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Fairweather's Friends

A project by: Lennard Morrice Ortmann


WE RAISED £1,461

from 30 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 18 Jan 2015
A creepy comedy short film by University of York students


We are a multinational crew from the University of York's very own Film & Television department aiming to raise the profile of filmmaking in the North and utilise the beautiful Yorkshire setting. We are planning to go into production for our ambitious short film Fairweather's Friends this February

With your help we can make this vision reality, and with the generous support of YuStart the first £350 you donate will be match funded, meaning that every pound you give will be two pounds towards our goal! Every contribution means the world to us, so we have a selection of great rewards we want to offer in return for your help. There is unique art work on offer as well as DVDs, BluRays and a bunch of other stuff. So see if anything catches your fancy!

Continue reading to find out more about our project...

Some initial concept sketches by our amazing Art Director Clara Cornish. Check out her website here!

The Story

Al Barone is on the run and needs to get off the road, when he finally finds a bed for the night at Fairweather’s Friends Hotel. Al’s relaxing evening takes a sinister turn as he struggles to escape the doting attention of owner Clarence Fairweather and his passion for the cabaret.
Doors lock at 10, and it’s not safe outside…

The Team

The creative team behind Fairweather’s Friends is made up of nine students from the University of York. In the past our crew members' work has been showcased at various high profile events such as Raindance Film Festival, the Royal Television Society Student Awards and NAHEIMI at the BFI in London. This is the first time we are collaborating on a project as a team and working towards something bigger and better than anything we have made so far. Every team member aspires to work in the film industry after graduating in 2015 and this film will be our calling card, showcasing our individual skills.

We also have the great support of John Mateer, the current head of Film & Television at our department, who acts as executive producer for our film. 

The Fairweather Team - dead serious about making this film!

Budget Breakdown

Our fundraising goal is less than the below budget because we already have some funds from our department as well as money the crew have contributed for early pre-production costs. We need to reach our minimum target of £1000 in order to receive the funds you have pledged. But every pound we get on top of that will be put on screen to make the film look as good as it can. There will be more money for production design, costumes and location hire, making every shot look as special as it should! 

Here is a preliminary budget to show you where your money will be spent:

o  Location hire: £350.00

Actors – (we’ll try to keep costs low by using local talent when possible without compromising quality)
o  Travel cost (cast of three)  £200.00
o  Accommodation (cast of three) ≈ £250.00 

o  Van for five days ≈ £300.00
o  Petrol for various production vehicles ≈ £150.00 
o  Insurance for borrowed cars ≈ £100.00

Art department
o  Various material, props, costumes (hire where available/buy as little as possible) ≈ £ 400.00 

o  Approx. 15 people, five days, three meals per day ≈ £400.00

TOTAL ≈ £2150.00


Please help us make this project a reality by donating online. Just click the button on the right of the page to choose your gift. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will make a huge difference to all of the crew, and to the finished film!

If you can't support us financially, please consider supporting us online by following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook . 

Every share, retweet, like, phonecall, chat with a neighbour about the strange kids with the turtlenecks etc helps more people know about us and we come a step closer to making our film happen.

Please consider giving what you can. 

Thank you so much from all of Fairweather's Friends.

2 years, 6 months ago


Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed so far.

Please keep sharing this page!

2 years, 6 months ago

ITS OUR FINAL WEEK!!! Thanks so much to everyone that helped us reach our minimum target of  £1000!

Were all very exited to finally start shooting in just a little more than two weeks!

2 years, 6 months ago

We're so close to our target! Thanks so much to everyone who's donated so far!

As a crew, we have finalised our location and leading actors, and we're starting to get the materials to build our sets!

2 years, 6 months ago

We've reached £800! We're nearly there!

Please help us as we approach the end of our crowdfunding, just 12 days to go! Massive thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.

2 years, 6 months ago

£790! Amazing! Thank you so much to all our generous supporters. We hope you're enjoying the hand drawn images being posted on our Facebook page!

Just two weeks to go!

2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks so much to all our donors so far! We're over halfway to our target!

2 years, 6 months ago

Festive Designs from Production Designer Clara

2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you so much to York (and TFTV) Alumni Kieron Moore for your kind donation!

2 years, 6 months ago

Check in with the crew at our twitter @Fairweather2015

2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you so much to MICK LYNCH and NIALL LUCAS, (and to YuFund match funding!) we have reached £100! 

Thanks so much for your support,

Fairweather's Friends

2 years, 6 months ago


Thank you so much to SARAH PEARSON for your help in making 'Fairweather's Friends' a reality.

YuFund matchfunded £350

Lennard Morrice Ortmann

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Jenny Hunt

donated £250.00

Jenő Molnár

donated £160.00

Niall Lucas

donated £25.00

Sarah Pearson

donated £15.00


donated £15.00


donated £10.00

Ellie Utting

donated £10.00


donated £10.00

Matthew Edwards

donated £10.00

Jordana Hill

donated £10.00

Marco Basaglia

donated £5.00



Harry Jerman


Jason Ryall


Mick Lynch


Holly Morgan


Ralitsa Padalska

followed this project and signed up to help

Bhavesh Jadva

signed up to help

Becky Doctor

signed up to help

Gaby Ash

signed up to help


signed up to help

3 anonymous donations totalling £210.00

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Good luck to all the crew, especially Samuel J Hunt! C and M

Thanks Jenny, much appreciated!!!

Good luck Sam! Love Mum, Dad, Sarah & Nana xxxx


£1,000!! Yeah. Well done!

If you need any help the Szubjektiv Group will always there - just let us know! Let's go guys (and girls of course)! Mary & Jeno

Good luck everyone! Hope you get the funding you need. Looks to be a great project. Anne &Chris Taylor

Good luck!

Good luck with the project guys.

Merry Christmas Clara! See you soon xxxxxx