About The Short Film: Forever Today
What if you were stuck in an eternal loop, to relive the biggest mistake you’ve made in your life over and over again? Would you think of your actions and their consequences differently?
Forever Today is a story about failed redemption, about one man’s struggle with his mind and how we sometimes trick ourselves into creating a different version of the truth in order to never truly learn from our mistakes but instead remain complacent. This film is told through living the world through Owen’s eyes and entering his psyche and intimate moments with himself in order to understand people better, and in a way also forgive them for their actions and understand their internal struggles.
There are always two sides to a story and Forever Today tells that one story, the story of someone we would never forgive if we heard what he did on the news, a gripping story of violence, love, tenderness and regret. Similarly to Get Out (2017, Jordan Peele) we aim to tackle a social theme, specifically in our case domestic abuse, and tell it through the genre of the psychological thriller.
The Production Company: Little Grand Road LTD.
Little Grand Road, The Media House is the official production company on Forever Today.
Little Grand Road, The Media House is a multi-media production company set up and registered in the United Kingdom. We offer a wide range of media services and products across a variety of channels including film, digital, audio and print, which appeal to an audience around the world.
Founded by Max JC Lee and Mel Morley in early 2016, Little Grand Road has grown quickly as we've taken on the development, production and delivery of multiple high quality productions as well as premium media products. These include the production of creative shorts, feature films and documentaries in a variety of genres, music videos for both indie and established artists, and finally photography for both online and physical print distribution.
At Little Grand Road, the relationship between our team and clients is key. It is our belief that a great, diverse team will be able to produce great media products for individuals and companies alike. Be it captivating films, engaging and informative documentaries, winning music videos or striking photography. We will always strive to develop, create and distribute high quality content.
Martin McGlade as Owen:
Character Description: Owen is a strong man, he is confident and proud of his masculinity. Yet his desire and need to possess can sometimes carry him away and act in ways that instead of protecting his loved ones end up hurting them. His drive ultimately is passion and love but he doesn’t know how to use this very powerful source in a positive direction. His intense eyes are coloured by moments of deep tenderness and fragility but that is never enough to save him from himself and his darker side. He is ultimately self-destructive and takes his loved ones down the ship with him when it’s sinking.
Rachel Keys as Joy:
Character Description: Joy is a beautiful and carefree soul who has been toughened by what life has handed to her. A naive and gentle soul, she had to grow up fast and acquaint herself with the darker parts of other people’s minds. She loved Owen deeply and he was the love of her life, but she has a lot of self respect and ultimately decided she needed to grow Darcy on her own and separate her path from Owen’s. Inside she still loves him and never loved someone as deeply after.
Ashleen Struyven as Martha:
Character Description: Martha is tender and caring, she has always admired Owen from afar for his apparent strength and stability. However, she has always felt that there was a darker side to Owen and kept her distance to protect herself subconsciously. She is a dear friend of Joy’s and never fully understood why her and Owen separated.
Mia Quiney as Darcy:
Character Description: Darcy is more of a realist than her idealistic mother. Her parents separation was very painful to her however she never shows her deepest and darkest emotions to anyone and rather likes to deal with them herself. She is driven by strength and determination rather than fear and in many ways is more of an old soul who seems to read the world through the eyes of experience and time rather than impossible dreams.
The Production Team:
Director - Maja Diedenhofen
After leaving the dream of a career as a judge for human rights, Maja moved from a law degree in Paris to study film in London. A filmmaking course with NYFA made her realise the passion for cinema she'd always had was more than a passion, but was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She has recently graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a BA in Film studies, and is currently an MA Directing student at Met Film school UK.
She has had a two month work experience in Italy's leading television channel "RAI" in the production department where she had excellent feedback and was recommended to apply for a nation wide competition to participate in a hand-on directing course led by Italian director Marco Bellocchio. She was one of twenty trainees accepted to the program which lasted four weeks and culminated with the production of a short film directed by Marco Bellocchio.
She soon moved to London to study film and got an internship at Secret Cinema immersive film experience production company in the East End. She would later co-found a company called Mile End Shorts with BAFTA award winner and 15 years experience at the BBC, Ravinder Basra. They would later go on to successfully organise a Film Festival sponsored by Danny Boyle and promoted by Boris Johnson.
Maja has also worked significantly with the London Urban Arts Academy, a non-profit company that brings opportunities to work in the arts to youth regardless of their background or experience. Her role was to produce promotional videos for the organisation, showing the youths' talents and progress their artistic careers thanks to the mentoring of established artists working within the company.
She has had internships as an Assistant Camera Operator with Italian production company UNICAFILM and and as an Editing trainee at Obiettivo Immagine in Rome.
Writer - Andrés Seara
Producer - Max JC Lee
Director of Photography - Johannes Lohmann
1st AD: Joel Court
Art Director - Milena Ianniciello
Editor - Celina Øier
Composer - Marco Bonelli
Art Design Ideas & Inspirations:
Degrees of light and colour are aspects which our Director, Art Director and Director of Photography would like to explore when making this film. Particularly the use of blues and reds on screen as an additional layer to the storytelling.
Below are some mockups our Art Director put together when discussing the project with our Director.
Below are some snaps from other films which help illustrate the use of colour in storytelling and that we would like to draw inspiration from.
Our Production Schedule is planned on a week by week basis from the 26th of July to the 17th of September. We have also accounted for one or two weeks of time which we can add to any one or multiple parts of the post-production.
Here are a few key dates:
- Cast Rehearsals: 17th of July.
- Principal Photography: 24th, 25th, 26th of July.
- Editing: From the 8th of August to the 27th.
- We have set a deadline of between the 4th and 10th of September for the film to be completed. Submissions to festivals and rewards will be delivered across the rest of September and October.
Previous Work by Our Director
Maja Astrid Diedenhofen's Showreel, 2016
Rosa Genoni by Maja Diedenhofen
Our rewards range from positive vibes (the best vibes), an on screen credit and a copy of the poster, to a digital copy of the film and script and early access, to the finished film online or at a private screening.
Every pound we get over our target we will put towards paying the crew, at this current stage a majority of the fundraising is going to paying for travel for actors and crew within London and to food to help fuel their creative endeavours.
Every pound over our goal will also go towards funding our post production team. This would include buying cookies for the editor, herbal teas for the composer to create an excellent score for the short and carrots for the sound designer.
The Budget and What Will It Be Used For?
Because we are making this short film on a very low budget, every penny and pound counts! Below you can see an estimated percentage breakdown of our goal of £2000. This estimate can be scaled up if we receive more and any additional money will go towards renting specialist equipment.
Location & Travel Expenses:
The biggest production expense in our case and we think in most film productions is simply the cost of getting all the cast and crew to the location of principal photography and back home again. Everyone also needs to have a fulfilling lunch. All of this in total accounts for almost half of our budget.
Talent Costs & Expenses: The second largest part of our costs is for our actors. We have four actors and actresses in our short film and each will be receiving a fixed compensation for their talent.
Miscellaneous Costs and Props, Wardrobe and Animals:
After the Location & Travel and Costs & Expenses are accounted for, then comes some of the expenses particular to making our narrative come to life. This includes a selection of vital props, a few key wardrobe items including a cheap suit and supermarket uniform. The Miscellaneous Costs solely includes some of the budget set aside for submission to international film festivals. You can see some of our choice festivals that we would like to send the final film to below under our distribution section.
Less than 2% of our budget will be dedicated to insurance contributions via our production company, Little Grand Road.
Pre-Production and Wrap Costs:
1% will be for a short pre-production meeting and rehearsal before principal photography.
Director/Creative Fees & Crew Costs:
All of our crew are graciously dedicating their time and working on the short film with only travel expenses and food provided. This includes our director and all of our department heads. Because of this we have next to no creative or crew costs. All of the money raised is going to making this short film a reality.
To Festivals: We will be submitting the finished film to a selection of festivals around the world. Starting with festivals which require a world premiere such as Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto, Venice and the Student Academy Awards. Followed by those which require a national film festival such as The London Film Festival and the BAFTAs.
After The Festivals: After submission to the festivals have been completed, we will aim to have an online release of the finished film.
Risks and challenges
As filmmakers, we are acutely aware of the risks which film production and the creation of a film from idea to distribution can be. The production of short films on a low budget can present even more risks. But the team involved are dedicated and passionate about what they do and the project itself.
It is this passion and dedication which is perhaps the biggest solution to risks involved in film production. Risk come from the uncertainty of finances, and the crew have committed to not receiving any payment besides expenses for the project which reduces that financial risk significantly. Other factors such as only filming in one location which we have secured a license for and calling in favours for the majority of the film equipment helps reduce that risk even further.
Risk can also come from the uncertainty and flexibility of the process itself, from pre-production through production and post-production, in terms of how a schedule can evolve on a daily basis. Again, our team's dedication, their patience and understanding attitudes surrounding film production means that we can be highly mobile, adapting to new situations as they arise and quickly overcoming them through attitude and expertise.
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