About this project
We are THRILLED to announce that on January 24th – just four days after our launch - Blue Borsalino smashed its initial funding goal of £10,000! On January 30th, just a week and a half into our campaign, we've raised our budget of £15,450!
BUT IT DOESN'T STOP THERE! We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of everyone who has pledged their support, given advice, and shared our campaign page on social media. This film is going to get made – and it’s all thanks to YOU!
Our campaign is still LIVE until February 20th, so we're hoping to push on and achieve even greater things! All and any additional money we raise will go to:
Crew: Our crew are working for peanuts, so with a little extra in the budget we'll be able to raise their fees and pay them properly for their hard work. We'll give something back to those who have already offered their talents and advice, and worked on our campaign for free.
Ensemble Cast: We're already casting a high profile lead actor, but with a larger budget we'll be able to put together a full ensemble cast of named actors. Casting Director Emma Gunnery (from Syson Grainger Casting) has generously come on board to help us.
Creative Departments: We'll increase the amount of money allocated to the creative departments, giving our talented Production Designer, Costume Designer and Hair & Makeup Designer the freedom to stretch their wings and bring Mark and Eben's vision to life.
Specialist Equipment: We'd love to be able to hire a Steadicam rig to give the film an unparalleled and seamless cinematic feel, and waterproof housing for our camera for a special underwater shot!
Please do keep supporting the campaign and sharing the link on social media. There are still some fantastic rewards to be claimed (including Associate & Exec Producer credits!).
Let's make the absolute best version of Blue Borsalino!
BLUE BORSALINO is a neo-noir detective film set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1960s, written and directed by Mark Lobatto.
It's a gripping murder mystery which touches on themes of guilt, forgiveness and redemption, told in Mark's unique style which puts a modern, quirky twist on film noir. Think 'Mulholland Drive' meets 'Amour'.
Ernie Child hasn't always been a pawnbroker. Years ago he tried his hand as a private investigator, accepting a case from a beautiful young girl who came to him for help, convinced that her life was in danger.
In a hospital across London, Jean Delaware awakes after years in a coma, with no memory of the tragic events that put her there. There is a note scribbled on her file: call Detective Child!
Shaken out of his quiet existence, Ernie is summoned to the hospital. He and Jean piece together the events of the night she was attacked, revisiting memories and delving into Jean's tortured visions, in a last-ditch attempt to discover the truth.
But Ernie has a confession to make. Consumed with anxiety, he is going to reveal something that will change both their lives forever...
I've never met either of my grandfathers, and I've long felt driven to address this by exploring an ageing male character on film. Blue Borsalino is about a man kept prisoner by one single, painful moment from his past. His journey of discovery and redemption takes centre stage, wrapped up in a gripping mystery with twists and turns which will keep the audience guessing until the very end.
It nods to the noir of the Coen Brothers, and the dark character-driven dramas of Paul Thomas Anderson; exploring themes of guilt, innocence and forgiveness, which have in turn inspired my choice of locations. I want Blue Borsalino to have the scope and feel of classic film noir, to look as if it was made for the cinema screen.
Jean's memories are visually striking, bridging the real and the imagined, providing clues to help Ernie unravel the past, and giving the audience a powerful insight into the demons of a troubled young woman now finding herself in an older body. The camera will be gently moving to mirror Ernie's contemplative nature, set against a textured, emotive soundscape.
Message from: Actress LILY JAMES (Cinderella, Downton Abbey)
SPREAD THE WORD:
Shooting a short film in two different time periods is an ambitious feat, and we can't do it without the generous support of the Kickstarter community.
CAST AND CREW
We don’t expect anyone on our crew to work for free (apart from the producers & director!). Everyone on our team gets paid, albeit at a reduced rate, from the gaffer to the lead actress. We’re casting a high profile actor to play Ernie which costs a little more. No one can work on an empty stomach so we’ll need to feed and water our cast and crew.
Mark and our wonderful production designer Daniel Vincent have worked extremely hard to source a series of challenging locations, including a vintage funfair, a pawnbroker shop and a hospital. We'll need to shoot a sequence on water too. These beautiful locations are integral to the script, but they don't come cheap - and your support means we can shoot the film just the way we want it.
Your support will help Daniel convincingly recreate scenes set in the 1960s, ably supported by hair & makeup designer Alexa Seabourne, who will be working with a costume designer to give our actors an iconic 60s look and feel. We'll need period costumes for the lead characters, and various props in keeping with the period.
About as important as it gets really. We’ve been lucky enough to call in some favours, but we’ll still need extra gear to shoot the film, including cameras, lenses and lights. We’re aiming to shoot on the new Arri Alexa 6K. We’ll also need two big vans for four days to transport our crew, their kit (and to shelter in if/when it rains!).
Submission fees are expensive, but they're the only way to get Blue Borsalino seen on the big screen. Your donations will help us submit Blue Borsalino to major international film festivals, and be in with a chance of awards and distribution.
Again, we’ve been lucky enough to call in some favours, but your support will help us with those crucial few weeks in post: editing, grading, and perfecting the sound.
INSURANCE & CONTINGENCY
We want to bring the best film we can to the Kickstarter community and our generous supporters, so it's necessary paying a little extra to insure the production. Contingency will help us cover any unforeseen extras, and any extra will go towards post-production.
Kickstarter take 5% of all the money we raise - but we couldn't do it without them! We'll need a little extra in the budget to cover this.
Our team is made up of emerging filmmakers who are all making their mark in the industry. Editor Dave Silver worked on a 2014 BIFA-winning documentary, Daniel Vincent was on the design team for the 2012 Olympics, DOP Eben Bolter and producer Annabel Wigoder have both been picked as ‘Ones to Watch’ over the last twelve months - and Mark’s last short film won acclaim at numerous film festivals worldwide. We’re lucky enough to have the support of award-winning director Christopher Smith (CREEP, SEVERANCE, GET SANTA) who is mentoring Mark at this crucial stage of his career.
– Mark Lobatto
Mark's most recent short film SILENT TREATMENT starred Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey) and was officially selected into ten film festivals worldwide, including Seattle & Fort Lauderdale. It was chosen by Tribecca to be screened on United Airlines flights, and picked up by Shorts International to screen in the US.
Mark has seven years’ experience working in film and TV, on documentaries alongside Sir David Attenborough and on studio backlots for blockbusters like 'QUANTUM OF SOLACE'. Mark has personally assisted directors on high profile feature films including the Wachowskis’ 'JUPITER ASCENDING', Jonathan Liebesman's 'WRATH OF THE TITANS' and Christopher Smith's 'GET SANTA'. Mark is currently developing his first feature screenplay.
A private and otherwise unavailable link to 'Silent Treatment' is available to those able to pledge £25 and over. Here's the trailer:
- Annabel Wigoder
"As Head of Development at an indie, I watch a huge amount of short films by emerging talent. Every year I watch the NFTS shorts, the LFS graduation films, Film London's London Calling shorts, and more. Mark's short will really stand out from the crowd."
Annabel is Head of Development at Buckland Productions, developing film and TV projects by BAFTA-nominated director Michael Pearce, playwright Nancy Harris (Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Dates) and Sean Conway (Shameless, Ray Donovan). Previously Development Executive at Headline Pictures, developing projects including Dustin Hoffman’s “Quartet” and Philip K. Dick adaptation “The Man In The High Castle” for Amazon Studios.
Freelance production credits include producing a sell-out run of new writing at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Angel, and production managing an adaptation of “Under The Clear Blue Sky” by DavidEldridge. Chosen as ‘One to Watch’ for 2014 by the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Christopher Smith
Chris has directed five feature films to
date, including 'CREEP' (2004), which premiered at Toronto Film Festival and
was released by Pathe (UK) and Lionsgate (USA), and the upcoming ‘GET SANTA’
which stars Jim Broadbent and Rafe Spall. His sophomore feature ‘SEVERANCE’
(2006) also premiered at Toronto; his third feature ‘TRIANGLE’ (2009) premiered
at FrightFest; his fourth, ‘BLACK DEATH’, starred Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean,
and won Chris the ‘Best Director’ award at ScreamFest 2010. Chris also directed
Scott Free’s TV adaptation of Kate Mosse’s hugely successful novel LABYRINTH,
starring John Hurt and Tom Felton.
CINEMATOGRAPHER - Eben Bolter
Featured in the prestigious American Cinematographer magazine, and chosen as 'One to Watch' by MovieScope Magazine, Eben is a rising talent who has completed fifteen feature films in the past three years, and recently lensed a pioneering series of microplays for The Guardian. Recent credits include 'GREYHAWK', nominated for the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and Best Cinematography at the East End Film Festival earlier this year; 'THE HOARDER' starring Mischa Barton; multi-award winning short 'THE BODY’ which took Best Film at Sitgest Film Festival 2013; and Chiwetel Ejiofor's ('12 YEARS A SLAVE') short film 'COLUMBITE TANTALITE' which won Best Narrative Short at the 2014 Webby Awards.
look at his stunning showreel:
- Daniel Vincent
Art Director and Set Designer. Daniel was a member of the design team for the 2012 London Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, and has art department credits on high profile upcoming feature films including “ALICE: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS” and Guy Ritchie’s “KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: KING ARTHUR”
- Dave Silver
Dave is an established editor whose work encompasses high-end commercials, branded content, music promos, documentaries and narrative film. Dave worked on the 2014 BIFA award-winning feature documentary NEXT GOAL WINS, and edited Mark’s most recent short SILENT TREATMENT.
COSTUME DESIGNER - Jeffrey Michael
A London based costume + fashion designer for film, theatre, and celebrities. His work has been showcased in feature films, theatre, advertisements, TV, & on the red carpet. Jeffrey's costume work showcases detailed handmade pieces, as well as use of layering and unique texture to portray character.
Jeffrey's last film was the hugely original and exciting feature film called 'SET THE THAMES ON FIRE' by director Ben Charles Edwards, starring an incredible cast including Noel Fielding, Sadie Frost & Sally Phillips.
MAKEUP & HAIR DESIGNER - Alexa Seabourne
Alexa trained at Delamar Academy and the London College of Fashion, and has designed on 11 feature films alongside over 40 shorts, commercials & promos. She recently designed on the BBC World WAR I drama series called 'HARIET'S ARMY'. Alexa was the makeup and hair designer on an upcoming short that our producer Annabel wrote, 'SIMON SAYS'. Alexa is repped by the Screen Talent Agency.
COMPOSER - Jonathan Chung
Originally from Scotland via an undergrad at Leeds College of Music, jazz musician and composer, Jonathan Chung is studying for a Masters at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, and is fast becoming one of the most in- demand saxophonists on the London scene.
ORIGINAL TRACK BY - Gideon Bensen
Gideon is a key member of ‘The Preatures’ a
sky-rocketing Australian band signed with Mercury Records, currently on tour
with The Rolling Stones. They won the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition
in 2013 with their song "Is This How You Feel?" followed by an ARIA
Award for Best Pop Release. Their latest EP is out with Universal Music.
POSTER ART & CAMPAIGN DESIGN - Kris Sheasby
Blue Borsalino is in pre-production. We’ve found the key locations, designed the film’s aesthetic, planned the shoot, and pulled together our crew. During the campaign we’ll be continuing this process by: casting the actors, locking down secondary locations, and pulling together production design. Shooting dates are set for early March 2015 with post-production in the following month. By early summer we expect to have a completed film to show you all – and to send out on the festival circuit.
It’s also worth saying that we only receive the funding for Blue Borsalino if and when we hit our full target. So, we’ve started with a lower and more achievable goal of £10,000 – but we hope to push on and raise the full amount of £15,450.
RIGHT, I’M IN!
Pledges start from as little as £3 and range from limited edition artwork to a copy of the original soundtrack, a day on set, tickets to the exclusive London premiere and more...
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Please note:You will NOT BE CHARGED for your pledges until or after FEBRUARY 20th (a Friday) when the campaign ends!!
Please spread the word on social media, to your friends and family, to help us raise the full amount and get Blue Borsalino made!
Risks and challenges
The scale and ambition of Mark’s script will be our biggest challenge – but that’s what makes it so exciting! With a big cast, two different time frames, and multiple locations, we are pushing the short film to its limits in order to make something extraordinary.
Logistically, after months of development and planning, we are well set up, and are lucky to have the advice and support of some seasoned pros.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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