Eagle-eyed followers of my blog will remember a few months ago I posted a Q&A with Surrey-based filmmaker Gary Thomas about his career and autobiographical project, and you should check that out here for a fascinating insight.
Today I want to share with you Gary’s latest project in the realm of short film and why you should consider backing it!
Gary is working with his long-time collaborative partner Mark Lever to make this summer an ambitious and unusual new film called Extra Time – about a time-travelling football player who tries meddling with the mists of time to save his teammates from an untimely end.
I’m excited about this project for a number of good reasons. It’s a step outside both Gary and Mark’s comfort zone as filmmakers and will present some intriguing but also enlightening challenges that will make a valuable experience with which to develop their careers. The script is ambitious and entertaining with an original premise, plus the team have already got some sci-fi stars on board in the way of Charlie Ross (from the Doctor Who audio plays) and Louise Jameson (companion to Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor in the 1970s) to make Extra Time stand out as a truly galactic endeavour.
Gary and Mark are also pushing their boundaries to a new form of fundraising in the form of an Indiegogo campaign. This is another new step for both Gary and Mark and I feel it’s a further democratisation of the arts and they can benefit hugely from it.
At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be telling you this if I didn’t think Extra Time had the great potential to be a cracking little independent film. It takes a lot for me to back things financially but I do think Extra Time has a great potential to utilise Indiegogo to great effect to further the careers of two very talented filmmakers but also to make a really entertaining product with some great production values.
Gary especially has form for making really successful and innovative short films – his great split-screen film The Dog and the Palace won a distinction for it’s connection to the 2012 Olympic Games and was a great example of innovative filmmaking with great production values for a small budget!
Your donation could make the difference between Extra Time looking like naff 80s Doctor Who or Pacific Rim. Have a look at the campaign page, watch the pitch video and hopefully give the guys a hand in their new film!