A group of unemployed London youngsters have launched a film production company and are seeking funding from local people and businesses to fund their first project.
Youthink Productions is currently developing psychological thriller Don’t Call Back and is offering local businesses and people the change to be involved with the film or receive a credit in return for donations. It is hoping to raise $33,188 (£20,000).
The group met during a Get Into Digital Media course sponsored by the Prince’s Trust charity for disadvantaged children.
They intend to continue Youthink Productions pending the success of Don’t Call Back and hope to extend the scheme to other young people looking to break into film and media.
Youthink has enlisted the help of professional executive producer Mark Roberts and executive director Christopher Nicholson from Scious Media. The students themselves will produce the project, and amateur actors and actresses have been cast in the lead roles.
Don’t Call Back centers on an office mail-boy who ventures to save his fellow workers from a mysterious telephone message that puts its victims into a zombie-like drone. The script is to be written in a theatrical workshop with the whole team based on the treatment provided by Nicholson.
Filming is set to take place between January 4 - 9 2010. A cinema screening and DVD release are planned to follow in the spring.
For more information or to donate to the project, visit www.dontcallbackthemovie.com.