OUR PROJECT - Mothers of the Disappeared:
Hello! We are a film crew from the department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York and we are about to embark on our next film adventure. Mothers of the Disappeared is a thrilling drama influenced by real historical events, with the ambition to make a stamp on the representation of women on screen by having not only one, but two female leads. With your help we will be able to raise money for our production budget - this will support us with logistical elements and allow for a higher production value, to help us showcase our talent as we make our entrance into the competitive film and television industry.
Your contribution will enable us to achieve all of these things so continue reading to find out more about our project. You can also check out our showreel above to see a compilation of our previous work.
A shocking and inspirational short drama influenced by the Mothers of the Plaza De Mayo. Set in a dark dystopian world, Mothers of the Disappeared is a story about revolution, self-empowerment and the unbreakable power of a mother's love.
The citizens are ruled by an oppressive government. Any rebellion is crushed, those who think for themselves and try to speak out are instantaneously "disappeared" by the government. As the number of disappearances increases, their mothers begin to resist. With all the technological communication monitored, they organise protests the old-fashioned way: in hushed tones, in secret broadcasts - and in a huge march planned for the end of the month. But, a week before the march is due to take place, Meryl, the leader of the mother's resistance, is captured and tortured for information. As a shockwave of fear hits the resistance, Meryl's mantle is forced upon her inexperienced daughter-in-law Maria. As the march approaches and the government draws ever closer, we follow both women as they face the biggest challenge of their lives.
Each member of the MOTD Production Team is excited to be given their own starred role in which they creatively contribute to the project. Meet the team below:
Why we need your help:
Although we consider ourselves very lucky to have access to the state of the art equipment and facilities at the TFTV Department, all the other costs of production do begin to add up, especially in this ambitious project as we are challenging ourselves to create a new and distinctive world in which our film is set. This is where you come in! Your help and support will enable us to create this world while we provide a professional film experience for the cast and crew. This means ensuring actor expenses are covered and that the shoot is catered, which is incredibly important for the morale of cast and crew, as well as having adequate transport between locations.
This provisional budget breakdown shows you how your money will be used, if you make a donation to the MOTD project:
- Main Cast Expenses: £310.80
- Publicity: £15
- Production Design (Inc. Set, Props, Costume, Hair and Makeup): £270
- Camera and Lighting department: £210
- Sound Department: £30
- Transportation (Inc. cast, crew and equipment): £377.14
- Location Expenses (Inc. catering for cast and crew): £450
- Post-Production/Editorial: £163.96
- General and Administrative: £6
- Loss and Damages pot: £150
- Contingency @ 10%: £183.29
Total Cost of Production: £2166.19
our thanks to you:
We appreciate that sometimes a simple thank you just doesn't suffice, and that's why we have some cool rewards for you depending on how much you donate. Be sure to check them out!
Find us here:
If you are interested in finding our more about the project or would like to follow our progress be sure to find and follow us on any of our social media accounts:
- Our Facebook Page: Mothers of the Disappeared Short Film
- Our Twitter Account: MOTD_FILM
- Our Instagram: motdfilm
Help us succeed!
We know that not all of you will be able to make a donation but you don't need to give us money to help us succeed! You can support us simply by sharing this project on any of our social network accounts with anyone you think would support us and help grant us the production budget we need in order to succeed.
Remember, the revolution may start in the home, but our film starts with you! So please sponsor us to support our next film adventure!
Thank you, from the whole MOTD Team.
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Here are some pictures of our progress:
The writer, director, producer met to finally finish the story!
And the technical team began testing equipment for the shoot.
The MotdTeam are also very close to finalising casting!
So it was time to start the location scouting, and here are some pictures we imagine for our world (Some locations will be included in the film):
How excited are the MotdTeam to be casting? - VERY!
We have already cast for the character of the Soldier who interrogates Meryl, and when we have our final cast after the sessions this weekend we will let you know who they all are! For now, please enjoy the concept art for one of our leading ladies Maria - a piece by Carmen Rhianne Alger, who kindly helped us out with the project.
Our fantastic sound designer Ed has produced this binaural interrogation to immerse you in the world of our film! Prior to where we begin our story, Meryl's son and Maria's husband was disappeared by the oppressive government. Here is a snippet of his interrogation. Please put in headphones and close your eyes for this to take effect!
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