This short is a comedy narrative of around 8 minutes. It's about a security guard called Juma. He works on the gate of a very wealthy Kenyan man's house, and one day his boss gives him a tip - $10 USD. This sets Juma's mind racing that night as he ponders in his humble house in the slum, how he can spend it. It's a lot for him. Then he gets an idea. He's going to have the most extravagant meal at the finest restaurant in Nairobi - just like his boss does. Now Juma is a clever guy, he knows exactly how to pull this off with just $10.
Why this film?
Entertain, then inform.
This story perfectly sums up many of the quirks of life in Kenya - along with some of the more serious issues - using humour and intrigue. It's a charming tale that audiences both local and foreign will be able to relate to and appreciate.
The goal of this film is to put spotlight on some of the continent's well known problems, but do so by keeping audiences curious and chuckling to the very, very end. It's too easy to switch off to real issues when things get serious.
We have two primary locations, and two minor ones, and filming is scheduled for 3-4 days - all overnight shoots. This can be tough on crew and we really have to ensure everyone on set is happy and well supported at all times, to get the best possible film.
Where do the funds go?
The amount being raised here is only part of the funding for this film - much has already been raised ourselves. The money raised here will go to support the costs of:
- camera & lighting
- wardrobe & props
- music & sound
- colour grading
- festival submission fees
There is a huge pool of massively talented people attached to the project, all who want this film to get out into the world. We have:
HUGH MITTON - WRITER / DIRECTOR
Hugh has been working in film and advertising for 6 years, the last 4 of which he has been honing his craft in TV commercials. He started out as a copywriter and his early work has racked up over 13 million views online, while his breakout spec commercial - a Valentine's Day ad for Coca Cola, screened across 4 continents, including on the American Idol finale. His other specs also played at Tribeca, BFI London and Cannes Lions, all thanks to MOFILM. This will be his debut short.
YAFESI MUSOKE - LEAD ACTOR
Yafesi is an extremely talented, utterly hilarious actor (and writer) who features every weekday on Nairobi's radio waves and is a member of Because You Said So!, Kenya's premiere improv comedy troupe. He is the perfect fit to play Juma, the happy-go-lucky askari, and the role was written with him in mind.
ANDREW MAGETO - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Andrew "Magz" Mageto is an AFDA Cape Town trained, master cinematographer with an incredibly slick style. He and Hugh have shot numerous projects together and will be working closely together to ensure this film has a very vibrant and fresh look, that fits with the comedic undertones.
See Andrew's talents in his latest showreel - one to watch (literally).
MEGA ENSEMBLE - CAST & CREW
We have had offers from many talented people in the industry from fellow directors to casting agents to production designers to contribute their skill set to the project however they can, and I am extremely humbled and grateful. As mentioned, I've been very lucky to work with a lot of the best Nairobi actors, actresses and crew in the past couple of years. Many of the crew also worked on Netflix's Sense8 which recently wrapped photography for the second season in Nairobi.
We have have offers from some very experienced sound engineers, colourists, and composers to assist us with post production. This will involve any shot clean up, colour grading, enhancing or adding sound effects, and scoring music.
SAM O'NEILL - MUSIC COMPOSER
Sam makes powerful sounding scores. He and Hugh have a long, close working relationship and will be working together to enhance the film with music.
The end goal
The film will be submitted to numerous film festivals in the hopes to gain some recognition, awareness and of course, laurels on the film's online thumbnail.
Soon after it will be rolled out to be enjoyed and shared by all online. Based on the reactions from those who have been told the story, we expect it to live a wildly popular life online across Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube.
Backers of the project will be able to see an early preview of the film as soon as it's complete.
Oh, and the hats!
To help give back to you for backing us, we've made some Kenya-inspired apparel so you can literally show your support. A few of you will get your mitts on these vibrant, one-of-a-kind caps! They're made from locally sourced Kenyan lesos and Masaai shukas, finished with a leather AGTDOIN film badge. Please note colours are first-in, first-served. Please check with us first if you're only after one specific colour.
From everyone working on this film, a big warm thanks for your support.
Risks and challenges
This Kickstarter campaign is an update of our older one with a budget that the producers and I feel is more realistic for our timeline and resources. We’ll still be telling the same story, giving it a world class finish, we’re just going to adopt a more nimble style of shooting to achieve it.
STAYING ON TRACK
This is my first short film. I have shot many commercials previously and I have an incredibly solid team, all of us have worked extensively filming in Nairobi. We will have a large amount of pre-production time to ensure we don't go over our allocated shoot days or miss any shots.
Thankfully most of our locations are indoors so can be filmed rain or shine - a close eye will be kept on the weather near the shoot and a decision made if we need to adjust the schedule.
Perhaps the biggest challenge will be filming in the slum at night. It's a very vibrant place and will be receiving assistance from both residents within the slum and from location managers to ensure a smooth running of the shoot. While filming in Kenya's slums is not uncommon, it still presents unique challenges and we are working with a team who have previous experience with this.
MEDICAL & SECURITY
The entire shoot has a comprehensive film insurance policy, and security and medical personnel will be on-set at all times.
If the project gets funded but does not reach the shooting stage due to a Black Swan event or an unstable production environment, a full refund will be issued to all backers.
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