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Magpie will tell the untold stories of life in East Anglia between 1942-1945, and explore the often forgotten issue of PTSD.
163 backers pledged £12,298 to help bring this project to life.

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Magpie is the vision of writer/director Carmel Hannant. It is a film that journeys through the life changing experiences on the front line, and long-lasting effects of this back home.

Magpie is a drama in which the devastating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are explored against the backdrop of World War II, a period in which this debilitating disorder wasn’t to be recognised for another 30+ years.

Our film delves into the vast changes in the physical and social landscape of East Anglia during World War II. The film’s protagonist, Lily, sees her usually attentive and loyal husband, George, devastated by his experiences on the front line. Whilst on the frontline, George witnesses the shocking death of his best friend. His life-changing experiences in battle leave him emotionally and physically damaged. 

Upon returning home he becomes detached from his marriage and the reality of his situation. Though this is certainly not a generalisation of those who served, Magpie uses this storyline to portray the suffering that many servicemen (and their families) went through in this period.

Symbolising the vast changes in the landscape of East Anglia during WWII, Lily drifts further and further apart from George, instead finding comfort in the arms of an American Serviceman stationed at Horham with the 95th Bomb Group. She finds safety and comfort in their friendship whilst George stays confined to their home, growing ever more paranoid and disconnected from their marriage.

Magpie is not the typical romanticised version of the events of the war, but instead aims to shed light upon the real life experiences of both the British and American men and women during this time. Due to much of the content being based upon genuine accounts of first-hand experiences, Magpie promises to be as accurate and faithful to these true stories as possible.

We have their support, now we need yours!

Magpie is a Kickstarter film project which has the makings of something very special. With the ongoing support of everything from the film and television industry giant Vitec Videocom to the many local re-enactment groups who have very kindly given their time and resources for free, we have a film project ready to go. However, our shoot will span at least 20 full days of filming and to be able to secure their services again, and for a prolonged period, we need to be able to pay them for their time.

We strongly believe that without the support of living history groups giving their time and vast collection of props, vehicles and expertise, Vitec Videocom providing equipment, and organisations like The 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association and Eighth in the East, this film project would require a gigantic budget. But we are incredibly lucky to have that support and therefore know that we can make this project a reality for a lot lot less

The amazing pitch film team
The amazing pitch film team

So what do we need the money for?

Some, if not most projects need crowdfunding to splash on expensive film equipment, locations, props and so on, Magpie is just the opposite. The funding we require is to secure a talented cast, a wide variety of military extras for the film's large battle scenes, feeding them all and once we've got the footage in the can, to do the film justice in post-production with professional sound design, score and visual effects.

While watching our pitch video we hope you can see what we can produce on no budget, not only to show the incredible team we have behind us, but also the promising future of the project which lies ahead.

... and here's what you'll get for pledging:

We're really excited to be able to offer a set of bespoke rewards at a range of pledge amounts. Many of the rewards we're offering are money-can't-buy experiences which have been dreamt up and arranged with the cooperation and kindness of our existing supporters.

We want every single one of our backers to be able to see the film as soon as it's finished, so almost all of our rewards offer either a digital or physical copy of the film. 

But on top of that, we want YOU to experience what East Anglia has to offer in terms of its historical links to World War II. 

Our rewards give you the opportunity to see and experience the airbases that still remain here, as well as be a part of the film itself, behind and in-front of the camera!

With your help and support we can honour the lives and memories of those that fought in WWII.

Stretch Goals

Because we have a clear budget outline for the making of the film, and know that we can make it exactly how we want with £12,000, we have a firm plan in place if we are lucky enough to exceed that target.

  • £15,000 or more - If we raise £15,000 we will donate 10% of everything over our original target to the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association.
  • £20,000 or more - Should we find ourselves in the incredible position that we've exceeded our target by £8000 or more, we will donate 20% of everything over the original £12k target to the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association and produce a feature-length documentary about the 8th Air Force here in East Anglia, which EVERY backer will receive!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we face is the time we have with the remaining veterans of the war. We desperately want to tell their stories and the longer we take, the fewer contributors we will have to the on-going development of the script. We feel that we have just one shot at making this film and this is it.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $3.06

    Shout Out!

    Thank you! For pledging £2, you will get a supporters credit in the film, regular film updates by email, shoutouts on all social media channels to thank you and your name and website/Twitter listed on the Magpie website supporters page.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $8

    Signed Photo.

    For a pledge of £5, you will receive all of the above plus a unique Magpie polaroid photograph, taken on the set of the film, signed by the cast and crew.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $15

    HD Download.

    Thanks! For pledging £10, you will be amongst the first to see the finished film!

    You will be sent the HD digital download of the finished film plus receive:
    - a supporters credit in the film
    - regular production updates by email
    - shoutouts on all social media channel
    - your name/website/Twitter listed on the Magpie website supporters page.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $31

    The Magpie Blu-Ray/DVD Box Set.

    For pledging £20 you will get all of the above (minus the polaroid) plus a Limited Edition Magpie blu-ray/DVD box sets of the finished film.

    On top of this you'll get all the other goodies:
    - a supporters credit in the film
    - regular production updates by email
    - shoutouts on all social media channel
    - your name/website/Twitter listed on the Magpie website supporters page.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $76

    Blu-Ray/DVD Box Set, Signed Unique frame of the film & The Magpie Book.

    For pledging £50, you will get all of the above (minus the polaroid) plus a signed, unique frame of the film, limited edition A4 book (signed by the cast and crew) with storyboard art, production stills and the shooting script.

    Your copy of the Blu-Ray/DVD box set will feature a full director's commentary version of the film, and 'making of' documentary.

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    Pledge £55 or more About $84

    Bronze Screening & Dance.

    For pledging £55, you'll get the Blu-Ray/DVD box set, digital HD download, PLUS 2 tickets to an exclusive Magpie screening held at the Red Feather Club dance hall in Suffolk where there will be a screening of the film followed by an authentic 1940’s dance.
    You will be given your Blu-Ray/DVD box set personally by the director of the film and you can also meet the rest of the cast and crew.

    This one off event will immerse you in a unique 1940's experience with everything from the clothes and the music to the cars, location and military vehicles of the era.

    (Over 18’s only – Travel & Accomodation not included).

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    Pledge £65 or more About $99

    NEW! - VIRTUAL AIRFIELD & MUSEUM TOUR

    We know that our supporters in the United States and other countries probably won't be able to make the trip across the pond for our Gold Airfield Tour.

    So we're going to create a bespoke virtual tour just for you! We will take you on a guided tour around the three key airfield bases that we're working with: Horham, Parham and Thorpe Abbots. AND our writer-director will be on hand to give you key pieces of information. The film will show you the inside of each museum building, the exteriors, the airfields and runways. We will even be filming each airbase from above using the latest camera and drone technology.

    Not only that but you will receive the other digital goodies we're offering including the HD digital download of the film and a supporters credit.

    And here's the best bit: We will speak with YOU before we make it! If there's anything you're interested to know or see, we will research it and film it first. This is YOUR virtual tour.

    This will be a unique full length informational film available only to backers of this reward level.

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    Pledge £80 or more About $122

    Silver Screening & Dinner Dance.

    For pledging £80, you'll get the Blu-Ray/DVD box set, digital HD download, PLUS 2 tickets to an exclusive Magpie screening held at the Red Feather Club dance hall in Suffolk where there will be a three course meal followed by a screening of the film and an authentic 1940’s dance.
    You will be given your Blu-Ray/DVD box set personally by the director of the film and you can also meet the rest of the cast and crew.

    This one off event will immerse you in a unique 1940's experience with everything from the clothes and the music to the cars, location and military vehicles of the era.

    (Over 18’s only – Travel & Accomodation not included).

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    Pledge £150 or more About $229

    Gold Airfield Tour, Screening & Dinner Dance.

    For pledging £150, you'll get a three course meal, film screening and dance tickets (x2) PLUS a bespoke airfield and museums tour in which you will be escorted to three local airfield museums and given a private tour aboard a WWII military vehicle.

    You will be given your Blu-Ray/DVD box set personally by the director of the film and you can also meet the rest of the cast and crew.

    (Over 18’s only. Travel & Accomodation not included).

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    Pledge £150 or more About $229

    Half Day Vintage Photoshoot.

    For pledging £150, you and a friend will receive a half-day 1940’s makeover and photoshoot in a vintage location. We’ll take you back to the Magpie era with a professional hair and makeup transformation, and a selection of 1940’s clothing.

    You will receive a CD with all your images of which you can then choose 5 images to be re-touched and sent back to you as digital copies.

    (Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Travel & Accommodation not included. Available to book from January 2016).

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    Pledge £250 or more About $382

    Full Day Vintage Photoshoot & Afternoon Tea.

    For pledging £250, you and a friend will receive a full-day 1940’s makeover and photoshoot in a vintage location, complete with afternoon tea! We’ll take you back to the Magpie era with a professional hair and makeup transformation, and a selection of 1940’s clothing.

    You will receive a CD with all your images of which you can then choose 10 images to be re-touched and sent back to you as digital copies or printed on A4 photo paper.

    (Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Travel & Accommodation not included. Available to book from January 2016).

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    Pledge £275 or more About $420

    One-of-a-Kind.

    For £275 you'll get the Blu-Ray/DVD box set, digital HD download, signed A4 book, plus a limited edition framed & signed Magpie sketch by artist Sofia Siven and Magpie poster signed by the cast and crew.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $764

    Be in the film!

    For pledging £500 you'll get the Blu-Ray/DVD box set, digital HD download, signed A4 book plus a visit to the set of the film for a day where you’ll be offered the part of a featured, IMDb credited extra.

    You will be given full costume and makeup and involved in one of the big scenes of the film.

    (Travel & Accommodation not included. Over 18's only)

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    Pledge £750 or more About $1,147

    Executive Producer.

    For pledging £750 you'll get all of the physical goodies, aside from the one-off artwork by Sofia Siven, and subsequently attached to the film as an Associate Producer.

    You will have access to the locations, museums and expert historians supporting Magpie, and you will be part of the pre-production process sitting in on castings and rehearsals if you wish.

    Your official IMDb Associate Producer credit will be shown in the opening and closing titles of the film and you will be able to visit the set during shooting for as many days as you like.

    You also get to attend all screenings of the film as well as the airfield/museums tour and Red Feather Club dinner dance.

    (Travel & Accommodation not included. Over 18's only)

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    Pledge £1,500 or more About $2,293

    Business Backer / Executive Producer.

    For pledging £1,500, you will get the Blu-Ray/DVD box set, digital HD download, signed A4 book PLUS a bespoke promotional film created for your business shot and edited by the DoP and Producer Paul Cook (Up to two day shoot).

    We’ll also add your logo and website address to the credits of the film personally thanking you and your business for your support. You will also be given your very own page on the website where your donation is appreciated and your business celebrated.

    For non-businesses the film’s producer and director will help you to create a short film or music video of your very own.

    (This can be redeemed from January 2016. Travel & Accommodation not included)

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Funding period

- (30 days)