Thank you for your support of my 10-minute short film, "Count to a Hundred." It's about a lively and adventurous boy, Thomas, age 6, who is bored on his family's sheep farm. He starts to play hide and seek with his reluctant teenage sister. While he's hiding in the farm shed, he sees two sketchy men enter and unload a sack. Thomas starts to wonder: could this be a dead body?
What Its All About
The film is fun, lively, and adventurous. Its about our vivid imaginations and about being present in the moment. Even though he is terrified, and not sure what to believe, Thomas is committed to finding out who these men are, racing across fields to track them down.
In "Count to a Hundred," the farm is almost like another character. This is where my love for the films of Terrence Malick plays a big part. Thomas is bored on his family's farm, but he makes his own fun, his own mystery to solve - dodging sheep feeders, hiding behind fence posts, talking to sheep! He immerses himself in the moment, in the wildness and beauty of the farm.
I've started this Kickstarter because I need your help to raise money for transport, equipment, food for cast and crew, etc. I have some excellent rewards to offer you including a signed copy of the script! The goal I've set is the minimum, but there is more that I can do if I can raise more funds. For example: I can feed my cast and crew properly! I can rent a "steadicam" for an extra day to help add to the cinematography style I am looking for. Plus, I can make sure I don't go crazy with a lack of money if I encounter unanticipated expenses.
Thank you very much for you support as I work on this film. It means a great deal to me personally and you can be certain I am giving my all to this project to make it the best film possible.
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges I face is finding a sheep farm in Essex. With limited funds, I can't travel very far from the location of my university in Loughton. But there are not a whole lot of sheep farms in this part of Essex. Plus, its difficult to ask people to agree to let me film for free (for a week!). However, I have some leads and I am looking to secure one of them as my location soon. It is a matter of making a final decision and adjusting accordingly.
Another challenge is crew. With limited funds, I am forced to ask others to help with this project for free. Its not ideal; people deserve to get paid for their work, but we're all starting out and need to continue gaining experience. This is what the industry is about; supporting each other, working collaboratively. It is the only way to make good films. So I am grateful to the crew that I have thus far and I would like to be able to feed them properly since I am not able to offer them the paycheck they deserve. I am confident that we will work well together to create a short film we can all be proud of.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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