A BROMSGROVE born screenwriter who has created a dark comedy series surrounding a suspect ice cream seller is now hoping to find the lolly to produce a pilot episode.
And Lee Crompton has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £3,000 in a bid to showcase ‘Game of Cones’.
The story centres on a love-struck backpacker who naively blunders into an ice cream van turf war when he borrows money for an engagement ring.
Mad Rab, who lends him the cash and owns the Game of Cones ice cream van, turns out to be peddling more than just sweet treats from his serving hatch.
Lee said, who now lives in Glasgow but still has lots of friends in Bromsgrove, said: “It starts off accidentally and then the situations get worse as the plot progresses.”
It started off as a short film but as Lee delved deep into the characters and their back stories he found there was much more which needed to be told.
If the pilot episode gets the thumbs up and Game of Cones finds a home, Lee envisages it would consist of four 30-minute episodes.
Lee had the initial piece read through at the Scottish Screenwriters’ Table Reads sessions in October last year where the script received very positive feedback.
It was also workshopped in front of a live audience where it again got a great reception.
Lee said: “I’m really proud of the script – the characters are great and I truly think this could be something very special.
“I’m buzzing about it all at the moment and determined to get the pilot done to see where it takes us all.
“We would love to get people on-board to join us on this epic journey.
“And I think if we get the money and shoot it right, it could really take off.”
The cast and a crew with substantial film industry experience have been assembled ready for the shoot – the missing topping for the ice cream production is the funding for the pilot.
In return for pledges, the team are offering a number of rewards including visits to the set, signed copies of the script and a chance to be in the pilot episode.
He is hoping people will pledge generously and share the campaign so the cash can be collected.
Visit www.gameofcones.tv for more on the show and information about how to get involved.