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Short Film : An obsessed theatre director writes himself into his own story, to form a relationship with his own written character.
Short Film : An obsessed theatre director writes himself into his own story, to form a relationship with his own written character.
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David is a director in the process of writing a personal play dealing with his own failed marriage one year prior. Having built a reputation in the London theatre scene, he views this upcoming project as his magnum opus. He pays no attention to his ex-wife or any of the real aspects of his life he should be dealing with responsibly, but instead spends his nights in his office study, perfecting and fleshing out his idealistic woman.

After making the decision to write himself a role in his upcoming play, we see him slowly spiral into obsession as he treats the lead actress Nadia with dismay, only focusing on her when she is playing the role of Ellen. His direction becomes more and more bitter towards Nadia, as she soon becomes completely alienated from her self-absorbed director, pushed to her limits to recreate this dream character of David’s.

We believe this film is more than relevant to audiences that may have dealt with a person that expects too much of them in a relationship, or care to admit they may have had these selfish thoughts themselves also. We are attempting to create an artistic portrayal of someone who is so disillusioned by their experiences in relationships that they attempt to artificially create their own through the medium of theatre, as well as the innate desire to create a perfect reality through means of an art form.

 We will be using very chaotic camera movements, to present David's direction towards Nadia, much like 'Black Swan'. Nadia and David will also be very distant in the frame, with Nadia often shown only through reflections. Whilst as the character of Ellen, she will be presented in tightly framed shots. This will show David's obsession and control of her.

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Will Hewitt - Director:

Will Hewitt is passionate in writing and directing innovative and unique cinema. Will challenges himself to use what he has learnt and developed whilst filmmaking to express himself through the visual medium, doing so in shorts, documentaries and music videos. Some of his biggest influences include David Lynch, Yasujiro Ozu and Charlie Kaufman. Real Doll is a project Will believes can be related to many audiences due to its themes of idealism, longing and the strive to create something unique and personal.

Sam White - Producer:

Primarily a comedy filmmaker, Sam White has greatly enjoyed the challenge of writing a much more dramatic piece of work with Real Doll. He has been writing since the age of 6, starting on short stories and comic books, and finally settling on film scripts. Whilst at university, he has written, directed and produced on various different projects.

Rory Maguire- Director of Photography:

Rory is very excited to be working on a unique story like Real Doll. He is looking forward to creating a visual style to match the tone of the script. Rory has been a DP and camera operator on several university productions, as well as a short film project with Cinemagic in Northern Ireland – this short was screened worldwide and accepted into several festivals. He is also an alum of the BFI Film Academy, based in Derry.

Jake Couper - Editor:

Jake Couper grew up in the Middle East, in Qatar. After completing his A-Levels, he started attending the University of Gloucestershire to pursue Film Production. Jake is a prolific editor, working in pre-production as an editor or VFX artist on most of the productions at University and prior, winning a THIMUN film award in Qatar for best editing. He hopes to continue his work as an editor in his future career.

Alexander Dobb - Production Design: 

Alexander is an innovative and hardworking individual. With a wide range of experiences and first-handknowledge in Film/Media, Product Design & Business he is trying to combine all three into one medium to carry forwards into his future. Alexander enjoys solving challenging problems through design and strategies to achieve a flawless finished product/project, he wants to take this mentality into the Production Design on Real Doll to create an immersive experience for the audience.

Louis Burgess - Sound:

Louis Burgess is a third-year film production student from London. Louis has been involved mainly with directing and cinematography during his three years at University. He has directed a range of different genres, however his main love for film comes from his passion for making documentaries. His love of music, and experience as a DJ has led him to sound design for this project. He aims to stay in London after University to expand his experience in the film industry in whatever field of work he can find.

This is a very ambitious project, and we intend to raise money to create a film that will match our ambition. We will be filming for 4 days in Gloucestershire, UK. This will cover the costs of high quality actors fee's, hiring out filming locations, travel costs, props/costumes and online/festival marketing.

 

Any extra funding we receive will go towards further improving the quality of the film, and extra rewards for our backers.

If you are unable to make a donation; please help us out and give our social media pages a like/follow and a share.

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Risks and challenges

There will be various challenges that come with making this film; some will be easy to prepare for, and others will come as a surprise. Whenever problems have arisen in the past, we have always found a solution, without lessening our creative vision.

If any setbacks do arise, we plan to keep you informed. We appreciate your trust in us as filmmakers.

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