What is Project J?
We all have dreams. We either wake up in a sweat, wish we’d never opened our eyes again it was so good, or simply think ‘what the heck!?’ There’s always one that haunts you, begging to be interpreted. Maybe you were being chased by a velociraptor, but you haven’t watched Jurassic Park in years. Or time disappears and you’re always late, but in reality you are 5 mins early to everything. Perhaps your dreams are weirder than mine!
Project J is a 7 episode Crime/Thriller web series (peppered with vlogs/social media videos in between) about Joseph Alexander, a guy who has the unusual ability to interpret dreams. Check out the pilot episode above!
It’s also about telling a meaningful story within the language of dreams, following our own dreams as film-makers by showcasing our talents, as well as having stack loads of fun making something for YOU, all the dreamers out there who long for inspiration and a meaning to their life. Project J is all about dreamception!
Joseph Alexander (JD Dutton), a law student gifted with the unusual ability of interpreting dreams, flees from home in fear of his violent stepbrother, Jeremy Whitecliffe (Luke Thompson), after having a terrifying nightmare. He leaves behind a grief-stricken father, Jacob Alexander (Carl Drake), and insecure, musical brother, Reuben Alexander (Jimmy Heazlewood), who doesn't believe he has what it takes to follow his dreams. After Joseph leaves home, it fractures the family, as Jacob blames Jeremy for his strange disappearance. Jeremy walks out and joins a notorious gang with meth dealer, James Yule (Benjamin Teh) at the helm. Meanwhile, Joseph strikes an unlikely friendship with his sassy neighbour, Amelia King (Rebecca McFadzien). While dreams attract Amelia to the mysterious Joseph, nightmares tear them apart when Joseph is accused of an horrific crime. Now Jo needs to join forces with charismatic, young lawyer, Graham Wu (Peter Huang), who may or may not have his best interests in mind.
This tale of three brothers takes you down a jagged path of lost purpose, crime, vengeance, rekindled hope and the endless search for the meaning of dreams...
WHO & WHY?
Project J is made up of many different talents, but was written by me, Léah McVeagh, a South African/Kiwi film maker who loves making films and telling meaningful stories. I found myself totally captivated by the tale of Joseph in the Bible and wondered what it would look like if it happened today. I coupled my love for crime dramas with the easily accessible format of Web TV to mould it into something you, the audience, would enjoy watching.
Joined by story mastermind, Troy Blackman, talented and innovative cinematographer, Kelly Chen, as well as screeds of other amazing people, we managed to create a pilot episode. If you’re enjoying this beginning, you could help us make the rest.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
As creatives, we are always dependent on funding. Unfortunately, there is so little available to us in New Zealand right now as our industry is under fire:
So let’s make a collaborative effort out of the ashes and create something new and sustainable. Here’s a quick look at our expenses and the amount we need to complete the first season of Project J.
Donations = a small contribution to the cast & crew. As we progressed through making Episode 1, I realized how much we could get for free. People are incredibly generous! I’m warmly welcoming any freebies, but it is my desire to give people a little something to say thank you for giving up their time, resources, sometimes clothes, sometimes sweat and tears, to make this a reality. Want to be apart of it?
HOW CAN I HELP?
1) Select a reward from the column along the side and hop on board our project by donating anything from $5 - $1,000. Rewards are anything from interpreting your own dreams to being an Executive Producer.
2) Share your support of the project on social media:
3) Tell a friend. If you REALLY love this idea, please share it personally with people you think will love to support it.
DECEMBER: Completion of Crowd fund & re-writes for the episodes.
FEBRUARY/MARCH: Production/Filming of series & Post-Production/Editing
And also thanks to our incredible core cast & crew for the Pilot Episode (and hopefully beyond!):
JD Dutton, Luke Thompson, Jimmy Heazlewood, Rebecca McFadzien, Carl Drake, Benjamin Teh, Peter Huang.
Troy Blackman, Kelly Chen, Brendon Udy, Lisa Prestt, Aaron Lopez, Ryan Fisher, Maha Albadrawi, Shane Deed, Sinead Upton, Leigh Elford, David Chan, Nick Burridge, Allen Shih, Storme Sen, Nick Lee, Kartika Ditirita, Kenah Trusewich, Thomas Sutcliffe, Nichola Gilchrist, Jonathan Hoh & Maria Kim.
With the help of:
Clip N Climb, Silverfern Backpackers, Park Rise Holiday Home, Unko Films & Rocket Rentals.
For more info, please visit www.dreamerfilms.org