Wow! We've hit our initial goal, we're able to launch our STRETCH GOAL! This will enable us to further enhance the production value of the film by allowing us to hire additional specialist equipment to light the night exteriors more effectively, as well as help pay towards our ambitious stunts, VFX and SFX requirements. We could never afford to pay full commercial rates for any of our equipment or services, but even at short film deal rates it's still an expensive business and it's important to do it properly (and safely!) Every £ we raise over our initial target just helps us to make the film even more amazing! Thanks in advance, you folks are amazing!
If we are lucky enough to hit our stretch goal, there's one more thing we would love to do on the project too. Our stretch goal will enable us to do everything we want to do on land, but our UNDERWATER STRETCH GOAL will enable us to shoot a stunning underwater sequence which will form part of the film's dramatic finale! Watch this space for more information... Fingers crossed!
Two young lovers arrive at a remote coastal cottage under the cover of darkness. Smuggled out of Ireland by a loyal family friend and running for their lives, Annabel and E find themselves alone at last in this desolate but beautiful landscape at the edge of the ocean where they must wait for a boat to pick them up and take them away to start a new life abroad. Pursued by a shadowy foe since fleeing their old life, they are nervous but excited about what the future holds. A vision of young love, the angels themselves would be jealous of the fire that burns between them.
Annabel is plagued by visions and nightmares, each one more terrifying than the last. She is a headstrong and brave young woman and is determined not to let the past catch up with them or stop them from pursuing their life together, however they begin to see signs that not all is as it seems. Is this the work of malevolent spirits? Annabel’s dangerous family ties? Or simply the misgivings of traumatised minds?
With each passing moment, the dark forces that pursue them draw closer and fate seems to be playing it's hand. After an unsettling encounter at a nearby Church, the lovers spend an uneasy night waiting for a boat to arrive on the next high tide. As E sleeps by the fireplace, unbeknownst to him Annabel is drawn to the cliff tops and the ocean beyond with terrible consequences...
The Project:“It was many and many a year ago, in a kingdom by the sea. That a maiden there lived whom you may know, by the name of Annabel Lee”.
Inspired by the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, 'Annabel Lee' is an ambitious Gothic short film complete with doomed lovers, a sinister foe, terrifying visions and a watchful Raven. Updated to the 1930's the film is set against the torrid political landscape of the time with the rise of the dark forces of fascism and in the long shadow of the Anglo/Irish conflict.
This is an ambitious film. It's got literally all the elements that short films usually try and avoid... A period setting, 1930s cars, 1930s costumes and production design, a remote location, Stunts, Visual FX, Birds (a suitably Poe-esque Raven), an underwater sequence, scenes shot in the actual sea in actual December, night scenes, night scenes in the sea in December with stunts.... Some would say we are mad, but as Poe himself said, "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity". We just know we have a great script based on a beautiful poem and the scale and ambition is necessary and justified.
We've already raised a sizeable chunk of the budget but we need your help to get us over the line. Even with the tremendous support we have got from cast, crew and suppliers and our generous supporters, we still need to raise at least an additional £5.5k to cover the cost of shooting the film, and ideally our stretch goal of £8k if we want to achieve the high end production value that the script and story demands.
We know that money is tight and there are hundreds, if not thousands of great and deserving projects here on Kickstarter where you could pledge your money to but something has brought you here, to Annabel Lee. Whether it is a love of Edgar Allan Poe, an eye for a Gothic love story or a creeping admiration for a hugely ambitious project we'd urge you to consider supporting us in our creative endeavours. We will make a film that you can be proud of, we promise! And we're offering some pretty chilling rewards too, from original artwork and sneak peeks at our process to exclusive experiences and invites to the Premiere. £5 will help feed our intrepid cast and crew whilst £500 could pay for the Raven or the period action vehicles. Every penny counts and we will be very grateful for every single pledge that we receive. And we'll keep you updated with blogs, vlogs, sneak peeks, concept art and much much more!
So, for more details, read on Macduff (sic)...
Angel Parker - Annabel
E - Coming Soon
The Driver - Coming Soon
Nathaniel Parker - The Priest
The Old Lady - Coming Soon
Directors statement / Visual Style:
The film deals with themes of love, loss, loyalty and betrayal. The power of young love that can conquer anything, even death. Through the eyes of E and the visions of Annabel we see the future they dream of slowly unravel as fate catches up with them. There are some things in life that you can't run from.
Poe's literary heritage is rich with imagery and legend, from The Raven to the Fall of the House of Usher and his writing has informed much of what we now understand as Gothic Horror. A doomed romance, a tragic heroine, a touch of the supernatural, a malevolent foe, a ghost story...
The world we want to create for 'Annabel Lee' is tonally faithful to Poe and it's Gothic origins whilst taking cues from the 1930s period in which it is set. Silvery greys, muted browns, deep blues and blacks, vivid scarlet... the juxtaposition of the dark and foreboding sea and the white frothing surf, the granite black of the imposing cliffs set against the grey winter skies. The world of Annabel Lee is one of contrasts, from when we first meet Annabel and E, huddled in the back of a car as it travels through the rain swept countryside to the glowing warmth of the cottage lit by at first by the car headlamps, then by oil lamps, candles and the dying embers in the fireplace, it is warm, comforting.
The outside world is harsh, unforgiving, stark, unknown. Dangerous. Silver, grey and blue, at times it almost looks black and white.
Annabel, birdlike and delicate is at once headstrong yet vulnerable. Her clothes belie her wealthy upbringing, crumpled from the journey but the fabrics, colours and cut show her social standing. E is a poet, a working man, his clothes are muted and autumnal, the textures rougher, the cut more simple.
The film will be shot in 1:2.39. This wonderful widescreen format renders stunning and epic landscapes whilst retaining an intimacy in 2-shots. A combination of furtive handheld camerawork set against classical cinematic composition further underlines the inherent contrasts in the story and the world we are creating. Every choice is considered, every frame is composed, every colour and texture is deliberate, every sound, note or interval in the score is designed to tell the story, to bring the audience into this world and hold them unto the end of the final reel.
It's exciting and exhilarating to be making this film in such an inspiring and challenging environment, and we can't wait to show you the results.
- Amy Coop.
Filmed entirely around the gorgeous Hartland peninsula in North Devon, the film takes in several stunning locations including Blackpool Mill Cottage, Hartland Quay, St Nectan's Church and the ancient green lanes and stone bridges around Hartland Abbey. Working with the wonderful Lady Angela Stucley, we will ensure that not only do we make the most of this magical and dramatic part of the world but that we will also leave it as we have found it.
A film with this level of visual, creative and logistical ambition needs a brilliantly talented team to bring it to life. Luckily, we have exactly that! We are committed to having a diverse team and are proud to have a female Writer and Director, as well as many women, people of colour and LGBTQ+ people in our crew.
Amy Coop - Director
Amy is a multi-award winning filmmaker with nearly 20 years experience in the Film industry. Her short films ‘Epitaph’, ‘The Fairweather Girl’, ‘Boy Soldiers’ and most recently the BFI/Creative England backed ‘The Treehouse’ have all had international festival success and garnered no less than 30 award nominations, winning more than 12 awards along the way (including multiple ‘Best Film’ awards for ‘Boy Soldiers’ and ‘The Treehouse’). In 2018 she was selected for the BBC Drama Director scheme, and has recently directed her first episode of broadcast television on the award-winning continuing drama ‘Doctors’ for BBC 1.You can watch 'The Treehouse' here: http://bit.ly/Treehousefilm
Angel Parker - Writer / 'Annabel'
Nathaniel Parker - Producer / 'Priest'
Nat is a hugely experienced and much loved British actor, having appeared on stage and screen in more than 100 productions including Vanity Fair, Bleak House and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries as well as on stage with the RSC and in the West End. He currently in cinemas in ‘Swimming with Men’ and is soon to be seen in historical epic ‘Swords and Sceptres’ alongside Sir Derek Jacobi and Rupert Everett. Nat is currently co-producing a 5 part drama with Scott Free for BBC 1. Annabel Lee is his first Short Film project as Producer.
Terry Bamber - 1st AD
Terry is a legend in film circles with over 40 years experience. As a 1st AD and Production Manager he has worked on everything from 101 Dalmatians to Casino Royale, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to The Man from Uncle.
Sinead Skinner - Costume Designer
Sinead has recently co-designed her first feature 'Surviving Christmas' starring Julian Ovenden, Joely Richardson and Gemma Whelan. She is a hugely creative designer with a wonderful feel for period and vintage wardrobe and works across Film & TV, Theatre and fashion styling.
More key crew to be confirmed soon!
We are taking our environment and sustainability obligations very seriously. We've signed up to Green Screen, and with your pledges, we are working with Greenshoot to reduce our carbon footprint through use of reusable and compostable catering equipment, rechargeable batteries, car pooling and sourcing as much of our food and supplies locally as possible to avoid unnecessary food miles and car journeys. We will have recycling stations on set and use only water coolers and refillable bottles rather than individual disposable ones. We are also committed to spend as much of the budget locally as we can, to support the North Devon economy, and we have offered work experience placements to students from Falmouth University to foster the next generation of filmmaking talent.
Risks and challenges
Producing any short film is a challenging and demanding process involving lots of people, locations, equipment and more. In the case of 'Annabel Lee' we have some additional challenges to overcome...
Location: The strikingly beautiful coastline at Hartland in North Devon is perfect for the film but it is remote and bears the full force of the Atlantic weather in December. We have just 8 hours of daylight, not to mention night work and scenes that involve our cast and crew venturing into the very cold ocean!
Equipment: Due to the distance from our London equipment supplier and the potential for inclement weather we have to ensure that we have the correct equipment for the shoot, and backups in case any of it should fail which could otherwise cause very problematic delays to filming.
Filming: The shoot includes night work, stunts, visual effects, special effects and filming in the sea, all of which come with an increased risk to cast and crew. We have to make special provision to protect our team during filming including everything from medical cover to specialist support for stunts, special FX and water safety. We also have to make sure that we keep our hard working crew supplied with plenty of good, hot food and drink throughout. No mean feat!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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