Welcome to Trigger’s Campaign!
We need your help funding this short film. Trigger is a 15-minute short about a soldier called Fletcher who returns home to the UK with PTSD whilst serving in Afghanistan. The film follows Fletcher as he struggles with his ever growing mental illness and his struggles to adapt back into civilian and family life. Until a tragic life-changing event happens that will change his and his family’s lives forever.
Dann wanted to write this story about male mental illness because it's a subject close to his heart. His cousin Paul sadly took his own life because he couldn't cope with his depression anymore, he didnt speak to anyone about how he felt. It became too much. There's sadly a stigma attached with men and mental health that they should just deal with it "Man up" is often used and men don't talk about their mental health with people.
Where does your money go?
-Pay Cast and Crew
-Expenses, petrol, food, refreshments , etc.
-Props, costumes and make up
-Licences, location fees, private hire.
-We are shooting on 4k so we have to have a large number of hard drives to put the footage on and back the footage up
-Equipment Hire, etc.
Sometimes the smallest things you don't think about like, new light bulbs for the lights, batteries , etc.
British Royal Marine, Fletcher Thompson has just been medically discharged with PTSD from active service in Afghanistan.
Embarrassed of his illness, he keeps his release a secret from his wife. But as the days turn into weeks, the stress of family life and everyday tasks send him further down the rabbit hole of depression, where his battled scarred mind bleeds past trauma with present events.
Tragedy strikes and a family is destroyed forever.
Here are our wonderful crew
Director Of Photography - Corry Raymond
Sound Recordist - Louis Raymond
Hair/Makeup department - Hayley Cara Kharsa
Editing/Grading - Corry Raymond
Dann Kharsa as Fletcher
Zara Edwards as Laura
Joe Maxwell as Richie
Daniel Dresner as Psychiatrist
Meet the Cast & Crew
Director Of Photography/Editor/Director- CORRY RAYMOND
Hailing from the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, Corry got his break in the industry working on a series for Sky One at the age of 18.
Moving to London at the age of 21 to direct and produce a docu-series for Channel 4, Corry has since worked freelance as a Cinematographer and Content Producer for television and commercial entities for the last five years.
Today he continues to produce cutting edge content, working alongside established and fresh talent in the film and TV industry.
Corry is really excited to be working with Dann on this story which promises to be very emotional.
Sound Recordist - LOUIS RAYMOND
Louis is an integral part of this production team, having worked in the role of sound since Corry’s first productions. His vast experience covers working at Glastonbury, documentaries, scripted film and as a producer for his own band Cheekbone, which has become a favourite of BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing.
Fletcher- DANN KHARSA
Dann is from Billingham on Teesside, he came down to London at the age of 17 to train at London Studio Centre. Since graduating he has had a long career in Theatre and film. Some of his credits include Movies, Fit!, Kickoff and War is Coming. His theatre Credits include, Amadeus at Chichester, Disney's Aladdin West End and Amos in Chicago the musical, Singapore Tour. Trigger is Dann's first writing venture and he is excited to see it being brought to life.
Laura- ZARA EDWARDS
Zara is an Acting graduate of the London College of Music. Since graduating in 2019, Zara has featured in numerous commercials for high end brands, as well as the face of a campaign for TikTok.
Most recently, she starred in a short film "Home" written and directed by BFI young talent alumni and played the lead girl in music video "My Favourite".
Zara's currently a lead part in a comedy web series. She is very much looking forward to working on this short film and embracing this character.
Richie- JOE MAXWELL
Joe trained at the Guildford School of Acting. His credits include work across TV, Film and West End Theatre including 'An Officer and a Gentleman', 'Jersey Boys' and the recent Donmar Warehouse production of 'City of Angels'.
Psychologist- DANIEL DRESNER
Daniel Dresner is an actor and acting coach. He studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City and has appeared in Film, TV, Stage, Commercials, Radio, voice overs and games on 5 continents. Work includes as George W Bush for Channel 4, Mercenaries for ABC, Sixty Six for Working Title, 17 episodes of iBall TV, multiple short Radio Stories and voice overs, and many Commercials including for Nuffield Health, Subway, Orangina and Honda.
"Tragedy strikes and a family is destroyed forever"
I am being completely honest in saying that every donation helps, and will be truly appreciated. However if you are not in a position to help us with funding at this time, you can still help us by sharing this campaign page, with as many people as you can!
Thanks to you, from all the Trigger team.
- Liam Goodman
- Angeline Bell
- John Partridge
- Joshua Steel
- Jamie Johnstone