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On 20th July 2020 we successfully raised £8,535 with 189 supporters in 28 days

Can you tell me what happened last night? 9 students piece together a story laced with guilt, intoxication and manslaughter.

by The National Youth Film Academy in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

UPDATE: 

Dear Novice supporters, 

On behalf of the entire ‘Novice’ cast and crew I would like to say a huge thank you for your pledge to our Crowdfunder campaign. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and support so far and there are a lot of very happy young filmmakers back here incredibly excited to begin shooting.

In light of our stretch target increasing to £8,500, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our budget breakdown. Already, the money raised has exceeded what was outlined in our initial budget. We want to be transparent as possible in the way we are spending your money and assure you that nothing will go to waste.

With the additional capital raised, we are focusing funding to three key areas of production:

Firstly, upgrading our assets to help the quality of the film reach its highest potential. What does this look like?

  • Securing the Gold Package of camera equipment from NYFA partners, PROCAM. This will give us two additional lenses, a field monitor, a dolly setup and studio quality lighting. If this sounds like gibberish, it’s basically the best possible camera equipment available to us.
  • Hiring specialists missing from the talent in our crew. We are currently in conversation with composers, makeup artists and sound and lighting technicians.
  •  Auditioning more experienced actors for the role of the ‘Investigator’. We will now be able to advertise the role to stronger actors who will be able to contribute more to the world of the story.
  • Elevating our art department. We are very conscious of getting the visual context for this production right. This means taking advantage of the 90s theme party (the main setting for the film) and really going wild in the transformation of our characters, props and sets. Ultimately giving us amazing visual assets to help promote the film and tell the story. Stay tuned for the mood boards that will be coming soon.

 Secondly, making sure that our production is COVID secure. Several members of our team have already completed ‘Safe Sets’ training which has highlighted several procedures we want to enforce on set to keep our cast and crew as safe as possible. Such as:

  • Installing hand sanitiser and foot pedal waste disposal stations.
  • Providing PPE for all crew members.
  • Setting up well ventilated spaces for cast and crew when not on set.
  • Personal water bottles and labelling equipment.
  • CDC Approved cleaning equipment.

Thirdly, holding money in our reserves so that we are able promote and distribute the final film to our highest capacity. After the shoot is over, we want to be in a position where we are able to take on any opportunity to showcase the film. For this we will need:

  • Strong promotional assets. We are hoping to hire a professional photographer and graphic designer to create our final film poster.
  • To submit our film into festivals. With the talent we have already behind the film, we hope that Novice will be worthy of some acclaim. To put this film in front of the right people, there will need to be a pot set aside to finance film festival submissions.

If you have any queries or suggestions about how we move forward with the project, please email us at src20g10@gmail.com

In other news, we are now live on TikTok! Follow us @noviceshortfilm and take part in the ‘MorningAfterChallenge’.

Thanks again for supporting this project, we’ll be updating you at the end of the campaign about our next steps.

 

Best wishes,

Team Novice 

If you haven’t already, please give us a like or follow on our socials, we’ve got so much more coming your way.


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Have you ever turned a blind eye to something you shouldn’t? Novice is a short film that examines university party culture in the cold light of day. This Crime Drama follows Eve - a young girl who stumbles into the middle of a disreputable British house party. Her descent into chaos is guided by a series of hedonistic archetypes who have to answer for their behaviour the following morning. What happened last night? Who hired that God awful DJ? When did everything go wrong? Each party guest tells their version of the story whilst struggling to disguise their guilt and shame over the innocence lost by another.

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The transition into adulthood is one of the few universal experiences that unite us all. The characters we meet on that journey are those we remember nostalgically (if not fondly) and in a way, this film is a homage to them. However, coming of age in an era where everything is ‘seen’ brings with it an array of new challenges to overcome. The public persona is modified and filtered, allowing us to gloss over mistakes instead of holding ourselves accountable to them. Novice is a hyperbolic retelling of these mistakes and the consequences of the bystander effect and individualist culture.

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When we first met our team of incredible actors, it felt natural to create a film that would play out at an erratic University house party. Somewhere where the line between story and reality could blur and we could introduce characters at their most unscrutinised. Following the trend of successful docu-series, we decided to unravel the events of the evening in juxtaposing interview scenes - meaning that these same party goers could be thrown into an entirely new light. As we switch between two versions of the same character, the truth and story become malleable.

Although this film is first and foremost a tragic social-commentary, there are many aspects of the film that derive from the ‘whodunit’ genre. Splicing ‘scenes of the crime’ with the current day interrogations, piecing together a tale of events from different perspectives, a lack of trustworthy or reliable accounts and a twist to shake the initial false sense of security. All of which add to the element of surprise and forces the audience to second guess what's happened. Only to realise they will never know for certain the events that actually took place.

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Visual Message

"The film-maker is no longer the competitor of the painter and the playwright, he is, at last, the equal of the novelist” - André Bazin

The visuals of ‘Novice’ will play a significant role in the telling of our story. Colour will dramatically influence the tone of the scene and so we've spent a lot of time thinking about how we will make use it. Below are some stills from films that we will be using as colour references: 

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MULTICOLOURED/HOUSE PARTY/PAST

By using sharp and vivid colours, we aim to create a discombobulating effect for the audience during the house party scenes. These colourful moments will be viewed primarily through long-shots alongside sporadic and dizzying pans across and around the room. Camera angles will also be awkwardly scanted to help physically distort, displace and disorientate our characters as well as our audience. 

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PINK/BEGINNING OF HOUSE PARTY/PAST 

In our opening scenes, when the party can still claim playful innocence, the colour pink will prominent. Pink will be a visual cue for Eve, our youngest protagonist, to help accentuate her lack of will-power and self-esteem - a symbol of naivety. As ‘Novice’ continues, the pink tones will gradually change to red (see below) - as if also tainted by the happenings of the film.

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RED/HOUSE PARTY/PAST

Danger, violence, anger, love and passion - the colour red is arguably the most prominent colour throughout ‘Novice’. Whilst the connotations suit our story line perfectly, the gradual change to red from pink perfectly denotes the escalation of stakes. The shots phase red without the audience quite realising what has happened, and when they do, it's already too late. We will take advantage of the colour to create remarkably striking and beautiful shots both in our film and across our branding. 

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GREEN/END OF HOUSE PARTY AND INTERROGATION SCENES/PAST AND PRESENT

Throughout ‘Novice’, we will utilise green to explore and emphasise the more unsettling and vulgar aspects of the party. It will also feature more subtly in the interrogation scenes, serving as a visual indicator that the sickening elements of the film are far from over. In particular, scenes heavily employing green will primarily be aligned with close up shots.

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INTERROGATION/PRESENT

In direct contrast to the bold and vivid colours during the party, the present day interrogations scenes will predominantly be based on a palette of neutral greys and browns. This will be a sharp visual shift: how will the characters change when put under the spotlight? Throughout the interrogation scenes, the camera will use a combination of extreme close-ups interspersed with with wide-shots. The use micro and macro with help portray the distress of the characters as the squirm under the intensity of the situation.

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WHO ARE THEY? Every Monday we will be posting TWO character updates alongside their incredible solo poster art. Introducing our favourite couple, Hana and Jake! Stay tuned for more...

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HANA is exactly the kind of person you want to be at university. She's intentional, outspoken and seems to have it all figured out. Between her and her boyfriend Jake and best friend Gwen, she has a pretty 'instagram' perfect life. That is, until her little sister shows up on her doorstep and threatens to expose the persona she's spent so long carefully crafting... 

JAKE is the guy you had a crush on in school who's glow-up didn't make you mad. He's a 'nice' guy, the kind who'd have a pint with your dad and tell your mum she looks ten years younger. His banter is harmless and it's easy to brush off the more inappropriate stuff because he's a 'nice' guy...right?

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Emma is that one person who knows better than anyone else. Or at least she used to. She knows a version of you before you left home and started meeting new people and living your best life. She's happy for you though, obviously. Why should she care that you're doing so well without her? 

Lily is your go to girl for a good story. Somehow, every time you see her she has a new outrageous tale about that guy you were seeing last month or your ex-housemate's latest controversial Facebook comment. She knows exactly how to stir up just the right amount of drama to make a night interesting...

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Warren is not the kind of guy you'd want to get on the wrong side of. There should be a warning sign for all the unresolved angst going on in his head to scare off anyone foolish enough to try and 'fix' him. It's too late for his girlfriend Gwen BUT, to be fair, without her anchoring him down who knows what he'd be capable of. 

Gwen is the one you just love to hate. She's just too perfect, too unfazed by anyone outside of her immediate circle and her relationship with Warren is just wild. There's a new rumour about her every week and it's just oh so tempting to chip in. I wouldn't let her hear you though, or there'll be hell to pay. 

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Si is that guy that seems to pop up everywhere. You can't remember the first time you met him but his tragic tunes are a staple at every party you go to. For someone who tries so hard to fit in, you would have thought that this DJ would have learned where he's not wanted. 

Abi is the person who never seems to want to leave you alone. No matter where you go, she's somehow still trailing after you or replying to your stories with a few hundred question marks. It's not that she's not a nice person but sometimes you have to spread your wings right? I'm sure she understands...

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The team behind NOVICE are a part of the NYFA SetReady Course 2020. This course is designed to test the ability of young creators across the UK to create a short film within a restricted time frame. Due to COVID restrictions, this has meant that every pre-production meeting, every table read, every feedback session has happened online via social media and conferencing platforms. We are exceptionally proud of what we’ve been able to achieve within these parameters so far and we hope you feel able to journey with us on this project.

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So where will the money go? 

  • A large portion of our costs will go towards equipment hire through PROCAM who have provided the NYFA with a 3-tiered packaged deal ranging in quality. Help us make the best possible film we can - lights, camera, ACTION! 
  • As part of the NYFA's challenge this year, we have been set with the task to hire a 40+ actor. This person will play the role of the 'Investigator' in our film. Can YOU tell me what happened last night...?
  • Costume, hair and make-up for our incredible cast who will be attending a themed house party. Be prepared to see lots of whacky fancy dress outfits and face painting!
  •  Help our team and equipment travel safely to and from location. 
  • ...and so much more!

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To make our film a reality, the team behind Novice are relying on you, our trusted audience, to donate, support and follow us every step of the way. Welcome to the team!

If you are unable to donate, do not worry! You can help by sharing, commenting and liking our film across all social media platforms. Expanding our audience is just as crucial to making our film a success! Help us spread the word by following our social accounts listed at the bottom of our campaign video.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. See you on the other side!

Team Novice

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 - Feed a member of our crew!

Show your support by feeding a lovely member of our crew! You'll also receive a thank you message and photo from the person you feed on set!

£10 or more

£10 GROUP POSTER PRIZE

Thank you for your generous donation! You will receive a big warm thank you and shout-out across our social media platforms as well as a signed digital copy of our group film poster!

£20 or more

£20 SOLO POSTER ART

Receive ALL of our character SOLO digital poster art, signed by our amazing actors alongside a BIG THANK YOU across social media.

£35 or more

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£35 TICKET TO THE PREMIER

Novice will be premiered at the Odeon in Greenwich on the 23rd August. Grab your ticket while you can and get the chance to meet our incredible cast and crew in person. We can't wait to meet you all!

£50 or more

£50 Lights, Camera, ACTION

Receive a PRIVATE LINK to watch behind the scenes footage as well as photographs from our time on set! To extend our appreciation we will also provide you with a signed digital copy of our poster and shout-out on social media!

£100 or more

£100 THE SCRIPT, THE SCRIPT, THE SCRIPT

Make Lois' day and receive exclusive access to a signed copy of our script!

£250 or more

£250 ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Join our team and become an Associate Producer! See your name on the BIG screen as it appears in our credits! You will also receive a digital copy of our poster, script and behind the scenes footage. We can't thank you enough!

£500 or more

£500 BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP

We'll promote your business across all our social media platforms and include your logo in our credits. Alongside this, you will also receive your own personal illustration by the lovely Luana. Welcome on board!

£1,000 or more

£1000 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Wow. We truly are speechless. As a thank you, you will be credited as an Executive producer in our film and on IMDB. Included in this bundle, you will also be the first to receive a signed copy of the script, behind the scenes footage/photographs from our time on set, exclusive access to our film and a group date with the cast and crew! We love you!

£150 or more

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£150 VIP PREMIER TICKETS

Are you a very important person? We think you are! In this lovely bundle you will receive x2 VIP tickets to our PREMIER at the Odeon in Greenwich on the 23rd August. You will be given your own private area AND access to the VIP bar not to mention ONE-ON-ONE time with our amazing Director, Lucy Macarthur. Prepare to be showered in attention!

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