We plan to raise £2700 to create a short film:
Brutal Neglect is a documentary directed by FAMU/Falmouth Film graduate Sophie May about a hugely significant piece of Brutalist Architecture called Hotel Thermal.
Hotel Thermal is widely known for hosting the annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic since it’s completion in 1977. Since 1989 the architect Vera Machonin (now 90 years old) has fought a battle for the survival of Hotel Thermal, whose fate lies in the hands of the Ministry of Culture and Finance. It has come close to being sold off and reconstructed or demolished several times and these threats continue. The buildings’ future is still in a state of flux and now the Machonin’s grandchildren have taken over the battle. They run a campaign “Respekt Madame” http://respektmadam.cz/cs/ which primarily aims to get the building declared a National Heritage Site and enable a respectful restoration. Now tasteless reconstruction plans loom over it against the wishes of the architect and her family. We hope that this film will act a reminder of its significance and maybe sway opinions in order to change its fate.
The crew has been formed, the plans moved forward, and shooting dates are in place. Now we need your support so that we can bring the film to life and adjust the views of those who feel otherwise about this magnificent, historical architecture.
Why this project? Why now? Why us?
This shoot will take place from June-July. To obtain the message we wish to put across via exclusive interviews and masterful static shots we will need access to the Hotel's largely celebrated annual Film Festival, highlighting the building during its prime week of the year. This includes crew accreditation and accommodation, not to mention the hiring of film equipment. We, therefore, require the funds for this project prior to the shoot. This funding closes 08/06/19 if we have not reached our target we cannot fund our film and will be unable to support the fate of Hotel Thermal with the attention that it deserves.
To get a feel for the film's vibe and background, here is a link to our director’s website on which you can see her past projects.
We're a small, international bunch who are united by our passion for film, architecture, & design.
Sophie May is a 23 year old film director from the UK currently living in Brussels. She graduated from Falmouth University last summer in Film BA Hons. Now she works as a freelance director and set dresser. She is represented as a director by Adolescent Content.
Sophie began visualising the project two years ago, but since then the fate of the building has become more and more pressing, as has her urgency to make this film.
This project is something Sophie feels very passionate about and now more than ever is the time to make this film, because if anything it is surely important to document such cultural heritage before it is lost.
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Adèle Perrin is a young French cinematographer and photographer established in Prague. She has a Master2 in cinematography, graduate by ENSAV (National cinema school in France) and she is now in the second year in photography department in Famu (National cinema and photography school in Prague).
She now works as a freelance cinematographer and camera assistant. She likes challenges, artistic projects and to work with people through the international film community.
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Christiana Moffatt is a recent Film graduate from Falmouth University’s School of Film and Television, where she began collaborating with Sophie while specialising in producing and production management. Since graduating, she has been working in the film and digital industry in Berlin, London, and Norwich.
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Wouter Klinkenberg is a 23-year-old Dutch film student at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels having already completed a degree in Film Studdies at the Unversity of Leiden in the Netherlands. He has a particular interest in the sound design of audiovisual productions and looks forward to taking his work further afield and working on an international production.
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Brutal Neglect is a passion project that has been on the directors mind for many years now. We are a small, dedicated team who are working tirelessly in our spare time to make this film a reality.
Your contributions and support will go towards:
- The supply of industry film equipment for the duration of the shoot
- Securing suitable locations, including crew accommodation (one option is camping, but this could hinge security of hired equipment)
- Industry accreditation x3 for the crew to access all location areas during the annual festival
- Post-production and project contributors including our graphic designer and editor (and additional costs for sourcing archive footage, colour grade, sound mix and music)
- Insuring the production
- Film festival submissions and deadlines once the final cut is complete
This entire production will be running from now until August. Prior to June, we will have completed the pre-production stages of planning and booking. Through running our funding campaign now, we hope to be able to afford access to equipment and locations so that the shoot can take place. The shoot will take place for a period of 16 days, followed by a post-production process of 16 days. This Kickstarter funding target CLOSES 08/06/19 and if we have not reached our target we cannot fund our film, nor successfully take the fate of Hotel Thermal into our hands. This all-or-nothing platform means that you as a contributor will receive your donation back if we have not made it to £2700 before 08/06/19, and the funds for the film will be £0.00.
We want you to be part of the filmmaking process. You can find regular updates throughout the next upcoming months on our Instagram page. In addition, we will be posting about a range of perks available to you. Depending on the contribution you wish to generously give, the current perks are as listed below:
Pledge £10 or more: Thank-you Post Card
A signed thank-you-postcard of Hotel Thermal from our director Sophie May.
Pledge £50 or more: Exclusive Poster.
A Brutal Neglect film poster! Think brutalist architecture and groovy typeface.
Pledge £100 or more: Film Premiere Invitation!
For this generous donation, you will receive the above rewards, followed by an exclusive invitation to the first screening of the film.
Pledge £500 or more: Executive Producer Credit.
You will receive our eternal gratefulness, the above rewards, AND an Executive Producer credit in the film.
Please watch, spread the WORD, and donate.
Risks and challenges
As independent filmmakers, we are completely reliant on the Kickstarter funding.
During the shoot, we will be reliant on location access and the contributions of our interviewees. Throughout this process, we have and will be dealing with language barriers!
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