Amputee. International Superstar. Dying patient. Broken child. Lonesome nurse. What do they all have in common?
What is Umbrella?
Umbrella is an independent feature film; a multi strand narrative drama that explores themes of forgiveness. It follows the lives of four main characters, and how they each discover reprieve in different ways.
We have all suffered moments in life where we wish we could turn back the clock and make amends for our mistakes. During the story of Umbrella, we wish to tell a story where dwelling on our past does not help resolve our future. These characters all commence on a discovery in which each and every interaction we experience, can and does make a difference, be it big or small and how we can make a better future for ourselves and our families.
Alexander Way (37yrs old)
A secondary school teacher that finds himself trying to rescue a women from a violent sexual attack. He finds himself overpowered, beaten & taken to hospital. As a direct result of the attack, Alex loses one of his legs. Having believed that he failed the woman, he is searching for redemption, both from himself and the victim of the sexual assault.
Alexander Way will be played by Ben Woof (Pictured Below)
Jesiah Jarvus (32yrs old)
Jesiah is a famous British musician, frequently touring & never staying in one place too long.
Jesiah grew up with a fractured relationship with his father. Having not spoken with his dad in over 20 years, troubling news offers him the chance to reconcile & move forward in both his life and his fathers.
You can only run so far before your past starts coming back round again.
(Casting photo will be posted here during Kickstarter campaign)
Elethea Conall (24yrs old)
Elethea is a nurse at the local Hospital. She has to deal with bringing people into life, as well as watching people leave it. We hope to cover a genuine portrayal of a nurse, and the incredible work they do in our Hospitals. She is a strong women who's father left her and her mother just a week after Elethea was born.
She witnesses how important and meaningful her family relationships are, so when her father tries to get back in contact with her she struggles to come to terms with letting him back into her life.
(Casting photo will be posted here during Kickstarter campaign)
Theodore Smith (13yrs old)
Theo struggles to cope with problems that are out of his hands. After his parents decide to get a divorce, Theo is told that he has to make a decision on who he wants to live with - his Mum or Dad.
After making his decision, Theo becomes racked with guilt and seeks to be forgiven by his father. He vents his feelings and frustrations through a poem writing competition at school. The winning author of the poem has the chance to interview Jesiah Jarvus.
Theodore Smith will be played by Ethan Grenfell (Pictured Below)
We are a group of passionate film-makers who have worked together for over 7 years. We are experienced individuals, who have experienced many different roles within the film / TV industry. We have been working solidly on this screenplay for over a year, with Michael Smith taking lead. We have had our films shown at numerous festivals, and we were also a finalist at this years Empire Done In 60 Seconds competition.
Michael Smith: Director / Writer
Michael has spent the past few months working tirelessly scripting Umbrella. Michael also has had the opportunity to work as Assistant Director on 'The Boat That Rocked / Pirate Radio' (Richard Curtis).
Joshua Herron: Producer (IMDB)
Joshua has helped Michael finish the script for Umbrella, and also attended numerous location visits in previous weeks. Joshua has closed on deals for actors to appear in Umbrella, and is busy ensuring that Umbrella is as great a production off-screen as it will be on-screen.
Scott Clifton: Exec Producer
Scott has worked for ITV in the South West of England, and is currently finishing up his feature length screenplay 'Syracuse'. Scott brings a level-head and a wealth of experience to the production, and we are very lucky to have him on-board.
Jessica Brown: Writer / Producer
With a degree in Film and English, Jessica is a passionate storyteller with a keen eye for detail. She is currently refining the script for ‘Umbrella’ to ensure that it is as tight as possible for the shoot.
David Smith: 1st Assistant Director
We are pleased to announce that David Smith is now available and will be involved in "Umbrella".
He will be the 1st Assistant Director, he has a vast amount of experience drawn from his work on projects such as War Horse, Robin Hood and BBC drama "Silk".
As an independent feature film, we have so far personally had to raise all the money that we will pour into the making of this film.
The final budget for Umbrella is not £10,000. All money raised will go straight into the production quality of Umbrella. This includes transportation, equipment costs, ensuring everything looks fantastic on-screen as our work-ethic is off-screen. If we are lucky enough to surpass our goal of £10,000, it will allow us to take greater artistic risks on the film. We are personally pouring thousands of pounds of our own money into making Umbrella the best film it can possibly be. Help support our vision, and follow us on our journey.
Even small feature film productions can head north of over £1M in today's climate. We are attempting to challenge pre-conceptions that you need a big budget to make a good film. Money does not equal story.
By donating to the project, you will become a member of Team Umbrella, and have our eternal thanks.
We will be simultaneously updating our Kickstarter page with exclusive content for our backers, whilst also updating the Official Umbrella website & Facebook page -
We will be shooting the film on a Black Magic Cinema Camera. We believe this offers a much more dynamic picture than our Canon / Nikon DSLR's, ensuring we capture Umbrella in the quality it deserves. Despite the fact we are a small team, we will not be cutting back on visual / audio equipment!
Storyboards - Pre-Viz
Below we have detailed the process from storyboarding to screen. Thanks to a wonderful local artist, we have been able to visualise the entire film, allowing us to iron out any issues we may have had before filming begins.
Shown below are some of the locations that can be found in Umbrella.
Michael has tirelessly worked putting together 4 unique posters, highlighting the characters struggles in Umbrella. As we move through production, we promise to release a new set of posters, equally artistic and memorable.
(Please note - Travel & Accommodation NOT included in rewards. We apologise that it was not highlighted on pledges but we cannot amend these now. Thank you!)
£1 - Eternal Gratitude
You will receive eternal gratitude from everyone working on Umbrella.
£5 - Personal Raindrop & digital postcard - Umbrella Website
The above link will take you to the interactive Umbrella webpage, where there will be a raindrop with your name on it! The website also features latest news & updates from everyone working on Umbrella.
£10 - 1080p Download
You can guarantee yourself a copy of Umbrella. We will pass you on a link where you can download the full film at 1080p quality.
£20 - Special Thanks Credit
You will be included in the Special Thanks credits at the end of the film. You will also be included on IMDB.
£30 - Personal Umbrella - Umbrella Website
£50 - DVD / Blu-ray
Once the film is completed, we will post you your choice of DVD or Blu-ray of the finished film.We will also include extras that will not be available on download only tiers.
£70 - Umbrella prop
You will receive a prop that was used on the set of Umbrella.
£100 - A personal thank-you video on YouTube
Director Michael Smith will send you your own personalised thank-you video on YouTube, which you can share with your family & friends.
£150 - Official Umbrella Poster
You may pick from the above 4 designs -
- Alex Poster
- Theo Poster
- Jesiah Poster
- Elethea Poster
£200 - Official Umbrella crew t-shirt
Available ONLY during this Kickstarter campaign, this exclusive t-shirt will be worn by the crew on the film-set. Available in all sizes.
£250 - World Premiere
You plus 1 guest will be invited to the World Premiere of Umbrella (travel & accommodation not included)
£300 - Skype chat (1 hour)
Director Michael Smith will speak to you over Skype for 1 hour. You can talk about anything, from the film, to your own ideas etc.
£400 - Background character (LIMITED)
We will personally name one of the characters after you! You will forever be immortalised in Umbrella.
£500 - Executive Producer & Signed script
Hand us back your special thanks credit, as you will be receiving an Executive Producer credit on Umbrella. This will also be included on IMDB. You will also receive a limited edition signed script of Umbrella.
£750 - Set visit
You will be invited for a few days to come & check out Umbrella as it is being made (travel and accommodation not included). You can help us create this film, and also receive a walk-on part in the film itself!
£1,000 - Producer credit
Hand us back your Executive Producer credit, as you are now a full-fledged PRODUCER of Umbrella. We will personally keep you up-to-date with all things Umbrella on a weekly basis, and you will also have your name as Producer on IMDB.
Current funding progress.
Help us drizzle the raindrops down to £10,000! An exciting announcement will be revealed once we hit our target, but we will need your help!
If you have any questions about the project, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us through Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are making a feature film so inevitably there will be some risks and challenges that we will be confronted with along the way.
We will be shooting with the Black Magic Cinema Camera, this is a new product on the market and it will be a challenge to adjust our workflow so that we can get the most out of this camera and it's fantastic 2.5K RAW shooting format. But a challenge that will in the end give us great results.
In the film, water plays an important role. It will be raining throughout most of the film which will pose a problem for the special effects department to be able to create this physical effect both on set and at various locations. It will also pose a problem for our DoP and camera operators as the equipment will need to be safe and waterproofed.
Being an independent film crew means that we are working with a fairly small crew. We will have on average 12 people on set at any one time. This could pose a problem for us, especially when we come to shoot the big set pieces in the film.
This is also our first feature film production, it will be an interesting move and we will use our experience we have gained from the short films we have made and transpose them to the feature environment.
On all productions time is always going to be a constant worry, we have planned to shoot the film over 32 days, which means principal photography will be finished on February 12th. We have planned 3 contingency days in case of emergency. Wet weather cover has also been arranged so if we have the unfortunate luck of being rained off we will not have wasted a days filming. We then proceed onto post-production for a few months.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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