Bri­tish teens get celebrity help to pro­duce their first fea­ture film

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY LAURI NEFF

to make a movie of the comic story about two friends who try to get adopted by a wealthy man.

“No mat­ter how pas­sion­ate you are, or how good your film could be, it’s still a mon­u­men­tal strug­gle to get the money to­gether. What could make it harder is if you’re a teenager like Adrian, Toby and Ben who found a for­got­ten Jules Verne novel in the Bri­tish li­brary and they knew in­stantly they wanted to make it into a film,” says Law, speak­ing alone on cam­era with a Sher­lock Holmes sign be­hind him.

De­ter­mined to be­come film­mak­ers, the trio hatched their plan dur­ing their fi­nal year in a Lon­don secondary school. But Stubbs, 18, says they knew they had to find a creative way get fund­ing.

“ We knew we couldn’t just go around to th­ese stu­dios and ask for money be­cause of our age, be­cause we were even younger back then, a year ago,” he says.

“ Well, we did try, didn’t we? We called up. It was, ‘No, no. Sorry.’ And then they hung up,” Bliss, 19, adds.

So, they used the In­ter­net, so­cial net­work­ing and a bit of blus­ter to get their pro­duc­tion off the ground. Many peo­ple have turned to mi­cro-fi­nanc­ing to launch record al­bums or films, em­ploy­ing the In­ter­net as a fundrais­ing tool. But Stubbs, Bliss and Rob­bins found a way to in­volve celebri­ties.

“ We thought about it and thought what could we sell to peo­ple that there are lots of in a film and that’s when cred­its came up,” Stubbs says. “Every­one wants to see their names on the end cred­its of a film.”

The re­sult is­a­, which sells end cred­its for $10 a name. Stubbs, Bliss and Rob­bins, 19, are also sell­ing ad­ver­tis­ing space on the site. The teens, who need US$2 mil­lion, say they have al­ready raised about $150,000.

“Es­sen­tially, you can be a movie pro­ducer and see your name on the end cred­its of a film know­ing that you’ve helped to make it hap­pen,” Law says in the video, which was made avail­able to The As­so­ci­ated Press. “The aim of the project is to pro­vide a win­dow into the world of movies and to show . . . a real-time ‘mak­ing of ’ through the web­site, blogs, YouTube and Twit­ter.”

Larger donors are of­fered set vis­its and even cameo roles.

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