It's a fantasy-drama film for anyone who's had to face that dull morning commute. A film for anyone who's thought 'What if..?'
If you love dreaming, you love escaping, you love travelling, please back this film.
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The story follows a group of people - a businessman called Elliot, a young woman named Rose, and a family man, Colin - who commute on the same train to work, then go home to sleep at the end of the day. They each escape into the 'animated' world of dream, in which they can become their true selves. The film is a mixture of live action and 2D animation.
Here's our gorgeous mood reel above of what the film will be like...
WHERE WE ARE
Our filming dates are 26th and 27th September in Earls Court. We will be filming the public transport sequence, Rose's home. Colin's home, Elliot's hotel. We have a brilliant team of animators working on the dream sequence, which is 2.5minutes long. We have already crewed and cast the film, and are now seeking additional funding for our on-shoot budget: kit costs, production insurance and transport.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Director David Tomlin currently works for UKTV as a creative across several channels. His credits include Lights – (Winner) Best Short Film 2013 at Worcestershire Film Festival and (Winner) Best Animation/Arthouse 2012 Fringe Festival, and Due - (Winner) Best Short Film 2014 London Horror festival, (Winner) Best Director 2015 Dark Scream festival. Ever since a young age David has been interested in creating and telling stories, it stemmed from his love of film and TV. Check out some of his work here: https://vimeo.com/igniteproductions
Producer Ju Shardlow recently worked on the short film 'Emma, Change The Locks' - starring Olivia Williams- which is nominated as Best Short Film at five international festivals this year (and counting). She has previously produced four short films, worked as a production assistant at the BBC, Hartswood Films and Feelgood Fiction. She has a background in research and assistant producing in BBC Two documentaries.
Writer Celeste Ramos, published as Miriam Lee, is a fiction writer and poet from New York City. She is the author of Women in Strange Places: Stories (2009), the successful interview blog Projection Reviews, and contributor to popular essay sites like New York-based Narratively. https://itsmiriam.wordpress.com/
Art Director Kornpat Pawakranond has worked on commercials and music videos in Thailand, and currently attends London Film School. Check out some of her brilliant work below:
Editor Trace Taylor's experience ranges from editing short-form, quick turnaround VT style programmes to landmark observational documentaries. She has edited short films that have won awards and been officially selected at festivals worldwide. These festivals include Cannes Short Film Festival (2015), London Short Film Festival (2015), LOCO Film Festival (2015), Los Angeles Cinefest (2015), LA Indie Film Festival, Hollywood (2013) and BAFTA Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2013). Trace is an Associate Member of the Guild of British Film & TV Editors. She was also recently chosen as one of 300 of the brightest ‘below the line’ crew talent in the UK and is now part of the prestigious BAFTA Crew (2015).
Adriano Vessichelli is a multi'-talented 2D animator and compositor from Italy. Check out some of his work here: https://vimeo.com/user6365233/videos
In the dream sequence, Colin, Elliot and Rose rise up from their beds and float up into the sky above the rooftops of London. We see a stunning sky landscape, with trains and trams moving in and out of the clouds. Rose exits a tram and walks off towards a beautiful futuristic city. She walks into a ballroom, and finds Colin sat alone. Elliot has become the life and soul of the party, entertaining people around him. Rose and Colin dance together before the music gets more tense and dramatic. All around them people get pulled 'back to earth', waking from their dream. Rose falls away from Colin. He tries desperately to grab on to her hand before he himself is forced to wake up.
Adriano will be working with two great animators on this project:
Nathan Brenville https://vimeo.com/brenville
and Andrea Reali http://www.andreareali.com/gallery/animation
Adriano, Nathan and Andrea will be both drawing the characters, backgrounds, and animated world, as well as segueing the 2D animation with live action. We will see the 'animated' characters physically rise out of their live action bodies, and drift up over a live action shot of London rooftops.
Animation inspirations include Studio Ghibli's 'Spirited Away', the dance scene from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Paperman. The 2D drawing will be realistic characterizations of the characters, but with pastel dreamlike painted backgrounds, and a flowing merging dance. The finished product will look something like this: (Reference for Design, Light, Animation: Mood)
some snippets from our art direction...
The main inspiration behind the soundtrack will be 'Artifact and Living' by Michael Andrews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cHS6hWVh6I
Chris O'Shaugnessey is an award-winning radio producer and composer. He will be designing and mixing this soundtrack for the film. The film has no dialogue, so the audience will be carried along by this dreamlike score.
ROSE, mid-20's, is normally a confident person, but after a bad break up she has now become a bit of a recluse. She is a big fan of reading, music, theatre and art house cinema. She's a creative person but fairly introverted. She is fairly uninspired by her commute and longs for change. In the dream, we see Rose dancing as a way of losing her troubles and coming out of her shell. Rose will be played by Cottia Thorowgood.
ELLIOT is an early-20's career-obsessive. He comes from a successful family, and has two brothers and one sister. You could say Elliot and his other siblings are very competitive, being the youngest he feels he has a lot to prove. His mother and father are still happily married, and his siblings are starting families. But for Elliot his prime objective is to pass his bar exam at his law firm. Elliot believes in working hard and playing hard. He's a social climber, and is funny and charming. Elliot will be played by Durassie Kiangangu - check out some of his films below
COLIN is in his mid 30’s and is a very driven person. He works in PR and is a high earner. He married, and has a 5 year old daughter. After having a lot of fun in his early years, he met his wife and thought she would be 'the one'. Working hard at his failing marriage, he tries to keep it together for his daughter’s sake, but his personal life has bled into his work. His father left him when he was young, and he doesn't want to repeat this for his daughter, so he constantly tries new ways to make his marriage work. Colin will be played by Pierre Scot .. see one of his ads below:
COLIN'S WIFE and DAUGHTER
Colin's daughter will be played by the adorable Zita Henault, and Colin's wife will be played by Elena Saurel .. check out some of Elena's work here: -
ABOUT EARLS COURT
Earls court community trust have kindly put forward the animation budget, and we need YOUR help to now cover some production expenses. The trust, based in West London, has put on some great theatre performances in the past few years, such as 'The Importance of Being Earnest', and have now branched into film funding.
The film will premiere at http://www.saintcuthbert.org/ a huge beautiful church in the heart of the community on 20th November. YOU can come to this wonderful night of films by just clicking on the reward to your right! Check out the location:
We'll also be putting on some workshops for local residents - read more about the project here: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/citylivinglocallife/mylocalarea/myearlscourt.aspx
WHAT WE NEED THE MONEY FOR
We already have our animation budget and part of our shoot budget. £1500 from private investment, and £1500 from Earls Court Community Trust. We now just need your help for the following things: production insurance, transport costs, cameras and kit, bus/tube car hire. We have a fantastic crew and cast already attached, and are ready to go on this project!
Please help us make this film happen. We are all Fellow Travellers!
WHAT WE'LL GIVE BACK
By clicking on one of the rewards to you right, you could...
BECOME AN ANIMATED CHARACTER. The animation team will use a photo of you as a likeness for drawing you into the crowd scene in the ballroom. You can party in the stars! It's your chance to become that Disney character you've always wanted. We'll also send you a vimeo link of the film so you can see yourself on screen. You'll also be credited at the end of the film.
Some very early sketch examples below:
BE AN EXTRA IN THE FILM. Perhaps you want to be pictured on the tube at the start of the movie as your 'commuter' self? No worries, check the corresponding link to the right.
COME TO THE LAUNCH NIGHT on 20th November where a selection of new and classic movies will be shown on the big screen.
Please follow us on twitter and get tweeting #FellowTravellers
Riesgos y desafíos
We have identified a few obstacles we need to overcome once we have funding:
- working hard on 26th and 27th September shoot days to fit filming into several scenes in multiple locations. Our crew already has several experienced drivers and camera assistants to move the kit quickly and safely, and the majority of our locations are in Earls Court area so we will not have a long distance to travel.
- completing the animation and music in time for the launch on the 20th November. We have a very strong team that will be able to accomplish this.
- compositing the animation and live action together in a way that is seamless. Again, our animation team have lots of great experience doing this.Más información sobre el concepto de responsabilidad en Kickstarter
Período de financiamiento
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