"Kindling" is a 12 minute live-action short film, depicting a troubled mother-daughter relationship through a series of vignettes.
Chronicling several significant events in their troubled relationship, "Kindling" is comprised of three individual vignettes that follow Mary’s experiences with her mother, and her mother’s alcoholism. As her mother's alcoholism worsens, the roles of mother and daughter are reversed, which becomes increasingly difficult for Mary.
It is of the upmost importance that the audience relates to Mary's experience and trauma with her mother, but also her mother's struggle with addiction within "Kindling". We plan on achieving this not only through performance, but also through the visual look of the film and it's colour palette. Each vignette has it's own look, getting increasingly more dramatic looking in colour and composition as Mary's world and her relationship with her mother deteriorates. The colour palettes were proposed by Production Designer, Jack Charrington Pratt.
To achieve this look, the entire film was shot on the Arri Alexa Plus with S4i Cooke Mini lenses and becomes increasingly sharp looking with the use of a promist filter and contrast in the grade.
We have already achieved the principal photography of the film and are currently in post-production. What we need is help with post-production costs to finish the film and festival entry costs. We plan on finishing the film in December 2018, so we can be submitting it to festivals in 2019.
As we have completed principal photography, we are simply looking to finish the film. We have the following major requirements for our film that constitute the budget:
- Post-production costs (grading & mixing)
- Festival entry costs
Overall, we were able to put all the money we can and all we're asking is the bare minimum required to finish the film. We would honour your contributions greatly!
I am interested in telling unique stories and conveying complex imagery and feelings through the creation of audio-visual spaces with the filmic medium. My films are slices of life, realistic events that are shown in ways that defy the mundanity of everyday existence; they go beyond appearances and delve deeper to reveal the complex truths many of us face, or are reluctant to face, in our own lives.
It is because of this desire that I wanted to make a story about addiction/mental illness from the perspective of someone close to the person plagued by this disease. In today’s day and age, addiction/mental illness are still deeply stigmatized, and the surface has only been scratched on viewing it as a disease like any other health problem- even less talked about is the effect it has on the loved ones around the person suffering. It was this that inspired me to make a short film exploring addiction/mental illness and the peripheral effect it has on loved ones in an honest way, in the hopes of breaking down the stigma attached to it.
The turbulent tale of a mother and daughter battling with cultural expectations of what their roles should be immediately drew me to this project. It is also refreshing to have a story told through three isolated vignettes. It is often difficult to experience a sense of fulfilment while watching a short film, as sometimes the narrative can be sacrificed to adhere to the running time. Emma’s story, however, captures the whole scenario, whilst only showing the key events. The best stories are the ones that let the audience fill in the gaps.
Kindling has a really unusual tone to it that I’m really excited about capturing in its score. It’s an understated, melancholic film and I’m hoping to reflect this in a bare, stripped-down orchestration. Drawing together inspiration from soundtracks to films like ‘Wind River’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and even ‘It’, the aim is to create a score that feels indelibly tied to the characters. I’m playing with a few ideas, using inextricable character themes and character-instrument associations to write something that feels organic to the film. The arrangements are very sparse, with a piano focus coupled with some string and voice samples. I’m looking forward to properly realising this soundscape.
According to the World Health Organization, "One in four people in the world will be affected by mental disorders at some point in their lives... Treatments are available, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health care professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders" (WHO, 2001)
The stigma around mental illness/addiction needs to be broken so that people are no longer living in shame and dying because of the consequences of the stigma.
YOUNG MARY (Jemima Newman)- Although Mary has an innocent view of the world, she begins to witness her mother’s difficult behavior from a young age. Jemima’s Film and TV credits include: JELLYFISH (‘Lucy’/Bankside Films) Winner of 2 awards at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018)
MARY (Indira Ainger)- Mary is naïve, vulnerable, and affectionate, oscillating more and more between trying to help her mother and enabling her addiction. As she gets older, there is more of a desire for her to break free from the constraints of her upbringing, so she can become an independent young woman. Indira’s Film and TV credits include: BLACK MIRROR (‘Be Right Back’ S2E1 - Netflix/Channel 4) THE WOMAN IN BLACK (Hammer Films)
MOTHER (Hannah Cresswell)- Mary’s mother is vulnerable and manipulative yet cares deeply for her daughter. An alcoholic of deteriorating stature, as her illness gets worse, her ability to care for Mary diminishes, and the roles of mother and daughter are reversed. Hannah’s Film and TV credits include: THE BASIL BRUSH SHOW (‘Miss Pike’ – CBBC)
WRITER/DIRECTOR (Emma Catalfamo)- Emma Catalfamo is a graduate of Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, where she was enrolled in the prestigious Specialization in Film Studies program; this allowed for her to both study film in an academic context and get practical filmmaking experience. Currently, she is studying an MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School, in order to further develop her craft. She has made a number of short films, many of which have won awards at festivals.
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PRODUCER (Amy Lotherington)- After studying English Literature at the University of Exeter, Amy Lotherington is currently completing the London Film School/University of Exeter MA International Film Business programme. After working as a resident choreographer at the Exeter Northcott Theatre, and in film development for a UK-based production company, Amy is now working on her own film and TV production slate. In addition to ‘Kindling’, Amy has two further short films in pre-production, one of which is in development with BFI Network (South-West division).
CINEMATOGRAPHER (Clara Stephanie Schieber Lorenesi)- After getting a BA in Business Administration, Clara worked in real estate. However, her passion for filmmaking never subsided, and she completed a diploma in photography alongside her full-time job. This subsequently led to Clara working as a fashion photographer, developing exhibitions and a photo reportage about housemaids called ‘Mujeres Invisibles.’ Clara is currently completing an MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School, and aims to work as a director and cinematographer back in her home country, Guatemala, telling the untold stories of the women who live there.
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PRODUCTION DESIGNER (Jack Charrington Pratt)- Jack is a set design graduate from Wimbledon College of Arts, who is currently freelancing as a production designer and model maker whilst designing playing cards and chess sets in his spare time. Jack is particularly interested in Stop Motion animation, which has led him to work on features, tv, music videos and adverts in the genre since graduating.
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EDITOR (Will Haigh)- Will Haigh is a Suffolk based filmmaker and editor. He has worked for a variety of production companies and edited a plethora of projects including short films, music videos, product commercials and AR video game cutscenes. He currently is studying at the London Film School.
COMPOSER (Tom Arnold)- Tom is a writer, composer and lyricist. His recent credits include music for the upcoming film Godiva and his stage musical The House of Edgar, based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. The musical premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016 to critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Newcomer Award. A new production has been mounted for this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with a national tour due to start later this year. Tom is also a Musical Director, with recent credits including Sweeney Todd (Hot Rock Productions) and Beauty and the Beast (Exeter Little Theatre Company).
Follow this link to hear an example of Tom’s work: spotify:album:27IXxRP4Y2okpVg5q6KzvU (The Original Cast and Band Recording of The House of Edgar)
It's time to talk about mental health.
Risks and challenges
The principal photography for Kindling is already done, and so much of the risks and challenges associated with the film have been overcome.
However, there are still risks and challenges that remain.
For one, there is the chance that post-production will take longer than expected (as is the nature of filmmaking), in which case the delivery of awards would be postponed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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