In a way, film-making and football have quite a lot in common. The people at the top of the pyramid are famous throughout the world, and get paid fortunes for work that can wow the world, but can also suck the joy out of anyone unfortunate enough to witness it.
Also like football, the average Joe in the street is far more likely to watch a film that cost millions to put together than go down the road and see something that was put together for the cost of a few pints and a the goodwill of the local community.
Which is a shame, as there is some really exciting work going on in the world of micro-budget film – and us mere mortals have an opportunity to get involved in a way which we could only dream of in the mainstream cinema world.
Well, here at Failed Critics we are not only willing to put our time and money where our mouth is, but we are asking our wonderful readers to do the same.
The first project is Rocky Road. Written by Daley-James Francis and directed by Lee Tomes, Rocky Road is described as “Rocky meets Shane Meadows”. Now, I haven’t seen the script, but the promo film and their previous work have piqued my interest and I have decided to donate to the cost of the film via the crowdfunding website Indie Go Go.
Not only does everyone who donates get a credit in the film, but each different level of funding will give you a different memento of ‘that time you helped finance a film’. So not only do you get a sense of smug self-satisfaction at doing some good, but you have a story to tell the grandchildren. They’ll probably ignore you, but that’ll only be because they won’t have an idea what a DVD is.
The second project I want to share with you isn’t even looking for your hard-earned. Just you ideas, your time, or maybe even just that useless movie trivia that no one else in your family finds at all interesting.
Citizen 598 are making a short film called Han Going Solo. It’s a love letter to cinema, especially the Star Wars trilogy (what do you mean, prequels? Never heard of them). Full details are available here, and I would suggest that even if you can’t think of a way you can help make this film you should definitely take a look at the finished project. I think it’s going to be great and – to stretch the football analogy a little further – even at the lower levels you sometimes see the equivalent of a 30-yard volley that goes in off the post.
I should probably admit that I have worked a little on elements of the script for this film – but please don’t let that put you off.