Ten filmmakers set themselves the challenge of writing, shooting, editing, and scoring a feature film in only 28 days.
We love movies. We love watching them, we love making them, and most of all, we love making them fast. Our first experiment in speed filmmaking, “The Queen Bee of Mushroomtown,” won eight prizes at the 2009 New York Film Race (including Best Film and the Audience Award); we followed that up with 12 Films 12 Weeks, a grand experiment whose results you can see at www.12films12weeks.com. Now we're ready to move our race-against-time approach into the realm of feature films. And we're going to need your help.
On July 30th, 2010, ten young filmmakers will gather together in a condo in Park City, Utah. Each team member will bring along a photograph of his or her choosing, carefully concealed from the other members of the group. At midnight on August 1st, the ten photographs will be unveiled for the first time, and the resulting collage of images will serve as the jumping-off place for a freewheeling session of brainstorming. That brainstorming will lead to characters, scenes, dialogue, and eventually a script for a full-length movie, which will then be shot, edited, and scored – all in just four weeks.
IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?
We think so.
Team Four-Week Feature is (in alphabetical order): Keith Boynton, Writer/Director/Producer; Clint Byrne, Key Grip/2nd Unit DP; Brigitte Choura, Actor; James Fauvell, Actor; Mike Lavoie, Writer/Actor/Producer; Sumi Lee, Production Manager; Michael Redfield, Actor/Composer; Chad Sonenberg, Sound; Derek Van Gorder, Cinematographer; and a mystery 10th person to be announced! Bios of all the team members can be found at www.FourWeekFeature.com.
WHAT THE MONEY WILL GO TO
Our biggest expense will be salaries for the wonderful team of actors and crew we've assembled. No one is going to get rich by working on this movie; we're just offering people enough to lure them away from their jobs for a month. The average salary for one team member is $500 per week; other expenses will include travel to Park City, gas, food, and surely a prop or two. Between the ten of us, we already own most of the relevant camera and sound equipment, and our housing is being generously donated by Keith's mom. We figure we can make the film for a total of $30,000, which is practically nothing for a feature film; if we can raise $10,000 on Kickstarter, that'll be one heck of a start.
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