2015 10 minutes
Imagine follows the story of Millie who has a rare incurable disease Niemann Pick Type C
"IMAGINE" follows the story of Millie, a little girl who dreams of being a dancer, yet suffers from Niemann Pick Type C; an extremely rare, incurable disease which causes neurological decline and dementia. Only 800 people around the world suffer from this, the majority of whom are innocent children who were born with this horrible genetic condition.
17 YEAR OLD FILM-MAKER RELEASES CAPTIVATING SHORT FILM TO BUILD AWARENESS OF RARE FATAL GENETIC DISEASE
First, Carl Mason learnt that his nine year old neighbour suffers from Niemann Pick Type C, then he raised £6000 to produce a full-scale short film to help increase awareness of the extremely rare disease. The young film-maker secured collaborative support from over 20 television and film professionals to create a film that could aid fundraising efforts and also raise medical awareness of NP-C.
The screenplay was written by John F. McDonald, a multi-award winning screenwriter, with the careful guidance of NP-C charity Hope for Hollie, Niemann Pick UK, INPDA and Great Ormond Street Hospital. What is also particularly impressive is that this teenager secured a production team including camera, audio, editing, costume and make-up professionals who all work full-time in the film industry with diverse experience ranging from ITV's Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Channel 4 Drama, BBC Worldwide and more. Carl said “Working with such a seasoned team has made my directing début particularly special. I very much hope that the film will inspire donations to the charities involved and increase awareness of this horrible disease within both the medical profession and public alike. Obviously it has been an extremely enjoyable project to work on, but the fact is, this is a fatal disease that barely anyone has ever heard of and I wanted to change that.”
Companies involved in this production
- Carl Lewis Films