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£411
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backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 18 2013

About

On the afternoon of her high school graduation, Jane meets up with her boyfriend Bruce to discuss the future of their relationship.  But what they don't know, is that they're just hours away from being swept up in a terrorist attack. 

Graduation Afternoon, based upon the short story by Stephen King, is a tragic and bittersweet love story. 

Closer in tone to Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption, than Carrie or The Shinning, this Stephen King story isn't that far away from the realm of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe (think Say Anything). 

It's a story about teens dealing with heavy relationship issues and struggling with complex emotions.  It's not another story about teens trying to get laid, trying to score alcohol or attempting to throw a wild party.  That's why I want to make it.  Because it's different.  It's moving.  It's heartfelt. 

Both Jane and Bruce are in that transitional period between adolescence and adulthood, school and university.  Each of them is facing a life changing decision.  Emotions are running high, their relationship's in a state of turmoil and the situation they find themselves in, is very real and messy.  What results from this set up, is the type of drama that will have you shouting at the screen!

Georgia Groome (Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, London to Brighton) is attached to play cynical tomboy Jane.  

Here's what Georgia had to say about her character.  "I think Jane really does love Bruce.  But I think they've reached a point where she feels inferior to him in everyway.  They're very different.  He comes from lots of money and for her that's a problem.  She struggles with that."

Georgia is an incredibly charismatic actress, which is vital in the role of Jane.  Because even though she could be seen to behave in an unlikeable way, you still need to sympathise with her.  And while you may not agree with Jane's approach, you can understand her point of view. 

Sean Teale (Skins, Mr Selfridge Season 2) is attached to play the sweet and sensitive Bruce.  

Here are Sean's thoughts on his character.  "Bruce is a really sweet, kind, genuine guy.  He's gone through his social life in quite a positive way.  He's never been unpopular, he's a liked person.  He comes from a very different background to Jane, which might be putting some tension on their relationship.  He comes from a lot of money, but he's not running from it, it doesn't define him -- he's tried to keep his feet on the ground in that sense.  And he's completely in love with Jane, quite a lot of him is Jane, she takes up quite a lot of who he is as a person and not in a negative way."

I'm extremely excited to have Sean in the role of Bruce, because he's very good at playing characters that defy expectations and play with an audience's preconceptions.  

Why do we need your help in raising the budget? 

Short films are notoriously difficult to finance.  Your standard movie money folk don't like putting up the cash for short films because they don't often make any money back.  They're not made for profit reasons.  And thus the way you can achieve the financing is quite limited. 

Short films are usually produced to be calling cards for actors and directors.  But this one is different.  We're not making Graduation Afternoon to show off our skills in order to land some big Hollywood job.  This short isn't about style over substance.  We want to make Graduation Afternoon due to the story and the characters, not because we're out to prove something.  We simply want to tell this story.  But without our target budget, we'll be reduced to sets made from lollipop sticks and characters portrayed by finger puppets.

So the budget would be spent on...

  • Paying our cast and crew (camera people, sound people, make up artists etc).  Hugs and air kisses just don't cut it these days.
  • Taking care of their travel and accommodation.  Apparently you can no longer insist people walk great distances and sleep out on the street. 
  • Making sure the cast and crew get three square meals, the odd snack and a hot drink.  They can't survive on stray seeds and rain drops.  Just ask my previous cast and crew... oh wait... you can't.  They're dead.
  • The hiring of camera, lighting and sound equipment.  Whilst me making a frame with my fingers looks all cool and director-y, it doesn't result in anything being captured on film or audio.  
  • The location.  The film is set in a hotel suite, and we'll be using an actual suite and not building one out of driftwood in my back garden, cos that wouldn't look good in HD! 
  • Costumes.  The cast give me funny looks when I suggest we dress them in bed sheet togas and loin cloths.  The loin cloth gets very little love these days.
  • Props.  Apparently miming having an object looks silly and is annoying.

The post production side of things, which includes...

  • Editing.  Once you've got the ingredients, you've still got to bake the cake.  So the editor requires payment.  Because he has a wife, a mortgage, five kids to feed.  Inconsiderate, if you ask me.
  • Colour/Grading.  So the short looks all shiny and cinematic.
  • Music.  We're having an original score.  So a man needs to be paid to flail his arms around and generate tunes.
  • CGI.  We're not talking Pixar levels here, but the short does contain a brief amount of CGI.  As you know, it's a tricky process and a tough job to make it look good and not like a cut scene from a PSone game.

Also we don't want to have to compromise on quality.  We want to make this short the best it can be, and unfortunately that doesn't come cheap.  The reported budget for the US drama House of Cards is £2.8 million.  Those episodes have an average run time of 51 minutes.  So for every minute of screen time, they're spending approx £54,901.  As Sean states in the video, we'll be spending £2K per minute, so in comparison we're amazingly economical. 

So if you're fan of Stephen King, Georgia Groome or Sean Teale, if you like and enjoy what they do and what they have done, then please, pledge your support.  Any help and assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.  Donations, no matter the size, will be greeted with a massive amount of gratitude. 

If you're unable to give financially, then you can help out by simply spreading the word about this project to your friends and family, that alone will be a terrific boost to us.  

Thank you for your time, and I hope you jump on board with Georgia, Sean and myself on this crazy short filmmaking journey.  You won't be disappointed.  Together, we can make something truly great.

Calum Chalmers (Director)

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking at any level, whether it be features or shorts, is never an easy task. But the hardest part is getting the film shot and completed. Countless obstacles can crop up and these surprising hurdles need to be overcome.

What makes this achievable for me and for us, is to surround this project with talented and hard working individuals. Reaching our target goal allows this to happen. We can ensure that Graduation Afternoon has the very best crew it deserves to have at every step in the process. That's a crew comprised of the most skilled, knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the UK film industry. In the past these individuals have faced nearly every filmmaking challenge you can conjure, and they have not been defeated. They have conquered seemingly overwhelming obstacles before and will best any that arise on this short film.

What happens after Graduation Afternoon is completed? The end goal for Graduation Afternoon is a long and successful festival run. What makes this goal attainable is making sure the short is produced to a high standard. Reaching our target goal and being able to afford our professional crew will achieve this and brings us ever closer to our desired end game.

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