Showstopper

By Dorian Alexander

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NZ $1,325 pledged


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Showstopper

Project 2013-06-27 01:30:29 +1200

A film by Dorian Alexander and Pearl Cooper

 

 

In 2008, I directed my grandmother in a short film called Marjorie (featured at the top of the page), at the tender age of 88, which screened at the Rialto Cinemas. Since then we've become more than just relations, we've become great friends. She shares sidesplitting, hair-raising and tear-jerking accounts from her life and I listen eagerly, secretly recording them down, smiling and nodding every now and then so as not to be caught. The richness and meaning behind her stories drove me to develop a film which is based on her true anecdotes, combined with my own. The result is a feature film called Showstopper.

 

Showstopper is the story of Joan, a retired starlet souring with age, who meets Charlie, a  teenage boy with growing pains of his own. Their shared love of film blossoms into an unlikely friendship. This friendship inspires him to become a musical theater director and helps her to re-capture the happiness in her life. Joan may be struggling to walk, but she's not packing it in yet!

 

 

We've got the right ingredients to shoot this film on a low budget:

• A commitment to adequate preparation time and previz before production begins 

• The camera that was used to shoot indie films Another Earth and Monsters

• Cinematic Auckland locations like Devonport and Remuera

• Sticking to a tight shoot schedule of just 3 weeks

• And of course, a cast and crew doing it for the love

There'll be nooooooo VFX, SPFX, creatures, goblins or ghouls.

Just good. old. fashioned. filmmaking.

 

The money you pledge will be used for:

• Securing the primary location

• The camera and sound kit

• Set dressings and props

• Costumes, hair and makeup

• Food and transport

• Administrative expenses

 

We're sure you've seen enough sequels, remakes, adaptations, blockbusters and monster movies. It seems these are the only movies the studios are putting out. Showstopper is an original film that will inspire and uplift you. We want to make it with your support and we assure you that every dollar will go up on the screen. Your generous contributions will get this film made and we will never forget it.

 

PledgeMe is an all or nothing venture. If we don't attain our goal of raising $15,000 in 42 DAYS all pledges will be released and the film won't get made. Tell your friends, relatives, co-workers and let's make this film together!

 

This is a film with a huge heart and we need your help to bring it to life! Pledge Now!

 

Media coverage:

Radio NZ interview

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2562719/grandma-actress

East & Bays Courier interview

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/east-bays-courier/8933441/Star-grandmother-offers-pearls-of-wisdom

Viewfinder interview

http://viewfinder.co.nz/blog/articles/production-spotlight-with-director-dorian-alexander-on-showstopper/

Scoop press release

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1307/S00240/93-year-old-nz-actress-to-star-in-film-directed-by-grandson.htm

 

Follow us on our journey:

https://www.facebook.com/showstopperthemovie

 

Get in touch with us:

[email protected]

Comments

Updates 3

10 days to go!

30/07/2013 at 4:35 AM

To our friends and followers,

We've been non-stop working around the clock to share our film and PledgeMe campaign with as many people as possible. We've had an overwhelming response from the media! We've been in the paper, on the radio, in magazines and online!

We want to extend a special thanks to the media who've supported and continue to support the publicity campaign for our film. As well as a huge thank you to all of our pledgers. All the support we've been shown is so very much appreciated!

We're currently heading towards $2,000 raised and we desperately need more pledges to climb the steep mountain ahead of us to reach our funding target of $15,000. We remain positive we can do it and implore you to please share our PledgeMe link with your friends, relatives and co-workers!

If we don't attain our target all of the pledges will be released and we will not be able to make the film with your support. We really, really, really, want to make this film with you all! We know you're going to love it!


Check out this interview with the Director on Radio NZ to hear more about the film:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2562719/grandma-actress

All of our media spots can be found on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/showstopperthemovie

We're famous!

18/07/2013 at 9:57 PM

As we write this our story is being delivered to more than 47,000 homes in Auckland city! We've been published in today's East and Bays Courier! If you get this paper keep an eye out for us! You can also read the story online here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/east-bays-courier/8933441/Star-grandmother-offers-pearls-of-wisdom.

It doesn't stop there, Fliks.com.au have included a story about us in their news blog. You can find it here: http://www.fliks.com.au/blog/news/japanese-unforgiven-remake-sharknado-sequel-and-more-movie-news/.

We've got an upcoming photo shoot and other spots in the works and are doing everything in our power to bring this inspiring and uplifting film to life!

We're currently heading towards the $1,000 mark and we want to thank each of our pledgers for helping us get this far! You are so awesome! We're pleased to have you along on our journey! More updates coming soon!

In the works

09/07/2013 at 2:36 AM

A big warm thanks to all of our pledgers to date, each one of you has helped us to raise almost $500 and we still have 31 days to go! Since the launch of our PledgeMe campaign we have been working around the clock to spread the word. We now have exciting developments in the works which we will share with you as soon as possible, stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this photo taken on Mount Saint John, in beautiful Auckland city, on our first location scout!


    Pledgers 29

    Anonymous pledger
    2013-08-08 19:53:39 +1200
    Alysia Lee
    2013-08-06 00:13:58 +1200
    Sam Kevin Goa
    2013-08-03 00:30:35 +1200
    Jess Haugh
    2013-07-25 12:17:50 +1200
    Stacey Leigh Thorpe
    2013-07-23 20:52:29 +1200
    James Talbot
    2013-07-22 19:15:56 +1200
    Kevin Blackford
    2013-07-22 10:45:35 +1200
    Robert Phillips
    2013-07-21 16:59:58 +1200
    Amanda Milne
    2013-07-19 17:55:36 +1200
    Luke Sygrove
    2013-07-17 20:56:00 +1200
    Libby Amy Behrens
    2013-07-17 20:44:54 +1200
    Charles Gould
    2013-07-17 10:29:05 +1200
    Shay Stone
    2013-07-17 10:22:54 +1200
    Johan
    2013-07-16 21:46:58 +1200
    Caleb Sherriff
    2013-07-16 21:41:03 +1200
    Thiago Moraes Bastos
    2013-07-15 11:37:39 +1200
    Emily Anderson
    2013-07-12 19:32:13 +1200
    Amrisha Sumeran
    2013-07-06 14:03:55 +1200
    Jocelyn Christian
    2013-07-05 14:44:10 +1200
    Caroline
    2013-07-05 12:51:00 +1200
    Tenani French
    2013-07-05 09:58:11 +1200
    Toni Hinchliffe
    2013-07-04 13:21:44 +1200
    Andy
    2013-07-04 06:49:16 +1200
    Rav
    2013-07-03 19:40:33 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-07-03 10:37:12 +1200
    ZB
    2013-07-02 11:45:01 +1200
    Keith Lumb
    2013-07-01 18:11:58 +1200
    Alexandra DeLaine Cohen
    2013-07-01 14:04:04 +1200
    Shereena Sumeran
    2013-07-01 10:24:00 +1200

    Followers

    Followers of Showstopper

    Showstopper

    Project 2013-06-27 01:30:29 +1200

    A film by Dorian Alexander and Pearl Cooper

     

     

    In 2008, I directed my grandmother in a short film called Marjorie (featured at the top of the page), at the tender age of 88, which screened at the Rialto Cinemas. Since then we've become more than just relations, we've become great friends. She shares sidesplitting, hair-raising and tear-jerking accounts from her life and I listen eagerly, secretly recording them down, smiling and nodding every now and then so as not to be caught. The richness and meaning behind her stories drove me to develop a film which is based on her true anecdotes, combined with my own. The result is a feature film called Showstopper.

     

    Showstopper is the story of Joan, a retired starlet souring with age, who meets Charlie, a  teenage boy with growing pains of his own. Their shared love of film blossoms into an unlikely friendship. This friendship inspires him to become a musical theater director and helps her to re-capture the happiness in her life. Joan may be struggling to walk, but she's not packing it in yet!

     

     

    We've got the right ingredients to shoot this film on a low budget:

    • A commitment to adequate preparation time and previz before production begins 

    • The camera that was used to shoot indie films Another Earth and Monsters

    • Cinematic Auckland locations like Devonport and Remuera

    • Sticking to a tight shoot schedule of just 3 weeks

    • And of course, a cast and crew doing it for the love

    There'll be nooooooo VFX, SPFX, creatures, goblins or ghouls.

    Just good. old. fashioned. filmmaking.

     

    The money you pledge will be used for:

    • Securing the primary location

    • The camera and sound kit

    • Set dressings and props

    • Costumes, hair and makeup

    • Food and transport

    • Administrative expenses

     

    We're sure you've seen enough sequels, remakes, adaptations, blockbusters and monster movies. It seems these are the only movies the studios are putting out. Showstopper is an original film that will inspire and uplift you. We want to make it with your support and we assure you that every dollar will go up on the screen. Your generous contributions will get this film made and we will never forget it.

     

    PledgeMe is an all or nothing venture. If we don't attain our goal of raising $15,000 in 42 DAYS all pledges will be released and the film won't get made. Tell your friends, relatives, co-workers and let's make this film together!

     

    This is a film with a huge heart and we need your help to bring it to life! Pledge Now!

     

    Media coverage:

    Radio NZ interview

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2562719/grandma-actress

    East & Bays Courier interview

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/east-bays-courier/8933441/Star-grandmother-offers-pearls-of-wisdom

    Viewfinder interview

    http://viewfinder.co.nz/blog/articles/production-spotlight-with-director-dorian-alexander-on-showstopper/

    Scoop press release

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1307/S00240/93-year-old-nz-actress-to-star-in-film-directed-by-grandson.htm

     

    Follow us on our journey:

    https://www.facebook.com/showstopperthemovie

     

    Get in touch with us:

    [email protected]

    Comments

    10 days to go!

    30/07/2013 at 4:35 AM

    To our friends and followers,

    We've been non-stop working around the clock to share our film and PledgeMe campaign with as many people as possible. We've had an overwhelming response from the media! We've been in the paper, on the radio, in magazines and online!

    We want to extend a special thanks to the media who've supported and continue to support the publicity campaign for our film. As well as a huge thank you to all of our pledgers. All the support we've been shown is so very much appreciated!

    We're currently heading towards $2,000 raised and we desperately need more pledges to climb the steep mountain ahead of us to reach our funding target of $15,000. We remain positive we can do it and implore you to please share our PledgeMe link with your friends, relatives and co-workers!

    If we don't attain our target all of the pledges will be released and we will not be able to make the film with your support. We really, really, really, want to make this film with you all! We know you're going to love it!


    Check out this interview with the Director on Radio NZ to hear more about the film:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2562719/grandma-actress

    All of our media spots can be found on our Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/showstopperthemovie

    We're famous!

    18/07/2013 at 9:57 PM

    As we write this our story is being delivered to more than 47,000 homes in Auckland city! We've been published in today's East and Bays Courier! If you get this paper keep an eye out for us! You can also read the story online here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/east-bays-courier/8933441/Star-grandmother-offers-pearls-of-wisdom.

    It doesn't stop there, Fliks.com.au have included a story about us in their news blog. You can find it here: http://www.fliks.com.au/blog/news/japanese-unforgiven-remake-sharknado-sequel-and-more-movie-news/.

    We've got an upcoming photo shoot and other spots in the works and are doing everything in our power to bring this inspiring and uplifting film to life!

    We're currently heading towards the $1,000 mark and we want to thank each of our pledgers for helping us get this far! You are so awesome! We're pleased to have you along on our journey! More updates coming soon!

    In the works

    09/07/2013 at 2:36 AM

    A big warm thanks to all of our pledgers to date, each one of you has helped us to raise almost $500 and we still have 31 days to go! Since the launch of our PledgeMe campaign we have been working around the clock to spread the word. We now have exciting developments in the works which we will share with you as soon as possible, stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this photo taken on Mount Saint John, in beautiful Auckland city, on our first location scout!


      Anonymous pledger
      2013-08-08 19:53:39 +1200
      Alysia Lee
      2013-08-06 00:13:58 +1200
      Sam Kevin Goa
      2013-08-03 00:30:35 +1200
      Jess Haugh
      2013-07-25 12:17:50 +1200
      Stacey Leigh Thorpe
      2013-07-23 20:52:29 +1200
      James Talbot
      2013-07-22 19:15:56 +1200
      Kevin Blackford
      2013-07-22 10:45:35 +1200
      Robert Phillips
      2013-07-21 16:59:58 +1200
      Amanda Milne
      2013-07-19 17:55:36 +1200
      Luke Sygrove
      2013-07-17 20:56:00 +1200
      Libby Amy Behrens
      2013-07-17 20:44:54 +1200
      Charles Gould
      2013-07-17 10:29:05 +1200
      Shay Stone
      2013-07-17 10:22:54 +1200
      Johan
      2013-07-16 21:46:58 +1200
      Caleb Sherriff
      2013-07-16 21:41:03 +1200
      Thiago Moraes Bastos
      2013-07-15 11:37:39 +1200
      Emily Anderson
      2013-07-12 19:32:13 +1200
      Amrisha Sumeran
      2013-07-06 14:03:55 +1200
      Jocelyn Christian
      2013-07-05 14:44:10 +1200
      Caroline
      2013-07-05 12:51:00 +1200
      Tenani French
      2013-07-05 09:58:11 +1200
      Toni Hinchliffe
      2013-07-04 13:21:44 +1200
      Andy
      2013-07-04 06:49:16 +1200
      Rav
      2013-07-03 19:40:33 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-07-03 10:37:12 +1200
      ZB
      2013-07-02 11:45:01 +1200
      Keith Lumb
      2013-07-01 18:11:58 +1200
      Alexandra DeLaine Cohen
      2013-07-01 14:04:04 +1200
      Shereena Sumeran
      2013-07-01 10:24:00 +1200

      Followers of Showstopper

      This campaign was unsuccessful and finished on 08/08/2013 at 7:53 PM.