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Who Forgot the Camera?
The production needs your contribution
We have decided to finance this production by selling the fun and excitement of filmmaking to the public. You buy a seat in the studio audience that appears in the film’s central scenes. All we can promise is some fun and the prospect of a piece of shared Yorkshire-made glory.
Why do we need your money? We won’t be paid but professional film crews, actors and editors do not come cheap. It is a hard rule of filmmaking that if something is made on the cheap, it will look cheap. If we cut corners on time and budget, it will show in the finished film and Faster, Smarter, Sharper would be relegated to the chasing pack of hundreds of other under-funded short films.
We have no illusions about our chances of success, and nor should you, but raising a budget to match our ambition is the best way to maximise those chances. If you would like to join us in the production, you can participate in one of three different ways. They each bring a different level of involvement:
£20: You receive a T-shirt or DVD, regular updates, a frame from the finished film, and a ticket to the premiere in a Yorkshire cinema. Add to basket.
£50: As above, plus you become a film extra for a day as a studio audience member. You will be indoors, seated, warm and dry and receive a mention in the end credits. Add to basket.
£100 or more: In addition to everything already mentioned, your generosity gives you an Associate Producer credit. Buying two or more £50 packages would deliver the same credit. Add to basket.
Your money will be held in escrow until the sixty per cent pf the budget is achieved. Once that level of funding is achieved, production can start. You can get your money back at any time before then, or if the fund-raising fails to reach sixty per cent of the target budget.
In the unlikely event the film makes a profit, the surplus will be rolled over as seed money for another film-maker to have their chance to tilt at a windmill.
A short film about the con men who think they're faster, smarter, and sharper than the rest of us. It is a tale about a biter bit.
TV spiritualist Shaylor James takes a break from recording his hit clairvoyant show, Passing Over. On a busy street he bumps shoulders with a young man, Mark, who attempts to make James the victim of a classic street con: the pigeon drop.
James, himself an old hand at the game, recognises a kindred spirit. He recruits Mark to work his studio audiences; showing him how to gather the convincing personal details used to deliver his sham messages from the spirit world.
What James does not know is his encounter with Mark was not by chance. It is part of a plot to gain his confidence. Rose, his new disciple’s girlfriend, wants revenge. The spiritualist's faked contact with her dead brother pushed her mother's grief and remorse too far. She killed herself.
The couple use the audience profiles to access bank accounts and transfer money to James’ bank accounts. Mark plants the incriminating evidence in his boss’ briefcase just before the arrival of the Fraud Squad.
James is convicted and jailed, but, to Rose’s horror, Mark becomes the show’s new host. He used her tragedy to insinuate himself into her confidence and then to finesse his ruthless overthrow of Shaylor James. His ambition achieved; Mark discards her. We think he’s won, but Rose again vows revenge, this time on her former boyfriend.
Join our professional crew and cast in this Yorkshire-made charge for prize-winning glory.
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Tilting at the Oscars Windmills
Do you want to be part of an attempt to become an Oscar fairytale? I am going to make a short film good enough to win awards at film festivals, a film potentially strong enough to get an Oscar nomination.
Faster, Sharper, Smarter is about the con men who prey upon the emotionally vulnerable. It is a subject that makes me angry, passionately so, and is why I felt driven to write the screenplay.
I have had a lot of success in the industry: devising more than twenty hours of original television and know there is, of course, no guarantee that the film will go all the way to Hollywood. However, I reckon I have the story and script to achieve my aim and that is why I am offering you the chance to join this crowd funded adventure.
Director, Four Winds.