It's all go here at Stack Towers. Lots of cool and exciting stuff happening, what with the Red Planet Prize, EastEnders, Badly Drawn Roy and a few other projects that have been keeping me busy of late. For all you Red Planet peeps, we're nearly there, I promise, not long now. I'm thoroughly enjoying my EastEnders episode, and fingers crossed all goes well there. Badly Drawn Roy was last year, with transmission likely to be this winter, so after my Enders ep, there's a bit of an open window on what work I actually do. So, taking the momentum and excitement forward, I'm planning something special for 2009, and wondered if you, dear reader, would like to be involved.
This spring, I'm making a ten minute short film. The initial budget is in place but I'm asking for donations to help me increase what I can achieve. Any money raised will go directly into the production of the film: the catering, or post-production, or help in submitting the film to festivals around the world.
Donations range from £10, £25 and £50.
* £10 gets you a thanks credit and a copy of the script.
* £25 gets you a special thanks, the script, access to a video-diary I'll be making of the production process and a DVD copy of the film.
* £50 gets you the above and an associate producer credit plus an invite to an industry screening.
Higher donations (or any numbers in between) are obviously welcome!
ABOUT THE FILM:
"Origin" is a supernatural drama about a woman who struggles to keep her family together when her son falls ill after he's bitten by a mysterious creature.
It's based on a feature script of mine so there are a few key aims for the short film: to attract interest and funding for the feature script; to create something cinematic, moving and intriguing which will have a successful run on the festival circuit and prove to be a strong calling card for all those involved in the film. Pre-production begins in February. I plan to shoot in March/April, and have post-production completed by the summer.
If you'd like to support the project, then simply click on the 'Donate' button in the sidebar on the right (underneath the 'About Me' section), and pick your preferred method of payment. I know we're all a bit credit-crunched at the moment but you'll be helping me enormously by donating whatever you can afford. If everyone reading this donated £10 each, that would make a significant difference to the budget.
I'm extremely passionate about the story (a character-driven piece) and will be employing professional crew and actors to get the best out of the film, so the finished product should be something very special indeed. I can't wait.
Thanks for your time and support!
Good luck with the project Danny. There's nothing better than putting your money were your mouth is and backing yourself.
Hope it turns out well.
I believe in investing in talent. Best of luck with the fund-raising drive.
I'm looking forward to seeing the final product.
Thanks, guys! Much appreciated.
Even a ten quid donation is beyond my meagre budget at the moment but I hope it runs smooth for you, Danny.
danny- when an agent says they don't think they could place your scripts do you advise one replies and asks for feedback??
Not really, Anon. You can always ask, depending on the nature of the correspondence (if they're being friendly, or politely rejecting you), but generally they don't have the time to go into detailed feedback. Perhaps thank them for their time and suggest that if they had a chance to give you feedback, you'd very much appreciate it. Can't hurt.
Aaargh! The scripts have vanished! People will know who you are!
Good luck with the film. I've been reading your blog for sometime now and it's nice to be able to say thanks in such a positive way.
Best of luck with it - we've blogged it here on Futurescape:
Cheers, Colin! You flatter me though. I'm not a Bafta award-winning writer. I was part of the writing team for a show that won a Bafta, but the award ain't mine.
That award should be chopped up in to small pieces and given to ALL the writers!
Have also chipped in dude - and obviously let me know if you need any help with the shoot itself. You know what I can do technically etc already. Or if you need a bit of production help.
You are a positive font (I said FONT) of wisdom Danny and many have benefitted from your freely given advice, so I will happily contribute a tenner to helping you get your film made.
All the best with that. I'll happily go without a few pizza's and bottles of wine to help out :)
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