This project's funding goal was not reached on April 7, 2014.
About this project
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.
Kit - Camera, lenses, lighting, sound, grip equipment, techy stuff (mac, hard drives, memory cards, etc.)
Cast and Crew - They are kind of important
Transport - Getting everybody there and getting around.
Accomodation - Both in the UK and in France.
Food - Possibly the most important expense.
Location - We've had a fantastically generous offer in terms of the main location, but we still have the others to sort.
Making everything pretty - Props, costume, make up, set dressings.
Kickstarter rewards - Don't worry. We're putting money aside right from the beginning for you amazing people.
Music - We need to record the OST, which means studio time. (Have a sneaky listen)
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.
Writer/Director Hope Murphy-Nanton
Producer/1st AD Jade Nanton
Director of Photography Jake McClean
1st AC Daniel Anthony
2nd AC Ben Luoma
Sound Rory Rea
Composer Ethan Murphy-Nanton
Hair and Makeup Mel Jenkinson
Runners Peter Hunt & Ash Reeves
Amelia Kennedy Freja
Skyla Adjei Emi
Marco Canadea Father
Jade Nanton Mother
Risks and challenges
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!
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