About this project
MLE - A Spy Film With Heart
[MLE has] a great team and a terrific story; I hate that I didn't think of it ... a great movie." - Paul Haggis (Multi-Oscar Winning Director/Producer/Writer for "Crash")
Well, That was a Great Video ... I'd Like to Know More Now ...
Thank you! Absolutely, please find more about: story, team, visualization and incentives below!
So What's the Story?
MLE ('My Little Eye') is based on a true story –
Julie Robert, (“nope, not Julia Roberts,” as she has to correct daily) is a broke actor who just lost her only gig. Stranded in a new country with her trouble-making best friend Camila, and struggling to find a sane new agent, Julie finds herself taking on spy work from a strange family. What seems fun at first turns life belly-up for Julie (code name MLE) – the awkward, amateur spy.
And What's the Genre? Basically, Will I Be Laughing?
Yes: Comedy / Spy Thriller
("sounds fun Sarah!")
That's a Good Start. Why Do You Want Our Help?
I'm glad you asked that. We are emerging filmmakers and in order to further our careers, we know the best plan: taking action. Instead of waiting for large film funding bodies to ask, "How many other features have you done?" and waiting potentially years to hear a "Yes" or "No" for a not-so-signifant amount of finance, our strategy is to stand out from the mountain of applications. We're going to make our own work, with the most talented team possible. We need your support to raise a micro budget, and shoot an excellent story. The support around this project has already been incredible: everything from photography, to unique locations and donated state-of-the-art equipment. This way, in less than a year from now, we will have a film to stand by and show what we are capable of.
Okay. Sounding Quite Clever. Tell Us About This DreamCoat?
Dreamcoat Productions is a London, UK based film production company. MLE is our current feature length film. We are justifiably proud of a world-class script that is engaging, original, entertaining and incredibly current. We are thrilled to have attracted Oscar nominated, multi-BAFTA-winning executive producers to our team.
Great. What About the Team?
Sarah is the Writer/Director of MLE, and is also playing the part of Julie Robert, amateur spy.
Her first feature film, MOMENTS BEFORE, premiered in festivals in LA and Toronto. Sarah studied Dramatic Arts at the University of Toronto and went on to study filmmaking in London. At University Sarah was a selected artist for a specialised course taught by director and film icon Atom Egoyan, who continues to be a mentor, and has specifically encouraged her comedic voice.
As an actor, she created theatrical peices for the Fringe Festival circuit and performed at the Piccolo Teatre in Milan. Under the support of Egoyan, Sarah launched into her film career. Her short film, GUILT OR, was selected as top 10 for the TIFF Showcase before going on to show theatrically in Canada before Roman Polanski's, CARNAGE. Most recently Sarah co-produced with Matt Austin a short film, TAPE, that was selected for Cannes International Film Festival 2012. She also completed seven short films for a new campaign, HOPE STREAMS for World Vision.
Sarah's second feature film, a comedy entitled, CATCH IT EARLY, in development with producer Jordana Aarons, was one of four selected for development with the Canadian National Screen Institute's Features First Program with executive producer Avi Federgreen. She is currently working as a story consultant with Canwood Entertainment on their upcoming project about the life of Charles Dickens. Sarah also teaches Acting at the Met Film School in Ealing Studios, and runs workshops on directing actors; most recenely at Central St. Martins.
Joseph A. Adesunloye
Joseph is the co-Producer for MLE.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria Joseph a. Adesunloye founded DreamCoat Productions — created to bring together his interest in film and theatre work in Africa, Europe and North America.
He graduated from the University of Aberdeen, with a Masters of Arts in English Literature and Film Studies and subsequently attended the London Film Academy - where he also worked on the Filmmaking Foundation courses as a tutor after completing his yearlong Filmmaking Diploma. DreamCoat Productions is a creative Production Company that not only specialises in making new media content, but also works creating videos for established Corporate and Experiential Marketing brands, such as Colgate, Haagen Daz, Mary Kay, Pearson, Penguin, NHS and LoveFilm to name a few.
Joseph has strong and varied creative experience, ranging from Features, Short Films, Theatre, Television Series, Social Documentaries, Commercials, Music Videos, Promotional films and Corporate videos featuring the Financial Times, Edexcel, DK, and more. His work in media has also led him to exciting and topical projects for leading institutions. His other works include:
• Their Archive, Our History (Documentary), (Producer), Al Jazeera
• Lebanese History (Documentary), (Producer), Al Jazeera
• Voices of Windrush (Documentary), (Director), supported by Hackney Museum & Hackney Empire
• Building Bridges (Documentary), (Co. Director), by British Museum
In 2008 Joseph founded Screening Africa. Screening Africa — a not-for-profit project designed to bring people together in celebration of the diversity of Africa through film screenings. Screening Africa showcases some of the most insightful, refreshing and thought-provoking Cinema from around the Continent of Africa, ranging from old masters to contemporary visionaries, coupled with special Q&As with the filmmakers.
Joy is the co-producer of MLE.
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor is an award-winning producer, who graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a BA in Film Studies and subsequently completed an MA in Creative Writing in Films, Plays and TV from City University, London. With DreamCoat Productions she has established a strong dynamic voice as a writer and producer. Her work has achieved worldwide distribution through various prominent international festivals. Joy has a proven track record in delivering projects on time and within budget. Her work in the film and theatre industries allows her to draw on contacts from these various industries, helping to build a significant database of contacts for present and future use.
Simon is the Executive Producer for MLE.
Simon Shore studied film at the Royal College of Art, where he made several short films, including LA BOULE, which won a British Academy Award and was short-listed for the Student Oscar.
His work since has included documentaries (NOT QUITE PARADISE, ETON: CLASS OF ’91), television drama (AFTER THOMAS, THE ENGLISH WIFE), and feature films (GET REAL, THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 30). His first feature, GET REAL, won Audience Awards at the Edinburgh, Dinard and Sydney film festivals and was an official selection for Sundance.
He is currently making a series of improvised short films and shooting a documentary about happiness, while preparing to direct his French language feature script, LA DEMOISELLE HONTEUSE, next year.
He has been involved in film education and mentoring for 25 years and has taught writing, directing, editing and cinematography in a number of schools, at all levels up to MA.
He says: “Sarah Warren is a great storyteller, an inspiring director and the best actor I have ever worked with. For some time, I have wanted to see her write, direct and act in a film, to show off what I already know she can do: MLE is that film.”
Paul Bennun is the Associate Producer for MLE.
Paul Bennun is the multi-BAFTA nominated and winning Chief Creative Officer of Somethin' Else—the celebrated content design and creation company—and the Chair of Artangel (the UK's leading art commissioner). In the top 10 of Broadcast Magazine's hottest 100 in the UK media industry. He holds internationally recognised awards in games, radio, mobile technology and interactive broadcasting. A long-running BAFTA video games juror he also co-authored a British Government report on digital music and is an artistic collaborator with several Artangel artists, writer John Berger, Theatre de Complicite and Rotozaza. Paul also presents science, technology and usability programmes for the BBC.
He says: “MLE is a unique project. It feels like it was beamed from a world where games and film lived in harmony. It deserves to be a huge success.”
Clayton Blizzard is the musician for MLE, including composing incredible original material.
Clayton Blizzard is a Rapper/ Writer/ Singer/ Poet/ Musician/ Performer based in the UK. His music gives heart to hip hop. Though Clayton’s music has been used before for films, this is the first true collaboration where he is writing original content inspired by this story, MLE.
Kristin is the Director of Photography for MLE.
Born in London, England, Kristin graduated from the University of Sussex with a Bachelors and Masters in International Development and Politics. She began her professional career as a humanitarian aid worker in Africa and Asia, whilst continuing her childhood passion for stills photography. Later Kristin moved to Canada and trained as a camera technician for the International Cinematographers Guild and spent over five years working on feature films and television. She has been shooting as a cinematographer in the past few years and brings her unique set of experiences and travels as inspiration to her work. Recently Kristin was nominated for the Kodak Student Cinematography Award for her work on the short film THE MAN WHO FOUND DB COOPER.
Impressive. And the Cast?
Julie Robert -late 20s, broke actor who loves video games, puppets, cake and wants to tell good stories. Then the spying comes along - oh boy.
Camila - Julie's best friend. A ballsy, outspoken, actor.
Sebastian - Joy's boyfriend, a secret cult leader.
Joy - The daughter of Joseph. She is a lover of puppets. A massage therapist with a bad dating track record.
What Other Film is MLE Similar To?
The most recent corollary film for MLE is Noah Balbach's latest festival darling, FRANCES HA, co-written with lead actor Greta Gerwig. Greta plays an unsuccessful dancer in her late 20s trying to find her way in New York City. An nearly unheard of and unique aspect of this female-led film, is that it does not have a romantic subplot. It instead focuses on the love between friends and the complexities/comedy in that dynamic. Set in a similarly fast paced city - MLE explores the comedic trials of finding your way as an artist when fame and fortune are, for now; very, very, far out of sight.
What's in it For Us?
- You will receive many appealing incentives displayed over there ->
- You will help good humans fulfil dreams
- You will have the warm & fuzzy "I've made someone's life better" feeling
- You will receive a film credit or public acknowledgement of your awesomeness
- You will help a wonderful story be told
Where Will you Shoot the Film?
Good Question. We plan to shoot at: Borough Market, Regents Canal, Brick Lane, Ealing Studios, and Hackney. Here are some of the unique locations:
What About the Video Game Stuff & All the Cake & the Vampire Mermaid Funny Bit & the Crass Puppets in the Film?
Some things will just have to remain a surprise! Unless of course you donate a large amount - then you can know the secrets ...
Right, Well Now I'm Hooked - Where Can I See More (After my Generous Donation?)
I'm Blown Away, and Want to Sell My House For You Guys...
Well! If you would like to become an investor/executive producer on MLE by giving an investment more than the donations on this page, please contact Dreamcoat Productions for more information.
A thank you from my heart ...
Make Up: Philippa Cross
Stylist: Rikki Finlay
Photographer: Chris Ingham
Special Thanks: Marina Wallrock
And thank YOU for making the decision to support this film!
Seriously, you are wonderful humans.
Risks and challenges
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