Picture this: Alex is a 31 year-old hopelessly romantic virgin who is on a lifetime goal to find his own rom-com leading lady and personifies the term: Hope Springs Eternal. Enter Lana - a gorgeous Moldovan single mother who is desperate to provide a better life for her son. After a whirlwind 5-month courtship on BridesRus.com, she makes the bold decision of moving to London to marry Alex. Will she turn out to be the one Alex has been looking for or does she have another agenda?
Finding You is a mockumentary feature that explores the comedy within the tragedy of Alex’s quest to find love, in the vein of films such as This is Spinal Tap and Torsk pa Tallinn. His naiveté, his vulnerability and his eagerness to please make him hilariously lovable, and yet his obsessions may invariably lead him to heartache. Lana’s street-smarts and relentless pragmatism lend a counterpoint to Alex’s personality, and the comedy in that is the essence and strength of the story. It's a film ultimately about the fear of loneliness, unrealistic expectations and dog wheels.
Our team are all film nerds. We basically live and breathe films. Obscure B-movie from the 80s? Seen it. “These (amps) go to 11.” Of course. But most of all, we have a reverence and understanding of the language of film, which will help us communicate our ideas more fully in Finding You.
Co-Writer/Directors Che Grant and Michael Boccalini have over 20 years of combined experience working within the film industry. Together they have worked on, most notably, their award winning short film One Night Only (2014), and the TV talk show Ladies Talk on ABN TV.
Cinematographer Jaryl Lim has a global outlook on visual language. He uses this sensitivity in combination with a strong understanding of photography and art and a deep passion for storytelling to create imagery that matters. His narrative work has been screened in film festivals globally, including the 2014 award-winning short, One Night Only.
Alex - Steve Hodgetts studied at King's College London having already begun his acting career writing and performing comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He went on to shoot 'Ty & Ky', a comedy duo who aired a pilot on ITV2. He has more recently completed various short films before landing his debut feature with Finding You.
Lana - Anna Danshina is a Russian born actress, trained at the Drama Center London, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London. She is also a Postgraduate of the University of Oxford. Anna has had acting experience in television and film in such roles as Alla Riumina in the feature film Astakhov's Case, Irina in the feature film Mediators, and Tatiana in Your Day in Court for Ren TV.
Finding You was born out of a fascination our team shares about human relationships, and how that always leads to, amongst other things, unrealistic expectations in love. While some people go to extreme lengths to find happiness, others easily forego that same happiness for the sake of security. This story comes from a deeply personal place because of Michael’s relationship with his father and his then-new mail-order bride. The concept of mail-order brides is an extreme example of this duality and a theme not commonly explored, especially from the perspective of one of these eponymous women.
Although the story has been carefully crafted, improvisation will play a large part, and will be both a great source of comedy as well as truthfulness There is a vulnerability and spontaneity in improvisation that we absolutely love.
Finding You is really about honesty. It’s a relatable story that’s been drawn from our experiences with outrageous uncles to vengeful ex-partners. Everyone has that family member or friend, an overbearing mother or best friend who’s always in trouble, even parts of ourselves that we don’t like, but that’s the truth we’re willing to share.
We’ve been tremendously lucky to have the support of many generous family members and friends, and as a result, most of our core requirements for Finding You are already in place. We’ve called in a great many favours, and have some very talented people on our team, from art department to production, all raring to go. Our director of photography has also pledged the use of his Arri Alexa Mini and a Fujinon zoom lens to Finding You, which will most definitely give our production an industry-standard level of polish.
Your contribution will go very far in helping us augment what we already have, in order to push Finding You into actual production. £5000 is the amount we are asking for, and this will go towards paying for all manner of production elements, such as set dressing, props, location fees, logistics, delicious food, etc. It will also fund our post-production budget, i.e. sound design, colour grading, mastering, etc. Lastly, upon completion, it will help us push Finding You onto the global stage, through internationally recognised film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto and South by Southwest.
We’re basically inviting you to be a fully fledged member of the Finding You family, to help us put together this puzzle that we’re all so passionate about, to have your own personal stake in our dream. In return, you get, chief of all, our eternal gratitude, plus some pretty awesome rewards. Of course, we endeavour to lead by example, and we’ve invested nothing short of blood, sweat and tears into Finding You, and we will stop at nothing to make one hell of an impressive film.
The shoot is officially slated to start mid-June, for 18 planned principal days of photography. Our shooting schedule is already in place, so things will move along swiftly.
Distribution wise, after the initial 18-month festival circuit, our plan is for a combined VOD and theatrical release, through platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, etc. and independent distributors such as Curzon Artificial Eye or Dogwoof for release in cinemas.
Contributors should understand that about 30% of the money raised goes to fees related to this campaign: 10% goes to Kickstarter/Amazon processing fees, 10% goes to perk fulfillment (those amazing rewards you deserve) and a possible 10% dropout rate contingency. In the end, about 70% of what is raised goes to the production.
We genuinely appreciate your time and support, because we wouldn’t be able continue on this adventure without you. And lastly, spreading the word helps us immensely, and if you could just do us the small favor of posting or tweeting or blogging about us, it could help bring us closer to our goal than you might think.
Let’s go make a great film!
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges when making a film. These include unforeseen delays, actor cancellations and rescheduling, weather, location availability, equipment issues etc. However, we have a professional and experienced crew who have faced these challenges before. While we can never predict what the future holds, we are a uniquely skilled team to tackle whatever comes our way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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