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David and the Toronto Film School

A project by: David Rawlings


WE RAISED £18,518

from 58 donors

This project received pledges on Thu 17 Dec 2015
Can you help me attend the Toronto Film School in Canada?

Who Am I?

- Hello. I'm David. I'm 34 and I'm currently working as an English Language Teacher, as well as freelancing as a filmmaker. 

What I hope to do

- I'm looking to raise a minimum of £5000 to help fund my studies at the Toronto Film School in Canada. I've been a freelancer filmmaker for the last few years and have produced videos, ranging from promotional, wedding, and entertainment videos. Attending the Toronto Film School will give me the knowledge and skills I need to establish myself in this industry.

My story (abridged)

- Here's a quick run down about me:

  • Graduated the University of Plymouth with a 2:1 in Media Arts.
  • Attended a wildlife documentary course in South Africa - which I payed for myself.
  • Have been working as an ESL Teacher for the last 4 years - teaching in South Korea and England.

I've always been interested in films, even from a very young age. I distinctly remember being about 5 years old and choosing to watch the "Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" on TV rather than going out and playing with my friends. I was fascinated with how they put this film together, and it's what started my passion for films.

I've been lucky enough to have worked on some big productions, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and much smaller productions, including my own full horror feature. I put a lot of money and sweat into that production, but ultimately I was far too ambitious. I did, however, learn a whole lot.

Attending the Toronto Film School will help my development as a filmmaker, and will also give me access to the industry within North America. Toronto is a hot bed for film and TV production, and I know I will put in the hard work. I have the determination and motivation to network to establish contacts within the Film production industry. 

Your kind donation will help me with my determination and my motivation.

Where will the money go?

Most of the money I raise will be going towards my studies, with a little going towards my living expenses. I have some savings which will go towards the course, but the donations will help cover the rest of the course's fees plus all additional fees: books, equipment etc

If I happen to raise more than my target, I will review the rewards I have on offer and adjust them appropriately.

I plan to give as many updates, throughout the funding, as possible.


I've provided various rewards for the different amounts of donations. Please check out my rewards list.

Please note that most rewards have a delivery date of December 2016. However, there is a high chance that multiple rewards will arrive earlier but at separate times. In the case of the £50 tier, due to the nature of the reward and the length of my course, this could go beyond December 2016.

The Toronto Film School have kindly designed some digital film posters for my rewards. These posters are print quality and come in three variations.

For donations of £5, or more, you'll get a choice of one poster. For donations of £15, or more, you'll get a choice of two posters. And for donations of £35, or more, you'll receive all three digital posters. In addition, if you make a donation of £75, or more, you will receive printed copies of all three posters. Please see examples of the posters below (note that reward versions will be larger in size and a higher quality.)

For donations of £100, or more, donors will receive all prior rewards as well as a 9" by 12" framed canvas from Press Start Art. Here is an example of the image that will be on the canvas:

For donations of £500, or more, donors will receive all prior rewards as well as TWO 12" by 16" canvas from Press Start Art. Donors will have a choice of the following 10 images:

         Jimi Hendrix                        Pip Boy                           Dave Ghrol                        Deadpool

           Rorschach                      Stormtrooper                        Skyrim                             Batman


       Snake (MGS V)                       Portal

For the largest donation of £1000, or more, the reward will be all prior rewards plus a rare, exclusive, official "Call Sheet" of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" dated September 20th 2008. This four and half page call sheet details the cast and characters, scenes that were planned for that date's shoot, and the various departments.

Please note, any personal phone numbers on the call sheet will be redacted in black pen.

Find ME here

You can follow me on these social media sites for further updates:




twitter: @RawkyRoo

instagram: mr_rawky

Help Me succeed!

You don't need to give money to help me succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support me. In fact, share it with everyone you know if you think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly.

And I know we said we don't need to give money to help, but I'd love it if you did! Please sponsor me and help make this happen.

Thank you so so so much in advance.

1 year, 7 months ago

1 year, 8 months ago

I have a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT. Toronto Film School have decided to match fund my crowd funding campaign in the form of a tuition bursary!!! I'm completely blown away by their kind gesture and their video... which takes a humorous poke at mine. This will only be possible if I can hit one of my targets. So this is where I need your help more than ever. Even if it's £5/£10, you'll be helping more than you can possibly imagine. Please follow this link to my page: https://hubbub.net/p/rawkyroo/pitch/ donate and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! They've even started a hashtag for me‪#‎GetDavid2TFS‬, that's right, A HASHTAG!! Aaaaaah!!!!

Thank you, so so much in advance.

1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks for all the support so far. Here's a video I recently made: 

1 year, 9 months ago

About those first 24 hours


To say I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed would be an understatement. I can't believe that within the first 24 hours of the project being launched I have received over £600 in pledges - and completed 6% of my funding. It may not seem like a big deal to some, and I understand I still have a fair ways to go, but as a beginner to all of this I couldn't ask for more.

Thank you to those of you who have pledged so far. It means so much.



Toronto Film School matchfunded £9000

David Rawlings

generated 1238 clicks, donated, and caused 21 donations totalling £765.00

David Rawlings

generated 399 clicks and caused 1 donation of £10.00

Helen Bearfield-Swift

generated 148 clicks and donated £50.00

Sally Newman

generated 119 clicks and donated

Luciana Shaw

generated 61 clicks and donated £50.00

Paul Newman

generated 30 clicks and donated £30.00


donated £500.00


donated £200.00

Toby Moore

donated £100.00


donated £100.00

Mark Rawlings

donated £60.00

Charlotte Williams

donated £50.00

Stacy Hennessy

donated £50.00


donated £50.00

Katie Botelho

donated £50.00


donated £35.00


donated £25.00

Cindy Goulding

donated £10.00

Patrick Elwell

donated £10.00

Mike Callaghan

donated £10.00

Tom Rawlings

donated £10.00

Suki Mason

donated £10.00

Jo Walker

donated £10.00

Naomi Tucker

donated £5.00

Gabriella Patel

donated £5.00

MinJu Koo

donated £5.00

Peter Cat

donated £5.00

Mick Murphy


Mark Davey


Andrea Roe


Emily Hodges


Nicola Bowd


Leana Mikula



followed this project

Matías Bó

signed up to help

Sophia Duffy

signed up to help

9 anonymous donations totalling £7100.00

Only project creators and their sponsors can post comments.

Congrats, Rawky! You made it! :)

Hi David, I was going to just give you cash but this way I can double the contribution! Result! Mick

Just make sure I get out alive.

Good luck!

Good luck Rawky! x

It`s me Scotty aka Frances Carlin. All the best David x

Good luck David! x

Good Luck David! If you need an extra or some sandwiches, let me know :)

Good Luck David!!

I'm so proud of you David! I know you'll make it to Toronto. Let me know once you do so I can plan a trip to meet up with you and buy you a congrats beer! And a major shout out to Toronto Film School for collabing with David and believing in him. :)

Good luck, Rawky! Fingers crossed for yoy, sweetie, love MrsB X

That's £50 from Me and £10 from Clare's Mum :)

All the best David xx

Good Luck xxx

Good luck my boy :) I can play a wide range of characters should you ever find yourself an actor short. SMASH IT! Much love X

Good luck from one of your dad's cousins x

Good luck xx

This is from both me and Molly... (I paid this, she is about to pay for chinese takeaway.. we're pulling a late one in the office). We are behind you all the way on this Rawky Roo... I am intending on pitching your project to some of my colleagues who also have a foot in "the biz". (psst - If you offer Mo a part in one of your films when you are all established she'll start haemorrhaging money in your direction) :D

Good Luck

Good Luck David, I loved your honest and meaningful film asking for help. I hope you get lots of backers. with love, from your dad's long lost but loving cousin xx (whom your grandad Rawlings affectionately called 'Fatty'!)xx

Go and live your dream my friend you deserve it and I know you will do well.