehearsed and filmed in just one week and funded together. 

Why Are We Making These Films?

The priority of this fundraising campaign is to provide PAID work for up-and-coming actors and film makers. In the current film industry, there are vast listings for castings and crew opportunities labelled as collaborations, experience building, expenses only or in other words, UNPAID. This growing problem has been highlighted recently in the media as well as by the British Actor's Network, Equity, Actor Awareness and many other organisations. I want to change this.

It is highly important to emphasise that I (Grace Blackman) will NOT be paid or receive any money for producing, writing, acting, design or any other work contributed to these projects - it is purely for the love of the films and to create paid work for others to make a step forward to change the standards previously mentioned.

We have ensured that 75% of the £4,000 goes to the cast and crew (excluding Grace Blackman) as payment for their work - we could create these films as 'expenses only' and break even with only £1000. The way we will do this is by borrowing equipment, having small location and arts costs to keep expenses low.

Both crews have already been assembled, previously working with Fient Productions, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ravensbourne College, Sony, BFI, National Film and Television School, The Arcola Theatre, The Everyman Theatre, Winners of Rob Knox Film Festival Awards and many others.

Below is an interview with UK Film News which investigates further into the details of creating the projects.

 The Cast:

Elizabeth Bryant, Joseph Warner, Mitchell Fisher, David Wayman and Grace Blackman
Elizabeth Bryant, Joseph Warner, Mitchell Fisher, David Wayman and Grace Blackman

After hundreds of self-tapes came in from extremely talented actors from all backgrounds and experience for each role, the creative team finally found their characters:

  • In Room 22 - Joseph Warner will be playing the part of the man, Grace Blackman the part of the Woman. 
  • In Intoxicated - Elizebeth Bryant will play the part of Gemma, Mitchell Fisher as Danny, David Wayman as Luke and Grace Blackman as Nikki.
  • More details about the actors and their work can be found on our website. www.twice-as-short.com/#!cast/c8te

The Directors

Left: Charlotte Serena Cooper, Director of Room 22 - Right: Samantha O'Rourke, Director of Intoxicated
Left: Charlotte Serena Cooper, Director of Room 22 - Right: Samantha O'Rourke, Director of Intoxicated

Charlotte trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and is currently studying for her Masters in Directing at the National Film and Television School. Charlotte directs plays, single camera films and multi-camera TV shows. In 2015, Charlotte’s six-part web series Tour Girls, which she wrote and directed, won the Best Web Series award at the Rob Knox film festival.

Samantha is a director and playwright, currently on a two year attachment with the Everyman Playhouse Young Writer's programme. Her theatre directing includes The Dolphin Hotel - King's Arms Salford/theSpaceUK which was longlisted for the Amnesty International's Freedom of Expression Award, Dark Places by Yasmin Ali- Fun Palaces Weekend at the Everyman Playhouse, and Counting the Days by Roger Goldsmith - Women Redressed at Sheer Height at the Arcola Theatre London. Film credits include Chwilio am Waith, as a writer/director, which was a finalist for Gŵyl Ffilm PICS Film Festival 2016.

The Films

Room 22 Poster: Courtesy of Sarah Louise Burns Photography and Patrick Ryder Poster Design
Room 22 Poster: Courtesy of Sarah Louise Burns Photography and Patrick Ryder Poster Design

 

Room 22 is a neo-noir short inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth, filmed entirely in black and white with select moments of colour, which builds as the reality starts to disintegrate and in turn reverses. It intentionally keeps the audience guessing and questioning, playing on sight and sound to create a world of psychological misdirection. The Man and The Woman are spending one night in a hotel suite when a sinister event unfolds.

Intoxicated Poster: Courtesy of Sarah Louise Burns Photography and Patrick Ryder Poster Design
Intoxicated Poster: Courtesy of Sarah Louise Burns Photography and Patrick Ryder Poster Design

 

Intoxicated is also based in Shakespeare; modernising the Midsummer Night's Dream lovers into a farcical, quick-paced, drunken, love-square, in which the characters are in the glorious chaos of post-party intoxication rather than the traditional love potion. With character clashes, confusion of affection and the sober mother-figure - it's a recipe for disaster.

Below is an article with the News Shopped which investigates further into the plots and creative ideas of the films.

The News Shopper, a local newspaper, has expressed their support for the project.
The News Shopper, a local newspaper, has expressed their support for the project.

The best scenario we could wish for, would be to go past our minimum target; with this campaign it is all or nothing which is why we need your help to achieve our goal. Anything over our 4000 target can give us even more freedom to make this project great; investing more into post production, promotion, screening costs and film festival submissions.

! Pledges will only be collected if the campaign target is reached !

Thank you so much for reading and for your continued support.

Risks and challenges

Film making will never be as secure as full time salary work, but it's because we have a passion for the craftsmanship of story telling across various mediums that we follow paths like this. We could have pouring rain whilst shooting Intoxicated outdoors, cast and crew could find themselves being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity, there could be a power cut, we could all be struck down with swine flu - but we keep working towards our goals relentless in spite of this!

To give us the best chance, the next 3 months will be dedicated to online crowdfunding and fundraiser events. To create an incentive to invest, we have organised our first event as a quiz night fundraiser (Venue TBC on Friday 10th/24th June), working with previous collaborators with Jimmy Mizen Foundation events. A local newspaper, The News Shopper has already expressed support in an article published in April and we are continuing to negotiate with other local papers to spread our awareness and audience reach once with stories to be published once the events are finalised and Kickstarter launched.

I feel it’s important to mention that I am excluded from payment of any kind from this project. The more we raise, the more festivals we can submit the final productions to and should we continue to excel, we can use our profits to invest in charities and opportunities for more young people to move their careers forward. If you own your own business, wish to see the formal plans or are interested in sponsoring the film please do feel free to contact myself. All printed rewards courtesy of AOK Printers and LEA Printers.

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