Melancomedy

A mini-feature film about a man's struggle to live a worthwhile life after his long-term partner departs... but does she ever really depart?
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Jody Whittle-Wyeth
Film
Birmingham
United Kingdom
5 Team Members

trailers and teasers

Over the last few months we've shot two teasers and two screen test trailers - these have been shot over a variety of cameras and with begged and borrowed resources. The 'Teasers' are designed to give a sense of the world these characters live in, while the screen test trailers are designed to give the viewer a sign post to the kind of cinematic style we will be pursuing.

Andrew is a heartbroken man, devastated by the disintegration of his relationship with his fiancé Anna. Existing in a flat they once shared, he is trapped in a looping limbo of grey routine, unable to even remember how it felt to be well, healthy and happy. He has become so detached from any objective perspective that he finds himself perpetually gliding between fantasy and reality as his mind attempts to knit together order from the chaos.

He wakes up to snow slowly falling on to his head in their bedroom, he sees fingers appearing from within his kitchen cupboards and many multiples of the everliving ghosts of Anna follow him around, tormenting him, dressed in her favorite dress and looking like she did on their first date.

Something needs to change or he will become forever lost inside his fantasys. Something needs to change.

 

 

As well as a great big thank you on all of our social networks, this incentive comes with a download of these three desktop wallpapers.

The 'Two Ghosts' incentive is a little meatier - as well as both a thank you and the access to the three desktop wallpapers shown in the previous incentive, you will also be sent a link to a download of the full Melancomedy Presents feature the day after the premiere.

'Three Ghosts' brings you digital download mayhem - a digital download of the Melancomedy soundtrack approximately two weeks before the premiere of the feature itself, access to a hi-resolution photo gallery of 'behind the scenes' shots as well as promotional material and, as in the 'Two Ghosts' incentive, a digital download of the Melancomedy Presents feature the day after the premiere.  

Things are getting serious now - 'Four Ghosts' gets you all the digital downloads found in the previous incentives, and also a physical copy of the Melancomedy Presents DVD which includes not only the feature, but a 'Making Of Melancomedy' documentary and full audio commentary by all six of the core cast and crew. This is to be delivered the day after the Melancomedy Presents premiere.

More information on the packaging and design of the DVD artwork to follow over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

All gifts included in the last incentive 'Four Ghosts' but the extra item you get in this incentive is a physical script with your DVD signed by the cast and crew of Melancomedy, to be delivered the day after the Melancomedy Presents premiere.

This is a specific incentive for those out there that are as fascinated with this process as we are, but are wanting to gain a few tips on how to use certain software. Below are a few examples of the kind of tutorial videos we've started to add to the blog we run at www.thisishoax.com, to give you an idea of the quality and detail we cover. These video's are free and the big difference between these and the ones you'll be entitled to, is the video tutorials will be entirely about what-ever you would like to learn, they will be full HD and you'll receive all the project files used in the tutorial. We can even work on your own files if that would help communicate whichever skill or technique you would like to learn.These tutorial videos are talking about tips and techniques for Adobe Photoshop, but if anyone out there would like a few tutorials on Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premier or Final Cut Pro X, we'll record you two on whatever you would like to know.

tutorial 3

tutorial 2

tutorial 1

This incentive is for any Alan Moore (Dodgem Logic) fans out there - these posters are 420mm x 594mm (A2) and are printed on high quality art paper, numbered and signed by the artists. They have never been available at any point in the past and will not be available in the future. Each perk gives you one of these posters - once you have decided which one and have contributed to the campaign, just email us which poster you would like referencing the numbers below.

These images were created by Jody Whittle, Alix Wallace & Gavin Wallace. Gavin's amazing Behance photography portfolio can be found here, and below is a link to a vimeo video recorded when Jody was asked to talk about this work in Hamilton, New Zealand a few years ago.

This incentive will include posters and artwork created by the cast and crew of Melancomedy Presents since so many of them are artists, plus a few special contributions by friends. We will update this as the campaign takes shape and we have no doubt this will be a very special set of works. All artwork will be signed and numbered and will either be an original piece or a very limited run of prints so please stay tuned to this perk! 

^ + 1/2 Ghosts with Andrew

All perks included within Five Ghosts and below plus an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit at the beginning of the Melancomedy film.

Right - this is 'inner-circle' territory now - the DVD or Bluray you receive contains the Melancomedy Presents Feature with full commentary from the cast and crew, a 'Making Of' documentary, all the teasers, the trailers and the Stand-Up Comedy documentary mentioned above plus out takes, interviews and any other video element that gets recorded along the way.

In addition we'll send you a book that is both the script and a photo album, and a physical copy of the Melancomedy Presents soundtrack.

Everything mentioned in the last incentive but with a very important addition - a ticket to the Premiere in Birmingham City Centre in February 2014, where you will can meet us all and watch both the feature and a full performance of the soundtrack from beginning to end, plus a documentary on the dark side of stand-up comedy, and a handful of other short films by local film makers selected by us. See you there!!

Every item mentioned in the last two incentives with an additional five hour workshop led by Jody Whittle and Damien Hyde, covering photography basics all the way up to high end compositing and studio lighting, film making from a technical viewpoint, film making from a creative viewpoint and a demonstration of all of the equipment used to make the Melancomedy Presents feature including cameras, lenses, tripods, dollys, lights, sound equipment and computer software.

This can be a one-to-one workshop with a few people, or to a class if you are a feature and believe a workshop of this nature may be useful. During the workshop we'll encourage people to interact with the equipment, and although a solid structure would be in place to more than cover the time period of five hours, we would be open to a class-led discussion if that would end up being a more productive experience for people.

This workshop can be a solid five hour block of discussion with a short break, or can be split across two different days or can be two 150 minute workshops for two different groups of people / classes.

We will film the entire workshop and produce a video of it for you to re-watch at your convenience, allowing you to focus on enjoying the workshop over frantic note taking. 

Jody Whittle has produced many very successful presentations. He is very personable and articulate and is very comfortable in any informative role. Below is a video of a presentation Jody was asked to produce for the students of Winteq in Hamilton, New Zealand a few years ago relative to his award winning work with the UK graphic novelist Alan Moore.

Jody Whittle (Hoax Studios) presentation @ Spark 2011


Damien Hyde is extremely knowledgeable and has a highly respected teaching style. His dynamic passion for cinema, combined with his encyclopedic grasp of it, makes him not only highly informative, but entertaining and engaging.

If this may be an incentive you are considering, don't hesitate to drop us a line if you would like any more information. 

Final Incentive

BUT THIS IS NOT ALL - As the Melancomedy Presents campaign progresses we will be introducing more and more specialized, exclusive incentives that will may appeal to the stranger, maybe darker people out there as well as the movie collector.

More information will be announced in a few days so please stay tuned for more information. If you visit our Melancomedy Facebook page and 'Like' it, you can be kept up to date with everything Melancomedy, including the updates to this indiegogo campaign.

www.facebook.com/Melancomedy

 

Our vision is one that is stylised but realistic, surreal yet subdued.

An original vision that is sewn through with retro Americana and British Social Realism whilst peppered with genres such as horror, comedy and drama.

We aim to capture original and striking imagery, as well as telling a timeless story that will engage with its audience in a genuinely honest and interesting way.

We identify with mostly alternative and European cinema. Movies like You, the Living by Roy Anderson and Broken Embraces by Pedro Almodóvar have very different colour palettes, but both reflect the same critical attention to symmetry or asymmetry.

Independent / alternative cinema such as Ratcatcher by Lynne Ramsey, Buffalo '66 by Vincent Gallo, Wristcutters by Goran Dukic or Kes by Ken Loach tell simple, beautiful stories of people coming to terms with what they can control and what they can't. These stories are told with heart, imagination and invention, employing a range of devices and techniques to communicate loss, hope, friendship and spirit.

We are heavily influenced by the work of Directors of Photography such as Chris Menges (Kes / The Reader), Gustav Danielsson (You, the Living), Ed Lachman (The Virgin Suicides / Far From Heaven), Alwin H. Küchler (Ratcatcher), Rodrigo Priesto (Lust, Caution / Broken Embraces / Biutiful), Owen Roizman (The Exorsist), Ellen Kuras (The Ballad of Jack and Rose / Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), Matthew Libatique (Black Swan / Requiem For A Dream), Stefan Czapsky (Edward Scissorhands / Ed Wood), Lance Acord (Buffalo '66 / Lost In Translation).

 

Jody Whittle

Jody Daniel Whittle-Wyeth grew up with a deep appreciation for films and movie making. From an early age his father, a television camera man, would sit him down to watch movies such as Alien, The Boy Who Could Fly, Jacob's Ladder, Nikita and Rumble Fish amongst others.

After attending photographic college and gaining a degree in editorial design, Jody ran a small photographic studio in Birmingham City Centre for twelve months before becoming a freelance designer / photographer for the following years. It wasn't until the release of Canon's DSLR camera, the 5D mark 2, that Jody's world changed from still photography to video / motion pictures, and this has become a burning obsession ever since, motivating him to start up 'Hoax Studios' with some close friends, a small, video / animation / post-production studio.

 

Andrew McBurney

Andrew McBurney comes from a musical background of more than ten years but decided to turn his hand to two of his other passions, comedy and writing, in late 2011.

Since his first gig which delved head first into a very real facet of his life at the time, heartbreak, Andrew has been gigging non stop and picked up 'Best Newcomer' and 'Best Joke' in the West Midlands comedy forum awards in 2012, and was a Laughing Horse finalist in London after just over a year of performing.

Andrew's inspiration in music, comedy, film and literature is often based in realism and the bleaker side of life, but not solely.
James Kelman, Daniel Kitson, John Carpenter, The Smiths, The Cure, Mike Leigh.
But always...Prince.

In working with people that he is extremely inspired by, Andrew has achieved more than he thought possible in these early stages of Melancomedy, and is really excited to be part of a skilled collective that all bring out the best in each other, and watching it evolve.

 

Stacey Cross

Stacey Cross is a Birmingham based visual artist with a background in graphic design, print and photography.

Spontaneously and suddenly involved in Melancomedy, Stacey loves to collaborate in creative projects. Since meeting the Melancomedy gang she feels constantly motivated and inspired working with such interesting and mad individuals.

Stacey is forever interested by random conversations and the spontaneous collision of souls, strongly believing that every conversation leaves an imprint on each person, and this is reflected in her taste in movies, music and books being a big fan of Jim Jarmusch, Harmony Korine, Werner Herzog, John Luire and Charles Bukowski.

 

Damien Hyde

Damien Hyde is a filmmaker and writer from Tipton in the Midlands. A self confessed cinephile, he studied film at Brunel And Wolverhampton University, respectively, before creating his own independent production company 'Social Spectrum Media'; under which he directed and wrote two short films. The first of these films, Milk (2007), was selected for the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Birmingham Artsfest and broadcast nationally on Sky channel Propeller TV. 

Since 2009 Damien has worked within education, and in 2012 created a drug awareness film for the international charity DARE UK which is now being aired across the world in thirty five countries. 

Damien is inspired by the work of Mike Leigh, 70's horror, Woody Allen, Bill Hicks, Stanley Kubrick, alternative rock, Edward Hopper, John Hughes, George Orwell, Frank Capra, Ian Curtis, Michel Gondry, 'Blue' by Joni Mitchel and the Dogma '95 manifesto. 

Damien continues to write and collaborate with his fellow melancolleagues, and cherishes the impending reality of immersing himself in the role of Co-Director and working with such a talented collection of people.
 
 

John Wallace

John Wallace started playing the guitar at the age of eleven with his brother Gavin, listening to Blur albums on constant repeat, trying to master every Graham Coxon riff. He played in a few bands at school and continued his passion for music at Northampton College. The general theme would be to get as many stupid and crazy sounds out of effects pedals as possible, intergrating synths and percussive sounds into the chain of effects to create interesting music.

He moved to Birmingham with his partner Jo and very quickly met fellow Melancomedy member Jody Whittle, and have been inseperable in all creative endeavours since, first forming the band Augustine which received local and national exposure on radio stations. After meeting another Melancomedy member Danny Rowe, the three friends formed an electro act called Vs, inspring John to pursue a growing interest in production, something he is now totally commited to.

John has had a long obsession with music and sound, and this will continue into the amazing Melancomedy film, working closely with Danny to create all the sound, from the score to the foley. Everything will be carefully considered in its approach, and the results will be very special.

 

Danny Rowe

Danny Rowe first started playing music at an early age and had his first gig by age eight, playing keyboard in a school play. He didn't get fully obsessed with music until he picked up the guitar at age fifteen, and has since been writing, arranging, recording, producing and mixing music in the years following.

He formed a band with fellow Melancomedy member Andrew McBurney called 35 Seconds when they were eighteen, and went on to play gigs all over the country for huge record labels, and achieved the number one place in a poll of the best Birmingham bands from 2000 – 2010 in a regional magazine.

35 Seconds and his own electronic music based project Minced Beats, have been played numerous times on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, XFM and Kiss FM and Minced Beats has also attracted label and management interest, as did a project put together by Danny and fellow Melancomedy members Jody Whittle and John Wallace, called Vs.

Danny has always been obsessed with music and sound, and alongside this has had a healthy obsession with film. The music and sound can make or break a scene in a film or TV show, but when it's done right it's equal to far more than the sum of its parts. 

 

As most of us come from a musical background, we wanted to construct elements and fragments of music that would appear in the final feature. Our plan was to locate songs we loved from lesser known artists as, when we approached them for permission to use their music, we may have a better chance of being able to use it. We quickly realized that, since syndication is now one of the few streams of revenue the music industry relies upon, the chances of having free permission to use anything at all was very slim.

This helped us to arrive at the idea to write the entire soundtrack from beginning to end, moving through a range of styles and including both instrumental pieces as well as songs. This will be a work in progress through the production of the Melancomedy Presents feature, as the visuals will always be a jump off point for the sounds (and on occasion vice versa).

Here is a reel of the demoing we've done so far for the Melancomedy Presents feature:

Melancomedy Soundtrack Demo Collection #001

Here are a few reels of each of the musical projects we've created over the last ten years together:

35 Seconds collection

Augustine collection

Minced Beats collection

Vs. collection

Early idea collection

 

 

Resources we have

Over the past twelve months we've raided savings accounts, sold stuff on aBay, car boot sales, Etsy and markets, as well as guilt tripping sympathetic family members into contributing to our cause to help us build up what we have so far, totalling investment of nearly £10,000. Stay tuned for a full breakdown and video on all the equipment and toys we've accumulated to help make this project all it can be!

As of the launch of this crowdfunding page, Melancomedy is still in the pre-production phase. We have produced a number of teaser trailers and photographs to support the scripts as we pass it around the various additional crew members we would love to have on board when we get to shooting time. Over the next few months we will be testing styles, lighting, compositing techniques for the huge amount of visual effects, and steadily building up as much screen test footage as possible so when we reach production time, we can ensure we can stretch all our available resources as far as possible.

Updates on all screen testing and compositing breakdowns will be posted on this page and our social networking pages, and all shooting we do, every second, will be compiled within some of our incentive schemes. All production photos will populate the Script Photo Book within our Seven, Eight and Nine Ghosts incentives.

Comedy Documentary

Parallel to the pre-production of the Melancomedy Presents project, we are putting together a documentary on the darker side of amateur stand up comedy, following a handful of comedians from Birmingham and London, as they forge a path through their respective circuits via motorway, train and emotional breakdown.

This documentary will be played in full before the main feature at the Melancomedy Presents premiere, and will appear as extra content on selected incentive schemes on this Indiegogo campaign. 

 

How you can help

If you can't afford to contribute to the Melnacomedy Presents crowd-funding campaign financially, don't worry, there are plenty of different ways you could help out. If you get a chance to share this page with your friends on Facebook, or your followers on Twitter, this would REALLY help us spread the word and word of mouth is really the key to getting this project off of the ground.

As well as a little capital, we will always need the kindness of people to watch the teasers and the main feature, to help us to make the feature directly in many roles we are currently still filling, from full time make-up artist to runner to lighting grip etc. Just taking the time to comment on the campaign itself will be hugely appreciated - tell us where you think we may be going wrong or the things you think are heading in the right direction.

We'll be building many more social networking outlets for Melancomedy as the project progresses, but for now we only have a Facebook page created. If you could take the time to 'Like' this, that will directly impact the success of this project - not just the crowd-funding, but the project as a whole.

www.facebook.com/Melancomedy

Thank you very much for your time to read this and any way you can help would be seriously appreciated here at Melancomedy HQ. Thanks!!  

 

 

3 head Dedo Light kit £2038

2x 30cm x 30cm Dedo soft box £216

We already have some large area lights, but the primary thing we are desperately missing is high quality precision lighting for mid shots and close ups. The indie film maker world seems to be obsessed with ultra cheap industrial construction lights, or florescent lights, but the foot print they leave on the set and most importantly the inconsistent, poor light will often result in ugly lights cast, and inconsistent light temperatures across a range of the same lamps, let alone a collection of different lamps.

They have a place on a film set for lighting vast areas in the background, or for a specific artistic use, but if we were to observe the analogy that it's better to buy one juicy apple rather than ten sour apples for the same price, then although Dedo lights are notably more expensive than industrial lights, or even lower level ARRI redheads / blondes, the value for money they offer is amazing.

They are small, light and dimmable, and they throw off a cold light rather than the red hot tungsten lights that can turn a comfortable room into a furnace. In addition to this they throw an enormous amount of light for a very modest electrical pull out of the wall, making them very cheap to run. Add in their exclusive level of precision and their very consistent and accurate light output, and its hard to move past them!

If you can overcome the format, here is a vimeo supporting the reasons why we think these would be such a perfect match for the Melancomedy Presents project.

https://vimeo.com/6252949

Sennheiser MKH-416 £641

Rycote 086001 Windshield Kit £326

Rode 2 metre extendable boompole £40

Sound Devices Mixpre Mic Pre-amp £730

The Sennheiser is a very well respected all-round shotgun directional mic that, with experience, can produce an excellent dynamic range and quality of sound. We are choosing to go with boom mics rather than lapel mics, though we may rent lapel mics from time to time to support the sound picked up from the shotgun mic.

Although we have a Zoom H4N audio recorder, we still need a great pre-amp interface between the mic and the recorder, and the Sound Devices Mixpre is excellent. Again, its not the cheapest on the market (and it's certainly not the most expensive either), but you really get what you pay for with audio equipment. Since audio is fifty percent of your movie, we would be very reluctant to go ahead without one.

Here's a great video by Indie-Tips on the audio workflow we'll be following, as well as a description of why the pre-amp is so necessary:

IndieTips Audio

C-Stand plus clamps £155

We already have about five lighting stands, plus when we get the Dedo kit, three more will come with that kit (as well as a carry case - it really is wonderful value for money). So why do we need another VERY expensive stand?

Well, unlike any other stand available, it can almost take any weight - this means that a heavy light can be placed at the end of a boom, or even the camera to reach really awkward places.

Secondly, it not only takes up a small amount of space on set, but two can stand almost back to back in the same space due to their patented feet system.

Finally, every lighting stand i've ever owned at some point begins to sag or break but these are more or less for life because of their construction. There's more info on these stands available online, and reasons why you need a few in every movie. We see this solving all sorts of challenges so again, we would be reluctant to launch into full production without at least one to hand.

3x Lexar Professional 128GB 1000x 150MB/s High Speed UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card £1671

We will be filming entirely on the Canon 5D mark 3 DSLR camera. There are many things about this camera that are extraordinary, and ever since the 5D mark 2 came out a few years ago these cameras have more or less revolutionized the industry. This sounds like such a grand statement to say so but it's very true. Five or six years ago, indie film-makers were more or less limited to camcorders with their coke bottle lenses, but with the 5D mark 2, suddenly people were able to use a huge range of primes, on a full 35mm sensor which allows for shallow depth of field and the opportunity to use stunning optics.

Movies such as Iron Man 2, Monsters and Lucasfilm's Red Tails feature many shots by the 5D mark 2 proving it can handle a huge amount of scrutiny. There is one HUGE problem with these cameras and indeed most DSLR cameras that have come out since - compression. In the 5D mark 2 + 3's case, compression and definition that is, while heads and shoulders above most DSLR's, much softer than cameras like the c300 / c500 or the 1DX / 1DC.

I'm getting to the point but just bare with me a little longer...

There is a solution to both of these issues because as of only a few weeks ago, a thirrd party firmware developer called Magic Lantern announced that it would shortly be releasing a firmware for these Canon cameras that enables 14bit RAW at 24fps. This is HUGE because RAW is almost twice as sharp, easily comparable to c300 / c500 cameras (that are about £11,000), it is literally uncompressed meaning that all the awful patterning and compression noise is totally gone AND the cameras dynamic range, its ability to recover highlights and shadows has been hugely improved.

Here is a short showcasing the look coming out of the 5D mark 3 with this firmware installed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm8A7FH2Qg4

And another talking about the early upgrade potential of the firmware:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOLDDrfpFO8

 

Wonderful news aye? Well, yes, but the catch is not only a very sticky workflow but (and here's where your help comes in) the memory cards need to be both super fast, at least 1000x (expensive), and we need a LOT of space to capture even a small amount of time. You can fit around nine minutes of footage on to a 32gb card, and we need the ability to capture at least an hour and a half before offloading data, hence the huge expensive cards.

Another approach to combating compression on the 5D mark 3 is to run a HDMI cable out of the camera and into an external HD recording device such as the Atomos Ninja 2 - this has been made possible by a recent Canon firmware update also, but the recorder alone costs around £500, and then each of the SSD cards will be expensive and other than the lack of compression artifacts, the footage isn't affected. The dynamic range stays the same and the definition is still slightly soft so not the best route to take to get the very best image out of this camera.

2x Canon Battery £94

We've learned our lesson with using none-Canon batteries - not only do they not hold the same amount of charge, but they are erratic and sometimes shut the camera down abruptly in the middle of a shot. Not something you want to happen if you've in the middle of a perfect performance!

1x Canon battery charger £43

Canon batteries don't charge well on thirrd party chargers - we have one but two would be a minimum as both a backup and for due charging as, with video, the battery runs out much faster than it charges.

3x Schneider 4x4" Glass Filter (Mist, Polariser, ND soft grad) £371

Something that is often overlooked in indie film making is filters - as a photographer I know how essential they are but basically, not only do you need certain filters - an ND in sunlight with allow the camera to control the light coming in through the lens without altering the f-stop (t-stop) meaning that depth of field can be controlled, but also filters such as a polariser are necessary for controlling light frequencies on location when certain things can't be manually altered.

These filters also have to be of a very high quality other wise all the expense someone lays out for good lenses kind of goes to waste if the additional glass you put in front of the lens is sub-par and once again, you get what you pay for with filters.

Here's a video about the polarizing filter in case you are interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTpDagTdPOU

 

Equipment

To support the resources we would like to out right buy, obviously there are all sorts of things that we'll want to rent in for specific tasks. Lapel mics to support the audio in situations that might be more challenging from a sound point of view, or another Sennheiser shotgun mic to cover a second vocal if there is a scene with two or more people.

In that instance we would also probably rent in another 5D mark 3 body if possible, to maintain as much performance continuity as possible. A tripod will be a staple rental plus a range of other camera mounted devices from jibs to dollys, depending on the scene shot list. We would like to mostly avoid hand held movement but that leaves us with the challenge of keeping the camera in motion in other ways.

The industry is developing so fast that i've no doubt that there will be a new range of motion tools available by the time we begin primary production. A few weeks ago a camera mounted device called Movi was announced which would solve a lot of mount issues but even as a rental, it may come in at too much for us to consider it.

Here's a intro to the Movi camera rig:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDv2OYKICoc

Locations

The ability to secure locations with permission will be a huge step forward for the project, but also the opportunity to hire in the services of a professional location manager for a short time will teach us a huge amount and be an extremely valuable early investment.

We have a few close friends who will ultimately be in charge of this department, but spending just a few days with someone who scouts locations on small projects like ours would be amazing. The skill set required to not only locate but identify viable locations would be desperately important to us to once again ensure that, wherever possible, we're able to take full advantage of every day's worth or shooting.

Insurance

Although we have a reasonable amount of liability insurance, every single item we hire will need to be insured for the period of hire. Some rental companies build this into their cost and take care of it on their end (The Flash Center, Birmingham), but some don't (Media Dog, Birmingham). This won't be a huge cost but it will be a cost.

Expenses

Petrol, bus tickets, train tickets, taxis when random equipment needs transporting and all the cars are full, charity shop runs, prop making etc.

Consumables

Lamp bulbs, makeup materials, duct tape, lighting gels (scrim, frost, rosco black wrap) etc.

Catering

For shoots that go over five hours (and so many will end up going over the twelve hour mark or through the night), energy snacks and fresh fruit need to be to hand, as well as coffee, tea, hot chocolate and bottles of water – as well as at least one hot meal of some sort (and a Pot Noodle really wont do).

Not a huge amount of money will be invested here but this is REALLY important as, even on photographic shoots that are a usually a lot less active than a video environment, people need a time and place they can truly break from the job, and can begin to become distracted and downhearted if they aren’t respected enough to be looked after.

As no one in the daily crew will be paid a thing, the least we can do is keep them as comfortable as possible and available food and drink is a good way to start.

Online Marketing

As well as diligent social media networking by the Melancomedy cast and crew, we want to support the online premiere and subsequent promotion with a few months of online marketing run by professional online marketers.

The short time Jody has been working with marketing companies relative to his photography work have highlighted how specialised an industry it is, and how vital a good marketing campaign can be to the success and failure of a project like this one.

 

You choose the amount of money you would like to contribute to the Melancomedy Presents film project and, as a thank you, you receive a gift from us. The amount you choose to contribute will be debited from your credit card and we receive the money to produce and market our film. Even if we don't reach our goal of £12,000, we WILL still make the movie, it may just take a little longer (a lot longer actually) but we will keep you up to date with each and every development.

If we exceed our goal amount we will get to make an even better and more complete film which will end with you receiving a better and more complete DVD / Bluray (if you have chosen one of the incentives that included DVD / Bluray).

If you are unable to contribute to the project financially, then don't worry, as sharing or posting about this project anywhere by you WILL help us so much and we really do need your help to make the film we are desperate to make.

Thank you for reading this far.

 

 

As well as a great big thank you on all of our social networks, this incentive comes with a download of these three desktop wallpapers.

 

 

 

 

The 'Two Ghosts' incentive is a little meatier - as well as both a thank you and the access to the three desktop wallpapers shown in the previous incentive, you will also be sent a link to a download of the full Melancomedy Presents feature the day after the premiere.

 

 

 

'Three Ghosts' brings you digital download mayhem - a digital download of the Melancomedy soundtrack approximately two weeks before the premiere of the feature itself, access to a hi-resolution photo gallery of 'behind the scenes' shots as well as promotional material and, as in the 'Two Ghosts' incentive, a digital download of the Melancomedy Presents feature the day after the premiere.  

 

 

 

 

Things are getting serious now - 'Four Ghosts' gets you all the digital downloads found in the previous incentives, and also a physical copy of the Melancomedy Presents DVD which includes not only the feature, but a 'Making Of Melancomedy' documentary and full audio commentary by all six of the core cast and crew. This is to be delivered the day after the Melancomedy Presents premiere.

More information on the packaging and design of the DVD artwork to follow over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

 

 

 

All gifts included in the last incentive 'Four Ghosts' but the extra item you get in this incentive is a physical script with your DVD signed by the cast and crew of Melancomedy, to be delivered the day after the Melancomedy Presents premiere.

 

 

 

This is a specific incentive for those out there that are as fascinated with this process as we are, but are wanting to gain a few tips on how to use certain software. Below are a few examples of the kind of tutorial videos we've started to add to the blog we run at www.thisishoax.com, to give you an idea of the quality and detail we cover.

These tutorial videos are talking about tips and techniques for Adobe Photoshop, but if anyone out there would like a few tutorials on Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premier or Final Cut Pro X, we'll record you two on whatever you would like to know.

 

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This incentive is for any Alan Moore (Dodgem Logic) fans out there - these posters are 420mm x 594mm (A2) and are printed on high quality paper, numbered and signed. They have never been available at any point in the past and will not be available in the future.

These images were created by Jody Whittle, Alix Wallace & Gavin Wallace. Gavin's amazing Behance photography portfolio can be found here, and below is a link to a vimeo video recorded when Jody was asked to talk about this work in Hamilton, New Zealand a few years ago.

 

 

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This incentive will include posters and artwork created by the cast and crew of Melancomedy Presents since so many of them are artists, plus a few special contributions by friends. We will update this as the campaign takes shape and we have no doubt this will be a very special set of works. All artwork will be signed and numbered and will either be an original piece or a very limited run of prints so please stay tuned to this perk!

 

 

Right - this is 'inner-circle' territory now - the DVD or Bluray you receive contains the Melancomedy Presents Feature with full commentary from the cast and crew, a 'Making Of' documentary, all the teasers, the trailers and the Stand-Up Comedy documentary ment

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  • £2GBP
    ...was that a ghost I heard?

    A big thank you across the Melancomedy facebook and twitter and the knowledge that you contributed to a great project!

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  • £5GBP
    One Ghost

    3 HiRes desktop wallpapers for your PC or Mac as well as a big thank you across all our social networks.

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  • £10GBP
    Two Ghosts

    All incentives in 'One Ghost' as well as a digital download of the Melancomedy Presents feature.

    2 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • £15GBP
    Three Ghosts

    All incentives in previous perks as well as a digital download of the soundtrack and digital photo-gallery access.

    0 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • £25GBP
    Four Ghosts

    A big thank you across all social media networks, 3x desktop wallpapers, digital photo gallery access, a physical DVD + Making of Melancomedy extra, Commentary and digital download of the soundtrack.

    6 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • £50GBP
    Five Ghosts

    All incentives in previous perks as well as a physical script signed by the cast and crew of Melancomedy

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • £50GBP
    Five And A Half Ghosts

    2 tailor made tutorial video's on Photoshop / After Effects / Premier Pro / Final Cut Pro x or any level of digital workflow + Sound design workflow.

    0 out of 50 claimed
  • £65GBP
    Six And A Half Ghosts

    Limited edition A2 art print of Melancomedy Posters. More to be added as campaign progresses.

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • £80GBP
    Six & 1/2 Ghosts With Andrew

    All perks included within Five Ghosts and below plus an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit at the beginning of the Melancomedy film.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • £115GBP
    Six Ghosts

    Limited edition A2 art prints of Alan Moore's The Possibility of life on another world.

    0 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • £125GBP
    Seven Ghosts

    A big thank you across all social media networks, Desktop wallpaper x3, A deluxe physical Bluray or DVD with extra's - The making of Melancomedy, Commentary, Comedy Documentary, All video updates on the Indiegogo campaign page and all teaser trailers, physical Script photobook signed by cast and crew, physical soundtrack.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • £200GBP
    Eight Ghosts

    All incentives in 'Seven Ghosts' + an invite to premier featuring 2 short's by local film-makers, a Comedy Documentary, the Melancomedy Feature and full performance of the soundtrack in Birmingham city center. If you cannot attend the Electric Cinema screening, we will send you a DVD of a live performance of the soundtrack 4 tailor made tutorial video's. This perk also includes an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit at the beginning of the Melancomedy film.

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • £1,000GBP
    Nine Ghosts

    All incentives available in 'Eight Ghosts' plus a 1 on 1 workshop with Jody Whittle and Damien Hyde on film-making and photography.

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
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