"The Plastic Gun" is a short film by Justin Stowell.
The Plastic Gun, in its own way, is a nod to film noir and classic crime dramas. A man is in big trouble and on the run. He breaks into a house at random as a temporary hideout. Inside is a woman who the man must convince to help him, with the promise of a large sum of money. Time is ticking and the two must come to an agreement quick as a pack of wild thugs is hot on the man's trail. However, all is not as it seems. At its core, The Plastic Gun is about two people struggling with, and trying to find momentary escape from a less than ideal position in life. What is really at stake for these two strangers?
All funding for the film will go into the production itself. This includes equipment for the making of the film as well as the physical materials; props, sets, design, etc. We have the unique opportunity to shoot the film on Super 16mm film. This is indeed a dying medium as the digital age is upon us. Some of the budget will be reserved for the processing of the stock as well the transfer and color correction.
The goal with any film of this scale is get it seen. The intent is to showcase the abilities and sensibilities of the filmmakers. Part of the funds will be going towards a festival run meant to gain exposure for the film.
All contributions are greatly appreciated, however, our fundraising goal does not cover everything needed to complete production. We as producers will be placing much of our own resources into the project. We believe that this film and its future is a worthy investment of our time and energy.
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
When talking about The Plastic Gun, I sometimes start to ramble because there is quite a lot going on at given moment with the story and its characters. Without spoiling things too much, it is very much a reflection of my own position in life- where I stand on some personal issues, but also where I stand on some cinematic and filmmaking issues. Turns out, when one is passionate about something like films and filmmaking, they become personal issues themselves. The melding of these two worlds is at the heart of The Plastic Gun.
This is the first film I'm attempting since finishing my formal studies in filmmaking. This prospect is both daunting and freeing. Daunting because the resources offered by an institution like Columbia College are not as readily available as an independent filmmaker. Freeing because the little bird that was my collegiate self has jumped from the nest and is now flapping its wings like crazy and its a little scary but mostly, it feels good.
A NOTE FROM THE PRODUCER
I became passionate about The Plastic Gun, as soon as I saw the script. It was tremendously different than the films I have been a part of; and I was immediately interested. Growing up as a film goer, genre pictures always grabbed ahold of me. This film was a chance to jump deep into a genre and have fun. I was well aware of the conventions of a crime drama, and all the elements were right there jumping off the page. When I started talking with Justin about his interpretation of the characters, I realized that it was a story capable of turning the genre on its head.
Coupled with the excitement of telling this story, we are also excited about doing it for as little as possible. The production will be small. A small crew and a fast shooting schedule sets limitations on the creative workflow. Limitations, however, are often times the most stimulating way to create a special piece of work. Here is an opportunity for you to help contribute to that work. I look forward to it.
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