We very much hope that you enjoy watching the cinematic film trailer featured above. We are delighted to be able to share it with you and hope that it gives you a real feel for the content and style of the final film. It was shot in just a few days, and edited feverishly in not much longer. There were over sixty people involved in the trailer project, from extras to wardrobe, on an almost non-existent budget. It shows how much our dedicated team can accomplish in a short time and with carefully managed resources. With the main film, our plan is to shoot it all in three to four weeks (Oh! The luxury!)
And now, having watched the trailer, I bet you are wondering … What’s the 50p about? Where does the tunnel go? How far back in time do the girls go ... and do they ever get back? Who is that bloke shooting at? Well, you’re just going to have to see the whole film. But in order for that to happen, we really need your help to raise some of the finance. Or the kids get it. (Only joking – they'll be fine!) So please read on, so we can convince you that we are worth investing in …
Kyle Richardson’s inspiration for ‘The Smugglers of Mousehole’ film comes from reading a children’s book of the same name. Set in the beautiful fishing village of Mousehole, it told a tale that seamlessly wove its way from the modern day to the smuggling days of old and back again, through a smugglers’ tunnel that actually exists today in the village. Captivated by the idea of a real smugglers’ tunnel, time travel, and bringing the history of Cornwall alive, he instantly wanted to lift the story off the pages of the book and turn it into a film. In his mind’s eye he could already see the sweeping drone footage of the harbour scenes and the dark, desperate scenes of characters hiding and running from the eighteenth-century customs and excise men.
Kyle explains: “It’s a great story. And it’s all about Cornwall – set here, created by Cornish people, featuring Cornish people. For that reason, it’s totally a passion project for me now.”
And with Kyle’s infectious enthusiasm, it didn’t take long until he was gathering a team of talented people around him to share in his vision and make it a reality.
“I’ve been so energized and humbled by all the people offering their time and skills to the project free of charge, just to see it made … because they see the magic in the story we are bringing to life. It’s been an incredible experience so far, and yet we’ve only just begun.”
Down South Point of View is based in Penzance, in the heart of south-west Cornwall, and has been producing micro-budget independent films and professional drone footage for creative and commercial projects since 2001. Founded by Kyle Richardson and Simon Williams, Down South Point of View has filmed for, amongst others, Miss UK, BHP Fuel Fest, Police Interceptors and Hello Magazine.
Kyle will be personally directing, filming and editing the project. Other key members of the team are Production Managers Chris Blewett and Fiona Richardson and Production Assistant Simon Williams, who are supported by a network of behind-the-scenes brilliance.
However, the real shining stars of this project are the cast members. Kyle has been able to call on a rich seam of talent from his associated business – The Big Dance Company – whose senior instructors regularly deliver specialist intensive tuition in places as far flung as LA, the Philippines, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong. This successful and well-known specialist school has consistently produced high-level performers and teachers, several of whom have reached the semi finals on shows such as Britain’s Got Talent and Sky’s Got to Dance.
The talented young actors starring in ‘The Smugglers of Mousehole’ film project include Jago Mottart, Esha Dawson and Layla Clemens. Adult members of the cast include Lew Smart, Tommy Lumley, Joe Beer, Guy Hanson, Chris Kevern, Fiona Richardson and many more.
- About Cornwall, by Cornwall, for Cornwall.
- Boosting the profile of Cornwall and promoting all-important tourism.
- Giving young emerging talent their all-important first break.
- A proven storyline – the screenplay is based on a successful, historically well-researched fiction title.
- Featuring a real smugglers’ tunnel in a real Cornish village.
- We are a powerhouse of passion, creativity and vision. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?
We’d love you to be a part of all this! We want you to know that we are very grateful for each and every contribution, no matter how small. Your investment will make a tangible difference to the delivery of this film, and to the careers of our budding young actors.
We are aiming for a minimum funding target of £7000, as that is the baseline for completing the project. However, we have set ourselves a secondary target of £10,000, which would be our ideal. This figure would allow us to extend the film to full feature length, and enable us to invest in specialist equipment.
So please check out our investor offerings on the right hand side, where you will be handsomely rewarded with our startling range of tempting treats. There’s something that will appeal to everyone!
We're really aware that not everyone can contribute financially, but that doesn't mean they can't help! Other ways you can help include:
- You can help us to get the word out and make some noise about ‘The Smugglers of Mousehole’ via social media or any other method you like! We're on Facebook and instagram, and post regular updates at www.thesmugglersofmousehole.com.
- Please share our pages and posts! Sponsorship – if your business is interested in lending wardrobe pieces, set/prop contributions, or anything you might think of, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have your pieces shown in our film and will credit you!
We promise to keep you fully updated on the exciting progress of ‘The Smugglers of Mousehole’ filming via social media.
Want to find out more about the book? Or the real smugglers’ tunnel? Check out the book’s website at www.thesmugglersofmousehole.com.
Risks and challenges
We have carefully costed the expenses involved in bringing this project to fruition, and have incorporated in the target amount a financial buffer to cover unforeen events.
In addition, we have already secured match funding if this crowdfunding is successful, so we are confident that we are well placed to successfully complete and promote the project.
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