7 Bananas aims to examine the cause and effect of social media on a millennial reacting to her friends suicide.
We want to shine a light on suicide in young people, as statistics show that your brain only stops growing after the age of 25 which makes young people especially susceptible mentally to the pressures of social media. It cannot be denied that it has a knock on effect on young people who are vulnerable mentally.
7 Bananas is based on a situation that happened to me when my friend, my contemporary, committed suicide. Above is her actual cover photo on Facebook (and remains so). It struck me how surreal that period of time after someone takes their own life can be, and how social media enhances that.
The film is about that untapped feeling of looking at a memorial profile picture, is it a just coping mechanism or can it help us in a healthy way remember those we’ve lost? Does it force you to look at past events differently or as Sophie’s real cousin told me recently, allow you to treasure the online interactions, re-reading them, replacing real life memories.
After the funeral I read an article by Peaches Geldolf’s best friend about her funeral, she said it felt like being in a foreign film. That really connected with me, and it’s all about connecting as my mums favourite quote by E.M.Forster says “Only Connect” but whilst we are “connecting” on Facebook are we connecting in the right way? The weight that a simple ‘like’ can hold and how detached we can become to others, ignoring someone on the street isn’t okay but ignoring them on online is acceptable.
Social media is synonymous with Youth Culture and anxiety, soon the amount of dead people on Facebook will outnumber the living, profiles frozen in time, active gravestones and with apps like “tweet beyond the grave”, funeral selfie trends and online suicide games, will it soon be synonymous with death?
STORY & CHARACTERS
(Please note the film is non-linear but here is a linear outline)
Dara, whose babyface is mismatched with her crudeness, meets and immediately connects with Sophie, one of those could-be-Eastern European-model girls whose fragile beauty juxtaposes her self proclaiming “I’d be Samantha” in Sex and the city. For 10 months they go partying with their string of mutual friends. Despite becoming closer and closer this soon dilutes into social media and is what their friendship consists off; it’s all about the Facebook birthday event instead of Sophie actually turning up to her own birthday.
The story explores how Dara, content in her own narcissism reacts when she finds Sophie commits suicide. She is used to curating her life through social media but can she curate Sophie still alive? Pulled out of her millennial world and into the world of Sophie’s funeral, she is met with the reactions of other characters around her, everyone having different versions of the same person as social media allows us more than ever to project different versions of our lives onto others. They all disclose information about Sophie Dara didn’t know or care to know previously which forces Dara to look back at her actions and remove the layers of Sophie’s social media to explore her true self.
CAST (so far)
As this is based on true events Daisy Moore will also play Dara. As an actor Daisy has worked on two series of Poldark, ITV’s Clean Break with Sheridan Smith and feature Starfish opposite Joanne Froggatt.
We are delighted to announce that Jennie Jacques, best known for her roles as Judith in History Channel’s Vikings and the lead in BBC’s WPC56, will play Sophie. We really believe Jennie can bring Sophie’s sense of spirit and humour whilst still maintaining a level of vulnerability.
7 Bananas will be non-linear and cross genres with two contrasting concepts: between shows like Fleabag, and more experimental films like Memories of Matsuko by Tetsuya Nakashima, Gummo by Harmony Korine and Noah in it’s mixed format. We aim to shoot in digital, film (35mm) and will use social media e.g. snapchats as memories in the place of flashbacks.
WRITER/ DIRECTOR - DAISY MOORE
Daisy’s first short Rituals debuted on the BFI.NETWORK (watch here) and she was nominated for Best Woman Director at LSFF2016 and Rituals won best cinematography. The film also screened at UK festivals such as Aesthetica. In 2017 she was selected for SHORTFLIX (SKY & Creative England) a development programme for young writers/directors through which 7 Bananas was developed.
PRODUCER - ED FAIRWEATHER
Ed Fairweather, is freelance producer whom recently graduated from an MA in Producing at the National Film and Television School. He has just completed his 5th short film as a producer "Skipper" (2018) starring Simon J. Berger and Sorcha Groundsell. Producer of “POLCE” a 2d Animated short with Live action backgrounds, Associate Producer of Short Film "Master of York" and Producer of "Days of Candy" 2016 Short Film. While attending the school he produced a Kodak Commercial titled "Santa Stop Here!" which won the award for "Best in Brief" and "Best Cinematography" he also produced a commercial tilted "Cardboard Dreams" that was nominated at the "Porsche Student Commercial Awards". Before attending the NFTS he was a floor runner on "Mr Selfridge" (ITV- Series) over 8 episodes. In 2012 he worked on "The Sweeney" produced by Vertigo Films directed by Nick Love as a production assistant, previously to that he worked on BBC Mini Series "The Crimson Petal and the White" (2011) Producer by David M. Thompson as the production runner.
CINEMATOGRAPHER - MATT GILLAN
Matt is a narrative based DOP in London. He believes his job is about understanding the vision behind the script. He is a MA CINEMATOGRAPHY NFTS graduate 2018 and received the PANALUX cinematography award 2018 for feature film “FELINE”, Michael Samuelson scholarship and Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer scholarship.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER - MAIA RUSCOMBE-KING
Maia King is a Set Designer based in London. Since graduating from King’s College London in 2015 she worked across fashion editorial and film in a variety of roles. This includes shoots featured in Wonderland Magazine and Metal Magazine, as well as online campaigns for New Look and Skinny Dip London. Having made the move into film she has worked on The Commuter under set decorator Tina Jones and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with Set Decorator Lisa Chugg. She’s currently working on an upcoming Disney feature with Set Decorator Celia Bobak.
COSTUME DESIGNER- ANDREA FIQUITIVA
Andrea Fiquitiva is a professional Costume Designer and Stylist who has worked in television and movies, having completed her Master’s degree in Costume Design for Performance at UAL London School of Fashion in December 2017 and holding degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Production from Colombian and Argentinian universities. Andrea has been the Costume Designer for short films, live performances, commercials and music videos in the UK and, prior to moving to the UK, worked for 5 years in Colombia as an assistant, supervisor and then costume designer for television and feature-length movies.
MAKEUP/HAIR DESIGNER - ESMERALDA SJOSTEDT
Esmeralda Sjöstedt is a Professional Hair and Makeup Artist, who graduated in 2017 from renowned Delamar Academy in Ealings Studios, London, having majored in Contemporary and Period Hair. Her first steps towards carving a career in the makeup industry, Esmeralda has been working continuously with a number of short films, production for BBC including crowd rooms and with theatrical and opera productions such as for the Barbican Centre.
EDITOR - MDHAMIRI NKEMI
A BIFA nominated award-winning editor based in London, UK, Mdhamiri brings a collaborative and creative approach to everything he does. Represented by Gorilla Editors, he has worked for clients such as Nike, UNHCR, Channel 4 and the Endemol group on projects that have taken him around the globe. He has cut both fiction and documentary, feature length and short form, premiering at festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale, LA Film Festival, London Film Festival, amongst others.
COMPOSER - JO PATERSON
Jo Paterson is a professional London based composer/sound artist and musician. Specialising in scoring for Film, Documentary, TV, Dance and Games. She studied composition at Edinburgh Napier University where she found her love of composing for all visual medium. To further her knowledge in composing for film she studied at the prestigious National Film & Television School in London. Jo has continued to work on a variety of projects ranging from Short Films to Feature length, Animation, Documentary, Dance, Commercials, Video Games, TV and the latest venturing into Virtual Reality. A VR Documentary which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was shown at SXSW, Tribeca and Copenhagen Docs. She prides herself on how she collaborates with directors and always strives to gain as much as possible in any collaboration, for her it is key to begin the music as early as possible so it evolves organically with the film.
COLOURIST – VLAD BARIN
Vlad is a colourist currently working at Cheat studios, he graduated from the NFTS 1 year ago now since then he has been working as junior colourist while also grading music videos, corporates and short films.
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - OLIVER BROWN
Oliver is an assistant director and floor manager studying and working across the UK. Currently finishing his diploma at The NFTS, Oliver has experience working across a variety of projects, from feature films to commercials. Oliver has worked as both an actor and a director, which has given him experience and an in depth knowledge of how to contribute effectively to a well managed and maintained film set.
Risks and challenges
In regards to Budget and Execution how the money will be spent:
We Need £4000 and above Ideally
Camera and Lighting
Arri 35mm Camera kit with anamorphic lenses: £150
Arri Alexa Mini camera package and lighting kit - donated from the national film and television school
Stedi cam hire - £150 - £200
gaffer / 180 for one day
£150 - £250 for winding up stands for lighting.
Plus large hmi - £150
Sound gear hire - £150
Props - £200
Costume - £200
Make Up Box Fee - £50
Catering Breakfast and Lunch for 4 day shoot - £250 - 300 for 30 - 40 member crew plus extras for Church shoots
luton hire 5 days £50 a day - £250
Cast £600 - £1200 - dependant
Travel expenses - £250
Fuel - £50
Church Location Hire - £500
Other Locations Donated
Complete production Insurance - £850
Hard Drive - £80
Colouring Suite for Grade Post Production - £150
Bottom End £4,300
TOP end Total £4570Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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