My Other Suit Is Human
A short, fantasy drama film about the unusual ways a young couple deal with their grief when their son dies.
My Other Suit Is Human
A short, fantasy drama film about the unusual ways a young couple deal with their grief when their son dies.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, June 30 2019 1:44 PM UTC +00:00.
Zoe and Stephen are a young couple, torn apart by the untimely death of their young son Noah. While Stephen buries himself in his work and in making sure Zoe is practically taken care of each day, Zoe finds herself numb from sadness and unable to move past the situation at all. A year on from the tragedy, Zoe is still preparing Noah's medicines each day and keeping the same routine she had when he was alive. Stuck in a terrible despair, she is desperate to find any comfort to allow herself to grieve. She becomes inspired by Noah's favourite TV show and builds herself a homemade robot suit, which becomes her buffer from the world to allow her to begin grieving. The suit drives a further wedge between her and Stephen, and she must decide if she can find a way back to him again.
"My Other Suit Is Human" is a short film, written by Irish filmmaker Andrew Paul Montague. It is his graduation film from the prestigious London Film School (recently named one of Variety's "Best Film Schools for 2019") and is the culmination of two years intense work and development.
- Our References
As filmmakers, we have always been huge fans of American, indie-style cinema. As a result of that, "My Other Suit Is Human" has always been written with an American style firmly in the forefront of our minds.
Tonally, this film is a universal story of love and loss - but it is one that we are telling through a very unique style. Our best reference examples we can give you for tone are "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Frank" - unusual, heartfelt, moving films that are all unique but tied together through the theme of love.
- The Location
This project is being filmed entirely in the U.K., but will be shot entirely in an American style. This is no mean feat to accomplish, especially on a short film budget. We are working tirelessly with our production designer to ensure that every aspect of the design is true to our style and we have also agreed hire of the perfect location - an American style family home in Kent.
- The Cinematography
Our amazing cinematographer, Panalux Award nominated Zeta Spyraki and our director Andrew have been tirelessly building a look book and style for the film. We are working to shoot digitally on the Alexa Mini with Cooke lenses to help us capture the crisp, clean style that is needed for the film.
Visual references for out shooting style are films such as"Arrival", "A Ghost Story" and "Revolutionary Road".
Andrew Paul Montague - Writer / Director www.andrewpaulmontague.com
Andrew Paul Montague is an Irish award winning writer and director who has been based in the UK since 2011. Andrew has recently completed studying for his MA in Filmmaking at the prestigious London Film School. While studying, Andrew was chosen to direct his original screenplays at each competitive industry pitching panel that he entered. He also pitched and produced a documentary film about the issue of sexism in stand-up comedy in collaboration with the Funny Women Comedy awards, and also edited the short film “The Closure Centre”.
Andrew's films have screened internationally at festivals in the US in Chicago and Los Angeles and also in London, UK. His latest short film “Donald” is currently in talks for a US-based distribution deal. Andrew was chosen for the inaugural BECTU industry mentorship scheme in 2018. He has also been chosen to attend and pitch scripts to the BFI at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, and to panels at the Isle of Man Film Festival and to regional funding boards across Ireland. Andrew has been invited by The London Film School to be a representative at the 2019 Fastnet Film Festival in Schull, Ireland.
My Other Suit is Human, is his graduation film from London Film School has already won an award for the script and is now supported by Genera Films and is filming in August 2019.
Kira Fitzpatrick - Creative Producer www.kirafitzcreative.com
With a degree in Event Management and experience working with some of the biggest names in the music industry, in 2011 Kira turned her focus to her passion - film production.As a producer, Kira is interested in strong, story-driven narratives about relatable life events that tackle topics in an unusual way. Kira has produced numerous short films which have screened at festivals in the U.S. and UK. In 2017, she successfully produced and crowdfunded a short film which had a 20+ strong crew and filmed across two countries (UK and Ireland).
Kira is an extremely experienced finishing producer/post producer, having worked across feature films and TV for such companies as Deluxe, Company 3 and Splice Post. She also has experience in VFX and 3D houses such as Cinesite and Vision3. She currently works as a freelance producer/production manager in London, and has worked for such companies as MTV, Brands2Life, Hub and Luti Media.
Kira has been an industry professional speaker for the prestigious Film London's London Calling training programme, and was shortlisted for the 2019/2020 Women in Film and Television mentorship scheme. She is currently focusing all of her energy on producing "My Other Suit is Human" and building a festival plan for the film.
Zeta Spyraki - Cinematographer www.zetaspyraki.com
Zeta studied Computer Engineering and Informatics before returning to storytelling in the form of filmmaking, more specifically its visual side of Cinematography, attending her Masters at the London Film School from which she graduated in December 2016 (with Distinction). Zeta was nominated in 2017 for the prestigious Panalux Cinematography award.
She has since been working as a Director Of Photography on a variety of short films, some of which have been selected/awarded in worldwide BAFTA qualifying festivals (Nassau Film Festival, Cymru Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2017, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortfest 2017, Mill Valley Film Fest, 2017 Red Rock Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Fest, DC Shorts Film Fest, Austin Film Fest – Best Narrative Short and Audience Award for Towards The Sun, Filmfestival Kitzbuhel 2017, Fashion Week 2015 Official Short Film Showcase, Palm Screens Film Market 2016, SNOB New Indie Film Festival 2015, Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2015, and others)
Her commercial camera and DOP work includes credits for UBER, Accor Hotels, Magnum, Deliveroo, Time Out London, Hot Ones (Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand episodes) and other projects.
Ben Matthews - Editor www.benmatthewseditor.com
Respecting the very best of post production traditions, Ben began his industry apprenticeship as a runner, pounding the streets of soho for established giants VTR and Blue. Swiftly moving up through the ranks, he landed at Kpost as an Edit Assistant and his upward trajectory showed no sign of slowing as he quickly gained successive promotions to Junior Editor and, finally, Editor.
With a well established reputation for creativity, enthusiasm and superb technical knowledge, Ben has worked on almost every type of job there is from short films that have shown at film festivals throughout the world to cutting his first feature length film in 2018. Alongside almost any other type of edit out there from pop promos to TV spots.
With the little time he has left when not editing, Ben can usually be found frequenting the finest eateries and drinking establishments in South London – famously saying "When a man is tired of Lewisham, he is tired of life".
Rocio Rivera Rosado - Production Designer
Rocío is a filmmaker, born and raised in Puerto Rico. Rocío moved to London to pursue a MA in Filmmaking from the prestigious London Film School. While training, Rocío has realized the production design for a number of short films, including “Undercovers” and “The Futurist”, for both of which she received acclaim and, for the latter, she hand crafted a number of large, story relevant props from scratch.
Rocio strives for excellence with everything she does, and she couldn’t be more excited to be the Production Designer for My Other Suit Is Human.
Alex J. Hall - Composer
Alex is a British-Canadian composer, arranger, singer and musician based in London, UK.
Alex graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with first-class honours in composition, winning both the Edmund Rubbra prize & Rose Lawrence award. He recently completed a masters with distinction in music composition from the Royal Academy of Music. He has written many concert works for ensembles including Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Contemporary Orchestra, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, CHROMA ensemble, Tritium Trio, City Chamber Choir (as Composer-in-Association). Alex was recently featured on NMC Recordings disc “Next Wave 2", for which his piece “Luminalia” was premiered by Royal Northern Sinfonia & soloist Quinta at Sage Gateshead in January 2018.
Alex loves writing music for film and theatre also, having collaborated with directors Christian Burgess, Patsy Rodenburg and Sue Lefton, and is greatly looking forward to what is now his second collaboration with director Andrew Paul Montague
Why We Need You
Filmmaking is, as everyone knows, a costly business. Not only financially costly, but also costly with your time also. As a pair, myself and Andrew have been working on this project for a long time and have invested almost every available second of our time into getting it ready for filming.
We have already been hugely fortunate enough to be chosen out of hundreds of applicants for the prestigious Genera Film Fund , and have been awarded their Arri kit hire package in partnership with Video Europe. This is a huge huge help to us, and we are ecstatic to have been chosen. But, the costs do not stop there.
For this film, we need to hire locations, build custom suits, hire actors, transport crew, provide great catering, provide accommodation, hire kit, hire props, buy props... the list just goes on and on. And that's just the production!
We are already putting every penny we can afford to into the production, post production and eventually the festival submissions for this film. We are asking for your help to get us safely into production, so that we can make this film that has been the culmination of two years hard work and love! Our budget is more than we are fundraising for, but with equity investments and private investments already in place we are coming to Kickstarter to help us raise £10,000 to get us to the finish line.
What This Means To Us
This film truly is a labour of love for us. It is an idea that has been building our writer/director's brain for years, and it is a story that is a perfect representation of who we are as filmmakers. The unusual, slightly eccentric, heartfelt, emotional, moving films that we all grew up with and that we have dedicated our careers to continuing the creation of. Once I heard the single log line pitch of this film, I knew I had to produce it.
We truly love this story and these characters. We have honed, written, re-written (sorry Andrew, I promise I have no more notes), worked with an incredible BFI script editor, promoted and promoted and promoted, and we feel like Zoe and Stephen are a part of our family.
You will not find a more dedicated team to make this film - we are it! We have put together the best team, the best locations and the best kit to get this film made. And we are so grateful that you've spent the time reading our words and listening to us talk about this film that we truly love - if you can donate, we are forever grateful. If not, please do help us spread the word and get this film out into the world.
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is always a risky business. We know that and you know that.
But we are taking every precaution to make sure that we can make this film to the best standard possible, and the every single penny contributed gets used to the best potential.
We have already confirmed our filming location, which is where ALL of the film is being shot. So we don't need to worry about not having somewhere great to film - we've got it :)
Any and all money contributed will go into the production of this film. Should we be fortunate enough to exceed our budget target, this money will only help us make the film even better. We can put any extra funding into the film to let us spend more on things like costume and production design and AFTER that, and additional money will go towards our post production costs and festival submissions, to make sure that the film has the best chance at being seen in as many film festivals as possible.
We've been working towards making this film for a long time - please trust that your contribution is in safe hands. If you have any other questions at all though, please do not hesitate at all to send us a direct message and our producer Kira will get back to you as quickly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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