Across the Ocean

Across the Ocean is a short film drama/ psychological thriller that tackles the subject of grief.

Our team consists of very talented industry professionals who are coming together to shine a light on an important subject: loss and its impact on mental health.

£10,910.00
raised of £25,000.00 goal
Funded
54 Backers
Genre
Drama
Scope
Short
Seeking funding for
Production
Campaign type
Flexible Funding
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    Across the Ocean

    Genre
    Drama
    Seeking funding for
    Production
    Scope
    Short
    Campaign type
    Flexible Funding

    Across the Ocean is a short film drama/ psychological thriller that tackles the subject of grief and mental health.

    Studies show that the more social support people in the grieving stages receive the better the chances of their recovery are. Therefore it is only natural that the best support during grief is creating genuine connections and sharing our stories. 

     

    We’re inviting you to help us share ours. 

     

    We’re raising £ 25,000 to shoot and complete the film.

     

    We would love for you to become part of our journey and thank each and every one of you for your time and effort.

     

    LISTEN OUT for a shout-out to our campaign at HOXTON RADIO with Tallulah Syron who hosts her weekly show THAT'S SO COOL with all the best new music and talented guests. 

     https://hoxtonradio.com/

     

    A special THANK YOU to all of our amazing artists and talented friends who have gifted some of their work as rewards for our campaign.

    To our supporters: Please know that all of the artwork, experiences and items we have created for you as rewards are unique and many of them can not be acquired elsewhere. They all include a donation in their pricing and we have matched the value with the size of the donation.

     

    WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ARTS AND MENTAL HEALTH.

     

    THE STORY:

    Across the Ocean centres around a young mother, Alicia, who due to the impact of her tragic loss suffers from a grief-induced break from reality during which she denies the death of her young son Oscar.

     

    BACKGROUND:

    The story of Across the Ocean was informed by real-life events. As we dove deeper into exploring the stigma around loss, we realised that a general lack of awareness and ingrained societal norms create even more isolation for people in grief, often leading to further mental health problems. The emotions around loss are difficult to share but ultimately they need to be shared in order to be healed. After all, loss is a universal human experience and within it lies an opportunity to create more compassion and kindness in the world; To stand shoulder by shoulder with those who have experienced life’s most tragic events and let their truths be seen.

     

    That is what inspired us to make this film.

     

    VISUAL REFERENCES/STORYBOARD:

     

     

    THE TEAM:

    Martin Serene

    PRODUCER/ 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

    Martin Serene is a 1st Assistant Director, Actor and Producer. His career spans over 30 years in the film industry. He has worked with some of the most established directors in the industry like Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, David Slade, Peter Care, Spike Jonze, Sam Beyer, David la Chapelle , Peggy Sirota ,Tom Dey, Mick G, Toby Tremlett, Hughie Johnson, Estevan Oriol ,Sean Penn and many more. He has worked on some of music history’s most iconic music videos for artists like David Bowie, Tina Turner,  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Oasis, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins and many many more. 

    He has made a name for himself as an AD for delivering on time and on budget. His film credits include Ill Manors and Lawful Killing - Mark Duggan.

    He has recently turned to producing and won an award in the category BEST PRODUCER at Cannes Short Film Festival for his work on the film  ‘Bacon’’, directed by Geoff Bell.

    Martin also works as an actor. He is best known for his role as ‘Wild Bill’ in Fincher’s Se7en and has most recently been seen on stage in the play ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ at the Clapham Omnibus Theatre in London. 

     

    Franziska Morai

    WRITER/ PRODUCER

    Franziska Morai is an actress, screenwriter and 2nd Assistant Director. Since moving to London Franziska has been seen in numerous short films and music videos as well as the docu drama ‘Shore Leave’ and the feature film ‘Schadenfreude’. She has most recently been seen as Roberta in the two-hander ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ at the Clapham Omnibus Theatre. 

    Apart from acting, Franziska has honed her skills as a screenwriter and written numerous short films, TV pilots and plays. She has recently created a concept and pilot episode for a fantasy drama called ‘Godfall’ where she collaborated with American showrunner Adam Targum. She has also worked numerous times as Martin’s right-hand woman on set as a 2nd Assistant Director.

     

    Joe Douglas

    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

    Joe Douglas is one of the U.K.’s top cinematographers today. He has worked on numerous fashion and music videos as well as some of the biggest commercials up to date such as Net-a-Porter with Jodie Comer, Chanel Jewelry, Google and many more. He has collaborated with Martin on the short film ‘Bacon’ for which he was nominated in the category BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER at Venice Short Film Festival.

     

    Mariya Evtimova

    ART DEPARTMENT

    Mariya Evtimova is a production designer and set decorator who started her journey working on music videos, commercials and short films. She’s worked her way up to big tv and film production. Her most recent credits include Assistant Set Decorator on ‘Killing Eve’  season 4, Assistant Set Decorator on ‘The End We Start From’  and Action Prop Buyer on ‘Culprits’.

     

    Jeff Vine

    1st ASSISTANT CAMERA MAN

    Jeff Vine’s career spans over 30 years in the industry. He’s worked as a 1st Assistant Camera Man on some of the most successful films in the industry such as Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, The Fan, Enemy of the State, and many many more.

     

    BUDGET BREAKDOWN:

     

    £10,910.00
    raised of £25,000.00 goal
    Funded
    54 Backers
    Darren Cullen ORIGINAL Dismaland Postcard

    Darren Cullen is a satirical artist, illustrator and writer, born in Leeds to Irish immigrant parents and currently based in London. He is best known for his Pocket Money Loans installation at Dismaland, Baby's First Baby and Action Man: Battlefield Casualties.

    £35.00
    Darren Cullen ORIGINAL Dismaland Postcard

    Darren Cullen is a satirical artist, illustrator and writer, born in Leeds to Irish immigrant parents and currently based in London. He is best known for his Pocket Money Loans installation at Dismaland, Baby's First Baby and Action Man: Battlefield Casualties.

    £35.00
    Darren Cullen ORIGINAL Dismaland Postcard

    Darren Cullen is a satirical artist, illustrator and writer, born in Leeds to Irish immigrant parents and currently based in London. He is best known for his Pocket Money Loans installation at Dismaland, Baby's First Baby and Action Man: Battlefield Casualties.

    £35.00
    Darren Cullen ORIGINAL Dismaland Postcard

    Darren Cullen is a satirical artist, illustrator and writer, born in Leeds to Irish immigrant parents and currently based in London. He is best known for his Pocket Money Loans installation at Dismaland, Baby's First Baby and Action Man: Battlefield Casualties.

    £35.00
    Darren Cullen ORIGINAL Dismaland Postcard

    Darren Cullen is a satirical artist, illustrator and writer, born in Leeds to Irish immigrant parents and currently based in London. He is best known for his Pocket Money Loans installation at Dismaland, Baby's First Baby and Action Man: Battlefield Casualties.

    £35.00
    Wild Bill T-Shirts any size, printed white on black OR black on white

    Wild Bill is a character out of the cult film “Se7en” directed by David Fincher. He was portrayed by our producer Martin Serene.

    £50.00
    Print of private polaroid picture of Timothy Leary and Martin Serene, Blind Melon Music Video

    This is a behind-the-scenes, private picture from the set of the music video "Galaxie" by Blind Melon from the album "Soup", which was directed by Jake Scott and features a cameo of Timothy Leary.

    Our producer Martin Serene worked as a 1st AD on Galaxie in 1995.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktZoUHcP0wI

    We will reproduce this as a polaroid sized print for you. Let us know if you want it signed by Martin.

    £100.00
    Original James Joyce Children’s T-Shirt size S age 5/6 as sold in Dismaland ( 3x available)

    James Joyce works in a variety of media including painting, installation, drawing and screen printing. His work has been exhibited in various shows internationally. In 2015, Joyce exhibited a video installation at Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’ exhibition alongside other international artists, including Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer.

    https://jamesjoyce.co.uk/

    These T-Shirts are BRAND NEW originals from the DISMALAND exhibition NOT to be mistaken for copies sold on eBay. They are not produced anymore.

    £200.00
    SINGLE Original Banksy Dismaland Children’s T-Shirt size XS age 3/ 4

    Dismaland was a temporary art project organised by street artist Banksy in the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. The aesthetic of the "bemusement park" was potentially inspired by the "Dismayland" series of paintings created by American artist Jeff Gillette, who also participated in the exhibition.

    These T-Shirts are BRAND NEW originals from the BANKSY DISMALAND exhibition NOT to be mistaken with copies sold on eBay. One of our team members was part of Dismaland. They are not produced anymore.

    £200.00
    SINGLE Original James Joyce Children’s T-Shirt size M age 7/8 as sold in Dismaland

    James Joyce works in a variety of media including painting, installation, drawing and screen printing. His work has been exhibited in various shows internationally. In 2015, Joyce exhibited a video installation at Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’ exhibition alongside other international artists, including Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer.

    https://jamesjoyce.co.uk/

    These T-Shirts are BRAND NEW originals from the DISMALAND exhibition NOT to be mistaken for copies sold on eBay. They are not produced anymore.

    £200.00
    Darkseid Vinyl Figurine autographed by actor Ray Porter

    Ray Porter has donated an autographed Darkseid Vinyl Figurine. Porter is a well-known actor who portrayed DC villain Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League”.

    £300.00
    Jon Abraham's signed Vinyl Record of the Soundtrack to Clover & 4 Autographs from various films

    Hollywood Actor Jon Abrahams known from films such as “Scary Movie”, “Meet the Parents”, “Dead Man Walking” and many more has donated a signed vinyl disc of the soundtrack for his movie “Clover” as well as four signed autographs from various films.

    Jonny directed "Clover" which is starring Ron Perlman and Chazz Palminteri.

    £500.00
    A brand new Premier Snare Drum with Drum Sticks signed and donated personally by Cassell the Beatmaker.

    Cassell is the winner of the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for song writing with Plan B. He is a world-renowned drummer and producer. Based in London, Cassell has also worked with artists such as Ady Suleiman, The Streets, John Newman and Duffy.

    £1,000.00
    TWO VIP ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL TICKETS donated personally by JOHN GIDDINGS

    The Isle of Wight Festival is a British music festival which takes place annually in Newport on the Isle of Wight. It is the most legendary music festival in the U.K. as it was the first one ever and has since been going strong (Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Foo Fighters...) VIP Tickets are notoriously hard to get and we offer TWO for the whole festival with all day long complimentary drinks and Star Chef cooked food. Access to clean and no queue bathrooms is guaranteed as well. You will be watching the festival from the closed-off VIP lounge on the viewing balcony.

    £3,000.00
    Gavin Watson is donating a signed print of his picture “SKINNY JIM” (framed A3 size)

    World Class Photographer Gavin Watson is best known for his books Raving ‘89, Skins (1994) and Skins and Punks (2008). The director Shane Meadows cited them as an inspiration for his film This is England (2006). In 2011 and 2012 Watson photographed campaigns for Dr Martens.
    PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO SEE THE PHOTOGRAPH IN FULL!
    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/apr/13/cocky-15-year-old-…

    £3,000.00