British teens get celebrity help to produce their first feature film
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 is www.buyacredit.com, 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.