Two years ago, I wrote a script. I knocked on the doors of many factories and land owners, and most of them said no, or that it was out of their control. Until one person said YES - Mrs Emmett, from Imberhorne farm.
She lent us the old granary for roughly 1.5 years. We had to give up the first film - a sci-fi-trilogy, and so I wrote another. We shot a quarter of that, but the main actor pulled out, so I wrote another. We shot a third of that but the main actors pulled out, so we were left with only a matter of weeks remaining, as well over a year had passed, and we had no film.
So we decided to write a final script - a pretty short script at only 62 pages, and simply called "The Granary". We recycled props from old films, and we had no actors left. Only the loyal crew, who had stayed with me through thick and thin, and a few friends for small parts. It was written in three days and we started shooting immediately, with the help of my good friend Will, who had helped find props and solve many problems for all the projects.
Every crew member played a role in acting, most of which had never acted before. It was cold, and the aeroplanes wouldn't shut up, and sometimes, it was hell, but we finished it.
The film is about a character I play called Pan (Eveshka Ghost). It is pretty much based on my story of agoraphobia. He is trapped in the granary by his own demons and must find himself and invent his own techniques to escape it. He finds a journal about a Farmer (Will Lightburn) who had a son called Tom. He learns that he and Tom are not so different after all. Inspired by the story, which he tells his doctor (Alex Willis), he uncovers the secret of the granary, which is crucial for him to overcome and fight his anxiety.
THE PREMIERE EVENT
The premiere will take place in East Grinstead cinema, on September the 10th (Sunday) at 8:00 PM. We'll be there before then at about 7:30, and have everyone hopefully in the screen at 8:00. I will introduce the film and then we'll watch it.
It is a long film - at 150 minutes. It is not yet rated, but your funding will help pay for the BBFC certificate - which exceeds the budget of the film in the first place (and the kickstarter, so please keep donating even after the target!) It does allow me to make blu-rays and dvds, as a certificate is required to release those, so if it works out, it will definitely work out.
It is not a commercial film. It is an experimental, artistic and emotional film, with a haunting and original classical score, that takes its time to breathe. I believe the music to be my finest work to date, and the story is a way of carrying that music with images. I believe in making films the way they used to be made, by telling stories in unique ways. The only way to express my experiences with a lifetime of agoraphobia personally, on film, is to give it time to unfold slowly, then accelerate towards the end. And I promise you this now, there are many big twists at the end!
The film covers many mental health situations during the scenes, including anxiety, agoraphobia, depression, suicide, OCD, eating disorders and personality disorders. Many of which I have experienced and survived, so I am hoping to deliver a message to all that there is hope - a light at the end of the tunnel.
NOT ALL REWARDS include a ticket. Please make sure that if you want a ticket, you get one with a ticket, or you pledge twice, one for a ticket, and one for the other goodies. I understand that not everyone will be able to make the Premiere, but if we nail the kickstarter (particularly if we can overfund it), then we will have that certificate for life and I can book more screenings anywhere in the UK until the end of time. :)
The film is not currently rated, but I would expected it to be a 15. Just to be safe side, and due to the complex psychological content, we will only be admitting people aged 18 and above.
Please email me with any questions via the kickstarter page.
My humblest regards, and thank you for your donations. Without you, this wouldn't be happening.
Eveshka Ghost (writer, director)
Risks and challenges
There are virtually no risks, as the film is already made.
I will say that, putting a film onto DCP is a challenge. Although we have tested and it works, there is always a chance of a hiccup here and there,
Previous tests had a few of these hiccup moments (two moments in fact), so if that happens, which is unlikely, it should only last a few seconds and the film will continue as normal.
The hiccups only affect the picture, not the sound.
But this is hardly a risk. More like stalling a car then simply starting it up again 3 seconds later. :)
- (29 days)