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Watch the short film Ruby's Balloon "A Nightmare in Chalk" and if you like it, help us make the longer version! 




A young woman, struggling with the pressures of growing up, forms a life-changing friendship with a beautiful, red balloon that has a personality of its own.


Ruby's Balloon is inspired by the 1956 film, The Red Balloon (Directed by Albert Lamorisse) and has been our passion project for the past two years! Our aim is to tell a story that is visually entertaining and that reveals some of the hidden magic in the world that is often overlooked or forgotten about. 


We want you to be involved in helping us bring this story to life! All you have to do is pledge your support by choosing one of the rewards categories on the right side of the page. Remember, every bit of support helps! Even if you can only spare five dollars, we'll appreciate it! 

Your support will go directly towards getting our film made by allowing us to:

- Hire Equipment
- Secure Locations
- Dress/Build sets
- Source/Make Props
- Source/Make Costumes
- Feed the cast and crew
- Cover Travel Expenses 
- Bring the Balloon to life! 

A large amount of our budget will also be going towards bringing The Balloon to life! This will be achieved through a combination of practical effects and computer generated visual effects! 










The Director
  
Billy Minshull-Gardner started out in the theatre, but quickly developed a passion for filmmaking. He has directed a number of short films and music videos, and has developed a visual style that is highly atmospheric and at times whimsical. 

Previous work: http://billym-g.wix.com/billyminshullgardner


The Producer

Nicole Melrose is currently studying at, 16th st (Caulfield) while working on the film, Ruby’s Balloon with Billy Minshull-Gardner. Her recent stage work includes, An Inspector Calls (Heidelberg theatre) and Noises Off (Mooroolbark theatre). She has worked with Director Tony Ferreri on the film, Runway and also performs at events such as, The Gangsters Ball (Forum theatre) and The Squizzy Taylor Ball (Collingwood Town Hall) etc. Some of Nicole’s television work includes Channel Ten (Studio Ten Show), The Underbelly Files (The Man Who Got Away) etc.

The Cinematographer

Pete Grayson is a Cinematographer with almost 2 decades of professional experience. With a degree in film & television and a postgraduate diploma from the VCA School of Film & Television, Pete has shot many short films, music videos, commercials, and documentaries. In 2015 completed shooting on his first feature film in the role of Director of Photography, on the independent feature ‘Christopher The Great’.

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A$20 +Digital Promotional StillYou will receive a digital copy of a promotional still taken by the photographer Sean Paris!
5 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$30 +DVD CopyYou will receive a limited edition DVD copy of the film!
11 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2016
A$50 +PosterYou will receive a limited edition A3 print of the poster!
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2016
A$80 +Storyboard Print! You will receive a printed copy of one of the storyboard pages drawn by Nicole Melrose!
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2016
A$100 +Complete Package This is the Ruby's Balloon Complete Package. You will receive a digital promotional still, copy of the film on DVD, a Printed copy of the poster and Storyboard Print.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2016
A$120 +Market Scene Extra!You will get the opportunity to be an extra in a scene where Ruby visits a market place! You will also receive a copy of the film on DVD, a Printed copy of the poster and Storyboard Print.
3 Chosen | 27 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$150 +All GoneName Ruby's Bakery!We want someone to come up with the name of the bakery where Ruby works and we'll make make it into a sign that will be incorporated into the film! You will also receive a copy of the film on DVD, a Printed copy of the poster and Storyboard Print.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$200 +Market Scene Stallholder You will get the opportunity to play the Stallholder of a stall in the market scene and act opposite Ruby! You will also receive a copy of the film on DVD, a Printed copy of the poster and Storyboard Print.
2 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$500 +Investor!You will be credited as an Investor and receive our eternal gratitude! You will also receive a copy of the film on DVD, a Printed copy of the poster and Storyboard Print.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2016
A$1000 +Associate Producer!You will be credited as an Associate Producer and will get the opportunity to visit the set during the shoot! You will also receive a copy of the film on DVD, a Printed copy of the poster and Storyboard Print.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2016