An NYU Thesis Film about summer camp, falling stars, wicked witches, and first love. Inspired by "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Welcome Starlight Campers!
GREAT NEWS - Our Summer Camp Location is locked and has generously covered HALF OF OUR BUDGET with their services (food, housing, 300+ extras at our disposal). With this in mind, we will be able to cut our budget from $60K to $30K, without compromising any elements on the creative end!
So, without further ado - welcome to the NEW Kickstarter page for David Shapiro's NYU Senior Thesis Film, SINCERELY CAMP STARLIGHT!
Here's our log-line to give you a sense of our project-
SINCERELY CAMP STARLIGHT
Inspired by L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"
After the sharp fragment of a fallen star descends into the picturesque Camp Starlight and transforms it into a world of wonder, delinquent camper JONAH must rescue his first love from the infamous Wicked Witch of Camp Starlight.
Think THE GOONIES on a journey through THE WIZARD OF OZ.
A Note From the Camp Director
Dear Starlight Campers,
Childlike wonder is hard to find outside the grounds of summer camp. The adult world is full of bitter pains and realities, and there is only one other place that truly captures the magic and nostalgia of youth- the movies. What makes film the single greatest art form is its ability to transport you to another world. Through sight, sound, and captivating story, a movie can truly make you believe in the unbelievable. By inviting viewers into a universe where the fantastical is the reality- where dreams truly do come true- film has the ability to transform even the most weathered adult minds into a state of child-like wonder. It’s a feeling most people call movie magic.
With SINCERELY CAMP STARLIGHT, we want to invite you to a world where anything is possible - where the magic of childhood innocence is affirmed, and the beauty of first love and childhood friendship celebrated. Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is born an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.” Once our youthful characters leave Camp Starlight and enter the real world of adulthood, they are going to be faced with this conflict. Welcome to the final night of summer camp - the final night of childhood, and the final night of innocence. But, as our characters will soon learn, just because you’re leaving the incubated world of summer camp behind, it doesn’t mean you have to leave behind your sense of childlike wonder, too.
So, label your clothes, gather your trunks, and get ready for the summer of a lifetime, Starlight Campers - let’s make some movie magic!
Why Support Camp Starlight?
First of all, you're helping us to achieve our goal of making a great movie. We're not ashamed to say how passionate we are about this film. We believe in it and we're proud of it. With your help, we can give life to our story.
Secondly, your donation is being greatly subsidized by New York University. In a process that is as old as the school itself, our script has undergone an intense academic process. It's been evaluated, reviewed and scrutinized by faculty, administrators and students alike. But here's what's important: the school believes in our script. They have approved our film and given us access to the school's vast array of professional resources.
We have a team made up of the best and brightest at NYU - a team that I have worked together with on my last two short films, BAT MITZVAH CONFIDENTIAL, and STEALING SUBURBIA, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival this past Summer.
If you'd like to read our script before donating, feel free to send an inquirey to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll make sure you get one.
Where do the Starlight funds go?
As mentioned above, we have been lucky enough to gain NYU's sponsorship for this movie, which means a great deal of our equipment will be free. However, there are a lot of expenses when making a movie.
These expenses include-
- Support a highly talented cast/crew
- Utilize Top-of-the-line, Professional Film Equipment
- Craft Stunningly Realistic Visual Effects and Creature Design
- Fill the Starlight Universe with all of the necessary props and wardrobe
- Craft an orchestral theme to set the tone of the Starlight Universe
- Festival submission fees to screen our film world-wide
Take a look at some photos of the scenic landscapes of Camp Starlight -
To get a sense of my past work, take a look at the trailer of my last short film, STEALING SUBURBIA, as well as the sizzle reel for my Jewish gangster film, BAT MITZVAH CONFIDENTIAL-
Are you ready to shine, Starlight Campers?
Any and all support helps, but there are also other ways you can join the STARLIGHT team-
We need your help to spread the Starlight word!
Post the link to this page on your Facebook, your Twitter, your blog, anywhere! And not just once! Post it, wait a few days, and post it again!
We are infinitely appreciative and we're so thankful for anything you can do to help us reach our goal! Now go and spread the Starlight spirit!
* Please be advised, the project 'Sincerely Camp Starlight' is in no way affiliated with Camp Starlight located in Starlight, Pennsylvania.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Starlight Visitor - You get a digital download of the film and a thanks credit at the end of our movieEstimated delivery:
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Starlight Camper - You get all of the above, a Camp Starlight Tee-Shirt, plus a custom 4x6 frame from the movie, printed on fancy photo paper, and signed by the STARLIGHT crew.Estimated delivery:
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Starlight Camper of the Week - You get all of the above, plus a DVD copy of the film (packaged together with our last two movies, STEALING SUBURBIA and BAT MITZVAH CONFIDENTIAL), and a special thanks credit at the end of the movie.Estimated delivery:
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"Shining Star" Starlight Camper of the Summer - You get all of the above, plus a set of production photos taken during the filming of the movie and a copy of our script signed by the entire crew. AND, YOU GET A CAMPER NAMED AFTER YOU IN THE FILM!!Estimated delivery:
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Starlight Counselor-In-Training - You get all of the above, plus a very special thanks credit at the end of the movie, access to early footage, and selected props from the film.Estimated delivery:
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Starlight Counselor - You get all of the above, plus Associate Producer credit, access to our set, a background role as a camper/counselor at Camp Starlight, and first view of our preliminary cuts of the movie. AND, YOU GET A LANDMARK NAMED AFTER YOU AT CAMP STARLIGHT (I.E. "David Shapiro Dining Hall")Estimated delivery:
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King/Queen of the Starlight Banquet - You get it all. Executive Producer credit on the film, a camper in the film will be named after you, and anything else your heart desires. The largest donor will even receive the prop meteorite.Estimated delivery:
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