A Fluorescent Sky - Brand New Feature Film!

by Harry Tomlin in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th March 2020 we successfully raised £4,775 with 114 supporters in 28 days

The high street as we know it, is dying. A corner shop owner and his young daughter battle against the threat of a new 'Hypermark' opening.

by Harry Tomlin in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Hitting the original target will enable this project to happen, but this extra push will really allow us to bring it to life! We can really invest in the uniqueness of the shop and all the elements of this project.

This money will directly go towards:

  • A bigger, better shop location
  • Higher quality products and store equipment to fill it
  • Original shop uniforms for characters
  • Even better props and set design to bring every frame to life
  • Funding for festival entries and distribution deals to give this film the best life after its completion!

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‘A Fluorescent Sky’ is a story about parenthood, independence, loneliness and the changing landscape of our own high streets. The film follows Hector, a widower who owns a corner shop with his young daughter Cleo. Hector has a great fear of the outside world and the dangers it poses. As a result, he confines  Cleo to the corner shop and their apartment for much of her life, homeschooling her and letting her help around the store instead. With the threat of a new ‘Hypermark’ opening, Hector battles for the store’s survival while Cleo longs for the world beyond.

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The film is set to have a run time of 80 minutes, predominantly contained within the shop and their apartment above. It aims to adopt a very conversational structure, displaying the interactions of customers and allowing this to develop the characters as well as the narrative.

A Feature Film is something that has never been tackled at our University, we have all built up the knowledge and experience on ambitious short films and so are now making the leap to a feature-length production. This film goes beyond being a student production, we want it to have its independent place in the world, calling attention to these issues and creating a poignant drama within it.

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The high street is dying as we know it. More and more stores close every day leaving a wasteland of empty shops. Around 5853 high street stores closed down in 2018, that's 16 every day! And not enough new ones are opening in their place. We've seen here it in Bournemouth and across the country. Independent businesses struggle with new consumer habits, the internet, and corporate chains bulldozing over them. And so we feel it is the perfect time to make a film like this and showcase these issues.

There are a lot of key themes in this film aside from the important high street backdrop. Discussions of loneliness run throughout all the characters in this film, the different ways they cope with and discuss it. It's something we all experience and struggle with so this film becomes an engaging platform to tell these stories and connect with audiences socially and emotionally.

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Inspired by the works of European and Independent Cinema, the film’s style will focus on being as naturalistic as possible. We aim to stray away from the general conventions of scene coverage, by covering the majority of the scenes in a single thought out wide shot. By doing this we aim to create a sense of realism, eliminating the manipulation of a scene through cuts. While it will be naturalistic, we still want to create some really distinct frames and experiment with the duality of a shop like this and all of the customer interactions that inhabit it.

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Aspects such as camera movements will be limited, making a simple yet beautiful visual style. The film’s lighting will follow suit, with a heavy emphasis on using practical lighting within a scene, rather than manipulating light to suit our needs. The shop will be lit with fluorescent and tungsten lighting in order to give it a run-down impression. We aim to create a unique and memorable visual style that will remain in people’s minds after the film has finished.

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There was an incredible "own brand" design that Sainsbury's launched for their products in the 1970s. This has inspired the whole look of the shop. We don't want to try and copy existing corner shops but rather create something wholly original to the film. Although there will be this vintage influence, the film will still appear to be set in the modern-day. These two aspects combined will produce a timeless quality to the film that stays with people long after the film has finished.

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We also have the amazing Laina Deene working with us to create original illustrations for the film. She will be designing some exclusive promotional content as well some of her work featuring in the film. If you love her work as much as we do, check her out @lainadeene on Instagram. We also have a limited edition ZINE she will be making for us as a crowdfunding perk.

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This money will help us so much! With such an ambitious project, it will likely make or break the end result. The funds will be split between various departments and stages of the production process. We have carefully designed the budget to ensure that every penny will be put to its best use. We want to get some great locations and cover all the expenses of our talented cast of actors! A lot of the money will also go on the production design (we have a whole shop to fill!). If we can hit our goal we will be able to pay for all this as well as catering cast and crew on the day and the endless other small costs such as transport.1581262639_pie_chart.png

We understand not everyone has the means to give money to the film. But every like, comment, share is crucial to the project's success and we really appreciate your support in whatever form. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter (@fluorescentskyfilm). By spreading the word you are helping us make this a reality.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

1 of 10 claimed

AMA-ZINE!

The amazingly talented illustrator Laina Deene will be creating a limited edition, completely original ZINE for us. She documenting the production with her unique illustration style. The ZINE will be printed using Risograph, an ethical soy based printing method and will include photos, poster designs, interviews and all kinds of goodies. But we are only printing 20 so get them while they last!

£2 or more

LOOSE CHANGE

Every penny counts! Route around in your pocket for a bit of change to donate to a great project. Every donation makes a huge difference!

£7 or more

FEED A CREW MEMBER!

Thank you! With this donation, you are delivering some delicious food to one of our crew members to keep them going while on set!

£12 or more

A Little Jar of Goodness

You're really making a difference to this production, helping bring every product on every shelf to life! You will be added to our mailing list and receive exclusive updates on how the production is going.

£17 or more

A TIN CAN CREDIT

You will receive a thank you in the credits at the end of the film as well as our eternal gratitude! We will also add you to our lovely mailing list for updates as we embark on this exciting journey!

£25 or more

A BOX FULL OF BITS

Receive a digital copy of the posters and script before the film is even released! You will also receive a credit at the end of the film and join our exclusive mailing list!

£50 or more

GET YOUR NAME ON A PRODUCT

We will make a whole product in the shop dedicated to you! Your name could be the next brand of cereal, soup, dog food, who knows what!? You will also be thanked in the film's credits, be added to our mailing list, and receive digital copies of the poster and script.

£100 or more

COME BEHIND THE COUNTER

We will be opening the set up for a Crowdfunder exclusive look at the set after we shoot the film. Seeing the products, meeting the crew and you might even get to take some of the products home with you... You will also be thanked in the film's credits, be added to our mailing list, and receive digital copies of the poster and script.

£300 or more

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

You will get an exclusive invitation to our private premiere of the film once it's complete. You'll get to meet everyone involved and see the film long before anyone else. It will just be cast, crew, family, friends and YOU! (Of course, you will also get a thank you in the credits, be added to our mailing list, and receive digital copies of the poster and script.)

£500 or more

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER + IMDB CREDIT

With this pledge, you will receive an executive producer credit in the film as well as on IMDB plus all of the above! This really enables us to make this project happen and do it justice. You will receive the full package along with your Executive Producer credit: an invitation to our cast and crew premie, the chance to visit the set, your name on a product, added to our mailing list, and receive digital copies of the poster and the script!

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