About this project
Project Update - 10/03/2014
We're only 16% away from our target!! Thank you so much to everyone who has already backed us, and for those who haven't yet: You've got less than 48 hours!!!
This week Team Stereotype have been delighted to get the backing from:
Sports clubs, including Derby County, Notts County and Nottingham Rugby Club!
Sports stars, including Stuart Broad and John McGovern!
Actors and actresses, including Vicky McClure, John Hurt and Charlie Creed-Miles!
Please share this page on Facebook and Twitter, and ask friends and family if they can help us cross the finish line... WE'RE SO CLOSE!!!
Project Update - 02/03/2014
We are massively excited to announce that the BAFTA award winning actor Eliot Otis Brown Walters is part of the Stereotype cast! This means that you are not only part of a film that is going to look stunning, you are part of a film that has a BAFTA award winner in it. You can't say that every day, can you?!
BAFTA Award Winner - Eliot Otis Brown Walters BAFTA Award Winner - Eliot Otis Brown Walters If you have already chosen the 'One of the Team' option this means you can meet him on set. If you haven't chosen your perk then this would be an awesome experience for yourself or as a gift for a loved one!
Choices define us
Stereotype is a fictional short film about the Power of Choice. Our story is about Leroy, a teenager who has chosen to take a knife out with him for revenge, but now faced with a daunting situation, we follow him as he chooses whether or not to use his knife.
What have we done before?
Collectively our team members have made over 40 short films which have got into some of the top film festivals like Edinburgh and the BFI Future Shorts Film Festival.
One of the more recent pieces was Richard III: A Memoir of a King's Love which was the finalist in Kenneth Branagh's Filming Shakespeare Film Festival. This was made off a very modest budget but we were able to get amazing results with our committed team.
Why are we making this film?
We were astonished when we read a news article about the level of knife crime in the UK. There are 130,000 victims of knife crime per year in the UK – every 4 minutes someone is stabbed (Annual British Crime Survey).
We have observed people who feel they don’t have a choice to change their lives, but actually they do – their choice is NOT making a change. We decided we wanted to make a film that would really affect people. Whether it inspires people to make a choice in their lives, or makes them think twice before stereotyping, we want everyone to go away from our film in the cinema feeling changed.
But this film is not just a film: it’s an educational tool. Stereotype will be available with worksheets for anyone who wants to use it to help educate young people on the dangers of knife crime, the power of choice and creating a positive change.
Our story follows 18 year old Leroy, he’s at crossroads in his life. He lives with his Grandmother on a council estate in the UK. His older brother, his role model, has been killed in a knife attack. Leroy finds out the murderer was Judas, a local man whose initiation into a gang went too far. Determined to take revenge, Leroy sets out into the night wanting an eye for an eye – Judas has taken his brother, so Leroy wants to kill Judas’ girlfriend.
Our story follows Leroy on his journey over one night, where a boy must become a man.
Fuelled with hatred, Leroy is focussed and driven as he travels across the city, armed with a flick knife while Judas’ unsuspecting girlfriend, Tracey, leaves their flat to go to the shops.
Our conflict is based around one alley that leads Tracey to the shops and Leroy to Judas’ flat and this is where the core of our story will unfold.
What Leroy set out to do now has become an enormous paradigm shift. He has a choice to make, one that will define his life forever.
You will have to watch it to find out more!
What will it look like?
Beautiful! We want to break the stereotype of typical British urban dramas and create a beautiful, ‘cinematic’ film that concentrates on the beauty and symmetry within an urban environment. It’s about the juxtaposition of the beauty all around us, but the deep, heart wrenching grief that is consuming Leroy so he cannot see it.
We are shooting off the same camera that shot Skyfall, we have been fortunate enough to get the backing of two rental houses who believe in the story we are telling. We will be creating a film with high production values that we will all be proud of – that includes you too!
To help us bring to life this vision, we have an amazing cast and crew...
Co-Directors are Jordan McGibney and Rebecca McGibney – they have directed a number of short films including Richard III: A Memoir of a King's Love and Pride & Prejudice.
Director of Photography is Richard Dunton, a highly trained cinematographer from the National Film & Television School.
Kieron Edwards is the storyboard and concept artist, he’s worked on amazing productions like ‘Song For Marion’ and ‘Misfits’.
Our Executive Producer is Al Clark, who produced the award winning ‘London To Brighton’. He’s helping to guide us with the film.
Other team members are:
- Producers and Production Team: Luke McGibney, Sarah Gilkinson, Jack Lindley.
- Art Director: Mike McLoughlin, who has worked on films such as Crying With Laughter and 16 Years Of Alcohol.
- Set and Costume Designer: Lara de Jager - set design graduate from Nottingham Trent University who has worked on a number of shorts including Richard III.
- Sound: Heather Jordan - trained under Grant Bridgeman, BAFTA nominated sound recordist.
We can’t make this film without your help! If you want to make a difference, raise awareness of knife crime, help educate young people about the choices around them, then this film is for you! Together we can create a film and educational tool to really combat knife crime from the grass roots.
We want to inspire you, to question the preconceived notions about social groups and to encourage people to make the right choice for themselves.
We need £5000 to cover the costs of production for Stereotype – this will cover the camera and equipment hire, insurance, food for the cast and crew and expenses.
If we raise above £5000, the remaining funds will go towards post-production (sound and editing) and the marketing of the film – to make sure as many people as possible get to see the film!
Thank you for reading our Kickstarter campaign, we hope you liked the video. If you can, please pledge. If you can’t pledge, please share – we need your help to shout about this project and make sure this important story is told!
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Risks and challenges
Our risks are minimal as we have insurance, so if something goes wrong on the shoot, we are fully covered (always good to know!).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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