About this project
Morning Glory is an exciting, colourful and bold coming of age short film about two best friends, Tanya and Candice, who are about to go their separate ways in order to embark on their careers for better or for worse.
Tanya is at a crossroads at her life and has just received the call she has waited months for to determine whether she has been accepted into the army. Tanya feels she has lost her purpose in life and wants to get away from the pressures and expectations of society, her family and her peers and this seems the only viable option for her to escape from it all. However, she faces risking her friendship with her best friend Candice for good.
'Morning Glory' is a film that is vibrant and fun yet thoughtful and provocative. It explores issues such as: homosexuality, gender roles, identity, being lost in the rat race of life and is a story that wanted to be told.
Meet the team
When not still dreaming of being the WWE world heavyweight champion, Robert has acting and writing experience in theatre, film and TV in addition to his directing credentials. He spent two years training on the Second Light filmmaking scheme funded by the UK film council. As an actor, he has worked on productions such as BBC's Silent Witness, Austrian TV drama 'Der Swarze Lovre' and numerous short films. His theatre credits include performing at the Soho and Almedia Theatres working with playwrights such as Barrie Keefe and Roy Williams. Most recently he toured around Northern Ireland for the theatre production Arrivals 2 produced by Terra Nova Productions.
As a writer, Robert has previously won a prize at the ACT One Act playwrighting competition for his play 'titled' Roulette . He has been part of the young writers programme at the Royal Court Theatre and as a director, Robert has directed and produced music videos, club promos and corporate videos for clients such as Barclays and HSBC.
Tim began his career shooting junkets, premieres and promos for all the major studio releases, which saw him work with big name stars such as Daniel Radcliffe, Marion Cotillard, Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp to name a small selection.
However, Tim’s real passion lay in storytelling and so, taking the skills he learnt during those many years on the red carpet and lighting interviews, he now pursues a successful career as a commercials and promos cinematographer, creating highly cinematic images that feel at home on every screen.
Tim's commercial work has been seen on cinema screens across the UK, television sets across Europe and globally online for a huge number of big name clients. Recently, Tim has seen his first drama work screened in the UK and is looking forward to getting immersed in his next production.
Last summer Emmy graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Cinema and Photography; nowadays she works as a producer and AD on independent productions and looks after supporting artists on feature films. When she's not working she likes to ski, travel and write short stories, She has also taught herself how to knit and has recently taken up MMA, (because why not!)
John trained as and still works as an actor. (Middlesex Poly 1990) In the many years since graduating he has chalked up thousands of live gigs both onstage and backstage and hundreds of films, in front of or behind the camera. Live sound credits include The Comedy Store and The Globe. In 2005 John set up Fellaheen Films and won a Hitchcock Award as Writer/Director for short Film "The Service Industry". With over 400 shorts completed since then Fellaheen Films produces and collaborates on around 70 films a year. John is also an award winning Radio Producer/Director for Flame CCR based on Merseyside. He is currently directing his 6th series for Flame. A 50 episode epic dramatization of John Bunyan's "The Holy War" for broadcast in 2017.
Jade-Marie Joseph is an actress and filmmaker. She took an interest in acting at the age of three and by the age of five she attended 'Bubblegum' stage school. She also attended the well known stage school 'Sylvia Young'. Jade-Marie has been involved in various productions, on stage, as well as in front and behind the camera. At fifteen Jade-Marie performed at the Hampstead Theatre's production of 'Snow White' where she played the 'The queen/witch' in which she won a Jack Petchey Best Actress Award. She was part of the Tricycle Theatre young company for three years where she performed a string of productions which included 'The Kilburn Passion' in 2014. She took an interest in film making later in life, her first project was a documentary based on urban youth culture and it was shown on BBC three website and was also aired on television in their programme called 'Life through our lense'.
Bianca Beckles-Rose trained at The BRIT School and has toured with Fourth Monkey Theatre Co. Her credits include: 'Toy Soldier' (Who Said Theatre Co.); 'These Four Walls' (Stone's Throw Theatre Co.); Penelope Skinner's 'Eigengrau' and Beau Willimon's 'Farragut North' (Tower Theatre Co.). Other credits include: BBC Radio 2's 'Friday Night is Music Night' and the web-series 'Modern Life'. Bianca is also starring in a new computer game with D'Avekki Studios, released later this year.
3 random facts about Bianca (pretty random)
Fun fact 1: Bianca had trails for professional Everton Women's football (back in the day). Fun fact 2: Bianca can shoot a firearm, really well. (don't ask her to prove it) Fun fact 3: One of my Spanish family members (from way back) helped birth the first Sheikh of Egypt (she wasn't a rando, she was a midwife).
What stage are we at?
After years of playing around with different ideas, this year we decided is the right time to bring this story to life. After months of Robert dressed in his Sunday best singing famous Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey hits to raise some funds, we decided the torture of his singing was enough pain for the public and decided to get the wheels moving with the film.
We were able to hold castings with the help of London Bubble Theatre and Ugly Duck and have found two amazing actors in Jade-Marie Joseph and Bianca Beckles Rose.
We believe the film is headed in the right direction and are pleased to have assembled a fantastic crew and cast. We have sourced an ideal park location for filming and have done a recce sharing our initial thoughts and ideas for shots etc. Rehearsals are about to commence and we are almost good to go but the slight stumbling block is the lack of funds to really help this project in terms of producing a high-quality production and covering basic overheads.
Risks and challenges
Having a strong script and an amazing cast and crew is only half the battle which is why we are asking you great people to join us on our journey.
Your help and generous contributions will be used for things such as:
£1000 - Camera equipment rental £200 - Audio equipment rental £400 - Food and travel expenses of cast and crew £100 - Costumes and props £500 – Editing suite hire and sound post production £500 – Deliverables and submissions for film festivals
Total £2700 (£3000-Kickstarter 10% fee)
Your financial support will help us to produce something we will all be proud of and to produce an exciting short film ready for 2017 film festival submissions. It's been nearly a year to get to this stage, some ups and a lot of downs, but we still believe and hope you believe in us too and to join us.
Regardless of how much you are able to contribute, every donation will be an immense help which is why, to show our appreciation we want to offer some goodies from the project to say thank you.
Thanks in advance for reading and hope we will see you at one of our screenings!
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