Underdog Crew C.I.C A Not-For-Profit Community Interest Company
THE UNDERDOG CREW CIC. Company registration number: 14530067
- Commencing Summer 2023
‘Underdog Crew Studio Sci-Fi Project’
'Gemini Alpha', a miniature science fiction film set build - spanning the entire first year of our studio launch. Members will work to build an entire off-planet metropolis as a fantasy filmmaking playground. Bit by bit, week by week, this world will rise from nothing but cardboard, recycled materials and electrical components to relive the magic of traditional practical forced perspective filmmaking techniques, alongside CGI and green screen technology.
Bite-sized workshops as part of our weekly creative curriculum.
Teaching: Creative thinking, teamwork, collaboration, graphic design, crafting, 3D printing, basic electronics, Airbrushing and technical art, Green screen and CGI compositing, forced perspective filmmaking. Visit www.SliceofLifeFilm.com for our inspiration. FREE for Underdog Crew studio members!
UNDERDOG CREW studio
"A safe creative space for marginalised young adults to find inclusivity, positivity and emotional wellbeing."
Comprising multiple miniature film sets, graphic design, audio and editing suites, participants can dive in to all aspects of the creative filmmaking process, either on an informal daily drop-in basis or through structured regular workshops.
Launching Summer 2023 in Colchester.
- Commencing Summer 2023
‘The Underdog Crew’ 2023 | Television production workshops
Powered by, and raising funds for, the Underdog Crew C.I.C.
Six boots-on-the-ground television production workshops, where Underdog Crew participants work alongside professional film crew in the production of a TV sitcom.
Continuation of the Underdog Crew media training programmes.
Expansion of our professional output and level of professional training.
Creating an ongoing revenue generation project for The Underdog Crew C.I.C
Enhancing our national media focus.
The inclusion of a professional educational coordinator into our core team.
To benefit 14 new Underdog Crew interns.
SPRING/SUMMER COURSE STRUCTURE – approx. 60 hours
Bite-sized 3 to 4 hour workshops and a 4-day filming placement over 10 weeks.
Inclusivity: up to 12 interns from non neurotypical or disadvantaged backgrounds.
COURSE SCHEDULE - FULL PROJECT DETAILS HERE
January/February 2023- COMPLETE
May 2023 | July 2023 | September 2023 | November 2023 | January 2024
UNDERDOG CREW studio
Jump in to whatever we are currently working on. Build key skills and meet new friends.
An annual calendar of free and subscription based courses. Learn all aspects of the filmmaking process.
Regular events with industry guests, specialist workshops and motivational speakers.
With both the physical studio base and a virtual multi camera 'online studio' link, we aim to empower hundreds of young adults each year. Studio participants will enjoy regular competitions, ongoing projects, guest speakers and professional actor and crew workshops. We will also provide regular day trips to regional studios and production facilities as part of our route to further education and internships. Alongside these activities, and educational modules, participant groups will create their own short film projects, shadowed by industry professionals.
*Online participants learn alongside our physical studio participants via multi camera live links and audio interaction. They also have the opportunity to enter regular competitions: creating their own virtual digital assets to be incorporated into our real world set designs via CGI compositing and green screen technologies. Online students receive downloadable content and access to the 'Underdog Crew online hub' for collaboration with other students in a safe, monitored, online space.
At the end of each year, all participants have the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends at our 'glitzy' annual prize-giving event, fusing a 'red carpet' film premiere with our Underdog Crew celebrations... to provide our youths an empowering glimpse into the Hollywood universe as an extra boost.
2022 'Underdog Crew' headline project
"Harnessing the power of professional film to promote positivity and wellbeing in young adults."
Sponsored by Meatline butchers and featuring actor, Jamie Chambers (Star Wars/Fury/Morris Men), we took a trip to the Inclusion Ventures centre in Jaywick, Essex, to educate and inspire young adults in the art of cooking exciting and healthy food at home. Throughout the day we taught the group how to make 'street food dirty burgers', how to create amazing dishes from the humble chicken thigh, and even got them to try AND ENJOY liver!
The final shooting day of the Morris Men shoot ended a 2-year journey of production. With only a few key extra scenes to shoot we took three lucky #underdogcrew members: Jodie and Bobby Cavalier and William Morgan along to be part of this final day. Throughout the day they got hands on with the entire process: filming, setting up lighting and cameras, operating the 'Steadycam' and clapperboard. Jodie, as positive and brave as can be for an eleven-year-old even jumped in and has a role in the actual movie!
As with all our 2021/2022 #underdogcrew participants, these three will receive their certificates at the UK premiere of the Morris Men movie on October 29th at the historic Princes Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea.
PROJECT #5 - Aug/Sept 2022
Joseph Allison, 'founding Underdog Crew member', has risen dramatically through the ranks following first joining us as an intern on our 2020 feature film, Faith. With over 30 international awards to it's name, Joesph played a huge part in ensuring the sets and costumes looked amazing, together with jumping in, as and when asked, in all departments. Having now worked on all three of our feature films to date Joe is a seasoned pro on-set. Cool, calm and collected. In tribute to his amazing work ethic, professionalism and boundless creativity energy we are now backing him as Producer and Director on his first professional music video: 'Fools Gold', starring the UK's leading folk/punk band, 'Forest of Fools'.
Joe will be leading the next generation of Underdog Crew interns in this exciting project, one of five short films within this first term of the UC film School.
“I have a disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which is an inflammatory arthritis. During university I suffered from a severe flare up which affected my eyes and caused me to lose my sight in one eye. This resulted in a mental breakdown and multiple mental health issues that really affected my quality of life and well-being. I felt lost and alone. It was around this time that I discovered DB Morgan and his underdog crew, we worked on a film called faith which has gone onto win awards all around the world. During my time on faith I explored my skill set and explored different roles on set. One of my favourite memories is being in an upside down car, applying fake blood to the actors, it reminded me of the T-Rex scene in Jurassic Park and it was magical because it felt like I was on a Hollywood set and that I had finally made it. The underdog crew has been a fantastic experience because it takes people of all backgrounds and abilities, nurtures their skills and at the end of it you have new friends, a new potential career path and a film to be proud of. As an underdog crew film maker, DB Morgan took me on knowing nothing about me or what I was capable of but gave me a chance when I felt my most broken. Since then we have gone onto make three feature films together and I’ve made some fantastic friends and connections along the way. The film industry felt like it was impossible to get into before the underdog crew, but your dreams of working in the film industry really are just one step away.” Joe Allison AKA Eyeconic
Joe on 'Morris Men' - acting role
On-set photos with Director, JOSEPH ALLISON, cast and crew.
Key film projects created this term, funded by the ARTS AND CULTURAL FUND, were showcased at the pre-screening celebrations of DB Morgan's Morris Men movie red carpet world premiere in front of a packed audience on 29th October 2022 at the historic Princes Theatre in Clacton -on-Sea.
PROJECT #7 - Coming Summer 2023
#Underdogcrew interns team up with a range of elderly people to create a series of micro-films, discussing what it means to be alive. From Gen-Z to GI (the greatest Generation) to Millenials and Boomers, we see how values and ambitions have changed throughout the ages. This project aims to educate both ends of the age spectrum on how the eras they live in affected their outlook and perception of the world around them. We are really excited to commence this project and are currently gathering supporters and contributors.
THE UNDERDOG CREW CONCEPT
Some people are suited to the classroom environment, others are not. This is a fact!
Underdog interns are dropped in to real-world filmmaking situations and experience first hand all aspects of the filmmaking process. An in-depth, boots on the ground, introduction to the world of ‘zero budget resources filmmaking’. Participants work together with professional film crew and actors to produce short films, micro documentaries and even music videos. Participants learn all aspects of the filmmaking process guided by industry professionals to create their own creative works, either behind, or in front of camera.
All course participants receive:
An ‘Underdog Crew’ certificate.
A professional DVD of the short film productions.
Free family tickets to the annual awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
The chance to become an Underdog Crew mentor for future projects.
SPONSORS, PATRONS AND SUPPORTERS
As a mental health survivor, anxiety sufferer and general all-round underdog, DB Morgan is proud to welcome under-represented and minority groups into all of his filmmaking exploits. Having trialled his 'youth involvement project' during the shoot of his 2010 (MTV competition winning) short film, "Subject 3", he quickly learned that everybody has something to offer in a creative environment and crew members on the autism/Asperger's spectrum especially came away empowered and motivated from their experiences on set.
“When I was younger, I never really believed in myself, I never really had confidence in many things. From issues from my childhood. My parents suffer from mental illness and it was really tough. I always felt like I couldn’t achieve anything, and I have nothing to show to the world. I had a dark stage in my life dealing with a lot of suicidal thoughts. But I overcame it. This team and film have given me a sense of purpose, and the title alone just shows how I feel now in life. After dealing with a lot of stuff and gradually picking myself up. This experience has given me faith.”
JAMIE WRIGHT (19) FOUNDING UNDERDOG CREW MEMBER
Radio series with Rodney Appleyard: film guru and host of Colne radio’s 'Saturday night at the movies' podcast. Discussing the current state of British independent film with 'DB' Morgan, associated actors and members of the Underdog crew.
Profile feature on
Building confidence through teamwork:
A nurturing space to develop new creative ideas.
Encouragement, guidance and signposting into further learning.
Self sufficiency/responsibility through daily rota’d lunch cooking.
Taking ownership of choices based around positive actions.
High intensity creative workshops including:
Industry standard practical special effects.
Screen combat training and implementation.
Prop making workshops.
Set building workshops.
Acting and improvisational workshops.
I.T workshops for graphical design and VFX.
DIRECTOR, 'DB' MORGAN talks ‘Underdog’.
It would be wrong of me to ask my crew to open up on their own personal experiences without offering my own into the mix. Two years of hell at a notorious Essex boarding school led to my younger life being consumed with drug abuse, leading to being an ex drug user and mental health survivor. I have been left with bouts of crippling anxiety that restrict my life in many ways. After losing our 12-year old daughter, Jodi, to aplastic anaemia in 2010 I’ve also been left with PTSD. I choose to rise above my limitations and slowly face my demons one by one.
As a writer my life experiences have provided me with so much ammunition to channel into the emotions of my work. As a creative I have learned that everyone has a story to tell and the richer a life’s tapestry, the deeper the story. I love working with ‘outsiders’ as a true underdog myself and thrive on proving people wrong when it comes to underestimating, prejudging or prej- udicing against marginalised people and groups. I am passionate about growing my ‘underdog crew’ ethos into a recognised UK movement and allowing all comers to shine under the brilliance of their own light.
“Sometimes I find it hard because I think people just see the disabilities sides of me and not take me seriously but that's something i'n used to.
I feel like with the Underdog Crew we are all equal no one is judged. Everyone just has the one goal and we all come together with all our love of film to create all together. I feel like I'm actually taken seriously and that everyone is.. so it's a really good, friendly environment.”
JAMIE MURPHY (18)
Founding UNDERDOG CREW member
FAITH MOVIE BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURETTE. An insight into the
world of 'DB' Morgan's film sets and working with the Underdog Crew.
"STAND UP" by M.I.C. An Underdog Crew music video devised and written by Underdog Crew members and performed by renowned U.S rapper M.I.C.
"LITTLE MAN" The first short festival film by the Underdog Crew. Written and Produced
by 'DB' Morgan. Official selection and several award nominations at international festivals.
We are always looking for funding by way of grants, sponsorships and investment. We have, to date, raised well over £100,000 from non traditional industry sources and private investment, relying on dexterity and resourcefulness to power our cinematic journey.
We are proud to introduce ourselves as a self-funded multi award-winning boutique production house. Having earned our stripes and industry respect over the past twelve years, we now feel comfortable with fund seeking and welcome grant assistance from the relevant UK creative funding bodies.
From our ethos of working with under represented and marginalised youths on our film sets under 'the Underdog Crew' initiative, to structuring our management teams as predominantly female led, we constantly seek ways to even out the playing field and enhance our #allequal mission statement.
Our productions are designed around a minimal carbon footprint, working prominently with LED lighting and sustainable power solutions. We source local talent where possible and bring worthy interns in from our local college and university media study courses. We lead the way with open set days and always seek to incorporate the local area into our projects.
We are the sustainable future of British independent film.