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The Day of Atonement

A project by: Máté Ternyik



from 12 donors

This project received pledges on Tue 17 Feb 2015
A short film based on "Nincs bocsánat" by István Örkény

why "The day of atonement?"

The Day of Atonement is based on the amazing Hungarian short story "Nincs bocsánat" by István Örkény. It tells the story of how a young man comes to terms with the fact that there are times where it is impossible to amend one's mistakes. After years of neglecting his father, one day he is taken to hospital. The young man attempts to make up for the lost time with his father in the last days of his life, but the damage to their bond is much too severe to be undone in a few short days. When his father dies, our protagonist faces the reality of never being able to make amends.

We have been lucky enough to be granted permission by the owner to the rights to Örkény's works to use the story for our project, and exhibit the film on festivals for the next three years. 

Who are we?

My name is Máté Ternyik, I am the writer, producer, director and director of photography of the film. I have been making films since I was 12, but this is by far the largest project I will have embarked upon. My experience is mainly in the field of cinematography and colour correction, so directing will be a great new adventure for me.

I will be joined by a team of budding film-makers, a brilliant Hungarian assistant director, Attila Molnár, a team of camera operator and assistant, two sound recordists, runners, production assistants and small behind the scenes team.

Where will the money go?

We have been lucky enough to be granted permission to shoot at an amazing location in the heart of York, and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television supplies us with a brilliant digital cinema camera, lighting, sound and grip equipment, but there are other costs of production we need to cover. This is why we need your help. Here is a brief list of our expenses:

  • Lens hire (we will be using the amazing Zeiss Super Speed Primes) - £480

  • Catering - £190

  • Expendables (gaffer- and camera tape, pens etc.) - £25

  • Transportation - £50

  • Heating (we will be shooting a mortuary, and we need our own heating) - £32

  • Backup hard drives - £140

This totals to £917. 

Our target, and what's beyond

We have set a minimum of £400 for the project, this is the cost of making the film without hiring lenses. But if we manage to reach £900, with the Zeiss lenses the film will have a much more cinematic look. 

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