What is the film about?
Façade follows Maya, a university student who is struggling to deal with her anxiety. Maya battles an internal conflict that makes it difficult to connect with the outside world in a transparent and real way.
The short examines Maya's difficulties from two different perspectives: her own private and hidden struggle, as well as the way the world sees her and the 'mask' she puts on to hide her anxiety. People around her fail to understand and sympathise with her as they do not see what is really happening beneath the surface.
One important message that we hope to convey is that everybody's relationship with mental health is personal and individual. No one can judge or tell another that what they are feeling is not real or enough because no one really knows what someone else is going through. Mental health is a lifelong struggle; some deal with it from a young age and some only encounter it later in life, but everyone's experience is different, and so we should respect rather than cast judgement.
Who are we?
Unthank Productions is the name of the University of East Anglia's Filmmaking Society. It is home to a group of ambitious students who have come together based on our passion for film. This is an independent production and every aspect is being managed and handled internally.
Between us, we have several years of experience making short films and music videos. Using this experience and incredible enthusiasm, we feel we will be able to make a truly captivating and thought-provoking short film.
Because we are a student society we need financial backing to get the project off the ground.
Breakdown of categories:
- Props: props are a general expense for movies and shorts. They allow us to help tell the story and convey meanings.
- Make-up: we have allocated a larger proportion of the funds towards make-up because the idea of 'the mask' is a key part of our director's vision. We believe that this money will allow us to experiment and convey different emotions and experiences in a unique way, and hopefully it will set us apart from other shorts tackling themes of anxiety.
- Travel: because of multiple settings and locations, we will need to allocate funds for transport for our crew and equipment.
- Refreshments: as this is a student film that relies upon students donating time for experience, we will not be providing meals. However, we do believe that it is this production's responsibility to provide water and some small snacks, to ensure that our crew stays hydrated and healthy while on set.
- AV Equipment: the Filmmaking Society already has equipment from previous short movies, so we do not need a budget to buy a new camera. However, lighting, lenses and sound equipment still need to be invested in, and so we hope to use this part of our budget to spend a little extra to get better quality recordings and footage.
- Festival Entry Fees: festivals are an important part of the film distribution and exhibition process. The money allocated towards festivals will allow us to spread this movie around the world, reaching as many audiences as we possibly can. Additionally, if selected and showcased, we could be awarded money and support to continue producing shorts.
- Emergency Funds: having a budget for emergency funds is just a safety net for us in case anything needs to be replaced, re-shot or any last-minute expenses come up. It is to protect us and help ensure that nothing gets in the way of this short being created.
- Costume: this short has a large cast, so we need to ensure we have a big enough budget to buy any additional items beyond our casts own personal wardrobes.
- Music: music is an expense that we have learnt needs to be invested in based on our experience with other shorts. By investing in music we increase our production value and can get custom-made audio specifically for this short, thus supporting a young musician and sticking to our creative vision.
- Location Fees: location fees will allow us to reimburse businesses for the use of their businesses and properties.
- Post-Production Fees: we are investing a small amount in post production to make sure that the editing process and any expenses are covered.
- Promotion: a small budget for promotion will allow us to print posters and help spread the word about our short film. Social media, fliers and a website will allow us to promote this project.
Below is a visual breakdown of our budget. The two charts represent the same information, just in different ways.
Your support will help us secure attention and recognition for our film and hopefully lead to awards for our hard work.
With your help, we can make a high-quality film and support the large community of budding filmmakers at UEA find their feet and get some experience. Thank you!