wade shotter & jimena murray

I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled In Furs

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Thanks to everyone who donated to get us this far we're now able to start confirming all the details with our crew and suppliers which is very exciting! The initial funding target of $30K provided us with funds to get through the shoot, contract crew on very special rates and engage suppliers and locations.  Since there's still some time left, we've set a new target of $35K which would help fund the post production process of the film. Thank you!

This is an adaptation of a brilliant short story published by the legendary McSweeney's and written by American writer John Lusk Babbott.

The original story consists of a set of rules cataloguing in great detail the daily routine and demands of an obsessive writer before he will even consider putting pen to paper.

Wade instantly fell in love with the vivid and specific description of his requirements and his aim is to bring that visceral, colourful and definitive world to the screen by weaving these elements into a small narrative lasting no more than 5 minutes.  His connection to the story is pretty simple, he is also extremely obsessive, a slave to routine and is absolutely terrified of producing shitty work. It's taken him 18 years of directing to build up the courage to make his first short, so he thinks this story is a fitting subject.

Tonally, the film exists within the similar realms of the cult films 'Withnail & I', about two unemployed actors in London, and the documentary 'Grey Gardens', which depicts the lives of two aging upper class women living in a derelict mansion.

This is a collaborative effort with a number of supporters already. Wade has teamed up with Jimena Murray as Producer.

The film has been chosen as a match funding pilot by the New Zealand Film Commission after going through the Fresh Shorts funding round. NZFC has generously offered their support in the form of up to NZD $10,000 dollar match fund, the equivalent of a Fresh 10 film. This means anything you donate immediately doubles. Your donation and the Film Commission's means the team could reach up to the total value of NZD $20,000.

They also have the support of their production company FINCH and are building a great crew to make the film. Announcements of key crew will be made in due course.

Much like the writer, Wade's work is very considered and intricate (click here to see some examples), and although this film is by no means ambitious, they need to fully realise the world the writer inhabits to do the story justice (including a shot of planets aligning - not kidding).

Thank you so much for taking the time to check this out and be sure to follow the film's progress on the Facebook page.