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Global Warning is a short film about Eunice Newton Foote, the woman who identified for the first time the greenhouse effect.
Global Warning is a short film about Eunice Newton Foote, the woman who identified for the first time the greenhouse effect.
133 backers pledged £10,471 to help bring this project to life.

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WE HAVE REACHED OUR MINIMUM GOAL OF £5500, NOW HELP US REACH OUR STRETCH GOAL OF £7000. 

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTED US! We have reached our goal of £5500 in just over 7 days thanks to you. This is humbling for all of us and we are extremely touched by the support. £5500 is the minimum amount we needed to make this film happen and feel confident we can move forward with our production. Now we are aiming to make this film the best we can possibly make it, and this is why we are creating a STRETCH GOAL OF £1500 raising our funding goal to £7000!

The money collected from this stretch goal will help us secure a location that authentically resembles an American house of the 1850's, which is hard to find in Europe & the UK, and comes at a cost. 

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Distributing our film to festivals will be one of our main objectives after the post-production. Therefore this stretch goal will also go towards film festival fees and costs. So we hope you support us!

What is the project about? 

Global Warning is a short film about the life of Eunice Newton Foote, a female scientist and women rights activist who in 1856, identified for the first time the prominent role of what would later be called greenhouse gases in the warming of our atmosphere. However, because she was a woman, her experiments were not taken seriously by the mostly male scientific community at the time. A few years later, another male scientist called John Tyndall came up with similar experiments and results. Today he is the only one remembered as the discoverer of the greenhouse effect. 

Why it matters? 

Eunice Newton Foote’s story is worth being told for two main reasons: first, the subject of her research is particularly relevant in today’s society. Even though these events happened more than 160 years ago, we are barely starting to address the problem of greenhouse gases emissions and global warming. Some of our politicians are even refusing to admit the existence of the relation between the two. Secondly, Eunice Newton Foote’s career is one among so many examples of women scientists whose discoveries were taken away from them because of the misogyny in their profession and in society in general. Considering the fact that Eunice Newton Foote was one of the authors and signatories of the Declaration of Sentiments, a major and very controversial women’s rights document made in 1848, we can’t even imagine how frustrating it must have been for her to be excluded from an important conversation when her work was of such quality.

Back in 1856, a brilliant mind was ignored only because she was a woman. Back in 1856, we turned our back on climate change. Today, 162 years later, we haven’t learned from our mistakes. We keep discriminating against people because of their gender and ethnicity. People in positions of power keep denying climate change. We consider ourselves the smartest living species on earth, yet we have been making the same mistake for more than a century. However, things are changing. People are speaking, acting, reporting. As an emerging generation of filmmakers, as story tellers, it is our duty to support and back up those actions. By not doing this, we will be repeating the same mistakes the scientific community did back in 1856.

This film is the occasion to put a brilliant scientist and her story in the light and to give her back the credit she deserves.

However, in order to make this film, we need your help!

Why do we need your help?

Being set in America in the 1850s, we face many challenges to recreate this period on screen. £5500 is the minimum we need to raise that will help us make the creation of this film possible! Various investments in set design and costumes will give our film a feeling of authenticity which, combined with the story we want to tell, will give our film and its topic legitimacy with audiences and in festivals. This in turn would bring us closer to our ultimate objective to turn Global Warning into a feature film, a film that could not only be a financial success but that would also help raise awareness about climate change and sexism.

Who are we? 

We are a group of students across different pathways of the MA Filmmaking course at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Moira James-Moore - Writer 

Moira grew up in Derby where she was the youngest of three sisters. After moving to Manchester to study English Literature, Moira realised her degree was basically useless. Moira is now working hard on making her dream of becoming a scriptwriter come true by studying for her Masters in Scriptwriting at Goldsmiths.

Randi Lindholm Hansen - Writer

Randi is a 27-year-old Danish screenwriter currently attending the MA in Script Writing at Goldsmiths College in London. She has a BA in English Studies and Creative Writing. Randi is passionate about changing the way women are portrayed in film.

Eric Garro - Director

Originally from Costa Rica, Eric is a 25-year-old filmmaker with an undergraduate degree in Film & TV from Veritas University. He also has a focus on screenwriting from San Jose State University, California. He was nominated for Best Central American Short Film “Finding Stockholm” (2014). His script “Fake It” (2015), made it to the second round of Cinequest Film Festival. Coming from a country where 99% of its electric consumption comes from renewable energies, Eric is a passionate about climate change and considers Global Warning the perfect opportunity to put on the table a topic that films are not usually keen to explore.

Paul Bancilhon - Producer 

Paul grew up in Paris before he left for Montreal to do a Bachelor degree in Business and Sustainability. It is during his stay in Canada that he became interested in making fiction films that would invite audiences to reflect about environment related topics. Since September, he moved to London where he is pursuing a masters degree in Filmmaking.

Matteo Marcolini - Producer

The Classical and Baroque elegance of Rome shaped Matteo’s sense of past. The pursuit of understanding his contemporary world through the prism of history led a path to London and his subsequent graduation in History and Politics at the University of Westminster. Increasingly, Matteo was captivated by how media reflected society and how storytelling shone lights on the past by the medium of filmmaking. He explored the medium further by working as a production assistant for The Animation Band, an Italian audio-visual company. Matteo is currently attending a postgraduate course in Filmmaking at Goldsmiths University, London.

Zachary Gammiere - Director of Photography

Zac is a California native aspiring cinematographer currently based in London. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Cinema, with an emphasis on gender and ethnic studies, at San Francisco State University. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Cinematography at Goldsmiths, University of London. Zac's passion for filmmaking lies in telling stories about people and ideas that are under-represented in popular culture. A women-driven story and climate change are just two of the many powerful elements explored in Global Warning. Through the use of visual storytelling, Zac and his camera team hope to bring Eunice and her discovery to the forefront, giving her a new platform to change the conversation.

Kseniia Naumova - Camera Operator

Born in Russia, Kseniia graduated from a top Moscow university with a degree in International Journalism, despite her lifelong dream of becoming an artist. With the help of her camera, Kseniia aspires, through visual arts, to change our world for the better. And even though “one sees clearly only with the heart”, she believes it’s essential to see the beauty around. To be precise, to notice and capture it!

Maura Angioi - Editor 

Born and raised in the south of Sardinia, Maura moved to Milan to attend NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti), where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Media Design and Multimedia Arts. She is currently studying at Goldsmiths and she is specializing in film editing.

Majd Eyounalsoud - Sound Designer 

Majd is originally from Damascus, Syria. In 2011 he started pursuing his passion to work in the Audio industry by starting a course at the higher institute of dramatic arts in Damascus. However, it didn’t last for long. Because of the war, Majd had to find refuge in London where it took him a while to settle and finish a BA at the University of West London in Sound technologies. With all his work experience as a sound engineer, he’s currently onboard with us for this project as his final work to submit for the Masters programme at Goldsmiths.

Risks and challenges

Our shoot dates are locked on the 9th to 15th of May 2017, with no exceptions. This gives us a limited time for pre-production and also very specific dates that causes difficulties in terms of locking down locations & cast. Thus, the team is working hard to organize and arrange the necessary logistics of this challenging film production.

A major challenge of our project is finding a location that will suit the needs of the film, especially the mood and feel of the United States in 1856. In order to do the story justice, the crew has been organizing many location recces to find that perfect location.

Finding talent in the UK that will play the American cast members convincingly will be a challenge, and auditions with actors of specific skill levels are being arranged.

Dressing up the actors and the set with the relevant period costumes and props will be a challenge, and we will collaborate with an experienced and enthusiastic production designer who will join the team to manage these areas.

Nonetheless, our biggest challenge is raising the money necessary to fund the project. We hope you will help us in making this project come to life!

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