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Falling in love is easy. It's trying not to fall in love that's hard.
An evocative and quintessentially British romantic short film.
A short film about following your heart. Or not.
A short film about following your heart. Or not.
35 backers pledged £2,757 to help bring this project to life.

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Romance, humour, passion, gloriously awkward moments, emotional conflict and carrot cake abound in this very British observation of unexpected attraction.

Watch the FULL main teaser trailer here:

Download the teaser track "This Moment is Love" for FREE!

http://ilyasounds.bandcamp.com/track/this-moment-is-love-free-single

NEW STRETCH GOAL #2!

You have already pushed us past our original target AND our first stretch target! YOU ARE AWESOME!

It would be amazing to be able to raise even more to put towards production! We want this film to be as high-calibre as is physically possible, so we're launching a SECOND STRETCH GOAL.

Can you help us get to £2,500?

With YOUR SUPPORT we think we can do this!

THE STORY

James and Sophie are the proverbial chalk and cheese.

Sophie is a sensible, forty-something divorcee with her head buried in classical literature and her heart safely tucked out of harm's reach.

Vanessa Bailey as Sophie (Image: Gareth Gatrell)
Vanessa Bailey as Sophie (Image: Gareth Gatrell)

James is an irresponsible twenty-something charmer, with no intention of letting anyone rule his heart and every intention of living life to the full.

Richard Perryman as James (Image: Gareth Gatrell)
Richard Perryman as James (Image: Gareth Gatrell)

Fate has decided to bring them together. Whether they like it or not.

In one chance meeting their paths cross and they suddenly find themselves trying to make sense of the unexpected feelings that begin to surface.

Seductive Jazz clubs, the romance of London at night and terrible advice from self-proclaimed love guru Barbara, all conspire to lead their hearts down a path that neither of them want to follow.

Will they surrender?

What are you raising funds for?

We crowdfunded the money to shoot our 100% backer-funded teasers, shown on this page. These teasers show the quality of the film that we're making. We have additional funds set aside and we now need to raise just another £1K to be able shoot the full 20mins film.

What sort of team have you got behind this?

In short (pun fully intended) an absolutely excellent one. Director Darren S Cook is a Coup de Coeur CANNES award-winner and our Director of Photography Huw Walters has two BAFTA Cymrus to his name. Our composer William Goodchild was a key contributor to the BBC's Wild China: Heart of the Dragon, which won an EMMY for Music and Sound.

Our cast have worked with directors such as Richard Ayoade, Sean Durkin and Jamie Thraves and have credits which include the BBC, ITV and CHANNEL 4.

Our writers and lead actors are Vanessa Bailey and Richard Perryman. During their first meeting to discuss the concept fo the film they realised they instinctively had an identical vision for it. Using their skills not just as writers but also as actors they have developed the script and the characters together. With their 21 year age-gap they bring an authenticity and truthfulness to this modern love story.

So - meet the team...

CAST

Richard Perryman - James

Richard is a recent graduate of the EAST 15 ACTING SCHOOL and a founder member of the critically-acclaimed Antler Theatre.

He appeared in a leading role in the short film EMMELINE (for which he also co-wrote the music) which went on to win the award for "BEST FICTION 19-25yrs" at this year's BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL.

"Perryman...excels at slightly surreal, dry humour." The Stage

Richard is represented by Sam at Simon & How Associates

Filming our teasers with Huw Walters at The Lavender House Cafe   (Image: Gareth Gatrell)
Filming our teasers with Huw Walters at The Lavender House Cafe (Image: Gareth Gatrell)

Vanessa Bailey - Sophie

Vanessa is an experienced screen actress with credits including THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, CASUALTY and DOCTORS and has worked with directors including JAMIE THRAVES and ALICE TROUGHTON.

Known for very natural but complex performances Vanessa recently worked with SEAN DURKIN (director of multi award-winning feature film Martha, Marcy May, Marlene) on the upcoming Channel 4/Warp Films mini-series SOUTHCLIFFE, alongside Rob Jarvis, Anatol Yusef and Lee Ross.

Vanessa has another short film currently in post-production in which she plays the lead female role alongside Bobby Lockwood (BBC's Wolfblood) and Edward Ashley (BBC's Last Tango In Halifax)

"Vanessa Bailey is wonderful in her role. Sexy, smart and beautiful she is definitely one to watch." Frost Magazine - reviewing the award-winning short film BUBBLES

Vanessa is represented by Sam at Simon & How Associates

Vanessa filming the cafe teasers at the Lavender House Cafe (Image: Gareth Gatrell)
Vanessa filming the cafe teasers at the Lavender House Cafe (Image: Gareth Gatrell)

Vanessa & Richard - outtakes!

Lynn Hunter - Barbara

We are thrilled to have Welsh actress Lynn on board. Lynn's enviable screen credits include RICHARD AYOADE'S BAFTA-nominated feature film SUBMARINE, BBC WALES' BAKER BOYS, THE LEGEND OF DICK AND DOM, THE COMMANDER, HIGH HOPES, BELONGING, STREETLIFE and the BAFTA award-winning drama CARE.

Lynn is represented by Empthage Hallett

Catherine Rowney - Cafe Owner

Catherine is a talented, versatile and experienced screen actress with strong comedy skills. Her television credits include DOCTORS (BBC), extensive theatre credits include ROMEO AND JULIET (Rosemary Branch Theatre), and high-end commercials include VIRGIN MEDIA and DFS.

Catherine is represented by Crescent Management

Cat & Vanessa - outtakes!

Michael Sani - Cafe Guy

Mike is an actor with an engaging and exciting screen presence. He has appeared in many indie films including THREE and THE ACTRESS and will be appearing in the TV series SAFELIGHT 19, currently in pre-production. He has a gift for archetypal, dry, British screen humour and is the perfect choice to play opposite Lynn as Barbara's object of desire.

Mike is represented by Marlowes

Watch the team in action filming FOUR teasers in FIVE locations in ONE day in our Making Of featurette shot by Gareth Gatrell

CREW

Darren S Cook - DIRECTOR

Darren has worked in film for over 20 years. He's the definition of indie filmmaking, with an unwavering passion for new challenges and a resourcefulness and creativity that makes him a very exciting director to work with. He also loves actors, working with them to produce their very best performances.

He gained a COUP DE COEUR at CANNES in 2012, teaches filmmaking at THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ACTING and owns Scruffy Bear Pictures. He currently has several feature films and two TV series in development.

Huw T Walters - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Huw is a double BAFTA Cymru winning cinematographer. His most recent award was in 2012 for his work on the Richard Burton drama for S4C BURTON Y: GYFRINACH starring RICHARD HARRINGTON.

Huw worked previously with Vanessa on the award-winning short film BUBBLES by Leyla Pope.

Vanessa Bailey & Richard Perryman - WRITERS

Richard is an experienced deviser and writer with his critically-acclaimed theatre company Antler Theatre (who will be taking their IdeasTap-funded show to the Edinburgh Festival this August). Vanessa has written excessively lengthy emails for as long as she can remember. She's surprised that Richard agreed to co-write with her (though Richard's still a little unsure about when he actually agreed) but very pleased he has.

In the early stages - Vanessa talks to US radio station Wow Radio about co-writing the script and working with Richard

William Goodchild - COMPOSER

William is a prolific composer, orchestrator and conductor producing music for film, TV and concert performance. He has scored over 50 films and works extensively with the BBC.

William was a key contributor to the soundtrack of WILD CHINA:HEART OF THE DRAGON which was awarded an EMMY for Music and Sound.

Find out more about William and see him in action in the videos below.

Jason Hall - HAIR DESIGN

Jason is the owner of two 5-star Edinburgh salons, Winner of the Scottish L'OREAL COLOUR TROPHY Men's Image Award and is a member of the prestigious Fellowship for British Hairdressing. His editorial work has been published internationally. He has styled for MTV and this year has again been working at LONDON, MILAN and PARIS FASHION WEEKS. Jason brings with him years of expertise, immense creativity, passionate dedication and an instinctive understanding of character creation.

Catherine Shaw - WARDROBE MANAGEMENT and BESPOKE DESIGN for Sophie

Catherine is the owner of bespoke dressmakers Allbone & Trimit. As well as creating a bespoke item of costume for the character of Sophie for our pivotal scene in Three Days, Catherine will oversee wardrobe on our shoot days. Catherine is currently creating costumes for an upcoming medical drama for ITV so we're very grateful to her for making the time to work with us. With twenty years experience under her belt catheine has worked for the ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA, the AUSTRALIAN OPERA, the NEW YORK METROPOLITAN and WEST END THEATRE.

Suzie Boudier - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Suzie started out as a production assistant for corporate film and live events and has 18 years experience in people and project management. Suzie has been a driving force from the very beginning of the film. Her versatile skillset, experience and contacts within the film industry and Press means her involvement has been wide-ranging including PR, casting, producing the teasers and media support. She has previously worked with Vanessa and Huw on the award-winning short film BUBBLES.

Darren S Cook & Vanessa Bailey - CO-PRODUCERS

As Owner of Scruffy Bear Pictures Darren produces short films, corporate films and music videos. Vanessa produced our teaser trailers and will co-produce Three Days with Darren.

Ashley Gardiner - PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Hugely passionate about film Ashley completed his degree at Wolverhampton University. Since then he has freelanced, producing corporate and promotional videos. His experience and organisational skills make him a vital and invaluable member of the team in ensuring a smooth-running shoot.

Gareth Gatrell - SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHER and BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE

Gareth is an incredible photographer and creative force to be reckoned with. He has photographed for HELLO MAGAZINE, JOHN LEWIS, CLOSER, celebrities such as LIAM GALLAGHER, DENISE VAN OUTEN and GUT RECORDS. He also shoots behind-the-scenes footage and shot our "Making Of" film during our teasers shoot. www.garethgatrell.com

Dom Witherow - PRODUCTION/MEDIA SUPPORT

Owner of DW Productions Dom has particularly been involved with shooting media for our crowdfund and provides media support and advice when and where needed.

Some of Dom's work for Sheffield University

OUR AWESOME INDIE MUSIC COLLABORATORS

It's very, very exciting to have such amazing British indie music talent collaborating with us.

ILYA

Bristol-based band Ilya provided the track This Moment is Love for our main teaser trailer, featuring the smokey vocals of Joanna Swan.

"..sweeping, cinematic strings, langorous continental moods, simultaneous nods to Portishead and Edith Piaf...nostalgic, emotive and well-produced..pits sadness and pain against lightness and optimism..." Paul Sullivan, BBC

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Watch the video for their track Bellissimo here - starring MARTIN FREEMAN

WONDERLUSH

Funktastic electronica fused with booming bass gorgeousness. Full of energy - sexy, 80s inspired tracks. Wonderlush are the fab Punkpappa and Ms Evers! With a growing following and imminent album it's worth keeping an eye on these two.

Check out this remix of Big Hair one of the tracks on our LIMITED EDITION EP REWARD!

What are our plans for the film?

We believe this film is going to be special.

So we want it seen by as many people as possible. We'll be submitting to UK and international film festivals. After that we'll make it available online.

Why would you want to back us?

Make no mistake - we ARE making this film.

If you're looking to become part of a film project driven by a near all-consuming passion for the story coupled with immense creativity and expertise well, this film would be a good option.

We've been a year in pre-production. We have A PROVEN TRACK RECORD of using backer's money efficiently and responsibly. We came to the project with ZERO BUDGET so we crowdfunded and raised just under £800, grabbed a minimal crew, bought some costume, booked some locations, ate crisps all day and shot the FOUR 100% crowdfunded teasers. To show what we can do. We made our backer's money go a long way. And then some.

We crowdfunded again and raised £1,667 and that means we've been able to pencil a shoot date for October. The crew are booked. We can budget for things like equipment hire, insurance and travel costs for our crew and cast. But it's not enough to complete the shoot - we need to raise more to cover things such as catering, accommodation, costume and a makeup artist for the five day shoot.

Raising another £1K would mean we can shoot the story that we and our 1,800 plus followers on Twitter have fallen in love with.

And of course, that way you get to find out what Sophie and James decide to do.

Head or heart? YOU can help get the story to the screen...

THANKYOU SO MUCH from the bottom of our really rather sentimental hearts.

Risks and challenges

So - what problems might we run up against?

Filming in the UK? That would be the weather!

But - on a serious note - realistically there are very few films that don't hit some sort of logistical issues at some point in the production process. The joy of having such an experienced team behind the project is that between us we've probably already experienced most of the potential set-backs on previous projects! When a glitch in the process arises there's no substitute for experience.

As a team we're committed to making a beautiful film with the highest possible production values and fulfill that for our backers in as quick a timeframe as we can without sacrificing the end result. We want to see this film made and going out to film festivals as soon as possible.

THANKYOU for taking the time to read about our film. We'd love you to join us for this very exciting journey....

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    BELLS AND WHISTLES You are an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for Three Days! With an IMDb CREDIT to prove it. You are now part of our award-winning team! You'll be listed as an Executive Producer in the film's credits. You also receive everything in the TRUE ROMANCE Reward PLUS a hand-written note of thanks from our team. (Note: Assoc Producer status does not give you any creative or other control over the project. If outside the UK travel and accommodation isn't included)

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