Charlie & Poppy, A Short Film by Jennifer Potts

Manchester, New Hampshire | Film Short


Jennifer Potts

2 Campaigns | Massachusetts, United States

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Charlie cherishes his entertaining grandfather Poppy who, from a train station platform, creates magical moments. Over a span of 20 years, however, Charlie struggles to keep the magic alive by providing the entertainment when his beloved Poppy no longer has the strength.

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The Story


ABOUT CHARLIE & POPPY: When my oldest son was a toddler, my father-in-law (Pop-Pop) would pick him up from preschool in his red truck. With happy meals in hand, conductor hats on their heads, and train whistles in their pockets, the two of them would sit at the train station and wave to the conductor when the train pulled into the station. It was the highlight of my son’s 3-year old existence, and I feel quite certain it also topped my father-in-law’s list. When we moved five hours away from Pop-Pop's town, this ritual came to an end. My son is now 21 and my father-in-law is in his early 80s. I wrote Charlie and Poppy one morning when I was imagining how this ritual would have carried on if the two of them had continued to live just a mile apart.

I must admit, I cried when I wrote this script. I lost my own grandfather a few years ago and, despite the fact that I always knew I would probably live to experience the loss of my grandparents, in my heart I thought they would live forever. My grandmother (now 90) is going to live forever. I am sure that everyone who has ever loved a grandparent feels or has felt the same way. It is an extraordinary kind of love! Charlie & Poppy captures the magic that only comes from time spent with a grandparent. 

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ABOUT ME: I am a 43-year old emerging female film director who, after directing theatre for nearly 20 years, decided to return to school to study film at the age of 40. Charlie & Poppy is the third short I have written and directed in the past three years. While studying film at Fitchburg State University, I fell in love with screenwriting. I am currently enrolled in the MFA program: Writing for Stage and Screen at New Hampshire Institute of Art, where I continue to explore the art of storytelling.


The total budget for Charlie & Poppy is $10,000. Your contribution demonstrates your support for independent filmmaking and female filmmakers. Thank you for joining me on this journey and for supporting Charlie & Poppy. Jennifer Potts, Writer & Director


Our Cast


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Warren began his professional acting career playing “Job” in the acclaimed Off-Broadway production of The Book of Job in 1962.  In the fifty plus years since he has shared the stage with many talented actors including four Academy Award winners: Jon Voight, Burl Ives, Jose Ferrer, and Peggy Wood. He has made numerous appearances on network television as well as K.E.T., the Kentucky public television network.  Warren is the founding artistic/producing director of Horse Cave Theatre in Kentucky where he produced over one hundred and thirty plays in twenty five years.  He has directed over seventy-five major productions in theatres from Dallas, Texas to Norwich, England including eleven world premieres.  Since “retiring” from Horse Cave, Warren has acted and directed in theatres from Arkansas to Maine, including several seasons with the Peterborough Players. In 1995 Warren was awarded the Kentucky Governor’s Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.  He now resides in Nelson, New Hampshire with his actor/director/writer wife, Pamela White.


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Will Bouvier, Charlie 


Will grew up in Groton, MA and now resides in Shirley, MA with his wife, Amanda, and their two young children. Will attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and has been working in both film and theatre since. Will played the role of Henry in the feature Film Black Rock with Kate Bosworth, Katie Aselton, and Lake Bell (Trailer: Locally, Will has been on stage at Wellsley Summer Theatre, Cornerstone Performing Arts Center, and, most recently, played the lead role in Jennifer Potts' short film, Home. 


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GRIP CART (TACO CART) KIT (Large): Dolly + Accessories

Costs $210

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Canon C500 EF Mount Body

Costs $1,600

Trains and mountains and action…we needs an amazing digital cinema camera!

Anton Bauer Bionic HC Batteries

Costs $520

We go through a lot of batteries!

Arri FF5 Follow Focus for 15mm Rods w/ Left and Right Knob, Whip

Costs $120

Arri MB18 Matte Box

Costs $150

Alphatron Electronic View Finder

Costs $130

32GB CF Cards

Costs $160

Tiffen 4x5.60 ND .3, .6, .9, 1.2 Filter

Costs $168

CAnon EF Mount Cine Prime 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm Lenses

Costs $560

Capturing speeding trains, close ups of faces, and establishing shots require different lenses!

Train Rental - Conway Scenic Railroad

Costs $1,000

We can't shoot at a railroad without seeing the actual train!

Cast & Crew Housing

Costs $850

Everyone needs a place to stay - especially those flying in from California and New York!

Mileage for Cast & Crew Members

Costs $500

Gas is expensive!

O'Connor Ultimate Fluid Head w/ 150mm Ball Mount

Costs $280

Panasonic BTLH 1710 17" Monitor w/ Mounting Bracket

Costs $200

Need to see what is in the frame!

100' HDSDI Cable

Costs $14


Costs $150

Overalls, Flannel, Train hat, Train sweatshirt, and more...

All props

Costs $100

Train whistles, happy meals, wheelchair, coffee, whiskey bottle...

Makeup Kit & Supplies

Costs $100

Set Dressing

Costs $150

We have to make it look authentic!


Costs $75

About This Team

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Jennifer Potts

Jennifer Potts, a screenplay writer, theatre and film director, and producer, proves that life does not need to slow down when you get to the middle. Jennifer graduated from Drew University in 1992 with a BA in theatre arts. Jennifer founded and ran Cornerstone Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg, MA, where she oversaw a small non-equity theatre company and directed multiple productions every year. In 2012, at 41 years of age, Jennifer returned to school to study film/video production at Fitchburg State University, where she wrote and directed two short films and was awarded 2014 Film Student of the Year. Jennifer is now working toward an MFA in writing for the stage and screen at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and plans to continue producing and directing at least one film every year.



Mary Baker

Mary Baker is a Boston-based filmmaker who has worked in both narrative and documentary production. Her work has been screened at festivals across the country, including Cleveland International Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, and New Filmmakers Showcase Los Angeles. Mary is an associate professor in the Communications Media Department at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA. She previously worked in Los Angeles in television production at NBC Studios and 20th Century Fox Television.


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Devin Lyons
Director of Photography

Devin Lyons graduated from Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA, with a bachelor's degree, specializing in film and video production. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works full time as a camera prep technician in the film and television industry. Devin has been the cinematographer for more than 10 short films and has professional experience in the camera department for reality, commercial, and broadcast television. He is excited to team up with Jennifer Potts for a second time and to be filming again in his native New England.


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Alex Cameron

By the time Alex graduated from high school in FL, he had already won first place at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in the short film/commercial category and recieved the Sarah Fuller Scholarship his senior year for his dedication to the art of filmmaking. He was then accepted to the Florida State University Film School, where he learned the art of storytelling and cinematography and studied with Amy Vincent A.S.C. At school, Alex shot and directed several short films and documentaries that have since screened worldwide. One of these films, Raising the Titanic, screened at several international film festivals, including the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival this past summer. Alex lives in LA, where he works as a freelance assistant cameraman, gaffer, and cinematographer. When he is not working on set, he is likely hiking the trails and looking for his next inspiration.


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Ian Buchanan
Key Grip / Jib Operator

Ian Buchanan is a New England-based camera operator and grip who, during the past three years, has worked in the industry in a variety of projects ranging from reality TV to narrative films. He has crewed on many local projects, including Breaking Boston and Wicked Tuna. Ian seeks to bring his skill set and sense of humor to this upcoming production and looks forward to being part of another New England film.


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Charles Roberts

Charles Roberts is an editor and author of several textbooks on post-production. He is a film production professor at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA, where he teaches film and broadcast post-production. He earned an MFA in video production from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. During his less-than-copious free time, he is a freelance editor, camera operator, and video editing systems consultant.




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Haley McHatton

Haley McHatton is from Saugus, MA and will be graduating from Fitchburg State University in December 2014. She has worked in many different aspects of film production including set makeup. She looks forward to the opportunity to work on Charlie & Poppy and is excited to see the end result!


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