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A suburban coming of age story about identity, exploration, loss and growing up, set in Melbourne, Australia.
A suburban coming of age story about identity, exploration, loss and growing up, set in Melbourne, Australia.
112 backers pledged AU$ 16,737 to help bring this project to life.

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AU$ 16,737

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We have reached our goal!! 

Thank you for your incredible support, we wouldn’t be here without you.  

We’ve added a stretch goal for our final hours which will go to improving the film’s post-production. 

18k - Music 

One of the most important parts of this film is the music. It sets the tone and evolves throughout the film reflecting Elise’s personal evolution. To achieve what we ideally want for the sound of the film, we will need to license music, which can cost quite a lot. We already have allocated a small amount from the initial budget into this but ideally we would need more. This money will allow us more freedom and help us to use key songs that have been influential in the writing of the film.

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 The film and our story.

Daydreams follows 17 year old Elise, as she navigates friendships and relationships during the final weeks of high school. Her older brother Chris returns from a long stint overseas, forcing her to question who she is and how she wants to live her life. We see Elise attempt to make sense of all this whilst also trying to create meaningful connections with the people that drift in and out of focus around her. 

The film is separated into two parts that chronicle two distinct stages in Elise’s transition from teenager to adult.

Hana Singtong Wells as Elise & Darcy Kent as Chris
Hana Singtong Wells as Elise & Darcy Kent as Chris

This is not another ‘high school film’. This is a story about what we feel is a universal experience; that life can oftentimes be lonely.    

Daydreams is a film that captures the realism in the confusing limbo of growing up. Boredom, apathy, loneliness, uncertainty.  

We want to create something beautiful. Something reminiscent and something honest. An unwavering gaze into young adulthood.

Being from Australia, we found that there were never any local films that captured these hazy, inexact emotions. Movies that did, came internationally - usually from America, but then they’d never really seemed as relatable. Those films lacked the unique cultural experience that we have here in Australia. What we wanted was to tell a modern Australian coming of age story.  

It was important for us to capture the truth & realism of what it is to be a young adult going through the transition out of high school. And so our younger cast by and large were all either in the process of finishing or had just graduated high school.

Melbourne, our home.

Melbourne is home to all of our cast and crew, so it was easy and natural for us to work in our beautiful city. Making this film was an amazing experience which allowed us to not only nurture our bond with our home but also forge new ones with each other.  

It's a fascinatingly diverse and unique place to grow up in, with such a wide variety of subcultures and individuals among its inhabitants. It was important to us that our film was unapologetically Melbourne, void of stereotypes and true to what we know.

Our team.

Coming to set on the first day of a new project is always daunting, you often don’t know how you’ll click with the people you work with. With our film, we were incredibly lucky to not only work amazingly as a production but also were privileged enough to have found an extended family in each other on set. Our team is made up through collaborations with some of the best creatives in Melbourne, many of whom who had never worked within the film industry previously. Working with both new and veteran filmmakers brought a strong creative energy to set that ultimately led to us crafting a stronger and more honest film.

 

 

Our Inspiration.

Early inspiration during the writing process came from filmmakers like Derek Cianfrance and Andrea Arnold whose works portray relationships with realism that borders on documentary. Their respective films, Blue Valentine and American Honey, capture an authentic humanity that begs you to wonder whether what you’re witnessing on screen is real.

Our film’s dialogue is almost entirely improvised. We worked with the actors in the weeks leading up to filming to build up character and understand what would make sense for them to say. We would shoot long takes to allow the actors to explore different conversation paths and trains of thought. This ultimately lead to more realistic characterisations and relationships especially as our younger cast were able to perform through their own truthful experiences.


Our timeline.

  • March - Picture lock, edit complete  
  • April / May - colour grade, sound mix  
  • June - Film completed  
  • August - Festival submissions

How you help us.

The money we fundraise will be used as our post-production budget. It will help us with the following: 

  • Film release and distribution 
  • Colour grading 
  • Music licensing 
  • Festival submissions 
  • Sound mixing 
  • Marketing 
  • Kickstarter rewards and fees

Rewards.

Thank you!

Special thanks to oDDling and M E M O R E X = M E M O R I E S for supplying the music for our kickstarter video and teaser. Links to their tracks below.

M E M O R E X = M E M O R I E S - It's Very Sunny

oDDling - Ascend

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    Digital Film + Bonus Content (DISCOUNT)

    As well as a digital copy of Daydreams, you will also receive a series of bonus behind the scenes material; including the PDF shooting script, access to music that inspired Daydreams Spotify playlist, as well as the deleted scenes/blooper reel.

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    Daydreams T-shirt

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    Your Name in Credits; Signed Photocard

    See your name on the big screen! Your name will feature in the end credits of Daydreams. We’ll also send you an exclusive signed photocard with a personalised message from the director.

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    Lookbook

    Get yourself a copy of our exclusive Daydreams lookbook. The lookbook gives a deeper insight into the story and characters as well as the history behind the film, in between amazing photography from our set photographers James Whiting and Julie Ha.

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    Two Tickets to Premiere in Melbourne

    Join us at our Melbourne Premiere of Daydreams. Be one of the first people in the world to see the film in amongst the cast and crew. (Melbourne Only)

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    Skype call with Director and Actors

    A video call from Jim, Hana and Darcy to talk about anything to do with our film or anything you like. Its an AMA.

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    Vietnamese Lunch with Director/Producers

    Have lunch at one of our filming spots, Phamily Kitchen, with the director and producers. We can help workshop your project or field any questions relating to the filmmaking process. And you get free Vietnamese food! (Melbourne Only)

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    Picnic with Cast & Crew

    Come hang with all of us at one of our filming locations, Edinburgh Gardens. Meet and greet the cast and crew, enjoy a nice lunch in the sun with a sneaky bev in hand; what a treat! (Melbourne Only)

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    Associate producer credit

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    Co-Producer Credit

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    Executive Producer Credit

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