Hi! We are Ellen and Emma and together we are making a short film.
Our film sees Richard, a smarmy yet lovable fellow, arrange a fancy dinner in a fancy restaurant in a bid to impress his boss, and his bosses wife, and gain a promotion. He tries to prove to the couple that he is one heck of a classy guy, who has a penchant for fine wines, tiny artisan dishes, and the respect and love of his wonderful girlfriend Gwen who this film is really about.
Gwen, is an outspoken comedian, who has been dragged along to this dinner to serve as perfunctory window dressing on the exact same day she has been diagnosed with an unfortunate fungal infection in her intimate area. All she wants to do is sit around with her legs in the air watching Netflix and eating cheesy cheesy pizza. BUT NO. She has to put on a show with Richard. Regardless, she does as any good girlfriend should, gets dressed up and puts on an act of propriety.
But which is stronger for Gwen; the desire to see her slightly arrogant boyfriend succeed, or the need to find relief for her increasingly itchy infection?
We flick between the increasingly disastrous meal at the restaurant and Gwen at a stand up gig a few nights later, where she provides scathingly witty commentary on the entire evening and wonders if, at the end of the day, her and her boyfriend should even be together at all?
Concept art; Gwen at the comedy gig venue, doing her thing.
Concept art; Gwen, Richard, David and Andrea at a fancy restaurant.
Artwork by Carmen Bromfield Mason.
We hope to shoot the film in the summer in Bristol. It is a city that we adore and is full of incredibly talented and creative people we are looking forward to be collaborating with. The fantastic Bierkeller Theatre have offered their venue as our stand up comedy gig location!!
On top of that, Creative England in assosiation with the BFI.Network is supporting this project as an entry into their iShorts 2 scheme and are contributing heavily to our budget as well as supporting us as developing filmmakers.
So Why do we need your help?
The remaining funds we hope to raise through your pledges will enable us to finish off the project, enter it into festivals and short film showcases around the world and get this film out there. Festival submission fees can be quite pricey so your hard earned cash will help to get this crew's hard work seen. Bellow are just a few of the festivals we hope to enter the project into.
Rewards - What will you get out of it?
£5 + All pledges of £5 and over will automatically get you email updates on the progress of the film from behind the scenes, a thank you credit in the film as a pledger and all round great person and a private online link to the film before it does it's festival run!
£10 - Choose from one of our £10 range;
- A hard copy of the script signed by our writer/director Ellen Waddell and our leading lady Danielle Ward.
- A private, password protected link to our behind the scenes, outtakes and gag reel.
- Two postcards featuring the beautiful concept art designed by Carmen Bromfield Mason seen above.
- A digital download of our soundtrack exclusively written for the project by song writer, guitarist and composer Tom Bromley of indie pop bands Los Campesinos! and Perfume Genius.
- One item from our lucky dip prop grab! Receive an actual prop or item of costume from the film which could be anything from a wine glass to a necklace worn by a member of the cast.
- A copy of Ellen's rather witty and exclusive musings and tips for; gaining a promotion, living with your partner or dealing with hecklers delivered straight to your inbox.
£15 - BE IN THE FILM AS AN EXTRA! Join us for a few hours on set, meet our cast and crew, kick back and enjoy some stand up comedy! Get it while it's hot, only 30 spaces available!
(Please note, filming will take place in Bristol at the beginning of July, dates to be confirmed. Travel and accommodation not included in this offer. By pledging for this reward, you are consenting for us to use any footage of you from the shoot in the final film and all other marketing materials. Your pledge will not be refunded if you cannot make the shoot.)
£25 - An exclusive project crew t-shirt, designed by graphic illustrator Stuart Collis.
£50 - REWARD BUNDLE!! You will receive two concept art postcards along with a signed copy of the script, be linked to our outtakes and gag reel, a digital download of the soundtrack, receive a copy of Ellen's rather witty and exclusive musings and tips and be invited to shoot with us for the day as an extra!
£100 - As a thank you we'd like to offer you an extra special thank you credit. You can also have your pick of the above rewards, anything you want, let us know!
£250 - We'd like to give you an extra special thanks in the credits and invite you to a cast and crew screening of the film once it has been completed (est. September 2015) in Bristol with a drinks reception and a chance to meet everyone involved. You can also have your pick of our rewards.
(Please be sure to leave relevant information for each and any reward you select.)
If there is anything else you'd like as a potential reward, please feel free to get in touch and we'll see what we can do!
A bit about us...
Danielle is a writer, actress and lady comedienne. Her writing credits include Anna & Katy, Mongrels, Not Going Out and various radio shows including The Lee Mack Show, The News Quiz (for which she is now a regular panelist) and The Day the Music Died. In 2006 she won the Time Out's Critics Choice Award for best newcomer and has been frequenting Edinburgh Fringe festival with solo shows and a Chortle Award nominated musical. She has made appearances in Mock the Week, Newswipe with Charlie Brooker, NBCs Last Comic Standing and recently flexed her acting muscles in Phyllida Lloyd's all female stage production of Julius Caesar. Needless to say, we are very excited to have her on board!
See Danielle's reaction to the film here.
A little bit about Ellen and Emma;
Ellen - Writer / Director
Ellen is a writer, director and performance artist and was the bass guitarist for the indie pop band Los Campesinos! from its formation in 2005 until 2012. During this time they released 4 albums, toured worldwide, performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and their single You! Me! Dancing! became the soundtrack to an international Budweiser campaign. She has directed many short films, skits and music videos and her video (co-directed with Tom Betts) for Future Of The Left’s, ‘I Am The Least of Your Problems,’ was premiered by Rolling Stone. She was recently featured on BBC Radio Bristol’s Speech bubble program – a “introducing” show for up and coming comedians in Bristol.
Ellen has written comedy and opinion pieces for McSweeney’s, MTV, Nerve, Bust magazine, The 405 and Forces Of Geek amongst others and is co-writing her first feature The Photographic Memory Recalls the Highlights of The Year with Tom Betts based on her short of the same title, for Western Edge Pictures.
Her first one person show, Jean Luc Picard and Me, a powerpoint led autobiographical re-telling of a Star Trek obsession that left her trapped in a delicious fantasy world, premiered in Bristol at The Wardrobe Theatre, and has subsequently sold out each of it’s runs. It is heading to the Canvas Café in London from the 2nd – 4th of July, and then to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival from the 19th- 30th of August.
Emma - Producer
After graduating with a First Class Honours degree from the University of the West of England in Media Practice, Emma has been committed to building a successful career in the film industry. Having specialised in editing in her final year and after having edited several award winning short films, Emma gained an internship as an editor for a busy corporate events company. Shortly after, she was hired to work on the iFeatures project 'Flying Blind' as a Crowd Coordinator and enjoyed the thrill of a bustling production office, the pressure of a tightly scheduled location shoot and the exhaustion that comes from a rainy night shoot in late autumn so much that she vowed never to return to the dark box of a cutting room.
Since then she has worked across an array of projects from independent feature 'One' as a production assistant and assistant director, the Cardiff leg of Britain's Got Talent and more recently has been working on Aardman Animation's 'Shaun the Sheep the Movie' as Floor Assistant and Jr Production Assistant. Emma hopes to one day follow in the beautifully crafted heals of female media greats; Kathleen Kennedy, Kathryn Bigelow and Gale Anne Hurd.
So please be sure to pledge and offer your support to this project by following us on facebook and twitter. At the end of the day, we are just two chicks dedicated to entertaining people and building a career in the film industry, who love what we do and want to keep doing it!
Unscripted outtakes from our crowd funding video can be chuckled at here