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A ground-breaking online series designed specifically for English language learners and teachers.
A ground-breaking online series designed specifically for English language learners and teachers.
37 backers pledged NZ$ 8,020 to help bring this project to life.

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Fortune: A drama series for English language learners

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THE PROJECT

Fortune is a ground-breaking concept in English language learning and teaching that uses dramatic sequences with modified linguistic features to create an engaging drama series across two levels of language proficiency. 

Viewers are given the option with each new episode to choose the level of English language that best suits their learning needs. Fortune follows the same narrative template across two levels with one key distinction – ESL/EFL professionals (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language) work alongside the scriptwriters to modify the linguistic structures within each episode to make the story accessible as well as purposeful in an educational context.   

The series will be produced by an award-winning film-making team supported by highly qualified TESOL education professionals with extensive knowledge of the English language teaching and learning landscape.

Each of the six episodes in Season One will run for 5-7 minutes and there will be a range of teaching and learning materials available, either for use in the language classroom or for individual learners.

When you support this unique concept, not only will your contribution help to make the full season accessible to a global audience, you will also receive the teaching and learning materials for the entire season - over 25 hours of quality, moderated classroom and independent language skills development.

The first season of Fortune will be delivered at the A2 and B2 levels of proficiency based on the Common European Framework (CEFR).

WHY KICKSTARTER?  

The British Council estimate over 2 billion people will be learning English in some capacity by 2020 yet the vast majority of these learners do not have access to purposeful and entertaining content at their current level of proficiency.  

Our primary objective with Fortune is to make the series available to English language learners FOR FREE

While we are skilled and experienced at working with micro-budgets to deliver quality content, we still require your valued support at all levels to make this project a reality. With the pre-order funds raised through this campaign used to offset essential production costs, it allows us to deliver the full season to online platforms without charge to the viewer.

THE STORY

Private investigator Jimmy Fortune receives a call from his past life – former military colleague Daniel Tait - who has arrived home to find that his wife, Jenny, has mysteriously disappeared. 

Daniel makes the call to the one person he knows can help get Jenny back safely. Through a series of false starts, wrong turns, misinformation and a growing web of deceit, the audience is left guessing as to the whereabouts of the missing woman until a gripping final episode reveals the shocking truth behind her disappearance.

CURRENT STAGE OF PREPARATION

We have a six episode season written and modified to meet the two language proficiency levels (A2/B2).

We have finished our location scouting and are now working hard on set design and costume considerations.

Our cast is working with the writers, directors and language teaching experts to learn not just one set of dialogue but TWO!

We will begin shooting in July and plan to have the first episode available for viewing in September of this year.

OUR TEAM

Ben Woollen - Co-founder of Chasing Time Productions

Ben is an award winning short filmmaker currently based in Wellington, New Zealand. Having spent the better part of 20 years in the creative industry, and producing content for a wide range of international clientele across multiple sectors, Ben has amassed a strong portfolio of film and photographic work. He is currently working on a major motion picture in Wellington, before travelling north to start work on Fortune with his long time collaborator, Scott Granville.

Scott Granville - Co-founder of Chasing Time Productions

Scott has spent the last ten years working across the media and education sectors with a focus on creating and producing original content for multimedia platforms, as well as English language and literature teaching, research and mentoring. An award-winning filmmaker, his successful creative projects include work in film, television, online content, e-learning programs and print publications as a writer, producer, director and production manager. He also has extensive cross-departmental and cross-industry collaboration experience in tertiary education.

CAST  

Nick Wilkinson is Jimmy Fortune  

Nick Wilkinson has been involved in the dramatic arts for over twenty years. A sought-after stage director, Nick has worked extensively with some of New Zealand’s biggest names. He has a deep understanding of the storytelling process and of how to bring characters to life. As an actor, Nick is highly regarded for his versatility, playing many iconic leading roles from the dramatic to the comedic. Nick has a focus on fostering and nurturing new talent in the industry.

Sash Nixon is Daniel Tait  

Sash Nixon is an award-winning Maori filmmaker and actor, who has been involved in short films since he graduated with Honours in Screen and Media at the University of Waikato in 2003. In 2011, his sci-fi film "Star Wars Hunter" won him a "Best Acting" award at San Diego Comic Con. In 2016, he landed his first feature role in the film "Penny Black" as the comedic superhero Lapwing. He also co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in "The Anniversary", a drama that won "Best Film" at Tropfest NZ 2017. He is currently writing and developing his first feature film.

Alice Kimber-Bell is Jenny Tait

Alice Kimber-Bell has been performing onstage for a number of years in a variety of roles, including as a singing mermaid, Portia/Jessica/Nerissa in Merchant of Venice, Peter Rabbit and countless other characters, along with forays into film during this time too. An office manager by day, Alice also loves to act, sing, read and spend time with family and friends. She is excited to join the cast of Fortune and looks forward to working with the talented team.

Courteney Mayall is Susie Lee

Courteney is a musical theatre performer and character voice actor. Her intrinsic passion for performance, particularly focused on singing, has seen her relish every opportunity to get on stage. Courteney has been involved in musical theatre for over 10 years, featuring in a range of productions. She has more recently been involved in doing numerous character voices for various audio recordings, utilised by a range of international projects. These roles have been both spoken and sung.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Chris Tan - Director of Photography

Chris is a talented cinematographer with multiple award winning short films on his resume. He has worked with a number of prominent directors over the past decade. Fortune is his latest collaboration with the Chasing Time Productions team after the success of short film, Breakery, on the international festival circuit. He is an award-winning director in his own right, a creative illustrator and stage actor.

Dr. Arezou Zalipour - Script Supervisor

Arezou’s research and creative practice focus on the intersections of screen production and audiences, socio-cultural diversity, migration and diaspora studies. Her recent project offered a ground-breaking study of the production practices of diasporic filmmakers in New Zealand with the first ever conceptualisation of 'Asian New Zealand cinema'. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, The Communication Review, Transnational Cinemas, Media International Australia, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal as well as other journals and edited collections. Her forthcoming book is entitled: Migrant and Diasporic Screen Media in New Zealand. 

Dr. Jeremy Mayall - Music  

Jeremy is a composer/producer/performer/researcher. He works in music, sound art, installation and multimedia formats, with a focus on exploring his fascination in the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience. He is excited by the process of collaboration and recent projects have included work with musicians, dancers, poets, aerial silks performers, theatre practitioners, scientists, perfumers, bakers, authors, sculptors, filmmakers, pyrotechnicians, lighting designers and visual artists.

Claire McFarlane & Pip Grundy - Hair and Make-up

Claire McFarlane is a fully qualified hairdresser and self-taught make-up artist. She has worked on a number of film projects, photoshoots, competitions and is on the ghd Style Team for NZ, all while looking after her clients at Zibido Hair in Hamilton. Claire loves the excitement of working on different creative projects and enjoys seeing creations come to life through the team's collaboration.

Pip Grundy is a senior hairstylist at Zibido Hair in Hamilton, NZ. She works closely with the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation as an Assessor for the Trade Certificate and is on the Executive regionally and nationally for the NZ Hairdressing Association organizing and promoting competitions and education. Pip loves working on film projects and has been part of a number of successful, award-winning production teams. 

Steven Holloway - Head of Communications

Steven joined Chasing Time Productions in 2017. He studied Public Relations and Journalism at Monmouth University in New Jersey and proceeded to work for the Waikato Times as a journalist then Oceania Football Confederation as a media officer. With a mind for problem solving and a thirst for adventure, Steven travelled the world as a professional poker player for three years before finding his way back to the media world. He has worked as the Digital Sports Editor at NZME for the past five years.

WHAT WE DO

We have a successful record of providing award-winning creative content in collaboration with filmmakers, writers, musicians, artists and like-minded individuals from around the world. We have also worked closely with community and commercial groups in the past to provide English language learning opportunities to people from a diverse range of countries and cultures from around the world.

Fortune is a project we believe in and we look forward to sharing the journey with you.

ADDITIONAL

As well as providing this cutting-edge concept to our audience, we are also recording all of the hard work going on behind the scenes between the production team and language experts. As the project continues we will be sharing regular updates via video and text links to keep you informed and educated.

Risks and challenges

Anyone who has undertaken or supported a creative endeavour recognises the unique and unexpected challenges that each project will inevitably face on the journey to completion.

Our core team has worked together on a number of successful (completed) projects so we are well-equipped to deal with these challenges as they appear and have unwavering confidence in delivering the very best final product to our audience.

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    Learning materials: online access code

    Receive an access code for all online learning materials for Fortune Season One to be used by you or a friend learning English.

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    Teaching materials: online access code

    Receive an access code to all supplementary teaching materials (over 35 hours of printable classroom learning at A2/B2 levels based on Common European Framework Reference levels) to be used by you or a friend teaching English anywhere in the world

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    As well as receiving an access code to all teaching and learning materials (over 50 hours of activities) you will receive pdf versions of all shooting scripts from Fortune Season One

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    As well as receiving all of the earlier level rewards, we will send you a hardcopy version of the Episode One script signed by the cast and crew of Fortune.

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    At this level, you will receive an institution package allowing up to ten individual teachers complete access to the teaching and learning materials, as well as a named credit at the end of each episode and a poster signed by the entire cast of Fortune.

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    Meet the creators of Fortune

    One of the co-creators of Fortune will deliver a 60 minute online presentation to your class, school or institution (to learners or teachers) sharing their insights into the process of making Fortune (with Q & A).

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    Executive Producer

    Receive a full Executive Producer credit for Fortune Season One. You will also receive all of the other reward levels and guided on-set access to the production.

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