IT ALL WENT WRONG WITH STAR WARS...
We love Star Wars, but this is about the impact it had. Before then, science fiction films were often quirky, created by mavericks with something so unusual to express that only a genre equipped for the fantastic could communicate it. After that...well, look at the state of play now. Bloated, effects-led franchises high in decibels and mostly devoid of heart and spark.
There are delightful exceptions of course - Moon and Monsters are two of our reference points. And we see White Lily as existing within that tradition, which also in our view points back to classics like Silent Running and Dark Star. ('We' = me - writer Adrian Reynolds - and director Tristan Ofield.)
ABOUT US, AND OUR FILM
At its core, White Lily is a simple story. One that takes a situation you've seen before and does something different with it. In a genre that's all about what's alien, we want to explore what it is to be human.
There are other people I could have worked with. But to realise a vision you need people who connect with it, and that's what unites the White Lily team. Director Tristan Ofield has a keen eye for visual storytelling, which when combined with Director of Photography Alistair Little's uncanny ability to work with light produces breathtaking results. With White Lily, we're excited to be taking that to the next level with the possibility of shooting on 35mm. (And if not, we'll be using great pro equipment anyway.)
Actors Siddhii Lagrutta and David McCaffrey had worked with Adrian on his supernatural thriller serial Making Sparks, and have notched up an impressive collection of appearances on stage and screen.
Darren Bourne and Dick Hetherington create sophisticated electronica as odD, and have collaborated with creators in other artforms. I knew their meticulous leftfield approach to audio would result in unique sound for White Lily. They're joined by Sounds of Gladness in doing remixes for the downloadable EP that's one of our rewards. Extracts are featured in this video, starting with Siddhii's vocal, which is used as the basis of the other versions.
Max Crow is the immensely gifted director and animation whizz at the National Space Centre. His work on their planetarium shows is jawdropping, and thanks to his friendship with Tristan he's going to be sprinkling some stardust over White Lily. (Stardust is a technical term.)
NOW WE'VE REACHED THE MINIMUM WE NEED, LET'S LOOK AT STRETCH GOALS
These stretch goals are not set in stone. They're an indicator of what we plan to make available, and we'll make definitive decisions once we know for sure how much money we have available. Put it this way: no one will go away empty handed.
STRETCH GOAL #1 £5000
Film festivals are a great way to get attention for what we're doing. And if we're lucky, White Lily will win a prize and get more of a buzz. Reaching this target allows us to enter at least a dozen festivals around the world.
BONUS: annotated script in PDF form.
STRETCH GOAL #2 £6000
Having a film at a festival is cool. Being there in person is even better. Meeting this goal allows us to be at one or more festivals in person. And with it, increase our chance of meeting allies for the future.
BONUS: podcast after you've received your copy of the film. The White Lily team will talk about the film, and answer questions.
STRETCH GOAL #3 £7000
Writing a script starts off with a solid treatment, the document outlining the story.The first one Adrian wrote won a competition that introduced him to Four Weddings & A Funeral producer Tim Bevan. Lightning probably won't strike twice, but without a treatment it's that much harder to write the script.
BONUS: PDF copy of a Making Of White Lily book - only with a better title than that - lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed by Andy Tudor.
STRETCH GOAL #4 £8000
Tristan gets to spend time developing the look of the film, working up mood boards and concept art. All this helps in meetings with potential financiers, to give them a feel for what they're buying into.
BONUS: Tristan does an online show and tell about the filming and editing of White Lily.
STRETCH GOAL #5 £9000
Adrian cracks into the script. Any writer will tell you that there's no such thing as a good first draft. That may not always be true, but one thing is for real: screenwriting takes time. And coffee. Both of which have to be paid for.
BONUS: Tristan will direct a music video for odD featuring White Lily content...which will also be a DVD bonus feature.
STRETCH GOAL #6 £10,000
We've got Adrian some coffee so he can stay up late listening to whatever weird music will help him get in the mood for the feature script. How about he has some biscuits too? And sets up some meetings when it's all done so he and Tristan can start to promote the project.
BONUS: superbly designed hard copy of the Making Of White Lily book as designed by Andy Tudor. Featuring, as well as behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and anecdotes, a full list of those who've supported us on Kickstarter. UK only.
THE THINGS PEOPLE SAY
So that we're clear that it's not just us that like the concept...
"Adrian is a writer who always startles with the boldness of his ideas, and impresses with the depth of his humanity. And his new futuristic short White Lily is a beautiful and well-turned tale...a delight to savour." Philip Palmer is a science fiction novelist, scriptwriter, and film producer.
Internationally known artist Carol Robertson is creating a series of unique artworks inspired by White Lily. "I read the script, and when I got to the end I had goosebumps."
Bob Molesworth's art graces comics including Star Wars - The Clone Wars. He's working on a piece for our supporters. "I really enjoyed the script. It was very Philip K. Dick-esque!"
WE'RE THINKING AHEAD
White Lily works just fine in its own right. And it also functions as the precursor for a feature which uses the same core ingredients - a spaceship with a small crew investigating a comet at close quarters - and builds something on a grander scale.
Where we're heading is a story that extrapolates from current world politics and the growing interest in space mining and - takes the audience somewhere you won't...
Oh, look outside - is that a dove out of the window? Pretty dove.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
White Lily is more than a short film. It's a vision. One we'd love to share with you.
We're raring to go with making the short, and your contributions will make that happen. Soon.
The rewards are pretty self-explanatory. But when it comes to the contribution of artist Carol Robertson PhD, we realised a video would be the best way to get across what she's doing, and just why it's so special.
These are the first of the unique pictures that Carol has created to go along with White Lily, inspired in part by a real white lily that popped up in her garden just as she was readying to do the images. To indicate which you are going to purchase, treat the one below as 1 in a series, the one below it 2, and so on, and mention that to us in a note after you click to buy in the Rewards column.
In these two videos, Carol demonstrates her working methods.
Tristan's last short was an adaption of The Policeman's Story by 'Horrible Histories' author Terry Deary.
"Awesome in every respect. Production, script, acting, editing. The pace and the visuals are quite amazing. You and your team have a terrific talent. Witty and intelligent film-making. I am flattered to have inspired such a miniature masterpiece."
Actress Siddhii Lagrutta was nominated in 2012 for Best Female Performance for Ondine by the Off West End Awards.
David also starred in Adrian's play Breaking In, when he was captivating in the London production, and has TV roles to his credit.
GETTING MORE THAN ONE REWARD
Kickstarter is awesome. We're all agreed on that.
As awesome as it is, it doesn't allow us to do some of the things we'd like to do.
Specifically, we want to make it possible for you to get more than one of our rewards. And we've worked out how.
Now, if you're getting a lot of our rewards you'll get a download or DVD of the film anyway. We're talking here about the other stuff. What if you'd like the EP as well as the t-shirt? How about having your image appear in it to underline your status as a producer, in true Hitchcock style? That kind of thing.
So: here's what to do...
1) work out what you want.
2) calculate the total cost.
3) pledge that amount of money.
4) select the most expensive reward of the ones you've opted for, and click continue.
5) after you've finalised your purchase, click 'Contact Me': it's written in blue under our photo below and to the right of the first video on this page. You can write to us about the other loot you'd like.
In the unlikely event you get your sums wrong, one of two things will happen. If you underestimated the total, you won't get the least expensive reward you wanted and the remainder will be considered a donation. If you overestimate, again anything remaining on top of the reward goes into the coffers for making the film.
HOW WE MADE OUR PITCH VIDEO
A detailed breakdown of how we shot and edited our White Lily introductIon video.
REACH FOR THE STARS
Making White Lily is just the start.
We're also looking to make an impact at film festivals, and extend our network of allies by attending some in person who can help us get a feature made, developed from the same raw materials as the short film.
To do all that, we're going to need money. We're freelancers who put a lot of time and energy into creative projects, and do commercial work to support us to do so.
For us to step up, we need a full screenplay. And they take time to develop and write. Adrian wrote one earlier this year at the same time as a paid gig scripting a fantasy adventure serial, Dragon Run Saga, for app release.
Writing six hours of fantasy drama at the same time as a 90 minute screenplay was...testing. But worth it. And this time round we want to do it properly. To buy some time to devote to a feature script of the same quality others see in the short.
In all, we're asking for £3000 for that purpose. Which is pretty much what Adrian got for writing 30 minutes of Doctors for the BBC. Guess which he'd rather do, and will be three times as long.
We mention this because we know some people have ideas about whether creators should be paid for what they do. Simply, we need to have a quality script as part of a compelling package to pitch the feature and stand a chance of getting it off the ground. And that takes time. Which takes money.
Risks and challenges
Tristan and Adrian are adept at delivering multi-faceted creative projects with logistically complex elements.
Tristan has completed numerous shorts, and made 400 corporate films, sometimes in difficult conditions overseas.
Adrian is experienced not only as a writer, but as an exec producer assembling teams to deliver complicated multimedia projects.
The team for White Lily is tried and tested, and 100% committed to the project.
We will be using professional grade equipment and creating multiple back-ups of all files. Naturally, we will be insured for all eventualities.
That expertise gives us the confidence that we can meet any challenges that come up. And naturally, we're insured. We're still open to the unexpected however, and will do what we can to deal with situations as they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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