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About

Most of us now carry a video camera in our pocket. However, not many have tried to make a full 90 minute movie with one and get it into cinemas.

But that's what we have challenged ourselves to achieve.

And it won't be easy.

We're being ambitious and not setting our story in one location. We're going to shoot in many locations across one of the biggest cities in the world - London.

This is a tough challenge. We'll have to employ every guerrilla filmmaking tactic we can come up with to get our story in "the can" (or portable hard drive, most likely).

Before we can start this challenge, we need some funds. We'll have to keep our actors and small crew alive with food and travel costs. There'll be some small bits of equipment needed. Some locations will need hiring.

When I shot my first film, I had only a camcorder, 1 professional light, 1 mic and recorder. I could fit everything I needed to shoot the film in 2 sports holdalls. This meant the whole production could arrive at the location by bus or train.

But that time I had a year to shoot, filming as and when I could arrange everyone and the location. This time, I'll only have 3 weeks.

If you join us, you'll get to follow along on this crazy against-the-odds adventure. Can we get locations? Will the actors show up? Can I handle the pressure of shooting with limited funds and a tiny crew?

A down-on-his-luck band manager tries to save a young singer from the man encouraging her seemingly fatal addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Synopsis  

Joe is a once-successful rock guitarist whose famous rock star dad died too young. He’s now managing a girl post-punk band in London, but is almost out of funds. To add to his troubles, the lead singer (Nicki) is addicted to drugs, alcohol and a young guy named Coriolano. When she's too wasted to perform and the record label walks away, her dad (a wealthy golf club owner) demands Joe employ a local thug-for-hire to scare Coriolano away.

Body & Soul is a drama-thriller set in the London music scene. It's about ordinary people trying to make it against the odds, in a tough and ruthless business. Ordinary folk trying to be extraordinary. People like me and you, reaching for the stars. They serve you coffee in the day, write lyrics in their breaks, play music when they can. And dream.

Inspiration

Some years ago, I was in a band like many others. Writing and recording songs in our living room, playing in grimy small venues around London and sending off demo tapes to managers and labels. Our high point was a Melody Maker "Single of the Week" in January 1993 accompanied by some plays on BBC Radio 1.

I've had a dream to make a film about this world. A 'behind the scenes' glimpse (but by no means definitive), and without the usual glossy facade presented via film and other media.

As a filmmaker, what excites me about new technology is the opportunities it opens up to us as storytellers. The new wave of experimental filmmakers during the 1950s and 60s came after the development of lightweight cameras to be used for filming in combat situations during WW2. And now, with high definition cameras in everyone’s pockets, we find ourselves with the opportunity to experiment once again.

We want to experiment and push smartphone filmmaking to its limits.

The smartphone camera is now the camera of the people, for the people. They are “mobile” cameras, designed for spontaneity. So, we’ll use them that way, and aim to create a film with a natural energy and a raw dramatic power.

We will use the smartphone cameras to create a naturalistic feel. We'll aim to explore new ways to be creative when shooting a narrative movie; to push smartphone film making to its limits.

This film is by its nature a risk. Because if filmmakers can’t take risks, the art-form itself becomes stale. By supporting this campaign, you will play your part in keeping the movie business fresh and innovative.

NEW: Cinema 5D Article about Body&Soul.

"All power to this film. This is going to inspire a lot of people who don’t have 50k for an Alexa or RED rig, or even $3,000 to kit a DSLR/DSLRM, to get out there and just create, and not be inhibited by that “IQ Wall”."

We plan to premiere Body&Soul at the Mobile Motion Film Festival - on the big screen in Zurich, Switzerland - in 2019.

Previous Films

My previous films Third Contact and Kosmos were shot on micro budgets. Together they've been viewed over 1 million times on YouTube and are now collecting more viewing minutes over on Amazon.

 

After playing Philip Huyt in Kosmos, Jeff is back on board to star in Body & Soul as a down-on-his-luck band manager.

In 1994 Jeff starred in the French cult hit Giorgino, directed by Laurent Boutonnat.

As a studio guitarist, Jeff has played on some of the highest-selling albums in French history and as lead guitarist performed on some of the largest grossing tours in Europe. Jeff has produced some twenty albums gaining top 20 in Germany, France and Italy.

Yet to cast...

Other roles are yet to be filled, including the following:

NICKI HARDING: Female. Mid 20s. Lead singer of a girl rock band. A huge talent, currently wasted - in both senses of the word. Fighting addiction to alcohol, drugs and a parasitic boyfriend.

ROB BYALL: Male. Late 20s. Geeky, knowledgeable A&R scout for a medium sized record label. Once had ambitions to be a musician but fell into a comfortable, regular-waged role instead.  

PEGGY: Female. 30s. Drummer with enough basic skills to punch a crunching rhythm on a post-punk song. Quietly gets on with her job without complaining.

SOFIA: Female. Late 20s. Flamboyant post-punk rock guitarist and singer with attitude and stage charisma. Not afraid of confrontation.

JOANNA: Female. Mid 20s. Bass guitarist and singer. Sees the band as an escape route out of her mundane existence as a coffee shop barista. Ambitious and determined.

DAVID: Male, 50s, grey-greying hair. Recording studio owner. His days of hedonism are in the past. He just wants a quiet life and to get paid.

CORIOLANO: Male. Mid 20s. Good looking London boy. Nicki’s partner in love and addiction. Always looking for ways to score the next fix. His parents are not of British descent - perhaps Turkish or South European.

MR TONY PITT: Male. Mid 40s. An imposing man from a working class area north of London. Earns occasional extra money scaring people for clients.

CLARK: Male, late 30s. A golf club employee. Can follow simple orders and always sticks to his task.

JOHN HARDING: Male. Mid 60s. Nicki’s dad and golf club owner. Big, imposing, north London or Essex, self-made.

MARK, OLLY, PHIL, LARRY: Male. Middle-aged golf club members. They hang out with their rich friend John Harding, drink his beer and amuse each other.

CAFE WAITRESS: Female. 40s. Waitress and pushy mother with a musically talented son.

DRUNK BANKER: Male, 20s. So drunk he can hardly stand. Makes a fool of himself.

MALCOLM: Male. 50s. A bookish publishing company exec with glasses and greying hair.

TOM: Male. 30s. Does his job, knows the business, works adequately and plays hard.

PATRICK: Male. 30s. Hopes to break a band one day, so he can have his own office. Hangs out with Tom and Jane when he can.

JANE: Female. Late 30s. Ambitious, major label A&R woman. Notched a few successes as part of the big system but wants her own label.

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Signed A RACE OF MINDS Kosmos paperback novel.

Mobile Motion Pictures

Since creating the first Mobile Motion Film Festival in 2015, we have watched nearly 1000 films shot on smartphones or similar devices. Having seen many others inspired to pick up their phone and start filming, we're going to have a go ourselves.

We'll get first hand experience of the unique challenges of making a smartphone film. We'll be able to tell you what we learned - while we're filming and (hopefully) in a 'making of' documentary to be made alongside.

If you help us reach our goal, you'll be able to follow along and get invaluable insight into the process.

Risks and challenges

Every film production carries a certain element of risk. But here's the thing: with this movie we're on Kickstarter because we want the freedom to take bigger creative risks than a producer would allow.

We are actually asking you to fund us to take risks.

We're not here to make another low budget movie which mimics bigger budget movies. We are here to experiment and push smartphone filmmaking to its limits.

The money we raise here - minus Kickstarter fees and costs of making the rewards - will be our only production funds. As usual, we will send regular update to our backers so you know first hand the progress of the campaign, your rewards and of course the film.

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    Two Words

    A great song can begin with something as small and simple as a word or two. Your support will be repaid in two words: a "thank you" shout out on social media.

    But never forget - your pledge made it possible for this film to be made when the film industry, with all it's millions, did nothing.

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    Written by Hand

    When I was in a band, I used to write song lyrics, scribbled on the back of an envelope. For this reward, I will send you a limited edition Body & Soul Backer postcard, designed and signed by me.

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    A Line of a Song

    The best song lyrics are often ambiguous and can mean different things to you, depending how you feel in that moment. I'll think up a unique line of a song, just for you. And I'll write it by hand on your limited edition Body & Soul Backer postcard, also designed and signed by me. You'll have to imagine what the rest of the song might have been (or write it yourself).

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    Own The Film

    I can see you're down. Take a load off. In short, download the finished film. We'll send you a link. You do the rest and it's yours.

    The postcard will be sent by May 2018.

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    Own The Words

    Once upon a time, I sat down and started writing a screenplay. Words, ideas, feelings, characters, scenes... conjured from nothing, somehow, and they become real. Think about that. The power you have. I wrote that Joe says, "What’s happened to us?" But if YOU back this project, Joe will actually say it and maybe millions of people will watch him.

    To say thanks, we'll send you a link to the original screenplay. You do the rest and it's yours.

    The postcard will be sent by May 2018.

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    Own the Soundtrack

    A digital download of the film's soundtrack - songs written and recorded for the film.

    A film about the music scene in London will need some great songs. I'll be collaborating with my old writing partner Sarah, as well as Jeff and others, to create the soundtrack songs for the film. Chose this reward and we'll send you a link to download all the songs written and recorded for this film.

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    A Handwritten Melody

    What are lyrics without a melody? With this reward you will get the same as the Line of a Song reward except your lyrics will be set to a unique melody by my old song-writing partner Sarah, handwritten onto a musical score, signed by us and sent to you.

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    NEW! Homemade Brownies

    Andrea is going to exclusively bake you her legendary Brownies made with love and of course the finest Swiss Chocolate. Plus you will receive the full movie and screenplay download as well as a handwritten postcard.

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    I Want To Be Famous

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    Tell Me A Story

    Storytelling comes in many forms. My novel A RACE OF MINDS continues the story where the Kosmos webseries finished. If you choose this reward, I will send you a signed and dedicated copy of the book, in paperback.

    The book and postcard will be sent by May 2018.

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    BODY&SOUL T-Shirt

    What happens when your Third Contact, Kosmos or MoMo Film Festival t-shirts are in the wash? You'll need something to change into and you just feel naked without some form of kickstarter reward clothing upon your body. Then choose this reward and we'll send you a fresh new Body&Soul t-shirt.

    The t-shirt and postcard will be sent by June 2018.

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    The Big Movie Premiere

    The finished film will be premiered at the Mobile Motion Film Festival in 2019 (in Zürich, Switzerland) - choose this reward and you can be there on the night. You will receive 2 VIP tickets for the premiere (travel and accommodation not included).

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    Be In The Film

    If you choose this reward, we'll invite you to participate as a background artist. You'll have a chance of appearing in the final film as well as being there when the film gets made. We'll be using methods never used before, so this will be a great way to get an exclusive look at the process.

    The filming will take place in or around London, UK. Although we don't have shooting dates set, we are looking at March to April, 2018.

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    Signed Screenplay

    The process of filming often changes many elements from the original screenplay and we expect this to happen even more when filming Body & Soul. By owning the screenplay, you will get a special insight into the process.

    If you choose to know more, I will print a copy of the screenplay, sign it and send it to you.

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    Movie Memorabilia

    A cool movie poster somehow captures the dramatic essence of the film in one image. And they look awesome in a frame on your wall. Even more so when you know the film wouldn't have existed without you.

    Once the official movie poster is designed (probably by me) I'll have a limited number printed and sent to you, with my signature on.

    The postcard will be sent by May 2018.

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    A Song About You

    One of the songs written for the film will be dedicated to you.

    We will include something about you (probably your first name - but we can discuss this with you) in a song specially written for the film.

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    Be Featured in the Film

    You will appear in the film in a minor role.

    Actor improvisation will be key to the filming process. If you choose this perk, you will be invited to take part in a minor role, appearing in one scene in the film. Whether you have experience as an actor or not, we will work together before and during the shoot to bring your ideas to the part. You will receive and IMDb credit as a cast member.

    We are aiming to shoot in London, UK, around March and April 2018. Travel and lodging not included.

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    See how it’s done...

    Spend a day shadowing me on set while shooting Body & Soul. Witness the organised chaos and drama of a film shoot, so close you can see the sweat on my brow. See how I work with actors, crew and locations to try to bring a screenplay to life without a bank full of production funds. Get behind the scenes information on the story of Body & Soul, that no one outside of the cast and crew will know (you will have to go through the sacred ritual where you swear to secrecy).

    We will invite you to attend the official premiere of the film at the MoMo Film Festival in Zürich, Switzerland in 2019.

    We are aiming to shoot around March and April 2018. Travel and lodging not included.

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    Executive Producer

    You will be one of our official Executive Producers for Body & Soul. Your name will appear in the titles at the start of the film and the official IMDb page.

    As one of the film's producers, we will invite you to attend the official premiere of the film at the MoMo Film Festival in Zürich, Switzerland in 2019.

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    Producer

    You are one of the official producers of this movie. Your name or logo will appear at the very beginning of the film, before anything else. Your name (or company name) will be credited on IMDb as producer (or production company). Your name or logo will appear on all the official marketing material for the film, including poster, flyers or any digital artwork for social media or for streaming services such as Amazon Video.

    As one of the film's producers, we will invite you to attend the official premiere of the film at the MoMo Film Festival in Zürich, Switzerland in 2019. Travel and lodging not included.

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