Who we are
We are James Gillingham and Jimmy Hay, two British filmmakers who are known collectively as 'Long Arm Films' (for reasons too arcane to go into here).
We are not two young idealists who decided in the pub one day that they wanted to make a film. We are two increasingly middle-aged men with families, debts and expanding waistlines. But we are determined and we are talented. And we would love you to be involved with this adventure.
What we need
We have launched this campaign to help bring our debut feature film High Tide to production in August of 2013.
We have written a script for a film that we are very proud of and the film is going to happen, but we want to make it as well as we possibly can and this will require some more money. More money than we currently have. Not a huge amount in filmmaking terms. But yes, more than we have. Hence asking you for help.
We want this to be an independent film in the best sense of the word, and you can help us achieve this. You can be part of something excellent.
What is High Tide about?
High Tide is the story of Bethan and her son Josh. The film takes place over one single day, a day that will have significant consequeces for both characters. The narrative is told in an engaing and original way and despite some bleak moments, it is ultimately a story of hope. It is a humane, moving and memorable portrait of a crucial moment in two people's lives.
Here is something like a pitch for the film:
Bethan has one day left. One day to put things right. One day to repair the damage caused to her troubled son. One day to say sorry. One day to explain.
Because tomorrow both of their lives will be changed forever.
HIGH TIDE tells the story of one final day during which a mother must mend the broken relationship with her son. Set along the stunning Welsh coastline, it is a moving, powerful and tender portrait of a vital twenty-four hours in two people’s lives.
HIGH TIDE is a story of love, forgiveness and change.
This is a story that needs to be told. It needs to be told well. And it needs to be told by us.
How we will spend your money
Your money will pay our actors, it will help with equipment hire, will feed the cast and crew, house them for the duration of the shoot and go some way towards the post-production costs of colour-correction and sound mixing. In short, it is going to help a massive amount and the film will be all the better for it.
Why you will want to get involved
As you'll see from the column on the right there are loads of great incentives on offer in return for a donation (and who wouldn't want a Long Arm badge?), but more than anything else we hope that you'll see worth in what we are trying to achieve. Very few films are made in Swansea. And this is a shame. Swansea is not only perched on the edge of some of the most beautiful countryside that you're ever likely to find but it is stuffed full of brilliant, creative people, most of whom we've signed to work on High Tide. We want to make this film with the support of the local community.
You will be supporting something of exceptional quality. High Tide is a professional, ambitious production that has generated significant attention from the film industry. Specifically, the following people and companies are already attached to the project:
It is being cast by Briony Barnett whose CV boasts an impressive list of successful productions including Outnumbered, Spooks and Generation Kill.
Music for the film is being written by the altogether brilliant Matt Harding who has released four superb and critically-acclaimed albums on Moshi Moshi Records.
Costumes are being designed by Anna Robbins whose CV includes many successful film and television productions including Citadel, The Eagle, Hope Springs and The Bletchey Circle.
High Tide is part-funded by London-based production company 'Bob & Co' who have been responsible for bringing a range of feature films to cinemas in recent years.
The Long Arm Internship Programme
We are also running an internship programme that is going to give two young filmmakers living in South Wales a chance to gain meaningful work experience on a professional film set. It is fundamental to Long Arm's mission to make it easier for talented young people to gain access to an industry that from the outside can seem impenetrable.
Where you can see our previous work
You can see some of our short films on our website at www.longarmfilms.co.uk as well as reading more about the Long Arm project (and a lot else besides, some of it even relevant to filmmaking) on James' blog.
What perks are available to you
As you will see from this site, we are offering a range of unique, desirable and unrepeatable perks to entice you into making a donation.
You could own a preview DVD of the film, be a proud recipient of a copy of the script signed by the cast and crew, or even be an extra in the film.
However, we hope that the most attractive aspect of High Tide will be your participation in a feature film that we know will be made to exceptionally high standards and will move and inspire audience wherever it is shown.
And so thank you
Thank you for your support. Please use the 'share' tools on this site to help spread the word about this project and we look forward to adding your name to the film's credits and possibly even buying you a drink at the first night party. And maybe even some crisps.