From the mind of writer Rene Le Bas Josie is a short
drama exploring grief, blame and acceptance of the things we
can't control. A grief-stricken woman starts receiving texts from
her recently deceased daughter's phone number. She tries to find
the culprit, all the while battling with a small paranoid voice in
the back of her head that wonders if it is actually her daughter
after all. The film comes from a creative team who have all
faced grief in their lives and take care in telling stories that
explore the journey that loss can take a person on and how they
have learned from it.
Ocean Beach Pictures have recently received a grant of $3000.00
from the Emerging Artists Trust to help kickstart this small budget
short. They are looking to raise more funds to use to ensure a
higher quality of production equipment from their last short and to
help pay their talented cast and crew at least a small Koha for
their time. Coming from a background of freelance filmmaking we
understand the importance of valuing the time people are giving up
to help see this film be made.
Joel and Lachlan have been working together as filmmakers since
highschool. Their passion for pursuing film as a career lead them
to the New Zealand Film School in wellington where in they met
fellow filmmaker Maggie. Since leaving film school these three have
worked independently in their chosen fields of the industry as well
as having produced their first zero budget short Remains in
December of 2018. Their combined experience covers a wide range of
departments making them an efficient, tightly bound team. The team
all work collaboratively on directorial, creative and production
aspects of the filmmaking. Their range of skills also means that
in-house post production is possible.
Shane Rangi, (Remains, Mortal Engines, Spartacus) and Tanea Heke,
(Waru, Eagle vs Shark, Woman in Blue) are on board as our talent to
play the mother and father in this story. Within our production
team we have worked with both of these wonderfully talented actors
and look forward to having them involved in this film.
Maggie is a freelance filmmaker living in Wellington, New Zealand.
Her experience includes working in the production, costume, art
& continuity departments. She has recently worked on the
feature films 'Coming Home in the Dark' & 'Lowdown Dirty
Criminals', television shows 'Savage Builds' & 'What Now' and
the theatrical experience 'Second Unit'. As well as crew work,
Maggie co-produced Ocean Beach Picture's first short, and is
developing her own directorial projects with the team.
Joel Strawbridge is a cinematographer, and lighting/camera
assist working in Wellington. Since graduating Film School at the
end of 2017 he's been working as lighting/camera crew on feature
films, shorts, and music videos, as well as shooting corporate
videos and producing short films with the team at Ocean Beach
Lachlan works primarily in sound engineering having worked as an
on-set recordist as well as post sound designer on a number of
projects (Web Series, Short Film, Documentary) including but not
limited to Tragicomic Web Series, Upstream and Water Baby (loading
docs). Lachlan has recently begun his foray into producing with his
first official short Remains being released at the beginning of
Where the funds are going
Currently we are extremely grateful to have funding support from
the Emerging Artists' Trust of $3,000.00 which is to go toward the
bulk production costs and hire costs of preproduction and
production. They have kindly agreed to put forward $500.00 of that
grant as a match donor. We are looking for a further $2000.00 to go
toward paying our cast, crew and writer a koha and improving the
quality of camera, lighting and sound equipment.
Our reach goal of $4,500.00 would go toward supporting the post
production process, improving the quality and speed of editing,
sound design and colour grading through ability to provide them
with a budget. We plan to use any remaining funds on the
publication of the films release and submission of the film to
Where will you be able to see the film
At the moment we are looking to release this film in a similar
fashion to our groups' last film Remains. An initial private
release on vimeo for our kind donors followed by a public release.
However, should we make up to our reach goal our team will look to
submit to a number of major New Zealand festivals hoping to let
that be our official public release.
to view our first short film Remains