Hiding Mum and Dad is an independent feature film that follows the journey of Freja and Emi, two young sisters who are faced with an earth-shattering decision, when both of their parents suddenly die. Do they risk being separated or do they keep it a secret?
Thanks so much for visiting our page. Please stay, have a look around and give us a chance to tell why you should back Hiding Mum and Dad. We'd really appreciate it.
Iron Leaf Productions is a relatively new company and this will be our first feature (although some of the crew have worked on features in the past). We're really thrilled about this but we also understand that it sometimes feels like less of a risk to back people who have a bit more of a track record. We want you to feel confident when backing us, so we decided to shoot a promo/trailer to show you what we can do. It will also give you a feel for the film and hopefully get you as excited to watch the finished product as we are to make it ... or excited enough to back us anyway.
Most people on Kickstarter begin with their pitch but we thought you might like to see our trailer first. We still wanted to give you to see our video pitch though, so here it is, especially for you.
Why we need YOU
Without you, the chances of this film being made decrease significantly. We have already raised some of our budget and will hopefully have input from a few other places, but Kickstarter is our main source of funding.
We are extremely passionate about film but as everybody knows, it's not a cheap passion. We need people who believe in our project and are willing to support us. We firmly believe that Kickstarter is where we'll find those people. Maybe one of those people is you.
In return for your support, we've come up with rewards that we hope will keep you close to the project. You'll be making this film possible, so we want to involve you as much as we can.
Where your money goes
The full budget is a lot more detailed and less interesting, so here's a very brief breakdown of where your money is going.
Additional things - Performer licenses, printing scripts, rehearsal space, shooting licenses, tutor, chaperones, plus so much more
On a deadline
When you're filming with children, all sorts of rules come into play. One of the big issues we've had to deal with has been getting the girls their licenses. Children need licenses to perform professionally in any context, but once the 'performance' is taking place abroad, they need special licenses that can only be issued by the magistrates court. Fair enough.
In order to get these licenses, we had to provide flight numbers and the address of where the girls would be staying once in France. Also, when children are supposed to be at school, they need a tutor. Because of this we decided that the best time to begin filming would be during the Easter holidays, so we would need a tutor for less time.
So, we organised their accommodation and booked the outbound flights, but that wasn't good enough. They needed returns. So we booked the returns.
Hence, our window for shooting was decided for us. Whether we get the funding or not, the girls are flying off to France for four weeks. It would be great if they actually had somewhere to go once they got there.
The Cast and Crew
Here's a list of the amazing people involved in this project, so far.
Working with children:
Because our main cast members are children we are restricted in certain areas. They can only be on set for a certain amount of hours. They can be in front of the camera for even fewer hours. They need regular breaks. They need school lessons. They need chaperones. They are the reason for our tight deadlines.
Our young artistes are fantastic, so they're worth the hassle. It just means we have to be really prepared and get as much done in pre-production as possible, which is never a bad thing. Also, having restrictions on our time means that the film will be quite raw and organic, something that's been our intention from the beginning.
We have to get out kit, cast and crew all the way across the English Channel and then halfway across France. Also, we have to sort out the girls' licenses. Plus, the rules over there are a little different, so some of our crew have to be French.
Mais c'est amusant, non? Anyway, we already have most of the 'filming in France' necessities in place. We also have some great French contacts who are willing and able to help us out if we get stuck in any way.
Making a film:
Every production has its ups, downs and unexpecteds. Saying that, 'if you fail to plan, you plan to fail', so we're trying to cover as many bases as possible in terms of contingency plans. Of course, certain things are out of our control, such as the weather, but we're ready to take the problems as they come.
The amount you pledge won't leave your account until the funding period is over (09:00, 07/04/14), and only then if we've reached our funding goal. So, if you're waiting until payday to pledge, you don't have to. Get in the game. The closer we get to our target, the more likely other people will be to support us.
1. Go to the project page.
2. Hit the green 'Back this project' button.
3. Enter in a pledge amount (the main currency displays in pounds, but a conversion to USD will also appear in the pledge box itself as you type).
4. Select the reward you'd like.
5. Scroll down to the green 'Continue to next step' button and click it.
6. Enter the information associated with the credit card you'd like to use for the pledge, or choose to use a card you've already stored when pledging to a non-US project.
7. If you'd like to store this card information for future use, confirm the 'Remember this card for future pledges' box is checked.
8. Click the green 'Pledge' button.
9. You'll be directed to a confirmation page and will receive an email from Kickstarter shortly indicating that you're a backer. Yay!
Your £5 will keep the cast and crew in tea and coffee for a couple of days. As we all know, tea is the lifeblood of British film and without it we would cease to function. To show our gratitude, everybody who pledges £5 or more will be given access to our production diary, which will include some great behind the scenes footage.
Every moment of shooting that happens will be thanks to somebody who has chosen to support us, and no two moments will be the same. Every backer is helping us in a completely unique way, so everyone who pledges £15 or more will be sent a unique photo taken during filming. Once your photo has travelled across the depths of the internet and reached you safely, we'll delete our copy and yours will be the only one in existence.
£25 does an awful lot of good and everybody who pledges £25 or more will receive a hard copy or their unique photo. To let you know how much your support means to us on a personal level, whoever happens to be in your photo (cast or crew) will sign it for you.
Music is up there with the most important elements of a great movie. As well as the actual shooting of the film, we also need funds to create the soundtrack. We really need your support in this, so everybody who pledges £40 or more will get a free download of the OST before its official release.
You're so great that we want to meet you in person. We hope you want to meet us too, so we're setting up a meet 'n' greet for everybody who pledges at this level. You have to get yourself there, but you'll get to have a photo with the cast and crew which we'll sign for you.
Emi is really proud of her fantastic stuffed toy collection but she's so happy you're supporting this project that she wants to share them with you. At this level you get to choose from one of the 'props' (cute-furry-teddy-things) used in the film. Each prop will be sent with a special message from one of the girls.
The red carpet treatment! We'd really love for you to join us for the 'Hiding Mum and Dad' premiere. The premiere will be in London and you'll have to sort out your own travel and accommodation but it's going to be a fantastic night. There will also be opportunities to get photos with the cast and crew. Plus rewards one through six.
Our leading ladies are epic but they still need help getting their characters just right. 1st AD, Jade, also plays the role of acting coach and, if you pledge at this level, you get to have a two-hour, one-on-one lesson with her. If you've never tried acting before but have always wanted to give it a go, or are a seasoned professional just trying to get that audition monologue perfect, Jade will definitely be able to help. Remember, if you're not London based, you'll have to get yourself here and sort out where you're staying. Plus rewards one through six.
We're inviting you guys to the premiere, but it just doesn't seem like enough, so we'd also like you to come and spend a day on set. The premiere will be in London (you'll need to sort your travel and accommodation) but you can choose if your set day is in France or the UK, as we'll be shooting in both places. You'll have to get yourselves to the set, but we'll put you up and make sure you're fed. Plus rewards one through six.
Get credited! This reward allows you to actually get involved in the making of the film. Join us on set for a day (UK or France) and assist in one of our departments. This is ideal for budding filmmakers who want to experience the buzz and demands of being on set. We'll credit you and, of course, you get to come to the premiere and see your name on screen. You will have to get yourself to set but your food and accommodation will be sorted. Plus rewards one through six.
Get credited! This reward allows you to actually get involved in the making of the film. For the budding thespians out there, we'd like to give you a walk-on role in 'Hiding Mum and Dad.' We'll give you a credit and an invitation to the premiere, so you get to see yourself and your name up on the big screen. You'll have to get yourself to set but we'll take care of your food and accommodation. For the premiere, you'll need to sort out your own travel and accommodation. Plus rewards one through six.
Meet the filmmakers. Come and spend a day on set followed by an evening with Writer/Director, Hope and 1st AD/Producer, Jade. This is your chance to grill them on anything production related, from the formation of their company, Iron Leaf, to the process of getting their script to screen. If you are trying to turn your own idea into a film, they'll give you as much information and advice as possible and hopefully get you a step closer to realising your dream. You'll have to get yourself to set but we'll take care of food and accommodation. We'd also like to invite you to the London premiere but you'll have to sort out your own travel and accommodation. Plus rewards one through six.
We'd like to invite you to spend a day on set (accommodation and food provided) and join us at the premiere (you sort travel and accommodation) but we just can't get enough of you, so we'd love it if you (+1) could join us for our end of filming wrap party. You'll have to sort your own travel and accommodation but there will be lots of cake. Plus rewards one through six.
Associate producer. We'd love you to come to the wrap party (+1) and the premiere (+1) but, before you do, you get to sit in on an early cut of the film and give us your opinion on what is working and what isn't. For your input, we'll credit you as an associate producer. Same deal as above in regards to sorting your own travel/accommodation for wrap party and premiere. Plus rewards one through six.
Hello, executive producer. You get everything from Co-producer package, but you (+1) also get to spend a week in the Limousin, France, close to where much of 'Hiding Mum and Dad' will be shot. We'll even set you up with a personal tour of the area, including the locations we filmed at. You'll need to sort your own flights and food but we'll take care of accommodation. The July delivery date is just a suggestion and we'll try to work around your time stipulations.