A wonderful audience response to Do Something, Jake at our World Premiere last week: cheers, smiling faces, laughter, a few shocks! I think it’s what we do this for! Pics and news of other screenings (including London) to follow soon on this website and social media.
- 110 minutes
- 63 crew
- 49 cast
- 22 shoot days
- 1 stunt coordinator
- 1 director
- 1 writer
- 1 World Premiere
- ZERO production budget!
- 263 people cheering & applauding…
The World Premiere is at the ODEON, Loughborough on Thursday 20th September 2018. Be sure to BUY TICKETS early!
People start arriving, gathering
17:45 to 18:15
Film programme start
20:30 until Late
The Orange Tree informal drinks
* These are approximate timings and may vary.
“UNMISSABLE!” Tickets still available (online only, not at the Odeon) but they are now going FAST → BUY NOW
This video shot some days ago sets the scene!
What a few weeks! The crowdfunding campaign was launched and got off to an excellent start with people buying perks and donating. We soon reached 50%, but then it slowed as we boarded the aircraft for Cannes to promote this film and others. The amount of social media bashing and effort required was huge, but right up to the end of the campaign, individuals and companies (see Official Sponsors) rallied to secure the World Premiere in Loughborough, September 2018.
This film project has been quite a story, with key people from the outset showing their kind, unrelenting support throughout the battles – we have taken note!
We were lucky enough to meet up with Travel Blogger Maureen who snapped up the much-coveted Tiger Slippers perk pretty much as the site went live!
Big thanks to Maureen who has been a stalwart supporter of the project. She appears in Agent Kelly (voice) and we’re looking forward to working with her on our next film.
While we’re on the subject of Tiger Slippers, it was brought to our attention that Daniel Radcliffe was papped on a film shoot in New Zealand recently. Have a look at the image below… funny guy, tiger slippers, guns… and apparently into gaming. Well, there’s a coincidence!
This is indeed interesting, but whatever the upshot, Jake was first: we had the script and even a trailer long before Radcliffe’s film was even on the radar. Let’s see how it all unfolds 🙂 🙂
Finally, do check out the John and Heidi radio show (USA) featuring Mia Mills (Mia’s #MovieStarMonday interview kicks in at around 0:14:20). Mia is a great acting talent and has been a massive supporter from the outset, so well worth checking out this insight.
Thank you for your support!
An Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign has been launched to get Do Something, Jake onto the BIG SCREEN.
Help us to raise £2,000 GBP for a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) and BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) certificate so that we can hold the UK Premiere (September 2018 – Loughborough, UK) and subsequent screenings in the UK and worldwide.
Click the CAMPAIGN LINK for full details of all the perks available and ways to support this unique no-budget feature film.
Thank you for your support!
Why Extreme? Well, this is a feature film project shot in multiple locations (Leicestershire) with large cast, in 21 days, with no money or subsidy of any kind – nada, zilch. That’s what we did with Do Something, Jake and here are some insights in a series of blogs from the director and production team.
At time of writing, the film is nearing completion.
People and Gear
How do you source people and equipment when there is no production budget? In the case of Do Something, Jake this was through local contacts in Loughborough (UK), spreading the word, and a bit of luck. When we put the word out, many university graduates looking for experience approached us. Also local businesses, individuals, and a charity contacted us to help out. It seemed the story’s premise and the opportunity to work on a full-length feature film captured people’s imaginations.
None of the equipment was hired, so it was a matter of pooling together camera, lights, and grip gear that the crew owned. Fortunately, filmmaker, Tom Wallbanks, was able to loan a set of good quality lenses. Some of these were quite old and, unlike modern lenses, did not have full automatic functions. So, it was a matter of adapting our working methods to accommodate whichever lens we were using at the time. Despite the unconventional gear, the nature of these lenses, together with the autumnal light in November, seemed to deliver a certain ‘warm’ look to the film.
The crew gelled immediately. We seemed to find a balance between taking enough time to achieve a quality result and moving on quickly (essential when working on the street or in working environments such as restaurants, offices, etc.) Some people were not available throughout the entire shoot and so crew (and sometime cast members) would have to take other roles. For example makeup artist, Rachel Goodger, was invaluable as a runner and clapper loader when crew members were absent or busy with other tasks. Nathan Ifill also took on many roles from boom operator to clapper loader and runner. Rachel and Nathan are just two people from many cast and crew members who offered their time and skills to make the film happen.
The Director-DoP (Director of Photography) relationship is a vital and often fractious one, since the collaboration involves many subjective and technical decisions based on countless factors.
Furthermore, with our no-budget project, we had little or no time to prepare and scope out locations, and not all of the camera department were available for the entire shoot. Thus, the film is credited with three cinematographers: Jonathan Hawes, Josh Penlington, and me on the main film, plus Nick Williams for our short film A Real Peach (this was shot to provide additional black-and-white footage that the character of Jake watches on television in his apartment).
Adding to our workload, we did not have a full team in other departments, and so Jonathan, Nick, and Josh were required to set up the lights, operate cameras and focussing, help out with production design, and a host of other tasks.
Despite these challenges, we found a way of working to best use our individual skills. Importantly, we worked swiftly enough to complete the film within three weeks without any major technical hiccups.
In clip #5 below, Peter Pizzeria in Loughborough kindly loaned the use of their premises for a few hours. It’s starting to rain and a local building site is firing up, so we’re working as quickly as possible and dealing with problems as they arise. Jonathan is operating the camera, I am directing, and Josh is clapper loader. We need to sync the visuals and sound in two different positions: with Simon Crudgington in the foreground and with actors Tom Loone and Domenic Tiberius Russo in the distance. The sound crew are hiding in the container, to which Josh runs to get an audio sync mark.
In clip #6 below, Josh and actor, Jamie Alderson, struggle to keep the rain off themselves and the clapperboard. I try to move things on as quickly as possible as traffic hurtles close by.
In clip #7 below, US actor, Ed Bergtold, is required to deliver his lines opposite Sue Moore. He warms up to give the impression that he’s just run up the stairs, whilst the rest of us try to position the microphone, adjust the lighting, and camera position. We’re in a rush, as this is a large private property with residents coming-and-going, and we do not wish to outstay our welcome!
And then there was post-production, a phase that makes – and often breaks – a film. Those traumas will be exposed in the next blog post… coming soon!
James Smith, writer-director