Meet Mr Pissed

A few years ago my mate Phil Watson came and saw Bondi Dreaming. Over a few post theatre analytical refreshments, he mentioned a script he had written called Mr Pissed. A politically incorrect adult version of the Mr Men books we all loved as kids.

Mr Pissed

I was immediately intrigued, and indeed when he sent me the script, laughed my head off at it.
We read it at Actors Anonymous and it was very well received, and I was keen to get it up.

Life then got in the way (I moved to Melbourne) and I forgot all about it.
Last year my good friend Bruce Glen, aka The Gentleman Magician, reminded me about it, and I dug it out of the hard drives, and was pleased to see it still resonated.
So I got in touch with Phil again and we gave it a refresh, and submitted it to Short&Sweet as an ITC (Independent Theatre Company) submission by Actors Anonymous.
Mr Pissed will play in Week 8 at the King Street Theatre.

It still cracks me up so much, and thats without the awesome costumes, projected cartoon visuals and sound effects that will just add the icing on the cake.

In researching the Mr Men, I found out that they are the third highest selling books in history! And its been lovely reading them again bringing back many lovely childhood memories. The series celebrated their 40th anniversary last week. What a legacy for their creator Mr Roger Hargreaves.

Writer: Phil Watson
Director: Nick Bolton
Producer: Nick Bolton
Costume Designer: Kathy Baker

mr pissed cast

The Cast L-R
Mr Pissed: Matt Lancey
Miss Tits: Danielle Emery
Narrator: Bruce Glen
Mr Hussein: Anurag Chakradhar

More information on Short&Sweet can be seen at www.shortandsweet.org

Venue: King Street Theatre
Performances:
Dress: Tues 26th Feb at 8pm
Shows: Weds 27th Feb to Sat 2nd March at 8pm, and Sunday 3rd March at 5.15pm
Tickets at at www.shortandsweet.org

The Review:
Bolton has cast and choreographed this play with humorous precision.
Sydney Arts Guide

The Results
Very very happy to come third in the judges vote.
My good friend Kate Toon came first with Coma Sutra
I directed Kate’s short films Dreams of Evolution and The Postcard
And Danielle Emery who played Miss Tits, jumped on board Coma Sutra at the last minute replacing the previously cast actress who had tonsilitis.
Congrats to Kate , Danni, and Aaron J. Nilan who gave a very impressive performance as the guy, in the grand final

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Dreams of Evolution

Project: Dreams of Evolution
Dreams of Evolution screened as a finalist at “Songs Interwoven of Lights” at the Queensland Poetry Festival, on Sunday 26 August as part of the 2012 QPF Filmmakers Challenge! www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com

“I can think of nothing sadder than a goldfish in a bowl. Swimming in tight circles, such a lonely soul…”

These are the opening lines of Dreams of Evolution, a poem that features in Kate Toon‘s crowd-funded self-published poetry book Gone Dotty.
We’ve all pondered the existence of a goldfish in a bowl. Maybe this goldfish will help us ponder our own existence and encourage our own dreams of evolution to turn into reality.

Crew:
Writer: Kate Toon
Director: Nick Bolton
DOP: Jonathan Adams
Producer: Nick Bolton
Narrator: Kim Knuckey
Sound Operator: Nick Bolton
Goldfish poo wrangler: Kate Toon
Props: Nick Bolton
Editor: Steve Fanale
Music Editor: Steve Fanale
Grading: Jonathan Adams
Cast: Hercules II

With thanks to Emma Newman, Jim Hodgson, Toby Levins
Format: QuickTime
Ratio: 16:9
Frame rate 25fps
Duration: 3m 54s
Camera: Canon C300

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Dreams of Evolution by Kate Toon
I can think of nothing sadder than a goldfish in a bowl,
Swimming in tight circles, such a lonely fishy soul.
With your tiny bulbous eyes, that pine to see the sea,
Longing for a little lover, to share your dull eternity.
All you have for company is a silly plastic weed,
Nothing to look forward to, except tomorrow’s feed.
Some pathetic grubby pebbles form your universe’s base,
I see nothing but depression written on your orange face.
Is your memory so short that this all seems brand-new?
Or is that 18-second thing entirely untrue?
Do you ever go to sleep, in the darkness of the night,
And dream of evolution, growing wings and taking flight?
Such iridescent beauty, you’re the bauble of the sea;
If you were my finned captive, I’d be sure to set you free.
Written by Kate Toon
Published in the poetry book Gone Dotty
http://www.katetoon.com/stories/books/gone-dotty/

Another Crowdfunding venture – Kate Toon’s poetry, via Pozible

My good mate Kate Toon yet again puts her hand up for the hardest working mum award! I’ve known Kate for well over a decade when we both emigrated to Oz and worked for Singleton Ogilvy & Mather‘s first interactive division in 1999.

We lost touch for a few years when Kate returned to England ( it was pre Facebook!) but met up again when Kate returned to Sydney in 2007ish, and through our mutual interest in film, theatre and digital media have become good friends.

I was thrilled to produce and direct the short film of her award winning play ‘Bomb Disposal‘ which we renamed ‘The Postcard

Anyhoo, as well as Mum, SEO and copywriting guru, and playwright, Kate is about to become a published poet, using Pozible to raise funds,

Check out her project here

Hope you can spare a few bob to help her in her cause.

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No sooner had I published this post, saw this article in Screenhub – an interview with Pozible Founder Rick Chen

Rick Chen: everything is Pozible
by: Anne Richey
Screen Hub

Wednesday 25 January, 2012
In a world where everything costs money and funding grants are scarce, how do you find the resources to create your masterpiece? The impossible just became Pozible.

The crowdfunding site Pozible has been operating for around 18 months now, and although it’s still quite a new concept, it’s going well. They currently have around 200-300 large projects listed, across various artforms including film, art, community, design, fashion, photography, technology and writing.

Pozible co-founder Rick Chen pointed out that people are becoming more and more comfortable with the crowdfunding concept, and they’ve found that around 40% of these projects are successful at raising their target amount.

The projects which tend to work the best on the site are those which “have a project creator with a real passion,” according to Rick. He’s found that it doesn’t matter what they’re doing as long as they have a passion for it. It also helps if friends and family are aware of the project. “That sort of thing generally works really well because once you put it out…you receive support from people you know instantly,” Rick said. He added that it also works very well for people with a large fan base such as musicians or filmmakers.

Around 37% of the projects listed on the site are from filmmakers.

If the target amount is reached, any amounts above and beyond the 100% are also transferred to the artist. There’s no upper limit and the portal remains open right up to the deadline. Some projects have raised 200% or 300% more than they were aiming for.

If the target amount isn’t reached, then no money is transferred.

Pozible generally takes 7.5% of donations in administrative costs, but this is reduced to 5% if people are members of their partner organisations. Their partners include APRA/ACMOS, QPIX, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Sydney Film School, Metro Screen, Creative Sydney, Wide Angle Tasmania and ANAT.

They work with some government agencies as well, including Music Victoria and Music NSW. They also have people referred to their site through government agencies when they’re ineligible for grants.

Charitable projects aren’t supported by Pozible at the moment as they have traditional and stable funding strands. They instead “wanted to open a new door to the creative industry, which generally doesn’t have a lot of options to raise money for their projects.”

Rick became involved through the Sydney arts scene. He and co-founder Alan Crabbe were working with a lot of digital artists, and they found that many of the artists were looking for a way to pre-sell their goods. Providing a platform for crowdfunding seemed like the best way to achieve this goal.

At the time, Pozible was called Fundbreak. The change of name occurred when they discovered that they couldn’t get the ‘Fundbreak’ registered as a business name.

Ross Hill, the co-founder of The Awesome Foundation in Melbourne with Edward Harran, works in the same office as Rick. Rick has known him for a long time, and a collaboration with them was always on the cards.

Rick described how the decision to join forces came very naturally, and surprised none of their co-workers in their creative office area. It’s also had a very positive reaction from the public, and “people see that sort of thing more and more in the future as well, and from our end, we wanted to push it even more into other philanthropic foundations, even government grants in the future if that’s possible.”

Rick will be a member of the second Awesome Foundation which is starting up in Melbourne. They’ll be giving out their first grants on 22nd of February at a Mega Grant Party. Their first grant will be for $3,000 plus.

They’re fundraising for the party on Pozible, and people who donate $50 to the party are able to vote for the recipient of the Mega Grant.

Generally though, anyone who applies through the Awesome Foundation website or through the Pozible website is put into a pool, and the top ten will then be taken to the board and the one with the most votes wins the money.

The aim is to donate $1000 to one project each month with no strings attached. The criteria is that the recipient must have ‘the most awesome crazy brilliant idea as voted by the foundation.’

Rick suggested that for filmmakers in particular, it would be an excellent time to apply for The Awesome Foundation grant and to list their projects on Pozible.

Anne Richey
Anne Richey is a screenwriter and Screen Hub’s assistant editor.