I have written my first short 'Oak Smoked’ I have a brilliant professional cast and crew assembled and a shoot date confirmed, I am running this campaign to raise money so I can pay these incredible people (as I don't believe they should work for free) and to source the few props I need.
'Oak Smoked' started when earlier this year I took part in a crazy challenge called, '28 Plays Later' (puns for days) and although there were other pieces I wrote in the delirium of that month, 'Oak Smoked' wouldn't leave my brain.
It has been edited and fine-tuned for the change in genre but it has the same weird heart I originally fell in love with, it is a comedy about how tiny things, repeated in a long-term relationship can become huge, dramatic events and the star of the film is in fact a packet of bacon, which is not as it was promised to be -oak smoked. It’s a ridiculous, quirky, insane short but I absolutely love it and everyone that has read the script has felt the same way - that’s how I have got such an amazing team. There is so much heaviness in the world and I just want to bring some much-needed laughter and stupidity (the good kind).
It's a micro short and being made on a small budget. While this is the first short I have written and am producing, I am an actor and a writer and I have worked on short and feature films, so I know my way around the process and I am really excited to be bringing my words to life.
The shoot is set for December 2nd, so the funds would be needed by November 25th, so I can get the props and confirm with my crew and cast mate that we can 100% go ahead.
To be able to see this through to fruition will mean a lot to me as I have big plans for my little film, submitting it to festivals and sharing it online, it will also be something concrete that I can move forward from, as I am already working on writing my next film, which is also a short but a little longer. It also means that I can make my own work, which is a beautiful thing. As a single mum, it can be very challenging to get work because of the restrictions on my time but by being the writer and producer I have more control and can make the work I love, on my schedule.
As a way to say ‘Thank You' should you choose to donate, I've got some rewards!
If you donate £10 I will add you to the 'Oak Smoked' mailing list, so you can stay up to date with how the production is going.
If you donate £25 You will be added to the mailing list and receive a 'behind the scenes - the making of Oak Smoked' short documentary (My personal favourite of all the DVD extras!)
If you donate £50, you will be added to the mailing list, receive the 'behind the scenes - the making of Oak Smoked', have a special thanks credit in the film and receive a link to the finished film, so you can watch it before anyone else!
If you donate £100, you will be added to the mailing list, receive the 'behind the scenes - the making of Oak Smoked' and have an 'Executive Producer' credit (great to drop into casual conversation) in the film and receive a link to the finished film, so you can watch it before anyone else!
Please list your email address when you donate, so the rewards can be sent to you.
Any amount helps and every donation counts, so if you do donate, thank you so much, it means more than I can explain.
Thank you for reading and even if you can't make a donation, I'd be so happy, if you could share this, as getting the word out is just as important.