3 very different short stories about life and death, dreams and decay, in the rural american west, all starring the same burning truck.
3 short narrative films. 3 very different styles and stories. All set somewhere close to today. Stories about people, stirring within a landscape that always has the last word.
Death Of The Bar T: An old man, the death of identity, the nature of place. Mountains, graveyards, tea, solitude, and a burning truck. Shooting in the Colorado Mountains Oct 1-5.
The Bride: A new bride, on the run. Decaying artifacts of men in a timeless desert. Guns, guardian angels, the power of the feminine, and a burning truck. Shooting in the Utah desert Oct. 20-25.
The Right: 2 old friends hold between them a deep conundrum, questions unanswerable. Winter, endings, questions, and a burning truck. Shooting in The Colorado Mountains in December.
Who Are You? I am a commercial and documentary filmmaker by trade, and I love what I do. You can check out my work at http://www.forgemotionpictures.com.
What the heck are you doing? Earlier this year, I made a personal commitment to make 3 short films in the fall/winter, for myself, for the challenge, for the process, and to scratch a very loud itch that I can't seem to get to any other way. I should take a vacation, alas, the itch needs scratched. I am lucky enough to have a lot of friends in the film business, and fancy equipment, so I assumed, well, it won't cost all that much to make a few shorts. I wrote scripts that were intentionally cheaper to shoot. That was all kinda naive.
THE ACTORS!!! I had 42 actors show up for the first casting call, thanks to Sylvia Gregory Casting in Denver. I was lucky enough to find Paul McLean - a deeply experienced actor who "got" the role of The Rancher in the first film, and taught me new things about this character immediately. Check out his IMDB page - from Clint Eastwood Movies to mainstream TV, he's been at it a long time: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0572629/
I also have the honor of working with the beautiful, badass Taylor Reese for the role of The Bride. Taylor was the inspiration for the role from the beginning - she's in Grad School at Yale right now, but we are all in for a treat when she joins us in Utah to shoot Oct 20-25. She's going to be amazing in a wedding dress firing high power rifles, wandering among the decay. Getting Western.
What are we paying for? These films are going to cost about 40 grand all told. I make decent money, but I don't have 40 grand. If I can raise half that, I can fill in the rest. The money is needed for 3 primary things - actors (the most expensive part in 2 of the 3 films, $6K ea), props and permits/government fees. Our crew and equipment are largely free, luckily - but good actors are expensive, and the props are also quite expensive - trucks to burn, walls to fill with bullet holes, carved gravestones, and so forth. Finally, for 2 of the 3 films, we have to pay for permits and for the fire and sheriffs dept to close roads and oversee burning things. These things are rather expensive.
What are we investing in? New stories about the west. Film. Ultimately, though, as Travis from Felt Soul pointed out when he interviewed me for this video above, you are investing in me. As cliched and pretentious as it may be, you are investing in art. Not a gizmo for your iPhone, not for a tangible single thing. You'll get cool stuff for investing, but mainly, you are investing in the risk of creating something new, fresh, maybe a little insane. You are along for this crazy ride, and I'm really honored to have you.
What happens with these films? If they are good - never assured in film - then we enter them in mainstream film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and short festivals - and eventually post them on the web for the world to share. As we finish them, we will share them online privately with everyone who donates here.
Why should I give you anything? If you believe in the power of film, if you believe in me, if you want to see something new, fresh, see the west in new ways, donate. If you believe in creativity, donate. If you believe in risk and putting yourself out there, donate.
Thanks everyone, for taking the time.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Narrative filmmaking is risky. Even the masters - Scorsese, Hannecke, Kieslowski, Cohen, Spielberg - they fail. A lot. At best, maybe half of their work is great, some is ok, and some just plain fails. And we're talking about the greatest directors of all time here. Why? Its insanely difficult, with elements of chance and a lot of magic involved. Skill is huge, but its not everything.
There is little risk that they will get made - I'll make the films, I'll finish them. I am very tenacious, very dedicated to the process. So don't worry - I'll get them made, and show them to my supporters here.
But there is a risk that one or more of the 3 films will not be good enough to put out to the public. By making 3 of them, all quite different, there is a much better chance that 1 or 2 of them will be good. Maybe even great. But maybe not.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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