UPDATE: We've hit our target in just 3 days and want to say thank you to everyone who's made it happen!
We're now hoping to push this figure up to reduce our Phase 2 budget (currently £3000 needed), so please help the fund and let's see how far we can get to reach that next target!
So what's it all about?
John Smith is dead ....... so is John Smith - and there's been a mix up over funerals. It can happen - but when the two men's funerals are accidentally booked for the same time at the same church, things get a little uncomfortable - especially when you realise that one John Smith is a corrupt government minister, serial adulterer, master of the hunt and the very apogee of the County set ..... whereas John Smith is an animal loving, gay rights campaigning, cross dressing transvestite burglar - well we all have our dark side - but two eulogies, apparently for the same man, leave the mourners in a state of bewilderment at the double life John Smith was leading.
But how did these two men come to be dead ? How do their stories intertwine ? Which John Smith is actually in the box and which one is late for his own funeral ? And who is John Smith - the man who would be Lear? What is LEAR, the protest organisation - and how did King Lear come to be involved in an invasion of an arms fair with Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, General Galtieri and General Pinochet? What role could the hapless Ginger (see video clip) have in all of this? Throw in the rivalry of two undertaking companies, one of which generates its own work - and you have The Deaths of John Smith - a new black comedy by Roger Harding and Darren Scott .
We start filming in August 2013, with further blocks of filming planned for October 2013 and early 2014. The project is being undertaken with the absolute minimum of funding, a true Independent Film. For the first block of filming, we are looking to raise just £600 to cover the costs of equipment hire, actors' expenses, props etc. All of the cast and crew are giving their time for free, such is their commitment to this project.
The film is developing a life of its own.
A well-followed Facebook page exists with updates on progress, cast profiles etc: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Deaths-of-John-Smith/569355399781242
A dedicated website is in place and is constantly being updates and improved: http://thedeathsofjohnsmith.com/
You can find out more about the main characters here: http://thedeathsofjohnsmith.com/characters/
And! We've just launched a YouTube channel where clips (as they develop) will be posted. Bookmark it - you KNOW you want to!
Risks and challenges
We're looking for funding at the moment, just to help us get the first part of the film actually made. Later on, we face a whole different set of challenges in getting the film distributed and seen. The plan is to use the film itself as an advert (obviously), but also and more importantly, if we can show potential distributors how YOU were interested enough to support our efforts via KickStarter, that may provide enough incentive to make them feel there are actually real, live people out there who would enjoy this film!
We're looking for your support.
We intend to keep our supporters fully informed as the film develops, we'll be posting updates on Facebook, on the Two Hats blog and keeping you in the loop with KickStarter emails.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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