“Neighborhood” follows Jonathan a 15-year-old boy and an amateur drug dealer over the course of the day of his first big job. He is a troubled and shy young man and being part of this gang means the world to him. Jonathan has planned everything but he hasn’t considered his lively neighbors who happen to be around. Matthew a 5-year-old little boy across the street finds Jonathan’s bag full of drugs and demands to keep them. This is where the trouble begins...
What is it about?
The film is a glimpse of life in a small suburb of London. Through Jonathan's point of view, we meet two essential characters to the story. Mrs. Maple, a sweet but nosy old lady who enjoys having an opinion about everyone and Matthew a 5-year-old boy, an only-child who is desperate for some company.
An unexpected incident will change the way they look each other and interact.
Nowadays people are very closed to others minding their own business, without noticing what happens around them. With this film we are trying to make a comment on being self-involved to an extent that you don’t realize what is going on with the people next to you. The people whom, even if you don’t want to talk to them, will influence you and interfere with your life through their presence. On a second level we would like to show how a person, even those most different to you, could have a big impact on your life. The important thing is to be open to people and not make up your mind too early on.
Mrs Maple. - Design by Helena Trebar
Little Matthew with his Dinosaur. - Design by Helena Trebar
Jonathan - Design by Helena Trebar
A sample of the original score - Composed by Peter May
We have already created a team with aspiring individuals who are all passionate about this film. We all put our effort towards one goal and only: to tell Jonathan's story the best way possible. We want to make YOU proud of this film and happy that you are a part of it.
Eleanna Santorinaiou - Writer/ Director
Eleanna was born in Athens, Greece. She was raised in a very artistic environment. Watching her parents closely, lead her to the decision to follow the art of storytelling. After graduating from High School, she studied Philosophy & History of Science in the Kapodestrian University of Athens, as she wanted to have an overall education, which will help comprehend notions such us, death, time and many more. Matters that she would like to explore through the art of cinema. During her university years, she participated in the production team of Music, Art & Technology Festivals & short Films as well.
In October 2013 she graduated from London Film Academy where she studied Filmmaking. She has directed 3 theatre plays for Children (www.tofratzolaki.gr) which are currently played for 7th, 5th, & 3rd year, and 4 short films (drama) and one short documentary. Apart from these she has also created various videos for trailers and art exhibitions. Her short film “Do you remember when we used to go to the sea?” has won the New Director Award at the London Greek Film Festival.
When she is not directing she is writing scripts or participates in other productions as a 1stAD or production co-ordinator. Currently she just finished writing her first feature film (Finalist of Sundance's Screenwriters Lab 2015).
Nefeli Zygopoulou - Producer
Originally from Greece, Nefeli completed her BA in film studies, went on for postgraduate study in Comparative Literature in UCL where she is currently completing a PhD about Modernism’s Avant-Garde and for which she is currently producing a documentary in the U.K., Brazil, France and Romania.
She has worked as assistant producer in the short film "If you have no place to cry" and short documentaries, recently co-produced and co-wrote “Chasing Robert Barker” her first feature. (http://www.chasingrobertbarker.com)
Ernesto Herrmann - Director of Photography
Ernesto trained as an architect before embracing the budding digital technologies of the 90s and becoming a graphic designer.
His studio evolved for 6 years to a full advertising company, with clients in both private and public sectors of his native Brazil, as well as international brands such as NestlÃ© and Coca Cola.
As the digital revolution reached the time-based media, he relocated to the UK to train in film making at the London film school, where he learned the craft of cinematography. He then worked in finance, production and film sales for British companies such as Little Wing Films, Buena Onda and the Salt Co, while shooting projects as a freelancer, until he joined the SFX/VFX MA at the National Film and TV School in 2009.
Ernesto now treads the path between acquisition and digital post processing of image, acting primarily as a cinematographer for VFX/SFX material. He has contributed VFX work for films such as "Gambit", "One Day" and Anna Karenina" and directed photography for shorts and features. "Wasteland", a documentary he shot in 2008, has won prizes at Sundance, Berlin and received an Oscar nomination in 2011. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2960957/
Helena Trebar - Production Designer
Helena graduated from Royal School of Speech and Drama in 2012 and has since been working as a freelance performance designer and art director. Some of her work has been seen in Victoria and Albert Museum and The Roundhouse.
Peter May - Composer
Peter is an ambitious graduate from Leeds College of Music with a background in music production, composition, and performance.
A broad musical diversity lends fusion and variety to his compositions, with influence from some of 'the greats’ - old and new!
Neighborhood will be Peter’s fourth short film of 2015, on top of a variety of commissioned works for production libraries such as Filmstro and corporate media from MMR Research.
Yury Sharov - Editor
Yury graduated in 2009 from TV School “Ostankino” in Moscow, Russia. After his graduation he worked at JSC Russian Telephone Company for two years as a director,cinematographer and editor. In 2012 he moved to London where you attended the one year Filmmaking Diploma at London Film Academy. This September he received his Master Degree in Film Production from Anglia Ruskin University.
At the moment he is being represented by Nimia.
He likes making emotional and atmospheric videos, whether it's films, music videos, commercials or any kinds of events.
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Risks and challenges
Since this project will be mainly shot in open air, we really do hope the weather will be on our side. After all we are living in London therefore you never know when it will start raining.
Working with a teenager and a young child is very challenging yet intriguing. The shoot must be organized around their schedules and time restrictions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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