Due to overwhelming support for our project we have achieved our original goal far quicker than was expected.
Given the amazing response so far we would encourage prospective backers to continue to pledge toward this project. Further funds raised help us extend our ambitions for the film following its completion. Your continued support will enable us to develop our distribution and promotional strategies and to submit the film to more international festivals and/or for TV.
It must be clearly stated that no extra monies raised will be used to pay the principle members of Glass Cheque Productions. We are all working for free and our only desire is to make the best possible film we can and get it to as wide an audience as possible.
(* PLEASE NOTE - The version of 'Auld Lang Syne' by Eddi Reader in the above video clip is for creative promo uses only and this version will not appear in the final film.)
"Well, just don't die tonight! The binmen don't come till Tuesday!" - Sandy, 'Autumn Leaves'
'Autumn Leaves' is a short film adapted from the One-Act Play, 'The Age of Miracles', by George Cummings.
The original play was written in the early '90's and one of it's very first stage productions featured our very own 'Dr Who', Peter Capaldi himself.
The play differs from the film slightly in that the original story was set on Hogmanay of the new Millennium, and with this new dawn came a new reality; Scottish Independence. Whereas the film we intend to make is set on the night of the referendum with no political outcome set.
The short film is a domestic comedy in the style of TVs 'The Royle Family' mixed with the sarcastic wit of 'Frasier' combined with the grumblings of Victor Meldrew's 'One Foot in the Grave', set in Glasgow.
It is the story of the McMillan family set on the night of the Scottish Independence Referendum, 18th September 2014. It is a story about love and loss, about family disunity and forgiveness, and about the choices we make and accept in our daily lives. It is about recognising what's important to each of us individually, and in turn, helping to put aside petty differences and to stand up and fight for the life we think we each deserve. It is the story of self discovery and reconciliation, not necessarily with others, but primarily with oneself.
Having withdrawing into himself after the death of his wife (5 years previously), Old Andrew, crabbit and self-centred, has moved in with and imposed himself upon, his willing daughter Jean and her reluctant family - husband Sandy and daughter Fiona.
As tensions build up and sarcasm boils over in to biting honesty, often culminating in hilarious and much needed home truths being spewed like verbal tennis between Old Andrew and his son in law, Sandy, old wounds are raised up and their relationship is brought to a head, not helped in the least by their differing political persuasions.
As the political polls near their conclusions, the family are gladly interrupted by the lively Mrs. McBride from upstairs, who's invited them all, even "Old skin-flint" Andrew, up for a "wee shindig" to celebrate the results coming in, but moreso, her coming birthday.
This welcoming diversion is sneered at by Old Andrew who is too proud and set in his ways to join in. Will he change his mind? Can he reconnect with his wanting family? Can he reconcile with the past for a brighter future?
With this cast I am truly blessed and honoured to be working alongside some of the great actors in the history of Scotland's Film, Television and Theatre productions.
A cast of this dynamism and versatility, with such combined emotional, dramatic and comedic experience, will bring 'Autumn Leaves' truly to life.
WHO DO WE MEAN?
Sean Scanlan as Old Andrew ('The Tales of Para Handy', 'Rab C Nesbitt')
Carmen Pieraccini as Jean ('River City', 'Dear Green Place', 'Small Faces')
Ruaraidh Murray as Sandy ('Big Sean, Mikey and Me', 'Bath Time', 'Boxman')
Barbara Rafferty as Mrs.McBride ('Rab C Nesbitt', 'The Last King of Scotland', 'Hamish Macbeth')
THEMES & CONTENT
'Autumn Leaves' deals primarily with grief over a life gone and fear over a life yet to live. It is this dichotomy of hope and fear; set against the backdrop of the Scottish Independence Referendum, that stands ultimately as the main focus point, of not just the McMillan family, but Scotland and the UK as a whole. After years of disconnection, isolation and fear of change, how does a person get their sense of self-worth, self-preservation and autonomy back? What's more important? Pride and/or political differences or love and the family way? Does it all really matter? And at what cost?
GLASS CHEQUE PRODUCTIONS
Glass Cheque Productions is an independent voice within the British film industry. Started in 2002 by James Buchanan, he set out to produce moving drama with strong emotional content and subject matters that are relevant to the times we live in, blending visual narrative with a strong and unique artistic aesthetic.
His first short film, 'Soapdodgers' won the Best Short Drama at the New York Independent Film Festival, 2004. Since then he has produced various other short films, music videos, corporate promos as well as directing Live TV and being an assistant director on several award winning films.
As well as collaborating with playwright George Cummings on 'Autumn Leaves', James has been working towards his debut feature film and is currently writing feverishly towards that end.
WHY YOU SHOULD HELP!
The film, at the moment, will be part self-funded, and the rest hopefully crowd funded by you generous people. It should be clear that Glass Cheque Productions will not be paid at all for this production, as having the final product completed is more than enough payment.
All monies generated will go towards the essentials; being the securing of actors, crew, equipment, locations, travel, accommodation, food and expenses.
Being that the film is time sensitive, in regards to the actual referendum taking place in only 5 months time, time now is of the essence, so production will have to fly in to stealth mode. Most things are secured and in place, the only piece of the puzzle left, is the most important....finance!!
The goal is to get the film out as quick as possible, either through online distribution or a direct television source. Film Festivals are also in the pipeline, though most of the predominant Scottish and wider UK ones have been and gone for this coming year, so 2015 will be the time for that. Though international festivals will be the aim this year.
We would love to take you on this journey with us at this exciting and historical time, not just for Scotland, but the rUK as a whole. What do you say, can you help?
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Risks and challenges
Having secured the actors, crew and main location (there is only one involved), the key ingredient missing that would cause the most risk is not having the rest of the funding. As mentioned previously, the film will be part self-funded, so without the rest of the financing, the film will unfortunately not be made in the time needed to have it completed for the real referendum date of 18th September 2014.
The more money that is secured, the more professional we can be, in hoping to secure better distribution for the final product.
Although problems can sometimes arise closer to the shoot date, we have surrounded ourselves with good, strong and reliable people, and are confident that we have the resources and tight production plan to overcome these inconveniences and produce a high quality of broadcast standard work of art.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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