Mermaids Short Film

by Team Mermaids in Truro, Cornwall, England

We did it
On 29th July 2018 we successfully raised £6,305 with 71 supporters in 28 days

No money. No career. No relationship. 20-something screw-ups Margo and Celeste have two choices: sink or swim. Short film.

by Team Mermaids in Truro, Cornwall, England

New stretch target

You've given us the green light to make our film. It's happening! We can't thank you enough for your support. Help us get to our stretch target and your money will go towards post-production which includes sound design, sound mix, grading and VFX to name a few. All additional funds will go straight into what you will see on screen, and empower us to make the best mer-movie possible! 


MERMAIDS is an independent black comedy/drama short film about friendship, returning home and being stranded in the ‘in-between’.


Struggling to come to terms with their underwhelming achievements, they find themselves in (quarter life) crisis. Like the myths of mermaids who came ashore on Cornish beaches, Margo and Celeste find themselves stranded in the ‘in- between’: the chasm between the sea and land, adulthood and childhood, countryside and city, in a state of both ‘becoming’ and ‘unbecoming’ as they search for purpose and belonging in their twenties.

0ea69122604e7238a4138aef1d290706447934f6

Former childhood best friends Celeste and Margo haven’t seen each other for eight years - the same time it’s taken for them to both screw up their lives.

Failed journalist-cum-blogger, Margo returns to Cornwall disillusioned and broken from the city, while Celeste is struggling to keep her head above water as she works a deadbeat job at the village shop, pining over lost opportunities after becoming a carer for her mother, who is suffering with Parkinson's.

When they find themselves at the same hen-party dressed as Giant Starfish and Human Kelp, desperation (and an angry girlfriend) throws them together and forces them to reckon with the events that destroyed their friendship. Under the weight of disappointment and failure will the reunion cause them to sink or swim?

272bbf59b5bc317e6cbe5a8dc57078c324519ab6

YAZMIN JOY VIGUS - WRITER/DIRECTOR

Yaz is a Truro5bcfc0bd38f89633b257311e54c2d2f5f29a1523 girl who ventured to the big smoke to pursue a career in film, where she worked for a multitude of British Independent production companies. She has been a script reader for Vertigo Films and BAFTA Rocliffe. In 2015, she was approached by Jo Brand’s What Larks! Productions to develop her book proposal MAN-TOX into a shorts format for BBC3 style audiences. Yaz associate produced and acted the leading role of Carly the in the award-winning short film LA LUNE FOLLE (CRAZY MOON), also starring BAFTA winning Dame Sian Phillips. Last year she co-wrote, -acted, -produced and - directed the comedy short CHICKEN. In 2017, she was selected for the Widening the Lens scheme run by Encounters Film Festival where she received mentoring for her script MERMAIDS by industry professionals.

JAZ WASSON - PRODUCER
32d10f55b855f3c148a229aaa07a706fe4f88335

After graduating in film studies from King’s College London, Jaz came to terms with the fact a wealth of theoretical cinema knowledge wasn’t going to get her very far in production management. She therefore cut her teeth into the industry working at an array of different production companies. She has worked on a range of independent features, including UK/Swiss/German co-production BAGHDAD IN MY SHADOW (Ipso Facto/Coin Film/Dschoint Ventschr) and MAKE UP (Quiddity Films).

SIMEON GEYER - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Simeon is a London based DP who grew up in the fast paced environment of the digital revolution. Yet his journey began with an interest in stills photography during school in Bremen, a German town not too far from the North Sea. Along the way his main interest developed towards moving images, which is why he moved to Berlin to study Digital Film. 

f3639cc90671e61cd3ca846f54f47ca8a88f7847During this time he worked on projects including music videos and short films. After completing his studies he left the mainland to pursue his freelance (pirate) career as an international DP and moved to London, where he currently works for clients including GQ, Emporio Armani, Ted Baker and many more. While commercial work pays the bills, he enjoys telling stories that touch on every day life. He combines technical know how with an eye for aesthetics, always focusing on story first, to bring those stories to life. 

AMBER TORDOFF - GIBSON - 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Since being obsessed with films from a young age Amber has been working on films since she was 14 and after her studies continued to work in various parts of the film industry from script development at Amber Entertainment. and then to the world of post production at LipSync. After a few years Amber moved to working full time on sets as an assistant director.
e5be3cf21b55916e2e75013a03b8dadb160a1701
She has worked on various productions such as the BAFTA award winning MURDERED BY MY FATHER, CARMILLA Birdflight films, FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS Fred Films  and most recently HOPE GAP with Annette Benning & Bill Nighy and is beyond excited to return to the sea for the MERMAID’s adventure.

SIAN LANDAU - ART DEPARTMENT

65787dec5316a93a0b560f8b349b688cdf311224Siân is an artist and graduate of Slade School of Fine Art.
She joins Mermaids as part of the art department, as well as creating graphics and illustrations for the film’s social channels.

Her works have been exhibited in UCL Art Museum and at the Hoxton Basement. She creates digital illustrations and lettering for brands such as LoveKnitting, and has a passion for puns.

DOM WEEKS - PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR


66712b33378d3c4504c70c6018df66615812d4a1Dom was born and raised in West Cornwall.
While growing up he had a passion for the arts, drama and live performances. He studied BA Photography at Falmouth University, where his wide reaching practice saw him undertake large scale set build projects and introduced him to the world of film and media. Since Dom has pursued a career within Film and Television. Having worked a range of programming and companies including: BBC, Betty & TwoFour. He most recently completed a production & stills photographer  trainee placement on Claire Oakley & Emily Morgan's Ifeatures Project - MAKE UP

When he's not helping to make mermaids he can be found off surfing some waves with them.

TRIS VOCATURO - PROMO MUSIC & SOUND DESIGNER

 3559373078ae60d07b0b859d8a9395aba1650ff0Tris grew up in a small village of Nottinghamshire.  Coming from a musical family, music became a passion and key element in his life, as did an interest in technology.  Eventually he was offered an internship in a Dolby Post Studio, where he learnt the craft of sound design for film.  

He finally moved to London in search of work.  After rediscovering that his true passion is for music, he’s now trying to focus on producing music more.  

Most of Tris’ childhood holidays were spent in Cornwall, so it holds a special place in his heart with many happy memories. 

NOSA OTT - PROMO STORYBOARD ARTIST

109891bd6f53c4a24eebd4b13426f9a1e92f029cNosa is a French/Nigerian London based Visual Storyteller and Graphic Designer and currently a Gallery Assistant at Saatchi Gallery. She has worked on several design projects; from educational animated commercial work as well as collaborating on humanitarian projects with UNHCR, etc. She is an emerging artist who has curated and participated in 4 exhibitions in 2017, including a 5th underway at the Ritzy Cinema Brixton in August 2018.

Using her animation and conceptual background it was an easy and fun swim working with Yaz & team to create the promo boards for MERMAIDS.

Support so far...

MERMAIDS received development support after writer, actor and director Yazmin, was selected for the Widening the Lens training scheme 2017, run by Encounters Film Festival.

Kate O’Hara, Development and Production Executive at Creative England/iFeatures, mentored Yazmin as a part of the scheme and oversaw the development of the script.

The project has been picked by CrowdFunder as one of their passion projects for 2018.

Emily Morgan, Quiddity Films, BIFA and BAFTA winning producer of I AM NOT A WITCH, is on board as Executive Producer for the project.

1e00f57394cc5779f85d2c367022323ab8365180

From costumes to equipment, to take our film from script to screen we are going to need some help. Here’s where your money will go…

Budget

bd74e5eef325e9d11b0c6c1c095b2b9d4742c31a

Although our target of £5,000 will provide the bare essentials to make the film any additional funds will go towards post-production, festival submission and additional fees. 

c2054058b95d2b1f1465068ab8b51c025a30bf16

ebeadde5901de5df41a4ba1b8c56639d88ae929d

CATCH THE SUNRISE SILVER MERMAID STAMPED RING:

445b5b0752bb2a039925eacce952715c2b109958 

Join our shoal 

6c5ebf3283123175dc3dbe6b96443448eb336cb6
From inspiration, to exclusive artwork, videos why not join our shoal!

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram where our team will keep you up-to-date with production, the latest perks, behind-the-scenes and the latest news! 

Tell yer mates 

Whether it’s a cheeky share on Facebook or Instagram, or even in the local paper or radio station - we’d love to share this journey with as many people as possible - so please do spread the word about our project to your friends! 

CrowdSourcing 

Money isn’t the only way you can help us make Mermaids. If you have a skill or resource that might be helpful during our Cornish shoot - we’d love to hear from you! Whether you’d be interested in being an extra, cook a mean pasty or help us raise finance, we’d value your ideas.

8d610ef0eb1b448152ddcc006600985e2a34ca57

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for donating to our pledge rewards: 

1b7154929db11a543790c0253b912546ad656d0da4b9eb11d505aa5f057b923e2726ac910a4795fda80722e18cb47dfa165ec4c1f7efbee220f9ce21 c628e266c3e8d2f38190cfd5534034b2fb01fced

b28ee7dc8faa7b950ca85e72081820bfb5bd84e08d76921ebd35b3832797a63aa351bdb86efb47ec

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

4 of 50 claimed

Sea Potato

No ordinary spud! - We’d love to thank you on our social media channels. - You’ll also receive your very own digital art download.

£15 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Sea Anemone

Be our flower of the sea! - First look! Private link to film once completed.

£20 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Hermit Crab

We think you're fab, thanks for being our hermit crab! - First look! Private link to film once completed. - Exclusive link to short film PHYSICS directed by Claire Oakley, produced by BAFTA winning, Mermaid’s Executive Producer Emily Morgan.

£25 or more

2 of 30 claimed

EXCLUSIVE FOR 1st JULY LAUNCH PARTY ATTENDEES ONLY

Woah there captain - did you attend our event? - Pledge on the spot at our launch party you’ll get a LIMITED EDITION A5 MERMAID PRINT. Exclusively designed by artist Sian Landau. Recycled paper, 350gsm, laminated on one side (to protect design) and handed over by the artist herself! - When the film's completed we'll also send you a private link.

£30 or more

Sun Starfish

Some stars ain’t in the sky! - Be a mer-guest at sea themed Exclusive Private Screening, of the film with our cast and crew (in Cornwall or London) - depending where you live! Plus a Cornish drink on arrival courtesy of St Austell Brewery.

£35 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Cornwall Film Festival tickets!

Get your hands on an exclusive industry pass for Cornwall Film Festival on Friday 9th November 2018. This cannot be bought elsewhere! You will have access to industry speakers' pearls of wisdom, masterclasses and workshops + an evening screening. It will be held at The Poly, Falmouth.

£35 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Cornwall Film Festival Gala tickets

Move like a movie star at Cornwall Film Festival's Saturday night gala. Date: Saturday 10th November 2018. Place: The Poly, Falmouth Ticket includes gin fizz reception. Yum!

£35 or more

1 of 5 claimed

*NEW* Premier ticket PLUS Exclusive Artwork!

Catch of the day! Get these goodies before its too late: - Be a mer-guest at sea themed Exclusive Private Screening, of the film with our cast and crew (in Cornwall or London) - depending where you live! Plus a Cornish drink on arrival courtesy of St Austell Brewery. - LIMITED EDITION A5 MERMAID PRINT. Exclusively designed by artist Sian Landau. Recycled paper, 350gsm and laminated on one side (to protect design).

£40 or more

5 of 5 claimed

*NEW* Catch The Sunrise MERMAID ring!

Adventure seekers only! We are offering this beautiful silver ring with MERMAID stamped on exclusively to our pledgers (it is not even out in stores yet!) The ring is designed & handcrafted by CATCH THE SUNRISE in their Cornish studio at no cost to the earth. Images of the ring in our project "about" section. Pledge reward includes: - 1 x ticket to our premier in either Cornwall or London + a drink courtesy of St Austell Brewery on arrival.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tompot Blenny: Falmouth Week 80's V 90's VIP

The festival fish, who loves to shimmy! Local Cornish reward. - 2 x VIP tickets to FALMOUTH WEEK: 80'S V 90'S EXTRAVAGANZA on Friday, 17 Aug 2018. Be the fanciest fish at the party and recieve a glass of bubbles on arrival! Curtesy of South West Bars & Events and Falmouth Festivals.

£70 or more

7 of 10 claimed

Cuttle Fish

You were never one to scuttle, so why not be our Cuttle! - Headland Finisterre Beach Towel. Made from organic cotton and designed in Cornwall. (Worth £40) - Special mer-guest at an Exclusive Private Screening of the film with our cast and crew (in Cornwall or London) - depending where you live!

£70 or more

0 of 1 claimed

*NEW* GOLDEN TICKET - Cornwall Film Festival

Wow! We ate all the chocolate bars for you and found that golden ticket, now it can be yours with the touch of a button. Cornwall Film Festival's Golden ticket is an access all areas pass to film industry events, speakers, masterclasses and screenings, worth £80. It will be held at The Poly in Falmouth.

£250 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Moon Jelly

Give our project some welly by being our movie Moon Jelly! - We’d like to thank you on our MAIN CREDITS… - Special mer-guest at an Exclusive Private Screening of the film with our cast and crew (in Cornwall or London) - depending where you live! Complete with an Official Mermaids Goodie Bag - A5 Original Mermaid Artwork (signed by Artist)

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Bottlenose Dolphin

You’re no kipper, Flipper! To thank you for your generous contribution… - Featured EXTRA in the film. (T&Cs) - 2 tickets to one of our screenings in Cornwall or London. At the event you’ll both receive an Official Mermaids Goodie Bag with all the treasures and Cornish beverage on arrival!

£1,000 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Mermaid / Merman

You're a livin' sea legend! - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER title in our credits. - Invite to set. - Special guest for you and friend at one of our screenings in Cornwall or London. - Personalised Mermaid Portrait (for you or a special mer-mate in your life!).

Got an idea like this?

Our crowd has raised over £55 million for bright ideas and good causes.