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A short film exploring the power of human connection
A short film exploring the power of human connection
88 backers pledged £4,527 to help bring this project to life.

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STRETCH GOAL!

We're FUNDED! Your generosity has been really incredible. But we still have some time remaining and we'd love to aim for a STRETCH GOAL OF £4,500
This would give us extra wiggle room, specifically the capacity for  additional items of kit we would be able to hire
 

The Story

Very late one evening middle-aged, middle-class Rachel finds herself in a dark back street, waiting at a bus stop. The day's circumstances have brought her to this place but it's unfamiliar territory and she feels nervous and vulnerable.

As Rachel sits at the bus stop she is joined by Liam, a 20-something local. Liam is wired and angry and spoiling for a fight. As they wait for the bus the tension builds and Liam becomes increasingly confrontational. He goads Rachel into an uncomfortable conversation she feels unable to avoid. But what begins as a hostile provocation develops into something painful but profound, for both Liam and Rachel.

The film explores the emotional journey two strangers take when they are forced to engage with each other. 

Bus Stop invites us into a conversation between two people with seemingly nothing in common, who ultimately find in each other the chance to be heard.

"Bus Stop is a subtle character portrait, a thoughtful examination of place, time, and those little moments of human connection that make life worth living."   

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

"Bus Stop is a short script that manipulates the readers' emotions, managing to defy their expectations. It creates a tense and magnetic atmosphere that haunts the reader’s imagination after the end of the story. It's an intense, implosive and paradoxical short script that manages to capture an atypical relationship between two people who must defeat the demons of their loneliness in an allusive and tense dialogue."  

The Golden Script Competition

The Cast

SAM FRENCHUM - Liam

Sam's previous roles include Jimmy Parsons in the feature film Private Peaceful, plus roles in ITV's Granchester and BBC's Holby and Doctors. Sam's theatre credits include Hal in Joe Orton's Loot, directed by Michael Fentiman for Park Theatre. He is currently starring in the UK-wide tour of Agatha Christie's Love From A Stranger, directed by Lucy Bailey. 

Sam is represented by Curtis Brown.

"The cast were superb – Sam Frenchum as Bruce being a true standout, building each layer of a complicated character with subtlety and underlying malcontent." Onstage Northants, Love From A Stranger

VANESSA BAILEY - Rachel

 Vanessa appeared as Sarah Cutler in the BBC's EastEnders and is due to appear in Channel 4's upcoming docu-drama True Horror. She has also appeared in several high-profile commercials. She won two Best Actress awards on the festival circuit for her role as Sophie in her first short film, Seeing Him. 

Vanessa is represented by Simon How.

"Bailey is a powerhouse actress" Creation International Film Festival, Seeing Him

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DANIEL ANNOH - Michael

Currently training at drama school in London, Daniel has already appeared in several commercials and short films.

Daniel is represented by Union Management.

The Crew

DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER - Vanessa Bailey

This is Vanessa's second short film as a writer/producer and her first film as a director.

Her first short film, Seeing Him, has screened at 23 festivals across the globe, including being selected to screen at the Opening Gala of Rhode Island Film Festival. It is still completing its festival run but has so far won nine awards, including Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Drama, Best Score and Best Short.

 Watch behind the scenes at the premiere screening of Vanessa's first short film, Seeing Him

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - James Layton 

James has worked on features, TV, commercials and music videos with some of the biggest names in the business. 

Feature film credits include: London Fields (Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton), Diana (Naomi Watts, Juliet Stevenson), Good People (James Franco, Kate Hudson), Leave To Remain (Toby Jones), The Quiet Ones (Sam Claflin, Jared Harris, Olivia Cooke). 

TV credits include: Downton Abbey, Fortitude, 24: Live Another Day, Skins, New Blood.

James was Director of Photography for Vanessa's multi award-winning short, Seeing Him.

 JAMES' SHOWREEL:

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PRODUCER - Ashley Gardiner

Ash is a freelance Producer. He started as a runner in TV and Drama and worked his way up to AD and then Producer, specialising in commercials and branded films. His wealth of experience, strong organisational and people skills and his love for a good story are what make him such an invaluable producer.

His credits include Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures), You, Me & Him (Bad Penny Productions), Climaxed S1 & S2 (Tiger Aspect) and The Gun (The Garden Productions)

Ash worked previously with Vanessa on Seeing Him.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Suzanne Boudier

With a background in film production, Suzie has extensive international PR experience with a varied client base including film, arts and fundraisers through to electronics, new energy and many more inbetween. Suzie was Executive Producer on Seeing Him, working closely with Vanessa from its initial conception through to the London premiere and beyond.

EDITOR - Christopher Frith

Chris has worked on some of the biggest blockbusters to hit our cinemas.

He has been Assistant Editor for Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Star Wars - Rogue One. He was editor for Vanessa's first short, Seeing Him.

Still: Rob Youngson
Still: Rob Youngson

COMPOSER - William Goodchild

William composes and produces music for film, television and concert performance and has scored over seventy films for the major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, PBS, National Geographic International, Discovery International and Animal Planet. Recent commissions have included four award-winning productions: Jago - a Life Underwater (Underdog Films), Africa's Giant Killers (BBC Natural World), Wild Russia (6-part series for National Geographic International), and Lobo - the Wolf that Changed America (BBC Natural World).

William has won one, and been nominated for three major awards.

Winner: Best Score at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017, for his score to Seeing Him  

Nominee: Best Composer at the Royal Television Society West of England 2017 Awards, for his score to Jago - a Life Underwater. Best Composer at the Royal Television Society West of England 2016 Awards, for his score to BBC The Natural World's Return of the Giant Killers: Africa's Lion Kings. Music Award at Wildscreen Festival 2016, for his score to Jago - a Life Underwater ​   

Still: Rosa Fay Photography
Still: Rosa Fay Photography

PRODUCTION MANAGER - Matt Bailey

Matt has worked on a variety of indie productions as production manager, locations manager and assistant director including the web series Meet the Nativity and Seeing Him.

HAIR AND MAKEUP - Natasha Cole

A graduate of Delamar Academy, Natasha has worked on fashion, editorial, film and commercial shoots. She worked previously with Vanessa on the web series Meet the Nativity.

WARDROBE SUPERVISOR - Catherine Shaw

Catherine has created costumes for The English National Opera, TV and theatre. She was wardrobe supervisor for Seeing Him, where she was invaluable not only for her creative input with costume but in her ability to nimbly de-construct and re-make clothing on-set in emergency situations, as illustrated in the picture below!

Still: Rob Youngson
Still: Rob Youngson

PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Jason Kelvin

Jason has over twenty years experience working as a designer, model maker, scene painter and prop maker in television, film and theatre. Jason worked previously with Vanessa on the web series Meet the Nativity.

UNIT STILLS - James Pardon

James specialises in TV & Film, automotive and aerial photography. He was unit stills photographer for Seeing Him, including creating the key image for the DVD cover.

THANKS FOR STICKING WITH US THIS FAR!

So - that's a quick introduction to the main body of the team.

Ash our producer has put together our bare minimum budget of £4,250. This will help cover the cost of:

  • hiring kit - we'll be shooting on an Alexa, plus we'll need lighting and a generator
  • the hire of a prop bus stop this comes in at around £400. London buses run too long hours for us to use an actual bus stop, so we need to recreate a bus stop in a location that allows us a good shoot window. This also allows our production designer to customise the bus stop and the area around it to our exact aesthetic
  • permissions to use the location and to site the main prop
  • props to dress the set - we have strong visual tone for the shoot which will need some specific props to add authentic character, depth and texture
  • insurance
  • hire of a basic trailer/mobile camper van so that we have a toilet, a little indoor space and power for DIT and a kettle, as we'll be shooting at night 
  • travel expenses for cast and crew and no-frills, overnight accommodation for one night for a couple of our crew who aren't London-based
  • catering - this will be a very intense and tiring shoot as we want to get everything in the can in one night. We want to be able to feed our team adequately and keep them refreshed and energised

If we crowdfund more than £4,250 that would allow us the opportunity to raise the production bar even higher.

We have run previous crowdfunds to fund our first short film Seeing Him and we never take your contributions for granted, treating them with the utmost respect and utilising your money responsibly and efficiently. 

We have a proven (and award-winning) track record in ONLY delivering the very best film we can for our backers. We do not take your support lightly.

Everyone is working on the film on an expenses-only basis because we believe in the power of Liam and Rachel's story and we want to get it off the page and on to the screen. This means all the money raised will go directly into producing the best quality film we can for our backers.

We have brought together a creative, experienced and dynamic team of professionals who are eager to make a powerful, eloquent and beautiful film. 

THANKYOU for stopping by to find out more about Bus Stop.

We hope you will feel drawn to become part of this adventure with us. We'd love to welcome you on board...

Risks and challenges

All film projects will hit glitches and challenges. Our team has a proven track record in not only overcoming, but excelling in the face of adversity.

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    You receive a natty BUTTON BADGE, complete with a handwritten THANKYOU message from Vanessa on our exclusive Bus Stop POSTCARD POSTER
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    Special HARD COPY SIGNED TEAM PHOTO of the cast and crew, taken by official photographer James Pardon. This will also include an individual THANKYOU MESSAGE from Vanessa. PLUS the POSTCARD POSTER and our humongous SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT!

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    BEHIND THE SCENES BUNDLE

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    ONLINE EARLYBIRD ACCESS!

    You get awesome EARLYBIRD ACCESS TO THE FILM! Be one of the first to lay eyes on the finished film - wherever you are in the world! Pour a glass of something delicious, put your feet up and watch the film that we all made together. In the comfort of your own home. Seriously, that's a HOT perk ;P PLUS A SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT!

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    MOVIE (POSTER) MAGIC

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    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT'S DUE

    You receive a SPECIAL THANKYOU MENTION in the CREDITS, seen by everyone who ever watches the film, across all eternity. PLUS our world famous SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT! All the gratitude. And then some.

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    LONDON PREMIERE with CAST & CREW

    KERCHING! TWO VIP TICKETS to the London cast & crew screening at a London venue! Dust down your glad rags and be there when we watch the film for the first time on the big screen. Hang out with the cast and crew over a drink or two. Be prepared to have your picture taken by our official photographer for the evening. We'll be celebrating the film big time and we're looking forward to welcoming you to be at the centre of our special evening!
    LONDON VENUE AND ACTUAL DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.
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    EARLYBIRD LUXE BUNDLE

    You get the awesome EARLYBIRD ACCESS TO THE FILM and you ALSO receive the DIGITAL SCRIPT, an exclusive peek into the shoot with the DIGITAL BTS FOOTAGE plus a selection of DIGITAL STILLS by unit stills photographer James Pardon. A bombastic bundle of goodness. PLUS a mahoosive SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT!

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    You get either the EARLYBIRD DOWNLOAD of the film plus a SPECIAL MENTION in the CREDITS OR TWO TICKETS to the LONDON PREMIERE plus a SPECIAL MENTION in the CREDITS of the film! Your choice. Plus our SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT! More glamour and fame than you can shake a stick at.
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    THE SKYPE

    Here's an opportunity to pick Vanessa's writing/producing brains! Vanessa's previous short film won NINE awards including Best Screenplay and Best Short. The Bus Stop script has so far won two script competitions and reached semifinalist in two more. She has run practical script development workshops with screenwriters for the London Screenwriters' Festival Meetup Group, looking at how best to edit and re-write to tighten and improve their scripts and to increase the chances of them being produced. She also cast, script edited and oversaw the script development workshop at The London Screenwriters' Festival with Jim Uhls, screenwriter of Fight Club. Vanessa will read your SHORT script (up to 12 pages MAX and no features please!) . You then get a 45 mins Skype with Vanessa where you will explore the best way to fine-tune your script. She can also offer insight into how to go about producing your script yourself, without waiting for someone else to do it! LIMITED PERK.

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    IT'S A BIT EXTRA

    Be PART OF THE SHOOT! Join us ON SET for the shoot, as AN EXTRA IN THE FILM. See the process up close and personal and work with the team bringing the film alive. This is your opportunity to see first-hand how an indie film shoot works and see the team in action. You will gain a unique insight into the story, the process and the way the team work together. Watch the crew and the actors bring the story from page to screen. You do not need to have any acting or filming experience, we will explain everything to you and look after you. A truly unique and special perk. Travel and accommodation is not included.
    NOTE: 18 YEARS AND OVER ONLY. THIS WILL BE AN OUTDOOR SHOOT AND FILMED LATE THROUGH THE NIGHT/EARLY MORNING.

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    HOODY DELUXE WITH FILM

    You get the EXCLUSIVE BUS STOP HOODY featuring our BUS STOP graphic logo, plus EARLYBIRD ONLINE ACCESS to the film OR TWO TICKETS to the PREMIERE (your choice) plus a HARD COPY of the SCRIPT and the POSTCARD POSTER. You also get the SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT!
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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    This gets you an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER IMDb CREDIT! Not only that, you also get our mahoosive SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT to let everyone know how awesome you are! PLUS TWO VIP TICKETS to the cast and crew screening. Travel and accommodation is not included.
    NOTE: This perk does not afford you any creative control over the film

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE

    A super-shiny EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    IMDb CREDIT, inclusion in the film's CREDITS as an Executive Producer, plus our amazing SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT. PLUS TWO VIP TICKETS to the cast and crew screening. Travel and accommodation is not included. NOTE: This perk does not afford you any creative control over the film

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    SUPER DELUXE EXEC PRODUCER PACKAGE

    An IMDb CREDIT listing you as an Executive Producer. Plus a HARD COPY LARGE SIZE BUS STOP MOVIE POSTER, signed for you personally with a thankyou message, plus TWO VIP TICKETS to the LONDON PREMIERE SCREENING with the cast and crew, our EARLYBIRD ONLINE ACCESS TO THE FILM, a HARD COPY SCRIPT with Vanessa's SCRIPT NOTES. Plus a selection of HARD COPY PRODUCTION STILLS by our official unit stills photographer James Pardon. You also receive the POSTCARD MOVIE POSTER, the ENAMEL BADGE and an absolutely mahoosive SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT! And our undying love. No, seriously. We mean it.
    Travel and accommodation is not included. NOTE: This perk does not afford you any creative control over the film

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