Priority one - complete our documentary about a rare colony of bus driver, displaying remarkable behaviour never before seen in this star system.
We believe we have captured the most unusual and entertaining piece of Alien fan art in the know universe, a charming and brilliant amateur stage production of the film Alien.
This true story affirms how absurd, magical and uplifting life can be. Alien On Stage swept us along on an unexpected and hilarious joyride and we want to share this experience with everyone.
It involves a small community of Dorset bus drivers, an unsuspecting village hall, home made special effects, unshakeable dedication, a loving family, uncontrollable laughter and an unplanned climactic performance in London's West End theatre district!
All brought together by the greatest sci-fi, gothic-horror of all time; Ridley Scott’s Oscar winning film Alien!
It's a story of ordinary people doing something extraordinary. This bus driving crew are our space heroes. Their bus station is a space station. Dorset is outer space and where is the Alien? “IT’S BEHIND YOU!”
We are Lucy and Danielle, co-creators of this documentary and hard-core fans of Alien On Stage. We are two of the first few people to ever see this rare gem.
If it wasn’t for our excitement, we might have been the only people to see it, this Kickstarter page wouldn’t exist and only a handful of people would have known this ever happened!
Fate and curiosity took us from London to their small show at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne, Dorset. We were so convinced by the genius of what we saw we knew that everyone should see it!
Somehow our enthusiasm miraculously saved this 100% amateur show from the unknown obscurity of a Dorset village hall and landed it in the heart of London's famous theatre district! (We couldn’t believe it either!).
We realised something rare and brilliant was happening, we had no choice but to start filming!
They are a dedicated, supportive community of family, co-workers and friends mainly comprised of employees from the Wilts and Dorset Bus Company.
The story centres around a family spanning three generations, seriously obsessed with the film Alien. They convinced their amateur dramatic group to ditch doing another pantomime like Sleeping Beauty or Robin Hood and try something new. Collectively they agreed to do whatever it took to faithfully recreate the greatest Hollywood, sci-fi, horror in space!
Having never attempted anything like this before, they each fulfilled their role in the staging of this epic film and did the very best they could to pay homage in every gory detail.
They spent a year perfecting their initially serious re-creation. It was only after the first performance did they realise, that through their unique filter this adaptation had inadvertently spawned a new genre of entertainment, the perfect synergy of two worlds colliding. We now call this art form Sci-Fi-Panto!
Although their village-hall show flopped, it turned out to be the funniest parody of Alien ever seen! Whilst still adjusting to the idea that their serious show was actually a comedy, the group found out they were suddenly being whisked from Wimborne to perform this accidental masterpiece in a theatre in the middle of London's famous West End!
Their fearlessness and creativity inspired us to make this documentary. Like them we had never attempted to do something on this scale before and like them we just said yes! Let’s do it! We borrowed all the equipment and started filming.
We wanted to know everything about this group who all said yes to Alien and document their experience of being launched into the limelight. We capture the dedication of this beautifully eccentric, tenacious community, driven by humour and passion.
We had the privilege of entering their homes and workplace and seeing how each of their lives are consumed by achieving this incredible feat.
We delight in exploring the playful parallels and juxtapositions of a Dorset bus station with the Nostromo space ship and the many humorous contrasts of handmade and Hollywood, totally amateur and actually brilliant, disbelief and determination, how they really feel about their seriously intended re-creation being received as comedy.
We capture the general bemusement over the twist of fate that brings this truly amateur production to the big stage, the build-up to the West End show and what happens once they finally get the opportunity to perform in front of a large expectant audience! Support us in this hilarious journey to find out if their homemade homage manages to wow an audience who had no idea what to expect!
This is just a glimpse of the fun and excitement! We hope you like it!
We love the creative potential of the editing process and we're very excited to get stuck into crafting these brilliant moments of comedy and tension into a finished film. The footage we have is unique and we have the vision and the passion to tell this story in a playful and entertaining way.
So far we have funded this ourselves. Bit by bit the costs have mounted, we realise now is the time to reach out for support. We want to give this film the time, focus and dedication it deserves.
The final task to complete a finished edit and prepare for distribution will involve us dedicating 10 weeks of full-time work to the process.
EDIT STUDIO: For this we will need an office space for the post production team to work from and purchase additional edit equipment such as a monitor and hard drives.
EDIT CREW: We will hire an edit assistant for the first two weeks to help with the initial process of logging and transcoding all of our footage. Once we have a rough cut we wish to hire a senior story editor for a week to ensure the film is as engaging and entertaining as possible.
AUDIO/GRADING: After the final edit we will need to pay for music licensing, Audio Mixing, and a Grade of the finished film.
PROMOTION: There are many ways to get our project noticed some of them cost money, such as, artwork, flyers, web domain/hosting, adverts on social media, conventions and festivals.
KICKSTARTER: We also need to cover the costs of producing and posting the Kickstarter Rewards to send to you guys and the Kickstarter fee.
This is an outline of the major costs but by no means everything. We are finding ways to be as creative as possible with the money raised to make it go a far as possible.
STRETCH GOALS: Reaching the £10,000 target means we can complete a perfectly formed film to send to our backers. If we raise more than our initial target we will invest the extra money on original theme music, graphics, PR, festival fees and wider distribution.
The core team will continue to work without pay and our collaborators are willing to give their time and creativity for a reduced rate because they love this project too.
We are deeply invested in completing this documentary and we're ready to grow our crew to complete the final stage of the mission and we need your help to do it.
Once we have the funds we are ready, willing and able to leap into action.
Take a look at our rewards list and see what tickles your tonsils, (that's a facehugger joke).
There's something to suit everyone. The more you give, the more you get, the more our chests will burst with excitement!
Every backer pledging £20 and over will receive early access to a digital copy of the finished documentary.
Bids above £20 incrementally gain more access to our recordings of the full theatre shows and behind-the-scenes footage of comedy gold! The gif above is just a taste! You will wee your pants laughing.
We have DVDs with artwork cover and limited edition prints of our original artwork for you to own and treasure. They will be signed with deep space love and facehugs from us to you.
For higher pledges backers can gain tickets to the premier and after-party.
An Invite to a work-in-progress, online watching party with live feed.
Cast and crew screenings or a special pre-premier dinner!
Maybe you would like a license to have your own public screening? You could start an Alien On Stage fan club in your own town!
The highest pledge backers will be bestowed with the title of Executive Producer, Ridley Scott, if you're reading this we would love to have you in our credits! Wouldn't that be the perfect way to mark the 40th year of your most loved film?
In May 2019 Alien will be 40 years old! This classic film has certainly stood the test of time. In fact it’s so good it can withstand anything! Even being adapted into a PANTOMIME.
Celebrate Alien’s 40th anniversary by supporting an extraordinary and very British homage to the original film.
We are enjoying every minute creating this documentary and like the Dorset crew we are HUGE fans of the original Alien. No one knew from its inception until opening night that Alien the film would translate onto the small stage so successfully in such an unexpected way. Their show and our documentary is the ultimate fan-art to express the endless creativity and sense of community that has grown from this classic film.
It’s hard to describe the mixture of joyful admiration, excitement and uncontrollable laughter this amateur dramatic group have brought into our lives. They are a shining of example of what can be achieved if friends and family work together to create something extraordinary, simply for the love of it!
If you would like to see all the unseen gory details of this epic adventure then get on board, hold on to a handrail and back us!
Thank you so much for your support.
Lucy and Danielle
Risks and challenges
We have everything in place to complete the documentary. The only challenge is the time and money involved to create a finished edit. The funds from this Kickstarter will ensure we have everything we need to give it 100% dedicated focus, we have the love, creativity and dedication to make an excellent film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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