Well known South African scriptwriter and film lecturer, Janet van Eeden, is going the crowd-sourcing route to raise funds for the short film version of her feature film in development, A Shot at the Big Time.
Says Van Eeden: “A Shot at the Big Time is inspired by the story of my brother, Jimmy, who took his own life rather than fight in the apartheid Border War, a war he didn't believe in. I’ve been writing scripts for 15 years and wrote the script for the internationally acclaimed White Lion (2010). It has taken nine years to write this rather painful story about my brother’s experience and it’s finally ready to be filmed.
“I've launched a crowd-sourcing campaign on IndieGoGo.com to raise production funds for this film after the conventional fundraising platforms didn't help me. This film is timeless; a film about the young men who gave up their lives to fight in a war some of them had no desire to fight. As you well know, every white boy in South Africa in the seventies, eighties and early nineties was conscripted into military service. Most of today’s youth don’t know this at all.”
Van Eeden notes that she has crowd-sourced ‘some amazing people’ so far. “I didn’t realise how much crowd-sourcing is as much about finding incredible people to help on this project as it is about money. So far we have: Paul Dwyer’s graphic design company who have produced an exquisite poster through the skills of Justin Webber in Australia; local communications / PR consultant Sharlene Versfeld has done stirling duty as our press agent; and wonderful Mayan Films’s producer Magda Olchawska is keeping me on my toes and thinking big – just what I needed. Cal Harding, IT maestro is working his wizardry with the Shot website. Don van Orr has just shot the new promo piece. He’s an award-winning young director, so I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. The astoundingly efficient Yvonne Spain has offered her services as Administrative Controller. Did I mention these are all pro bono?
“What we really need is production funding. IndieGoGo verifies everything so you know I’m not going out to buy an SUV with the money. And we're not asking for money for nothing. Just $10 gives you a co-producer's credit and $100 gets you a copy of the novel Width of a Thread, which is based on the screenplay, and a Radio Rats CD. (A number of songs have already been written by Jonathan Handley of the former Radio Rats.) A $1,000 gets you all of the above, plus a chance to appear in the film in a crowd scene, as well as to send in your auditions for the roles. The main roles will be auditioned online. See our first two clips online now.”
Anyone interested in becoming a co-producer on A Shot at the Big Time can click on the following links:
The direct link to the Indiegogo Campaign:
Interview on LitNet here on the whole campaign around A Shot at the Big Time.
Link to the page on Facebook:
Link to Van Eeden's personal website: