YOU DID IT!!!!! STRETCH GOAL TIME!!!
Wow. Just, wow. Thanks to your wonderful generosity, you helped us surpass our goal of £3,500! We honestly cannot begin to tell you just how amazing we think you all are. Whether you're friends, family, or strangers - you are all absolutely brilliant. From the entire Skewered team THANK YOU!
So now what?
We still have 5 days remaining on our campaign so if you're reading this and you haven't pledged yet (or if you already have and just love us so much you want to pledge more) there's still time to do so! Because of this, we're setting a stretch goal of £5,000.
What's a stretch goal? I'm glad you asked!
With Kickstarter's all or nothing policy, we set our goal at the minimum we would need to make Skewered. We've now reached that and that's amazing! But with our stretch goal we can go above and beyond what we had originally planned. With the money from our stretch goal we can:
1. Give a larger budget to production design for more material to bring Kayseri Grill to life.
2. Hire more external crew such as extra production design team, a 2nd AD, runners, etc.
3. Pay for external post-production such as sound mixing, colour grading etc. that will make a huge difference in the final film.
If you can help us reach our stretch goal, we'd really appreciate it!
Skewered is a comedy-drama short film which focuses on a failing Turkish restaurant run by Emre and his son Mehmet, in East London. Emre is an easy-going, middle aged, chef whose sole concern is keeping the restaurant open. Mehmet is young, stubborn and fiery - he has grown to despise the neighbourhood he grew up in and wants to use the restaurant to fight the changes that are occurring. Their relationship and livelihood come under threat when a hip, new competitor opens nearby. Emre believes they must adapt to their surroundings; Mehmet instead takes matters into his own hands, but achieves much more than he anticipated. Skewered poses questions about gentrification and authenticity, in a modern, London setting.
Skewered is currently in preproduction. Filming will take place in May 2017 and the final film will be delivered in July 2017!
During the early stages of writing Skewered, Mehmet and Emre were only minor characters. As the drafts progressed it became clear to me that they were the most interesting characters in the script, and deserve to have this story told from their point of view. I believe this stems from the fact that they are characters not often given leading roles.
When telling the story of immigrants in Britain, the narrative normally focuses on them assimilating in British communities and to British culture. This is not the case in 'Skewered' - Emre is well established in Britain and Mehmet was born and raised in Hackney. They have their own community, but this is now being disrupted by property developers and newcomers to the area.
Part of what drew me to Mehmet and Emre was the setting they find themselves in - a restaurant, specifically behind a grill. This is the perfect setting for a relationship to be pushed to its limits. The restaurant almost acts as another character, with the claustrophobic heat intensifying the predicament they find themselves in. This setting proved a great basis for a lot of the comedy in the script.
MEET THE CREW!
Alex Kassab, Writer
Since graduating in 2013 with a degree in History, Alex has pursued a career in the film industry in one form or another. Originally working as a runner on music video and advertising shoots, he landed a job as a production assistant working on a feature film. This experience helped Alex focus on the aspect he enjoyed most about working in film – the storytelling. Alex is currently studying for an MA in Scriptwriting at Goldsmiths. He continually developed Skewered over his time at Goldsmiths, culminating with its selection as a graduation film. With the film in production, Alex is itching to see his script come to life.
Edoardo Brighenti, Director
Edoardo is an Italian foodie director based in London. After graduating in Turin, he moved to London where he started working as videographer for the food brand The Black Farmer, shooting commercials. Commercials and music videos have always been his daily bread. Now he is getting closer to short films. To satisfy his hunger of knowledge in filmmaking, he applied to Goldsmiths University, MA in Film Directing. Skewered is his graduation film. In case you couldn’t tell, he really likes food.
Carly Plasha, Producer
Carly was born and raised in a small American town called Philadelphia. On the playground is where she spent most of her days. That is, until the prospect of becoming an adult crept up on her and she had to abandon shooting some b-ball outside of school and venture off to find out what exactly she planned to do with the rest of her life. She came to London for her undergrad and decided to keep it vague – get a business degree, you can use that anywhere right? While studying, she worked a few gigs in the film industry as a production assistant and as a production manager and thought, ‘this is fun!’ So she carried on with film and stayed in London to study her MA in Filmmaking – Producing at Goldsmiths where she has produced such films as 'Lena' and 'Vanished'. She’s excited to be working on Skewered with this brilliant group!
Anna Siemiączko, Producer
Anna is a writer, filmmaker and producer. Dabbling her way through arts and film, she graduated in Film Studies from King’s College London & studies Film Producing at Goldsmiths. Having produced a number of things from an independent cultural magazine, a film festival to an indie night, she finally settled at film producing, whilst also directing and script writing. Involved in a number of projects, she previously directed and produced her debut short "Over a Smoke”, produced a Virginia Woolf short adaptation “Haunted House”, and is now a line producer at a short comedy “Skewered”.
Dominic Jackson, Director of Photography
Born with a camera around my neck (my poor mum). I immediately started working at events doing camera operating until they realised a baby was on the end of a broadcast camera and I was kicked out. 15 years later I returned and legally was allowed on location. I have since then dedicated myself to film making.
Adonis Vlachos, Camera Operator
Adonis Vlachos is a photographer and cameraman from Athens, Greece. He says he's not the Greek god, but quite frankly we refuse to believe that! Currently he is based in London and a student at Goldsmiths, University of London doing an MA Filmmaking - Cinematography, specializing in Camera Operating. Adonis has a natural instinct for composition and exposure, an unnaturally steady hand, 'spot on' hand to eye perception, and is calm and collected in all situations. His particular cinematic shooting style is always to go 'the extra mile' in order to catch that unique angle or unexpected shot that is so often missed by others in the industry. He hopes eventually to work in the film and television industry as a camera operator. He is a great personality to hang out with - a dry sense of humor and always great fun!
Pepxi Chen, Sound Designer
Pepxi isn't just good at sound, she's also cooler than you. Graduating with a BA media & communication in Newcastle University she came to London to study filmmaking, She's a famous live show host in China and her Chinese twitter has 20k followers. She's a brilliant sound designer and her latest sound design project will be published in this year's Raindance Film Festive. Boom.
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Rory Cargill, Boom Operator
Rory Cargill is a boom operator based in South East London. He has arms like tree trunks and has a current personal best boom operating record of 17 days without lowering his arms. No known image of Rory exists. We're not even entirely sure he's real.
Lizi Hesling, Editor
Lizi has been a vegetarian since she was 10. Kebabs aren’t her thing. But she’s pretty good at cutting things up and putting them back together again. Currently studying for her MA in Film Editing at Goldsmiths, Lizi has had a long career of trying to figure out what she wants to do when she grows up. Graduating in 2000 with an MA in History from Edinburgh University, she promptly ran away to China where she spent the next 12 years learning Chinese and working in news and documentary. For two of those years, she worked as Greenpeace East Asia’s video producer, which is where she first discovered the joys of editing. She came back to the UK shortly after leaving Greenpeace to try and break into Bristol’s natural history film industry. This proved harder than she expected, so she ran away again, this time to Wales, where she worked at Aberystwyth University as an educational media producer. Now based in London, she’s enjoying the hipster lifestyle and hoping to one day finally make it as a documentary film editor... although she's equally happy to be editing fiction (especially if the film is called Skewered).
WHERE DOES YOUR DONATION GO?
As you can see, most of our budget will be going towards location, production design (set & costume/makeup), and cast. We want this film to be authentic and true to the Turkish London community. That means a real restaurant, with a production design that makes it feel/look genuine, and a cast that are true to the characters of Mehmet and Emre.
£3,500 is the minimum amount we need to make this film come to life. However, going beyond this will help to improve the quality of ever aspect of our film!
Help us make this film not just a reality, but an awesome one at that!
Our website: skewered-film.com
Risks and challenges
The main challenges we face are filming in a restaurant, having authentic production design, and finding actors that can bring Mehmet and Emre to life. We are currently in preproduction, and have everything at our disposal, but we need the funds to pay for it! If we reach our goal, we can make this film a reality and if we go beyond our goal we can do even more!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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