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
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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