Project 2012-09-04 05:14:42 +1200
I'm Cody Packer, a 20 year old budding filmmaker and I am trying to gather funding for my short film 'Jakob' I have written and will direct.
The film will cost around $15,000 to make and I am currently on the journey of self funding it through various grants and donations; to turn my film from a dream
into a reality.
It is about now that you will be wondering: what
experience does this boy have? Who has he got behind the film to
ensure that this film is a success, not a failure?
Well I'll start with myself. I went to the NZ Broadcasting
Film in 2010/11 and did a Degree in Digital Film and Television. One of my projects
'Gloriavale,' a documentary on a religious cult/community in
the South Island went on to win the 'Best Documentary' at the Chicago
CineYouth Film Festival 2012 and is now an Official Selection at the
62nd Chicago International FIlm Festival in October. My first short film entitled
'The Centre Line' was an Official Selection at the 2010 Hawaii
International Film Festival in the Student Showcase. In 2011 I also won the NZ short
film competition called 'The Outlook for Someday' with my film
'Crossfire,' as well as the Technical Achievement for Creative
The team behind my new project entitled 'Jakob' is one of great
experience. The producer of the film Natasha Romaniuk has been in the
Television and Film Industry in NZ and the UK for 25 years working on
projects such as: Eastenders, Underbelly, Outrageous
Fortune and The Golden Hour. The Director of Photography currently attached is DJ Stipsen, a multi award winning cinematographer who has
been in the industry for a number of years working on projects such as: Underbelly, The
Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, Go Girls, Family Affairs, The Golden
Hour, Safehouse and Siege.
So what is your money going towards? Here is a brief synopsis of the film:
After waiting 16 years for their newborn child Jakob to come out
of a coma, David and Claire struggle to deal with the challenges and
consequences that surface after he wakes up. Jakob wakes up the size
of a 16 year old boy, but with the mental capacity of a newborn child, having missed all stages of his early childhood development. These consequences not only threaten the dynamics of David and Claire's relationship, but also threaten to destroy their dream of raising a child.