Hi! Thank you for taking the time to visit our BLOOD MEANS NOTHING crowdfunding page!
We are Mark Oxtoby & Dawn Buckland, a husband and wife Award-Winning screenwriting and filmmaking team, that loves creating and sharing brilliant stories. Our last short film "David's Here" cost just £400 (classed as a No-Budget film) and went on to win 10 Indie Film Awards at Film Festivals around the world and received a further 5 Nominations!
David's Here - Film Trailer is at the bottom of this page.
In early 2018 Mark wrote the short screenplay 'My Week with Maisy' which has to date won 4x Best Original Short Screenplay Awards in both London & Los Angeles, and has been Nominated for a further 5 Awards. ISA in LA reviewed the screenplay and said 'The story Oxtoby created is so extraordinary that the reader doesn’t even feel like it is reading fourteen pages. It embraces the audience in the innocent and funny dialogue in such way that makes it wonder what Maisy is going to say next.“My Week With Maisy” is an amazing script that has the potential to make a beautiful short film. The script has been picked up by a producer and is currently in pre-production!
Already an Award-Winning Short Screenplay (Platinum Award for Best Short Script - Independent Shorts Awards in LA Aug 2018) BLOOD MEANS NOTHING, our new short film project, is bigger, badder and bolder!
We have personally invested in all the filmmaking, sound and editing equipment we will require. But to do this exciting story justice, we require a budget of £4,500 to bring this incredible story to life!! It requires a larger cast of actors, more crew, several locations, more costumes, additional props, special make-up effects, sound effects and additional music.
So, if you are interested in supporting creativity, we have an awesome story with a super strong female lead....Why don't you come and join us.... #SupportIndieFilm #WomenInFilm
Last time we won 10 Awards with no-budget.... with your help, imagine what we can do this time??!!
Thank you for visiting and please feel free to read The BLOOD MEANS NOTHING story synopsis below.......
BLOOD MEANS NOTHING - Created and Written by Award-Winning team Mark Oxtoby & Dawn Buckland.
LOGLINE: Schoolteacher Amy Parker’s world is turned upside down, when she finds herself embroiled in a high-profile child trafficking ring, after an old university friend asks her on a date.
STORY: Junior school teacher Amy Parker, gets invited on a date by an old university friend, Yarik Meer. Yarik, forced into helping his criminal Uncle (Marek) and Step-Brother (Yanis) and believing he can protect her, gets Amy involved with a problematic child, not really knowing the extent of his Uncle's child trafficking empire.
As soon as Amy arrives at Marek’s business premises, Yarik is dismissed and no longer involved. Amy is furious with Yarik, but has no option but to help when faced with the threat of her parents being killed.
Amy meets Bethany Andrews, the 11yr old who refuses to speak and therefore making her difficult to “pass on”. Amy promises Bethany that she’ll find a way of escaping, but tells her she must stay silent in order to save her own life! But Bethany breaks her silence when she tries to stop Marek hurting Amy. Marek, of course thrilled that Bethany can speak, leaves to contact the buyers.
Yarik, realising he has made a huge mistake and riddled with guilt, returns to help Amy and Bethany escape in the back of a van. But the van stops suddenly. Amy and Bethany hear gun shots. Yarik! Marek and Yanis have caught them. Another car arrives…Marek tells them it’s the buyers for Bethany. But Amy’s parents exit the car! Amy is panic stricken, knowing that Marek has threatened to kill them. Amy pleads with them to leave, only to be met with the worst news of her entire life, that her Mum and Dad are part of this horrendous trafficking outfit! The child fostering that they have been doing for years, is a complete cover up and a lie! Amy’s world is shattered! Marek stops the “family reunion” by asking for the $400,000, which is handed over. Yarik, thought to be dead, appears injured and shoots his Step-Brother Yanis in the head. Marek pleads with him asking “Yarik, what are you doing?” he replies “What you’ve always wanted, proving to you that I’m not pathetic!” and he kills him too! Yarik turns the gun on Amy’s parents and asks “What shall we do with these two?” Amy takes the gun and says “I’ll show you”. Amy's Mum & Dad plead for their lives saying "We're family, were blood" Amy disgusted by her parents way of life, their lies, their betrayal and vowing that they will never be able to hurt another child again replies... "Blood means nothing!" and shoots them both.
Amy, Yarik and Bethany (now safe at last) take the $400,000 in cash and walk off into the distance.
DAVID'S HERE by Mark Oxtoby - TRAILER (2018)
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges when making a creative project. Can we get the locations. Can we put together a cast? Do we have the equipment required? Are we able to tell this story?
The answer to all of these questions usually starts off as ‘maybe’! Then we work incredibly hard to turn them into a ‘yes’. With your help we can achieve, better locations, better detail and ultimately tell a better story.
We plan within an inch of our lives....but know it quite often doesn't work that way. We are fixers.....problem solvers......!
Be ready for anything.....that’s the motto! Thank you in advance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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