PART FABLE, PART LOVE LETTER TO POP-CULTURE & SEVERAL PARTS RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION; THE TROJAN HORSE...
This film feels essentially like my way of readdressing my love/hate relationship with the goggle box making sense of a misspent youth of near obsessive channel flicking (and all in a time when there were only four options and even then you had to walk to the set itself and manually make your selection at the press of a button or the tuning of a dial).
The Trojan Horse is a short film all about Troy (Philip Philmar), a withdrawn eccentric who has shunned the trials and tribulations of the outside world in favour of his beloved Spirograph, he lives to Spirograph, in fact you could say his life positively revolves around it.
This idyll is cruelly disturbed though when an unknown benefactor leaves a television set on his front door step. Out of curiosity he initially welcomes the visitor into his home but sensing something not quite right he decides to leave it well alone, pick up his pencil and paper and go back to what he knows best. Gradually this new presence begins to play on Troy tempting and teasing it invades his very dreams (look out here for visions of giant spinning pencils, an enormous wooden horse and even a tree that grows television sets) before he decides he can resist it's mindless glamour no longer. All to his peril.
Stick around and stay tuned for more updates...we really want you to feel a part of this whole experience.
MEET TEAM TROJAN...
Daniel Strange 'Writer/Director' - Daniel Strange is a regular child of pop-culture, who some how found himself channelling all this into a Fine Art degree filled with experimental film and video at London’s Central Saint Martin’s college. His general inability to decide what he wants to be when he grows up has led to him attempting to pull off a kind of ‘Creative Chameleon’ like status, whether it be directing music videos for bands such as The Irrepressibles, Storyboarding music videos for Take That or designing album/single covers for the multi-award winning bands.
Philip Philmar 'Actor - Troy' - Philip Philmar’s film roles include Mr Fogg in Sweeney Todd; Slugworth in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, both by Tim Burton; and an English Judge in Luc Besson’s Joan Of Arc. In The Colour Of Magic (Sky), he played Astrozoologist 1 and The Rabble Rouser; and The Bird Man in Casualty (BBC). He could be heard as Father Dingle – an Irish Priest, Indigo – a dragon, and Perse – a nervous bridegroom, in My Blue Wedding by Marks & Gran (BBC Radio 4).
Philip is also a Performance Poet.
Barrington Paul Robinson 'Producer' - left a 15 year career in the City to start again in Film. He produced a number of short films with a variety of Directors and a range of actors through Redbag Pictures. These films have been accepted into festivals across the globe. Barrington was named as one of Screen Internationals ‘Stars of Tomorrow 2006’ and was also an Honouree of the UK Film Council as a ‘Break Through Brits 2008’.Shortlisted for Cinema extreme and Film London / BBC Films Microwave scheme in 2009.More recently his head has been down whilst focussing on a few feature ideas that are about to be announced.
Naresh Kaushal 'Director of Photography' - After having worked for a number of years as a camera assistant on award winning feature films such as Red Road, Fish Tank and Brick lane Naresh made the move to cameraman. On a steady diet of short films, music videos and documentaries he has shot projects for a variety of clients including BBC, FHM, Smoda, Original Penguin, M&S and others.
Naresh also works as a freelance photographer.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED...
Take a look to your right, see if something takes your fancy or share and share a like with friends and family or anyone you think might get a kick out of our little adventure.
Your fiver(s) will essentially help us in every corner of production.
- First and foremost we have the simple set build of Troy's room, now he is a simple man of modest taste but we would still need to build a few walls in which to house him and dress it with a props and furniture.
- As you would imagine there is a lot of kit involved within making even he most simplest of short films and although there will be a lot of begging, borrowing and maybe even the occasional stealing there are certain items you really don't want to cut back on if the finished article is going to have the look it deserves. There is also the small matter of making sure all that kit is insured.
- Transport, there will be quite a bit of kit, props and crew to make sure we all get to the location for shoot day without any delay (time is money).
- It doesn't all end when the camera stops rolling either. The different worlds of The Trojan Horse span Troy's room, the world of Troy's dreams (which in this case will involve a mixture of various filming styles including some green screen sequences and some computer and stop motion animation) and the TV montage sections. These will all have to be edited together into one coherent short film, which will take a lot of time and effort and a little bit of cash..
We are on a very tight budget here and it really is a case of every penny counts.
What self respecting critique of television would be complete with out it's very own game show? Dare you open 'Pandora's Box'?
The band Georges Kaplan Presents... who will be performing the finished soundtrack for The Trojan Horse have just recorded and released their first single 'Drive-Thru' and are offering it as a free download via their bandcamp page.
JUST ONE SHORT WEEK TO GO NOW!!!
Having spent the day working on spoof TV logo/idents I figured it only fair to share some of the inspiration/research that went into the finished article.
(Stay tuned to see the finished results).
Desperate times call for desperate measures...
With just 25 short days left to pledge for The Trojan Horse we decided to take inspiration from the season and produce our very own online advent calendar, expect 25 days of goodies, tidbits and general absurdities beginning with this rather lovely cinematic masterpiece (watch carefully there's a hidden message within).
You've seen the (promo) film now check out the T-shirt.
We have specially designed this for Troy to wear throughout the film and we think it's pretty nifty if we do say ourselves. Now we just have to contain our excitement until the postman decides to deliver it here to 'Trojan Towers'.
Don't forget you can also get your very own Trojans T-shirt by throwing us a bit more than a fiver and going for 'Bully's special prize' of £50!
What has been a huge encouragement to us here at Team Trojan has been the feedback sent through in response to the campaign so far, we thought it only fair that we share the love with all those following us here on Sponsume.
'Great campaign, filled with such imagination and heart. Production stills look awesome, I'm certainly 'Throwing a fiver' in fact I'm in for fifteen.' Jane Hamsher (producer of Natural Born Killers, From Hell and Apt Pupil)
'The Trojan Horse - a project by a man following his dream. With a hilarious and brilliant 'Throw us a Fiver' stategy. Like, Tweet,…' Raindance tweet (independent Film Festival and Film School and founders of the British Independent Film Awards)
'I loved you sponsorship film and was happy to throw a few bob your way!'
'I thought your promo-clip was awesome and wish you all the best fundraising. I hope you reach your goal and you get to make the film.'
'Really liked your trailer it made me smile'
'How you end result can be better than that fucking brilliant fundraising video I don't know!'
'I'm so impressed with your pitch. Good on ya Fella.... I wish you every success.'
'I loved your fundraising video. It really made me laugh.'
Just a quick reminder, to everyone who may click here that if it is ever going to see the light of day 'The Trojan Horse needs you...'
Specials thanks to all those who have been kind enough to throw us some cash thus far, every little bit brings this short closer and closer. Team Trojan love you to bits.
We are all very excited at Trojan HQ at having been given a very encouraging tweet from Raindance (see below). It is no exageration that we have indeed been effectively been given Indie Films seal of approval and goes a long way to explain why you may see us grinning from ear to ear.
For more info on Raindance please do head over to http://www.raindance.co.uk and check it out.
Just a quick update for the start of the week here. Below is more a 'sketch' than anything but it hopefully gives a sneak peak of how the fantasy world of the Trojan Horse's dream sequences might begin to invade Troy's drab existence.
As the Trojan Horse is a film without any kind of dialogue getting it right visually is of utmost importance. Fortunately our director is able to fall back on his experience as a professional storyboard artist/visualising illustrator to help communicate some of his wierd and wonderul ideas to the rest of Team Trojan. What follows is a selection of some of the drawings produced to aid the pre-production stage of filming.
Most of the action of this short takes place within one location, Troy's room. This is a drab, cell like environment that shows of Troy's somewhat plain existence.
During one particular dream sequence Troy is surprised to find a lone tree growing within a field of spinning pencils, as he steps closer he spots that growing on the tree's branches are several television sets all broadcasting the very same image of a single apple.
Towards the climax of the scene Troy comes face to face with The Trojan Horse, a giant wooden horse with a televsion set for a belly that towers high above him.
When writing a short film with no script or dialogue the storyboards take on a whole new level of importance. Above is the opening scene as imagined (and drawn) by the director.
Desperate times call for desperate measures...check out the lengths our humble director has gone to make The Trojan Horse a reality.
The sex industry is not the only form of prostitution in London's bustling Soho. Digi betas need delivering, Tape decks transported (usually up several flights of stairs), Producers dogs have to be walked and Chai skinny Lattes don't buy themselves. All a mere mornings work for your average 'Soho Media Whore'...
A little while ago the first stage of production began on The Trojan Horse where 'Team Trojan' the highly talented bunch of individuals charged with bringing this film into being descended upon Studio 7 in High Barnet.
As the film progresses and the television set begins to have an adverse effect upon Troy he begins to dream visions of himself playing out various stereotypes of the television world. Part of the overall feel of the finished piece will come from the different styles and textures of the formats on how we shoot the various worlds that we jump between (Going from the realty of Troy's room to the surreal world of the dream sequences and then the absurdity of the TV itself). On this occasion we got to go all lo-fi and experiment with terrible production values, awful lighting, a cheap DV camera and some very questionable costumes. Despite all our best efforts to make it look down right terrible the final results were indeed something to be admired (watch closely for a couple of tasters hidden within the promo video for this film). Of special note was the improvisation skills of Phil, it is just as well there was no real sound recording required because the infantile giggling of Naz and Dan can be heard throughout.
On the day Abu Khan was on hand to capture some of the fun we had.