The Dinner Table is a short film about a family.
The Dinner Table is a short film about a family. At no point do we see the entire family together, but through these incomplete portraits we come to understand the entire family--through the absences of each member, we come to understand what they mean to the whole.
The Dinner Table, like your own family, is both funny and poignant, surprising and familiar, simple at times and irreducibly complex at others. The film will be brief (approx. 15min) but give us a rich glimpse of these characters and their relationships.
The film is set entirely at the same dinner table, on seven different occasions: a homecoming dinner, a quick lunch, a serious discussion, and a fun board game night among them. Though this single setting might suggest theatre, The Dinner Table will be highly cinematic--each scene having a distinctive look and feel.
Your investment will make this film possible. Some of the expenses necessary to make this film:
* Production and liability insurance.
* Location fees and set design
* Equipment rental (lighting, grip equipment, camera, lenses)
* Craft services and meals
* Post-production services (transfer to HD tape and other formats for screening)
The director and producer of this film will not take any compensation whatsoever on this film. Indeed, we will be investing in the film ourselves.
We are determined to work as efficiently as possible. We don't have patience for a bloated crew, flashy camera-work that doesn't serve the story, or inefficient scheduling. We do believe that the greatest asset of low-budget filmmaking is time--not time to experiment without focus but the freedom to give actors the room to fully inhabit their characters and situations.
We plan to shoot the film in early 2011 and have a finished product by the end of the Spring, with a cast/crew/investor premiere in the late Spring/early Summer and festival run beginning in the Fall.
To receive a full treatment or any other information about the production, please do not hesitate to contact:
Thanks so much for your generous support!
-Ian and Nathan
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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ALL of the above, plus: exclusive investor-only DVD of finished film and collection of Nathan Williams short films (including Night Stand, Stumble and Fall, and No Hurry).
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ALL of the above, plus: An Evening with Ian and Nathan. The producer and director will come to your home, make you dinner, and spend an evening screening and discussing films that influenced The Dinner Table. (offer not good for international backers, unfortunately)
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