About this project
Thousands of cars are stolen in Europe each year, where they are sold onto the black market in Eastern Europe. A year ago we set out to research, write, and produce a film about migration and trafficking in Europe. Our goal is to look at how lives are affected by increased migration opportunities abroad and highlight the impact this has on the families left behind.
Family, masculinity and immigration are themes that are deeply important to our filmmakers, Daniel Nickson and Reka Posta.
Having grown up straddling two cultures, Reka's film interests have focused on the social and political landscape of Eastern Europe.
Daniel's body of work explores masculinity and patriarchy in the modern world. Growing up in Manchester, moving to London at an early age and then migrating to New York in his early twenties, he has lived amongst a diverse range of people. His goal as a director is to bring these people to life on the screen, in exciting and original stories.
WHEN AND WHERE:
We will be filming in the Hungarian communities in and around Marghita and Oradea in Transylvania, Romania. Earlier this year our team spent time in the region researching the story and visited many of the locations where our film is set. These are some of our photos:
Daniel Nickson (Director & Co-Writer), originally from the UK and currently completing his MFA in Film at Columbia University. He is one of this year's BAFTA LA scholars and Hollywood Foreign Press Award recipients. His graduation film for The University of Westminster, 'Foxes In The Underground', received international acclaim, with nominations and prizes at the Royal Television Society Awards, Seattle's NFFTY, the Screentest Awards, Cannes Court Metrage and Shanghai's International Film Festival. Before moving to New York City he developed feature films and commercials with Smuggler Productions. Please visit his website for his full portfolio of creative work: www.danielnickson.com
Reka Posta (Producer & co-writer) is completing the MFA Creative Producing program at Columbia University. Previously she was an associate producer for Channel 4 (UK) while pursuing her dual degree in East European studies and Politics at University College London. She then worked as a film producer at the United Nations and co-produced the feature documentary ‘The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga’, with Independent Spirit Award nominee Jessica Oreck. Most recently she was the Producer for 'My Sky is Falling', a project for Lance Weiler’s 'Reboot Stories' and also co-produced a short film with Michael Hausman's Columbia Producing class.
Julia Bruton (Co-Producer) is an MFA Producing candidate at the German Film & Television School, in Berlin (the DFFB). Her early interest in film brought her to Salzburg where she studied digital television. During that time she spent a year in Australia where she produced several TV shows that were broadcast on national TV. After she finished with an engineer's degree she then moved to Berlin, where she has produced many short films, worked with the Berlinale and is currently a story developer for the BojeBuck production company.
Laurence Vannicelli (Cinematographer) is a Columbia University Film MFA student and a Cinematographer/Director. Currently working from Brooklyn, New York, he is a dual citizen of Italy and the US. His work for Participant Media has screened across the world and his still photography has premiered at various gallery venues across the East Coast of America.
The co-production with the German Film & Television school in Berlin will allow 'Ferry's post production to be completed in Berlin. This will include editing, grading and sound mixing. This means that 'Ferry' will have a professional standard post production, whilst also saving our budget from the heavy fees that would be incurred otherwise.
YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT WILL GO TOWARDS:
Travel, lodgings, catering, equipment, location fees, gas, permits, production design, costumes, hair & make-up, cast and much more.
For higher tier donations, please consider donating through Fractured Atlas, who is serving as our fiscal sponsor. Donations through the fractured atlas site are tax deductible, subject to IRS rules and regulations.
We are passionate about this story and we are determined to produce it. But in reality, making a film of this scale incurs many costs that, as students, we are struggling to meet. We hope that after reading this campaign you feel inspired to support us and please spread the word!
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Risks and challenges
Filmmakers always face risks and challenges during production and the key is to be prepared for anything. Marghita and Oradea are not regularly used for filming and this means that each step could move slower than we are used to.
We could be set back by the cold weather in Transylvania, we may come across issues when getting permits for locations because land owners will be unfamiliar with the process or we could be held up by our creative collaborators because they will be away from their homes.
However, we have done our research and prepared for the challenges as best we can by giving ourselves the time to be flexible. This means that if we are delayed we can still create our story in the way that we want to and still release the film by our graduation date in May 2014.
Throughout the production, if there are any problems we will contact our backers and keep them up to date with the progress of our short film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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