Branching out

by NYFA - Group 13 in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th July 2022 we successfully raised £3,040 with 35 supporters in 27 days

We aim to spread awareness and promote the importance of a silenced issue that effects half of our population and still goes unnoticed.

by NYFA - Group 13 in London, Greater London, United Kingdom


We are a team of filmmakers who feel passionately about the exploration of mental health, especially in men. Our project explores this important social issue that has been pushed under the rug for so long. 



We were inspired by a poem that our lead actor wrote, and decided to use it as a basis for the film. Jaykwarn's poem is clearly intertwined within nature imagery, especially trees, which we felt was an important metaphor for the co-dependency of society. Our cinematographer, Rachel, was inspired by nature in her vision: 

"Visually, the symbol of the tree repeats itself to anchor both Jake's self perception, and how he is perceived by others - as strong, supportive and unyielding. Throughout the narrative Jake and the audience learn that this is not a possible way to live, shown by the slow desaturation of colour throughout the three acts. The three acts themselves will have slightly altered colour palettes to highlight they are  separate stories. Colour, nuance and close ups focusing on micro expressions will keep the drama fresh, sophisticated and understated."



1654593095_1654593097164.pngThe story’s Anchor Character. Jake is someone who is secretly struggling with his mental health, constantly haunted by his father’s harsh and negative thoughts and words. Throughout the course of the story, Jake is used over and over and always used to offload other character’s problems, but is never asked how he is.


1654593145_1654593147551.png1654593268_1654593270542.pngCaleb is the half-brother of Jake and younger brother of Lexi. Landon is Caleb’s boyfriend. They use Jake as a means to be out publicly together, as they are both scared to reveal their relationship for fear of ridicule.


1654593303_1654593305454.png1654593317_1654593319929.pngLexi is the twin sister of Caleb and married to Tyler. A big part of her life is to eventually be a mother and have a family of her own, given how she was raised with her father. She vowed to never be like him. With the news of possibly not being able to have kids, this is way too much for Lexi and Tyler to handle and, in turn, it makes them really lose themselves and everything that is important.


1654593371_1654593373005.png1654638577_img_7103.jpgDean is Jake’s best friend and Hailey is another mutual friend of theirs. Neither Dean or Hailey know what their friend is going through and are focused on Dean and his recovery from relapsing on his alcohol addiction.


We intend to give back to mental health charities at every step of the filmmaking process to make sure, while providing representation for this important issue, we are also taking action to help solve this underacknowledged issue. Some of the key ways we plan to help are: 

- Crowd funder rewards that give portions to charity 

- All props and costume sourced locally from mental health charity shops 

- Communications with mental health charities to partner with and spread awareness 

- Refreshments for cast and crew on set so we can be looking after our bodies and minds in the stressful shooting process 

- Camera, lighting and sound equipment to allow the visual deterioration of mental heath be portrayed as accurately as possible 




This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

Help Jake

£5 of this £25 donation will go to a mental health charity.

£5 or more

Shout out from us

A personal thank you on our social media :)

£10 or more


A thank you in the credits of the film

£15 or more

Thanks for branching out!

A digital copy of a signed poster from the cast

£20 or more

Personal thank you

Personal thank you video from a cast member on set

£40 or more

4 of 15 claimed

Signed script

£10 of this £40 reward will go to one of the mental health charities that we are in partnership with

£50 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Q and A

Be one of fifteen individuals to have private link to a virtual meet and greet with the cast and crew

£100 or more

Production book

A production book containing: - initial story board sketches - mood boards - signed poster - behind the scenes stills - quotes from Heads of Departments £100 for virtual £130 for physical + postage (note, please add £30 as additional funding when paying to receive the physical copy)

£250 or more

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Associate Producer

- Associate producer credit in the film credits and IMDb - Digital link of film - Digital signed poster

£500 or more

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Executive Producer package

Gain an Executive Producer credit in the film and on IMDb as well as 2 tickets to the London red carpet screening (expected 15 October 2022). You will also receive a digital link for the finished film.

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Sponsorship package

Special thanks in the final cut, your logo appears in the film and meet the cast and crew!

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