Hesperides is a gritty, 40-minute short film focusing on the life of a very disturbed young man, Ian - who, living in a top floor, London high-rise flat has become crippled with an inherited hoarding obsession after the death of his parents. Growing increasingly disconnected from people and every day life, Ian becomes obsessed with the weird and wonderful world of taxidermy birds and harbours a deep-rooted desire to fly and one day ‘become’ a bird.
Our story starts when his world is interrupted by Sue - a woman who lives below him and has come round to help 'clean' his flat. Sue also suffers with a deep obsession for cleanliness and order and is withholding a dark secret of her own. This is a beautifully moving and ultimately very sad tale, with comic flutters throughout followed by a sharp punch of tragedy.
Shot in black and white, Hesperides will be a visually stunning, incredibly visceral piece of film making and a bold first offering to the film industry. Once completed early next year, the intention is to release to festivals both in the UK and globally.
Due to our lead character being a hoarder, Hesperides IS ambitious in terms of set and visuals. Most of our funding is needed for the rental of our interior location and then many set and props to fill it with a lifetime's hoard! Lots of expensive bird paraphernalia and taxidermy rental, plus multifarious items to source. A challenge we gladly accept, but we would be incredibly grateful of any support you could offer in helping us to realise the full potential of the script and the already impressive set and soundscape designs.
All the creatives involved - set designer, sound designers, actors, director, writer, producers - are ALL working on the project for free, because they believe in the creative strength and integrity of the piece and are looking to craft a film that is dynamite. Filming is due to commence August 20th 2015 and it would be fantastic if we could achieve our target of £1500 to ensure we make the best possible version of the film we can, so that we really do the story justice.
On a final note, having spoken with many national hoarding groups and to hoarders themselves about the problems they face with their condition, most have confirmed that what is actually most frustrating for them is people's perceptions that they are just 'lazy'. Or that the condition is approached in a jovial way by some television companies who make shows about hoarding.
Many hoarders can see themselves merely as 'collectors' and so immediate family will often struggle to know how to approach the issues they face. In this way, the condition can become very secretive and is difficult to help treat. In making Hesperides, Imagine If Films aims to explore the emotional attachment a person shares for their hoard sensitively, so that people who may resonate with Ian's situation have details of support groups listed at the end of the film should they need any advice.
We hope you can offer your support to Hesperides and can't wait to get the production started this summer! Thanks again for your time in reading this, we really are very grateful. As much or as little as you can spare would be an incredible help to us.
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Risks and challenges
The risks we face with this project are not having suitable props sourced in time for filming and within our chosen location we have to make sure that we have made necessary arrangements to have the space clear and free in time for the shoot date. Should any problems arise with this, we would restructure the production schedule to re-shoot the film later in the year. The company is committed to telling this story, no matter how long it takes or what set backs we encounter!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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