Welcome to our crowd funding campaign for our short film The Nest. We're super excited to be producing our first script and working with our newly assembled team of film makers on this exciting project.
We're set to film on nearing the end of May, 2018!
The Nest tells the story of a man broken by loss, contemplating drastic actions, and a lawyer who attempts to offer hope and pull him back from the brink. It’s about utilizing past experiences of grief to ease the pain of present turmoil in another person, and how the consequences of actions beyond our control can result in hopelessness. We’re exploring the idea that good people, no matter what their values, could be pushed into doing horrible things.
The Nest is a collaboration of the following:
Simon Henderson - Writer/Producer/Actor
Simon has worked as an actor, teacher, and theatre creator for almost 20 years. He made his professional theatre debut at the Atlantic Theatre Festival as Barnanby in "The Matchmaker". He made his professional screen debut as Student #1 in the YTV series "Daring and Grace". Much has happened since then. He has performed in Germany and Iceland with German theatre group Das Letzte Kleinod; toured Atlantic Canada, North Carolina and Georgia performing the long-running "Shakespeare on Trial" (to the tune of 500 shows); and helped direct two elementary school musicals in Toronto. The Nest is his first foray into screenwriting and producing.
Andrew Bigelow - Writer/Producer/Actor
Originally from Nova Scotia Andrew began his career performing theatre in the Maritimes. Over the last ten years he has developed a successful voice-over career, in which he has been a regular voice for company’s such as WestJet, Jeep Cherokee, and CAA. He has appeared in various TV commercials, as well as recent television appearances in The Detail, Murdock Mysteries, and Designated Survivor. He produced his first theatrical production with the one-person show, The Atheist by Ronan Noone in 2014. He is a graduate of both The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Acadia University theatre program. This is his first time writing and producing a short film.
Daniel Benoit - Director
Daniel wears many hats; he is a writer, assistant director, director, and producer. He is a former student of George Brown’s Theatre Conservatory, and a recent graduate of Centennial College’s Advanced Film and Television: Script to Screen program. He is also a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Toronto based independent theatre company, Theatre Genesis T.O. As well as working on The Nest, Daniel is currently in production as the 1st Assistant Director for the upcoming web series It's My Anxiety. Click the link below to watch the pilot:
Danielle Thorn - Director of Photography
Danielle Thorn has been working professionally in the film and video production industry since 2013. In that time she has filled a variety of roles such as first and second assistant camera, data management technician, camera operator, assistant editor, editor, and cinematographer. In the last couple of years she has had the immense privilege of shooting award winning web series such as "Out with Dad" and "Cranium Cookie," a series that she also co-produced.
Andrew Merrigan - 1st Assistant Director
Andrew Merrigan is an Edmonton-born writer, director, actor, and tap dancer. He began dancing at 3 and had his first on-stage role at 4. As a teen, he performed on stages all over the globe-- including Hawaii, Los Angeles, and New York City. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a BFA (Dramatic Arts) in Performance. Since then, he has been working as a producer, choreographer, director, and actor in Alberta and Ontario. In 2016, he formed Theatre Genesis Toronto with Daniel Benoit, whom he regularly collaborates with in theatre and film. Recent film credits include: It's My Anxiety Series (Director/Co-Writer), Sweet Potato (1st Assistant Director), After Mount (Writer/Director), TALK (Writer/Director), See No Evil (Actor), Hapless (Producer, Co-Writer), Metanoia (Actor). He is extremely pleased to be joining this talented crew!
Script Supervisor - Courtenay Benoit
Sound/Lights - TBA
Deidre Appelbohm - Hair and Makeup
Deidre has been working as a freelance makeup artist since 2014. Since then she has advanced her craft by completing her post grad in Advanced Special Effects Makeup and Prop Making at Sheridan College. She is a jack of all trades, specializing in special effects, film makeup, and is proficient at procuring and creating specialized props. Recently she has had the honour of being the makeup designer for the production of "Titus Andronicus" at Hart House Theatre, as well as working on short films such as "Three Quests" and "Decay".
Christian Lloyd - Writer
Christian is an actor, writer, and photographer. Selected theatre credits as an actor include: The Heart of Robin Hood (Mirvish/RMTC) for which he won a Broadway Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Chicken Grease is Nasty Business (Summerworks), Amadeus (Canadian Stage), Platonov (Soulpepper), Twelfth Night (Soulpepper). TV/FILM acting credits include: The Handmaid’s Tale (MGM/Hulu), 11/22/63 (Hulu), Mum’s the Word (Hallmark), Maps to the Stars (Focus Features), Horizon (USA/Syfy).
As a writer, Christian has had plays performed in Toronto and California. He was the recipient of a Toronto Council for the Arts grant, the Ontario Arts Council playwright residency grant, and a Canada Council for the Arts grant. He wrote the award winning short film, Getting Lucky, and, most recently, the feature film, Moments of Clarity, which picked up a string of awards, most notably, the Audience Award for Best Feature at the San Diego International Film Festi-
Breakdown of expenses
ACTRA on-set Insurance: $160
Gear Insurance: $140
Sound Equipment rental: $110
Camera Equipment rental: $500
Props and Wardrobe: $125
Car Rental: loan of 2 production vehicles achieved!!
Craft Service: $150
Post Production: $340
Original Score: $130
Honorariums for 6 person crew: $100/person
Any donation small or large will make a difference. Thank you!
- Kareem Qureshi
- Scott Sawyer
- Tannaz and Miranda Keshavarz
- Carl & Jeanne Bigelow
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