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Rain Catcher is a noir psychological thriller about a young photographer haunted by a mysterious man appearing in all his pictures.
Rain Catcher is a noir psychological thriller about a young photographer haunted by a mysterious man appearing in all his pictures.
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INTRO

Hitchcock once said "in a film, the director is God".
What if, like God, the director had the power to actually give life to a character?

A character who lives in a world parallel to ours, a world that rises and dies with the movie: the world of the film. What if this character was leading his existence oblivious of following a script?

Rain Catcher Poster (rewarded to backers donating £75+)
Rain Catcher Poster (rewarded to backers donating £75+)

IN A NUTSHELL

Rain Catcher is a 12-minute high-concept short film, a psychological thriller reflecting on cinema itself and our perception of reality. A modern noir set in the dark, rainy London metropolis.

Rain Catcher painting by Nik Lucky (rewarded to backers donating £100+)
Rain Catcher painting by Nik Lucky (rewarded to backers donating £100+)

THE STORY

We follow a young photographer, an outcast simply known as Rain Catcher. New in town, he captures the haunting beauty of his new home: the notorious Barbican estate in London.

Suddenly, Rain Catcher notices a sinister and mysterious man appearing in all his photographs. Blent-in with the crowd or sneaking from a distant window, this shady character is always staring intensely into camera.

Who is this man? and what does he want from the young photographer? The journey to uncover this mystery will lead Rain Catcher to a mind-blowing truth. A discovery which will overturn his reality forever.

Rain Catcher storyboard
Rain Catcher storyboard

THE CAST

Dudley O'Shaughnessy as Rain Catcher

Born in London in 1989, Dudley O’Shaughnessy first came to the public eye as a boxer, becoming British amateur welterweight champion. Aged 19, O'Shaughnessy's career path went from boxing to modelling when he was scouted by a local modelling agency. Dudley soon moved onto NEXT Model Management and began traveling the world as one of their premiere new talents which later resulted in his appearance as Rihanna's love interest in her music video We Found Love.

O'Shaughnessy discovered his truest passion through these experiences and has continued to pursue his love of acting ever since, appearing in several short films, feature Montana and TV series such as Suspects (Channel 5).  O'Shaughnessy's latest feature film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival last October: White Colour Black, directed by Joseph Adesunloye.


Marcus Taylor
as The Watcher

Marcus is an experienced TV, film and theatre actor from England. He's starred in BAFTA-winning series Cold Feet Season 6. His credits include several London West End shows such as The Ladykillers with Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi, BBC series Suspicions of Mr Witcher with Paddy Considine, and several other ITV and BBC TV shows.


ANTON RODRIGUEZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographer Anton Rodriguez
Photographer Anton Rodriguez

Just like the character of Rain Catcher, Anton Rodriguez is a photographer living in the Barbican Estate, London.
He specialises in mostly fashion, architecture and portrait photography.

We couldn't think of a better eye to capture the haunting beauty of the Barbican and we're looking forward to this collaboration.

Anton's latest book 'Residents: inside the iconic Barbican Estate' shines a light on the incredible interiors and creative people who live in the iconic Brutalist estate.

The book extensively covered by publications such as The Guardian, The Independent and Metro.

PRODUCTION

The campaign will close on the 27th of February. If successful, filming will commence in late March. Post-production will start at the beginning of April, with an estimated final cut in mid May.

THE TEAM

Written, Directed and Produced by Michele Fiascaris & Filippo Polesel
Executive Producer: Giuseppe Menna, Edoardo Bussi
Production Manager: Alessio Bergamo
Director of Photography: Evgeny Sinelnikov 
Still Photography: Anton Rodriguez
Camera & Editing: Michael Coppola
Music & Sound: Robin Schlochtermeier
Script Editor: Alba Moyano
Concept Art: Nik Lucky
Storyboards: Davide Pascutti
Graphic Design: Daniel AnscombeMarketing Consultant: Harriet Dunning

Produced by Shorts On Tap & Yellow Pill

Shorts On Tap is London's fastest growing short-film showcase, with an audience of over 500 viewers monthly. Now also screening in Berlin and Tokyo, Shorts On Tap is an award-winning festival for both up&coming and established film-makers to showcase their work, exchange ideas and receive feedback.

Yellow Pill is a multi-award winning London production company specialized in commercials, films and music videos. They have produced and shot content for clients such as P&G, Sony Music, Campell’s, the United Nations, Fiat and Diageo, amongst others. Yellow Pill's content has hit millions of viewers, made national news and collected prizes worldwide.

Shorts On Tap screenings at BFI, 93 Feet East & Prince Charles Cinema
Shorts On Tap screenings at BFI, 93 Feet East & Prince Charles Cinema

Filippo Polesel is an Award-winning writer and producer of commercials, web content and short films. His advertising portfolio includes brands such as Fiat, P&G, Campbell’s, the United Nations amongst others. Filippo is the founder of short film network "Shorts on Tap", awarded with the prestigious Boost Award by Film London and BFI.

Michele Fiascaris has written & directed the award-winning feature film "Fat Cat", and numerous commercials, short films, music videos. His works have been awarded by BBC & BAFTA TV, and have been screened in over a dozen film festivals worldwide, from Berlin, LA, New York Independent Film Festival, Rome Independent Film Festival, Bruges, Madrid and others.

Edoardo Bussi, International Sales Director at GFM Films. Edoardo started working in film production and distribution 4 years ago. He's attended international markets including Cannes, AFM, FILMART and Berlinale. Edoardo has been involved in more than 10 film projects in the last couple of years including the latest Simon Pegg's comedy Absolutely Anything and Stratton a brand new action Feature directed by Simon West.

Evgeny Sinelnikov made his debut as DoP in Russian feature film Pavlov’s Dog. He was camera operator on feature The Edge, nominated for Best Foreign Film at 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards. His latest feature film Fat Cat has brought him Best Cinematography Award at Madrid International Film Festival.

Michael Coppola is a multi-skilled filmmaker with experience in commercials and music videos, including recent works as DOP and editor for artists such as Nick Cave, Kygo, Breakage, and fashion designer Michiko Koshino.

Alba Moyano is an award-winning writer and New York Film Academy graduate with a portfolio covering film, TV, radio, theatre, music and advertising. Her literary creativity has been recognized in Spain, where she has won several awards in the categories of poetry and short story writing. Her début narrative short film “The Verge” is in currenly in post-production.

Robin Schlochtermeier is a composer of music for film and television. He scored the award-winning Queens of Syria and was the co-composer of the music on the BIFA Award-winning feature film Strings and has written  music for Channel Five/National Geographic.

Composer Robin Schlochtermeier
Composer Robin Schlochtermeier

THE CHARACTERS

RAIN CATCHER is a young photographer, an outcast who's new to the Big Smoke. A quiet, lonely, discreet explorer who likes to capture rainy, gloomy urban scenaries, and the characters who inhabit them. There's something missing in Rain Catcher's life. He doesn't know what it is, but he will soon find out as he gets catapulted into an otherworldly situation, which will overturn his reality forever.

THE WATCHER is a mysterious man appearing in Rain Catcher's photographs. Hiding in the crowd or watching from a distant window, this shady character is always staring intensely into camera.

 

BUDGET

We had initially planned to fund Rain Catcher ourselves, with a minimal budget, but we quickly realized that the story deserved a bigger scale production. We then decided to take the crowdfunding route to expand our budget.

Budget breakdown
Budget breakdown

The bulk of the budget will go to the set design and the locations: are The Barbican Estate & The Barbican Centre. Bringing Rain Catcher's eerie world to life is both challenging and expensive, and we want to make sure that we have the means to do it right.

Risks and challenges

Rain Catcher is a complex project, a multi-layered film that comes with some risks & challenges.
The weather plays a big part in this film. With many scenes shot in the outdoors, we're going to need some rain to produce the look we're after.
The weather in London is very unpredictable and, if needed, we're ready to produce artificial rain by combining the use of rain machines and VFX.

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