Behind the Big Top is a psychological fairytale about a clown who is imprisoned and forced to perform in a travelling circus run by a sadistic Ringmaster.
Our story is about change. About Oskar the clown. He performs in a rundown Circus, in a world where places of safety and kindness are few and far between for people like him. His world revolves around and is controlled by the ringmaster, Vladimir, who keeps Oskar on a tight leash. From sudden acts of kindness, to outbursts of anger to remind him of his place, Oskar's world is bleak. Up until the arrival of the Circus' newest member, she is known only as Mime. Providing a new source of human interaction, this mute stranger threatens to change Oskar's world forever. She will show him what it means to be treated like a human, not just a clown and in addition feed Oskar's growing needs and ambitions, which far outstretch the confines of the Big Top. Our story is about change, changes in Oskar, changes that, if Vladimir can help it, will never happen.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
A University for the Creative Arts BA (Hons) Film Production Graduation film.
We’re a group of hungry film students looking to create something that’s truly unique. It’s our final year and it’s the last time we’ll be working together for at least the next few years. We want to be able to look back and say. ‘This is where it all started!’.
Please take a look at our blog to find more about the finer details of our project! Its cast and crew! And to keep track of the production of ‘Behind The Big Top’ and how your donation is contributing towards its success!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
To make Behind the Big top happen we need your help to complete our budget. With your donations, we will shoot in April 2012 and be complete by June 2012 please get involved and support independent cinema!
Crowd funding is a unique funding opportunity (small amounts of money from a lot of people) but, more than that, it puts filmmakers back in control by incentivising funding for short film projects.
We already have a chunk of our budget already, but we are hoping to raise another £4,200 (about $6,200) Please take the time to look at our rewards, we have some unique and exclusive opportunities to offer!
Your money will help us to:
Rent a Circus Big Top for the duration of the shoot. Courtesy of CHIPPERFIELDS ENTERTAINMENTS!
Allow The Cast and Crew to stay in accommodation while on shoot!
Buy and process our Stock to shoot the film (Fujifilm 500t and 250D)
Help up cover the cost of renting a lens kit for the camera (Arriflex SR3)
Pay the cast for their travel expenses (The crews are paid for!)
Help us with entry fees to the many festivals we will be entering!
Printing and Casing for DVDS/Posters/Picture!
In return for this we have set up an incentive scheme so that even a modest investment is not without reward!
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE FINISHED PRODUCT?
We have alot planned for once Behind The Big Top is finished.. It will be entered and screened at major film festivals around the world. We will arrange a private screening in London for people who have purchased the relevant perks!
You can also follow us on Twitter: @behindthebigtop Get into contact with us because we love to talk to our funders! : )
Thank you so much for your interest, it's not just about the money but the supporters we pick up on the way too and your support means the world to us!
The crew behind the big top would like to salute all the funders who made the dream come true. We're currently in the process of entering the film into film festivals globally and we couldn't have done it without people like you who funded it!
It's being a long hard struggle and we're nearly finished! we're just waiting on a few of the members to send in the last bits of money they owe so we can get all the DVDs**, mugs, pictures we promised as perks.
**Under the conditions from most film festivals we can't send out DVDs as it will void us from entry, however if you want to see the film you can email Thomas the Producer and he will send you a private web link where you can view Behind the Big Top!
Principle photography has ended! We are wrapped and awaiting our university to open up so we get stuck straight into editing this project!
Many things have happened since the beginning of this campaign. The biggest two probably being our choice to shoot Digital and not 16mm! Mainly because of the cost and the quality we can get from digital! And secondly the actor who was playing Vladimir was replaced.
We haven't forgotten about our supporters! We'll be getting our Perks and DVDs out etc soon enough! In the mean time please 'like us' on Facebook!
There you will be able to see photography of the production from Photographer Sabina Hannila! Also all the updates from the films journey!
The Crew from Behind the Big Top!
Thank you all so much for funding our graduation project thus far you are perhaps the greatest 50 people in existence!
As we near to our shoot dates things are really heating up and thanks to your donations we are able to achieve things that we wouldn't been able to afford otherwise!
Our Twitter has unfortunetly been banned because of our over tweeting. We're in the process of creating a new one and letting people know in the world wide web who we are! For those who don't use twitter it won't be much of a loss!
If you have any questions regarding your donation or the project please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please spread the word (if you haven't already) about this project be proud that you funding a great team!
The Crew for 'Behind the Big Top'
Thankyou so much for supporting this project! The next few days are going to be very exciting! A new pitch video will go live and we'll start releasing some concept art.
Please follow us on Twitter - @behindthebigtop. If you don't have twitter or don't even know what twitter is then you can see how we're progressing on our website/blog!
Any questions about the project please email us at email@example.com
Follow us on twitter where you will get updates on our progress!
Also check out our production blog from it's humble beginnings!