Potter's Field is a film that explores what a person experiences as they travel from this world into the afterlife.
Potter’s Field is the story of Sam Cantor’s life through his death. After discovering that he is dead Sam is met by his guide Peter. Peter helps Sam to let go of the life he has to leave behind by saying goodbye to his memories and sensations. It’s impossible to know what happens when we die, but no matter what you believe, the universal truth is that your life - the person you spent your entire life becoming - will no longer exist. It’s this fact, the realization that every sensation and memory Sam has gathered throughout his life, will be lost once he moves on that haunts him. The film follows Sam who is guided by Peter in his last moments in between life and death as he struggles to accept his fate, unknowing of what awaits him.
We're trying to raise $5000 in order to get this film through production. For a small film this requires a lot of money. We're renting equipment from a professional rental house, using professional actors and crew, getting insurance for the equipment as well as boat insurance for the boat we have to rent, paying for permits and we have to get all of our film, which was donated, processed. We're doing our best to make this budget as small as we can and with your help we can make this movie happen.
Ted Schaefer is a dynamic young filmmaker out of the New York City area. While studying for his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film at Syracuse University, Ted spent a semester abroad at the prestigious Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His films have been recognized in festivals through the United States and its territories. His stylistic blend of realism with surrealist techniques creates very unique films. His films juxtapose a quiet tonality with a strong visual language to tell simple stories that point to many of the strange truths in life. His influences include Jim Jarmusch, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Aki Kaurismaki, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac and Alphonse Mucha.
Bryan is a hard working, dedicated professional who spends most of his time producing alternative television for networks like Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and HGTV. He began his young career developing and pitching new ideas at Powderhouse Productions in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently he is hoping to jump onto the silver screen by producing, writing, and directing short films. For this project, Bryan is acting as the Executive Producer; handling relationships, managing the budget, and assembling the talented crew. He has had past success with the Director of Photography, Adam Brown, who shot Bryan's first short film, "The First Stone," which showed at festivals in Manhattan, and was one of the best experiences of his still blossoming career.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Adam Brown is a Cinematographer, based out of Boston, with an early background in art, photography, and animation and digital projection. Combined with experience in the widest gamut of mediums, ranging from Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film all the way through ENG video environments and high-resolution, large sensor 4K digital cinema systems, Adam understands the production environment from concept development all the way through project completion, no matter what the content is being recorded to. But, merely understanding the technology is not what Adam strives to do in his work. With each project, he attempts to convey the story in as richly unique and moving a manner as possible, all the while gently prodding at the envelope of convention where necessary. While a film student at Syracuse University's Department of Transmedia, he was introduced to the masters of Hollywood, European and World cinema, which has greatly influenced his creative perception on the visual storytelling process. Adam has since graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Art, focusing on Cinematography, in 2009. He is now working out of New England as a freelance Cinematographer/Certified Steadicam Operator.JAMIL MUNOZ
Jamil Munoz, 23, was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. He holds a BFA in Film from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, where he received the Carol M. Schmuckler Award for Achievement in Filmmaking. While at SU he worked on all kinds of projects, from running sound on Laurel Nakadate’s Gotham and Independent Spirit Award nominated The Wolf Knife, to creating Dropped Frames, a visiting artist series featuring up-and-coming independent filmmakers. He was also selected to attend Sorkin Week, an L.A. industry immersion sponsored by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing).He is currently editing season two of Collegetown, a web series (created with fellow SU alum Scott Peters), while he awaits words from festivals on his recently completed short film, Hurricane Jane.
Jason Abrams was a phenom in the world of DJ-ing and event organizing even at the young age of 13. He used skills gained from a musical family background to build his company Pro Disc Jockey Services to prominence in the showbiz region of Woodstock, NY. After training as an actor and model, he honed his stage skills while with the Woodstock Repertoire Theater. Becoming a member of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, he soon made his way to New York City to pursue acting. Among other roles, he has played David Cohen in AMC’s “Mad Men,” the Australian Embassy Guard in HBO’s, “Flight of the Conchords,” and a comedic character in NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” As with many artists, Abrams’ rising star has extended to other fields; in this case, producing. Several commercials and music videos have come from his brainchild, Time Will Tell Productions, incorporated in 2005. Recently, he was producer of the Witness project “Red,” a psychological thriller. He also produced “Follow the Leader” a short film created as the prototype for the upcoming feature “Rite of Passage.”
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