Jumah is about to turn sixteen in two days and wants to leave his violent past behind him. Things seem to be better now. He has a tentative relationship building with a girl at a school. But then Jumah witnesses a stabbing and those involved want to ensure that Jumah says nothing to the police about what he saw that night.
Pressure mounts as violence forces its way back into Jumah's life
Risks and challenges
'Sixteen' was brought to us by Writer/Director Rob Brown who wrote a great script. The script was chosen from 400 entries to be performed at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2011.
The great script secured a great crew to work with our award winning director and, most importantly, attracted a cast of brilliant actors.
Our first challenge was an 18 day shoot in the coldest April since records began! Our second challenge was shooting on such a tiny budget but everyone worked together to make it possible. The third challenge is to complete post production in 3 months.
Why are we doing that? Well we want to submit it as soon as possible to international festivals and get it distributed because we think it’s a great film.
This is where you come in. Have a look at our 'behind the scenes' video and our website http://www.seizefilms.co.uk and I am sure you will see this is an exciting project. So we want to give it the best chance in post production. We have already started working with editor Barry Moen but there is still the sound design, score and colour grading to come. Our greatest challenge, we have an award winning script that has attracted great talent who enabled us to have a great shoot. Now we want to finish 'Sixteen' and make sure the film fulfils its potential.
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The £15,000 we are asking for will be covering the post-production stage including the colour grading, the sound design and mix, the music composing and the final mix as well as visual effects work (compositing) required for things such as image stabilization, legal elements and to generally clean the picture up if need be. This figure is inclusive of fees, consumables, box-rentals and expenses.
We're following the same line we took with the principal photography in the sense that we know this is a very low amount to cover the above elements but all the various departments have already been negotiated and ready to go.
The beauty of low budget is that we tend to have to work with individuals as opposed to major companies or post-houses who have large overheads. As with the filming, we have some really experienced crew working with us in post-production a lot of whom we've worked with before on previous productions and will be doing the job to a very high standard. They have their own industry standard equipment such as editing and grading suites, sound design spaces and tools, which means we get all the professionalism, knowledge and standards as the big pictures only we get to pay less and have a more personal touch.
We are planning to premiere at a major film festival in 2013 with a view to securing sales and distribution either through the film markets or shortly thereafter. We would like to follow a limited theatrical release pattern from this. DVD and VOD are also big on the agenda so SIXTEEN gets maximum exposure to audience.
The production team is more than happy to provide a cost report to all backers once we have raised the money. This report will consist of details pertaining to how the money was spent, how much and exactly where it was allocated.
Please see FAQ "What is the £15,000 for?" for more information on where it is anticipated to be spent. This list is unlikely to change as these items are vital for SIXTEEN to be completed, but our cost report will enable all backers to see exact allocations and explanations on each receipt/account/line so that you all have a better understanding of why it was spent.
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