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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
- 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
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