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.