We have just days left in our campaign. We are immensely grateful to all those that have contributed so far. Thank you, thank you, friends!
But we still need help….so we’ve done a Grendel and mixed things up a bit...
AMAZING PERK UPDATE
The BASH and BISH perks at £50 and £75 now include a signed cast of the hands of our monster man Julian Lee Seager.
MORE EXCITING SCREENING EVENT
In Bournemouth town, at night, in a bar – and we’ll even invite you all on a night out with us afterwards.
SCOTT TANNER VIDEOS
Our DOP will be sharing the secrets of his Grendel Toots involvement pretty soon in a series of videos this week.
GO FORTH AND CONTRIBUTE!
WHAT IS THE GRENDEL TOOTS?
The Grendel Toots is a monster short film with a terrific cast and a killer soundtrack. We are shooting in Bournemouth during August and we need you to make it look amazing.
This campaign will enable us to hire a better camera, to give more to our make-up crew and open up the best locations we can find.
A mythical monster struggles to atone for past horrors by working as a carer to a dying man on a council estate. But when the beast finds a trumpet amongst his patient’s possessions, the opportunity to finally understand humanity presents itself.
Grendel is an ancient monster, failing to understand the human life going on all around him. He does his best to comfort the cancer patient he cares for; he can fluff pillows and change bedpans, but cannot understand the dying man's ramblings or make his pain go away.
On a rare trip to the shops, Grendel tries to console a young girl, Ali, who has been kicked out of her Mother's flat. Like everyone else on the estate, she is fascinated by and terrified of the beast.
Later, as Ali follows Grendel back to the estate, the family secrets that surround the discovery of the old man's old trumpet come to the fore. As death gets ever closer, Grendel faces a choice; the consequences of which might help him achieve the insight into people he’s been waiting hundreds of years to experience.
This is a film about our need to connect and the ways we feel alive.
The film story is about three people and the bond made between them - at the moment one dies, one understands and one starts to live.
The Grendel Toots is set in the here and now. The modern world is an important element of the film, enabling the project to say something about the way the poor, minority and disabled population are left to live in today’s society.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Paul Barber - Full Monty, Only Fools and Horses, The 51st State.
Red Madrell - Kidulthood, Adulthood, Skins.
Julian Lee Seager - Doctor Who, The World's End, Broadchurch.
This project is led by 'The Apt Pupils' - Liam O'Hara (Writer/Director) and Will Shutt (Producer).
Liam and Will are drawing on the success of their first short film, Long Delayed Echo, which was shown at the BFI London and nominated for Best Cast, Best Drama and Best Film at the 2013 Screentest National Film Festival.
They have also just completed a British Film Institute funded First Light project with a local youth group, helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds write, direct and edit a three minute drama film on the subject of bullying.
You can see more of The Apt Pupils here: www.theaptpupils.com
Amongst other talented people, we have the following crew members:
Scott Tanner is our Director of Photography. Scott was also recently nominated for Best Cinematography for his work on Long Delayed Echo at the Screentest Film Festival. See more of Scott's work on his website and YouTube channel.
Wayne Humphrey & Peter Tindall are overseeing the monster make-up. Wayne teaches Z Brush courses, draws comic books and makes prosthetic legs amongst many other talents. Pete has worked on films such as Batman Begins and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. He has also spent time at Millennium FX (Doctor Who) and taught SFX for The National Film and Television School.
Local trumpet legend Andy Urquhart leads our band of swinging jazz musicians.
In addition to these great people, we have a number of highly-talented, dedicated and enthusiastic crew - all of whom are striving to further themselves in the industry and working for nothing to get The Grendel Toots made.
Arts organisation Exeter Phoenix (http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/film/about-phoe...) will be providing £500 financial support and some equipment loan as part of their digital shorts commission. The Grendel Toots will receive its worldwide premiere at the Phoenix 'Two Short Nights' film festival in December.
Former Film4 script reader Judith Noble (past member of the BFI Production Board) has assisted with story development on the The Grendel Toots.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE GRENDEL TOOTS
You can contribute to our project.
Every penny we raise through this indiegogo page will be seen up on the screen. Hitting our target will enable us to hire an awesome camera, will ensure that Wayne and Peter won't have to use rubber gloves for Grendel's hands and help us to get into the locations we really want.
So far, we have raised £500 towards the film, by winning a grant from Exeter Phoenix. We have added contributions from the director and producer - plus a few family favours - to ensure we can make this film right now.... just about.
But with a bit more we can really splatter the screen with production value. We want a film that could get into any festival in the world and show our talented team's work off to the widest audience.
And because it's all about the quality of the finished movie, we want our contributors to see what they've invested in. That's why every perk includes an HD download of The Grendel Toots, once it is released at the end of the year. You'll be able to see just how your kind contributions have helped.
You can tell everyone you know about our project.
If you can't help us out financially, that's ok. But it would be great if you spare a few seconds of your time to share our page with everyone you know.
Read us on Tumblr, like us on Facebook and follow via Twitter for updates on the project.
WHAT WE GIVE IN RETURN
Our perks range from £5 - £750, so there is a donation level for everyone.
Growl - for £15 or more, contributors will recieve an invite to our Bournemouth screening of 'The Grendel Toots'. Tickets include some nibbles and maybe a meet and greet with a cast member or two.
Claw - for £35, this exclusive perk offers two Tickets to 'The Grendel Toots' Worldwide Premiere at the Exeter Phoenix Two Short Nights Film Festival.
Squish - £100 gets you the most exclusive perk of all - the vintage trumpet from the film. We will pack it in its lovely case, send it to any address in the UK and put a little note of thanks in there as well.
We are giving all contributors access to an HD download of the finished film with every perk.
Every contributor will get a special thank you in the end credits of the movie.
We'll also tweet and post our thanks to each and every one of you.
Every perk that requires postal delivery of materials will include a free Whistle Candy sweet, so you can toot away to your heart's content.
Although we'll be really busy during the campaign we will make ourselves available to our followers. You can tweet, Facebook or email us via The Apt Pupils website with ideas, questions, suggestions. We will do our best to reply.
We can give advice to anyone else looking to make a short film or anyone locally that needs some filmmaking support.
We will update our campaign page with the latest news from our pre-production work and direct you all to a place where you can follow our shoot at the start of August.