Fund to develop the Jonty & Art film sales package

by Studios KS1 in Crockey Hill, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th August 2019 we successfully raised £3,569 with 69 supporters in 56 days

This not-for-profit project is the 1st step in making the Jonty and Art film, producing the film deck package& benefits 4 charities

by Studios KS1 in Crockey Hill, England, United Kingdom

As we all know, Jonty Evans has seen plenty of drama in his eventing life, many of the readers here will have made a contribution to his story through the successful crowdfunding of his horse Art.  Unsurprisingly, there has been a gathering of pace behind the idea of basing a film on Jonty’s  remarkable life so far. This project looks to raise the development fund needed to produce the film deck package, the first step on the road to getting a film made.

This not-for-profit project will use raised funds for the essential activities in producing this first package and stands to significantly benefit the 4 nominated charities.

Jan Birley, a keen equestrian & Executive Producer, has teamed up with international production company Studio KS1, to develop the Film or TV series based on the unique and fascinating story of Jonty Evans.

The development of the initial film package is the defining stage in the production of any feature length film or TV series, and involves extensive, highly specialised work including; research, script writing, editing and re drafting, consultation with studio and television executives, creation of the production schedule and budget, completion of appropriate graphic design and artwork to create a ‘deck’. The deck is a collective document that outlines all the salient elements of the project in a design appropriate way. It contains notes on casting, shooting style, cinematography, production design, sound design, music and director’s vision. Leading industry Heads of Department are consulted to provide thoughts and information on each separate design element of the proposed film. The sales package is presented as a complete solution to film distributors, studios, broadcasters and executive producers in order to set out the film as a viable and marketable project. 

The development fund is the starting point and the great thing about it is that, on the first day of actual filming, it  comes back

Our plan is that the development fund that we raise here will be donated to charity when production funds are raised and the film goes into production. By getting involved here, not only will you will be allowing this project to take shape and have a firm stake in seeing that the production of this great story into film gets its chance, but you will also be affording that 4 worthy charities get the opportunity of a significant boost. Those charities are:

David Foster - injured riders fund.

https://www.davidfosterinjuredridersfund.ie


Mark Davis injured riders fund.

https://mdirf.co.uk

Nichols Spinal Injury Foundation in the name of Claire Lomas.
https//www.nsif.org.uk

Willberry Wonder Pony.

https://www.willberrywonderpony.org

As soon as the development fund starts to build, the work will start! The cogs in the film business can move slowly so it's important that we get cracking and build some momentum as soon as we can. 

Jonty is offering one lucky person from all those who pledge to our not-for-profit film starter project, that will benefit our 4 chosen charities, the chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime chance. How will it work? The lucky winner will get the chance of a short lesson riding the fabulous Colley Rourkes Drift with Jonty, himself. Pledge to the project and for every £5 pledged, you will receive one entry into the draw. Those who pledge by 10pm on 30th June will receive DOUBLE entries into the draw.

There will be some conditions - as we all know, Art is Jonty's best friend and Art's wellbeing is always at the centre of Jonty's heart. A weight limit will apply and Jonty will reserve the right to cut short the lesson if he feels it's in Art's best interests. The lesson will be 20 minutes at Jonty's yard on a date to be agreed and the winner will be responsible for making their own way there. This is a great added incentive to pledge to our not-for-profit project.

Who will be involved in producing the film pack?

Jonty Evans: Executive Producer/story advisor (of course & needs no introduction!)

Steven Nesbit: Multi Award-winning writer/director Steven on IMDb

Karl Hall: BAFTA-winning writer / producer Karl on IMDb 

Jan Birley: Executive Producer Jan on IMDb

What is the Process?

The process adapts with the learnings of each consultation and the following is a guide only: 

  • The development team consult on the shape and feel of the film, SWAT analysis of it as a viable project and then begin a critical path analysis of accurately representing and improving via process, the collective vision. 
  • Extensive consultation with Jonty Evans, to dramatise his life and career for the widest reaching audience. 
  • Initial consultation with leading Executive producers in the UK and USA to check viability of the offering. What is the industry currently looking for, at what budget level and how can we best provide it with this project?
  • Research undertaken with Jonty / media / eventing community to gather necessary information to begin screenplay. 
  • Synopsis created to agree shape and form of screenplay and film. 
  • Screenplay commissioned. 
  • Screenplay notes collated and edited screenplay commissioned. 
  • Draft budget begun. 
  • Draft schedule begun.
  • Initial Graphic Design consult started. 
  • Edited screenplay delivered. Budget and Schedule revised accordingly. 
  • Consulting Heads of Department selected.
  • Screenplay delivered to appropriate Heads of Department for consultation on photography, music, production design etc. 
  • Screenplay and synopsis sent to casting director and then agents to asses talent interest. (Attaching “named” talent is a significant advantage in pre selling any film.
  • Research information collated to produce copy for the deck and incorporated with completed graphic design. 
  • Package presented to Studios, Distributors, Broadcasters, financiers and Executive Producers for pick up.

There is an awful  lot to do, but to get this amazing story on to the screen would be a great honour and testament to Jonty and of course all those who have enabled him to succeed in the face of extreme adversity.  The team  would absolutely welcome your support to get this deserving project out of the start box and on its way.

If you are interested in pledging a custom amount, please get in touch. We have lots to offer.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1,000 or more

2 of 100 claimed

£1000 - Meet Jonty & Steve + Signed Framed Excerpt

Receive a signed, framed script excerpt, unique to this level of pledge, along with an invite to an afternoon tea party with Jonty Evans, Karl Hall and Steve Nesbit to discuss the development of the film script and production package. Plus a personal signed thank you from Jonty, Karl and Steve. You can also have your picture on the wall of fame and an invite to the members-only website for updates.

£10 or more

£10 - Personal Signed Thank You

You will receive a personal signed thank you from Jonty, Steve Nesbit and Karl Hall, delivered electronically and an invite to a members-only website where updates on progress will be posted.

£25 or more

£25 - Your pic on Jonty & Art's film wall of fame

Join Jonty and Art's film wall of fame with your picture immortalised on the front page of the members-only website. You will also receive a personal signed thank you from Jonty, Karl Hall and Steve Nesbit, delivered electronically, along with an invite to the members-only website where updates on progress will be posted.

£50 or more

£50 - Unique Artwork

Send us a photo you and we will send you back a picture of you with Jonty, electronically, signed. With this, will come an invite to an online webinar with Steve Nesbit, Karl Hall and Jonty Evans, discussing the film creation process. You will also receive a personal signed thank you, delivered electronically, from Jonty, Karl and Steve, your picture on the wall of fame, along with an invite to the members-only website for updates.

£100 or more

5 of 200 claimed

£100 - Framed Artwork (A4)

Receive a unique, limited edition framed deck artwork, along with an invite to an online webinar with Steve Nesbit, Karl Hall and Jonty Evans, discussing the film creation process. You will also receive a personal signed thank you from Jonty, Karl and Steve, along with your picture on the wall of fame and an invite to the members-only website for updates.

£500 or more

£500 - Limited Edition Framed Script Excerpt

Receive a unique, limited edition framed A4 excerpt from the script, along with an invite to an online webinar with Steve Nesbit, Karl Hall and Jonty Evans, discussing the film creation process. You will also receive a personal signed thank you from Jonty, Karl and Steve, along with along with your picture on the wall of fame and an invite to the members-only website for updates.

£5,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£5000 - Your Name Mentioned

Be immortalised in the script by having your (or a loved one's name) mentioned as an off-screen character, along with a signed and framed artwork poster. Join Jonty, Karl and Steve for an exclusive get-together to talk up close and personal about the creative process in producing the script and the production package. You can also have your picture on the wall of fame and an invite to the members-only website for updates.

£10,000 or more

0 of 6 claimed

£10,000 - Named Character and Signed Script

Receive a signed copy of the final film deck and become immortalised in film with a character named after you in the script. You will also receive a signed, framed artwork poster. Join Jonty, Karl & Steve for an exclusive get-together to talk up close and personal about the creative process in producing the script and the production package. You can also have your picture on the wall of fame and an invite to the members-only website for updates.


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