Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

By Lisa Fothergill

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Help Us Take 'Jess' To Cannes Film Festival

Project 2014-04-09 19:22:19 +1200

Who we are

Wild Boy Productions is an Auckland-based film and theatre production company, founded in 2014 by Luke Thornborough and Lisa Fothergill.

In February 2013 we started production on a self-funded short New Zealand Western called ‘Jess’.

The cast and crew worked really hard on this production, which was filmed on location in Hawke’s Bay.

We need your help!

All the hard work of the team behind this film has paid off, as we found out about a week ago that ‘Jess’ has been accepted to play in the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival.

We need to raise $4,800 to be able to send Luke Thornborough – writer/director of ‘Jess’ and co-founder of Wild Boy Productions – to France.

With a film that was done on a shoe-string budget we are really amazed that it got this far. With your pledge we can get Wild Boy represented internationally and make our dream a reality.

Why you should pledge…

Cannes is described by The New Zealand Film Commission as “The pinnacle of the world’s top-tier film events.”

The Short Film Corner is a section of the festival where up-and-coming filmmakers are able to have their films shown to the world’s leading distributors, critics, and fellow filmmakers.

Also at the festival, there are industry meets, workshops, and conferences, which are designed to share knowledge and prepare producers and directors for the global market.

But, to represent the film at Cannes, we need your help.

By acting as an ambassador for the film at Cannes, LUKE will be able to take this film so much further, and give Wild Boy Productions a fighting chance in the very competitive world of film. Not only does it benefit us as a company, but also it gives us the opportunity to represent everyone who has worked on the film.

It is a rare and fantastic opportunity and one that will really help us grow as a company, so that we can continue to fuel our passion by making beautiful films here in New Zealand.

The recognition that the film has earned so far is down to the hard work and dedication of our cast and crew. To be able to get this seen internationally is a really rewarding experience for us all.

Please pledge, and help us to get Luke to France, and help Wild Boy Productions grow.

About ‘Jess’

In the new and unforgiving land of late Nineteenth Century New Zealand, one girl sets out to find her father. She is forced to fight the elements and those around her as she comes to terms with a harrowing loss. This is a journey that will shake her sense of loyalty and family to its core.

'Jess' is a coming of age story about one girl's journey as she comes to terms with the fallibility of her parents. Shot on location in the stunning Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand 'Jess' boasts an original score from up and coming composer Celeste Oram, which carries an otherwise silent film. This film draws on the beauty and cruelty of nature and family alike and develops a discussion on gender politics and loyalty, while capturing all the action and suspense of the Western Genre.

The team behind ‘Jess'

Huge congratulations and a warm thanks to all those involved in making 'Jess' happen.

Written and Directed by Luke Thornborough

Music Composed by Celeste Oram

Cinematography by Lisa Fothergill

Starring

Amie Bentall as Jess

Matt Norton as Harry

Sarah James as Sarah

Lily Bentall as Young Jess

Crew

Camera Operators - Lisa Fothergill, Matt Kofoed, Chesney MacDonald

Gaffer - Matt Kofoed

Sound Recording and Foley - Chesney Macdonald, Grace Adams

Artistic Director - Julie Clark

Makeup - Laura Mauchline

Props - Julie Clark, Luke Thornborough, Ryan Dulieu

Production Assistant and Horse-Wrangler - Grace Adams, Alexandra McAlwee

Editor - Luke Thornborough

Colourist - Daniel Habedank

Special Effects - Ian Quigley

Sound Design - Simon Weir

Music Design - Jess Haugh

Moral Support, Accommodation, Unit, Runners, Horse-Wrangler - Denise Bentall, Rachael Bentall, Steve Bentall

Poster Photography - Denise Bentall

Special thanks to Michael Nicholas, Ryan and Paul Dulieu, Arielle Sullivan, First Scene Ltd, Blacksand Post, and Howick Historical Village.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WildBoyProductions.co.nz

Twitter: @WildBoy_Prod

Comments

Updates 10

Update from France!

14/05/2014 at 9:07 AM

Hello pledgers and followers!

 

I received an update from Luke at 05:35am today (which is 07:35pm yesterday in France):

 

"Currently eating macaroons and having the best hot choc. :) Almost in Nice"

 

 

N'awwww good on ya! He's gonna have a blast!

 

xx

Lisa

That's all, folks!

08/05/2014 at 6:16 PM

Our campaign came to an end yesterday, and we did it! We reached our goal thanks to all of you wonderful people, and your amazing generosity. 

But the adventure only BEGINS here! On Monday, Luke goes to Cannes! 

Soon we will receive our list of pledgers and can get started on getting your rewards sorted out. 

Also, we recently launched our video for 'Patriot', a song by My Talented Friends on vimeo and youtube.

We have more cool interviews from behind the scenes of 'Jess' coming and Luke will be taking LOTS of photos while he's away to share with you. 

 

Keep updated by liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter

 

Thank you all so much,

Luke & Lisa 

xx

 

You need to pledge to see this update.

Music to your ears

25/04/2014 at 7:43 PM

Hey pledgers! 

 

We have just launched the Facebook page for our musical project, My Talented Friends

We will be launching one of our music videos this weekend, featuring deleted scenes and footage from 'Jess'! 

And, because we want all our pledgers and followers to enjoy this little treat first, we're going to post it here before we post it on Facebook or Twitter :D

You can also have a wee listen (and download) on bandcamp here. 

 

Much love to you all!!

xx

Luke & Lisa

We did it!

23/04/2014 at 5:00 PM

Holy Horses, PledgeMe! We've reached our funding goal! LUKE IS GOING TO CANNES!!

Wahoo!!

 

To all our pledgers: we can't thank you enough. The campaign is still going, and every cent donated over our goal will go towards future projects Wild Boy films, music videos, and plays. 

 

We love you!!

 

xx

Luke & Lisa 

 

50 Pledgers

21/04/2014 at 7:17 PM

50 generous people have donated to our campaign so far. We are truly humbled by the support of friends, family, and strangers. 

Thank you all so much! We're almost three quarters of the way to our funding goal :) 

Keep an eye out for more exciting behind-the-scenes interviews and a little something special coming soon...

 

xx

Luke & Lisa 

We're halfway!

19/04/2014 at 1:16 PM

Hey pledgers! 

 

We are halfway on our funding goal! Thanks so much to everyone for your help :) But we do still need to raise the remaining $2,390 in 18 days. 

We would really appreciate it if you would share this campaign on your Twitters and Facebooks to help get the word out about this campaign. 

Every voice makes a difference, so please help by sharing!

 

Warmest of fuzzies, 

Luke & Lisa

xx

'Jess' in the news!

19/04/2014 at 11:19 AM

We're on the front page of today's Harbour News

You can read the full article here. 

About 'Jess': Story and Character

16/04/2014 at 2:22 PM

Hey followers! 

Here's a wee insight into the story and character of 'Jess'. 

We've been interviewing cast and crew, and want to share this with you! 

 

Hope you enjoy, 

Luke & Lisa 

xx

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

11/04/2014 at 7:05 PM

WOW! 

We are insanely thrilled right now! Some anonymous angel has just pledged $1,000 to our PledgeMe campaign and taken the top prize of the gun from 'Jess'! This means we're already more than 1/5 of the way to meeting our funding goal! Thank you so much to our private pledger! 

 

If we go over our funding goal we are putting every cent right back into our company for future projects ;)

 

    Pledgers 59

    Leigh Hindmarsh
    2014-04-18 06:52:11 +1200
    katie underwood
    2014-04-17 18:01:19 +1200
    Martin
    2014-04-17 15:30:11 +1200
    Taofia Pelesasa
    2014-04-17 13:54:50 +1200
    Jacqui Whall
    2014-04-17 11:37:45 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-15 13:43:07 +1200
    Denise Bentall
    2014-04-15 12:08:38 +1200
    maj
    2014-04-14 22:01:51 +1200
    Skye Sloper
    2014-04-13 22:46:46 +1200
    John Fothergill
    2014-04-13 18:22:02 +1200
    Rik Fothergill
    2014-04-13 08:21:25 +1200
    Kaye Drummond
    2014-04-12 22:33:15 +1200
    Bev Fothergill
    2014-04-12 22:01:12 +1200
    Emily Thyberg
    2014-04-12 19:37:11 +1200
    Andrew Parker
    2014-04-12 08:44:10 +1200
    James Wenley
    2014-04-11 23:40:56 +1200
    Prema Cottingham
    2014-04-11 22:46:37 +1200
    paul long
    2014-04-11 20:26:14 +1200
    nikki
    2014-04-11 19:43:44 +1200
    John Holley
    2014-04-11 19:40:28 +1200
    Katherine
    2014-04-11 19:29:07 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-11 18:51:34 +1200
    Amanda Grace Leo
    2014-04-11 17:56:31 +1200
    Lynn Fothergill
    2014-04-11 17:14:38 +1200
    Matthew Neary
    2014-04-11 17:08:56 +1200
    Elizabeth Maddison
    2014-04-11 16:56:25 +1200
    Emily Brill-Holland
    2014-04-11 16:54:34 +1200
    Lucy Noonan
    2014-04-11 16:44:04 +1200
    benjamin teh
    2014-04-11 16:38:02 +1200

    Help Us Take 'Jess' To Cannes Film Festival

    Project 2014-04-09 19:22:19 +1200

    Who we are

    Wild Boy Productions is an Auckland-based film and theatre production company, founded in 2014 by Luke Thornborough and Lisa Fothergill.

    In February 2013 we started production on a self-funded short New Zealand Western called ‘Jess’.

    The cast and crew worked really hard on this production, which was filmed on location in Hawke’s Bay.

    We need your help!

    All the hard work of the team behind this film has paid off, as we found out about a week ago that ‘Jess’ has been accepted to play in the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival.

    We need to raise $4,800 to be able to send Luke Thornborough – writer/director of ‘Jess’ and co-founder of Wild Boy Productions – to France.

    With a film that was done on a shoe-string budget we are really amazed that it got this far. With your pledge we can get Wild Boy represented internationally and make our dream a reality.

    Why you should pledge…

    Cannes is described by The New Zealand Film Commission as “The pinnacle of the world’s top-tier film events.”

    The Short Film Corner is a section of the festival where up-and-coming filmmakers are able to have their films shown to the world’s leading distributors, critics, and fellow filmmakers.

    Also at the festival, there are industry meets, workshops, and conferences, which are designed to share knowledge and prepare producers and directors for the global market.

    But, to represent the film at Cannes, we need your help.

    By acting as an ambassador for the film at Cannes, LUKE will be able to take this film so much further, and give Wild Boy Productions a fighting chance in the very competitive world of film. Not only does it benefit us as a company, but also it gives us the opportunity to represent everyone who has worked on the film.

    It is a rare and fantastic opportunity and one that will really help us grow as a company, so that we can continue to fuel our passion by making beautiful films here in New Zealand.

    The recognition that the film has earned so far is down to the hard work and dedication of our cast and crew. To be able to get this seen internationally is a really rewarding experience for us all.

    Please pledge, and help us to get Luke to France, and help Wild Boy Productions grow.

    About ‘Jess’

    In the new and unforgiving land of late Nineteenth Century New Zealand, one girl sets out to find her father. She is forced to fight the elements and those around her as she comes to terms with a harrowing loss. This is a journey that will shake her sense of loyalty and family to its core.

    'Jess' is a coming of age story about one girl's journey as she comes to terms with the fallibility of her parents. Shot on location in the stunning Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand 'Jess' boasts an original score from up and coming composer Celeste Oram, which carries an otherwise silent film. This film draws on the beauty and cruelty of nature and family alike and develops a discussion on gender politics and loyalty, while capturing all the action and suspense of the Western Genre.

    The team behind ‘Jess'

    Huge congratulations and a warm thanks to all those involved in making 'Jess' happen.

    Written and Directed by Luke Thornborough

    Music Composed by Celeste Oram

    Cinematography by Lisa Fothergill

    Starring

    Amie Bentall as Jess

    Matt Norton as Harry

    Sarah James as Sarah

    Lily Bentall as Young Jess

    Crew

    Camera Operators - Lisa Fothergill, Matt Kofoed, Chesney MacDonald

    Gaffer - Matt Kofoed

    Sound Recording and Foley - Chesney Macdonald, Grace Adams

    Artistic Director - Julie Clark

    Makeup - Laura Mauchline

    Props - Julie Clark, Luke Thornborough, Ryan Dulieu

    Production Assistant and Horse-Wrangler - Grace Adams, Alexandra McAlwee

    Editor - Luke Thornborough

    Colourist - Daniel Habedank

    Special Effects - Ian Quigley

    Sound Design - Simon Weir

    Music Design - Jess Haugh

    Moral Support, Accommodation, Unit, Runners, Horse-Wrangler - Denise Bentall, Rachael Bentall, Steve Bentall

    Poster Photography - Denise Bentall

    Special thanks to Michael Nicholas, Ryan and Paul Dulieu, Arielle Sullivan, First Scene Ltd, Blacksand Post, and Howick Historical Village.

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WildBoyProductions.co.nz

    Twitter: @WildBoy_Prod

    Comments

    Update from France!

    14/05/2014 at 9:07 AM

    Hello pledgers and followers!

     

    I received an update from Luke at 05:35am today (which is 07:35pm yesterday in France):

     

    "Currently eating macaroons and having the best hot choc. :) Almost in Nice"

     

     

    N'awwww good on ya! He's gonna have a blast!

     

    xx

    Lisa

    That's all, folks!

    08/05/2014 at 6:16 PM

    Our campaign came to an end yesterday, and we did it! We reached our goal thanks to all of you wonderful people, and your amazing generosity. 

    But the adventure only BEGINS here! On Monday, Luke goes to Cannes! 

    Soon we will receive our list of pledgers and can get started on getting your rewards sorted out. 

    Also, we recently launched our video for 'Patriot', a song by My Talented Friends on vimeo and youtube.

    We have more cool interviews from behind the scenes of 'Jess' coming and Luke will be taking LOTS of photos while he's away to share with you. 

     

    Keep updated by liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter

     

    Thank you all so much,

    Luke & Lisa 

    xx

     

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    Music to your ears

    25/04/2014 at 7:43 PM

    Hey pledgers! 

     

    We have just launched the Facebook page for our musical project, My Talented Friends

    We will be launching one of our music videos this weekend, featuring deleted scenes and footage from 'Jess'! 

    And, because we want all our pledgers and followers to enjoy this little treat first, we're going to post it here before we post it on Facebook or Twitter :D

    You can also have a wee listen (and download) on bandcamp here. 

     

    Much love to you all!!

    xx

    Luke & Lisa

    We did it!

    23/04/2014 at 5:00 PM

    Holy Horses, PledgeMe! We've reached our funding goal! LUKE IS GOING TO CANNES!!

    Wahoo!!

     

    To all our pledgers: we can't thank you enough. The campaign is still going, and every cent donated over our goal will go towards future projects Wild Boy films, music videos, and plays. 

     

    We love you!!

     

    xx

    Luke & Lisa 

     

    50 Pledgers

    21/04/2014 at 7:17 PM

    50 generous people have donated to our campaign so far. We are truly humbled by the support of friends, family, and strangers. 

    Thank you all so much! We're almost three quarters of the way to our funding goal :) 

    Keep an eye out for more exciting behind-the-scenes interviews and a little something special coming soon...

     

    xx

    Luke & Lisa 

    We're halfway!

    19/04/2014 at 1:16 PM

    Hey pledgers! 

     

    We are halfway on our funding goal! Thanks so much to everyone for your help :) But we do still need to raise the remaining $2,390 in 18 days. 

    We would really appreciate it if you would share this campaign on your Twitters and Facebooks to help get the word out about this campaign. 

    Every voice makes a difference, so please help by sharing!

     

    Warmest of fuzzies, 

    Luke & Lisa

    xx

    'Jess' in the news!

    19/04/2014 at 11:19 AM

    We're on the front page of today's Harbour News

    You can read the full article here. 

    About 'Jess': Story and Character

    16/04/2014 at 2:22 PM

    Hey followers! 

    Here's a wee insight into the story and character of 'Jess'. 

    We've been interviewing cast and crew, and want to share this with you! 

     

    Hope you enjoy, 

    Luke & Lisa 

    xx

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

    11/04/2014 at 7:05 PM

    WOW! 

    We are insanely thrilled right now! Some anonymous angel has just pledged $1,000 to our PledgeMe campaign and taken the top prize of the gun from 'Jess'! This means we're already more than 1/5 of the way to meeting our funding goal! Thank you so much to our private pledger! 

     

    If we go over our funding goal we are putting every cent right back into our company for future projects ;)

     

      Leigh Hindmarsh
      2014-04-18 06:52:11 +1200
      katie underwood
      2014-04-17 18:01:19 +1200
      Martin
      2014-04-17 15:30:11 +1200
      Taofia Pelesasa
      2014-04-17 13:54:50 +1200
      Jacqui Whall
      2014-04-17 11:37:45 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-15 13:43:07 +1200
      Denise Bentall
      2014-04-15 12:08:38 +1200
      maj
      2014-04-14 22:01:51 +1200
      Skye Sloper
      2014-04-13 22:46:46 +1200
      John Fothergill
      2014-04-13 18:22:02 +1200
      Rik Fothergill
      2014-04-13 08:21:25 +1200
      Kaye Drummond
      2014-04-12 22:33:15 +1200
      Bev Fothergill
      2014-04-12 22:01:12 +1200
      Emily Thyberg
      2014-04-12 19:37:11 +1200
      Andrew Parker
      2014-04-12 08:44:10 +1200
      James Wenley
      2014-04-11 23:40:56 +1200
      Prema Cottingham
      2014-04-11 22:46:37 +1200
      paul long
      2014-04-11 20:26:14 +1200
      nikki
      2014-04-11 19:43:44 +1200
      John Holley
      2014-04-11 19:40:28 +1200
      Katherine
      2014-04-11 19:29:07 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-11 18:51:34 +1200
      Amanda Grace Leo
      2014-04-11 17:56:31 +1200
      Lynn Fothergill
      2014-04-11 17:14:38 +1200
      Matthew Neary
      2014-04-11 17:08:56 +1200
      Elizabeth Maddison
      2014-04-11 16:56:25 +1200
      Emily Brill-Holland
      2014-04-11 16:54:34 +1200
      Lucy Noonan
      2014-04-11 16:44:04 +1200
      benjamin teh
      2014-04-11 16:38:02 +1200
      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 07/05/2014 at 7:26 AM.