What is the story?
Taken Out is the story of a talented and dedicated graffiti writer. He prides himself on improving his style and perfecting his technique. When his latest artistic efforts are repeatedly destroyed by another, he feels insulted. He decides to stop at nothing to find out this amateur rivals identity. But until they come face to face the end of the conflict will be uncertain.
Graffiti is and has been a big part of my life and most of my friend’s lives. Anyone who knows me knows without graffiti I would not be the person I am today.
Graffiti is the truest and original form of self-expression, which dates back to cavemen – It’s how we told stories before words (and film). The truth is due to the illegality of Graffiti it is an underground sub-culture pursued only by the truly passionate and dedicated. A world that the average person knows nothing about. They think it is mindless vandalism, but they are wrong.
These graffiti artists risk imprisonment, danger and death all for the respect of their piers, which can be hardly said about most people. This story takes place in the center of the graffiti world – A war between rivals. It is as timeless as the Art, which forms and changes graffiti artists lives and their future.
It’s a faced paced, interesting and exciting insight in to the motivations and dedication of graffiti writers, something that is never mentioned only lived.
This is what the film is about. This is what I want to show the world.
Where will the money go?
The money will go in to a variety of places mostly on kit, location fees and festival submissions. A basic budget break down is as follows.
1. £700 – Kit Hire - We want to shoot on a Canon C300 with some great lenses and they don't come cheap. We also want to hire a steadicam to get those dramatic walking and chase sequences beautifully.
2. £500 – Location Permissions - We want to shoot in some great London locations but the fees cost a lot. (See style photos)
3. £300 – Travel Expenses and Food for cast and crew . - None of the crew are getting paid so I (as producer) want to at least pay their travel expenses and supply them with nice warm food.
4. £700 – Festival submissions - We want to show this film all around the world as there are many graffiti cultures in many countries. The cheap festivals don't charge but the good ones do.
5. £300 - Online marketing and distribution. To help promote the film and gain the widest audience we can we want to employ the help of an online marketing/ PR team to help the film gain needed exposure.
Drawing on my own personal visual eye, as well as my personal involvement with graffiti, ‘Taken Out’ will be shot in a very specific and cinematic way aiming to enhance the story while gaining inspiration from London. From night-light and darkness, desolate wastelands and abandoned buildings to dark urban city estates, we will be using our favorite aspects of London’s contrasting surroundings in this film.
This is a previous Graffiti film Dominic Beeput shot.
So Who is Involved?
Dominic Beeput - Writer/Director & Producer
Dominic has always had a keen interest and in filmmaking stemming from a background in Skateboarding. From shooting and editing early skate videos, this hobby transformed into a passion which he further pursued at film school.In the past year Dominic has transformed as a filmmaker deciding to work solely on projects, which he has experience and knowledge in. He is now the video content manager for the graffiti site www.cantbuffthis.com.Dominic is currently in the pre-production stages of a short film called 'Taken Out' a hard hitting thriller, based on his life and real events that he has experienced in the Graffiti culture of London.
John Macmillan - Associate producer
John Macmillan, is a well established british actor working in theatre, TV and film. He has been in such productions as 'HUSTLE' 'WORLD WAR Z' and is a long standing character in the British series 'SILK' in collaboration with Dominic Beeput a close friend, he has come onboard as an Assistant Producer on Taken out.
Andrew Alderslade - Director of photography
Andrew is a freelance Cinematographer, working in Fiction, Promotional and Documentary film production.Andrew trained in the world famous National Film and Television School, under the guidance of tutors including Brian Tufano BSC, Stuart Harris, Nina Kelgren BSC and Roger Chapman. Andrew has developed his skills in every aspect of cinematography from beauty and product lighting to dramatic storytelling. He particularly enjoys the varying scope and scale of projects from large-scale fiction films to small and fast documentary style shooting.
Cleo Harris-Seaton - Production Designer
Having studied Set Design at Wimbledon College of Art, Cleo went onto freelance as a production designer in film, theatre and TV. One of her early jobs was as a member of the art department on the CBBC show Sadie J and has more recently designed the sets for fringe theatre productions.In 2011 Cleo worked as part of the team that both designed and built the set for the short film, Mrs Bates, which won the diamond award at the Bangkok international films festival. Cleo recently has also worked on a DAYLIGHT ROBBERY a documentary exploring the conflict between controversial artist Banksy and Art Keida.
Who Are The Cast?
We are keeping the cast refreshingly new. We have got a great cast of british urban up and comers. We don't want famous actors because they can't do this film justice. We want a youthful, energetic, authentic and talented cast - which we have.
Theo has established himself as one of the most exciting raw talents in TV and Film since he first came on to the scene in 2008. Most recently he broke in to film and received critical acclaim for his role as Karl Lee in THE MAN INSIDE alongside Peter Mullan and David Harewood, and caused a stir for his memorable cameo as Richard in THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE. He also caught the eye in the BAFTA winning THE FADES (BBC3) playing DC Firth, and A TOUCH OF CLOTH (SKY1) written by Charlie Brooker. Most recently he landed the lead role of Kevin in the "Character-led Charmer" (Time Out) BORROWED TIME, fronting a cast that also includes Philip Davis, Warren Brown, Juliet Oldfield and Perry Benson, with the film to be released in August 2013.
Ria Zmitrowicz is one of London’s finest up and coming talents. She has broken in to the industry through short films and theater. Previously starring in critically acclaimed BBC Drama series WHITECHAPEL and most recently the unique, break out comedy show YOUNGERS. She continues to go from strength to strength in a variety of genres
What Do The Rewards Look Like?
We are working on a variety of rewards some are still in development and some we have already.
TAKEN OUT - GRAFFITI PIECE / CANVASES painted by some of London's most well known graffiti writers. MET and CREPT CBM Crew. These one of a kind pieces will never be replicated and are Limited to 9.
TAKEN OUT PIECE by MET and CREPT CBM Crew.
Taken Out T-Shirt
Taken Out - Poster (1 of 5)
Dephect Clothing (Official Sponsor) Limited Edition Giveaway - Soon to drop!!
London graffiti canvases - We're in the works of getting two top London graffiti artists to paint up some one of a kind CANVASES for our reward giveaways - These will never be replicated - They will be ONE OF ORIGINALS signed by the artists.
Want to Know more?
Read this exclusive interview with Writer and Director Dominic Beeput from WWW.IN-REACH.CO.UK
So What Now?
Please donate! Then patiently wait keep checking in with us for new info and material. While you're waiting urge your friends to donate and tell them about the awesome teaser 'WESA' Video. Any promotion for the film is greatly appreciated, so show everyone you know!
Wait for your rewards! Some rewards may come early, the dates listed are just estimates. So enjoy your rewards and flash them off to everyone, you deserve them!
And also keep checking in because new rewards will always be dropping!!
Risks and challenges
There are many risks and challenges.
Mainly to use great locations where we are able to do graffiti.
We want to shoot this project mostly at night which will cause problems for extra kit such as generators and more lights.
London is very costly to shoot film in and some of the locations we want to use are very expensive.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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