By Barry Grant
Hi there! Barry Grant here. You might remember me from such crowdfunding projects as....eh....no...hang on...that's something else.
Take Two: Hi there! Barry Grant here. I'm the Writer and Director (and Producer and Locations Manager and General Dogsbody) of 'Shrinking Woody Allen'. I have been making music videos, video virals, documentaries and short films for several years now - but this is my first attempt at doing it with other people's money. So be gentle with me. My last short film, 'Bogged Down' screened at the Belfast and Clones Film Festivals.
The screenplay for 'Shrinking Woody Allen' won the 2011 Waterford Film Festival Short Screenplay competition (the only one of its kind in the country). This really inspired me to get this project made.
The project is very much a Waterford affair, with practically all of the cast and crew coming from the city or county. The film also pays tribute to the city of Waterford in much the same way Woody Allen's films do to Manhattan.
The part of Alan Woods - an Irish man living in Waterford, who believes that he is Woody Allen living in Manhattan - was written specifically for the incredibly talented Anthony Murphy (Charlie Casanova, Death or Canada). Tony is in the process of transforming himself from a 6'4" tall Dubliner into a 5'5" Jewish, Jazz-loving, Filmmaking New Yorker. So, let the shrinking begin!
But, before it begins in earnest, we need to seperate you from some of your hard-earned money so that the project can see the light of day. Donations begin at €10, with the highest amount being €500. As with all fundit.ie projects, your card will only be debited if we reach our target amount (€3000). All pledges will be rewarded!
We will be shooting in Waterford City on the weekend of April 20-22 (come hell or high water). Some of the funds raised will go towards production costs, with the remainder going towards the cost of getting the film seen at as many festivals as possible (digibeta transfers, application fees, etc.). All of the cast and crew are giving their time to the project for no fee.
And, finally, remember - no pledge is too small (as long as it's more than a tenner... ahem....).