Faithful

"Faithful" follows Vaila, a brave 13 year old girl who ventures into the scary Scottish woods in hope she will find the mythical Cù-Sìth, a fairy dog that can open a portal to the Fairy World. Vaila hopes to find the dog so that she can right a wrong from her past and bring her family back together.

Now aiming to reach our crowdfunding stretch goals!

£10,080.00
raised of £10,000.00 goal
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Scope
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    Faithful

    Genre
    Drama
    Seeking funding for
    Production
    Scope
    Short
    Campaign type
    Ongoing

    Welcome to our crowdfunding campaign for "Faithful" a new Scottish fairytale short film from Silly Wee Films and Linger Longer Films.

    We have been fortunate enough to reach our initial goal of £10,000 which allows us to hire our cast and crew for two more days of filming and start post-production.

    As such we have set the following stretch goals:

    STRETCH GOAL ONE - VISUAL EFFECTS - £13,000

    If we can reach £13,000 then we can commission our Visual Effects artist to bring our Cù-Sìth to life, and our other visual effects shot required for the film

    STRETCH GOAL TWO - EDITING THE FILM - £14,000

    If we can reach £14,000 then we can complete our visual effects and hire our editor to cut together the film and bring it all to life. 

    STRETCH GOAL THREE - COMPOSING THE MUSIC - £14,500

    If we can reach £14,500 then we can hire our composer to score the entire film with an orchestral flourish.

    STRETCH GOAL FOUR - THE SOUND DESIGN - £15,000

    Reaching our final stretch goal of £15,000 will allow us to hire a sound designer to mix the sound and music together, creating a soundscape that will bring the whole film to life.

    "Faithful" follows Vaila, a brave 13 year old girl who ventures into the scary Scottish woods to find the mythical Cù-Sìth, a fairy dog that can open a portal to the Fairy World. Vaila hopes to find the dog so that she can right a wrong from her past and bring her family back together.

    We are attempting to raise £10,000 by April 1st in order for us to go back out and film the final scenes on the 13th and 14th of April, having successfully shot the key scenes with Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat) and Gary Hollywood (Mrs Brown's Boys) alongside our lead Lily McGuire and Ethan Docherty. 

    With your help, we can commission our amazing cast and crew, keep them in the TV and film industry, and create a truly magical story for all generations.

    We met with Jonathan Tait of STV today and looks like we may have a home for Faithful…more to come!

    Now is the perfect time to back our short film by grabbing a perk on our Greenlit campaign and sharing the link far and wide.

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    Lily McGuire as Vaila. Photo by Sonja Blietschau.

    Vaila blames herself for her Mum's death, and hopes to trick one of the dogs into finding her mum, and bringing her back. Coming dangerously close to death herself, Vaila manages to lure one Cù-Síth into her thrall, and with his help, must battle the rest of his pack, find the portal to the Otherworld - and make sure her dad doesn't discover her new "dog" or that she's out of bed after lights out!

    Scotland is filled with untold folklore and fairytales that are so rarely told on screen, so we would like to dive into our mythology and tell this particular story, as it deals with grief and how we evolve as people (and creatures!) throughout our lives.

    We would like to take the film around the world to as many film festivals as possible, to show off our stunning scenery and showcase the fantastic cast and crew who film in Scotland.

    This campaign is so important to us as it will allow us to hire a fantastic crew and shoot our film and bring this story to life.

    MEET THE CAST

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    Lily McGuire as Vaila

    Vaila is 13 years old and obsessed with all things to do with Scottish folklore. Her mother would stay up all night reading all of her favourite fairytales to Vaila and the two formed the closest bond. However Vaila is struggling to come to terms with the loss her mother, convinced that it was her fault. And so, Vaila believes that if she can track down the Cù-Sìth, she can find a doorway to The Otherworld and bring her back.

    Lily has had an interest in acting and singing since she was very young. Joining a local junior drama company when she was six years old and then at the age of eight moving into Children's Theatre, having taken part in six shows to date. This is Lily's first film role and she is delighted to be part of such an exciting production.

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    Gary Hollywood as Campbell

    We are delighted to announce that Gary Hollywood has been cast in the role of Campbell, Vaila's Dad, in our upcoming short film.

    Gary is best known for his role as Dino in the BAFTA award winning series, "Mrs. Brown's Boys" and has also starred in Taggart, Take the Highroad, and The Flying Scotsman.

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    Kimberely Nixon as Annabelle

    BAFTA winning actress Kimberely Nixon has starred in hit shows such as "Fresh Meat" and "Outlander" and we are thrilled that she has joined our short film. 

    Kimberely will be playing the crucial role of Annabelle, Vaila's mother, who is thought to be lost in The Otherworld.

    We are still to cast the role of Harrison, Vaila's younger brother, Michael who will meet the Cù-Sìth at the start of our film and Angus, a kindly old man who's story is wrapped up with our fairy dog.

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    Greg McHugh as Michael

    Greg is a Scottish actor best known for his roles in Gary Tank Commander, Fresh Meat, The A Word, Guilt and a Discovery of Witches. We are delighted that Gary has joined our cast and we can't wait for you to see him in action as the mysterious Michael.

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    Dui and Wiki as the Cù-Sìth

    Dui and Wiki will be portraying our Cù-Sìth with the help of Creature Features.

    There will be a total of 3 dogs in the full short film, with our Cù-Sìth taking centre stage as Vaila attempts to reign the dog in to help her find and save her mother. Can the dog learn to evolve past its instincts to drag people to the Otherworld, or learn to love Vaila and help her on her quest?

    To help bring our fairy dog to life, we will be using a mixture of live action in the form of the real life dogs, with practical and visual effects, as well as some puppetry work. A lot of work (and budget!) will go into making the Cù-Sìth come to life!

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    Concept Art by Ellie Kidd

    The Cù-Sìth is a spectral hound from Scottish folklore that haunts the Scottish Highlands - its name essentially means Fairy Dog.

    It was believed that they made their homes in rocky crevices and many accounts recall seeing glowing eyes in the shadows. The Cù-Sìth was feared due to the belief that it was a harbinger of death – much like the Grim Reaper. So while the Cat Sìth would steal the souls of the dead, the Cù-Sìth would take the soul to the afterlife. Although mostly a silent hunter the Cù-Sìth would sometimes let out three blood-curdling howls that could be heard for miles around.

    Those that heard the howls would need to reach a place of safety before the third howl, or they would be overcome with fear and die from sheer terror.

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    Cù-Sìth Puppet Head by Emma Park

    Puppet Artist Emma Park has been putting together test puppet heads of our Cù-Sìth's, as well as looking into how to design practical fairy dog coats that can be used on the real life dogs, making them appear to be magical and mythical.

    We'll be using a combination of CGI, puppetry and shadow work in order to bring the dogs to life.

    Where Does My Money Go?

    If we reach our goal, the funds will be spent on the following:

    • Hire the crew including our director, producer, director of photography, set designer, costume designer, puppet creator, hair and makeup and behind the scenes photographer
    • Hire Creature Features, the dog wrangling company.
    • Cast the four roles in our short film
    • Hire an editor to cut the film together
    • Bring Dui and Wiki to set
    • Raising these funds will allow us to shoot our full 15 minute short film over 3 days before taking it on a tour of festivals around the world and finding a home for it on streaming services.
    • The ambitious script calls for 3 Cù-Sìth dogs, actors to play Vaila, Harrison and their Mum and Dad, Annabelle and Campbell.
    • Visual effects
    • Sound design
    • Music

    Meet The Crew

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    Lucy Linger - The Director

    Lucy is a writer/director/producer working in film, TV and theatre. Her theatre company, established in 2003, is one of the longest running fringe companies in England, and her film production company Linger Longer Films, has created several short films, which have screened at festivals in the UK, Europe and Hollywood.

    Lucy says about "Faithful" - "As someone who has always loved historical fiction, folklore and fairy tales, it really struck me that I know so little of those from Scotland. Despite working and visiting Scotland often, these narratives do not seem to have had the representation they deserve. I was excited to hear more about the Cú-Síth, and bring this story to a wider audience.

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    Fraser Coull - Our Writer/Producer

    Fraser has been running his independent production company, Silly Wee Films, since 2005, having created the first superhero webseries in Scotland, "Night is Day" from 2005 to 2007, writing a total of 13 episodes. From 2015 to 2018 Fraser was the showrunner and one of the writers for the award winning supernatural webseries, "Cops and Monsters", which was streaming in over 60 countries on Amazon Prime.

    Fraser says of "Faithful" - "It's important that we tell different stories in Scotland and celebrate our culture, history and folklore. We have a unique opportunity to do that with this short film, and I'm really excited to bring the Cú-Síth to life on the big screen!"

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    Valerie Andrews - Producer

    Valerie Andrews is a Guatemalan actor who trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland earning an MA in 2021. She has acted and produced  both plays and film in Guatemala since 2017 with her production company Lucky Cat Productions.  She is very passionate about representation in the performing arts, especially of the Latinx community in Scotland.

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    Lindsay Dowell - Line Producer

    Lindsay Jenkins will be our on set producer, working with the cast and crew on the shoot to keep everything running smoothly. Lindsay has worked on our previous projects, "Night is Day: The Movie", "Cops and Monsters" and "Origins of the Laoich". Lindsay is also the creative director for Children's Theatre Bo'ness.

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    Paige Smith - Set and Prop Designer

    Paige will be designing our sets and props for our short film. Paige previously worked on "Origins of the Laoich" and we are delighted that she is bringing all of her passion and enthusiasm for Gaelic culture to the production.

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    Ewan Stewart - Director of Photography

    Ewan will be our Director of Photography. Ewan runs Prickly Thistle Productions shooting dramatic and corporate productions for a wide variety of clients. Ewan was also our DOP for the "Origins of the Laoich" sizzle reel.

    A Gaelic Twist

    We're now looking into the option of having the final completed film translated into Scottish Gaelic, with Gaelic subtitles throughout the 15 minute film.

    We would need to get quotes from various Gaelic production companies.

    Filming Starts Today!

    We've officially kicked off the start of production for "Faithful".

    With the money we raised on our previous campaign we have enough funds to shoot for two days, filming our key scenes with Kimberley Nixon, Gary Hollywood and Lily McGuire.

    £10,080.00
    raised of £10,000.00 goal
    Ongoing
    50 Backers
    Digital Access to the Finished Film

    You'll receive a private link to watch the finished short film before it goes live to the public

    £5.00
    PDF Copy of the Script

    We'll send you a digital PDF copy of the finished script so you can see how our story started.

    £10.00
    Be Part of the Cù-Sìth Pack

    Grab this perk and you'll be part of the Cù-Sìth pack; receiving a digital copy of the short film before it goes live to the public, a PDF copy of the script and updates of our film shoot!

    £45.00
    Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening

    Once we've set a date to show the finished film, you'll be invited to our cast and crew screening. Location TBC. We cannot provide travel or accommodation for this perk.

    (19 remaining out of 20)
    £50.00
    IMDb Thank You

    We'll add you to our THANK YOU section on IMDb and on our end credits, and we'll send you a digital copy of the film to watch before it goes live to the public! We'll also record a shout out for you from the set of the film.

    £65.00
    Associate Producer Credit

    You'll be credited as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER on our IMDb page and at the end of the film. You'll also receive a digital copy of the film.

    (93 remaining out of 100)
    £100.00
    Own an original costume

    For "Faithful" we are commission costume designer Sophie Malcolm to create two costumes for our actress, Kimberely Nixon, to wear in our short film. One will be a fairytale inspired white dress, based on Scottish folklore, and another will be a traditional dress for our flashback scene.

    To help us fund the costume design and Sophie's work, we are offering these costumes as a perk for you to own!

    (1 remaining out of 2)
    £300.00
    Producer Credit

    You'll be credited as PRODUCER on our IMDb page, at the end of our short film's credits, an invite to the cast and crew screening, digital copy of the film before it goes live to the public, a PDF copy of the script, and video message shout out!

    (9 remaining out of 10)
    £1,000.00
    Fund the Entire Film

    This is the BIGGIE. With just hours to go, if the 3 "FUND THE WHOLE FILM" perks are taken, we will have the entire budget for pre-production, a 3 day shoot and post production, and YOU will be a hero. For your support you'll get to VISIT THE SET in Scotland, meet the cast & crew, get a SIGNED copy of the script, an INVITE TO THE PREMIERE, PRODUCER IMDb Credit and a CAMEO in the film, and more. Let's see how this goes...

    £10,000.00