'Tinsel' a short film is unashamedly inspired by 80’s action movies, and is about a lonely 36 year old actor with ADHD becoming the unlikely hero of an armed hostage situation, all whilst working as an Elf in a British garden centre at Christmas.
Tinsel is a blink and you’ll miss it Christmas story about being nice and never giving up. Tinsel, our main character plays an elf at a Christmas grotto, in a sleepy garden centre. This shouldn’t cause too much drama which is ideal, because he’s had enough drama already. He’s estranged from his own family, and we join him at a time in his life where everything is pretty tough. He’s just discovered he’s had undiagnosed ADHD since childhood and he’s also struggling with motivation to keep persevering with his dream to become a famous actor.
However, just like in every good Christmas story, our hero never gives up. Even when the garden centre he’s working in erupts in gunfire and thrusts Tinsel into a life or death armed hostage situation. Tinsel’s favourite film, Die Hard becomes art imitating life as he saves the day. Not with guns and yippee ki yay’s though, but with garden hoes, a plastic Christmas tree and, most importantly, by being nice.
See a few of our concept posters below!
Hey! Davey here and I just wanted to let you all know a little about Tinsel.
So firstly, the inspiration is very personal. I was an elf called Tinsel every Christmas, for several years, at different immersive theatre experiences. I’m also estranged from my family and have been since the age of 15. No violins here please mate. Just a fact and it’s time to tell some of that story via the narrative of Tinsel.
It was amazing bringing magic to families at Christmas but then I was going home alone without a family of my own. This was where the story all started. It made me think, wow, that is really incredibly sad … I bet there’s a funny story in there somewhere too! The writing process has been very cathartic for me and I’m excited (and a bit massively nervous but that’s a good thing) for you all to share in Tinsel’s story.
Then, more recently, I discovered I have had undiagnosed ADHD since I was a child. Incredibly difficult thing to wrap your head around that. However, I am now very passionate about creating a film where we can highlight ADHD in adults and make people realise they aren’t alone, no matter how much it might seem like you are.
In terms of relatable inspirational films, I’m a huge admirer of Edgar Wright directed features, so expect inspiration from films such as Hot Fuzz. Fast cuts and even faster dialogue. I’ve also been heavily inspired by Die Hard and the debate around it’s legitimacy as a Christmas film. These two films are why I have set it in a sleepy garden centre. I’m from a small village originally where nothing ever happened. So I love stories about BIG things happening in small places. Then I thought, imagine Die Hard happening in a garden centre … ridiculous but … my kind of ridiculous!
So, it’s my overall aim as director of this film to take you on a festive journey that highlights important issues of loneliness and mental health but does so via a colourful, comedic, self aware and exciting plot, with a very relatable human protagonist.
The total budget for Tinsel is £3000
We aim to raise £2000 for Tinsel, ensuring high production values across our set dressing, costumes and props - to do this we need your help!
A further £1000, will be generated by our film crew, coined 'Tinsel Team' through the running of many events both Christmas themed, and not. These include pub quizzes, film nights and even a flash tattoo sale day all which will both assist us with the budget of our production and build a following and community for Tinsel!
See our budget breakdown below, showing the percentage split of our total budget and where it will be spent across 'Tinsel' in the many areas. If we raise over £2000 through this campaign, we can explore more well known cast and improve our production values even more through costume and set design.
Who are we? We are a young group of filmmakers, all currently in their third year studying Film Production at the University of Portsmouth aspiring to make our final graduate film, 'Tinsel'.
Our aspirations go way beyond this, as we aim to enter many prestigious film festivals with the final film on a festival circuit, alongside RTS student awards and more!