*NOW RAISING TOWARDS OUR STRETCH GOAL OF £6,500*
SEQUINS is a coming of age comedy short film set in late 90s Blackpool. 17-year-old Paul's journey of self-discovery takes a unique turn when he embarks on his ambition to become a drag queen, despite fear of ridicule from his peers and being ostracised by his family.
Opportunity presents itself when Paul meets drag queen Mimi Le Purr, a seasoned performer at The Sequin Club in Blackpool. With the help of Roger, (Mimi out of drag), Paul embarks on a journey of transformation, both physically and emotionally.
A heartfelt comedy about learning to love yourself and trusting that those closest to you will accept you no matter what, Sequins is the "Frilly Elliot" of Drag.
Why Now? The film looks at a time in the not so distant past before drag performance started to become more mainstream and there was less social understanding about it as an art form. Since the launch of RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag has been brought into people's homes and sparked conversations that wouldn't otherwise have been had, which is exciting to witness as people embrace it.
But we're still on a journey towards acceptance, and the story of Sequins is as relevant today in the ongoing attempt to bridge the gap between the LGBTQ+ community and less liberal thinking areas of society.
Why You? In order to get Sequins made, we need your help. Things like locations, equipment, costumes, props, catering, accommodation, transport, cast & crew expenses all add up, not to mention the wigs, heels, eyelashes and all the sequin dresses we're going to need!
So this is where you come in! The more budget we have, the more we can allocate to things like better equipment, making the film look its absolute best. We have already won the Genera Film Fund prize which covers our camera equipment, an Arri Alexa Plus/ Arri Master Primes package, to be provided by Procam. But we need this last push to get over our budget line and into production at last.
The footage shown in the Kickstarter video is test footage shot by director, Michael, with a camera borrowed from a friend in order to put together a sizzle reel for potential investors and talent agents, and to prove that this project should get made.
Because we are a small, indie film project, we wanted to ensure we present ourselves as dedicated professionals who are passionate about this project every step of the way. We can't thank our young cast enough for giving up their time for the day of shooting.
What Do I Get? Every donation goes a long way to achieving our target. We have some amazing rewards available that will hopefully make you want to be a part of the Sequins family. For instance:
If you'd spend £20 on a night out at the theatre, cinema or a drag show then consider chucking it our way. WHY? Because you'll get an invite to our official screening which will include live drag performances and mingling with the cast and crew. THAT'S SOME VALUE FOR MONEY HUNTY! HALLELOO!
So please, if you love this project as much as we do, if you love drag and you love film, please donate and share this project to your social media, tell your friends about it, and help us make this film. Thank You.
THE PEOPLE BRINGING SEQUINS TO LIFE:
Amy Clarke - Writer
Amy is a scriptwriter born in Blackpool and living in London. She's just completed an MA in Scriptwriting at Goldsmiths University of London, where she's been developing the feature film script of Sequins. She's even a drag queen, under the name Saoirse Groanin'!
Michael Beddoes - Director
Michael Beddoes is a filmmaker with a number of years experience making short films. His projects have played at a number of Oscar and BAFTA accredited film festivals around the world. As well as festivals, his previous projects have also been Short of the Week selections for both HungerTV & Collabor8te online channels.
We have other amazing cast and crew...oh boy do we have an incredible team on this film. We'll be doing rolling announcements every few days to introduce you to everybody.
The Sequins Production Story so far...
- In development for nearly a year.
- James Dreyfus cast as Mimi Le Purr/ Roger Ellis
- Ben Willbond cast as Alan Bigsby.
- Young cast members found through an extensive Lancashire based search, including newcomer Robbie Gaskell as our lead, Paul Bigsby.
- Award winning producer Douglas Cox onboard.
- All locations except one found.
- The script was a Quarter Finalist in the world renowned Screen Craft Film Fund.
- The script also won the Genera Film Fund prize, which has awarded us a professional kit package for the film.
- Mentioned by RuPaul and Michelle Visage on their podcast 'Whats The Tee?'
Potential Investors: We are happy to share the latest draft of the script with anybody looking to invest for any of the producer perks, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
As with any film project, there are of course risks.
We will take all precautions to limit the chance of these happening, and we will be insured against any unexpected accidents or injuries while filming.
We will have back-up plans for our exterior shots in the event of adverse weather conditions.
Arrangements with our rental houses and locations will allow us to delay filming and reschedule should a member of the cast become ill or not be able to perform for any other reason.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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