• A disabled father and his son try to buy drugs...what could possibly go wrong?

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Ecstasy

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Wed 4th Dec 2019, 15:07
We're 114% funded with 3 days left AND we've had 209 amazing backers support us so far. We're excited to have each and everyone of you along for the ride. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Over the next 72 hours we're trying to reach our £10k target which equates to 120% but I'm not going to lie last night I had a dream that we hit 200% and broke even more records. I cried, it was magnificent. But either way we're making a movie and this leads me on to some exciting developments...

We're excited to announce that Heather Basten, casting director extraordinaire is joining team 'Ecstasy'. And this is fantastic news. We have big ambitions for the film and in a dream world we'll fill all the roles we have with the most talented people we can get. Heather is a key part of this process and her track record speaks for itself...

Heather Basten began in the industry at the British Film Institute. She then moved into casting for Film and TV. She's cast for notable directors such as Rob Savage, Ana Rocha De Sousa and Charlotte Regan.

Past productions include Fox TV, Delaval Films, Sky Arts and DMC Films, as well as having films screened at Sundance and the BFI London Film Festival.

Her work spans from working alongside Jeremy Zimmermann (Hellboy), and went to be casting assistant on NBC’s ‘A.D’. She moved on as casting assistant to Dixie Chassay (The Favourite), and then resided with Des Hamilton (Top Boy, This Is England) where she assisted Lara Manwaring on BAFTA-winning TV Feature ‘Ellen’, as well as part of the NYC street casting team for 'White Boy Rick'. 
 
Past casting associate works include Netflix’s ‘The End of the F***king world’ and THE LIGHTHOUSE starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. 
 
Current films due for release in the near future include interactive feature film, 'The Complex' starring Kate Dickie and Michelle Mylett, and upcoming Portuguese/London co-produced feature film 'Listen' starring Lucia Moniz. 

Not a bad list of credentials. It's because of the momentum we've generated with our campaign and YOU that we have been able to get such talented people involved in our film. Since the crowdfund has started we've had huge actors support us online and my inbox has been littered with heartfelt pleas to work with us. I've had a special effects whizz from the Marvel films, sound recordists, theatre producers and so many more talents show interest. Our journey is only just beginning. If you are able to, please share our project with your friends and family. Personal pleas for help do work and the more we raise the better we can make our film and the more we can donate to Parkinson's research. You can copy and paste the below if need be. Thanks! Grant and team

Hey, 

You may or may not be aware but recently I've been part of a crowdfunding campaign for an upcoming short film called Ecstasy, which will tell a story about living with Parkinson’s disease in a positive and upbeat light.

Ecstasy is a comedy about a disabled father and his son's quest to buy drugs so the Dad can dance with his wife at her birthday party. What could possibly go wrong? And it's based upon the real life revelation that ecstasy can temporarily cure people living with Parkinson’s

The writer and director Grant is making this movie as his father, Bob has had Parkinson's disease for over 20 years and he has put a whole crowdfunding campaign together to raise money for the budget, AND a percentage of that will go to charity. https://greenlit.fund/project/ecstasy

Now for the amazing bit... We've just found out that all the money that will be donated will get doubled as a result of the BIG GIVE campaign but TIME IS RUNNING OUT. He's raised over £9.5k so far with £635 of that for charity, and that will get doubled to £1270. But we're trying to raise as much as possible and we have 3 DAYS LEFT.

The whole project is amazing, he’s got some very talented people on board; actors from the ITV show Benidorm and the music supervisors of Kevin and Perry go large! According to Grant the film will make you laugh, cry and rave in your seat! So if you want to see an amazing film next year and support Parkinson's disease research all at once then you can here: https://greenlit.fund/project/ecstasy
Tue 3rd Dec 2019, 13:47
***THIS IS A FANTASTIC NEWS ALERT*** 

Today is Giving Tuesday and the International Day of People with Disability - AND a great day for our crowdfunding campaign. We've just found out that the BIG GIVE will be doubling all donations received up until December 10th. This means that all of you that have a reward where a portion goes to charity will see it DOUBLED. In short... Our mission to make an amazing film about Parkinsons disease and raise money for research all at the same time is going bloody great! We need to capitalise on this great news and try to raise as much for charity as we can and we want to enlist your help to do that, so please go out there today and tell everyone you can about our project!

If any of you have the time to send out emails, messages etc to people you know, you can copy and paste the below:

Hey, 

You may or may not be aware but recently I've been part of a crowdfunding campaign for an upcoming short film called Ecstasy, which will tell a story about living with Parkinson’s disease in a positive and upbeat light.

Ecstasy is a comedy about a disabled father and his son's quest to buy drugs so the Dad can dance with his wife at her birthday party. What could possibly go wrong? And it's based upon the real life revelation that ecstasy can temporarily cure people living with Parkinson’s

The writer and director Grant is making this movie as his father, Bob has had Parkinson's disease for over 20 years and he has put a whole crowdfunding campaign together to raise money for the budget, AND a percentage of that will go to charity. https://greenlit.fund/project/ecstasy

Now for the amazing bit... We've just found out that all the money that will be donated will get doubled as a result of the BIG GIVE campaign but TIME IS RUNNING OUT. He's raised over £9.5k so far with £635 of that for charity, and that will get doubled to £1270. But we're trying to raise as much as possible and we have 3 DAYS LEFT.

The whole project is amazing, he’s got some very talented people on board; actors from the ITV show Benidorm and the music supervisors of Kevin and Perry go large! According to Grant the film will make you laugh, cry and rave in your seat! So if you want to see an amazing film next year and support Parkinson's disease research all at once then you can here: https://greenlit.fund/project/ecstasy

Sun 1st Dec 2019, 18:34
Ho ho ho! December is here and so is the final 6 days of our campaign. Thank you everyone for your unbelievable support so far. We've raised over £9200 via 196 FANTASTIC backers and have had unbelievable conversations with all of our supporters.  Your support has been extremley humbling and my Dad, Bob has shed a tear or two along the way. We can't wait to make our movie next year!

This week we enter the FINAL  part of our campaign and we're trying to raise as much awareness about Parkinson's disease and our movie as possible. Our target is to reach £10k with 50% of everything over this figure going directly to Parkinson's research. So far we've raised close to £1k for Parkinson's research as part of our rewards which is unbelievable and we cannot thank you enough.

This is the final push and anything you can do to share our story and convince a friend, family member or pet to pledge a fiver (or more) please do, because we want to make the most amazing movie possible. If you have any ideas for us, people to get in touch with or graphical things we can make let us know, the world is our oyster and we can definitely put off our actual day jobs for one more week to get us the added flexibility we need to make our movie.

Next year we'll be making a movie that will make you laugh, cry and dance in your seat. Strap in for the ride of your lives. X

Sun 24th Nov 2019, 17:21
After a whirlwind 12 days we've reached our target, broken records and had the pleasure of hearing from our backers about how passionate you all are for this film. We've had support from friends, family, the Parkinson's disease community and everyone else in between. Words can't describe how truly grateful we are so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Now that we've reached our target we can officially make our movie! We've been blown away by your kindness, especially as this project is so close to our hearts. From the start we've set out to create a story about my Dad, who's lived with Parkinson's disease for the last 20 years. We want to tell a story about disability and care that's different and raise a whole lot of awareness for Parkinson's disease along the way. But's what's next with our campaign I hear you ask? Well...

With time left on our campaign we're going to up our target to £10,000 so we can make an even better movie! We really didn't expect this level of support and we knew going in that £8,500 was the minimum needed to make our film, but raising an extra £1,500 will go a long way and give us the flexibility to do so much more.

So, if you still want to be part of our story you can and if you've already backed us (legends) and you're up for it, please help us spread and share the word even further. If by some miracle we get above this target, we're going to increase the percentage of donation so that a WHOPPING 50% of all money raised over the £10k mark will go to Parkinson's research. So this is your chance to support a movie and research into a cure all at once. We have the opportunity to do so much more for Parkinson's disease awareness and if we can do that, we're going to try! 

Thank you and much love from Grant and the whole Ecstasy team.
Tue 19th Nov 2019, 21:34
This has without a doubt been one of the most amazing weeks of our lives. We’re over 50% funded after a record 7 days and we are blown away by everyone’s support. We have had 114 backers so far and your generosity has been unbelievable.

We’ve reached our 'make it or break it' week one target and NOW the hard work begins. Today was the best day for our campaign and the worst all at the same time. We reached half way (Yes!) BUT today was also the slowest day of backing and that’s why we need to find new audiences. We have a press release going out in the morning, with our phenomenal achievements so far and this will help us to reach a new audience but we need your help too. 

If everyone of our backers finds 7 people to donate £5 we will reach our target. We give you permission to tell everyone you know and their dog about this story! We won’t be able to tell this story about my Dad without you. If you need anything from us to help you, posters, images, videos you name it let us know. We can even come into your workplace to talk about the project!

Grab a pen, write down a list of 7 people you think you could get to pledge £5 so we can make this film.

Good luck team! We love you!
Mon 18th Nov 2019, 10:51
Happy Monday all! We're 46% backed and have had a whopping 101 backers in the space of 6 days. The support, enthusiam and passion we've had from all of you has been nothing short of spectacular. We can't thank you enough, but we're going to anyway... THANK YOU!!!

The big news today is that the music supervisors of the classic Brit flick KEVIN AND PERRY GO LARGE have joined our team. New State are the record label behind acts such as Dirty Vegas, the Stanton Warriors, Kinobe, Paul Oakenfold and Zero 7! And they're going to help us find ONE banging anthem for the finale in our film. How exciting.



Grant our writer & director has made a few music videos with New State this year and came across the Kevin and Perry 100,000 CD Sales frame on the wall at their offices. Shocked by this revelation he talked to the team and it turns out that they have their own family connections with Parkinson's disease and were more than happy to come on board to help bring our film to life. And here's some gossip... apparently every time Kevin and Perry plays on TV a few more CDs and downloads fly off the shelves. Honestly check out the soundtrack, it's full of absolute classics. 



With 54% to go we're going to need your help more than ever. We've had an electric start but your support, word of mouth, sharing and caring all make a difference. We're in the make it or break it phase. When it comes to this film 'All we wanna do is do it!' And we need you!

Here's some Kevin and Perry Magic for you! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9toG8kNq9k

Have a great week!

 
Sat 16th Nov 2019, 11:59
This is a special message for you, our wonderful backers. We’re at 40% after 4 full days and apparently we’ve broken records on the greenlit platform! We’ve been blown away by your generosity and enthusiasm for the project. All we want to do is create a film that makes you laugh, cry and rave in your seat. This movie is going to be incredible and you’re helping us to make it happen! 

Have a a great weekend everyone! And if you can go out there and find us 3 more backers each we’ll love you for the rest of our lives!


 
Fri 15th Nov 2019, 7:34
We're 33% backed and one third of the way through so far and we've been featured on VMI, the camera rental big dog's page online.

If you're a filmmaker VMI is the place to rent all you lights, cameras, dollys, lenses from, you can't make a movie without them. And as we won a pitching competition for 'Ecstasy' back in Septemeber they are kindly giving us £1000 of kit hire for free! The pitch was a nerve racking affair and Grant had to pitch the film twice to a room full of hungry, booze drinking and passionate festival goers. First time round an audience member said the word 'AHHHHH' out loud! Inspired by that, the daunting second pitch went as well as could be. At that point we had a 1 in 6 chance of winning and had some serious competition but the luck was with is and we won, collecting an award on the stage and fluffing some kind of acceptance speech. We can't wait to make this movie happen and having VMI on board is a fantastic start!

Wed 13th Nov 2019, 13:07
It's with great excitement that the extremley talented Philip Shelley has come on board the project to help us make the script the best possible thing it can be. Philip has worked with the BBC, Paramount Pitcures and runs the prestigious Channel 4 screenwriting course which has been the launch pad for many a fantastic screenwriter, with people going on to write for shows such as Shameless, Indian Summers, Tin Star and Mrs Wilson. We've already had our first meeting with Philip and the script is already getting better. You can read more about Philip here: http://script-consultant.co.uk/about/
Genre: 
Comedy
Scope: 
Short
Seeking funding for: 
Production
£10,450.00
raised of
£8,500.00
101% funded
Project Funded
  • 222 Backers

Created By Granttaylor