What if Life was Like the Movies

Winchester, GB

Plot Summary

What if Life was Like the Movies? follows the story of three friends, Michael, Keith and Dave who, when at the pub one afternoon, begin to discuss what their life would be like if they were to live in the movies. With the arrival of the glamorous Michelle, the lads attentions turn to how to approach her, and the conversation moves on to which movie genre would be the best one in which to find the perfect girl. As they discuss the varying pros and cons of a number of different genres, it becomes apparent that each one of them has a very different expectation of what would work best, and how they’d go about the task of getting the girl.


Project Breakdown


WHAT IF LIFE WAS LIKE THE MOVIES? is a new independent short film by writer-director Toby Robinson, which focuses around the central concerns of love, life and the power of imagination, all within the frame of the movies!

Principal photography is taking place on location in Winchester, Hampshire, between the 11th – 15th of March 2013.

We have a full, tight-knit crew, including DOP’s Daniel Goodall and Pia Storck working on the project, and have cast our four main actors, Joseph Booton, Robert Sladden, Paul Collin-Thomas and Lindsay Konieczny, who will be playing Michael, Keith and Dave respectively. We have secured a host of fantastic venues, the final draft of the script has been completed, and we are now in the process of finalising our storyboards, shooting schedules and arranging our rehearsals before the shoot!


What we need...


This project is one which really, really, really needs the help and support of yourselves. As we’re a very low budget production, we’re relying on the goodwill and charitable support of those involved where possible, however, like with all film-making ventures, we still need to pay for some elements of the production.

My team and I are investing some of our own money, however we can’t do this alone, and could really do with any contributions, be they big or small, that you can afford to spare.

So, where is the money you invest headed? Before you part with your hard earned cash, we feel it is only fair for you to see a breakdown of the general areas of expenditure that your money will be helping with and going towards. Within the budget, the money we raise will be going towards;

KIT RENTAL                                        (£750)

PROPS                                                (£250)

CATERING                                          (£200)

LOCATIONS                                        (£160)

TRAVEL EXPENSES                            (£840)



As you can see, we’ve got loads of great rewards to tickle your fancies if you feel inspired to invest! The more you put in, the more you get back as our way of saying thank you for your kindness and generosity.

'I can't donate - can I still help out?' I hear you cry!


Of course! There are still loads and loads of great ways in which you can help us in getting the project off the ground!

Why not like / share our page on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/WhatIfLifeWasLikeTheMovies

You could always follow and promote our page on Twitter... https://twitter.com/LifelikeMovies1

And you can check out more updates on my website; www.tobyrobinson.com/what-if-life-was-like-the-movies.php

If you're able to share any of our social media links or the link for our Sponsume page around any online channels, such as email, Twitter, Facebook, blog spots and so on and so forth, any sort of assistance along these lines is always hugely appreciated!

Thank you so, so much for all of your help and support in advance.


Costumes, Props and an expansion of venues...
Posted: Thursday, 07 March, 2013 - 20:03

It's been a busy few days for the film in the last week, and things really are coming together ahead of our first day of filming this coming Monday (where has the time gone??)

We started the week with a meeting at The Green Man pub in Winchester to discuss and confirming using the venue as another location for the film, in their case the 'James Bond' inspired segment of the script. Once the major details were ironed out, they've now confirmed, subject to a pub lunch on our second day with them, which now means that we have a grand total of THREE (count them!) locations secured for filming venues, which are;

The Hyde Tavern (for the Film Noir and Rom-Com sections of the script), The Green Man (for the James Bond section of the script), and The Railway Inn for the normality sections of the script.

On Wednesday, we had our rehearsals for the film at the BFI, which was a great event allowing the actors to meet before the shoot and to see the dialouge come up off the page for the first time which was very exciting, and made for a very successful read-through and chance to give some thoughts and feedback and to tighten lines before the shoot days. In the same day I met with our DOP, Dan Goodall, who is heading up our very talented camera department, consisting of him, cinematographer and in our case camera op Pia Storck and gaffer Jonny Flint, and we discussed visuals, kit and shot-lists, and I'm happy to report that we were pretty much on the same page for everything we discussed, which is a good thing.

And then on Thursday we had a visit to the very talented team at the lovely Hampshire Wardrobe to pick out the remaining costumes for the Film Noir section of our script. They've got a cracking collection and it was a really enjoyable morning, and we now have some stunning costumes for both 'Michael' and 'Michelle' for the scene.

We have also now secured the remaining kit we need, cast our camero parts (Sam Drayson Le Tissier will be playing Michelle's love interest 'Brian' in the rom-com section and Paul Alexander Scott will be playing the shady hitman for our James Bond section), and have begun detailed work on our shotlists, which are almost complete and are just in the process of smoothing the little things to make sure that the shoot runs as smoothly as possible.

And remember - there's still time to make that little contribution towards the film to help us achieve the goals of the shoot and make it the best it can be, or to share our page around! Every little helps!

Thank you so much!

Script Completed
Posted: Wednesday, 27 February, 2013 - 21:02

We're pleased to announce that the final draft of the script for What if Life was Like the Movies?' has now been completed! We're now in the process of breaking it down into shot lists, storyboards and shooting schedules so we're expertly prepared for our shoot, which is coming around very soon!

Watch this space!

Casting Complete!
Posted: Sunday, 24 February, 2013 - 23:02

We're very pleased to be able to announce the casting of the 4 main characters for the film following our very successful audition sessions carried out over the 18th and 19th of February.

Actors Joseph Booton, Paul Collin-Thomas and Robert Sladden will be playing the central trio of Michael, Dave and Keith respectively, whilst actress Lindsay Konieczny will be playing the part of elusive love interest and 'femme fatale', Michelle.

All four are extremely talented actors, and promise to bring an extremely high level of talent to the film, and we're very excited to be able to welcome them aboard, and are very much looking forward to being able to work with them for the shoot.

Watch this space for some fantastic results!

Auditions taken place!
Posted: Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 - 21:02

We've now had two very successful days of auditions at St George's Church in Bloomsbury, London across Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th of February, where we've seen a very high level of acting quality, and have had loads of strong people attend. We have two Skype auditions to go on Wednesday 20th, and then from there we should be able to announce our full cast list by the end of the week!

Keep your eyes posted for more exciting casting news!

Users details

Toby Robinson
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GBP £265
12% raised of our GBP £2,200 goal
This project ended on Friday, Mar 15th - 21:00

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£5.00 or more : Receive a personal thanks across all of our social media platforms.


Production Assistant

£10.00 or more : Special thanks across our social media / online platforms + A special thanks credit on the finished film.


3rd Assistant Director

£20.00 or more : A special thanks across our social media platforms + A special thanks credit on the finished film + 5x selected stills from each photographed shoot day.


Key Grip

£50.00 or more : A special thanks across our social media platforms + A special thanks credit on the finished film + 15x selected stills from each photographed shoot day + A digital copy of the script + A Digital Download link to the film (made available after the film's festival run).


2nd Assistant Director

£100.00 or more : All of the Above + Digital Copies of all Behind-the-Scenes Photography + Digital Artwork Still


Production Manager

£250.00 or more : All of the above + A signed copy of the script + Digital copy of interview with the director + DVD Copy of the film.


1st Assistant Director

£500.00 or more : All of the Above + Executive Producer Credit + Interview with Director and key cast on DVD + video thanks from cast and crew.


Associate Producer

£750.00 or more : All of the Above + A3 Film Poster + Signed Headshots of Cast


Studio Head

£1,000.00 or more : All of the Above + Co-Producer Credit + Invite to Cast & Crew screening + Invite to appear as an extra in the film + A1 Film Poster.