About this project
THANK YOU for all your support so far!
With the generosity of our backers, we have now reached our initial goal in just half the time!! This is amazing, far beyond anything we expected, and we're incredibly grateful to everyone who shared, backed and helped.
So what are we aiming for now?
In the second half of our campaign, we want to get ambitious. STRETCH GOALS will make The Prevailing Winds bigger and better; let us try the audacious things we don’t have the freedom to attempt right now.
Here’s the plan...
If we reach £4,500, we can afford another day of shooting – vital time to hone performances and overcome any issues (there are always issues…) making sure we don’t have to compromise our film
Please help if you can, and like us on Facebook to keep up with our progress. If this is your first visit to the page, you can find out everything about the film by reading on....
The Journey Here
Thanks for stopping by, it's lovely to have you.
"The Prevailing Winds" came about a little over a year ago when the screenplay won the IdeasTap Short Film Fund, a scheme that also brought Adam, Lawrie and Caroline together.
We were excited to tell this story because the film's central concept felt so bold and unique - a film where the audience are made to fear something that's completely invisible. The idea resonated with us personally and we embraced the challenge. We want to create a short film like nothing we've quite seen before.
Since IdeasTap brought us together, we've been building a talented crew and honing the story. Earlier this year, we were selected from amongst hundreds of projects for Film London’s prestigious London Calling shorts scheme in association with the Eastern Edge Film Fund, and are in pre-production for a shoot at the end of May.
Now, we’re asking for your help to get the rest of the way. All the money we’re crowdfunding for will go into securing our locations, hiring the right equipment and creating VFX to realise the ambitious scope of this film.
Moorland, northern England. A place of bleak beauty with a threat in its emptiness. A road cuts through the landscape and, on it, a lone hiker marches towards us.
This is Jess. She walks with a fast stride, full of purpose. Up ahead a police car straddles the path, blocking her way.
An officer waits there, with a gas mask on the bonnet of his car. He tells Jess she has to turn back. There’s a toxin on the air - it's invisible, odourless, immediately fatal if inhaled.
The strong wind is blowing it away from them at the moment, but the second that changes, it’ll be here.
Jess tells him she can’t turn back – her sister is out there. Taking advantage of a distraction she strikes out over the moors, heedless of the warning.
As she walks, she takes a strip of red fabric and ties it to her walking pole to monitor the direction of the wind. It’s blowing away from her, for now.
But as she gets deeper into the landscape, the situation becomes more perilous. Will she find her sister in time? Will they make it off the moors alive?
We can’t tell you that now, it’d spoil everything...
Adam Butcher - Director
Adam is an award-winning self-taught writer/director, exploring a variety of unique visual and storytelling styles.
He has written and directed many successful short films including: "Bradley Manning Had Secrets" which won “Best Short Film” at Mix Copenhagen 2013 and continues to tour festivals worldwide, and viral thriller "Internet Story" which attracted over half a million views in the first week of release.
A man of many talents, Adam is also known for "The Game That Time Forgot" - the true story of how he spent 13 years making one computer game.
Adam plans to direct feature films in the near future, and is currently in talks with producers about his screenplay "Not The End Of The World". He has a permanent position at BBC Creative, directing promos for such brands as Doctor Who, Blue Peter, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio.
You may have also seen him on Channel 4's "First Dates".
Lawrie Doran - Writer
Lawrie was raised by Scottish parents in Manchester, studied English at Oxford University and Screenwriting at the London Film School.
In the past three years he has worked as a script consultant, copywriter, script editor, script reader, taught scriptwriting and, most importantly, written some scripts.
“The Prevailing Winds” will be his fourth produced short - previous works have played at international festivals including Palm Springs and Rhode Island.
The story is inspired by a love of hiking, developed in his youth while walking with his dad around the North West - though he has never actually encountered a deadly, invisible airborne toxic threat.
Michael Paleodimos - Cinematographer
Michael's first narrative piece - STUTTERER - just won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short at the 88th Academy Awards.
Michael has just finished post-production on his second narrative short and just shot a spec commercial/short for Nike. "The Prevailing Winds" will be Michael's third short film.
Caroline Demopoulos - Producer
Caroline worked in London as an Assistant News Editor for ITN, while participating in the development and production of various short films, commercials and documentaries for French television and ARTE.
In 2015 she worked at Alfama films in Paris as an assistant to Paulo Branco who has produced such directors as Wim Wenders, David Cronenberg, and Terry Gilliam.
She is currently completing a MEDIA programme for European producers. “The Prevailing Winds” will be her third short film.
Sara Jimenez Criado - Line Producer
Sara has developed and produced several short films and online videos in UK and Spain.
Her credits include Line Producer on the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Illy Prize-winning short "Rate Me", from BAFTA-winning director Fyzal Boulifa.
Recently she has completed training by the Production Guild on Production Management at Pinewood Studios to further hone her multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge in all aspects of production.
Risks and challenges
Short films are always a challenge to create, but this is a team with considerable experience and success in this field.
As this is a largely outdoor shoot, the main challenges we face are the remoteness of the locations and, of course, the unpredictable nature of the British weather. As the film’s title suggests, we need wind, but we will be making all the necessary preparations in case of rain, to ensure we keep the equipment dry and have a canopy for the cast and crew. We are in safe hands with Caroline and Sara in production who have created many short films between them and have a track record delivering to tight deadlines. The Director and all Heads of Department in both Production and Post-Production are highly committed and have a great track record creating both short films and commercial/industry work.
The challenges are part of what makes the whole project so exciting so we can’t wait to get started and any help you guys can give us will be massively appreciated!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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