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Pierrot Is Not Laughing - The Grad Film

A tale about facing big changes in life and nostalgia for a vanished world.

Pierrot Is Not Laughing - The Grad Film
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This project received pledges on Thu 25 Apr 2019

Pierrot Is Not Laughing - this is our Graduation Film. 

A short fiction tells the story of Anne, an entertainer, who plays Columbine and her husband Jean who plays Pierrot, a mute clown. Set in the early twentieth century, the couple are having an idyllic picnic in the countryside, which is interrupted by the surreal appearance of a red door in the middle of the field. Gripped by curiosity, Anne goes through the door, in contrast with the terrified Pierrot, who flees. This becomes the turning point of their lives, pushing them into an exploration of their memories, and the realisation of a profound truth.

Who we are

- Patrick Villegas - Director, Co-Writer, Co-Producer.

- Sebastian Atkins - Co-Producer.

- Roman Ibragimov - Co-Producer.

- Laurie Overton - Co-Writer.

- Tom Brown - Director of Photography.

- Joe Moran - Art Director, Sound Designer.

- Sebastião Varela - Editor.

- Alex Valentin - Assistant Director.

- PJ Gray - Sound Recordist

- Savina Suarez - Makeup Artist.

our story

The reason for proposing our idea for the grad film is the message that is conveyed, which is the difficulty of saying goodbye to certain stages of life. We believe it is the right moment to reflect on this. In these times when many of us are going to say goodbye to people and places we love and appreciate, and at the same time, we will be starting to face big changes in our lives in general.

Where will the money go?

  • Actors - this comes down to how many days we film. We will have two main actors who need to be paid - £500 - £700 
  • Art direction - costumes (Pierrot and Columbine / Jean and Anne’s outfits: hats, jackets, scarf, gloves, trousers, dress, shoes), props (fake blood, wicker picnic basket, picnic blanket, cutlery, food, door, location decorations, miniatures, theatre backdrop) - £300 - £500
  • Travel - fares for actors and the crew, transport / fuel (this comes down to what locations we end up having) - £100 - £350
  • Locations - Theatre hall - £200 - £350
  • Food - We must provide food for crew and actors on set. £100

The first £600 we raise will be matched. A £10 donation will mean we receive £20 towards the project until we reach £1200!

If we get extra funding, we are hoping to employ musicians to help make sure the correct soundtrack we have planned will create another dimension to the film. If we do very well, the possibility of creating an orchestral concept becomes more real!

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Help us succeed!

Lack of course funding is a problem for us, so just simply sharing this project could be a huge help! We are obviously aware that not everyone can help support this film financially, but you may know someone who can. Even something as small as £1 will really help! 

  • Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone… in fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly!
  • So please sponsor us and help make this happen!