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THE JOURNEY - The Story Line
‘The Journey’ is a film that deals with personal loss from the perspective of three individuals and the people they meet along the way. It is a moving tale of courage, self-discovery, karma, love and redemption that shows us all never to give up even when faced with life’s darkest moments. It shows how we relate to and are shaped by the environment and people around us and how sometimes a change in that environment can change a person, often for the better.
When a passing Samaritan, Ozzy stops a young Londoner, Will, from trying to kill himself, he takes him for a reluctant drink to calm his nerves. Sensing the young man might still make a stupid decision in his life, Ozzy tells Will the tale of two men he met while travelling in Greece who were facing a similar dilemma.
Like Will, these men, Hector and Jason, had both lost the desire to live and like him they too planned to end their lives. Ozzy explains that they found a way forward by not only facing their own demons but by accidentally saving others in their quest to find answers.
Ozzy recounts their tale, transporting Will and the audience on a journey to the islands of Greece where we see both men individually struggle with their own loss and how their decision to travel impacts the lives of those they meet on the journey. Despite being consumed by their own despair Hector and Jason still show small acts of kindness to those whom they meet which have stronger ramifications than they envisaged. Not only to those strangers around them, but for themselves as well. Hector encounters Atia, a mercenary recently returned from Libya who is carrying a heavy burden and Jason meets Barbra, a British woman going through a difficult divorce. Each character they encounter becomes a source for personal reconciliation as they attempt to come to terms with their own grief and loss by inadvertently helping others despite being haunted by ghosts from their recent past. All the characters are linked by Ozzy, who meets them while he travels from island to island looking for the next party.
But is everything as it seems or are their greater forces at work guiding them on a journey that they have yet to fully comprehend?
THE JOURNEY - The inspiration behind the story for the film
The Journey is a moving drama inspired by real life experiences and deals with love, loss and bereavement, challenges that anyone will be able to relate to. It is dedicated to Angela Thomas who sadly passed away in the summer of 2009 at the age of 42.
A close friend to Writer/Director Lance Nielsen’s, she was the core inspiration for the story line about how people face and deal with loss in different kinds of ways. Having lost his mother only a few weeks earlier and his uncle two days later, Nielsen traveled to Greece to an island on the advice of a stranger he met in an internet chat room at 3am only 24 hours earlier. He talks about this, Greece and Angela Thomas in the longer interview below:
Interview with Lance Nielsen - Writer / Director of the film
Losing someone, under whatever the circumstances is something we all can relate to.
We also aim to restore a positive image of Greece that has been recently misrepresented by the world media at large due to focus on the recent financial crisis and the political and social unrest in Athens. While the film acknowledges these difficulties from a distance, it truly embraces all the positive things that Greece has to offer both the individual and the world at large. We feel that it is important to understand that while a country of unmatched beauty is struggling to find its identity and place in the world again, its culture and its people have so much to offer the weary traveler.
THE JOURNEY - Why Kickstarter?
You might be asking yourselves why we are on Kickstarter when we have such an amazing cast on board like Jason Flemyng, Lindsey Coulson and Duncan Pow and have managed to get half the film made already! We were able to get such talent because they loved the script, believed in the message of the story and knew their names would help us get it made, even though it wasn’t a typically commercial film which would tick all the boxes of the studio system.
Crowd sourcing has become the most prolific way of sourcing independent feature films, especially those that have gutsy and challenging story lines which do not conform to the Hollywood norm. Kickstarter is a platform which gives such projects a chance to flourish and reach completion.
Kickstarter isn’t just a name or a label, it’s a creative community that brings forces together and makes the impossible a reality. It gives you a platform to reach out on an international level to all those who might have an affinity with your own experience and gives them the opportunity to get directly involved and be part of a creative process which they would normally not have access to. Our philosophy is not only to encourage our own team towards completing this project, but to encourage and support other like-minded film makers with their own projects wherever and whenever we can. We support them directly through our own blog on other crowd funded films called TheNakedFilmmakers –
You will become part of our tribe on this journey and help us see this project through to its final goal. Everyone in life can relate to loss and dealing with difficult times. Not all of us always make it through those dark days to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This story will remind people that even in their bleakest hours they can still reach out to others and sometimes unknowingly help themselves by doing so. Kickstarter as a platform not only embraces this sentiment but this very ethos is also mirrored in the central theme of our films story.
THE JOURNEY - How you can help!
Any donation to our campaign is gratefully received with our sincerest thanks. Every penny that you give us will go directly into the films production (See below)
No matter how large or small your donation it all helps and we want to say thank you and we do have some wonderful perks to give to you! (See below and to your right)
If you cannot afford to donate, there are all sorts of other ways you can help us –
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The JOURNEY - Exceeding our goal!
The amount we have asked for on Kickstarter is just the bare minimum we need to go back to Greece and complete the final shoot for the film if we exceed our goal it means we can make not only a better film, but to an even higher standard. The amount we are raising on this campaign does not include post production so more is always helpful and most gratefully received.
THE JOURNEY - Backer Rewards!
We have some amazing backer rewards to give you for becoming part of our team and they include a special edition DVD for Kickstarter only. Including behind the scenes interviews with all the cast, the making of documentary, and the bonus DVD of The Naked Filmmakers workshop web series packed with hints and tips of how to save money on your own independent feature. But not only that but you can skype personally with key member of our Cast and Production team and even have workshops with them.
For those who can give more we have some fantastic group workshops for you and your friends presented by our talented team of film makers and actors.
We will even come and shoot your own short with our Cast and Crew! Check our rewards and see which ones might appeal.
THE JOURNEY - Where the money is going?
We make every penny we get go as far as possible on this production and wherever we can we source things as cheaply as possible if we can’t get them donated by someone. Ultimately though money has to be spent, and filming on location always increases production costs and sometimes there’s unforeseen expenses.
Despite the huge amount of local support we have had before and will hopefully receive again we still need to pay for:
We are fully committed to seeing this production completed and every penny that you give us will end up on the screen.
THE JOURNEY - The Music and soundtrack for the film
An original score for the film is being composed by award winning composer and conductor, Andrew Kristy who has been on board since the beginning and it is his powerful and evocative music that you can hear in the trailers and videos above.
Original songs for the film are provided by the Britain’s best kept secret, the amazing Rubylux from their new album ‘When the world goes quiet’ – Their outstanding talent provides the emotional voice during key music sequences in the film.
Meet the team!
The Cast - An impressive line up of stars from stage and screen
The film stars Jason Flemyng (X-Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) Lindsey Coulson (Carol Jackson in Eastenders in her first feature film role) Duncan Pow (Holby City, Dream Team, 24) Mitchell Lewis (Rise Of The Footsoldier) Dickon Tolson (Peak Practice, The Bill) Velilie Tshabalala (Doctor Who) up and coming teen throb Marc Zammit and several actors from Greek Stage and Television including Stelios Kalaitzis, Tasos Nousias, Dimtri Raft and Shirin Youssefian.
Jason Flemyng (Ozzy)
Jason Flemyng is a household name in both British and American cinema but has appeared in productions all over the world, including Russian, French and Swedish. His first notable leading role was in Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and has been working non-stop ever since in film and television. His film credits include:X-Men – First Class, Layer Cake, Snatch, The League of Extradinary Gentlemen, Clash Of The Titans, Stardust, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I Give It A Year, Shifty, Sunshine On Leith, Welcome to the Punch, Transporter 2, Soloman Kane and Ironclad. His late father, Gordon Flemyng was also a director, notably making both the Doctor Who and the Dalek films of the 1960s.
Duncan Pow (Jason)
Duncan is one of most the dynamic and talented actors of his generation. He started his career in British television, including starring roles on Holby City, The Dream Team, Waterloo Road, The Wrong Mans and Doctors. He is starring in two other independent British Feature films soon to be released and is currently shooting the new series of Jack Bauer’s ‘24’ now filming in London. Duncan has also written a novel called ‘In between Jobs’ now available from amazon and he is currently writing his second novel.
Lindsey Coulson (Barbra)
Lindsey Coulson has played Carol Jackson for several years on the popular British Drama Soap, ‘Eastenders’ but she has played numerous other leading roles on British Television shows including Murder Investigation Team, Judge John Deed, Clocking Off, Paradise Heights, The Street and Manchild. Her feature film roles include: Danielle Cable Eye Witness, The Girls Who Came To Stay, The Stepfather, Just Disappeared, Every Time You Look At Me and The Stretford Wives.
THE JOURNEY - The Production Team
Two of the key creative production team are:
Writer / Director – Lance Nielsen
Lance Nielsen began his career in Theatre in London where he wrote and directed several plays earning a Peter Brook award, and Time Out’s Critics Choice for his plays on The Victoria Climbie Inquiry and Marchioness Disaster. He has presented numerous workshops at the London Screenwriters Festival and also earned the Best Talent in New Writing for the Liverpool Arts and Entertainment awards for his play on the Hillsborough football disaster. Although he has worked on numerous low budget films before, The Journey will be his official first full length feature film.
Director of Photography – Malte Rosenfeld
Malte Rosenfeld got his M.A in Cinematography at the Polish National Film School, since then he has gone to work as the Director of Photography on numerous shorts and feature films. Malte was the first person to come on board ‘The Journey’ after meeting Lance at the Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass in 2011. He has won numerous awards including Best Cinematography at the Warsaw International Festival. He recently completed his work as DOP on the feature film ‘Born of War’ and films that he has worked have won awards worldwide including prizes at Cannes as far as Mexico and Washington D.C
The Production Team for ‘The Journey’
To get this far we have had a tremendous amount of people give their time and effort for merely their expenses. It has been a group effort of many minds and bodies working to over come every obstacle we have faced.
The production team for ‘The Journey’ has a crew of passionate film makers from all over the world, with Producers based in both Greece and the UK, and crew members originating from countries including France, America, Poland, Hungry. India, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Wales, Uganda, Denmark, The Netherlands and South Africa. So many people have worked on this production both in front of and behind the camera over the last 12 months and will continue to do so over the remaining six months ahead.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and view our supporting material. We really appreciate it! We hope to meet you soon on 'The Journey'
Risks and challenges
Here's the good news!
We've already filmed 55% of the film!!
Despite not having enough money back in April and May of 2013 we went ahead and filmed the first part of ‘The Journey’. We knew we couldn’t film it all in one go, but faced with filming nothing and losing our momentum or filming part of the film, we chose the latter and we made what money we had go an extremely long way. We begged, borrowed and pleaded for help and free resources and the first part of our film was shot for less than £15,000 budget. Hard to believe when we had to take our cast and crew to Greece for that! You can see the original cut of the first trailer we made from the footage from the first part of the shoot, this was a difficult trailer to edit as a great deal of material was still to be shot and it was hard to explain the story with these key missing dialogue scenes, but it has left an impression on those who have seen it, all of them wanting to know more.
We have faced many obstacles getting this far, from last minute changes of cast, to bad weather, production delays and very little funding and WE HAVE OVER COME THEM ALL!
Nothing will stop us from completing this film, we are over half way there now, our second shoot for London is already booked on the 24th of March and we are just about to book our second shoot for Greece to film the second of the two story lines. With your help we can complete - The Journey!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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