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