Duration - 50 mins
Estimated completion - August 2016
Sullivan is a writer for an outdoor magazine in Scotland. This is the primary motivation for his travels although he will rarely mention it. He will travel through Scotland using various forms of transport. From canoes and kayaks, to cross-country skis and snowboards. And perhaps Sled-dogs...(we are still waiting on a reply from the pooch people). Sullivan will explore the landscapes, wildlife and folklore of a country which seems to be sleeping.
The back bone of the film will be a nature documentary with Sullivan's delivery giving a twist of fantasy.
And by the way, Sullivan will never take his hat off!
Winter is in our opinion, the most magical and inspiring time to be in Scotland. We want to make a film that captures this. We want "Sullivan's Winter" to be one of those films that you can stick on around November and get excited about the cold and crisp days ahead. There is a certain atmosphere to a Scottish Winter which is difficult to explain. This is why we want to make this film!
In terms of tourism, things almost come to a stop in Winter. Scottish tourism can be a very "seasonal" affair. In rural areas some hotels close, many outdoor activities stop running, restaurants and cafés close early or don't open at all. Its a shame because there's so many amazing experiences and things to see. The ski season is always there to inject a little bit of life back into tourism, but there's a lot more to a Scottish Winter than that.
We hope this film will encourage people into the rural areas out of season.
Watching "Sullivan's Winter" will feel like you are a friend travelling with Sullivan on the big adventure that he is embarking upon!
Capturing the moody atmosphere of a Scottish Winter is key. Some of the places he'll visit are extremely remote and riddled with history. As Sullivan will mostly be travelling alone, the dark tales and solitude will haunt him from time-to-time.
We're going to visit a lot of different locations. Sleepy villages, forests, moors, mountains, lochs, waterfalls, ruins, ancient graveyards (yes, graveyards) and much more. We have around 30 specific locations we're keen to film in this Winter. Some have been chosen for their natural beauty, and others are more favourable for filming wildlife. I'm sure we'll be filming in some areas which we won't have planned to, Winter can turn the most forgotten places into a wonderland!
Andrew (director) has been travelling around Scotland exploring its wildlife and landscapes since he was a wee laddie. He added; "It's like I've been doing one big 'recce' for most of my life. I cant wait to show everyone the best bits of that through Sullivan's eyes!"
As well as being a film project, "Sullivan's Winter" is very much a musical project and that means that we will be composing the soundtrack ourselves (Beluga Lagoon).
The soundtrack will be of a modern Celtic/folk nature - the majority of which will be instrumental. However, the film will occasionally give way to the music with the introduction of strong, vocally driven songs. This will really help with the story telling as well as the overall feel of the film.
Here are some examples of our music that is of a similar style to the music that will feature in the film;
We're really excited about the music for this project. The days are really short in a Scottish Winter and that means filming will generally wrap up around 5 o'clock-ish (unless were time-lapsing or doing a night shoot). This gives us plenty of time to write music and we feel that it is really important that some, if not all, of the music is written whilst on location.
A lot of adventure films and documentaries can be aimed at an audience who are already pretty knowledgeable on the subject at hand. With "Sullivan's Winter" we want to inspire people who wouldn't normally do so, to get outside and explore - especially the little ones! Sullivan's delivery will make Scotland seem accessible and enchanting at the same time!
Andrew O'Donnell - Director/ Camera-person
Blane Abercrombie - Sullivan
Kirk Watson - Aerial / Additional Photography
Our primary crew is as small as can be to be honest. We like working this way and when there's wildlife involved, the less people the better. However, since we released the trailer for "Sullivan's Winter" we've had a few texts and emails from friends and other wildlife camera people wanting to help out. We love the idea of people chipping in and bringing this film to life! When conditions are right we're going to need as many feet on the ground as possible.
Estimated hours we will spent filming - 720
Estimated amount of sandwiches we will consume while filming - 286
We're not taking any chances and have already began filming Sullivan's Winter. We can't afford to wait until we have news of our campaign being successful/unsuccessful. By the time the campaign ends it would be too late to begin, as we would have missed a big chunk of Winter! We plan to shoot right through until May. As we approach May, we will be pushed further and further into higher altitudes in pursuit of Winter Conditions.
We really need your help with this one. We want this project to be as amazing as possible! What we really need is time. We want to take on as little outside work as possible, and by backing us you will be helping us do this.
We're really keen to step up the photography and introduce more camera movement to the film. This can be executed by using the latest camera stabilisation rigs, which we will have to rent. Your contributions will also help fund extra equipment rental and post-production costs.
We will also funding a large part of the film ourselves. We don't want your money going towards boring stuff like petrol and meals etc. We want to put your money towards the cool things which will ensure that this film is the really polished production we all want it to be!
There are some cool rewards up for offer if you're interested. We're really keen to meet anyone has been kind and generous enough to help us out. That's why almost all the rewards include an invitation to a private screening and party that we will be organising. Everyone loves a wee party!
We recently submitted a one-minute summer version of "Sullivan's Winter" into a short film competition - which was called "Sullivan's Wild".
It was commended by the judges and will be shown on the EDEN TV channel in December 2015.
Feel free to check it out;
Risks and challenges
Winter in Scotland can be a very harsh time. Cameras freezing, frost-bite, vehicles stuck in snow, avalanches will be on our minds at all times. But we have several outdoor qualifications between us and we have plenty of experience of being cold all the time. Kirk, our drone pilot, spent many years working in Antarctica so he know a few tricks about staying safe in dangerous conditions. We plan on documenting any mishaps and struggles on film (its important to us that you get too see any miserable and funny moments).
Wildlife is a risky subject as many will know, and there can be many unsuccessful shoots. However, we know our country very well and by putting in the hundreds of hours required to pull off the wildlife aspect of this film, we will get there!
We are not taking any chances with the films completion date so we've put in an estimated completion date of August 2016. This will allow us over 3 months to go through all of the necessary post production stages after we have finished shooting the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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