THE STORY - LULLABY
Based upon the popular myth of the 'kepala anjing', this is a short film set in 1970s Singapore about a kampong community, and their move to modern-day HDB flats, with the message of what it means to develop as a modern society.
When a kampong boy goes missing, the Seng household is under fire, due to Ah Seng's dark past and various rumours floating about. All the villagers in the kampong suspect Ah Seng, even his own children, who think he has been kidnapping kids to chop their heads off, and using their skulls as the foundations of buildings like HDBs. With the panic mounting, Ah Seng's children, Jia Hao and Shu Fen have to protect their newborn sister, possibly from their own father.
When their mother falls ill and the kids are left alone with their father, they have no choice but to turn to the first victim of the kidnappings, Soon Fatt-- whose son was 'kidnapped' as well. They soon realize that they have made a grave mistake, discovering that all the rumors and kidnappings were a plot orchestrated by Soon Fatt himself in a bid to stop rapid modernisation in the kampong community. Just as all hope seems to be lost, Ah Seng manages to save his children and finally reconciles with his family, thus ending the rampant rumors in the village.
Watch our pitch video with our original idea(before budget cut) here:
WHO we are
We are an 8 person group of 19-20 year old Final Year film students from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore! We call ourselves Dabao Films! Our film is titled Lullaby.
WHAT this campaign is about
We have started this campaign in hopes of raising funds for our film project. At present time, our film's budget is set at $13,000. (Why such an amount you ask? Check out our FAQs below!)
WHEN it is happening
Our shoot dates have been set for the last 2 weeks of December 2018, thus our deadline for this campaign is just after production!
WHY this campaign exists
This film is our Final Year Project and it counts greatly towards our GPAs, portfolios, and futures. We have 0 sponsors, 0 funding and our $13,000 budget is to be split among the 8 of us in the group. Only a few of us are working part time but with school ongoing, we do not have much time to raise the funds for our film. We are hoping for kind souls to help fund our film- any amount is appreciated!
HOW we plan to repay sponsors
All our sponsors will be credited in our film as special thanks! The video will be uploaded onto various platforms after the end of the project.
For sponsors that are willing to contribute $100 and above, we would like to invite you to a special gathering after the end of our project to talk about film together! (Only for Singapore residents) We apologise that we do not have many rewards, and we would like to sincerely thank anyone that is willing to contribute any amount to our film!
1. Why is the budget set at $13,000?
Initially when we thought we would be getting official sponsors, we had plans for the budget to be closer to $20,000. After realising we would not have any monetary sponsorships, the team rushed to cut the script and make it more budget-friendly. However, despite our attempts, the most we have managed to bring our budget down to is $13,000. We did not want to lose our entire story in the process of reducing our budget.
2. Why not use simple equipment to save costs?
We have suggestions to use simple camera equipment like iPhones and such, instead of renting out professionally. However, our school wants us to use equipment that was taught to us so they can observe how our knowledge has been applied after 3 years of studying. And because we are only students and not professionals, filming a whole film on an iPhone is not something we are sure we can achieve.
3. Where is all the money coming from at present time?
At present time, all the money is coming from our 8 pockets. We have no funding, no sponsors, and only some of us are working part time. However, as it gets closer to the day of filming, we will get busier and soon part time jobs will have to be put on hold. When that happens, the entire group will really need some sort of funding if we hope to produce a film. We have some money saved up collectively but plans might fall through and funding would really ease the monetary burdens on all of us.
4. Why don't you try to write in to sponsors or ask your school for funding?
We have written in to numerous sponsors but none have contacted us back. Our school does not fund our films but has written in to IMDA on the behalf of all groups for a $5000 grant. This grant is still unconfirmed and we cannot rely on just that $5000 to produce a film.