UK Midlands, early 90s. 16 year old Joe lives and works with his unyielding mother, at the family-owned gas station. When two best friends Danny and Rich visit the gas station to buy chewing gum, Joe sees an opportunity to break free.
While being bullied by the two troublemakers, he hangs out with them at the local rave club Seawolf. Joe finds himself overtaken by the urge to join the young men’s brotherhood and feel part of something greater. The tension rises between the three main characters when Joe and Danny increasingly get closer.
Will Joe break through his limitations and discover his sexual identity in this coming of age game?
The theme core of Seawolf lies within the transition from puberty to adulthood seen through a nostalgic prism, which we consider a perfect encapsulation of rave. Through making this short we want to explore the emotions in those moments of transformation that everyone can recall from their puberty.
Filmmaking can be a philosophical exploration and we openly invite the audience to come on a journey and discover thoughts and emotions. Seawolf provides a sincere insight into teenage uncertainty diving into male friendship and brotherhood. It is character-driven story that connects the rave subculture genre and queer genre together.
The idea of Seawolf originated from the director’s love for Detroit Techno. Seawolf is named after Underground Resistance’s homonymous song (1993), whilst the story is inspired by the era-defining rave venue Shelley’s Laserdome in Stoke-on-Trent; one of the most prominent rave clubs in the 90s, most of which were brought down at their zenith.
The general aesthetics of Seawolf is inspired by the work of British artist Paul Graham as depicted in the “End of an Age”, a series of youth portraits taken in clubs and bars between 1996 and 1998 that captures the threshold moments that mark the end of adolescence, the small slice of time between youthful indulgence and the emerging awareness of adult responsibilities.
Rave is free, wild and genuine, just like psychological variations felt when coming of age.
While working as a stand-alone short film, Seawolf is also a “proof on concept” project. A small story borrowed from a feature-length world, the short film will encapsulate an overall vision and get audiences and funders excited to jump on board with the story.
This isn’t a simple shooting and we have an extremely ambitious task ahead of us. We sincerely need your help because if we raise any less than our target, we’re not getting any of it!
We really want to make sure we get the best people on board as well as spend enough time on it and all this will cost real money.
We are raising £7,500 to cover the production costs of making Seawolf. Making a short film is expensive and every donation makes a difference! The £7,500 will help support the cost of equipment, departmental budgets, feeding the (very hungry) crew and also helping to cover the additional costs of production. Money will also be allocated for post-production and distribution.
CHRIS SITARIDIS WRITER & DIRECTOR / RAVER
Greek born - London-based for the past 7 years - Chris splits his time between producing online branded content and directing short-form narrative work. He also leaves time to dabble in making films for fashion and music videos.
Chris is drawn to human stories and character driven scripts, and has a thing for underground art genres and local creative communities. During his teenage years, his music idol was Miss Kittin and after watching Lars Von Trier’s ‘Dancer in the Dark,’ Chris made the decision to go into filmmaking. Now, as a fully-grown-human - who’s got a BA & MA in Film Directing under his belt - he’s definitely still a raging cinephile. He has, after all, watched Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under The Skin’ over 30 times since it’s release back in 2014. It’s all about film, right?
Seawolf, his biggest project to date, has been through 16 drafts in 14 months. It’s already gained significant attention and has received funding from the Greek government. In today’s far-from-conducive creative climate however Chris and his dedicated team are still missing some vital funds to complete their short. And that’s where YOU ALL COME IN.
JAMES MELVILLE LEAD ACTOR / ACTING RAVER
James has recently finished working with Yorgos Lanthimos on feature film The Favourite, alongside Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult.
James also shot a leading role in J.A Bayona’s A Monster Calls, alongside Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, which received excellent reviews.
MINIMUM SYNDICAT THE ONLY TRUE RAVERS
Seawolf is all about the heartbeat and rampant emotions of teenage years. Music in Seawolf does not only set the backdrop, but functions as a parallel storyline and acts as the narrator of the visceral side of the plot.
We wanted to find music as close as possible to the original early 90’s rave sounds of Detroit and Chicago, exactly what the director himself experienced as a young teen in the post - rave era and acted as a great source of inspiration for him.
We are lucky to have found the ultimate match: MINIMUM SYNDICAT.
CARA WEATHERLEY PRODUCER / ANONYMOUS RAVER
From a period Parisian musical to a 21st Century horror, Cara has worked on a wide variety of short films as a producer and production manager. Whether filming in a studio or on location, day or night, Cara loves working with great teams to tell even greater, engaging stories, of which Seawolf is the most exciting to date.
ATHENA BOURIKA PRODUCER / UNDERCOVER RAVER
Athena has worked in multiple film productions both as an artist and currently in production. She has spent five years working in some of the biggest VFX studios such as The Moving Picture Company, DNeg and Industrial Light and Magic as a Lighting Technical Director, creating powerful images and learning the inside-out of the film industry. Athena was part of the VFX team that received an Academy Award for The Jungle Book (2016). During the past year she has switched to doing production. She has worked as a production co-ordinator on Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), Avengers Infinity War (2018), Mission Impossible 6 (2018) and Black Panther (2018) and she is currently doing coordination for a big animated TV Series.
Athena started from a classical background of Filmmaking studies before moving to animation and VFX. She has experience in all the different stages of production; from development to the final stages of post-production. Seawolf is her passion project and is her first live-action production debut.
JOSEPH ALEXANDER GUY DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / SERIOUS LIGHT JUGGLER
Photo by Ailsa Vanessa Tapping
Following a move from his home in the Midlands, Joseph Alexander Guy enrolled at UAL (University of the Arts, London). Here, studying for a BA in Film and Television, he discovered a love for cinematography, which marked the beginning of his career in film. Having graduated, Joseph worked as an assistant within the lighting and camera departments, before stepping up to fully-fledged Director of Photography.
Today, he is a much sought- after and experienced cinematographer, while his poignant aesthetics and well-toned techniques, ensure his involvement in a diverse and impressive list of productions.
Meanwhile, Joseph’s credits are extensive and include brands such as Lynx (Unilever) and Uncle Bens (Mars Inc.), alongside multiple shorts and a client list that touts Caviar, BBC Arts, Kode Media, Satellite my Love, Paris, and directors Thomas Ralph and Benjamin Nicolas.
Joseph Alexander Guy is represented by Undercranked for all territories.
MARIOS IOANNIDIS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / RAVE SUPPORTER
Marios is a geek hybrid with a colourful past from Greece. He’s into dance and contact improvisation. At some point he also tried to produce his own music but that’s now on hold because the world is not yet ready for that.
He runs his own web development company in London where he’s contracting with clients that usually have scary names. He’s been involved in a few film projects on the production side of things and sees Seawolf as a unique chance to delve into the world of 90s rave and youth through the backdoor (as he spent most of his own youth studying Physics).
Last but not least, he’s also bringing Seawolf into the future with a brand new website!
HOLLY PATIENT PRODUCTION DESIGNER ON A BUBBLE-GUM VISIONARY MISSION
Recently graduating from BFS, Holly can’t wait to bring her creativity and experience to the set of ‘Seawolf’. She has always been passionate for period design, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to re-create one of the most exciting eras in pop culture history. She is eager to evoke a deeper sense of storytelling within the locations of the movie, engulfing the characters with an authentic background in which to lay their scene. One of Holly’s biggest projects to date, she needs your help to fund her dream. Jump on board with us and help get ‘Seawolf’ rolling!
SHARON SORRENTINO CASTING DIRECTOR
Sharon has worked across all mediums in stage and screen on many award-winning productions. She primarily casts for screen now on independent films, commercials, short films and music videos. She is also a published author of a book of advice for actors 'The Audition Room - A Down to Earth Guide'. She is delighted to be part of the Seawolf team.
We have tailored a series of perks that we can offer for your generous donation, all of which are personalized for the film that range, from £10 to £1000 or more.
One perk we can guarantee - when you donate to our film, we will be forever grateful! Your investment is not only in the production of Seawolf, but also in our future as filmmakers, and the knowledge that we have your support will inspire us to make this short the best it can be.
Risks and challenges
We are a team of dedicated filmmakers and we want to engage the best of talent in the making of Seawolf.
In order to be able to compensate everyone who will get involved in the making of Seawolf we need to meet our fundraising goal. That will guarantee that all the talent will be able to work full time for Seawolf and dedicate all their energy to bringing Seawolf alive. We have been recently awarded a production grant from the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), but we need additional funds to pay everyone involved and make sure we are not compromising the quality of the final film. This is where Your support comes in!
By achieving the Kickstarter goal, not only can we guarantee engagement with the best crew, but also raise more interest from potential finance partners, production and distribution companies that can help us market and distribute the film to a much wider audience.
The film originated from the director’s love for the early 90’s rave scene. Bringing the vibe and cultural aspects of that period alive will be challenging and requires a lot of research, both on the music and the area that the film is set - UK midlands, early 90’s. We are determined to bring a genuine representation of the era, the music and the people and we are hoping that with the extra funding we’ll be able to engage a choreographer and a language - dialect specialist to help us further develop the dialog of our main characters.
We’re determined to share the story of Seawolf and a bit of the rave-era nostalgia through a high quality film!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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