Double Black – Short Film

by A  Andrew Kirkman

Ended on April 1st 2019

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Double Black is an extreme sports/drama/comedy about depression, masculinity and mountainbikes.

Thank you!

$10AU
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You'll have a thank you on our social media pages and on the film credits!

Private Link to the film

$25AU
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You will receive a private link to the film upon completion, and a big thank you in the credits.

Double Black Doco

$50AU
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You will receive a private link to the Behind The Scenes short documentary that will be covering the Double Black production, as well as all previous rewards!

Double Black, Wish You Were Here!

$100AU
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A DOUBLE BLACK poster, specially signed by the Director, plus all previous rewards.

Come see the film with us!

$200AU
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An invite to the ACMI screening night in Melbourne, Double Black will be playing alongside many other brilliant short films! Plus, private links to the film, private link to the documentary and an official poster.

Signed copy of the AWARD WINNING screenplay

$300AU
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A signed copy of the DOUBLE BLACK screenplay from all key creative roles.

Come and Party!

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TWO invites for yourself and a friend to the DOUBLE BLACK wrap party! Plus, all previous rewards.

Riding date with the Director

$800AU
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You have the opportunity to personally go on a cycling adventure with the Director, in a location and intensity appropriate to your fitness. Plus, a private link to the film, private link to the documentary and a special thank you.
(Victoria only)

Sponsorship

$1,000AU
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A huge thank you, you will receive an individual sponsorship OR corporate sponsorship, with your company logo placed on the official Double Black credits. A VIP package and all previous rewards.

Andrew Kirkman


Flexible Funding
Australia

THE STORY

DOUBLE BLACK is the confrontation of fear.

DOUBLE BLACK follows Michael. After a suicide attempt, Michael is dragged against his will by his mate Gaz, an energetic, mens-rights-advocate, firebrand patriot, true blue aussie on a mountainbike trail ride. The ride is as hellish as Michael could have imagined, as he braves the challenges of the ride, Gaz’s nauseating banter and his own depression… However, unbenknownst to Michael, Gaz has a surprise in store for him…

Based on an award winning screenplay of the same name, DOUBLE BLACK is a (very) dark drama/comedy/sports film about mountainbikes, masculinity and modern man. It is written in a similar themeatic vein to films like “Fight Club” and “In Bruges.” At times slow and contemplative, at others blindingly fast and frenetic; DOUBLE BLACK is styled to reflect the suffocation of depression and conversely, the thrill of the ride away from it…

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WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

#metoo and other social movements have generated heated discussion on the nature of masculinity; leaving a confusing open question… where does a flaw begin and a utility end?

DOUBLE BLACK intends to generate greater awareness about mens issues, the correlation between masculinity and suicide, as well as reflect how increasing political polarisation is affecting young men today.

Men’s significantly higher rate of suicide is a taboo topic due to disparate explanations of its causes, responsibilities, biology and cultural implications. Furthermore, increased antagonism between the political left and right are not mundane every-day disagreements on policy but instead speak to deeper emotional discontentment with our lot in life and anger at the cultural status quo. DOUBLE BLACK aims to reflect societal masculine malaise in an engaging, humourous, and inspiring way.

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THE CREATIVES

CAST

MICHAEL (Lead) – Shane Palmer

imageSince starring in Andrew’s (Director) World War 1 production “They Make Us Hate,” Shane and Andrew have enjoyed a long standing artistic and professional relationship. Shane’s stage debut was as Snow White in his grade 6 graduation play. He was so convincing that the audience was later shocked to discover that he was not in fact a young girl. Rediscovering a love for the theatre at La Trobe University, Shane appeared in a number of student productions; including A Clockwork Orange at the Northcote Town Hall. Life then shifted to Manchester and the UK, and Shane began to develop a passion for film. Shane has appeared in over 20 short films, including Ruby Tuesday, which screened at the St Kilda Film Festival & the Arkansas Food and Wine Festival. Shane appeared on stage in Loose Teeth at La Mama, and The Helendale Nude Footy Calendar at Gasworks. Most recently Shane wrote, produced and performed Echoes of Villers-Bretonneux, a one-man show about the 15th Brigade AIF in WW1. He also appeared in the upcoming Stringybark as Dan Kelly, and will appear in early 2019 in Neighbours, as Felix Benson. Shane is represented by Bedford & Pearce.

GAZ – Ben Watts

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After spending the better part of early adulthood finding mischief, causing trouble and making sandwiches for people Ben decided to direct his energy into something a little more fruitful. After branching out to study at the Victorian Collage of the Arts in 2010 Ben performed as a permanent ensemble member of Studio 11 Theatre Company. Ben also co-wrote and stared in the very successful sketch comedy show and web series ‘Swipe Right’ and has appeared in many short films over the years. Most recently Ben featured in the upcoming production ‘Stringybark’ and is happy to announce that nobody expected a butterfly when they saw a caterpillar.

CREW

WRITER/DIRECTOR – Andrew Kirkman

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Andrew Kirkman is currently completing his undergraduate in Direction at the Victorian College of the Arts. He is an experienced Gaffer and Director of Photography and has been working on student, independent and television productions through his time at the Victorian College of the Arts. Currently Andrew is working as Gaffer for the latest series of Industry Leaders on Foxtel. In his spare time, he enjoys reading history and riding his mountainbike very fast down hills, sometimes he doesn’t fall off.

PRODUCER – CJ Welsh

imageCJ is a Melbourne based producer, who graduated from a Masters of Producing at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2017. He was awarded Producer of the Year 2016 and had three films selected for the St Kilda Film Festival Australia’s Top 100 in 2017. His film Creating a Monster was officially selected at Byron Bay Film Festival and subsequently was distributed by Ronin Films. In 2018 his film Feast on the Young was officially selected at Fantastic Fest, Dances with Films and Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.

In January of 2018 he Co-Produced his first feature, a micro-budget film titled Disclosure.

Prior to this his background is in mixed media, producing original online content tailored to niche audiences, such as a Facebook live show clips and a small but successful YouTube channel.

He loves high concept drama and his goal is to develop genre Film and TV concepts in Australia with international appeal.

1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Hannah Herrmann-Payn

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With a childhood adoration of genre filmmaking, Hannah moved to Melbourne from Tasmania to pursue her passion for directing at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has so far been Andrew’s go-to Assistant Director, and the two have enjoyed a long lasting artistic and professional relationship. Hannah is a recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts, following her production of her coming-of-age horror “Bloom,” as well as establishing herself as a capable Assistant Director across multiple shorts, music videos and a feature.

 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHER – David “Parky” McRobbie Park

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David, or Parky to anyone who knows him, is a Melbourne based cinematographer who has captured images for Channel 31, Beyond Blue, The Ripple Effect and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Parky recently graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts studying Film and Television. He won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography at the 2017 VCA Graduate Film and TV awards as well as the 2018 Creative Journey award for recognition of his work during his time at the VCA. Recently Parky’s cinematography for I’m Not Hearing You and The Fantastic Life of Dom Dominik both received an award of recognition at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. Parky and Andy have collaborated on short films in the past, and he is excited about working together to explore some new camera techniques on set of Double Black. Parky is currently working as the cinematographer for the latest series of Industry Leaders, showing on Foxtel. Parky enjoys cycling and decorating Christmas trees.

PRODUCTION DESIGNER – Elena Lyons-Dawson

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Elena recently completed her Master’s in Production Design for Screen at VCA, Elena has worked in a variety of roles within the Art Department as well as a concept and storyboard artist for features, tv and short format productions. Her background in fine arts and sculpture has given her strengths suited to constructive problem solving on set and a great love and care for her work.

 

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Where will the money go?

LOCATIONS ($2000) – We will be shooting out on some of Victoria’s greatest and most stunning MTB and downhill trails, all of which will require permits and an army of safety staff.

Equipment Hire ($3000) – Our action and stunts will require multiple camera angles in order to make the most of the time we have on location.

TRANSPORT ($500) – Transport to and from rural locations for cast and crew will be of an absolute necessity.

STUNTS ($2000) – We will need to pay stunt professionals in order to pull off our insane riding sequences.

CATERING ($500) – Filmmaking and riding is hungry work!

PRODUCTION DESIGN ($600) – The aim of Double Black is to innovate narratively and technologically. We need to make a rotating room, Elena is already across the details and Parky already put his Dad to work to basically create a robotic camera rig… look it’s hard to explain but it’ll look great.

Crowdfunding Comission Costs ($450)

There always other hidden costs as well! Furthermore, if we are able to stretch our funding goal, towards $10,000, we will reinvest that into enlarging the scope of the production.

(Please note, donations of specified value can be input via the “Support Campaign” link at the top of the rewards page.)

Thanks for reading! We’re looking forward to hitting the trails with you!

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April 18, 2019

THAT'S A WRAP

imageWe are very pleased to announce that principle photography has wrapped on DOUBLE BLACK, and we are halfway through post production. The work is not done, but we have passed a major milestone, and we are blown away with the results.

This was never going to be an easy film, limited to four shooting days, it was a non-stop sprint from start to finish. It was an absolute testament to the cast and crew to work under such a huge pressure, facing blistering sun, dust and dry wind, with two of those days having us work on the side of a small mountain out in Kinglake, all the while dealing with extremely difficult emotional content. imageWe were all exhausted, sunburnt, there were scrapes and bruises, but despite this there was not a single complaint, only laughter and high spirits. This shoot has been an adrenaline rush from start to finish and the final product shall hopefully reflect this!

FOR OUR BACKERS

imageOne thing led to another and we ended up shooting enough footage and interviews for a feature documentary, it's full of jokes, stunts and drama(!) Furthermore, we will be covering some follow up interviews in this time as well. It will take us some time to sort through that footage and put together a story (we aren't documentarians) so we cannot give an accurate timescale as to when we'll have everything finished beyond "when it's done." In any case, we will be sorting through our promotional material after post production and will assemble rewards and their distribution when we can. While we are halfway through post production now, the film will not be available for viewing until after official screenings in November 2019. But, I guarantee it’ll be worth the wait!
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Thank you so much for your support and your interest, your contributions have not only helped us financially but have been a huge encouragement!

 

Make sure you're following us on Facebook and Instagram, where we'll be posting updates, photos and videos of our many production highlights and hijinks.
https://www.facebook.com/doubleblackfilm
https://www.instagram.com/doubleblackfilm/


February 22, 2019

The DOUBLE BLACK team is happy to announce that our main cast and crew are now officially locked in!

CAST

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MICHAEL (Lead) – Shane Palmer

Since starring in Andrew’s (Director) World War 1 production “They Make Us Hate,” Shane and Andrew have enjoyed a long standing artistic and professional relationship. Shane’s stage debut was as Snow White in his grade 6 graduation play. He was so convincing that the audience was later shocked to discover that he was not in fact a young girl. Rediscovering a love for the theatre at La Trobe University, Shane appeared in a number of student productions; including A Clockwork Orange at the Northcote Town Hall. Life then shifted to Manchester and the UK, and Shane began to develop a passion for film. Shane has appeared in over 20 short films, including Ruby Tuesday, which screened at the St Kilda Film Festival & the Arkansas Food and Wine Festival. Shane appeared on stage in Loose Teeth at La Mama, and The Helendale Nude Footy Calendar at Gasworks. Most recently Shane wrote, produced and performed Echoes of Villers-Bretonneux, a one-man show about the 15th Brigade AIF in WW1. He also appeared in the upcoming Stringybark as Dan Kelly, and will appear in early 2019 in Neighbours, as Felix Benson. Shane is represented by Bedford & Pearce.

GAZ – Ben Watts

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After spending the better part of early adulthood finding mischief, causing trouble and making sandwiches for people Ben decided to direct his energy into something a little more fruitful. After branching out to study at the Victorian Collage of the Arts in 2010 Ben performed as a permanent ensemble member of Studio 11 Theatre Company. Ben also co-wrote and stared in the very successful sketch comedy show and web series ‘Swipe Right’ and has appeared in many short films over the years. Most recently Ben featured in the upcoming production ‘Stringybark’ and is happy to announce that nobody expected a butterfly when they saw a caterpillar.

 

Also joining the DOUBLE BLACK team is our wonderful 1st AD Hannah Herrmann-Payn!

1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Hannah Herrmann-Payn

imageWith a childhood adoration of genre filmmaking, Hannah moved to Melbourne from Tasmania to pursue her passion for directing at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has so far been Andrew’s go-to Assistant Director, and the two have enjoyed a long lasting artistic and professional relationship. Hannah is a recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts, following her production of her coming-of-age horror “Bloom,” as well as establishing herself as a capable Assistant Director across multiple shorts, music videos and a feature.


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