ABOUT THE FILM
The Loneliest Time is an important film about a serving British Sniper, Johnny Killigrew, and his re-integration back into normal life upon returning home from deployment. HI DEF TRAILER CLICK-HERE
Through a handful of meetings with soldiers over the past two years, stories started to reveal themselves that are as complex as one can imagine. One of the most interesting and surprising of these stories, was the revelation that prostitutes can be the norm for many serving soldiers, and that some of the wives are both privy to, and accepting of this practice as part of their husband's reintegration back into society. These soldiers tend to be suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Who are the wives that accept this? How is one able to be so open as to offer that level of forgiveness and acceptance? How does this affect the men who are undertaking this action? It's a complex and messy area. Yes these are men, and they do care - they are all dedicated fathers and husbands. They are people whose job excuses them from connecting with the 'normal feelings' that we, in general society, would feel undertaking the tasks that they complete. So in their world, rage replaces guilt, sex replaces rage and ideally forgiveness releases both parties from torment. Yet all these actions have effects that are perhaps not that easy to write down or explain, but can be felt and seen. In a life where right and wrong are only decided by what laws exist in any given country, or what order is given, is it any wonder the lines of 'proper' moral practice are not adhered to? A widely known side effect is P.T.S.D, and it can be a killer.
"It's killing that is very distant but also very personal - I would even say intimate."
Neta Bar, Anthropologist
All three female characters within this film are vital for the audience's empathy towards Johnny Killigrew. Erika (The Escort/Prostitute) is a very strong character, as she is there to transition Killigrew from torment to rehabilitated. Through her many encounters with him, she does the unthinkable, and starts to be drawn closer to this man.
Libby (His Wife) manages both 'Killigrew's' and her pain, through a surrogate. She protects 'Amy' (their child) from this anguish, and is able to maintain the security of the family structure. Libby is an incredible woman, and she does exist. Her belief in redemption is overwhelming, in that she partitions that area of their lives as something very different, much as 'he' does. When he comes home, he is very present mentally: all father, husband, lover and listener. She believes one day he will change and it will stop... and she may well be right.
The Loneliest Time is both timely and topical, as it gives the audience a platform, to discuss and debate a subject that is perceived by moral standards to be corrupt. That is one of the reasons why we are compelled to make this film. In each character there is a different form of loneliness and we propose the question; What is missing from this system rehabilitation?
ABOUT MAKING IT
The Loneliest Time is a unique proposition, given that for a short film it has very specific requirements in terms of both location and resources.
It takes place in three main locations; one of which is a hidden space in a war zone (THE HOLE), where our protagonist 'Killigrew' spends much of his time analysing and targeting enemy insurgents, a high-class hotel that has a unique view of central London; Big Ben and The Millennium Wheel, and finally a family home in the suburbs of London. In addition, there are shorter scenes that transpire in a Soho cafe, and Oxford Circus.
We have secured all these locations for nominal fees.
Equipment rental costs are manageable due to prior working relationships, but nevertheless will form IRO of 50% of the total budget. Transport, parking and expenses, will also be included within this 50%.
WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?
Ironically the largest expense after equipment hire is insurance. The cost for insurance to cover the possible equipment replacement will be IRO of £1600.00, that will include, £10,000,000 Public Liability costs for all involved and is needed in many areas of Central London now.
It's important to note that we are not expecting this request for support to exclude us from contributing. We are making a £2500 group contribution to post-production completion costs, and have already spent IRO £1000 in development.
Casting will be detailed in forthcoming updates.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
We have a team in place that will ensure the absolute highest quality of delivery and completion, from DOP, Sound, pre and post-production and makeup, costume and designer.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Cort Kristensen, an American Director/Producer, will be directing and producing 'The Loneliest Time'. He brings his 18 years of industry experience to the film, having worked on various budget levels of Hollywood films, from blockbusters to indies. Uniquely, he has also worked on commercials, documentaries, as well as cable and network episodic TV. His short film, 'EDDIE', played in competition at the Palm Springs International ShortFest and the St. Louis International Film Festival in 2014. He is currently in post-production on the independent spy-thriller, UNLOCKED, from director Michael Apted, for di Bonaventura Pictures and Silver Reel Partners.
British Actor/Producer/Director, Dan Poole is the writer, producer and lead actor in the film. Dan Directed and produced the international award winning documentary, 'Muse Of Fire', which played throughout the world and premiered at the Raindance International Film Festival. As an actor Dan has performed in the West End in plays including 'Jerusalem' and 'The Dark Earth and the Light Sky'. He has worked with Christopher Nolan and most recently completed filming on 'Moonwalkers' with Ron Perlman, scheduled for release in June 2015. He has also written and produced three short films, which have played at various festivals.
A frequent Timebomb Pictures collaborator GV FILM, is a Co-Producer on the film. GV FILM completed edit on the teaser for this project, which was shot on the Blackmagic Pocket Camera, bya friend.
Another Timebomb Pictures collaborator is sound designer JD Evans from SOUNDMONGER. He has mixed and designed many many productions including the teaser of 'The Loneliest Time'.
Together with both Cort and Dan's experiences this film will complete as scheduled, and will exceed delivery expectations.
We will be working with ONSIGHT at Shepperton Studios, for all our Production kit requirements. Timebomb Pictures has a long working relationship with Onsight. This film will be shot on the Arri Alexa.
Artwork for the film has been created by Pete Starling at Electrographica.
We are currently trying to schedule the exact dates of the shoot, based on cast, crew, and location availabilities.
PLANS FOR THE FILM
IF WE EXCEED OUR FUNDING GOAL
Timebomb Pictures has negotiated with DOLBY UK a license waiver for a DOLBY ATMOS sound mix of the film. The hope is that we can be the first producers to have an ATMOS sound mix completed on a short film in the UK. Therefore anything additional to our funding request will be fed into completing this additional sound mix and increasing the money available to production.
We are aware that £1 from you, is £1 you no longer have. With so many requests these days for your £1's why us? It's a simple answer; this film has an important comment on society and ongoing social value, that will exceed initial screenings.
Good things cost money, and the reality of this request is that the true value of this production (with in-kind contributions from cast, crew, locations, etc.) would exceed £35,000. This is a very high level production that we can bring in at a very reasonable price due to many established relationships that we have between us.
Invest a little and see what we give back. There is something for everyone at every budget level, so no amount is too small, and yes we sincerely mean that.
Making good work has risk. Our risk is that this platform fails and we cannot produce this film. There is no risk to contributor investment. If we fail to achieve our campaign goals and fund our production, you receive your investment back.
Thank you for anything you can spare. We look forward to sharing this unique production with you in the months to come.
Cort & Dan
Timebomb Pictures Ltd
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
We've had a great deal of experience shooting in Central London and working with Westminster Council on previous projects), Locations are locked and already secured, we just need to confirm dates
Quite often with crowd-funding projects people fall into difficult situations due to lack of funds, fear of asking for what's actually needed and therefore failing. We are in the fortunate position of working in this industry and very used to managing budgets and delivering content. Additionally a substantial amount of our post-production costs are in kind, however every contributor is allocated a nominal fee from the funds raised on this platform and ourselves. Whilst we are asking for a substantial amount of money, an additional amount of £2500 is being directly invested by Cort and Dan and IRO £1000 has already been invested.
We also have the support of ONSIGHT in Shepperton Studios, for all our production requirements. They have been huge supporters of Timebomb Pictures for the last four years and will be on hand with additional technical support and resources.
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