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Jimmy does everything in his power and talents to get the attention of his dream lady. A story about love, honesty and music.
Jimmy does everything in his power and talents to get the attention of his dream lady. A story about love, honesty and music.
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TALKING TO JESS is a student short film based in London. An idea inspired through relationships, friendships and a homeless research project, all influenced the themes and concepts within the film, that everyone has a dream or goal in life. Whether these dreams and aspiration are achieved (big or small), is down to the individual regardless of any circumstances or situations.

The story focuses on homeless busker Jimmy and his infatuation with Jess, (a beautiful lady who passes Jimmy and his friend Ron most mornings). Busking on the streets of London, Jimmy plays music to earn money in the hope that it will be enough to finally meet Jess.

His fondness for Jess grows through the figments of his imagination. Whilst his older friend Ron, shows no interest in Jimmy seeing his dreams through until he begins to go through with it. With the opportunity to meet Jess, Jimmy disguises his true identity and any indication of his homeless life to get the girl of his dreams. But dreams are one thing and reality is another as Jess has her own story to tell...

The team is always growing but so far we have a number of people getting the project off the ground and making noise.

  • Writer, Director & Editor - Gerald Boye
  • Producer - Jordan Emily Lammas
  • Producer & 1st AD - Nicole Ahern
  • Production Manager - Rosie Wogan
  • Director of Photography - Thomas Reid
  • Camera Operator - Batoma Nlandu
  • Gaffer - Kaelan Ratcliffe

THE FULL EXTENDED TEAM WILL BE REVEALED IN AN UPDATE VIDEO.

We are fully aware that money is hard to come by and understand that funding short films like Talking To Jess can be a difficult task. However to make sure you get a great bargain for your buck we have put together some amazing rewards for you all to get your hands on (Some are limited so be quick). Every pound helps us, so we are literally starting the rewards from just £1. Every pledge will bring us one step closer to making the film and making it great. The higher you pledge the more valuable the rewards will be for example: BLU-RAYS or DVD's, FULL SOUNDTRACKS, CONCEPT ART, WEEKEND FILM ACADEMY to being an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. GLANCE TO THE RIGHT HAND SIDE to see what you can get, or get involved in.

KICKSTARTER is an online crowd-funding platform, for people to pledge an amount towards a project and choose a reward in return for their money. Reaching the end of our Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges for our project meet our £2,600 goal, then the cards of those who pledge are charged and we receive the funds to finish our film. It's all or nothing, so If we don't meet our goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and you guys don't get any rewards either. However, If we exceed our target then the extra funds will be used to make the short even better - so please pledge even if we get to 100%! All funds raised will be used directly in finishing off and distributing our film.

Why £2,600? Well, favours can only get us so far and the funding goal is the bare minimum we need to see the project through all it's production stages. Every single pound (except the percentage KICKSTARTER take) will go into the budget for TALKING TO JESS. Essentially it helps us to do and obtain the following.

Shoot on location in London across 11 days. Travel expenses + food and water for the cast and crew. Hire equipment and necessary accessories for shooting and post-production days. (We will be shooting on high-end RED and CANON cameras provided by the school). Hair & Makeup, Props, Costume. And finally materials for all your REWARDS.

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is fun, but for the most part it is hard work and so striving for the finish line is a must to see the results pay off.

Unforeseen circumstances small and big will always show up, however we are a very organised and dedicated team, so there is no problem that will stop us from accomplishing our goal.

The best thing is that the cast and crew are set and ready to go and so Pre-production is coming to an end and with all the work done so far, there is no way we are going to give up. We are seeking funding to complete our final year project to the best of our abilities with strong guidance from lecturers, friends and family and to help us with locking down locations, getting to and from them with all the heavy equipment, supplying food for all cast and crew (hungry people can be angry people) and finally all the accessories necessary to actually make the film. Lights! Camera! Action!

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    THANK YOU - Thank you for helping us fund the film. Every contribution helps.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - A full HD 1080P download of the film to watch on your TV, computer or mobile device + 3 EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes stills from our official shooting days.

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    THE FILM + SOUNDTRACK - Get your hands on the film, EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes stills and the original soundtrack of the film.

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    OFFICIAL CONCEPT ART - As well as the digital download of the film, we will post to you a full printed copy of the concept artwork of our characters and locations in the film.

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    BLU-RAY or DVD - As well as the concept art, we will post to you a final region free Blu-ray or DVD version of the film + a gift box to say thanks.

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    PRIVATE SCREENING - Find out how Jimmy and Jess are doing at our private screening of the film with a complimentary Talking To Jess goody bag.

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    FILMMAKING ACADEMY (Option #1) - A filmmakers guide with the team, find out everything we know in a jam-packed fun weekend filmmakers academy, as well as coming to our private screening.

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    WRAP PARTY (Option #2) - Just want to party? Enjoy some food and drinks at our wrap party. As well as screening the film, join Jimmy and his live band playing some great music as well as meeting the rest of the cast and crew.

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    MUSIC VIDEO (Option #1) - Need a 3-4 minute web music video directed? The team will make this happen for you. (Incl. All Previous Non-Limited Rewards)

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    A SONG FOR YOU (Option #2) - Have a personalied song written, produced, filmed and sung by Jimmy himself. (Incl. All Previous Non-Limited Rewards)

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    SIGNED GUITAR (Option #3) - Get your hands on a signed guitar from Jimmy, Jess, Ron, the Director and Producers of the film. (Incl. All Previous Non-Limited Rewards)

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - You will be credited on the film as the associate producer, as well as the opportunity to get involved in our EPK and BEHIND THE SCENES process (Optional).

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    HIRE THE CREW (Option #1) - Have an idea, event or video that needs to be produced, filmed and edited? Hire the crew and we can create a video, film or motion picture for you. (Incl. All Previous Non-Limited Rewards)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (Option #2) - You will receive the executive producer credit on the film as well the opportunity to come down to any of our production or post-production days. Also entitled to assist in the distribution stages. (Incl. all non-previous limited rewards.)

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    ALL OR NOTHING - Pledge the full amount needed towards our funding goal, not only will we be eternally grateful, you will get a credit on the film, all non-limited rewards and an evening dinner held just for you with the cast and crew in a swanky London restaurant.

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Funding period

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