Media Production students launch crowdfunding project to finance new film


A group of ten Media Production students at Coventry University have banded together to try and raise $500 to fund a new project, showcasing a mix of still images and cinemagraphs to create an exciting new form of animation.

The project started when the second year students were introduced to Maddy Ryder, a third year Creative Writing student, who had just finished writing a script called ‘The Story of Toys’. Set in the future the script tells the story of one mouse’s struggle through everyday life in an oversized world. Influenced by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, as well as recent current events; the story depicts a world that has become uninhabitable by humans. Following their evacuation to other planets, the abandoned, now redundant toys find themselves new jobs, not so dissimilar to our own.

“We hope ‘The Story of Toys’ will be a film to make people think as well as to entertain them.”

The students need to raise funds for their ‘cast’; essentially a large selection of toys and a one of a kind handmade mouse toy who will take the leading role in the film, so they have set up an Indiegogo crowdfunding page to try and raise the money required.

“The people and students of Coventry have been amazing helping us with donations. One lady even donated some dolls for us to use as ‘extras’ on set. But we still need to raise more funds and if anyone can donate, or even just share our campaign on social media, we would be most grateful.”

Locke (2013)


Warning: contains spoliers.

Coming up with ideas for a new project has me looking at films with strict parameters this week and, more specifically, films shot in tight spaces.

I have a list of films to research including Buried, Phone Booth and more; 

But the first film I managed to get my hands on was Locke.

Set entirely in a car on a night time drive to London the film was shot in, almost, real time. A mean feat for any production team, but the clever use of constant phone calls keeps the films pace, and the audience’s interest, while revealing the films narrative. 

To watch, the film is stunning. The beautiful use of bokeh, shallow depth of field and clever image layering. The cinematography is perfect. Taking, what could easily be, a very dull setting and making it a truly beautiful one.

The voices are perfect on the other end of the phone. We fall in love with Donald’s character and can easily picture him despite never seeing him in the film. We feel for the sad, disappointed sons and witness the wife’s slow, emotional breakdown.

In comparison, for most of the film despite being ever present, we don’t really feel anything for the main character, Locke. He’s like a viewer on the outside, looking in, without emotion. He has a list of jobs to do and must stick to them, and this seems to be all that matters to him. But is this what is really holding him together? If he breaks away from this ‘script’ will he fall apart? The only passion we see from him is when he talks about concrete, like it’s a living breathing thing, and this is when we finally start to warm to him.

At the end of the film we have no real answers, no twists, no surprises. So was it worth watching?

For the cinematography alone and, just maybe, the dodgy welsh accent too.