THE LIFE OF BRIANS

by screen3 in London

Not quite
Unfortunately this project was not successful.

To market a short documentary about the meaning of life starring only people called Brian.

by screen3 in London

Have you ever looked up to the stars at night and thought, "Are we all just a load of ants?, or even, "Is there an after-life?" Well, we have. But we realized that you don't often hear it in everyday conversation, such as over a cup of tea at your Grandma's. So we decided to make a film asking everyday people these big questions, just to see what they said. When our first two volunteers happened to be called Brian, we couldn't resist making an entire film starring only people called Brian, allowing for a playful yet somehow apt nod to Monty Python's classic 'Life of Brian'. A healthy blend between the epic and the mundane, this is a 13-minute documentary about life, death and the universe told through a group of ordinary men connected only by their name. We have used a blend of original and archive material to bring their thoughts to life.

We decided not to inflict our own views, but simply to listen to what the Brians had to say and make a film about it. Whether they were existential, Christian, agnostic, or simply hadn't even thought about it, their viewpoint is in the film. Whether it turned out funny, poetic, or thoroughly depressing, you'll have to wait and see.

We are a freelance filmmaking team who make films of various kinds for a living - but only just. We make our own short films in our spare time, and 'The Life of Brians' is one of many we've made purely for the love of celebrating the ordinary through documentary. Two of our previous films were shortlisted for Virgin Media Shorts and screened in cinemas all over the country as well as on Bravo and Virgin 1.

So far we have filmed 6 'Brian' interviews, supporting footage, downloaded hours and hours of royalty-free archive material, and spent months editing whenever we've had a spare few hours. We and everyone else who has contributed so far has worked for free, and we are very grateful to those people. The film has even had it's own original soundtrack scored by two of our very talented and kind friends. We don't want this effort to go to waste, and feel this film will be our most successful yet if we are able to give it the best chance we can by entering it into as many festivals as humanly possible.

However, we don't have any money and need your help! We'd like to spend the money primarily on entry fees to the world's best platforms for short film. To do this properly, we'll also need to put together a simple press pack so that certain festivals don't put it in the bin before they've even viewed it (this does happen, we are reliably informed!). The best way for penniless, independent filmmakers to get noticed and be able to share their work is through film festivals. But with so many festivals, and entry fees as high as £80, it is virtually impossible for us to reach these platforms and get our films seen by the movers and shakers of the film and TV world.

We are aiming high - we'd love to end up at the Bafta's, and we'd like to take you too.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

An mp3 recording of the Brians Theme tune - composed for the film by the majestic Brian Monahan with Andrew Clanfield.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

HD digital download of The Life of Brians + mp3 digital download of the Brians Theme tune to help you think profound thoughts.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

HD digital download of The Life of Brians + mp3 download of the Brians Theme tune to help you think profound thoughts + 2 beautiful Brians coasters to help you drink tea and contemplate life.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

HD digital download of The Life of Brians + mp3 download of the Brians Theme tune to help you think profound thoughts + 2 beautiful Brians coasters to help you drink tea and contemplate life + a wonderful Brians calendar so you can count the days of life ticking by.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

HD digital download of The Life of Brians + mp3 download of the Brians Theme to help you think profound thoughts + 2 beautiful Brians coasters to help you drink tea and contemplate life + a wonderful Brians calendar so you can count the days of life ticking by + an A3 film poster with your name on under the Thank You credits + your name on the actual film credits, cementing your legacy on this Earth.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

HD digital download of The Life of Brians + mp3 download of the Brians Theme to help you think profound thoughts + 2 beautiful Brians coasters to help you drink tea and contemplate life + a wonderful Brians calendar so you can count the days of life ticking by + an A3 film poster with your name on under the Thank You credits + your name on the actual film credits, cementing your legacy on this Earth. Also, for this whopping sum you would earn your place as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on the film credits, and we would guarantee you two tickets to the festival screening nearest to you.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

HD digital download of The Life of Brians + mp3 download of the Brians Theme to help you think profound thoughts + 2 beautiful Brians coasters to help you drink tea and contemplate life + a wonderful Brians calendar so you can count the days of life ticking by + an A3 film poster with your name on under the Thank You credits + your name on the actual film credits, cementing your legacy on this Earth. Also, for this whopping sum you would earn your place as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on the film credits, and we would guarantee you two tickets to the festival screening nearest to you plus several drinks and our eternal friendship and gratitude. Should the film also achieve the holy grail of the Bafta shortlist (we are dreamers), we promise to invite you.

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