Sorry for the gap, I do intend these posts to be more regular. First it was the whole ordeal of getting the little one back into a routine after the Easter hols, and then I’ve been busy sorting out our new blog home…hope you like it – ‘mummakesafilm’ just seemed like the right name. I find the technical side to blogging a little tricky, and so I’m learning on the job and that takes a little time.
Anyway, today I’ve been thinking about what we’re trying to do with this project. Those of you not accustomed to the world of short films, may be wondering why we are going to so much trouble to make one. They don’t make any money, yet take so much work, and I mean, so much work.
What is it we’re asking you to support and why?
So first, there’s the personal, and probably obvious, response: short films are a great way of churning out ideas and getting down to the business of writing and filmmaking in portions that are achievable – and of course we want to make our way through the difficult and changeable world of the British film business.
You make short films to hone and showcase the talented stuff you believe you’re made of…
But is that all that this project is?
I like to think that we are playing our part in a bigger picture. “The Swimmer” is a fun piece that celebrates the lovely world of swimming and lidos and is providing us with the opportunity to get many people involved, and build our own community of supporters.
It’s been a difficult few years in the business and the axe wielding and budget cutting probably hasn’t finished yet. But, at the same time, there are more people making shorts than ever and more places to showcase them, thanks to the internet. You don’t have to be well connected and rich to get your work noticed, you have to be good – and online.
I’m a romantic, I love the power to the people aspect of all this, and I love being part of it. The best community spirit always comes out when times are harder and there’s a battle to be won, and that’s what’s happening with ‘crunch-funding’ (sorry – buzz word alert!). It allows us not only to realise, but to have ownership of our work.
There’s a lot of this going on and it gives hope and a voice to emerging talent up and down the country. The struggling artist gets the funding and support they need and the contributors get an opportunity to be part of something that may be new to them, an insight into a different field, such as supporting a new band, part owning a bar…or of course supporting a film and learning more about what goes on behind the scenes.
So, what are you waiting for – go on and get involved! Donate here.
We’re only asking for £3, (roughly, the price of a swim) but of course are happy to accept more – the more you donate, the higher up the credit list you get!