A Time Portal in the Sands Brings a Young Couple Together
In the haze of the sunshine, our eyes can play tricks on us. We can see optical illusions that startle us. As we focus our eyes, the illusion disappears. But sometimes, when the haze clears, we can see what we thought was an illusion is in fact real. And what if that new reality had the power to change your life forever?
For NATE, an athletic twenty-four-year-old, sunbathing on a deserted beach while he waits for the surf, the singing sands alert him to a change in the environment. Through his squinting eyes, he discovers HATTIE, a year younger, but dressed in a 1920s bathing suit, who has inexplicably appeared on the beach. In contrast to Nate’s bewilderment, Hattie is clearly accustomed to her travels, and her wondrous nature fascinates him.
Nate is determined to discover who this beautiful time traveller is, as their worlds converge across the sands of time.
We are looking to shoot this 5 minute short film across 3 days in late summer. And we would love for you to be part of this journey.
Your support can bring this award-winning script to the big screen.
The Sands of Time will be released across the film festival circuit next year.
TESSA BONHAM JONES - HATTIE
Tessa Bonham Jones is a London based actress represented by United Agents.
Her debut feature film role was in the blockbuster movie Justice League, directed by Zac Snyder.
Most recently, Tessa was cast as Lucy in Wonder Woman 1984, the much anticipated sequel from director Patty Jenkins.
Later this year Tessa will be seen in the six-part TV drama The Trial of Christine Keeler for the BBC.
We were delighted to discover that Tessa loved the script for The Sands of Time and was keen to play HATTIE, our time travelling leading lady.
FREDDIE STEWART - NATE
Freddie Stewart is a London based actor represented by United Agents.
Freddie has been in the television shows Kiss Me First, Holby City, and New Worlds.
Most recently he secured the role of Nick Oldham in the popular Netflix show The Alienist.
In feature films, Freddie starred in the Oscar® nominated Allied, alongside Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.
Freddie loved the script for The Sands of Time and has now been cast as NATE, our romantic leading man.
JAMES HUGHES - WRITER / DIRECTOR
James Hughes is a Multi-Award Winning Writer / Director whose short films have screened at 150 international film festivals.
Earlier this year he wrapped on his previous short film, When the Rain Sets In, which was one of the most successful short film campaigns on Kickstarter last year. The film is now in post-production for its early 2020 release.
Prior to this James shot The Inuring which screened at Oscar and BAFTA Qualifying film festivals. It won 20 awards at 60 festivals - a one in three win ratio.
James was also the Writer / Director of The Velvet Abstract, an environmental short produced on six continents. Narrated by Tobias Menzies (Outlander, The Crown) it features visual effects talents from Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Avatar, Game of Thrones, and many more. The film is edited by Patrick J Don Vito who was Oscar® Nominated for this year’s Best Picture Winner Green Book.
This multi-award winning short film screened at 75 international film festivals, winning a string of Best Film awards in the process.
James has also been a Speaker for BAFTA, numerous festivals, and the Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles.
ARIEL ARTUR - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Ariel Artur is a Cinematographer based in London.
Since relocating to London from Brazil, Ariel has worked continually as a cinematographer on numerous short films, promos, music videos, and feature films.
Along with the nine feature films Ariel has already shot, he is now in pre-production on another three features.
With this impressive resume of credits, we were delighted to discover Ariel loved the script for The Sands of Time and was keen to be our cinematographer.
Ariel and is now working with our Director on the aesthetic look of The Sands of Time.
ANDREA GALER - COSTUME DESIGNER
Andrea Galer is a BAFTA and Emmy winning Costume Designer based in London.
On Andrea’s debut feature film, Don’t Look Now by director Nicholas Roeg, she designed all of the costumes worn by Julie Christie throughout the BAFTA winning production.
Andrea followed this with her costume designs for the cult classic Withnail and I starring Richard E. Grant.
In television, Andrea has costume designed Mansfield Park, The Way We Live Now, Spooks, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Whitechapel, and most recently Dickensian. On Bleak House, starring Carey Mulligan, Charles Dance, and Gillian Anderson. Andrea’s stunning costume designs landed her the BAFTA for Costume Design. Andrea followed this success with Jane Eyre. Andrea’s breathtaking and influential designs saw her win the Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Mini Series.
Andrea loved the script for The Sands of Time and has now joined our team as our Creative Director to design all of the costumes for Hattie and Nate in The Sands of Time.
ISOBEL POWER SMITH - PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Isobel is a Production Designer based in London.
Isobel has designed for RADA, The National Gallery, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
She also designed and art directed the feature film, Aghori which is due out later this year.
Isobel also designed When the Rain Sets In, the previous film from our Director, where she created two beautiful sets.
Isobel's love for our award-winning script, saw her join our team as our Production Designer and we have already started to work with Isobel on the designs for our film.
You can find The Sands of Time across all social media platforms, where we will share exciting news about the production. It is also where we give shout-outs to our Kickstarter supporters, so do please follow us to see your name on our social media.
Risks and challenges
Shooting on a U.K. beach in late summer can lead to logistical challenges both with the weather and location. But we have a detailed plan in place for all scenarios and our award-winning team and accustomed to handling all of these challenges in a calm professional manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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