My name is TJ. I realize this might be a little out of the blue, however any assistance in relation to my request will be greatly appreciated.

Who am I?

My name is TJ. I am a film-making student at the Sydney Film School and am wanting to make a 30-min documentary film on LGBT rights as part of my subject Documentary Production. Just to share, my motivation behind joining the film school was to be able to make films on humanitarian issues, particularly those pertaining to the LGBT community.

What’s the film about?

In the interest of full disclosure, documentaries usually aren’t scripted and quite often end up being slightly different to what one sets out to make. Having said that my documentary charts the journey of a 56 year old gay man, who grew up in a single-parent family; was sexually abused; married a female; had two sons (one of whom is bipolar); divorced his wife to start living with his partner; and was the chairman of the Metropolitan Church (Sydney), which he was eventually made to leave. He then started a support group in association with the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) to assist LGBT community members from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Essentially I aim to tell a story using two threads – the protagonist’s courageous life and ACON’s terrific work and with the central theme of “you get from this life the courage you have to ask for.”

Where do I need your assistance?

I want certain sequences of the story to be re-enacted via dance sequences as a means to lend those sequences that extra emotional spice as well as dramatization feel. To accomplish that I am seeking assistance from two male and two female acrobatic dancers (or another similar specialisation; students or professionals), within the age group of 25 to 30.

Is there a budget?

Because there’s no budget available from the school and because I am a student, the funding at my disposal is very limited. Having said that, I understand that your time is valuable. Keeping that in mind, I am happy to discuss options.

When do we start filming and when will the film be released?

Shooting will commence around mid to end October. We will only need a day (say 4-5 hours) to shoot the dance portions. After all the post-production work is finished, the final film will be released by the school around the end of December 2015. The school may send the film to film festivals (such as the Mardi Gras Festival and others) for screening and competitions.

What’s the first step?

The first step of the process will be to meet people who are keen on working in the film and finalizing a brief synopsis of the dance sequences (expected length of the sequences is 15 minutes). I hope this gives you a clear idea of what I want to do and why I want to do it. Should you need any further information, please let me know.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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