Producing film is costly, and there are a growing number of films being financed by crowdfunding. From indie shorts to feature length films, crowdfunding has become one of the most viable routes for producing film.
With a huge number of projects being funded like this, there are opportunities for supporters depending on what you put your money into. Few may do so, but the filmmakers that create a blockbuster can earn their financiers and producers a huge amount of money.
Isabel Gaytan is producing a new short film and using Indiegogo to fund productions. You can check out the Indiegogo page HERE.The money she raises will go towards actors, locations, costumes and other production costs. It will also go towards screenings and film festival fees.
The film will raise awareness and support for female manual labourers around the world. They aim to represent these women through short film and create something impactful for young women to encourage them to push boundaries.
Broadcast technology is another profession which is overwhelmingly male dominated, and we are delighted to see “Bin Day” is a female fronted short film. Take a look at our interview with Carrie Wooten on gender diversity on media HERE. I wanted to speak to the film’s producer, Isabel Gaytan about some of her motivations and why she believes that her film is an important place to put your money.
“Bin Day” is a short film about a shy young girl called Maeve who learns that making friends isn’t always scary when she forms an unusual but heartwarming friendship with her bin lady, Laura. ’Bin Day’ is a love letter to our waste collectors, to women who break the trends of gendered job roles and to the friends that make us feel like we’re special.
Here’s what Isabel had to say about her new short film production.
What stage is production at right now?
We’re coming out of development and into pre-production. These have really overlapped due to the short timeframe we’ve had to complete the project. Our masters project is a four month process. We’re completing the final draft of the script at the moment, but also casting and looking for locations.
Who do you want to inspire with the production and why?
I think primarily we want to inspire women, both little girls and adults, to realise that they can do whatever job they want to, even if it’s something that is traditionally seen as “a man’s job”. So many job roles are gendered in their names like milkman, postman, bin man. I think it subconsciously prevents women from doing jobs that they might want to do. I think we also want to inspire everyone to appreciate the people that they take for granted. Those people that we cross paths with every day, for example bin men or bin ladies, but ignore due to our fast faced lives. In ‘Bin Day’, the people who are usually the extras are the protagonists.
What is the most challenging part of producing for you and what hurdles are you facing?
For this piece I’d say that working with children is probably the most challenging part of producing, especially when dealing with such a tight timeframe. There’s so much that you have to think about so that the child feels as comfortable as possible. Preparing to work with children also means doing a lot at the same time. For example, finding locations at the same time as finding an actor because you can’t get child licence without knowing the exact location that you’ll be filming. Nevertheless, working with children is very rewarding and it’s a challenge I’m very happy to face.
How is location scouting going?
It’s been difficult to find a suitable location with a crowdfunded project. Because we’re not sure how much of the goal we will reach, we’re having to offer deferred payments for locations. Obviously, people aren’t inclined to offer their house as a shooting location for free. It’s important to bear in mind that that it could be great and they could really benefit from it, but it is also important to be honest with them that you can’t guarantee income.
Can you sum up why your project deserves financial backing?
I think this project deserves financial backing because it’s appreciating people that haven’t been appreciated in film before – people that need to be appreciated. I am referring to women or people in manual labour positions, especially in waste collecting, a role that allows the world to function and be beautiful. A child’s perspective doesn’t have all the bias that we have and that view of hierarchy of job roles. They see the job for what it actually is rather than for what we view it as with all our prejudices. I also think it’s important to offer a form of encouragement for women who feel restricted by limited job roles.
What else do people need to know about the film?
We see a really unique friendship between the little girl and the bin lady and I hope that this odd story will put smiles on faces or make someone’s day.
If you want to be a part of this short film production then you get involved by donating on the Indiegogo page HERE.