Thank you to everyone who helped us to hit our minimum funding target of £8,000! To all our wonderful contributors and every single person who shared our campaign, thank you so much! We could not have done it without you!
Because we still have time left on the campaign, we are now aiming for our ideal production budget of £10,000. This will enable us to make 'Soror' the very best film it can be. Every extra penny raised will go towards the production.
So keep up the support and thank you again!
Soror explores the lives and relationships of two half-sisters; Sarah, a talented dancer, and Lisa, who dreams of escaping the confines of their upbringing - with or without her overbearing boyfriend, Andrew. The sisters’ close relationship is the most important thing in each of their lives, and with their mutual father gone; it is only this bond that truly means anything to them.
They share a home with Amanda, Sarah’s mother and stepmother to Lisa. Although she loves Sarah, Amanda - troubled by her own difficulties - doesn’t know how to show it.
As Lisa prepares a move to the other side of the country, the sisters spend their last day together at a special place that harbours many happy memories for them both. They reflect on the past, and learn to come to terms with life without each other.
Told in a non-linear fashion using a patchwork of emotive visuals accompanied by an effecting soundscape, Soror is a powerful drama about three women searching to find their place in the world.
With this film we’re using a distinctive, conceptual approach, relying heavily on the collaborative results of all stages of its production and post-production. A big part of this will be the performances - the dialogue will be largely improvised, with the film’s actors involved heavily in the direction it takes.
The film will also feature highly-designed studio scenes and shots, which will contrast with the more narrative sequences and express the emotions and memories of the characters in a striking, dream-like way.
While this more conceptual style suggests an abstract final film, this isn’t what we’re going for. We intend to tell a very real story but in a more unusual way, and adopting this approach gives the whole team a lot of dramatic and artistic license to make something quite different and unique.
DOP Lorenzo Levrini will work closely with Director James to create rich visuals that will use light to achieve a hazy, romantic quality. We aim to shoot on the Red Epic, and ultimately the kit and filming style will be mobile and handheld to reflect the intimate, realistic tone of the film.
We intend to create an ambitiously designed, affecting short film with personal stories that will resonate with a wide audience.
We want this to be the best film it can be, and this is why your help is so important. With this funding we can achieve our realistic yet modest budget and deliver to our supporters the highest quality film possible. We’re aiming high with the quality of this production. Every element will be fine tuned to tell the story the way it deserves to be told, and we won’t settle for anything less.
On completion, we plan to submit Soror to major domestic and international film festivals building on the success of our previous short Driftwood.
Driftwood is the previous short film from writer/director James Webber and the Fingercuff team; starring BIFA Best Actor Nominee Neil Maskell (Kill List, Football Factory and Channel 4’s Utopia) and up-and-coming talent Sam Gittins (The Smoke).
Telling the story of a talented teenage swimmer fighting to survive in and out of the pool, Driftwood has gone on to receive widespread acclaim and be screened all over the world. Part of the official selection for over 40 top film festivals, Driftwood has also won numerous awards including; a prestigious ‘Coup de Coeur’ at the Cannes Film Festival 2013; 'Best International Short' and 'Best Director' at the Salento Finibus Terrae Film Festival 2013; and 'Best Cinematography' at both the British Independent Film Festival and the Van d'Or Awards 2013. We plan to use the experience of making Driftwood to take Soror to the next level.
To find our more about 'Driftwood' you can visit the website: driftwoodfilm.co.uk
Writer/Director - James Webber
James has worked as a filmmaker for nearly 15 years as part of Fingercuff Productions, and his short films have been screened at festivals and venues all over the world. His last short Driftwood has so far screened at over 40 international festivals and picked up over 30 awards and nominations including a prestigious 'Coup de Coeur' at Cannes this year.
Producer - Roxanne Holman
Roxanne runs production company Joker’s Pack Productions Ltd. with her business partner, writer/director Mark J. Blackman, producing dramatic shorts, music video, corporate and online video, live event content and more. Her recent short films include Blackman’s Facial, which achieved a number of festivals selections and an international distribution deal, and Mark Lobatto’s Silent Treatment, which is currently on the festival circuit. Roxanne was selected for the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab.
We have a fantastic crew on board including Co-Producers Poppaea Bicknell and Alexis Sun, Director of Photography Lorenzo Levrini, Composer Richard Keyworth, Sound Designer Helen Miles, Production Designer Tabitha Quitman, Hair & Makeup Artist Kylie Daykin and Choreographer Rhiannon Faith.
What We Need and What You Get
There are many great perks on offer, from cast & crew screening tickets to DVDs of the finished film, visits to set and Associate or Executive producer credits on IMDb!
This crowdfunding campaign will decide whether or not Soror will happen. We really believe in the idea of you, as an audience member, having the opportunity to support a film that you would like to see made.
Every penny of funds raised will go towards direct
costs of the film’s production. We are also firm believers in paying our cast and crew for their
valuable time and skills, which is one of the many things that your contribution
will help towards - to further ensure a great production.
- An exceptional
cast and crew
- Locations & permits
- Camera and lighting equipment hire
- Custom-made props and costumes
- Catering, travel and other on-location essentials
- Festival submissions
- Screening for cast, crew and supporters
- Final DVDs and other deliverables
Other Ways You Can Help
If you don’t feel you can contribute to our campaign, you can still be a huge help by spreading the word about Soror. You can’t put a price on promotion so please help us by joining the project online - share the campaign with your friends and family on Facebook, perhaps feature it on your website or blog, and spread the word on Twitter using #SororFilm.
Visit our website for full information and to keep up to date with how the film and our crowdfunding campaign are progressing: sororfilm.com
We’d also love to hear from you, and you can contact the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for getting involved!