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The highly anticipated debut short film from award-winning music video director Jesse Taylor Smith. 

THE PROJECT

Siblings from a colonial New Zealand household discover one snowy night that they are orphans. They are haunted by the ghost of their abusive Father and grieve his death in devastatingly different ways. The film sends powerful social message about family violence: Intolerance hurts everyone and haunts everyone. Behold The Ghost will be an eerie and mystical work of expressionist cinema, a small voice in a big movement and the team behind the film are motivated to ensure it leaves a lingering impression.

THE PEOPLE

Writer/Director Jesse Taylor Smith will be supported by iconic cinematographer Alun Bollinger MNZM, films shot by Bollinger include Heavenly Creatures, Vigil and Goodbye Pork Pie. The films score will be written and performed by celebrated composer Grayson Gilmour, winner of 'Best Score' at the 2012 NZ Film Awards and 'Best Original Music' at the APRA Silver Scrolls. Organising the ambitious production will be the NZFC appointed Producer and Production Manager David Goldthorpe, a long time theatre and event producer and sought after locations scout and manager for features and television.

THE PLAN

The production has already garnered financial support from the New Zealand Film Commission based on the quality and vision of the script. Jesse began working on the screenplay after his nomination and placing at the Berlin Music Video Awards. After a marathon two years of development the script has garnered critical praise and the endorsement of major players in the industry.

"Quite rarely, a film project leaps out for the sheer brilliance of its vision. Jesse Taylor Smith's 'Behold the Ghost' is such a project. It brings together so much - an unnerving story, a vital subject, and a unique but informed visual imagination. This will be at once a very Kiwi film and a universal tragedy. The extraordinary team that has assembled here assures something powerful is coming."

Anne Kennedy, Award-winning, novelist, poet and screenwriter

THE PROGRESS

We have secured most of the film's budget through the New Zealand Film Commission's Fresh Shorts scheme. We have also attracted some amazingly generous support from Avalon Studios and Red Rocket Rentals. All of the attached key creatives including Alun and Grayson have agreed to work on the production pro bono because they believe in the film's message and vision. The support from the Film Commission means we will be able to make the film but we need to make the most of it to realise the full potential of this amazing opportunity. This is where the Boosted campaign comes in.

YOUR PARTICIPATION

We would like to invite you to participate in helping us make this unique and exciting film. We are almost over the line but are running a 21-day donation-based campaign to raise $8,000 to complete the budget. Boosted is an all-or-nothing platform, if we don't reach the target in 21 days we don't receive a single cent. Please help us reach this final goal before principle photography starts in August. All donations mammoth or minimal are hugely appreciated.

UPDATES

  • That's a Wrap!

    3 MONTHS AGO

    28 cast and crew, 40 hours of filming, 6 kilos of coffee, 2 cubic metres of snow, 3 hours of footage... and we're done!

    Thanks to our talented and committed cast and crew for all of your hard work and a huge thanks to everyone who donated to the Boosted Campaign to get us there. Now we head into post production, we'll be in touch again with an update when we're through the editing process. 

    Here's a few shots to give you a taste of the shoot. 

    Cheers!

    David and Jesse

    That's a Wrap!
  • WE MADE IT - THANK YOU ALL !

    3 MONTHS AGO

    Thanks to all of you for your support and donations. We've been so humbled by the support for this film and for us as film makers.

    Today Jesse and AlBol finished working through the shot list, Debbie and Jen are cracking through the giant tree build, Gaby and Sally have locked in most of the costumes and tomorrow we start building the house!

    We couldn't have done it without you all. 

    Now let's go make a movie!

    Talk soon, 

    David

     

    WE MADE IT  -  THANK YOU ALL !
  • Cast and Crew Update

    3 MONTHS AGO

    We're super happy to announce our confirmed cast! Ian Blackburn as Henry, Gabriel Parkin as Benjamin, Sophie Fulton as Minnie with Jason Whyte as Father. Huge thanks to our fantastic casting directors Liz Mullane and Rachel Bullock for helping us to find them.

    We're incredibly lucky to have assembled a committed crew including:

    Steven Saunders as Supervising Art Director
    Debbie Fish as Art Director with assistance from Jen Eccles
    Matthew Wilson and Lauren Squire as Sound Designers
    Elisa Keeler as Ghost Costume Designer
    Gaby Stevenson as Costume Designer with assistance from Sally Gray
    Allan Henry as Movement Coach
    Andreas Mahn on Camera with assistance from Sevrin Noakes
    Callum Thomas as Data Wrangler and Making of Videographer
    Rebecca McMillan as Stills Photographer
    Andy Fergusson as Gaffer with assistance from Brendan Tipene and Michelle Cameron
    Thomas Pye as Unit Manager
    and Jessie Grosser has jumped in to help our overloaded Producer. 

    All of these wonderful people are donating their time in order to realise this special script.

    Now we just need to reach our target in order to feed and equip them! Tell your friends, call your aunties, two days to go!

    Thanks,

    David and Jesse

     

    Cast and Crew Update
  • ONE WEEK TO GO!

    3 MONTHS AGO

    Thanks so much for all your support so far!

    We've only got one week to go so please share this page and video with your networks and help get us over the line. 

    Here's Jesse to give you a sneak peak into how it's all coming together.

    Thanks!

    David and Jesse. 

  • JESSE TAYLOR SMITH - WRITER DIRECTOR

    4 MONTHS AGO

    Best known for his music videos, Jesse Taylor Smith has worked as a director on both sides of the Tasman. Since completing a media studies degree at Victoria University in 2010, he has worked with Grayson Gilmour, Ladyhawke and Kimbra. His videos often deliberately evoke a low-fi feel, while displaying his love for the imaginative and surreal. Jesse's debut short 'A Small Film About a Stranger' won the 19-24 age category at the ID360 awards in Wellington. Since then, he has received international attention having work officially selected by the BBC Music Video Festival and winning at the 2015 Berlin Music Video Awards. Jesse currently holds a position at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

    JESSE TAYLOR SMITH - WRITER DIRECTOR