*** THIS IS A 12 DAY CAMPAIGN ***
WHAT IS 'BEAUTIFUL RELICS'?
Beautiful Relics will be a fiction short film (approx 15mins).
On a day out together in London, 20 year old Anya digs up the mysteries, loves and secrets of her Grandmother's own youth, and discovers they are inseparably tied to the city's own troublesome past.
At it's core, the film will show the heartfelt development of the relationship shared by Anya and her Grandmother. Initiallly the pair share very little in common, and when we join them, Anya has very little time for Evie's doddering ways. However as the story unfolds we discover the dark, unsettling occurances in Evie's past, and view them all through the eyes of Anya, who struggles to make sense of her grandmother's incomplete memories and diminishing grasp on reality.
We are a group of passionate filmmakers looking for a helping hand in bringing this cinematic story to life on screen.
We are already affiliated with the Basingstoke Multicultural Forum and the famous Troubadour Cafe and Club in London. The Troubadour has a rich multicultural and musical history and we'll be filming our climatic scene there for those associations.
SOME OF THE FILM'S TOPICS
There are several key topics covered in the film that we believe to hold real value and would like to do our very best to promote. Namely Dementia and awareness of racism. These themes are ever-present in the film, and we have affiliated with various charities in the hope that we can do as much as possible to raise awareness in those areas.
We will be fully supporting these issues throughout our campaign and festival circuit next year. Please see our website - beautifulrelics.com - for more details on our affiliations.
WHAT WE NEED & WHY WE NEED IT
Beautiful Relics is an ambitious micro-budget film. We already have half our budget but need that same amount again - another $8000/£5000 - in order to pay for all the things we simply can't get for free - like insurance, food and transport for the cast, crew and equipment, location fees, film developing costs and other post-production processes, and more. The more we raise the better we can make the film!
We have a great set of perks available in return for your contribution. If you have something in mind we haven't listed let us know, perhaps we can make it happen...
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Adrian Hedgecock, Writer, Director & Producer - started out in the visual-effects industry on projects such as Kingdom of Heaven, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and Sunshine, going on to direct a project featuring a combination of live-action & animation for the Oscar-winning Breakthru Films. As well as having directed hundreds of corporate and branded entertainment films, his previous short films have played at international film festivals including Telluride, Palm Springs and L.A. and have been distributed internationally by the British Council. His University of Westminster graduation film was nominated for a Director’s Guild of Great Britain award and he currently has another short film - an comedy-musical featuring an ambitious combination of live-action and visual-effects - in post-production.
Dan Hammersley, Producer - has worked on a series of feature films and TV dramas including Spooks and Lip Service with multi-BAFTA-winning Film and TV production company Kudos. His work on documentary and entertainment shows spans the major broadcasters - from Channel 4 to the BBC via MTV. He is currently producing branded entertainment films. Upon leaving university his graduation film was awarded the merits of ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Film’ by visiting ITV commissioning editors. The same film went on to become ‘film of the month’ in July 2011 on the popular short-film distribution website mishorts.com.
Markus Meedt, Co-Producer/Assistant Director - has, in just a few years, moved from runner to assistant production manager, then to director and producer, applying his skills to feature films, reality TV, TV drama and live broadcast. His graduation film won his university’s ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Short Film’ awards in 2009. After a year in Germany working for TV production company Constantin Entertainment he returned to London, where he spent two years with DNA Films. Now freelancing, he is again working on a range of commercials, feature films and shorts. He recently directed and produced the short film Shelter, starring Jack O’Connell, Ed Stoppard and Michael Smiley which is currently in post-production.
Aadel Nodeh-Farahani, Director of Photography - works in commercials and both fiction and documentary film. His second narrative feature Kolka Cool - a black and white comedy - has just won the ‘Grand Prix’ main prize at the 2012 St. Petersburg International Film Festival. His previous short films have screened at major international film festivals including Telluride, Palm Springs and Bristol Encounters. The short film Park won the NPA’s Film of the Month award and was nominated for the BBC New Talent Award. Aadel has shot numerous commercial spots for Volvo, Toyota, Ford, British Airways and Nike, and has recently completed both a short Film London co-production and a feature length documentary following Kevin Spacey on The Bridge Project’s epic international tour of Richard III.
Alexis Bennett, Composer - read music and literature at the University of Edinburgh before studying composition with Dario Marianelli (Atonement, Jane Eyre) at the RCM and performance at the Guildhall School. As a composer he works with filmmakers and animators, and he has performed widely with early music ensembles. His compositions have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, TCM and at major film festivals throughout the world, including Cannes, London and Edinburgh. He has recently worked as an assistant to the film composer Ilan Eshkeri (Kick-Ass, Coriolanus) and the legendary Indian film composer Ilaiyaraaja. He is also a doctoral research student, a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London and an active folk musician with over ten years of experience as a ceilidh caller and fiddler.
Damien Sung, Editor - has worked with some of the biggest names in film and music, closely collaborating with both Prince and Usher, documenting their international tours and sell-out concerts, then graduating to directing and editing music promos for both. He also shot the behind-the-scenes London footage for Michael Jackson’s This Is It. As well as behind-the-scenes work on feature films like Sunshine, Son Of Rambow and Sleuth he also created a series of viral narrative short films for DNA Films’s 28 Weeks Later campaign. Damien now continues to practice and develop his vibrant style in narrative short fiction.
"CAN I HELP IN ANY OTHER WAY?" we hear you asking...
We understand that thee are some people who might not be in a position to help us out financially but would still like to show their support. There is so much that you can do to help. We are costantly trying to raise our online profile and things like 'liking' our Facebook page, joining our Twitter feed and visiting our website to keep up with what we're doing.
We are blogging our progress on our site at beautifulrelics.com and keeping everyone up to date on Facebook & Twitter. Please do all that you can to spread the word!
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