CURRENT SPONSORS | PATRONS | SUPPORTERS
UNDERDOG FILM SCHOOL
UNDERDOG #1 COMMENCING SUMMER 2022. CLACTON -ON-SEA.
‘Hollywood-on-Sea’ filmmaking masterclass. Incorporating multimedia creative education and networking. An in-depth, boots on the ground, introduction to the world of ‘zero budget resources filmmaking’. Three weekend long intensive workshops, where participants learn all aspects of the filmmaking process, guided by industry professionals, to create their own festival short film.
All course participants receive:
An ‘Underdog Crew’ certificate.
A professional DVD of the short film production.
2x free tickets to the UK premiere of DB Morgan’s Morris Men movie, at Clacton’s ‘Prince’s Theatre’, on Saturday 29th October 2022. The Underdog #1 short film will be screened before the movie and all participants will be awarded with their certificates, DVD’s and a few special surprise prizes.
UNDERDOG CREW STUDIOS: An innovative filmmaking and creative arts initiative founded by 'DB' Morgan, a screenwriter, author and award winning producer/director born and bred in Colchester, Essex, UK. An autistic mental health survivor and proud family ambassador for www.sickchildrenstrust.org.
We are currently operating from several regional bases and individual
film sets, seeking a permanent studio base in Clacton-on-Sea for 2023.
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.
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.
Storyworld building workshops.
Script development workshops.
Short film making workshops.
Post production workshops.
Post production audio workshops.
“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
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.