The Year Dot

A heartwarming short film about loneliness and isolation...

Dot is planning an end-of-life party. When lockdown begins and her plans are postponed, her family sends teddies to comfort her. The teddies gradually come to life, if only in Dot’s mind.

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    The Year Dot

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    Where we're at: post-production time!

    We here at The Year Dot wanted to post an update on how the project is going, and how we are putting your generous donations to good use; the most important thing is that we have now officially filmed!

    We shot for three days in November, plus one day in December for pickups. Now that it's all in the can we're turning our attention to post-production, which is what we're currently seeking further funding for.

    The money we have raised so far has gone to production costs, and we're paying our cast & crew for their hard work on set. However, editing a film costs money too. We have Joseph as our picture editor and Julian as our sound editor, along with Aaron, our composer. We want these three areas to be as amazing as possible, and to be able to do that we need to raise more funds.

    If you've donated before, please consider doing so again, as we are so close to being able to fully realise this amazing film. If you've thought about donating but haven't yet, now is the perfect time to do so. And if you're new to the page, please give what you can. We know times are tough, but every little helps.

    In return for your contribution, we have some fantastic perks, which we hope you’ll enjoy!

    We are extremely grateful to everyone who has backed The Year Dot so far, please continue to invest in us and we shall produce a powerful and heartwarming short film.




    A word from the writer/director

    The Year Dot was inspired by my grandma. I cared for her in her last year and became brutally aware of issues I had no pre-conceptions of. I hope that having an elderly protagonist can become a conversation starter for how we consider the elderly in our community. Dot's character is emphasised by the music she loves, her outfits and her growing surreal relationships with her stuffed toys (a metaphorical expression of her state of mind).

    Setting this film during the time of the pandemic, increases the feeling of isolation and gives us two important themes which are constantly competing. The fear of the unknown makes Dot’s quest for validation even more difficult.  We will all be Dot eventually, we just have to hope that the society we live in will be more accommodating.


    Our fabulous cast (Clockwise from top left):


    Lesley-Anne Webb - Kate Danbury

    Moya Allen - Liv Bergeron and Liv-the-bear

    Blair Plant - Miles Parsons and Miles-the-dog

    Shaila Alvarez - Hanna Cortez

    Carrie Cohen - Ethel

    Jean Cameron - Bobbie Bergeron

    Kayley Rainton - Mary Danbury and Mini-Mary

    Mark Tournoff - George-the-bear 


    And in the centre is our brilliant: Verity Joy as Dot (Dorothy Parsons) 




    Meet the team bringing Dot to life:


    Writer, Director & Producer

    Eva Wilshere

    Eva Wilshere is a multi-disciplinary creative who is transitioning from factual television into fictional storytelling. Graduating with a distinction in her scriptwriting MA at Falmouth University, Eva is passionate about making her multi-award winning script The Year Dot into a short film. Eva had the chance to work with Ben Pohlman from Pinewoods Studios on this script and meet the wonderful Verity Joy who will take on the role of Dot. 

    Eva has worked in the East Sussex media scene for over a decade. She wrote, produced and directed her first short film Local Girl in 2014 (winner of multiple awards, including Best Director at DreamzCatcher Film Festival) with help from Katherine Shannon as assistant director. Eva also worked as 1st AD on Daniel Grasskamp’s first feature film Cat Skin.

    Eva has always been politically minded and uses her creativity to promote social causes. Eva’s full-length documentary Homeless By-The-Sea was appreciated so much by Bill Smith at Latest TV that she was offered her own talk show Eva’s World. Eva is passionate about telling stories featuring relatable, quirky and diverse characters, she wants her work to help others relate to life in a way that film helped her to navigate the world as a neuro-diverse individual.

    Director credits - Eva’s World, Homeless-by-the-Sea and Local Girl



    Producer & Editor 

    Joseph Graham

    Since moving to Brighton at the beginning of 2020, Joseph has been working as a multi-award winning filmmaker, working with clients including YMCA Right Here, Odd Content and BIMM Brighton, as well as local music and poetry artists. They have also begun to expand their work into American productions. Joseph is currently editing a feature film - The Captain, starring Patrick Bergin.

    A jack of all trades, Joseph has worked on various productions as a writer, director, producer, editor, sound editor, director of photography, and has even done some VFX work. Even the pandemic couldn’t stifle their creativity, as they wrote and directed a short comedy film, with remote filming in both the UK and Germany. They have worked with brands including Twitch, IKEA, AudioActive, BIMM, Made to Order Movies, Odd Content, and more.



    Director of Photography

    Oscar Freemantle

    Oscar Freemantle studied Filmmaking as an MA at Sussex University in 2018. He shot several short films during this time, winning awards at film festivals including a gold medal in the Londom  seasonal Short Film Festival. Oscar's passion project, Stepan's Game (Freemantle, 2016), an action/thriller, heavily inspired by Drive (Refn, 2011) and its “faux-80s” style and soundtrack, won awards including official selection at the London International Short Film Festival. There had been issues with the original shoot during his under-grad but Oscar persevered with the project after his final submission. Oscar spent the next 3 years shooting as many films as he could, upgrading his camera again in 2017. 

    Oscar started making films when he was 14 having saved up for over a year to buy his first camcorder. Over the next couple of years he roped in his family, friends and neighbours to act in his films (thoroughly annoying everyone in the process!).Originally hired as 3rd AD on Brighton Wok (Howard, 2008) his hard work, flexibility and eagerness over the 2 years of production and post-production, meant that his camerawork was used throughout the film. Oscar became fascinated by optical lenses, buying dozens of old lenses from Ebay and modifying them while also growing his collection of Contax SLR lenses from the 70s and 80s. He still shoots with these beautiful lenses today. 




    Julian Tardo

    An audio producer based in Brighton working out of his Church Road Studios. Julian has worked in music production since the early 1990s, branching out into film work and location sound since 2010. He has provided sound on documentaries and commercial videos, mixed the film Connected and dialogue mixed the film Decrypted, as well as producing many music recordings, podcasts, and audiobooks. He also makes music as part of the duo Insides.

    Julian is organising the sound recordings on The Year Dot - recording the dialogue and sound on set during the shoot days (with help from Paul Pascoe his co-engineer at the studio) and hopefully mixing the film sound later. "It’s wonderful to be part of a small passionate team making this film, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience on set so far." - Julian.



    Art Director

    Andrew Kay

    Born in Lancashire, Andrew studied design at Chelsea School of Art and on graduating worked for four major publishing houses for sixteen years and designed literally thousands of book covers.  From there he moved into publicity design and stage design, then into magazines. Most recently he has become a published author of fiction and drama and works in local television as a producer, presenter and art director. His great loves are theatre and cooking, he creates artwork as a means of staying relatively sane.




    Make-up Artist

    Siwan Hill

    Siwan Hill trained in make-up at Greasepaint college in 2010. She spent the next decade putting make-up on people. Notable victims include; Alan Titchfield, Tamsin Greg and Paul Kaye. She has also worked for various well known brands such as Jaguar, Santander and Barclays. In addition to this she has also worked in the art department and costume, including working as the head of department for low budget features.

    Siwan lives in London, she enjoys making things, she doesn't really enjoy talking about herself!





    Aaron McNicholas

    Aaron started composing during his time at University, he has scored several student short films and worked as a sync music composer for RedCat Creative and London Sync. He previously enjoyed success working with Eva on her powerful documentary Homeless by the Sea in 2018. Alongside his passion for orchestral scores, Aaron also produces house music tracks and relishes experimenting with electronic textures.

    Having gathered musical influences from a range of TV and movie composers including Murray Gold, Christophe Beck and Thomas Newman, he is aiming to channel their methods to help bring the complexity of Dot to life musically and cannot wait to be a part of the project.


    Environmental Impact 

    To minimise our impact on the environment, we used one main location and car sharing.

    Catering for the cast and crew was provided using Oddbox- a surplus fruit and vegetable delivery service and was mostly vegetarian (minus a tin of tuna!).

    Every time the kettle was boiled, we decanted it into a large flask that kept the water hot. People were able to make hot drinks as and when they needed, without boiling the kettle every time.

    There were no single use plastics on set and everything was recycled. We also adhered to the covid guidelines, after taking the Screenskills certificate, to keep everyone safe. Balancing these two aspects was tricky, but we managed it by dividing the food into recycled soup tubs and asking everyone to bring their own cutlery.

    Most of the props and costumes were bought from charity shops. The only items that had to be bought new were the teddies Dot is sent for Christmas and we intend to give them away as rewards for people donating to this campaign.



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    Thanks for reading

    Huge thanks for taking the time to learn about our film and for considering becoming a part of team Dot. We can't wait for you to join us on our journey to create the film. We appreciate every single one of you.



    Wig supplied by TRENDCO

    We've got a wig! It's natural and style-able and will be a huge improvement from the one we used in the teaser. A huge thanks to Aderans and Trendco for donating this wig, we look forward to crediting you, and hosting you at our cast & crew premiere.

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    The Year Dot

    We want everyone who donates to be able to see the film!

    Choose this reward, and when the film is finished you can watch it.

    I can't find anything to suit me!

    One of Dot's three beautiful shawls can be yours with this reward (once the film is completed).
    "Are you giving away all of my clothes now?" - Dorothy Parsons.
    Only the best items from the film!

    (3 remaining out of 3)
    Shout-out on Social media

    "What on earth are all these coloured symbols all about?" (Dorothy Parsons, aka Dot)

    Don't worry guys, Dot might not know her Twitter from her Skype but we do! And we shall give everyone who helps us tell Dot's story a big shout-out on all the socials!

    Plus you'll get a digital copy/link & password for the film once its made, because we believe that everyone who supports this film should get to see it.

    Poster Child

    "What am I doing on there?" (Dorothy Parsons)
    We've made a poster to tell everyone about Dot's story. With this reward you will get a digital copy of the fabulous original poster for The Year Dot. Along with a shout out and a digital copy of the film so you can see what all the fuss is about!

    Teddy bears picnic

    Once Dots story has been told, these beautiful bears will need new homes. Liv-the-bear, Mini-Mary and the rest of the 'family' can be yours with this reward. We shall choose who gets which bear at random and they will be posted to you once the film is released.

    (7 remaining out of 8)
    To your credit

    "Are these people all coming to visit me?" (Dorothy Parsons)

    Probably not Dot, but they do all care about your story and shall receive a special thanks in the closing credits - which they can watch with whomever comes to visit them!

    Plus, all of the above rewards shall be yours too.

    (20 remaining out of 25)
    Shooting script

    "I am dying you know" (Dorothy Parsons)

    Yes we know Dot, but first we have to bring you to life.
    That started with the script, so you shall receive a PDF of the actual shooting script with this reward, as well as our gratitude and a chance to see the finished film.

    Oh George!

    "Who says I can't have it all?" (Dorothy Parsons)

    With this reward you can - You will receive a special thanks from Dot in our credits, a PDF of the shooting script, plus a digital copy of the finished film and poster.

    (18 remaining out of 20)
    Welcome to my party...

    You can own Dot's actual party outfit, complete with velvet jacket and beautiful shawl.
    Dress Size 16 UK (could easily be adjusted).

    (1 remaining out of 1)
    A chat with the producers

    After we've sent you the finished film to watch, Eva Wilshere (writer/ director/ producer) and Joseph Graham (producer & editor) shall meet with you virtually on whichever application of your choice, for a 40minute chat, where you can ask any questions you like about the making of the film.

    (3 remaining out of 3)
    Red Carpet Treatment

    "Do you like parties?" (Dorothy Parsons)

    Of course we do Dot! And when we all meet to celebrate Dot's life, we'd love you to be there.

    You will receive all of the above rewards, plus you'll get an invitation for 2 to the Cast & Crew screening of Dot's glitzy premiere and drinks reception.

    (11 remaining out of 12)
    Skills Workshop

    You receive everything from 'Oh George' plus a two-hour private masterclass with the Writer/Director/Producer. The masterclass can be gifted to anyone you like. Is there someone in your life who’s interested in a career in the industry? The masterclass can be tailored to focus on any aspect of the creative process, such as writing, acting, auditioning, directing and producing. It can be aimed at any age group - DBS covered. (Delivery from February 2023 Online, unless you're based in South East England).

    (3 remaining out of 3)
    Associate Producer

    You shall receive all of the Red Carpet Treatment. Plus you'll be credited as an Associate Producer in the closing credits of the film + IMDB entry.

    (3 remaining out of 4)
    Executive Producer

    You shall receive all of the Red Carpet Treatment. Plus you will be credited as Executive Producer in the closing credits of the film + IMDB entry.

    (3 remaining out of 3)