Sidmouth student’s crowd-funding appeal for short film

Sophie Christopherson is fundraising for a short film for her final year at Falmouth University.

Sophie Christopherson is fundraising for a short film for her final year at Falmouth University. - Credit: Archant

An ice cream-making student and her team are halfway to their £3,000 crowd-funding target to make a film about a marooned pirate.

Sophie Christopherson, 21, is preparing for her biggest challenge yet – producing a 10-minute movie for her final year at Falmouth University.

Black Island is an ambitious period piece that looks at the effect of extreme isolation through the eyes of a pirate marooned on an island.

Sophie, who is from Ottery St Mary and works at Taste of Sidmouth in her university holidays, said: “Filmmaking is something I’ve always been interested in. For as long as I can recall, my family and I have sat down and watched a film or TV programme every evening and I think this is something that has deeply influenced my passion for film – there are so many films that I’ve watched and thought about for so long afterwards.

“Working on a film that requires financial backing is the biggest challenge I’ve met thus far, but it’s all worth it for something I’m extremely passionate about, and it’s a small taste of what’s to come in the future.

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“The majority of the funds will be going towards cast and props, but the film is facing a challenge – set in the 18th century, it is key that we create a setting that lacks any signs of modernity.

“Because of this, we need to purchase specialist props, all of which need to fit the theme.”

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The film is being shot on location at Porthcurno beach in Cornwall. The students’ influences include Castaway, Papillon and Under the Skin.

After she graduates in July, Sophie is hoping to return to her birthplace of Denmark to do a masters degree in film and television.

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