Crowd-funding, whereby fans of a project that want to see it made, each contribute an amount of money in return for a “perk”, has been hugely successful across a range of projects in recent years.
The makers of 24weekers, a UK-based movie, inspired by an astonishing life-changing experience, are launching a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter on 31st October, to finance the making of the movie. And for as little as £1 supporters of the project can help “kick start” 24weekers on the road to success…
This incredible true story is about a group of mothers and their babies plunged into the frightening and strange world of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). It is rarely told on the big screen, and the makers believe the impact of the film upon its worldwide audience is set to be significant.
Writer/Director Alan Entwistle wrote the script following the birth of his son, Jack, in 2005. Jack was born 16 weeks too early and was given only a 40% chance of survival, being just the size of a man’s hand.
““As a father, to hear your child only has a 40per cent chance of survival is a horrific experience. I’d made a number of short films before and having experienced something as amazing as we did, I decided it would be a great idea for a film.”
Following the release of the promotional trailer (http://www.youtube.com/
Whilst the producers initially looked at financing the feature-length movie using the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), they were persuaded of the merits of crowd-funding by the Full Monty actor Steve Huison (http://www.imdb.com/
Steve commented, "I'm pleased to be attached to such an innovative and exciting project such as this, exploring an issue that's never been dealt with on film and working with such boundless and enthusiastic film makers whose true objective is to get this important story out".
Members of the public who want to support the movie can make pledges of anything from £1 upwards and in return will receive one of a variety of rewards such as a copy of the ebook 24weekers The Story, T-shirts, limited edition photo stills and even opportunities to appear in the film itself!
Alan Entwistle said, “When we found out Kickstarter was opening its doors to UK projects in October, we felt the timing was perfect. Kickstarter has proved to be hugely successful in America and has launched some amazing and innovative projects. We hope to be one of the first successful UK feature movies to use Kickstarter – and are really excited about what the future holds for 24weekers.”
24weekers will go into production early in 2013.
The campaign will launch officially at 10.00am UK time, on Wednesday 31st October, on www.kickstarter.com and a five-day countdown to the launch will commence on the 24weekers website and social media pages on 26th October.
A preview of the campaign can be seen using the following link: