Hello! Welcome to the IndieGoGo fundraising page for short film 'Life's A Drag'!
My name is Ellys Donovan and I am currently studying for my Master's at Newport Film School. I have written and going to be directing 'Life's A Drag' which will be handed in as part of my degree but also will be distributed to film festivals all over the UK.
The film is being made along side South Wales based media company In Lens Productions ltd. The company was set up just over a year ago by producer Rory Jones.
About The Film!
The film is set in Cardiff South Wales, and is centred around the fabulous world of Drag!
Synopsis of the film:
South Wales Drag Club ‘Sparkle’ has been open for 20 years but has recently hit tough times as the club see’s less and less customers. Owner Glyn is faced with the fact that he may have to shut down and sell up. Young bar-man Joe watches the acts religiously and has been aspiring to be on the stage.
Joe pitches an idea to Glyn and main drag artist of the club Shirley Diamonds on how he thinks he will be able to save the club and bring it back to it’s former glory but also realize his dream of being on stage.
Meet the Crew!
Ellys Donovan - Writer/Director/Producer
I'm really excited to get started on the production for the film. Life's A Drag is going to be the largest production that I have written, directed and produced independantly.
Drag has always interested me, I'm fascinated by the transition on and off stage, the process of becoming a completely different person and persona. I thought that the world of Drag would be a perfect setting for the film.
Previous films I have written and directed have been improv and situation based comedy. I'm looking forward to working on a film that is more narrative and drama based.
I have a brilliant Producer in Rory Jones who I have worked with on previous projects and a great crew that I can't wait to work with!
Rory Jones - Producer
Rory Jones is a short-film producer based in South Wales. After working freelance in the industry for many years, he is now working as Series Production Coordinator for BBC Wales' "Made In Wales" Season.
Along side this commitment, Rory is the founder and Director of In Lens Productions Ltd. In Lens Productions is dedicated to obtaining and developing Intellectual Property and showcasing young talent in South Wales through the film festival circuit.
Rory is very passionate about 'Life's a Drag' because he finds the storyline heartwarming, captivating, but more importantly HILARIOUS. Having worked with Ellys Donovan on a variety of short films in the past, he feels she is the ideal person to pull the film off, and cannot wait to get started.
Whitney Branning - 1st AD
A jack of all trades when it comes down to it. I focus on 1st AD, DIT and role as Colourist the majority of the time. On Life's A Drag I will be putting my organisational wonders together as 1st AD to assist lovely director Ellys Donovan with making sure that everything goes according to schedule. Having worked in that role for a majority of my film career I'm passionate about making sure items get put together and everything runs on time, as well as keeping the potential stress levels of the director to a minimum, I'll take that on myself since worrying is my calling in life. Now if only I could find my keys...
Nathaniel Plevyak - Director of Photography
Hello. I will be the director of photography on Ellys Donovan's short film 'Life's a Drag'. I am very much looking forward to working with Ellys and the rest of the crew to realise her script in a fun, interesting and visually exciting way. The world of drag is a great subject matter and is what immediately drew me to the script, and is something completely different from the type of films I have made in the past. I have a number of years of experience in production and post-production in the media industry, and in the past year I have been camera operator on a number of exciting and challenging projects, including a music video, a fashion video, and a number of short films (5 i think ). I have also been a camera assistant/focus puller on two productions using the Red Epic, and have personally shot a short film on the Arri Alexa. I hope to work my way up the ranks of the camera department and gain experience working with both film and digital cameras. On this production we will be shooting on a high end HD Camera. Thanks.
Adele Hebden - Co-Producer
I am a Producer based in the South Wales. I am currently working as Co producer on 'Lifes A Drag' written by Ellys Donovan. I am looking forward to working on the production and am currently working on areas of pre-production, focusing on the project funding, organisation and also areas of script supervising heading towards and into the production.
I was drawn to the project by the subject matter. The world of drag complimented the themes of the script and presents a fresh and positive outlook on current social and economic issues.
We are looking for help with the funding of the film. We are hoping to raise £650 for the film.
The money we raise will go on:
- Set Design
- Costume Design
If you donate to the film you will get some perks!
£5 - you will get an advanced online screening of the film!
£10 - will get you your name on the credits!
£20 - will get you your name on the credits and a signed Blu ray/DVD of the film
£30 - will get your name on the credits, a signed Blu ray/DVD of the film and your name on the credits as associate producer!
£50 - will get you your name on the credits, a signed Blu ray/DVD and an invite to the premiere screening of the film
£80 - will get your name on the credits, a producer credit, signed Blu ray/DVD an invite to the premiere and you will get to come to set have lunch and a tour with the Director and Producer!
£100 - will get you your name on the credits, a signed Blu ray/DVD an invite to the premiere screening and a part in the film as an extra.
£800 - If you donate £800 you can hire our services! Get a whole crew to film anything you want, whether it be a promotional video, music video.
Every little helps! So if we don't reach our target it will all help in the contribution to making the film!
Every contribution will make a BIG difference with the production of the film!
Other Ways You Can Help!
If you can't donate please spread the word about the film and send the link!
Please help in any way you can in getting word out about the film!
Any questions or queries about the film please get in touch!