Voyager (Short Narrative Film)

by Mollie J Carter in Penryn, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th February 2021 we successfully raised £1,113 with 26 supporters in 28 days

Raising money to help cover the remaining costs of production, supporting local business whilst helping emerging talent break into industry.

by Mollie J Carter in Penryn, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any surplus funds will be directed back into the local community in the form of donations to charities that align with the values of the film.


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About us

We are a group of young filmmakers who were brought together during our time at Falmouth University. The COVID19 pandemic struck just as we were preparing to leave University and enter the workforce. Understandably, the effects that this has had on opportunities for graduates who are based regionally has been significant, which is one of the many reasons that this film is important to the crew of Voyager. Whilst we are only a small production, we are aware that there are access problems, having faced them ourselves. Which is why where possible, we want to work with local talent who may not otherwise have the opportunity due to geographical location.

Unfortunately, the impact of the pandemic isn't confined to any one group of people or industry and because we are acutely aware of the devastating impact this global health crisis has had on small businesses, we want to ensure that wherever possible we support local businesses and charities who were there for us when we needed them most. 

 

Our vision

Voyager tells the story of Patti, a sixteen-year-old woman in a world that has been overrun by ruthless industrial development. Patti and her ailing family live a simple but arduous life on a boat that is falling into rapid decay as food and supplies diminish. Upon hearing her beloved Cornish boatyard and home will become the property of industrial moguls to further their development, Patti undertakes a life-changing journey to fight for the area and the people that have had so much already taken from them.

 

Voyager will be an atmospheric short drawing inspiration from films such as Rosetta, with beautiful locations and a chilling tone telling the story rather than expository dialogue. Our crew will be minimal, partly to ease potential COVID pressures, as well as to keep the filming process as focused and efficient as possible. We also aim to be an environmentally conscious film behind the scenes as well as on the screen, with local crew and minimal cars to reduce fuel usage, as well as a ban of single use plastic items while on set.

 

We want to tell the story of Voyager to draw attention to the fast-approaching reality that small communities in Cornwall are faced with; one that has been documented far less than the pastoral idealism that the county is known for. Mass property and industry development are affecting small communities within Cornwall, particularly those that choose to live on the edge of society in boat yards. As deforestation rates continue to surge around the world, it is easy to assume the problem lies further afield than our doorstep, but this is not the case. In 2017 only 7% of Cornwall’s CO2 was absorbed by trees, due greatly in part to the lack thereof. In addition, the South West has the most polluted water in the UK, with five separate beaches designated unsuitable for bathing by humans due to poor water quality. We seek to highlight these environmental and social issues in an engaging and thought-provoking manner, using strong and empathetic characters to demonstrate through a dystopian allegory the danger that apathy will enable.

 

Why we need you

Voyager has been fortunate enough to receive initial support and funding from Falmouth University School of Film & TV Graduate Shorts Fund. But while that support has allowed the idea of Voyager to become a reality, we need additional funding to ensure we can make the film in a way we are morally proud of. 

 

The South West has one of the most distinct and rapidly growing film scenes in the UK, with their picturesque valleys and villages attracting filmmakers from around the world. What makes the area as appealing as it is - as much so as the distinct locations - are local businesses and up-and-coming talent that are there to support the process, giving the county a passion and authenticity that is difficult to find elsewhere. And with creative industries under more threat than ever before due to the current COVID situations, supporting those that make Cornish film what it is has never been more important.

 

The money you donate will be going towards cast, crew and local businesses to ensure that their assistance does not go uncompensated. All of your money will be going towards supporting young women and men to continue doing what they love, in the place they love.

 

 

Fund Distribution 

We plan to use the money raised to cover the costs of transportation and catering for cast and crew. 

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Sustainability

We care about the planet and understand the importance of having low to no impact on our natural surroundings which is why we are working hard in accordance with Albert guidelines to ensure that we are doing everything we can to be environmentally conscious. 

We are exploring plans to offset the carbon footprint of this production by planting trees with schemes local to our shooting locations. 


The Team/Crew

Introducing the crew behind Voyager, if you’d like to find out more about these wonderful people consider checking out our website where you can find our bios here.

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Images from left to right.

Top row: Matilda Butler - Writer/Director, Tom Eastwood - Writer/Script Supervisor, Mollie Carter – Producer.

Middle row: Georgina Colman – Producer, Eirik Gustavsen - Cinematographer, Kitty Lower – Production Designer.

Bottom row: Sophie Smyth – Art Assistant, Deklan Webb – Editor, David Swarbrick – Sound Recordist.

 


Finally, we are so grateful for your time and support. Anything you can give is appreciated! If you want to be our hero, consider sharing this with your friends and family or anyone who'll listen, it all helps so much and it means the world to us. 

 

 

Disclaimer

In regards to the fulfilment of rewards, many of these are dependent on the completion of the film. With the ongoing COVID-19 situation there is a possibility that any imposed lockdowns may directly impact the film's expected completion date. Whilst this is an inevitable challenge that we and many others are facing, we are committed to completing this film. It might just arrive a little later than originally expected, and if this is the case we will inform all our supporters, keeping them up to date as the situation evolves. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£15 Reward: Rubicund Membership.

Generously, our friends at Rubicund* have donated 5 Memberships which offer you a host of fantastic benefits which you can find out more about here: https://www.rubicund.co.uk/product/memebership Claim yours by claiming this reward. Hurry though! These are first come first serve. Once they're gone, they're gone (well from us anyway!) *Rubicund is a radical bookshop, vegan cafe and lending library.

£1 or more

Any amount: Social media thank you.

Because no amount should go unappreciated, any donation will receive a thank you on our public social media pages. Your generosity in such a difficult time truly means the world to us.

£10 or more

£10: Digital copy of the film.

A digital copy will be sent to you after its screening, for you to keep all for yourself.

£20 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£20: One of the poster props used in the film.

As part of the world building that will be implemented in Voyager, tattered posters will tell stories of a plastic-filled world overthrowing sustainability. Upon completion of the film, these one-of-a-kind designs will be sent to you, giving you a stylish and unique piece of our film.

£25 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£25: Pre-production notes of your choosing.

£25: Digitised Pre-production notes of your choosing (Script, storyboards etc.). Get a unique look into the origins of Voyager with your choice of pre-production paperwork. Whether you want to check out the script, view storyboards, costume sketches, or whatever you may desire, you can gain a little more understanding in the efforts that brought the film to fruition.

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£30: Audio Commentary copy (digital file).

£30: Audio Commentary copy (digital file). Hear from the cast and crew personally as they go through the highs and lows of filming and completing Voyager. This will be recorded immediately after the finalised film, so there will likely be no better opportunity to hear candid opinions, giving insight and tips on our filmmaking process.

£150 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£150: Associate Producer Credit.

£150: Associate Producer Credit You will be recognised as a key contributor with a separate credit honouring you for your donation. As an associate producer, you will receive a video call from the director outlying the films themes and ambitions, where you can ask any questions you may have relating to Voyager.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50: Crew beach clean for Surfers Against Sewage.

£50: Crew beach clean for Surfers Against Sewage. As a special thank you for such a generous donation, the crew will organise a beach clean in your name, because a film with environmentalist ideals means little if those behind the scenes are not willing to their part in their community.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£300: Executive Producer Credit.

£300: Executive Producer Credit Welcome to the team. If you have or are thinking about starting a production company, your logo will feature at the start of the film (following Screen Cornwall and Falmouth University's), in the credits of the film and on our website. You will receive regular updates about the film's progress and you will be invited to set to watch Voyager emerge before your eyes.

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