A BFI Network developed short film, written and directed by Pip Swallow.
After being passed over for a big promotion at work, Miranda discovers that she can control the world via her model railway set. A bittersweet comedy about a derailed woman, trying to mould herself to the institution but ultimately finding the power within to create her own.
Hello and Welcome to DREAM BIG!
DREAM BIG is a bittersweet comedy uniquely centred around the empowerment of a female protagonist and a very British hobby – the model railway.
Writer/ Director – PIP SWALLOW
Pip is an up and coming comedy filmmaker. Her first short, GREAT EXPECTATIONS premiered at Tribeca, won Edinburgh TV Festival’s New Voices Award for ‘Best Pilot’, and also screened Underwire, Cambridge and Norwich Film Festivals. Her second short as writer and directorial debut, is the recently completed comedy-horror, DAY OF THE 20,000 GAMMON.
Producer – GEORGINA FRENCH
Georgina has produced numerous multi-award winning short films, working in collaboration with emerging and established talent. Recent credits include: FROM A STRANGE LAND, directed by Caroline Steinbeis, WHAT HAPPENED TO EVIE, directed by BAFTA winner Kate Cheeseman & Exec Produced by Prof. Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, NOTHING IMPORTANT, directed by Tara FitzGerald.
Cinematographer – TANIA FREIMUTH
Tania’s work has garnered nominations and awards for Best Cinematography. Her work has screened on Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer.
Cinematography is at the heart of a journey which began for Tania on commercials, music videos and HETV drama; COLD FEET, INSPECTOR LINLEY and THE LOST PRINCE, culminating in her first feature shot on 16mm film. Her recent work includes: CYN starring Eloise Smyth and Bill Milner and A BIRTHDAY PARTY starring Yusra Warsama and Nahel Tzegai.
Tania’s a member of the GBCT, Illuminatrix - Rising & BAFTA.
Production Designer – MAY DAVIES
May's extensive feature film credits include: DAEMON MIND, directed by Jason Fite, THE GROUP, directed by Will Higo & WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE ATTACK, directed by Junaid Syed. For TV: LANDSCAPERS & THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING OSCAR.
We’re delighted to announce our first cast member...
Rhoda Ofori-Attah – MIRANDA
Rhoda has appeared in INFORMER (BBC), DARK HEART (ITV) and TEMPLE (Sky). She joined the critically acclaimed show TOP BOY in 2019, and returned in the second season for Netflix. You’ll also be able to see her in the new season 3 of SEX EDUCATION (Netflix). You can catch up with her now in Uberto Pasolina’s new film, NOWHERE SPECIAL (2020) starring James Norton.
Stayed tuned for further casting news!
Miranda is a woman who has dedicated herself to her job but when the interview day for a big promotion comes up, she is overlooked in favour of a man who is everything she's not. Returning home, she takes refuge in her hobby, her model railway. Fuelled by anger she paints a figure to resemble the man who pipped her to the post and maniacally runs over him with a tiny train. At work the next day, she is shocked to find that her revenge fantasy has played out in real life, her competitor is in hospital after an accident on the railway tracks. Miranda is given her dream job in his stead. Miranda can’t quite believe her luck and checks her power by painting a Deliveroo driver. All is confirmed when the driver knocks on her door. The next day she decides to use her power for good, when she sees her neighbour has lost her cat, and paints a window cleaner saving Chairman Meow, from a nearby tree. Buoyed by her new found power, she is emboldened to pursue the office romance she had previously been too shy to act upon. But as she tries to paint her fantasy life she is overwhelmed with the unquenchable desire for more and more. She accidently sets the model railway on fire and her boyfriend nearly dies as a result. She throws away the broken railway, leaves her job and sets up her own business; a miniature golf course.
WHY THIS STORY
When Pip saw her friend’s dad’s model railway back in her home town of Spalding, it struck her as the one corner of the UK where things were ok, not uncertain or divided, and where the trains were running on time.
The model railway setting is emblematic of our human desire to have control in an uncontrollable world and to be a giant where we can very often feel infinitesimal. It also resonated to her as a filmmaker, an art that relies on creating your own world; a set peopled with actors, fulfilling a narrative of your own choosing.
Women are often the people who keep things running smoothly, who bend themselves to fit into the male-dominated world. This story is about women trying to fit into an environment not of their making, playing by rules not designed by them or for them. Miranda is fighting to exist in that world, but ultimately finds fulfilment in forging her personal utopia.
LOOK HOW FAR WE’VE COME
Dream Big was selected for the BFI Network’s Short Film Development Programme in 2020. Pip worked with highly regarded script editors Kate Leys and Jessica Jones to develop the screenplay. We now want to take this great script to screen...
We’re off to a fantastic start. A major UK film fund are supporting us with partial production finance. We have 79% of our budget raised! Hooray!
WHY ARE WE FUNDRAISING
We’re so close... but we need further funding to bring this film to life! With your help, we are aiming to raise an extra £4,000 to complete our budget. Dream Big is a very detailed and highly ambitious short film. The story unfurls over six days and includes multiple locations, SFX, VFX, a sizeable cast, and also features an animal (and they say never to work with animals!). This funding will enable the film to have high production values, and be the best it can possibly be. In return for your contribution, we have some fantastic perks, which we hope you’ll enjoy!
It’s also about spreading the word. Empowering women and girls and achieving gender equality are crucial to creating inclusive, open and prosperous societies. Gender inequalities, however, persist so it is important that we find new ways of addressing this issue. Your support will enable us to have this conversation, in an accessible and entertaining way!
We are planning our shoot for 4 days in late October. We have secured various locations, including Miranda’s house and garden shed, and also the world's oldest and original model village, Bekonscot. Market Deeping Model Railway Club are very kindly loaning us one of their train layouts for the shoot. The model railway where Miranda discovers she can control the world!
OTHER WAYS OF SUPPORTING US
Can you help us spread the word? Please consider sharing this campaign with your friends, family and followers on your social channels. Every mention is a big boost and will allow us to reach more and more people.
YOU GOT THIS FAR!
Huge thanks for taking the time to read about our film and for considering becoming a part of the DREAM BIG team. We can't wait for you to join us on our journey to create the film. We appreciate every single one of you.
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January's been busy! We delighted to tell you we are now Picture Locked! Chloe's done a fantastic job of the edit, and we are now passing the baton over to Gabriel Valente, who will be working on the Visual Effects.
What a brilliant and intense four days we had shooting DREAM BIG, with HUGE thanks to you, our generous crowdfunders, the BFI Network, and all the kind folks who have helped us along the way.
Folks, it's a wrap for the DREAM BIG crowdfunding campaign! YOU/we did it! An astonishing £4550 raised from 60 very generous backers! A BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to every single one of you for your support, and to those who shared our campaign and spread the word! We truly appreciate it!
Thanks to your generosity, we're 90% FUNDED! Toot, toot! We're now in our final week of the campaign with £290 to raise until we hit our £3K goal! Please spread the word amongst your friends :) Thank you! Here's our Pip, with this week's video...