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A provocative photographer gets pulled into the life of a very dangerous man
Will Bryan
Richmond, Virginia
United States
1 Team Member


Sophie is about a photographer who expresses female sexuality through her images. When she witnesses a crime committed against one of her models, she questions her work and its purpose. Without anyone to talk to, she investigates the mystery and gets tangled up in the pathos of a very dangerous man.



There are several scenes in which Sophie is taking photographs. Helen, while in character, will be taking real photographs during the scenes. Helen’s photographs will feature characters from the film, and will expand the world of the story while also being standalone pieces of art. Once the movie is finished, we’ll hold an event to show the movie and the photographs together as two sides of the same story. By featuring a photo exhibition along with the movie screening, we hope to make the story and the characters come alive in an exciting way.


Making a film is expensive. We need your help to make this project happen. We need the rent equipment, buy production insurance, and enough cans of beans to feed our cast, crew and volunteers for seven days of shooting. 



Will Bryan - Writer / Director 

Will has been making films for most of his life. His work ranges from a documentary filmed and produced in the Peruvian Amazon to award-winning music videos that have been featured on VH1 and MTVu. This film, Sophie, represents the first film in what he hopes will be a series of dramatic character films starring real artists in Richmond. Check out some of his work at vimeo.com/wfb


Helen Stoddard - Actress / Photographer

Helen has been a photographer since she was fourteen years old.  She works in digital, and in medium and large format film.  Currently studying for a BFA in Photography from VCU, her photos have been in exhibitions from Richmond, Virgina to Edinburgh, Scotland.  Check out some of her work at http://cargocollective.com/helenstoddard


Christine Stoddard - Producer

Christine is an award-winning interdisciplinary creator whose literary, visual, and performance art explores folklore, history, and issues of social justice through collage processes in individual and community art contexts. Check out some of her work at quailbellmagazine.com


Shawn Everett Jones - Actor / Artist

Shawn has a passion for working on exciting film projects; from Steven Speilberg's Oscar Award winning Lincoln to Drew Boulduc's Cult Classic in the making Science Team, he has worked with some of the best in the business for the last 13 years. Shawn has worked in front of the screen and behind the scenes on such projects as; Eden's Curve, PBS's The Abolitionists, AMC's Turn and National Geographic's Killing Kennedy. In addition to film work, Shawn has enjoyed a career in the arts as a painter, a zine publisher and a curator of visual art exhibitions.www.shawneverettjones.wordpress.com


Tyler Kirby - Director of Photography

Tyler Kirby is a freelance cinematographer working towards his BFA in Film at Virginia Commonwealth University. He's produced various projects in the Richmond and Northern Virginia area and is equally at home behind the camera, on stage, or at the editing workstation. His portfolio includes music videos, short films, corporate communications, commercials, trailers, and PSA's. His work can be found at http://www.tylerkirby.tk


John Cappello - Additional Cinematography 

Bio coming soon



Even if you can’t donate, spread the word. Tell your friends if you like character movies and would like to see this one happen. And tell your friends if you think this joint collaboration between artists and filmmakers is an interesting idea and would like to see it happen in the Richmond, VA art community. 

Stay tuned to our page because we’ll be posting updates, teasers, and other cool stuff throughout the campaign.

Please help us make a movie!

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