The UK Film Council (well, officially it's Maya Vision) turned me down for completion funding on my short film, which is disappointing. They had over 90 films to consider so I'm sure they had very tough decisions to make but it still hurts, especially when you take the time to put together what you hope is a strong application and a promising rough cut. No matter. It's not a major set-back. It just means I have to scrap the post-production pennies myself because there's no way I'm NOT going to finish the film. That would be nuts. The official website is nearly ready to go, as is the trailer, so I'm sure I'll let you know when these two exciting elements are live, baby.
Anyway, over on Twitter, I had a brain wave. The place is such a searing pulse of updates and exchanges at the moment, it makes every other networking site and blog seem sooo last week. I've been trying to keep up, and then I thought: what if every follower I had donated £5 towards the short film? Hmm, bit of a long shot. But how about if they pledged the fiver and no money would exchange hands until I reached a Twitter target of, say, £1,000? Hmm, better. I put the idea out there to see what the response would be like. Pretty damn good! Turns out it's a crazy idea that just might work.
The Twitter Short Film Fund was born! Of course, I know there are plenty of other short film funding schemes worthy of your contribution but I thought £5 wasn't an unreasonable sum to request especially as you get the booklet 'Get Your Movie Made' which lists the contact details & personnel of the leading UK film companies.
If you'd like some of that action, simply pledge your £5 to dstack30 at hotmail . com and I'll only collect the money once I reach the Twitter target of £1,000. £1,000 is only a fifth of the money I need to complete the film but it will go a LONG way in helping me get across the financial finish line. If you'd like to contribute more than £5 (the £50 Associate Producer, £25 Special Thanks and £10 Thanks options are still open), then email me for the details.
For those of you with money to burn, there's an Executive Producer credit with your name on it for the princely sum of £500. Hey, just sayin'.