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One year ago, in a vegan ice-cream shop in Soho, TITS was born. Our first brainstorm was accompanied by lots of suspicious glances and the odd bit of brain-freeze. Declining to lower our voices whilst discussing the taboo subject of breasts was an accidental social experiment leaving us with evidence that yes, we needed to make a film about TITS.



Why do people seem angry or shocked when they hear others talking about what are essentially just body parts?

Why do we mostly hear what men have to say about TITS when their actual owners have so much to say about them?

Why do we always see/hear them in a sexual context? What can we do to offer another way to talk about them?

How can we illustrate the psychological turmoil all young women go through over size and shape once they hit puberty?

What does it mean to lose a breast? Two breasts?

What does it mean to gain breasts?

Do breasts make us female?

Does the size dictate how feminine we are?


A year on from our Ice-cream brainstorm, we have finished filming 11 participants with different stories covering; Mastectomy, reconstruction, breast cancer, transgenderism, reduction surgery, non-binary identity, sexual abuse, public nudity, feminist issues and the ageing process.


We are focusing on the chest area (Chin to Shins) as we have found that this mode of filming also creates a greater focus on body language, which is 55% of communication. By not including faces within the frame, we have found there to be less judgement upon the individual and a larger focus on the message they are trying to communicate.


'The total impact of a message is based on: 7% words used; 38% tone of voice, volume, rate of speech, vocal pitch; 55% facial expressions, hand gestures, postures and other forms of body language.' - Dr. Albert Mehabrian


Meet the Participants


Alexandra - 'I knew I was a lesbian before I knew I was a woman."



Amelia - 'Yes, of course, they're sexual. But also, I'm a human being so they're allowed to change. How I dress them can be different, but the point is that it's my choice of what they are. Not anyone else's.'



Brenda - 'Before I got to 60, they were a good pair.'



Elijah - 'I like tits, just not on me.'



Ella - 'They don't make bras my size in this country.'



Emily - 'If you don't have breasts, imagine having something written on your forehead, something rude that makes people giggle.'



Jess - 'My first experience of sexual behaviour was that It's not something that you really participate in, it's something that sort of happens to you.'



Katie - 'If you don't like it, you can fuck off.'



Maxi Moore - 'When someone has a problem with me, it is their problem.'



Natasha - 'Maybe they dictate how you feel as a woman because they are the most obvious signs of you becoming a woman.'



Natsumi - 'It's art, it's not porn.




What makes our documentary different?

We focus on the personal reflections of the individual instead of sensationalising their story as a blanket representation of one category. However, in so doing, we believe we actually end up representing more real people.

For instance: Instead of making a section about transgenderism, we make a section about Alexandra, who happens to be a trans woman. We believe this is more representative of the real trans community, because they are firstly people, who happen to be trans, rather than being defined by their transgenderism. As Alexandra says I don't think I represent all trans women by any means, but I wanted to show that we are specific individuals rather than caricatures or abstract ideas.



Meet the Team


Producer: Lily Levin


My day jobs include; Working in special provisions for children and young people with special needs or behavioural problems; Nannying for children with autism; Support Worker for outdoor education for young people.

Working closely with teenagers has shown me first hand the effects of today's media on the body-image and self-worth of a young person. Every day I experience girls over sexualising themselves using clothes and makeup because they think it is the only way they can be valued.


The same message goes out to our young boys. They are taught by the media to objectify women, which can be just as damaging for them. From witnessing 15 year old boys calling their female peers 'ironing board' or 'pancake' to personally being told (whilst doing my job at a special provision) by a very troubled 11 year old; 'You've got no tits,' for me, the message has sunk in that something needs to change. As the social media/smart device generation, they have access to porn at an earlier age. If that is your first impression of what sex is supposed to be, you end up very confused about your relationship with the opposite sex. All young people are doing is emulating the values they see around them, so we have to give them more of a choice. If we can't stop them seeing pornographic content, we at least need to rival it with 'normal' nudity.


My work with young people is part of the reason I believe so strongly in TITS and its message - it provides a different way to view and talk about the naked body, the female form, sexuality and gender.


Director: Tristan Bell


Breasts are not the usual subject, as a gay man they're not part of my sexual life, or my daily life, however I have seen how these body parts can affect how people are perceived or approached. The TITS project was created out of curiosity, and whilst it started as a small project, it was evident from our first interview with participant Emily, that this was a big issue that couldn't be covered in a vignette. what I have found is that images of breasts (covered or not) have become obscured and unreal, instead of being beautiful, or artistic - they are often fetishised or objectified. It is frustrating to see how breasts are used as a device to control, criticize and shame their owners. TITS is my way of combatting negative representations of breasts by interviewing those whose stories and experiences create a larger collective. I'm hoping that this film can be used as voice, and as a more realistic representation of breasts.





 

Use of funds

We have done all the filming with exactly £000.00, and with 6 jobs between the two of us, we have given every spare moment to making this film happen. We are driven by our belief in the message, and the importance of the discussion we seek to start. However, all of this will be fruitless if we cannot get our film ‘out there’, and that is why we have chosen Phundee to launch a funding campaign.


The money from this will mean we can properly launch the film - not only to organise and hold a spectacular TITS screening event, but to enter the film into festivals across the world in order to gain some exposure within the industry.



 

 

 

 

£350: Composer fee

 

We have chosen to work with Composer Anthony Kosky not only because of his skills but his experience in working with similar film and theatre projects. So far, Anthony has contributed scores for all the TITS trailers and teasers. Having a composer to create a bespoke score for the film will bring an individual character to the film, whilst also contributing to the momentum and overall style of the film.



 Statement from Anthony Kosky:

 

“For over a decade now I have written music for musicals, underscored plays, composed short and feature film music and worked as a live and recording musician. As a live Musician I have performed at a number of notable venues across London; Barbican Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Arts Theatre London, The Place london.  Asked to compose the music for TITS, I saw it as both a worthwhile and important project, as well as a chance to write for documentary.”


Check out Anthony Kosky's website for more information on the projects he has been involved in.

 

£950: TITS Launch party Gala and screening

 

As a way to get the film seen not only by its fans, but by the participants, press and special guests, we want to put on a screening party like no other. We are looking to put on a celebration event that is more than just a first preview, but a TITS Gala special, with drinks and performances and the first ever screening of the Film. We’ve enlisted the help of Elite Squad (see below), a premier artistic agency to help us create a mind blowing event - something that can get the film both seen and talked about, creating a larger hype for film festivals and a greater discussion of breasts.

 


Statement from Elite Squad:


“ Why you wanted to be involved in the project? We were keen to be involved with the Tits Docu team, in particular for their gala event, for many more reasons. We really believe in their vision and talent. Having a great idea in your head is one thing, but being able to execute that idea is another one entirely. Tristan and Lily are more than capable of doing both with dynamic, style and excellence. Another reason as to why we wanted to contribute and collaborate with 'Team Tits' is because we strongly feel that Tits need to be celebrated! Not only do we both own a pair and know all too well how wonderful, painful and overwhelming they can be, but we are surrounded by people with amazing stories that really relate to Tristan and Lily's documentary. Celebrating body positivity is acutely important to myself and Freya, Co-Artistic Director, and exploring this dialogue through a diverse range of women and men is important to us. Finally, holding a launch event to bring all of this together in a full-on celebratory extravaganza is, for us, a no brainer! 'Making shared experiences exceptional' is what we do best.

 

What is your experience of organising fantastic things?: Elite Squad London is a premium agency for creative people - we supply creative personnel and also produce, plan and manage our own events, parties and artistic adventures. Since November 2015 we have contributed our services to successfully collaborate and contribute to some of London's most elite and fun venues. Our wealth of knowledge and incredibly talented Squad has allowed us the opportunity to work with clients that include 100 Wardour Street, Alexandra Palace, Century Club Soho, Montcalm Hotels and Ritual Ldn. Creating fantastic events goes hand in hand with our ethos 'Making Shared Experiences Exceptional'. We believe life is for sharing and experiencing all it has to offer.

 

What are your aims for the Gala?: Our aim for the Tits Gala is to celebrate the stories and experiences we have all had, or know of to bring together a new community of people. Our personal aim is to inspire people to be more body confident, proud and stronger in their own skin. Being different is what makes us beautiful, and sharing our differences makes us kinder and better citizens. We aim to create a fun and safe space for our guests to party and network, to feel fabulous and proud, and to enjoy the work of Tristan and Lily's visually striking and heart-stirring documentary.”

 

Check out the Elite Squad website to see what projects Elite Squad have been involved with!


£400: Film Festival Entry Funds:

 

Entering films into film festivals can bring a price tag from anything between £10 - £100. We are looking to target film festivals and/or festival categories that have a focus on Documentary film, Low budget film, and body positivity. By prioritising £400 towards film festival entry, we are able to enter a selection of mid and high range film festivals, to create a larger audience and to get the the TITS message seen and heard far and wide!

 

Covering the costs: £460


Marketing/Website: by allocating £100 towards our marketing, we can keep the TITS website funded for over 5 months, giving a base for information and updates on the project to be made throughout campaign and release.


Phundee Workshops and Fee: Phundee have provided an essential 3 part workshop in marketing, social media, and project management. We also need to cover the fee of  campaigning for funding with Phundee, the 8% means that even if we hit 70% of our target, we can still get a hold of the funds and get the film out there!


Rewards: T-shirts, stickers, posters, photobooks, it all costs, so we are looking to cover the fee of getting some of our wonderful merch made and posted.



What if we raise more?


Raising more will mean we can stay as true as possible to our message and ethics. One of the hurdles we have faced is diversity - although we have covered many different body types, we do not have as many non-white participants as we dreamed of. This is not for lack of trying - Having 6 jobs between us at one point meant that we could only spend a certain amount of time sourcing participants, and eventually had to stop filming so that we could start editing. We were in talks with at least 5 more non-white potential participants, but with a project like this, you are asking a lot of your participants without being able to promise anything in return - it’s not the easiest thing to convince people to do!


It really is the one thing that could complete our message, and more money than our target would mean more time to source exclusively non-white participants, shoot interviews with them, and edit them into the film to create an even more diverse finished documentary.


So don't be put off donating if we have already reached our target!


 

Funds at 70%

With only 70% of funds we will still be able to cover the core costs of the campaign. We can still put on a basic screening, enter the film into film festivals and pay our composer. We will be personally out of pocket, due to expenses during production and marketing, but we will still be able to give TITS the launch it deserves!

 

Hurdles & Hopes

 

Although we have finished filming, we still need to edit the film which is quite the hurdle! We estimate a 3 month period for editing. We are looking to divide post production into 3 sections - draft cut (where we are allowing feedback and contribution to a focus group) second edit and final cut. With so much material from our participants and with a range of topics to cover, we are looking to create a film that is diverse yet specific whilst also staying true to the artistic and aesthetic vision of the film.

 

The TITS Screening Gala will be a large event, and working with a limited budget means using all the contacts and favours we can get our hands on. However by teaming up with Elite Squad we will be maximising our ability to succeed in creating a fun and immersive event that will give the platform it needs to be seen and heard.