Pre Retro

An ambitious sci-fi rom-com short

  • £1,692

    pledged of £2,500

    • 45


    • 0


This project received pledges on Tue 20 Dec 2016

We are raising funds to produce PRE RETRO, a 20 - 25 minute short film for our final year project at The University of the West of England - currently in pre-production, it will be finished by June 2017. The film is a romantic science fiction comedy about a relationship, and how relationships can be ripped apart by our own stupid projections into the future.

In the film we follow two central characters, Sadie and Luke, a relatively new couple in their twenties who’ve fallen head over heels for each other. But, when they come into possession of a virtual reality headset that can allegedly show its users the future, their love begins to unravel - with DEADLY consequences.

Let me just explain how the headset works: by using some incredibly sciencey technology, it reads each user’s brain and shows them what their future might be, based on their current state of mind. So, while Luke’s headset vision shows the future of their relationship ending with JOY and FLOWERS and MARRIAGE, Sadie’s vision takes a slightly darker turn… Using the headset, Sadie witnesses Luke’s DEATH at the hand of a nameless, gun-toting stranger.

As Sadie and Luke’s headset visions begin to put a strain on their relationship, leading to accusations, jealousy, and arguments, Sadie’s violent vision of the stranger becomes more, and more intense - until, finally, the visions seem to spill over into REALITY. In a heart-stopping climax, Sadie realises that she might be the only person who can save Luke’s life! Who is this stranger? Can Sadie stop him? And will Sadie and Luke live happily ever after?

All of these questions and more will be answered next year in PRE RETRO - but first, we need your help. Though we have an incredibly talented team of filmmakers behind the project, and UWE’s resources, we still need to raise funds enough to pay our actors, and for transport, costumes, props, and locations. Any donation that you can make today will get us that much closer to realising a finished film that really stands out - and, on top of helping us to bring this film to your screen, we have a cracking selection of rewards in return for your donations!


PRE RETRO is a project that has been in the making for years, originally conceived as a zero budget 5 minute short film. It was inspired by modern relationships often ruined by lovers eager to know how their lives would pan out together - and, now that virtual reality headsets have finally become consumer products, it felt like the perfect way to explore this idea; a VR headset that can see into the ‘future’.

As we developed the project, more and more ideas started to grow - one of the most important being the creation of a totalitarian dating agency named Qupid , the company responsible for the VR headset in the film. For our second year final project at UWE, we built a multi-platform story about Qupid, taking shape as a ‘zine, pop-up events across Bristol, a live Qupid speed dating event involving members of the public, and some short Qupid -related films:

PRE RETRO covers several genres, from science fiction thriller, to romantic comedy musical, including original songs by Ross Graham, and with a heap of different visual styles - from slick action sequences and sitcom scenes, to animation and classic Hollywood musical - it will have something for everyone.

As a University project, it is incredibly ambitious. But, the producers’ eventual aim is to enter PRE RETRO into film festivals next year and use it to secure funding for their next, even bigger project…


Potentially, we could spend far less on this film and still come out with a finished product - we could find actors who will work for free, film everything in our friends’ houses, and eat nothing but bread sandwiches throughout the entire production. But, of course, the final product’s quality would be much, much lower.

And simply the cost of paying professional actors is a pricey business - shooting for seven full 10 hour days with just two actors could cost us upwards of £700, a cost that escalates quickly when you consider that we will be employing SEVEN professional actors. And this is without including the price of proper locations, costumes, transport for all of the cast and crew, and decent daily meals for around 15 people every day.

But, what do you get in return? Well, first of all, we have a host of cool rewards on this page that you will receive for donating towards this project - you could appear in the film yourself as an extra, or receive a personalised, hand-made scrapbook from the film production, or enjoy the Executive Producer experience with dinner, a few bottles of bubbly and a film screening of your choice with up to 30 friends and an ‘Executive Producer’ credit on the film.

On top of all of that, as the producers of PRE RETRO move on to create even more ambitious projects in the years to come, you’ll know that you were there right at the beginning, giving them a hand to make the film that started it all. And if you have any questions about the film or the rewards we're offering, do leave a comment on this page - we'd love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading, and maybe we'll catch you at the premiere!

Ross Graham

Writer and Director of PRE RETRO



A big thank you to everyone who joined in with our small event at the Millennium Square Christmas Fair! We have some fabulous photos for you at the following link:

If you fancy sponsoring the film we're producing, take a look at the crowdfunding video above - we've got a heap of super rewards on offer for your donations.

Thanks again for having a laugh with us, and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Ross and Edith x


7 months, 3 weeks ago

Whaddup Pre Retro team!

Hello to our new sponsors - thank you so much for your support, and welcome to the cool gang. We are now 10 quid away from hitting £900! If there's anyone you know who might be interested in Pre Retro, maybe give 'em a nudge and see if they want to take us into the wonderful world of £900+. Perhaps employ a cheeky grin. Everyone loves a cheeky grin.

In other, more festive Pre Retro news, we now have an Etsy store where you can buy a range of beautiful anti-Christmas gifts for your loved (or unloved) ones. 

A popular Christmas card example:


Go and have a little peep at what else we're offering here:

And, as always, tell your friends! There's a little bit of festive sneer in all of us, right? Anyway, I hope you're all doing well, and I'll be back with more IMPORTANT BREAKING NEWS soon.

Slowly but surely, we're getting there!


7 months, 3 weeks ago


Hello Pre Retro team,

Thank you to our new sponsors! You're all rather fabulous. We're on the other side of £700 now, and fast approaching our £1,000 base line target. You are all SUPER, and we can't wait to get handing out your rewards.

With our base line target, we'll be able to pay for actors and meals, but to afford transport for all of our crew and equipment, costumes, and props, we're aiming for at least £2,000. And, with 21 days left, we can TOTALLY do it.

Something you can quickly do that will make all the difference is share this link - - on Facebook or Twitter. Or, maybe if you're kind of old school, just tell 5 friends in actual, real life!

Thanks again, people. Your help is muchas appréciated. (Yeah, I speak Spanish).


8 months ago

Dear Pre Retro team,

Wowzers trousers. Our crowdfunder is about to hit £600. I am SUPER grateful to anyone who's donated, or shared our page. Blown away. As it is, we are only sharing the crowdfunder with friends and family. On Monday we'll be rolling out our full launch, where we'll be contacting all of the people of the internet, and these early donations from you peeps will hugely influence their interest. So, thank you. But, there's still a long way to go - if you've got a minute, you'd make us all proper chuffed by sharing this page on your Facebooks or Twitters :)

Also, earlier this year we released two short films introducing the world to Qupid, the totalitarian dating agency that feature in Pre Retro. You can have a little peek at these videos and find out what Qupid are capable of by clicking here.

And yes, Sandra & Gary will feature in Pre Retro - the question is, what's happened to them since the last time we saw them...?


8 months ago

Hey Pre Retro folks!

WELL - We've just hit the £400 mark, and in under 24 hours. WOW. And our Executive Producer Experience reward has already been snapped up! Thank you all SO much!!! There's still plenty more rewards on offer; let your friends know what we're up to simply by sharing our crowdfunding video here: (G'WAAAN).

Thanks again, everyone - you've got us off to an AMAZING start!

RG x

Only project creators and their sponsors can post comments.

No comments have been posted yet.

Ben Gwalchmai

generated 32 clicks and donated £10.00


generated 29 clicks and donated £250.00

Joyce Robertson

donated £150.00


donated £100.00

Shona Graham

donated £50.00


donated £50.00

Fiona Graham

donated £30.00

Andrew Pawson

donated £25.00

Kate Esmer

donated £20.00

Simon Ellard

donated £15.00

Ell Gra

donated £10.00

Abby Davies

donated £10.00


donated £10.00


donated £10.00


donated £10.00

Sara Jeffery

donated £10.00

Stephen Williams

donated £10.00


donated £5.00

Petra Lewis

donated £5.00

Zoe Wake

donated £5.00

Patrick Rule


Sally Stone


Mei-An Hoe


Rachel Shelley


Jamie Young


10 anonymous donations totalling £412.00