From the world's greatest playwright, we bring you not one, but four pinnacle moments from William Shakespeare’s great love tragedies, in a single film.
Shooting in some of England's most beautiful locations, you'll be swept away by a fresh visual take on the ageless classics.
If It Be Love will take you on a journey through the tempestuous passion between Antony & Cleopatra, the destructive relationship of Hamlet and Ophelia, the fatal desire of Macbeth and his Lady, and the jealousy that drove Othello to end Desdemona’s life.
We are presenting these well known stories in an original film. Baz Luhrman did it with Romeo and Juliette. Ralph Fiennes just did it with Coriolanus. We're doing it, with four plays, in one film, thread subtly together to present different facets and experiences of love, contrasting in mood, landscapes, and conceptual settings where feeling and meaning are expressed without the confines of a particular period in history.
The idea came from actors Alice Bird (http://www.alicebird.com) and Vinta Morgan (http://vintamorgan.com) who have been studying and performing Shakespeare for years, and wanted to bring his words to the screen in a way they had never been challenged to do so before.
What We Need & What You Get
The Production began shooting in January with a small budget the Producers managed to pull together out of their own pockets. Now, with the footage filmed so far, we are raising the funds we need to complete the film and start rolling it out to the world.
The money from this campaign will be used to complete Production and Post-Production.
Production involves filming some remaining scenes for Othello and Macbeth. Though 90% of the film is shot, the scenes remaining are necessary for the narrative rhythm and thread, as well as atmosphere. This includes the hiring and making of costumes, lighting equipment and lenses, and transport to and from the locations.
Post-production involves the edit of the footage and sound, grading, and the creation of a soundtrack.
We are not taking 'fees' or salaries. Everyone on board are professionals in their own fields, brought together by their passion for narrative film. The crew are in their 20s, establishing themselves as the future of the industry both here in the UK and in the rest of Europe.
The locations (beautiful, historical, and part of National Heritage) have been made available to us at either heavily reduced rates or for free, by those who run them and believe in this project. This includes the Brunel Museum & Grand Hall Entrance (the world's first under water tunnel), Dore Abbey in Herefordshire (dating back to 1147), and Abney Park Cemetery & Abbey.
The equipment, costumes, and post-production facilities we are hiring are also being made available to us at heavily discounted rates by companies and individuals who want to see this film reach the maximim production value it can on the very small budget we have, including world-renowned Sands Films who have been involved in Gangs of New York, Topsy-Turvy, Marie-Antoinette, and Polanski's Oliver Twist.
If we manage to raise funds beyond our listed target, these will be used wisely not only on making an even better looking film but also towards marketing and our campaign to get the film out to the public.
Independent film enthusiasts, and Shakespeare fans: with you, we can do what it takes to get a unique film funded and completed!
In return, we can offer you an original piece of the project - your name in the credits, a signed DVD, a photo of your choice, and an invite to the Premiere for you and a guest for a special night out in central London. See the rewards attached with every contribution made. If there is a way you'd like to contribute in return for something that isn't specified, please speak to us. Or if you'd like to donate anonymously, this is also possible.
There are several things we are looking to do with this film once it is complete. First we'll be submitting it to film festivals and Shakespeare events around the world. This will help it find an audience amongst film goers and Shakespeare fans alike.
We are also planning on using the film, and the experience of making it, as a basis for bringing a new angle of studying Shakespeare to schools. Together with Blackboard Fiction, the educational resource developer, we are preparing a 'teaching pack' for teachers and students, to bring into classrooms, and ignite an interest in Shakespeare's works beyond what they might be learning at the moment without much enthusiasm. The pack will include video and written materials, to show students how we approached the classic texts to bring them into the modern world, and inspire them to think about how they might prepare their own production of Shakespeare. We believe Shakespeare's works were written to be performed, not simply read in the classroom as a piece of literature, and we want to help in spreading that belief.
Furthermore, we'll be bringing the film into diverse communities, to bring Shakespeare into their lives, help them understand the texts used in the film, and ignite an interest in their minds as to why Shakespeare's works still remain important. Different age groups will be encouraged to go out and film their own performances of Shakespeare, by inspiring them to work together in teams and create their own artistic projects. We have just been awarded a generous grant from Ideas Tap (http://www.ideastap.com) to contribute towards this.
You'll also be contributing towards the unfolding careers of all the film makers involved, allowing them to practice their craft, display their talents, and go on to make more wonderful films in the future.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand if you can't make a contribution - that's ok! We can still use your help by spreading the word. So please, let your friends know about the project, join and 'Like' the film's Facebook page, follow our twitter, paste the links on your walls and feeds and encourage your friends to do the same!
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