A young man deals with the interplay between art, romance, pain, and intoxication in the electronic age. A romantic rock melodrama.
“Sometimes this teacup of a world just spins too fast for those who fill it with tequila.”
How did this start?
It was was while lying in bed one night, tossing and turning angstily, in that surreal space between waking and sleeping, that the idea for Elevationism came to me: the story of John, the young man with the heart of an artist and frustrations of an adolescent in the digital age. I immediately reached out to a local musician and filmmaker, asking for his help in allowing my mindchild to be born. A short time later, buoyed by his music and encouraged by his eye for video arts, we set off on this journey together.
The Co-Producers of this project are screenwriter and actor Vasilios Asimakos of Lowell, MA (read his bio in the right-hand column) and musician and filmmaker Paul Ortolano of Chelmsford, MA. Listen to a track from his band, Serial Thrillers, which appears in the movie.
The project features an array of talented local actors, as well as Paul's colleagues at iMedia Entertainment. Spotlights on them coming soon in the Updates section!
What is this project about?
Elevationism is a short film that can loosely be categorized as a romantic rock melodrama that centers around the protagonist John, who attempts to work out his artistic, romantic, and intoxication issues during a night out on the town.
When is this project taking place?
Pre-production took place in June and July of 2012, Principal Photography is taking place in July and August of 2012, and Post-Production is taking place in August and September of 2012.
Where is this film being made?
The film is being shot entirely in Lowell, Massachusetts, using scenic downtown as its backdrop, as well as various local businesses who have graciously given their permission for use. It is being edited in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, at iMedia Entertainment.
Why are we making this movie, and why are we asking for money?
This movie is a combination of Vasilios' story and Paul's music. Featuring characters and themes that are dear to both of us, we ask for your help in this movie reaching its full potential.
The economy has rarely been kind to artists, and we feel never has this been more true than recently. People's time and space is valuable, and we would like to offer them compensation. The actors, braving the summer weather and sometimes unfriendly commutes, are wonderful storytellers whose talents we would like to recognize. The same goes for the crew: patient, enduring, technical whizzes who are completely committed to creating a project to be proud of. And to those business owners who are literally sacrificing time and money by letting us shoot on their premises, we would like to be able to provide a small thank you.
There are some set pieces which need to be created from scratch, and require time and talent to make. We would also like to be able to enter the movie, when completed, into some film festivals, which require an entrance fee.
So we humbly ask for whatever you can give. Please give us a chance, and we’ll show you that our work is worth your while. And you can get cool stuff in return: check out the incentives column to the right!
From the bottom of our hearts, whether you find it in you to donate or not, we thank you for your time and consideration.
Vasilios and Paul
Please check out our updates section for, well, updates!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Aug 1, 2012 - Sep 16, 2012
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Personalized e-mail thanking you for your contribution.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The above, as well as a short video thanking you for your contribution, and a DVD of the film for home enjoyment.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above, as well as a copy of the official movie poster signed by the filmmakers.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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All of the above, as well as signed copies of Serial Thrillers’ debut self-titled 2008 album and their newest EP, F5.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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All of the above, as well as your name in the credits of the film.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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All of the above, as well as a personalized 10-page short story written by Vasilios Asimakos featuring you as the protagonist in the genre and situation of your choice.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All of the above, as well as Executive Producer Status, and a video of Vasilios performing your favorite movie monologue or play monologue, or Vasilios and other actors performing your favorite scene from a play or film.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All of the above, as well as an mp3 of Serial Thrillers covering your favorite song or song of choice.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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All of the above, as well as a personalized tour of shooting locations and studio by the filmmakers, and dinner in historic downtown Lowell (travel fare not included).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012