HELLS BELLS

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HELLS BELLS

Project 2012-08-28 05:38:47 +1200

Hey everyone! My name is Nathan Matthews, and I'm a current Drama Directing student of Auckland's South Seas Film & Television School. My end-of-year short film is a black comedy titled "HELLS BELLS", about a pregnant bride about to walk down the aisle. But the groom has secrets, and an uninvited guest with a gun is about to expose them... All hell will break loose.

Bex has been dreaming about her wedding day her enitre life, and that day is finally here - despite the fact she is 9 months pregnant.
Her best friend and bridesmaid Eve has been working tirelessly to make sure Bex's wedding day goes off without a hitch. But having been paid a late, invasive visit by the groom the night before, her nerves are understandably frayed.

Throw in a gay priest with no idea what he's doing, a birth, and a demented stranger out to kill the groom and best man, and the stage is set for Bex's dream wedding to become a bloody nightmare. In the end, only the women will be left standing...

Speaking of stages, this is how I plan to film it - if any of you have seen the movie 'Dogville' by Lars Von Trier, then you will have some idea of what I want to achieve stylistically – white lines on a black floor will mark out the rooms of the chapel so the audience can see more than the characters can, while the chapel itself is encased in blacked-out surroundings – in this case, the school's TV studio. This will allow for a stronger focus on the story, minimal set-dressings, and characters.

Bells will obviously play a large part in the music, along with traditional wedding music like “Here Comes The Bride” and “The Wedding March”, as well as some darker, tension-building arrangements throughout. A Narrator will also provide insight into the characters thoughts throughout.

I myself have given birth in the aisle at a wedding while a gunman shot everyone dear to me, so this story is very personal to me...
But seriously – life can be shitty, and anyone with a strong sense of character has often been put through the wringer at some point. Having come out the other side of the wringer myself, I now operate in a very black-and-white way. I would go crazy if I didn't choose to make light of the dark, and I love seeing that on screen. I'm an avid fan of hyper-drama and soap opera, and I love the gasp-factor in stories. I love the genre mix of comedy and drama, because let's face it – that's what life is! Without being able to make light of things, life can be a dark, dark place.
I hope to bring a lot of light to an audience about a very dark story indeed.
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I recently pitched this idea in front of the school to a panel of industry professionals in a pitching 'Dragons Den'. The panel consisted of Kathryn Burnett (Writer - The Strip, Street Legal, The Cult), Nick Ward (Writer - Second-Hand Wedding, Burying Brian, Outrageous Fortune), and Murray Keane (Director - Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons), and out of 12 pitches mine was declared the winner!
With this boost of professional support behind me, I am extremely excited to start pre-production on my project, and I hope you will be too!

Because we are filming on location at South Seas and using South Seas camera equipment we are already saving thousands of dollars, but we still need your help! Your donations will go towards costuming, props, and catering to look after my wonderful cast and crew.

You are formally invited to join my dark wedding tale. I hope you will come... It's going to be one hell of a party!

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keery & Christine Stone
2012-10-07 18:42:45 +1300
Johnny
2012-10-05 09:50:01 +1300
Tim Walker
2012-10-04 16:05:57 +1300
Rachael Bye
2012-10-03 22:46:14 +1300
Brent Caldwell
2012-10-03 11:52:19 +1300
Robyn Peters
2012-10-03 05:08:38 +1300
Rick & Sharon Spooner
2012-10-02 16:59:20 +1300
Scott Facer
2012-10-02 16:26:47 +1300
Helena-Jane Kilkelly
2012-10-02 14:50:26 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2012-10-02 10:06:25 +1300
Tim Owens
2012-10-01 22:14:19 +1300
Donna
2012-10-01 22:11:47 +1300
MUM
2012-10-01 20:25:03 +1300
Christie
2012-10-01 20:17:38 +1300
Helen Stone
2012-10-01 19:54:16 +1300
Gabrielle Connor
2012-10-01 19:17:39 +1300
Kalya Sowden
2012-10-01 19:05:18 +1300
Kylee
2012-10-01 18:04:18 +1300
Emma
2012-10-01 18:02:14 +1300
Denise Jackson
2012-10-01 17:35:40 +1300
belaruby
2012-10-01 17:07:34 +1300
Jo
2012-10-01 16:36:39 +1300
Brendan Law
2012-10-01 14:31:50 +1300

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HELLS BELLS

Project 2012-08-28 05:38:47 +1200

Hey everyone! My name is Nathan Matthews, and I'm a current Drama Directing student of Auckland's South Seas Film & Television School. My end-of-year short film is a black comedy titled "HELLS BELLS", about a pregnant bride about to walk down the aisle. But the groom has secrets, and an uninvited guest with a gun is about to expose them... All hell will break loose.

Bex has been dreaming about her wedding day her enitre life, and that day is finally here - despite the fact she is 9 months pregnant.
Her best friend and bridesmaid Eve has been working tirelessly to make sure Bex's wedding day goes off without a hitch. But having been paid a late, invasive visit by the groom the night before, her nerves are understandably frayed.

Throw in a gay priest with no idea what he's doing, a birth, and a demented stranger out to kill the groom and best man, and the stage is set for Bex's dream wedding to become a bloody nightmare. In the end, only the women will be left standing...

Speaking of stages, this is how I plan to film it - if any of you have seen the movie 'Dogville' by Lars Von Trier, then you will have some idea of what I want to achieve stylistically – white lines on a black floor will mark out the rooms of the chapel so the audience can see more than the characters can, while the chapel itself is encased in blacked-out surroundings – in this case, the school's TV studio. This will allow for a stronger focus on the story, minimal set-dressings, and characters.

Bells will obviously play a large part in the music, along with traditional wedding music like “Here Comes The Bride” and “The Wedding March”, as well as some darker, tension-building arrangements throughout. A Narrator will also provide insight into the characters thoughts throughout.

I myself have given birth in the aisle at a wedding while a gunman shot everyone dear to me, so this story is very personal to me...
But seriously – life can be shitty, and anyone with a strong sense of character has often been put through the wringer at some point. Having come out the other side of the wringer myself, I now operate in a very black-and-white way. I would go crazy if I didn't choose to make light of the dark, and I love seeing that on screen. I'm an avid fan of hyper-drama and soap opera, and I love the gasp-factor in stories. I love the genre mix of comedy and drama, because let's face it – that's what life is! Without being able to make light of things, life can be a dark, dark place.
I hope to bring a lot of light to an audience about a very dark story indeed.
-
I recently pitched this idea in front of the school to a panel of industry professionals in a pitching 'Dragons Den'. The panel consisted of Kathryn Burnett (Writer - The Strip, Street Legal, The Cult), Nick Ward (Writer - Second-Hand Wedding, Burying Brian, Outrageous Fortune), and Murray Keane (Director - Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons), and out of 12 pitches mine was declared the winner!
With this boost of professional support behind me, I am extremely excited to start pre-production on my project, and I hope you will be too!

Because we are filming on location at South Seas and using South Seas camera equipment we are already saving thousands of dollars, but we still need your help! Your donations will go towards costuming, props, and catering to look after my wonderful cast and crew.

You are formally invited to join my dark wedding tale. I hope you will come... It's going to be one hell of a party!

Comments

Hey! Thanks for checking out this project.

We haven't made any updates yet, follow us if you want to be notified when we do.

keery & Christine Stone
2012-10-07 18:42:45 +1300
Johnny
2012-10-05 09:50:01 +1300
Tim Walker
2012-10-04 16:05:57 +1300
Rachael Bye
2012-10-03 22:46:14 +1300
Brent Caldwell
2012-10-03 11:52:19 +1300
Robyn Peters
2012-10-03 05:08:38 +1300
Rick & Sharon Spooner
2012-10-02 16:59:20 +1300
Scott Facer
2012-10-02 16:26:47 +1300
Helena-Jane Kilkelly
2012-10-02 14:50:26 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2012-10-02 10:06:25 +1300
Tim Owens
2012-10-01 22:14:19 +1300
Donna
2012-10-01 22:11:47 +1300
MUM
2012-10-01 20:25:03 +1300
Christie
2012-10-01 20:17:38 +1300
Helen Stone
2012-10-01 19:54:16 +1300
Gabrielle Connor
2012-10-01 19:17:39 +1300
Kalya Sowden
2012-10-01 19:05:18 +1300
Kylee
2012-10-01 18:04:18 +1300
Emma
2012-10-01 18:02:14 +1300
Denise Jackson
2012-10-01 17:35:40 +1300
belaruby
2012-10-01 17:07:34 +1300
Jo
2012-10-01 16:36:39 +1300
Brendan Law
2012-10-01 14:31:50 +1300

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This campaign was successful and got its funding on 07/10/2012 at 6:42 PM.