A short (half finished) comedy about love. And how it hurts.
A short (half finished) comedy about love. And how it hurts.
This Project Will Only Be Funded
A loving couple become embroiled in a pranking war that erupts between them without warning. With no end to the escalating madness in sight, how will they save their relationship? More importantly, who will have the last laugh?
STORY SO FAR
I can't remember where or when I had the idea for Pranksters - it certainly isn't based on real life... But I was excited and keen to make it, because I hadn't seen it done already, and to me it's a great little idea. When two people are in love and are committed in their relationship, but can't stop pranking one another, what happens? How will it all end? Who will win the pranking war, and how?
These aren't philosophical questions that desperately need answering, by any stretch of the imagination. But they are humorous questions that would be funny to have a go at answering. And so I embarked upon making the film.
I love comedy, and relish exploring darker comedy when the tone is right. Both the leading characters in this film are written as competitive and stubborn, meaning that the script was furnished with room for a gradual escalation in the severity of the pranks that they play on one another. The tough part was figuring out how to sustain that escalation over the course of twenty minutes, whilst keeping the gags within budget and within my own capability as a solo filmmaker. And I believe I've managed it! At least, I've half managed it... The film is only half finished!
As I mentioned in the video, I ran out of time and money back in October 2018. By the second day I knew it was unlikely we'd get everything shot, and that was probably a wise concession - there's no point in skimping on quality simply to adhere to an ambitious schedule. Better to get things right, let the pace determine itself, and return to shoot another day. So that is what happened. I took everything we'd shot and went away to edit it together, whilst recovering financially. Now, all that's left are the remaining pieces of the puzzle, a few key pranking scenes, and the climactic ending. And what I've got written is hopefully going to prove quite climactic indeed...
The £5000 target is the amount I've calculated I'll need for the completion of Pranksters. This will be spent on everything from actors fees, hiring of locations, kit rental, insurance and food on shoot days, to paying for a top notch grade at a post house in London, the recording of a score, and submission to festivals. In fact, £5000 is a fairly reasonable target, when you consider all those factors.
If we were to reach and surpass this target it will allow us to invest even more in crew, lighting, and in the little touches of production value that improve a film's credibility and performance. I think the film already does, and will continue to look incredible. But a film can always look better!
I've been making films since I was fifteen. My first film was shot on Mini DV, and the camera was operated via remote control (it was awful). But since then I've made nearly thirty short films, I love every aspect of filmmaking; from writing, storyboarding, location reccing, to shooting, editing and putting the final touches to a project.. it's my absolute passion. My last film, 'Gloves', (which I directed and shot) was a drama about a young boxer, coming to terms with the horror of an event that occurred early in his childhood. After the significant cost of producing it, and all the hard work that everyone put into making it, myself and the cast were absolutely delighted when it won the Golden Bull Award at 2017's Birmingham Film Festival (our supporting actor Frank Jakeman was on hand to receive the award). I'd have submitted the film to more festivals, but I simply didn't have the money to pay for multiple submissions, which is a regret I keep to this day.
The film also featured actor Kevin Mathurin, who's absolutely smashing it these days - you'll have seen him in recent TV commercials for McDonalds, Audible, Virgin Media, 2018's John Lewis Christmas ad... AND he's been appearing in various stage plays and TV shows. What a guy.
CAST AND CREW
Pieter Snyman is the film's DOP, and he's a marvel. He's worked all around the world on some amazing projects, and loves to shoot dynamic, vivid and highly stylised music videos. He's already brought a unique, cinematic look to this film, and he can't wait to crack on with capturing the rest, with the assistance of his regular assistant and gaffer! Check out his work on Instagram: @pieter_filmstills
Anthony Cozens and Jessica Boshier are the stars of this film, and they're superb. There's over 20 minutes on the timeline, and it's very tempting to show you more of what we've already captured, but I don't want to reveal too much! They've acted up a storm, and I've laughed over and over watching what they've done thus far whilst editing. Anthony has acted in a plethora of things, including Van Wilder 2 (2006), Sherlock (2012) and very recently the BBC's Gentleman Jack (2019). Jessica is a terrific actress and has been involved with many comic projects over the last few years, and can now be seen acting in comedy double-act Bosh & Babbs. I can't describe the relief I felt when I saw her showreel, and when she subsequently agreed to be in the film. I'd seen countless showreels, and hadn't had the 'eureka' moment watching any of them. When I found Jessica, I was beyond elated.
You can follow the making of Pranksters on the film's own Instagram account, where we share behind-the-scenes footage, information and more.
Risks and challenges
Luckily, the majority of what we have left to shoot takes place indoors. The primary challenge will be to complete filming inside three days - but given what we accomplished by ourselves the first time round, I know that it can be done on this second leg. The end scene deserves a mention here also: it'll be the biggest scene of the film by far. There'll be lots of people involved, and quite a large visual gag, too. Coordinating this will be a challenge, but I'm confident in what we can achieve. I have absolute trust in my actors, and know they'll deliver a stellar performance. If anything goes wrong with the shoot, the fault will lie with me; so I will have to prepare meticulously for the scene, know exactly what I'm doing, and be accountable for how I'm spending the money pledged here. Luckily, I have confidence in myself - otherwise I wouldn't be here wasting your time!
Thank you for reading this far, and for watching the video. I thank you for your consideration in helping me complete this film, and hope you'll join me on the production team to share in its making!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter