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Night Lights Short Film

A light can be found even in the darkest of places...

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This project received pledges on Mon 09 Jan 2017

Night Lights tells the story of a terminally ill boy confined to the four walls of his bedroom. The only escape he has is hearing the stories told to him by his mother. Until one night, searching for a favourite toy leads to the discovery of a hidden void underneath his bed, a void that leads to another world. Alex has to make a choice. Does he choose to stay in the world with his mother, or does he choose to venture into the new one without knowing what it could hold? Night Lights is a fantastical tale that will be told by an incredible cast & crew, about understanding mortality and how a light can be found even in the darkest of places.

We need your help to raise this money and bring our film to life.

Meet The Team...

We are a group of third year Film and Television Production students at the University of York. In October this year we got together with the shared aim of producing a stunning and fantastical short film. We want to showcase the skills we have developed on our course; skills that have already allowed us to create films that have been screened at film festivals in the UK and around the world, picking up awards along the way. Our aim is to tell Alex's story by creating another piece of exceptional work.

Producer: Suzanne Pearson Director: Joseph Driscoll

Writer: Jay-Jay Luckman Assistant Director: Hannah Hook

Director of Photography: Jonny Boomer                Sound Designer: Alex Bowen

Production Designer: Tahnee Coleman                  Editor: Rebecca Howard

How Your Money Will Be Spent:

We will be spending your money wisely and that is why most of our budget will be spent on location, props and set design in order to create a visually immersive film that supports our compelling story. As we are a student production, we are not permitted to pay any actors so therefore we aim to cover all their travel, accommodation and food expenses as we don't want them to go out of pocket. We also need to keep a little money aside, as with any film, we may encounter some bumps along the road, and will use this for (hopefully few) mishaps.

Find Us Here

To follow the progress of the Night Lights team, and to see how your donation is helping us create the film, please check out our social media pages:

We will be posting regular updates to keep you in the loop with our progress.

Please Help Us Bring Night Lights To Life...

We realise how challenging this story is going to be and that is why we need your help. Any donation you are able to provide will be appreciated, no matter how small or large! Whether it’s donating the cost of your regular cup of coffee or coming to one of our fundraising events, whether it’s sharing our Facebook page or liking us on Instagram – to quote Tesco – every little helps! Donating also means that you too can be a part of this incredible project in making it happen. We are very passionate to start creating this project and we want you to be a part of it. So please donate now on our YuStart page, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

Start donating now and start reaping the rewards, we have a lot to offer from shout outs to a digital download of the film, and there may even be a chance of a handcrafted wooden horse!

A big thank you from all the Night Lights Team!

Suzanne, Joe, Jay-Jay, Hannah, Jonny, Alex, Tahnee & Rebecca.

6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi everyone! Hope your new year has had a great start!

The Night Lights team want to send out a massive thank you to everyone who has helped donate towards our project, it means so much to us. This film could not be made without you. We really appreciate all the support!

All your money will be spent wisely and we are so grateful to have this much backing and help on our final year project.

We look forward to sending everyone a final finished film later on this year and hope you enjoy watching it as much as we are enjoying making it and learning from this experience. We would also like to thank everyone who helped spread the word about our crowd funding page on social media and in person too, it really helps, thank you!

Lots of love from the Night Lights Team,

Hannah, Suzanne, Joe, Jonny, Jay-Jay, Rebecca,Tahnee, Alex.

6 months, 4 weeks ago

We are so incredibly thankful and appreciative to everybody out there that helped us to achieve our target of 1,300 pounds!

Whether you have donated, liked, shared or talked about our film to someone else, you have helped us a lot and we can't begin to say thank you enough!

Any extra money coming in now will help us achieve that little bit more so keep spreading the word.

The Night Lights Team can't wait to get back to York and hit the ground running with locations, props, actors, sound design, lighting & cameras. We are excited to get into production and hope that you guys will love the finish product as much as we are enjoying the process of making it.

Happy New Years Eve from all the Night Lights Crew!

Suzanne, Hannah, Tahnee, Rebecca, Jay-Jay, Joe, Alex & Jonny.

7 months ago

The Night Lights Team are in shock right now. We’ve reached our minimum target!

We feel so thankful for all the people in our lives who have helped share our link, spread our film around all social media platforms and most importantly we feel so thankful for all those who have donated. It’s amazing to see that so many people want to support us in making our third year film and I can’t begin to explain how your money helps us, not only in this module but for our future careers too.

We appreciate every single penny donated to us and are so grateful to feel so supported in this project and that’s thanks to you guys. We are flabbergasted by your generosity!

However, we haven’t reached our full potential yet, so keep on sharing, donating and liking when you can and see if we can pass our maximum target too!

Lots of love from all members of the Night Lights Team.

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YuFund matchfunded £100

Alexander Martyn

generated 228 clicks and caused 5 donations totalling £375.00

Joseph Driscoll

generated 152 clicks and caused 6 donations totalling £245.00

Suzanne Pearson

generated 194 clicks and caused 4 donations totalling £113.00

Jonny Boomer

generated 136 clicks, donated, and caused 6 donations totalling £105.00

Rebecca Howard

generated 28 clicks and caused 2 donations totalling £75.00

Hannah Hook

generated 119 clicks and caused 2 donations totalling £50.00

Fraser McHale

donated and caused 1 donation of £20.00

Siena Ramsey

caused 1 donation of £10.00

Martyn Bowen

generated 55 clicks

Reena Akhtar Staves

generated 39 clicks and donated £20.00

Angela Robson

generated 34 clicks and donated

Kym Kitching

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Nicky Smith

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James Kapur

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Chris Boomer

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James Howard

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George Russell

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donated £25.00

Rebekah Wood

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Antonio Agnello

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donated £20.00

Zoë Hook

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Ben Mason

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Abigail Sykes

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Emma Boomer

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donated £10.00

Jack Ives

donated £5.00

Storm Smith


Gill Bowen


Phoebe Knowles


Matt Swift


Steph Pearson


Ruwa Mandishona




Dana Tredway


Louise Hegarty


Matt Neiland


Ben Pearson


Lauren Bell

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Sarah Westby

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5 anonymous donations totalling £170.50