To The Last Round: The Film…

Andrew has teamed up with award-winning documentary filmmaker Dan Gordon to bring To the Last Round to the screen. Dan, of VeryMuchSo Productions (www.verymuchso.co.uk) has made three acclaimed documentaries in North Korea:

  • The Game of their Lives (About the return of the 1966 Korean World Cup Squad to the UK)
  • A State of Mind (About two Pyongyang lasses preparing for the Arirang Mass Games)
  • Crossing the Line (About the last living US defector in Pyongyang)

In March 2009, they spent a week filming a dozen survivors – from all brigade units engaged – at London’s Duke Island Studios. Now, they plan to bring half a dozen key veterans to Korea for a final visit. The plan it take these aging heroes on a tour of their old battlegrounds, visit lost friends at Busan UN War Cemetery. Then, they will fly on to China to meet their old opponents, veterans of the Chinese People’s Volunteers. But perhaps most critically, they will experience the tremendous strides modern Korea has made, economically and politically – strides that, returning veterans say, make their sacrifices worthwhile.

It should be compelling TV, and the timing is perfect: Next year is the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

To The Last Round: The Sponsors…

However, for the veterans’ trip to happen – and for this film to make it to the screen – money is needed. Dan funded the London filming out of his own pocket. Andrew has returned his entire option fee to the production company. But that money only goes so far. What we are now seeking is individual or corporate assistance.

We anticipate considerable media interest. Andrew’s book has so far been covered in the Daily Mail, The Belfast Telegraph, The Chosun Ilbo (twice), The Joongang Ilbo, The Dong-A Ilbo, The Hankook Ilbo, Yonhap Newswire, Newsis, Newsweek Korea, The Joongang Daily, The Korea Times and The Korea Herald . Stories are pending on Arirang TV and in The South China Morning Post. (Some of these articles are posted on this website in the In The Media section)

With decorated veterans coming over, we anticipate much greater media interest. We also expect considerable press at the premier screening. (While we cannot guarantee that this will happen, all Dan’s North Korea-based films have premiered in South Korea.)

We suggest three levels of sponsorship:

Premier: KRW10 million or £5,000

– Prominently placed logos at any press conferences/briefings during the visit
– Names and logos on all publicity materials

– Attendance at press conference during veterans visit

– An on-camera interview about why the company sponsored the project (we cannot guarantee this will be included in the edited film)
– 10 tickets to the premier screening in Korea

– A company visit from Andrew (to present on, and discuss the battle with company staff) or Dan (to show one of his films and discuss with company staff)

– A meal with the veterans during their trip

Major: KRW 5 million or £2500

– Names and logos on publicity materials
– 5 tickets to the premier screening in Korea

– Attendance at press conference during veterans’ visit

– A meal with the veterans during their visit

– A company visit from Andrew to present on and discuss the battle with company staff

Standard: KRW2 million or £1000

– Names and logos on publicity materials

– Attendance at press conference during veterans’ visit
– 2 tickets to the premier screening in Korea

We are not seeking purely financial sponsorship. If Seoul hoteliers are interested in sponsoring rooms (double room for six veterans and six film crews) for four/five nights, we would like to hear from you. If Seoul restaurateurs are interested in sponsoring meals – likewise. And if anyone can assist with transport (mini-buses, train tickets to Busan, etc) that would be greatly appreciated. Benefits available can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

To The Last Round: An Anglo-Korean Epic…

But most importantly, we want you to do this because you want to do it. Andrew and Dan appeal to interested parties to help them ensure this epic Anglo-Korean story is preserved in audio-visual media for future generations.

Andrew (in Korea) and/or Dan (in the UK) would be very happy to speak to anyone about this project; please contact us as per below. Donations will be remitted to VeryMuchSo Productions, a UK limited company.

Thank you.

 

Andrew Salmon

Seoul, South Korea

Imjin.river@gmail.com

Dan Gordon

Sheffield, UK

info@verymuchso.co.uk

 

 

 

 

One Response to “Film Sponsorship Appeal”

  1. Kaz Angelique Dorward Says:

    Where are you?
    PLEASE… Does anyone know JNR Reginald James Thomas PUGH of Willenhall, Staffs, Short Heath, England, AS Field Regt, Royal Artillery, 29th British Brigade. Fought in Korea in 1951. (photo) http://www.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/24/korea/korphoto2.htm
    Anything, his where abouts, or if you knew him at all.
    Kaz (Australia)

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