WHAT THE HELL IS AN ALBATROSS?
'Albatross' is a seaside story about the adolescent struggles of Michael Bradstone, a young man coming to terms with his future - or lack thereof. The film tackles the topic of toxic masculinity, sexuality, and dead-end towns. We believe Michael's story is important, meaningful, and most of all - relevant. This crowdfunding page exists as a means to help us tell this story, to share our vision, our message, with all of you.
So dive in with us and follow us on our journey - this is our Dissertation! We'll be updating the page throughout the project, but it won't exist without support from people like you. We've come up with a band of perks and rewards for everyone who's kind enough to donate to our project (alongside our eternal love and support). So go ahead and check them out, or keep reading to find out more about us and what we're doing. No pier-pressure...
WHO ARE YOU GUYS?
We're a production crew of four diving head-first into the making of our Dissertation short film at the University of Leeds. We've been honing in on our skills over the course of our three-year degree in Film, Photography and Media. Here's a bit more about what else we've got going on...
DIRECTOR: ELLIE WILDMAN
I'm Ellie, a 21-year-old visual artist from Belfast, currently based in Leeds, U.K. I've worked with companies such as Warner Bros and BBC, as well as having freelanced for 3 years, owning my own company 'MILDMAN'. Having an auteurship approach to film and specializing in creative direction, I draw on traditional analog techniques and old film movements such as 'french new wave' to create fresh and relevant contemporary art.
PRODUCER: CARISSA THORNE
I'm Carissa, a 21-year-old filmmaker from London learning everything film at the University of Leeds! I left school at 16 to pursue filmmaking, won the World Skills UK in 'Video Moving Image' at 17 and have never looked back! I've been lucky enough to work with BBC Sport, Viacom (MTV) and VTR North, as well as working on my own freelance projects both as a producer and a creative director. On set I'll be overseeing the production, keeping tabs on all these talented people and making sure we all stay on schedule. Off set I'll be doing the colour grade for the film!
CINEMATOGRAPHER: MATTHEW GREENLAND
My name is Matt Greenland. I'm a 21-year-old filmmaker from Cambridge currently completing an undergraduate degree in Film, Photography and Media at the University of Leeds. My focal skillsets lie in Camera Operation, Cinematography and Post-Production gaining the majority of my experience from Online Video. I recently partnered with the biggest bus company in Europe, FlixBus, creating a three-part online series. I wrote Albatross to reflect a side of Britain that until recently has not had its fair share of screen time. On set I will be taking up the role of Director of Photography and Camera Operation with a minor role as VFX Artist in the stages of post-production.
EDITOR: TOM BACHE
I’m Tom, a 20-year-old student from Essex, currently in my 3rd year studying Film, Photography and Media at the University of Leeds. I’m particularly interested in editing, having gained post-production experience with companies such as BigTalk Productions and RDF Television.
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