A feature film about a pair of high school sweethearts who accidentally reunite on the eve of their respective weddings.
Check out some of the stills from our shoot in Delaware:
We're having a party!
We're having a party to celebrate our Kickstarter campaign and tell you about all things Thumper related. The event will be held at the fantastic venue Project Space in Wilmington on Thursday June 13th from 7-10pm. If you'd like to attend the party please show confirmation of your donation of $10 or more at the door and you'll receive free entry, cocktails, and treats. There will be a presentation about the film, music and a chance to meet some members of the production team. Hope to see you all there!
Check out the space: www.projectspacede.com
Tweet us and let us know you're coming: @thumperfilm
What is this?
Glad you asked. Thumper is a feature film that will (hopefully) begin production in August 2013.
What's the story?
Thumper is about two former high school sweethearts, Mark and Ava, who by pure accident run into each other in a hotel lobby the night before their respective weddings. They see this meeting as serendipitous and decide to spend the evening reminiscing about their shared past inside their old high school. The film then transitions to the past where we see them as teenagers and as a couple. The film moves back and forth between the past and the present showing us the truth about their past and questioning their present.
Why should I donate?
This kickstarter is a two fold project. Part one is about the film itself. Part two is about encouraging film making in my home state of Delaware. Delaware is the silent third lead in this film. The location is very much a character. It is essential that this film take place in the home I once knew and I see this as an opportunity to encourage independent films to come to the first state. Films require so many things to get made; from production insurance to catering, from cameras, to stages, lights, wardrobe, the list goes on and on. The need for people to facilitate getting and providing these items means creating a lot of job opportunities for Delawareans. Your contribution means you're not only for this particular film, you're also for Delaware becoming a hub for filming.
How much should I give?
That's entirely up to you. Our suggested donation is $10. That's the average price of a movie ticket (in Delaware) and we're asking people to give $10 in exchange for a copy of the film. That way you not only get to choose a movie you want to see. You get to choose the movie that gets made. And you get to keep it forever.
Who's involved in this thing anyway?
Many people. But here's some information about the director, lead actress and producers currently attached:
Lindsey Copeland (Writer, Director, Producer): Lindsey Copeland is a film maker based out of Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a degree in Art History, after which she moved to London, UK to attend Brunel University, pursuing a Master's in Creative Writing. During her time in the United Kingdom, she worked with several artists and writers and began working in theater. In 2010 she moved to New York City where she worked with several off broadway productions and the New York City Fringe Festival. During this time Copeland wrote and directed her first play "Hold Me Down and Love Me" with TheaterLab. She then began work as a production assistant for film and television before moving into work in the art department. In 2010, she developed and directed the US video for "Sometimes It Kills" by the English band Visions of Trees. Her first film, "Beautiful Girls" participated in the Short Film Corner at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and the market at the Palm Springs Film Festival where it was acquired by Drama Club Films. You can check out Beautiful Girls soon on indieflix.com and indiereign.com.
Ted Day (Producer): Ted got his start writing and directing plays in high school and later at Hampshire College. He later moved to New York and began working in film production. He started to produce music videos with Greencard Pictures (Keep It In Motion by Guided By Voices and Sweet Harmony by Slow Knights) as well as commercials and short documetaries with Already Alive. And in October 2012 he wrote and produced the short film Flytrap a 1930's horor-drama, in eastern Maryland.
Adelind Horan (Ava Mason): Adelind comes from a family of thespians and has been performing since she was a babe. She trained in classical acting at LAMDA and improv with UCB. She earned her B.A. from Hampshire College where she developed her verbatim one-woman show about mountaintop removal in Appalachia, Cry of the Mountain. For the past few years, Adelind has been touring Cry of the Mountain and received high acclaim from the Washington Post, DC Theatre Scene, NYTheatre.com, the Scotsman (Edinburgh Fringe), and many other publications. Cry of the Mountain won "Best Documentary 2012" at the world's largest solo festival in NYC. She also recently played the lead in the short film Flytrap, which will hit the festival circuit this year. Adelind resides in Brooklyn, New York, where she does a lot of Shakespeare, creates internet comedy sketches with Body Farm Films, and performs with her improv team. Besides acting, Adelind can be found pretending to be a musician, dreaming of the country, and making up dance moves. Above all else, she has a passion for silliness and all things strange and comical. www.adelind.com
Natasha Giliberti (Line Producer): Natasha is a freelance producer based in Paris and New York. Born of a Jewish-American mother form New York, and French-Italian father from Marseille by way of Tunisia, Natasha was brought up with several different cultures and has been able to fully embrace each one. She has dual French/American citizenship and is 100% bi-lingual in both French and English. Natasha has served as production coordinator, production manager and / or producer on several narrative and commercial projects. She is used to working with smaller crews and is comfortable wearing many different hats during a production. Natasha has extensive experience workiwithin tight budgetary constraints and believes that monetary obstacles can benefit a film, as they inspire creativity to overcome. Natasha's life long goal is to produce the work of directors the passionately believes in, and for the films she produces to inspire and reach the broadest possible audiences.
Other than personal attachment, I believe Delaware has a lot to offer as a state for filming and I was pretty shocked to find that there isn't much taking place. The faces of the people you see in our video are the faces of people we talked to on the street in Newark near the University of Delaware. All of them agreed that film is something that's yet to take off in Delaware and something that would be very exciting to see happen.
$500,000 is A LOT of money. Why so much?
In our every day lives half a million dollars is A LOT of money. In film world, it's next to nothing. A SAG-AFTRA low budget film is one with a 2.5 million dollar budget. Our budget is a fraction of that making it a modified low budget film.
How will you pull it off? I'm feeling skeptical.
We'll accomplish our goal through a lot of favors, a lot of budgeting strategy, and a lot of personal sacrifice. It's amazing the way you can save money with a bit of creativity. Each of the producers attached to Thumper has experience making films with next to no money or a fraction of the money they needed. Collectively we bring a wide variety of micro-budgeting experience from the music videos, specs, and shorts we've put together over the past few years. That being said, one area we are adamant about not skimping too much on on is how much we pay our crew. A film is nothing without a solid crew and we've budgeted wages that are fair and reasonable. A lot of people in this industry work for very low amounts of money and sometimes nothing at all. They do this out of love for what they do but I believe that everyone that works on a movie deserves a fair wage.
I live in Delaware, how can I get involved beyond Kickstarter?
We would love Delawareans to get involved in the production of this film. We're going to need to hire a lot of people: extras, interns, production assistants, drivers, caterers, visual artists, musicians, etc. There are other ways to get involved beyond working on the film too. If you would like to be a part of this film follow our twitter page @ThumperFilm for updates and notices for castings, production work and more.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Part of the reason I chose Kickstarter as my funding platform is to demonstrate audience interest in this film as well as interest in Delaware as a filming location. People are what matters. They have the power to illicit real change, particularly as consumers. We're living in a thrilling time where we get to choose the content in a way we never have before. I've been a backer on several kickstarter projects and I'm always eager to see what's happening next.
One of our biggest challenges is filming in a state that isn't used to filming. As I said before, films require a lot of things. Finding those things in a place that isn't used to filming is a challenge. It's a challenge for locations to allow us to film, it's a challenge to cast extras, it's a challenge to find set dressing, etc. But, with great risk comes great reward. And if you're going to make change you have to be willing to accept risk and to creatively combat the challenges that arise by developing new ways of getting what you need. Everyone involved in Thumper understands that we'll have to find unique solutions to the problems that will arise as we are filming. We intend on doing just that.
Another realistic challenge is production delays. Scheduling a film and securing all of the element it requires is a process and there are several different elements that can cause delays to happen. The best way we can combat delays is by constantly staying organized and always having a back up plan to go to when your first plan falls through. That is the nature of producing. You're not going to be able to get everything that you want, but with the right planning and strategy you can get everything you need and you can bring your film to completion on time and on budget.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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