PART FABLE, PART LOVE LETTER TO POP-CULTURE & SEVERAL PARTS RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION; THE TROJAN HORSE...
This film feels essentially like my way of readdressing my love/hate relationship with the goggle box making sense of a misspent youth of near obsessive channel flicking (and all in a time when there were only four options and even then you had to walk to the set itself and manually make your selection at the press of a button or the tuning of a dial).
The Trojan Horse is a short film all about Troy (Philip Philmar), a withdrawn eccentric who has shunned the trials and tribulations of the outside world in favour of his beloved Spirograph, he lives to Spirograph, in fact you could say his life positively revolves around it.
This idyll is cruelly disturbed though when an unknown benefactor leaves a television set on his front door step. Out of curiosity he initially welcomes the visitor into his home but sensing something not quite right he decides to leave it well alone, pick up his pencil and paper and go back to what he knows best. Gradually this new presence begins to play on Troy tempting and teasing it invades his very dreams (look out here for visions of giant spinning pencils, an enormous wooden horse and even a tree that grows television sets) before he decides he can resist it's mindless glamour no longer. All to his peril.
Stick around and stay tuned for more updates...we really want you to feel a part of this whole experience.
DANIEL STRANGE 'WRITER/DIRECTOR' -
Daniel Strange is a regular child of pop-culture, who some how found himself channelling all this into a Fine Art degree filled with experimental film and video at London's Central Saint Martin's college. His general inability to decide what he wants to be when he grows up has led to him attempting to pull off a kind of 'Creative Chameleon' like status, whether it be directing music videos for bands such as The Irrepressibles, Storyboarding music videos for Take That or designing album/single covers for the multi-award winning bands.
PHILIP PHILMAR 'ACTOR - TROY' -
Philip Philmar's film roles include Mr Fogg in Sweeney Todd; Slugworth in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, both by Tim Burton; and an English Judge in Luc Besson's Joan Of Arc. In The Colour Of Magic (Sky), he played Astrozoologist 1 and The Rabble Rouser; and The Bird Man in Casualty (BBC). He could be heard as Father Dingle – an Irish Priest, Indigo – a dragon, and Perse – a nervous bridegroom, in My Blue Wedding by Marks & Gran (BBC Radio 4). Philip is also a Performance Poet.
BARRINGTON PAUL ROBINSON 'PRODUCER' -
Barrington left a 15 year career in the City to start again in Film. He produced a number of short films with a variety of Directors and a range of actors through Redbag Pictures. These films have been accepted into festivals across the globe. Barrington was named as one of Screen Internationals 'Stars of Tomorrow 2006' and was also an Honouree of the UK Film Council as a 'Break Through Brits 2008'.Shortlisted for Cinema extreme and Film London / BBC Films Microwave scheme in 2009.More recently his head has been down whilst focussing on a few feature ideas that are about to be announced.
ALTHOUGH WE HAVE ALREADY DONE A ROUND OF ONLINE FUNDING FILM MAKING IS FAR FROM CHEAP
We at Team Trojan are currently patting ourselves on the back having successfully constructed a set build for next to no money and shot some stunning footage therein.
That said this short is far from made and little inconveniences such as a green screen studio shoot for the dream sequences, post production costs and festival applications lie in wait and we desperately want to make sure that we see this film through to the best of our abilities.
So if you do feel you would like to get involved and maybe 'Throw us a Fiver' (or several for that matter) we are still offering the same rewards as our first round of online funding.
YOU COULD GET YOUR HANDS ON...
THROW US A FIVER: (1 x a fiver) £5.00 or more: Short term gratitude and the warm cozy feeling that you funded creativity.
STARTERS FOR TEN: (2 x a fiver): £10.00 or more : Individually signed Spirograph design actually used as part of the film's set (and a hug from a runner).
THIRD TIME'S A CHARM: (3 x a fiver): £15.00 or more : Individually signed postcard/production still.
YOUR CHANCE TO SCORE: (4 x a fiver): £20.00 or more : Individually signed 'Throw us a Fiver' limited edition fiver and a digital download of the finished film.
SQUARED : (5 x a fiver): £25.00 or more : Individually signed A4 limited edition print of production artwork and a digital download of the finished film.
JUDAS' PRICE : (6 x a fiver): £30.00 or more : Individually signed A3 limited edition poster featuring original artwork by Daniel Strange and a DVD of the finished film.
BULLY'S SPECIAL PRIZE : (10 x a fiver): £50.00 or more : Replica Trojan T-shirt as worn by Troy, individually signed A3 limited edition poster featuring original artwork by Daniel Strange and a DVD of the finished film (and a pat on the back from the Director of Photography).
FULLY BOOKED : (30 x a fiver): £150.00 or more : Long term gratitude, limited edition hard bound book featuring original artwork, designs and production stills and a DVD of the finished film.
THE SPARTAN : (60 x a fiver): £300.00 or more : Limited edition hard bound book featuring original artwork, designs and production stills along with a special thanks on the film and imdb listing. Also a DVD of the finished film (and a hug from the producer).
GRAND SLAM : (200 x a fiver): £1,000.00 or more : Eternal gratitude, limited edition hard bound book featuring original artwork, designs and production stills along with an Executive Producers credit on the film and imdb listing. Also an invitation to the cast and crew screening and a DVD copy of the finished film (then maybe whispered sweet nothings from the director depending upon how much he's drunk).