Fund It: Six Days of the Rising to launch crowdfunding campaign at Web Summit

Web Summit, Image Now Productions and Indiegogo are set to launch a crowdfunding campaign for new film Six Days of the Rising, to be directed by Irish director Nick Ryan, at Web Summit 2014.

Old and new world’s will collide at the Web Summit as it was announced today that Director Nick Ryan (producer and director of award-winning Everest documentary The Summit) will launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for his latest film, based on the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

The launch will occur in front of an audience of 20,000 attendees at the Web Summit, Europe’s largest festival of tech and ideas on the Marketing Summit Stage on Tuesday 4th November, where founder of Indiegogo Danae Ringelmann will discuss crowdfunding in films with Nick Ryan.

Nick Ryan is a founding director of Image Now Films, and is a director and producer of films. Nick produced and directed the acclaimed Sundance award winning feature documentary The Summit. The film went on to win seven other major awards as well as an IFTA for best feature documentary. Nick also wrote, directed and produced the award winning short film A Lonely Sky. In 2008 he wrote and directed the award winning The German.

The funds raised through the Indiegogo campaign page will go towards script and visual concept development to bring the Dublin of 1916 before, during and after The Rising, to life on screen.

In addition to contributing to the realisation of the feature on screen people who subscribe to the fund will also be entitled to certain perks including vintage stamps, personalised newspapers, medals and limited edition copies of storyboards for the movie. The campaign will go live this week-end on Saturday November 1.

Speaking on the collaboration Miranda Fleming, Indiegogo UK Film & Creative said, “I’m in awe of the creativity coming from our European filmmakers and Nick Ryan’s latest project, Six Days of the Rising is just another example of this. For Nick to select Indiegogo as his crowdfunding platform of choice and to kick off the campaign at Dublin Web Summit speaks volumes. As part of Indiegogo’s ongoing commitment to support talented filmmakers and the creative community worldwide, we’re excited to provide his campaign the support it needs to reach the largest global audience.”

Paddy Cosgrave, founder Web Summit is equally enthusiastic “I’m delighted to have Nick speak at the Web Summit, his approach to film-making is always innovative and compelling. His work and this initiative fit perfectly with calibre of speakers we have on film and tech this year which includes Tim Webber who won an Oscar for his special effects on Gravity.”

Commenting on the film director Nick Ryan said, “Recreating the Dublin of 1916 will require the representation of the city before and after the immense destruction. The city is a character in the film and we believe that accuracy in the geography and look of the building is essential. To enable this we intend to create a very large exterior stage with the appropriate cobblestone street and lower level structure combined with 100ft high blue/green screen backgrounds, and composite authentic models of the surrounding buildings in the various stages of destruction. Rather than focusing on the leaders of the uprising, we will portray the events from the perspective of a man whose journey across the barricaded city brings him in contact with both sides of the conflict. We will bring a level of authenticity to the production that like The Summit, puts you firmly on the ground during the extraordinary events of Easter 1916″.

Six Days of the Rising is scheduled to go into production in early 2015. Campaign contributions can be made now via Indiegogo.

Six Days of the Rising will be an explosive and gripping account of an epochal moment in history and the human cost of insurrection in a time of great change. The Easter Rising was a pivotal moment in world history, where a six day war was fought skilfully by a group of rebels against 16,000 troops of the largest empire in the world.

Brutal, honest, violent and uncompromising, in the style of Bloody Sunday and The Battle of Algiers, acclaimed director Nick Ryan using state of the art visual effects will recreate this epic fight for independence and the destruction of Dublin onscreen as never before seen.