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SONGBIRD - A Short Film

Closed Cause page created in the Creative category by Morgan Hopkins

$1,640 of $1,500 goal
Given by 28 generous donors in 24 days

Help us tell this poignant story of a young girl expressing grief at her mother's passing through her love of New Zealand bird life.

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Songbird is an exploration of grief through adolescent eyes and the power memory holds over us at a young age. Still reeling from the death of her mother several months prior, this film finds Bonnie seeking to heal her grief whilst reconciling with her passive father Jon. She uses her love of New Zealand bird life - specifically the extinct Huia - to express her feelings and accept her mother’s passing.

We’re incredibly lucky to have newcomer Paige Pearce onboard playing Bonnie. Her maturity, understanding and passion for the role were everything we could have hoped for and more from a lead actress!

We’re all incredibly excited to share with you all the collective efforts of our extraordinarily talented cast and crew!

As an emerging filmmaker I have loved developing my artistic voice through exploring the universal nature of those qualities that make us inherently human. Looking back on my own adolescence fueled my development of this film and my desire to recognise the shared emotional fragility and maturity felt by us as children at key moments in our lives. At its core, the film is a story about how we confront the fear of memories fading away.

The Team:

Bonnie: Paige Pearce

Producer: Alex McShane

Writer & Director: Morgan Hopkins

Cinematographer: Valeriya Golovina

Editor: Niamh Swannack

Sound Editor & Designer: Jack Woodbury

Sound Recordist: Cameron Cook

Composer: George Smith

We’re grateful to have support and mentorship throughout this project from Victoria University of Wellington and executive producer Paul Wolffram.

We are shooting our film between the 11th and 15th of November 2019 and are currently deep in pre-production.

Please join us on this journey in helping this special little film take flight into the world!

Nga Mihi,

The Songbird Team

Use of funds

We are aiming to source $1500 to help cover music composition, transport, catering and film festival registration fees. All donors will receive an on-screen credit as well as updates throughout the production and post-production process.

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100% Funded - What Next?  20 October 2019

Posted by: Morgan Hopkins

Kia Ora and thank you all!

We're incredibly grateful to have completed our crowdfunding target within 2 days of launching and would love to extend our thanks and best wishes to all of those who have contributed so far.

So what happens now?

Our page will remain open for its set time - the next three weeks - and any extra funds donated will go towards location fees and equipment hire to help increase the production value of our special little film.

We'll be rehearsing for the next few weeks and putting the last touches in place for when we start shooting in November.

We will keep you all updated as we get closer to our production start date.

We cannot wait to share our progress with all you.

Kia Mihi,

The Songbird Team

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Latest donations

McShane Family
McShane Family on 03 Nov 2019
Kelly on 27 Oct 2019
Break a leg, Paige!
David on 23 Oct 2019
Angus clan
Angus clan on 21 Oct 2019
Thanks for opportunity to be part of this, good luck!!
Mysterious but Extremely Wealthy Benefactor
Mysterious but Extremely Wealthy Benefactor on 20 Oct 2019
<3 Just to get you over the line x

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