Hi everyone, my name is Caroline Harvey and I'm an IFTA nominated film maker based in Donegal.
My goal is to raise funds for my upcoming film project THE CRUCIBLE which will be shot in Bundoran Co. Donegal this Autumn 2023.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Your support and donations will go directly to paying crew members; Cinematographer, Sound Operator, 1st Assistant Director, catering for the shoot and post-production fees (Editor, Grader, Sound Mixer, Composer).
THE BIG GOAL
The overall aim to create a strong network of film makers here in the Northwest that can work and be paid right here on their doorstep without having to leave their locality along with their skillsets to the big cities. In Donegal, especially Bundoran we are lucky to have such an incredible backdrop of beautiful landscapes, facilities and creatives in a concentrated area. The more work we create for each other and showcase what we have, the more film work we can generate in the future and establish a strong base of experienced jobbing crew and cast.
I am going the fundraising route because I have applied for film funding in March and due to the high volume of applications we won't even recieve word until end of year/new year.
THE CRUCIBLE is predominantly shot and centres around the Atlantic Ocean. The wild Atlantic swells and its wild weather feature heavily in the story. This key factor creates a specific window of time to shoot end Oct/early Nov before temperatures plummet and daylight shooting hours are minimised. To wait for film funding means we lose our short window.
I believe in having faith in your idea and making it happen despite the hurdles.
My previous short film WEDNESDAY'S CHILD was a self funded project I made on a 6,000 euro bank loan. It went on to become IFTA nominated, and won the Oscar Qualifying 'BEST SHORT DRAMA' at 2022's Galway film Fleadh, 'BEST SHORT DRAMA' at Catalyst Film Festival 2023 and Nominated for BEST SHORT FILM at Irish Film London among other awards.
You could spend your whole life waiting for people allow you to create. Or you could take a chance and make it yourself!
Your support with this campaign would mean the world. I would be so greatful for your donation big or small, it goes a long way with getting the project off the ground! Your support with helping spread the word, sharing the campaign with friends and family on social media will also be a wonderful contribution! SHARE THE LOVE ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA!
WHAT IS THE CRUCIBLE ABOUT?
When a storm makes landfall on the day of Hannah’s surf assessment, she is forced to face past traumas and mortality head on when conditions go from bad to worse.
A huge weather system makes landfall on the eve of trainee surf instructor Hannah’s exams. Conditions prove extremely difficult, causing Hannah to question her ability. Things escalate to life or death when Hannah receives a blow from her board leaving her unconscious under the waves.
Through the ordeal Hannah’s subconscious forces her face a painful memory buried within demanding her attention. A trauma she has spent her life avoiding.
This film looks at the concept of moving into intense feelings in order to grow. Sometimes in life we are faced with a 'crucible' or a test. There is no better place to set this story than the Atlantic, a place that mirrors the mind perfectly. A place of deep stillness and serenity, yet equally of turbulence and destruction.
WRITER/DIRECTOR/ACTOR - CAROLINE HARVEY
Caroline Harvey is an actor/writer based in Donegal. Her film Wednesday's Child
most notably won the Oscar qualifying Tiernan McBride Award 'Best Short Fiction'
at 2022s Galway Film Fleadh and was nominated for BEST SHORT at 2023's IFTAS.
Nominated for BEST SHORT FILM at Irish Film London in 2022, Nominated for
BEST NATIONAL SHORT & BEST ACTRESS and was awarded the Judges Special
Mention for BEST ENSEMBLE CAST at the Richard Harris Film Festival. Caroline is
most known for her role as Farrah Clayton on RTE's FAIR CITY from 2014 – 2019,
HEADCASES (TV pilot RTE2) 2019 and OBITUARY (HULU) 2023.
CINEMATOGRAPHER - FIONN ROGERS
Fionn Rogers is a film-maker and content creator based on the west coast of Ireland, with a diverse body of work spanning 10 years. Fionn’s work is based around storytelling and sensory experience. Weaving imagery through interesting narratives, he attaches meaning frame by frame.
PRODUCERS - EDWIN MULLANE AND ADAM O'KEEFE (ADAM AND ED CREATIVE)
Adam and Ed Creative is a multi-award winning production company based in the west of Ireland. Their work spans TV, commercials and short films. Over the last number of years, their short films such as 'A Christmas Matter', ' Cleaner', 'Coasteering'. 'My Connection is Unstable, 'Where Still Waters Lie' and 'Bittern' have screened at festivals all over the world.
1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - RIK GORDON
Rik Gordon is a filmmaker from Co. Down. Rik's short films include The Pigman (2015), the short horror film, The Wake (2017) and Pure Gold (2019) which recently picked up best Horror/Suspense Film at Comic-Con in San Diego last year. Rik has worked on numerous short and feature films as an assistant director, and understands the importance of allowing the director to focus on getting the best out of the cast and concentrate on telling the story.
SOUND OPERATER/SOUND MIXER - KIERAN FRENCH
Kieran French is a sound engineer and owner of Ash Tree Audio, an audio production company based in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.
After graduating from BIMM Dublin, Kieran has worked diversely across the audio industry, recording and mixing audio for music, film, and voiceover projects.
He opened his own company and studio in 2022, Ash Tree Audio, and most recently worked in the sound department for the award-winning short film, The Rock in the Sea (2022).
CORMAC & MAUREEN MEEHAN
(MEEHAN'S REAL ESTATE & TRAVEL AGENTS)
Cormac Meehan is the principal of the Firm with over 30 years experience in the Property Sector. A former President of the Irish Auctioneer and Valuers Institute (IAVI), Cormac holds Fellowships of the IAVI (1995), the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCS) (2000), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (2000) and the newly formed Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland
In addition to property sales and acquisitions for private and corporate clients, Cormac specialises in Valuations involving Landlord and Tenant Issues, Compulsory Purchase Orders and Property Arbitration. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is on the Arbitration Panels of RICS and Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. Cormac holds an appointment from the Land Values Reference Committee of the High Court as a part-time State Arbitrator.
Cormac is also the Founding Co-Chair of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA)
Maureen McGroary-Meehan is a professional CBT/Mental Health therapist.
Arantxa López is the Director of ID Languages, a language school and translation company in Bundoran. Established in 2014, they have been committed to delivering quality experiential language learning programs, as well as providing B2B translation and subtitling services internationally. IDL proudly supports the arts in the North West, with their team being formed by teachers who are actors, writers, musicians and artists. "We are passionate about creativity and we use theater, film, dance, music and painting in our classroom, as we believe them to be great tools for learning, mutual understanding and plenty of fun".