Leanne Campbell

Community Arts & Cultural Development

The Little Pin Up short film

The Little Pin Up is an action fairy tale for grown ups about good versus evil and both the power and corruption that comes from needing to be loved.

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The writer/Director Kurt Horne and I are recreating a fantasy alternate 1950s world where the kids play with life size Pin Up dolls and this is normal. The kids play neighbourhood war on boxing day each year with their dolls.

Although this may seem like a children’s film, it is actually for adults. There are a lot of people who are very interested in Pin Up culture and we are not aware of any projects that incorporate this culture in film. We plan to use this short film to gauge the public and gain support for this type of project.

Our aim is to use this film as a proof of concept and develop a fan base for a long-form visual project.

The fantasy/action genre short film as a proof of concept for a larger project, is similar to a fine art conceptualised photo; there is a lot that needs to be done to bring the world to life.

This project we feel is important because it is bringing a different element to the screen; it is bringing imagination back to adults and an old Hollywood style of glamour back to the screen. We need to see hope, joy and beauty on the big screen as in recent years films have been very dark and gloomy.

We have had a very encouraging response so far from everyone we have discussed the project with and people are excited that we are making it. The script is completed and yet we are still polishing it as we go to make sure it is the strongest it can be before filming. We have just finished principle casting of the project and will begin cast read-throughs so we can tweak the dialogue. We also need to rehearse the choreography with leading Australian Armourer John Fox for the action scenes.

We will be filming in October 2020 and are aiming for the Sitges film festival 2021

The donations given will be used to

1. Make sure all the cast and crew are well fed and watered during the filming process.
2. Pay for the blanks, squibs, weapons and armour which is most of our budget for safety reasons as we have kids on set.
3. The Pin Up dolls all have their own unique costumes and the two leads will need more than one costume each for when they go to war for real.
4. We have several specialist crew who have come on board at a reduced rate to help us bring the concept to life but we still need to pay them.
5. We also have an artist creating props and we need to buy those building materials.
6. An artist drawing our poster and conceptual art for the film.
7. Post production is a massive part of the project that we need to make sure we have the resources to do well.
8. Hire a tank for the day for the scenes with the tank!

Keep in regular contact with the project via facebook https://www.facebook.com/TLPUfilm/

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Leanne’s dissatisfaction with the inequality in film and TV pushes her to find ways to learn around sets and she has gained valuable knowledge regarding how the actors and crews interact with each other and valuable skills for both crew and on screen work.

Leanne began her own production company Passion Media Productions because she wanted to create some memorable and life changing films where ‘normal’ is actually represented in the films. In 2013 Leanne began thinking about script writing and wrote a short film script ‘Love in Motion’, which she also directed.

Leanne has been working in the industry in some notable TV shows. Five seasons of Wentworth, various appearances on Winners and Losers and Neighbors. Films include, The Cup, 10 Terrorists, Healing, the award winning Tropfest film ‘We’ve all been there’. In recent years she has supported films here and in the United states. ‘Touch’ by director Dawn Fields USA, ‘Found’ by director Dawn Fields USA, ‘Short Distance’ by director Nic Barker AUS, the award winning film The Dead Guy in the Trunk’ directed by Lucas Scheffel AUS and Red Sky Candidate 5238 directed by Stewart Marshall AUS.

In 2014 Leanne saw the need for a premium diverse film festival and branch out. She successfully ran the POP international film festival, which has now become an annual film festival that complements the work she is currently doing. Due to this successful outcome she is negotiating with regional locations to be able to repeat screen the festival in country Victoria in the future.


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