Vanishing Trick

A Film and Theatre project Liverpool, United Kingdom

When his granddad is brought home to die, a young magician must decide whether to use his 'power' to cure him or be sucked into gang life.

New stretch target

Any funds raised over and above the £6,000, will be used to cover transport/ expenses to bring on more experienced crew and to lift the budget from it's heavily discounted level in terms of camera equipment, props (art department) and other on screen elements that we would have otherwise been begging, stealing and borrowing.

The Project

Vanishing Trick is a short film about family, belonging and the power of blind faith. The project is backed and supported by Creative England (iShorts Scheme) and the BFI Net.Work.

The team are looking for some additional funding. We are keen to cast local talent from Liverpool and use genuine locations to make this story feel as authentic as possible. This requires an additional financial boost, to allow the core team to travel to Liverpool ahead of shooting, hire local cast and crew, meet with the lovely people at the Liverpool Film Office and ensure our script is watertight, bringing this story to life. 



When his terminally ill grandfather is brought home to die, a working class Liverpudlian boy convinces himself that he can use the magic tricks the old man taught him to make the tumor vanish.  



The Team 


Robin Schmidt

Robin Schmidt is a filmmaker who spent 8 years dveeloping his skills with a number of narrative, factual and music video projects.  He worked in house, running Chrome Production which made everything from TV to corporate work, before leaving to go it along in 2009.

He continued directing music videos befoe spearheading the video content for Lux* Island Resorts which had him shooting all over the Indian Ocean from Mauritius to the Maldives. Continuing his ocean adventures Robin won the Bahamas 14 Islands Film Competition and began moving into fiction work shooting a handful of short films and creating two sucessful YouTube series, SuperMassive Raver and Stenderz. The latter saw Robin and regular collaborator Simon Wan parodying well-known music videos using the plot of Eastenders. This caught the eye of fashion photographer Rankin who then asked them to present a podcast for his Hunger Magazine, and then Fearne Cotton on Radio1 asked the guys to write and perform songs for her show.

Robin and Gez Medinger have shot several short films together including Please Hold, a comedy of embarassment and Canis Belli, a WW1 tragedy and began 2013 by shooting their first feature film, Afterdeath, written by Andrew Ellard and starring Sam Keeley (Monsters: The Dark Continent), Daniella Kertesz (World War Z) and Miranda Raison (Spooks). Robin followed that up by shooting DOG, a 40min Hong Kong style martial arts action film starring Simon Wan and his brother Martin currently havign an award winning run in the festivals. Robin is continuing to develop a number of projects as a followup to Afterdeath, including an adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and SUPER.HUMAN a dark tale about the ugly side of superheroics.



Kristina Heaney is a screenwriter rapidly getting notice for her feature film work.

She has co-written feature scripts for romantic historical epic, The Promise of Peace and American civil rights era drama The Long Road South.

As well as co-writing short thriller Flotsam, which is currently playing film festivals, she is also the sole screenwriter of short comedy drama Cold Reader, which is confirmed to shoot at the end of June 2015. Presently, she is co-writing feature-length psychological horror/thriller, Resonance and  dark short, Little Lucie. 

Kristina has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and has worked as a Creative Writing tutor in London.




Michael Beddoes is a producer who has already brought 16 short films from script to screen. Along the way they have been selected for numerous international film festivals (including many from the Academy Award and BAFTA qualifying list such as SXSW, Palm Springs ShortsFest and The Hamptons), won awards and picked up thousands of views online.

He also produced micro-budget feature film 'Survivors', which has just been bought for distribution. From here he is now developing another three feature film projects, short film 'Cold Reader', as well as 'Vanishing Trick'.