Hi, my name is Josie Long and i'm a stand-up comedian.
In April 2012 me and my friend Douglas King made a 20 minute short film together called 'let's go swimming'. Set in Glasgow, it was a sad comedy with some little bits of stand up voiceover in it, about a woman trying to run away and start a new life for herself, with no success. We were chuffed to work with a brilliant cast and crew, and managed to blag good equipment to make it. Musicians that we love like Stuart Murdoch and Aidan Moffat did cameos for us and a cafe gave us free catering for the shoot, too. Belter.
We really loved making the last film and it taught us a lot. We are now desperate to make another, but we really want to pay people properly as the last film had no budget whatsoever. We want to be able to put the same crew together and actually hire the equipment we need so we don't wear out the goodwill that was shown to us. (And i hope us doing this doesn't wear out yours!). We would both like to keep making films until we can make a brilliant feature that will take us on the gravy train to hollywood. Then bad luck arseholes, you will never see us again.
I do not mean that.
The reason we are asking for your investment is that we are impatient and idealistic. We want to be able to make our film without giving up creative control, or waiting for anybody else. The money we are asking for is to pay for camera and equipment hire and post production, which we have budgeted at 9500, and to pay our seven-strong crew for a five day shoot, as well as post production people. Anything we can raise, however, would be a start for us and would make our project possible. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
We're taking the films on tour! Which is just fantastic news as we get to travel the UK showing the films on the big screen. It's a dream come true to have our films in the cinema and we hope to see you at one of the many cool cinemas we're visiting.
We have been working towards having the special sponsume screenings for people who bought the funder credit / signed cartoon and storyboard / cool package.
The first one up is an exciting screening at the Leicester Square Empire on Monday 21st October at 6.30pm. I want to apologise for the late notice for this screening, unfortunatley it was very late being finalised with the Empire bookers.
This is a special VIP screening for you and is completely free. I hope you can make it along so Josie and I can say thank you in person. If anyone is interested in coming, please let me know by Saturday 19th October. It is a great location to show the films in a cinema with so much history. Apologies again for the short notice. If it doesn't show here, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also organising a Glasgow screening and I intend to let you know the details as soon as they are finalised.
Thank you again for all your support!
Doug & Josie
Hi Amazing Backers!
Thank you all so much for backing Romance & Adventure. Your generosity is hugely appreciated, and we can't wait to get all the gifts sent out to you. I'm sure you'll be very happy (fingers crossed) once they arrive, thanks for your patience.
The film is currently in post production and we are in the middle of mixing the audio. Nearly there - although there is still a lot of work to be done to get it over the finish line. We're all pleased with how it's turned out and we're really looking forward to getting it out in the world.
We hope to organise 'special backers screenings' in Glasgow and in London as soon as the films are ready for public consumption. It will be fantastic to watch it with everyone who has sponsored the film! If this is too far away for people, we may have an exciting tour of the films coming soon - more on this once dates are set. Sorry to our non-UK funders, its not an international tour although we wish it was.
Also, we are currently working on a website where we can post everything that's going on with the film. We'll be sure to let you know when it's live.
A few people have got in touch with change of addresses, so if you need to do this as well, please let me know.
Thanks again for helping us make the film we dreamed of making. Hope to see you at a screening soon!
Doug & Josie and the R&A team xx