EMERGENCY CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
WILBUR HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR LIFE CHANGING SURGERY ON
WE ARE DOING A QUICK CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN TO ENABLE US
TO FILM THIS CRUCIAL EVENT FOR OUR FEATURE
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Wilbur Force the Feature Film
Based on last year's Loading Docs
short, Wilbur Force the Feature Film will expand the story of
William McDougall in his quest to overcome his demons and be reborn
as a changed man, a new wrestler.
In early May Will will have 80% of his stomach removed. A
dangerous procedure, limiting the amount of food he can eat to one
tablespoon at a time. Through a combination of intimate diary cams,
personal observational footage, re-creations of key events in
Will's life, as well as wrestling-inspired vingettes that distill
his conflict into cinematic climaxes, the documentary will explore
whether Will can really change his life forever and whether or not
he can find a new wrestling persona that has the strength to defeat
his previous alter ego... Wilbur Force.
The story so far
Last year we made a documentary short called Wilbur Force. It was
funded by Loading Docs (NZ on
Air / New Zealand Film Commission) the Dunedin City Council and
YOU, you good looking bastard!
The film did pretty well. It premiered at the New Zealand
International Film Festival, got covered by
Huffington Post, CNN's Great Big
Story and Short
of the Week, has more than 230,000 views online and most
importantly, it did actually get Will off his ass.
"We loved how much you fitted into the film, how many ways
into the subject you gave the viewer. Like many of the films, you
left us wanting more, but not because you didn't deliver - but
rather because you did!" Paul from Short of the Week
Wilbur is risking his life
Getting his life back on track, Will applied for a gastric
banding surgery late last year which is a procedure that basically
straps half a condom around Will's intestine, making it impossible
to eat more than two table spoons of food at any time. The
operation has risks as Will has to go fully under. Plus it happens
On the 21st of April we found out that the surgery has been
granted and that Wilbur will go under… on the 11th of May.
While great news for Will its a stress for us, we need to film
in just over two weeks and thats why we need your help.
We need to raise $7000 to cover the costs of our crew filming
Wilbur at the hospital, the events leading up to it as well as the
immediate aftermath. This is a crucial part of our film as it marks
the beginning of Will's transformation outside as well as inside
Anything raised above the goal will go straight to more filming
for the film and post production. This is a passion project,
designed for us to slowly kill ourselves through maximum work
overload - and we love it!
Not only would you be an active part in making a film happen,
you would help everyone involved take their career to the next
level. We would love for you to be a part of this feature
I love Wilbur, but who else is involved?
Writer, Director: J.Ollie Lucks has a striking
visual aesthetic, and a strong belief that the filmmaking process
can be transformative. His work often plays with documentary
conventions, challenging the line between fact and fiction. Ollie's
2014 documentary short The Characteristics of C-Minor, made for the
BBC, has been screened and won awards at 20 international film
festivals. His 2015 documentary Wilbur Force premiered at the New
Zealand International Film Festival and was viewed more than
230,000 times online.
Producer: Julia Parnell is an Auckland-based producer who
is overseeing the production. Julia co-founded Loading Docs, a
short film initiative for which the 2015 Wilbur Force short was
made. Because of our successful collaboration, Julia and I have
decided to team up again and continue to tell the story of Wilbur
Force. Her recent short film Dive won the Show me Shorts
competition and was eligible to compete in the 2016 Academy
Co-Writer: Paul Stephanus has written and
produced 6 plays to acclaim. He has co-written 5 short movies -
among these are Brains!, NZ 48hour Film Festival 2012 national
champion; and Rubble, 2014 national runner up in the same festival.
He was also a staff writer on the History Channel documentary
series The World From Above. He is the co-writer and producer of
the television series, Milton the Monster Hunter, the first episode
of which is currently in post-production. On top of this he writes
short stories, novels, poetry and songs, which can all be found on
We are planning to secure vital crew and equipment to film in the
time around the operation. This includes:
- Director of photography / camera gear - $2,600.00
- Sound / sound gear - $2,000.00
- Travel (Flights) - $900.00
- Accomodation - $650.00
- Petrol / Milage - $300.00
- Additional Equipment - $200.00
- Incidentals - $350.00
If we shoot past our goal of $7000.00 we will be putting that
money straight into more shooting and the post production
What is our aim with the film?
The creation of last years' short documentary proved to us that
film can have considerable impact not just on an audience but also
on the talent in front of the camera. Thanks to the lime-light that
Will found himself in, he blossomed. He became active, happy and
started to wrestle again. He found a job and got rid of his debts.
He applied for a gastric sleeve operation and with it is seeing his
personal transformation through.
Through watching Wilbur Force we want audiences to be reminded
of the value to hold on to ones best self. To go the hard way, to
self improve. We all know what it is like to go off the rails and
feel guilty for it. We think film can be a medium for intimate
change, when translated into a captivating story with engaging
Thank you for your support!!