'Run It Off’ is an uplifting drama-comedy that tells the story of two people, over one evening in their lives and the beginning of a new friendship.
And it is running that brings these characters together.
The short draws inspiration from films such as 'Once', 'The Silver Linings Playbook', 'Intouchables' and 'Lost in Translation'.
Four great films, four great friendships, four inspirations behind 'Run it Off'
WHAT'S THE STORY?
A long-distance runner, who has lost his way in life, inadvertently saves a young woman from throwing herself off a bridge. After their efforts to get home take a detour, a nighttime jog through the city reveals how each can gain enough courage to face the next day.
WHO IS THE FILM ABOUT?
Ajamu is the long-distance runner; a 30-something Nigerian man whose troubled past sees him escape into his own world of long-distance running - alone and free.
Kate is a 22 year-old office worker who believes she has nothing left to live for; could her new-found connection with Ajamu and a surprising love for running help her get home?
Our script focuses on two characters who meet under extraordinary circumstances
WHAT'S THE THEME?
This is a film about the journey people take to turn their lives around after experiencing pain, loss and change. Often, when you look back on difficult times in your life, it was one moment, one person, one piece of advice or encouragement that got you nearer getting over things. That is what the characters of our film are both dealing with.
WHAT'S THE VISION?
We believe that simple set-ups (two characters, one evening) offer the broadest cinematic canvas. Our script really explores two complex characters at a vital moment in their lives and looks at how one evening can be enough to make a friend for life.
From 'Chariots of Fire' to 'Run Lola Run' the act of running on-screen instantly brings energy and action to a story. We want our running scenes to burst off the screen at the emotional and visual high-point of the film.
Our film will be encased in a world of late evenings, golden hour sunsets, tracking shots, frosty breath close ups and pounded pavements. The locations are as much a part of the story as the characters, framing this drama-comedy in a dramatic and cinematic world.
To do this, we need your help. We're crowdfunding to not only raise that extra money that will make our running scenes look amazing, but to secure the brilliant actors that will make our characters come to life.
Will and Liam on a recent location recce in Southampton
WHO IS MAKING IT?
Liam O'Hara - Writer / Director
Liam has been a cinema projectionist, written for film magazines such as 'Hotdog' and now creates corperate content as Creative Director of Sunstone AS (www.sunstone.uk.com)
He has run community filmmaking projects with the BFI and is the double-award winning writer/director of The Grendel Toots (https://vimeo.com/128968347).
Liam says of Run it Off; "Running helps your brain more than your body. It can take hours to burn away the extra calories in that lunchtime bag of crisps, but just minutes for a jog to wipe away all the stress and worry of a whole day. There's something magical and cinematic about taking characters with real problems and making them run to resolve them."
Will Shutt - Writer / Producer
Will has recently worked on 'Fuzzbox' a BBC Three 'Feed My Funny' pilot with MyPockets. He's also collaborated as Assistant Producer with the band Elbow on last year's 'Lost Worker Bee' EP, released by Meat Bingo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmOYRsU-Ex4)
Will is currently a key member of the BA Film Production Course at the Arts University Bournemouth, whilst producing creative content in Norway and the UK with Liam, as part of Sunstone AS.
Will adds of the film; "In times of great despair and pain is the opportunity of growth. It's bittersweet, but it's in these times that we do the most learning. We become stronger and better people. In our story, this begins with our characters coming together and starting their newfound friendship, realizing what running has the potential of doing."
Kristian Berg - Co-Producer
Kristian is MD of Sunstone AS and the man who likes to get out and talk to people about the power of film. He is both a history and film production graduate and has created content for businesses such as BIR and ItsLearning in Norway.
Kristian's view on Run it Off is; "This film is a producer's dream: simple to shoot and organise, while still conveying a powerful and relevant story for our time. Very different people coming together by chance to solve very human problems."
Kia Little - Director of Photography
Kia is a Cinematography graduate from the Arts University Bournemouth and enjoys creating personal visual projects, mostly on 16mm film. Kia has recently directed photography for various branded content, as well as several music videos,
Kia feels that Run it Off; "is about looking beyond ourselves and taking the time to have interest in another person, and the benefits that can come as a result."
WHY THE BIG DEAL?
We’re making this film with the help and support of Creative England and their iShorts scheme.
We got so close to making it onto this scheme last year. We're talking a photo-finish! But missing out in 2015 has made us better writers, we're sure of that. We dusted down our notebooks, sat down and came up with an better script this year. And we're very excited to be part of iShorts 3.
This is a prostigous national development fund that sees us receive support, mentoring and professional development from the Creative England Talent Development team and bespoke skills training from Creative Skillset.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
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Pledge. Take a look at our great rewards. Every pledge will give backers the chance to own a copy of the finished film.
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