We are so excited to share with you that not only did we make our sneak peek challenge on Friday, but have reached our preliminary funding goal, all in one day! Thank you so much for your contributions! We would still appreciate your support to make this film as beautiful as possible - any funds raised between now and the closing date for our campaign will be put towards significant post-production expenses including colour-grading, studio hire for soundtrack recording, festival fees and distribution expenses. Thank you!
Portrait is a period short film inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait and artist, poet and pre-Raphaelite model Elizabeth Siddal. The film explores a moment in the life of Sybil, a young emerging artist who finds her passion for her lover at odds with her passion for her work. This tension between her art and her lover - who is also an artist and for whom she is the ultimate muse - has tragic consequences for all. Portrait seeks to celebrate the talent and intelligence of female artists in the 19th and 20th centuries, who struggled for recognition in the male-dominated art world.
In writing the film, writer/director Melissa-Kelly Franklin was inspired by women who found themselves embroiled in a creative melting pot - women like Lizzie Siddal, Annie Miller and Florence Carter-Wood. These women became almost as mythical as the heroines and idealised women they portrayed in paintings, becoming recognized more for their faces and bodies rather than their individuality and creativity. This film seeks to peer behind the surface of the portrait, to see something more of the woman behind the face captured on the canvas.
Gloria Endres de Oliveira as Sybil
Gloria is a Berlin-based actress, photographer and filmmaker. In 2011, she starred in her first feature film, Aelrun Goette‘s Tomorrow One Year, which premiered at the Munich Film Fesitval and won the prestigious Guenter Rohrbach Prize. In 2012 she received a diploma in classical acting from LAMDA, and since then she has appeared in several feature films, TV series, short films, and radio and stage plays, acting in German, French, English and Portuguese. In 2013, Gloria wrote and directed the experimental short film Tub, and she also had the honour of being selected as a participant at the Berlinale Talent Campus. http://gloriaendresdeoliveira.tumblr.com
Writer/Director/Co-Editor - Melissa-Kelly Franklin
Melissa-Kelly is an London-based filmmaker, writer and actress. Since completing her Advanced Arts degree at the University of Sydney and her training in acting at NIDA (screen) and LAMDA (classical), she has appeared in a variety of theatre and film productions theatre including Theatre Uncut at the Bristol Old Vic and the lead roles in the short films Tub and Selkie. This is Melissa-Kelly’s directorial debut for screen, having worked as creative assistant director and co-editor of the independent documentary short film Wild Things, winner of Best Documentary at the Canberra and Blue Mountains Film Festivals and highly commended at the Flickerfest International Film Festival.
Director of Photography - Ann Evelin Lawford
Evelin is a Dutch cinematographic and photographic artist based in London, and inspired by her love of art and painting. Her still series Scattered with Puncture and Super16mm film installation Concealment exhibited at Square Art 2013. Her film Concealment was part of Films of Summer 2013, Bright Sparks 2012, New Dynamics 2012 and London Short Film Festival 2013 and her film Secrecy was selected for the Screen Test National Student Fest 2012, Hansel of Film 2012, Bright Sparks 2012, and won the Best Overall Film Jury Award at Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2012. http://www.annevelinlawford.co.uk
Producer - Sarah Agha
Sarah is a recent graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has worked in both screen and theatre, freelancing for Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor and Cinemagic, as well as interning at Channel 4 and producing the debut show of Pocket Watch Productions. She spent a year as Chair of Trinity TV and is currently an ambassador for the National Youth Film Academy. Sarah is working with two assistant producers on Portrait - Sorcha Gannon, an aspiring producer who loves all things film and feminist, and producer, presenter and actress Katie Rice.
Assistant Producers - Sorcha Gannon (Ireland), Katarina Rice (UK)
Creative Assistant Director - Gloria Endres de Oliveira (Germany)
1st Assistant Director - Lina Remeikaite (Lithuania/UK)
Production Assistant - Elena Mitchell (UK)
Gaffer - Joel Rainsley (UK)
Focus Puller - Matt Wright (UK)
Clapper Loader - Torren Simonsz (UK)
Grip - Amos Bowler (UK)
Sound Recordist & Mixer - Avièlle Breen (UK)
Sound Editor & Foley Artist - Zoe Freed (UK)
Costume Design/Wardrobe Supervisor - Gemma Turner (UK)
Hair & Makeup - Margarida Marinho (UK)
Prop Maker: Victorian Photographs - Katie Eleanor (UK)
Co-editor - Richard Mockler (Australia)
Technical Advisor - Oliver Kusio (Germany)
Composer - Natalie Matias (New Zealand)
What your money will support:
This is a passion project for all of the members of the cast and crew, who are donating their time and effort to make this film. We have worked hard to cover some expenses through sponsorship, but now we need your help with the following crucial elements of production for when we shoot the film in early August, otherwise Portrait can't be made. With your support we can make this film a reality!
This is a joint production between the UK and Australia, being filmed on location in the UK, so all expenses are in both currencies. Our total goal is £3000 GBP, the equivalent of $5418.16 AUD
This is a breakdown of how your donation will be used to fund Portrait:
Equipment 2000 GBP / 3612.10 AUD - This film will thrive off its atmosphere, created by lighting, sound and cinematography, which is why a significant equipment budget is crucial. The budget needs to cover equipment over each of our filming departments, from the hiring costs of the camera and kit, to lighting and sound equipment.
Costumes 600 GBP / 1083.63 AUD - With this film being a period piece, we want absolutely authentic, detailed custom-fitted costumes that reflect the individual personalities of our characters. We will be hiring our costumes from Cosprop, professional suppliers to award-winning British television period dramas.
Other 400 GBP / 722.42 AUD - This will help cover some of our post-production expenses including colour-grading, soundtrack recording, festival distribution and additional production costs including transport, catering and location expenses.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge 'Portrait' faces is raising enough funds within a very tight production time-frame. With cast and crew from all over the world, we have a limited window in which to shoot. With your support, we can keep the wheels turning towards our shooting date in early August, and create a film that brings this complex story of the conflict between a young artist's two great loves, to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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