Lights, camera, action at King’s Lynn Academy
Lynn film club students are determined to go out with a bang as they embark on their final and most ambitious project yet before heading to university.
King’s Lynn Academy’s award-winning FilmClub is working on its biggest production since forming four years ago.
The filming of Too Cool 2 Kickass: The Fall of Captain Obvious, a sequel to its original superhero comedy Too Cool to Kickass, is well underway.
But to make it a big success, and give members leaving for university in September the perfect send-off, the club is appealing for community help.
It needs to raise around £300 to cover costly music and effects licenses and has launched an online Kickstarter campaign to help it reach its goal.
The club has a strong history of raising funds through Kickstarter for some of its previous projects, but with less than a fortnight to go before the campaign closes on May 21, it needs all the help it can get.
ICT technician Lee McCowen, who runs the extra-curricular FilmClub, said: “Kickstarter funding is all or nothing so the club would appreciate any and all pledges to help them reach this goal.”
To reward generous backers, members have designed a range of backer reward items, including mugs, bags, badges, DVD copies of the finished film and tickets to the premiere screening, due for early September at the King’s Lynn Academy.
The club, which has 10 members including both current academy students and ex-students who are studying media at Lynn’s College of West Anglia, have been filming as often as possible, including during the Easter holiday.
Having already produced 15 minutes of completed film, many film-making clubs across the country would be happy to call it a wrap. But with the Captain, his ‘Sidekick’, teddy bear Theodore and several others leaving the club for university at the end of the academic year the gang are determined to go out with a bang, targeting a running time of 45 minutes.
Mr McCowen said the film will represent the chance to capture the years the club has worked together.
He said: “When I started the FilmClub, it was a way for me to continue to engage with our students in the classroom as I no longer taught any lessons.
“What started as a large group of students looking for a Friday afternoon distraction gradually became a much smaller, but dedicated group of young film makers who have surpassed even my wildest expectations of them.”
In the four years it has been running, the club has produced eight short films, and held three premiere screenings – including its recent ghost walk/horror film festival, FearFest.
Mr McCowen, who became a father for the first time in March, added: “It has been a wonderful experience to see many of the members grow up, move on to further education within the media environment and now as they prepare to go to university.
“I feel both proud and a little sad as it almost feels as if I am saying goodbye to members of my family.
“For me, the film represents the chance to capture the years we have worked together in a way which will last forever and I look forward to, several years from now, showing my daughter that whilst she may think her dad is uncool, he used to be a superhero.
“Unfortunately, I am unable to finance the rest of the project myself, so I will be very grateful to anyone in the community who helps our club finish ‘Too Cool’ the way it was meant to be finished.”
Club member and Captain Obvious, Jake Bargewell, said: “The club is a huge part of my life. If it wasn’t for Mr McCowen and the club I would most likely have never got in to film and wouldn’t be going to university in September to study film.
“‘Too Cool 2’ means a lot to me as it is the biggest thing we have ever done and will be such an amazing send off for all of us leaving in September.”
Anyone wanting to make a pledge to the club’s Kickstarter campaign can visit: www.kickstarter.com/projects/klafilmclub/too-cool-2-kickass