We are raising money to make our short film The Five Wives & Lives of Melvyn Pfferberg.
Here's a brief synopsis of the story.
After being jilted on his wedding day Melvyn Pfferberg decides to venture down a path to find the love of his life. Armed with “The Cupidatron” (a Time Machine Love Helmet that works on the principle that every time you shake someone's hand, you get to see your entire future together) he decides to attend a speed dating night to meet the future Mrs.Pfferberg. He meets, shakes hands and sees his futures unfold with five potential Mrs.Pfferbergs. What follows is a series of disastrous relationships that are played out all ending in absolute failure. Melvyn eventually leaves disheartened, it’s only when Leo, the organizer of the speed dating evening, shakes him by the hand to say goodbye, that Melvyn’s realizes his future is in fact planned out a little differently then he had previously thought.
We are very lucky that the executive producers on Fish! ( my first film) have come in again as executive producers on “Melvyn” and I’m delighted to have their support again - both financial and moral.
We are also extremely honored that many of the creative team that worked on Fish! have jumped onboard including Tim Thornton (composer) from the band Fink.
My co-writer Mark Eccleston: Film critic and journalist for Glamour Magazine, Sky News & BBC Radio 4.
Our wonderful editor Paul Moth: Final Cut.
Sound designer Andre Jacquemin is best known for his production work on The Monty Python albums; Andre co-wrote Every Sperm is Sacred and was the sound designer on Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus & The Zero Theorem.
Also I am pleased that The Mill, one of the world's leading post production facilities, have agreed to do our VFX, colour and grading all free of charge - which is a massive coup. The Mill loved working on Fish! and are very keen to help out with the new film.
They are also helping me source the top of the range Arri Alexa camera to shoot on - for our attached Director of Photography Gary Shaw who was DOP on the features Moon and Ill Manors.
We also have an amazing first assistant director, art director, costume designer and make-up and hair designer - production co-ordinator, line producer and other crew attached.
The shoot will be over 5 days in London at some fabulous locations to give the film its unique look.
In terms of casting, subject to people's schedules and subject to our set dates for filming, some well know names have committed to being in the cast.
We also have our star prop "The Cupidatron" - made by some expert movie model makers. We will be adding VFX and SFX for full impact.
As this is a more ambitious and longer shoot compared to Fish! the budget is therefore higher; while some contributors will offer their service for free others will come at a cost. Money in the budget is also set aside for after the film is finished for film festival entries, website, artwork etc.
Risks and challenges
We made our first film Fish! with blinkers on and every stage we went through we faced hurdles and new challenges that we knew nothing about, around every corner we turned another corner - at the end of the process we felt we had put ourselves through a crazy version of film school.
This time around we are so looking forward to the process having gained the knowledge & experience and have kept the most brilliant team who through some miracle want to work with us again. We also decided that no work on the film would take place until we had the funding, that way we could start the project in a good place.
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