Once awkward teenagers in love, Grayson and Rachel are now slightly less awkward adults who accidentally reconnect in Brooklyn, USA.
About a year and a half ago I wrote an outline for a feature film script about young people learning how to cope with love and loss in the competitive environment of New York City. I was just about to graduate from university and had these overwhelming feelings that I wanted to explore. I wasn’t sure yet of how to convey these themes in a visual and relatable way but I knew that given time and the accessible filmmaking technology of today, a story could easily be told. A year and a half and a few more drafts later, LAYING OVER has a dedicated cast and crew behind it, a clear vision, and the momentum of a freight train. Now, we just need the funds to get the coals burning.
LAYING OVER is a simple, naturalistic film about the emotional complexities and contradictions of post-collegiate American life. Over the course of a weekend, we enter the lives of two deeply flawed, yet sympathetic characters – GRAYSON and RACHEL. Once high school sweethearts, they have since grown apart and taken very separate paths. Grayson works in Portland, Maine as an investment banker, and Rachel lives in Brooklyn as a fashion photographer’s assistant. When Grayson has a delayed layover, he decides to contact Rachel after five years of silence. But when he misses his morning flight, one night turns into a weekend. Rachel is forced to allow Grayson into her hectic city life, filled with promiscuity, music, art, ex-lovers and opportunistic friendships. As Grayson takes in the chaos of Rachel’s world, he is forced to confront lingering feelings of the past.
This film is the first narrative feature collaboration between a group of motivated, young film professionals who graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Here are some of the main people involved:
Shooting the film is Alfredo Alcantara -- http://alfiedp.com/
The producing team consists of co-writer and actor, Alex Stergiou, as well as Brian Streem -- http://brianstreem.com/
Editing it all together is Matt Kazman -- http://vimeo.com/mattkazman
We are working with a modest budget and small crew. Still, a feature length micro-budget film costs money. Not only will your donations go towards renting audio/video equipment and submitting to film festivals, it will help with things like transportation and feeding the cast/crew, making for a smooth, safe and happy shoot.
As we move closer and closer to shooting, we are looking to raise a minimum of $8,000 and are trying to give back some cool things in return. A donation of any size is greatly appreciated!
Thanks for reading all of this. We sincerely appreciate your support. I'm super excited to get this thing going and hopefully you can start to share in my excitement and enthusiasm!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Aug 18, 2011 - Sep 17, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
Your full name will appear in all its glory with a special thanks in the credits.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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A copy of the film on a hot-out-of-the-computer DVD (we’ll even draw a little picture on it for ya!) plus the special thanks above.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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In addition to all the goodness above, Jacob and Alex will make a personalized thank you video, expressing their undying love, loyalty, and utmost appreciation for you. We'll deliver it directly on your digital doorstep (facebook, email, or whatever contact info you're willing to give).Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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Those who give the triple+ digits will receive all of the above plus original artwork inspired by the film from the wonderful Kevin Mccarthy (whose work you can see in the thumbnail for our video, as well as at kevinmccarthyonline.com).Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $250 or more
For the music lovers, you will receive all of the above plus the "LAYING OVER Groovetape." More than a soundtrack, this CD will feature songs from the film, songs from friends of the cast and crew, AND a very special cover featuring the cast and crew.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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In addition to all of the above, you will receive a phone call from a cast member of your choosing (they may or may not still be in character) who will answer all your questions about the movie, the debt crisis, or life in general (anything goes). That's right.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
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The first person to donate the big bucks will get a photo or drawn portrait (depending on location) that will hang on the character Rachel's wall and be an actual prop in the movie! You get to keep the portrait after we wrap along with all of the above.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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Unless your name is Eleanor Rigby, there probably isn't a cool song with your name in it. Even if there is, we will write you one and you will receive it via personal mp3 along with all of the above. Depending on how good it turns out, we may even include it on the official groovetape.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $2,000 or more
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The first three people to donate a quarter of our funding goal will not only get an associate producer credit but also beautiful, one of a kind pottery featured in the film and homemade by the character Seth. Plus all of the above.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $4,000 or more
Not only will you get a fancy executive producer credit and all of the above, but you also get two tickets to the closest screening of the film (wherever you are presently located).Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $8,000 or more
We will compile the best behind the scenes and extra footage into a special super awesome personal bonus DVD! Just for you! Plus all of the above.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012