Southampton Ukulele Jam – The Documentary
Southampton Ukulele Jam (SUJ) are making a documentary and we need YOUR help!
Since forming in 2008, we've grown to be the biggest ukulele jam on the UK's South Coast, playing to thousands of people at festivals, concert halls and community events. We often attract anywhere between 60 to a hundred ‘jammers’ to our fortnightly sessions at Southampton’s Talking Heads pub.
- Who are the Jam?
- Why do people join?
- Why do people stay?
- What is it about SUJ that makes it so special?
Our documentary will answer all these questions…..
- It will tell the story of how the Jam was created and how it has grown.
- It will feature interviews with the Jam and their friends
- It will feature unseen archive footage and newly filmed scenes of gigs and jams
It will give the viewer a rare opportunity to see the Jam from the eyes of the ‘Jammers’, and allow us all to learn how the coming together of ukulele enthusiasts has grown into lifelong friendships, a caring support network, and even loving relationships.
Why do we need your support ?
Although we have always chosen to donate all the money we raise from gigs to charity, we strongly believe that professional artists should be paid for their work and a huge part of getting this project off the ground rests on funding. The money will go to the filmmaking, the filmakers' expenses, the making of the rewards and making the rewards happen.
Amy Lupin - Director
Hi I'm Amy and I'm a film maker based in Brighton. I recently graduated from Brighton Film School, receiving a ‘Directing and Cinematography diploma’. On my course I met some interesting and talented people who I have been lucky enough to enlist the help of for this project:
Serena künzler- Co Producer and Cinematographer
• Serena is a trained musician and an accomplished pianist who has a natural artistic flare, which led her to joining Brighton Film School. After we graduated we have worked well together and her natural eye and organisation have been central to making this documentary happen so far.
Matt Wilkinson- Cinematographer and Sound technician.
• Matt is a professional sound engineer and is also a highly skilled photographer. It was his dream to always work in film and joined Brighton Film School to make that happen. His technical knowledge and experience have been and will continue to be crucial to the documentary.
Will Hughes - Editor
• Will more than proved himself at film school by writing and directing two of our student films. He has since independently created and edited a 10 minute film, showcasing the variety of skills that he has. Its Will’s task to transcribe most of the interviews and help bring the documentary to life.
What we’ve done so far…
- Conducted pre interview questionnaires
- Begun filming interviews
- Filmed fortnightly ukulele jams
- Filmed the SUJ Beginners and Improvers session
- Filmed gigs including 'Paddle round the Pier' and the 'Pumpkin festival’
- Collated archive footage dating back to the start of the Jam.
What we have left to do…
Over October and November we plan to...
- Continue interviews with Jam members, family and friends and other people who the Jam have helped in some way.
- Continue to film the Jam performing and 'behind the scenes'
- Go to more jams!
We expect to have completed the film by early January 2017
We’re very happy to answer any questions you may have and agree a bespoke rewards package Email: - firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
As new film-makers the biggest challenge we face is funding.
The costs that come from making a documentary can pile up quickly and this is why we need your help as we have a few more months to go yet.
There could be a variety of other challenges such as equipment malfunctions or late to finishing the documentary. However, having such a great team that can draw on each others diverse strengths will ensure that these difficulties are dealt with quickly and professionally. As a team we also have a broad understanding of the documentary film making process; we have all have had experience of directing, producing and working with cameras so there is no doubt that we will make The Southampton Ukulele Jam proud.
We have put a lot of time and effort into this documentary and we are prepared for any challenges along the way. With your support we can turn everyones hard work into a reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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