Lucas McNelly has 4 months left to complete his "A Year Without Rent", in which he works on film sets for FREE.
Who are we?
We are a group of independent filmmakers from the Unites States and Canada that have been helped by Lucas McNelly's A Year Without Rent project. Some of us have met in person, but most of us haven't. We did the above video with the help of editor Joe Shapiro.
What is this Year Without Rent?
A Year Without Rent is a project that Lucas started in February 2010. Lucas volunteers on independent film sets helping others get their films made and then writes about them on Film Threat, Filmmaker Magazine, Film Courage and Mubi Garage. He has worked on 32 films in just 8 months so far, and we are just a small handful of the filmmakers that he has helped.
Lucas helps by being a competent and FREE member of our crews. He rigs lights when we ask him to. He cooks when we need a cook. He deals with the nitty-gritty details of filmmaking, that every film set needs & most of us can't afford to have.
He travels by car or plane to film sets wherever he's needed - and he's been needed all over the place. Lucas ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for A Year Without Rent, but he's traveled to 4 times as many sets as he expected to, as well as traveling four times as much. He's running out of money. He needs our help.
Does Lucas Know We're Doing This?
Yes. Victoria Westcott and Marty Lang met up in Los Angeles and came up with the idea of running a campaign for Lucas with a group of the filmmakers he's helped. We asked Lucas if he was okay with the idea, and of course he said yes! Who wouldn't love a group of filmmakers rallying together to help them finish their project that helps us all in the long run anyway?
Why $5000? What will the money be used for?
We calculate that $5000 is the bare minimum needed to finish the final 4 months of A Year Without Rent. The money will cover gas, food and the rare accommodation (when Lucas can't find a free couch to crash on).
What happens if we don't raise enough?
Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" platform. If we don't raise the amount we asked for, then no money changes hands, and Lucas probably won't finish the year.
What happens if we raise more than $5000?
Now you're talking! Every dollar raised over $5000 will help Lucas survive the rest of his year more comfortably. It will allow him to eat meals that are a little bigger, drive distances that are a little farther, and finish what will undoubtebly be the most difficult journey of Lucas' life.
What is the Ringtone from LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND?
Good question. It's the sound of this short beatbox teaser from the movie:
What is the Golden High Five?
Sean traces his hand onto gold paper & sends it to you as a postcard in the mail. It's awesome and was a big hit on his last kickstarter campaign.
Where can I hear Wonder Russell's Music?
Wonder is a talented actor & musician and has graciously offered her music CD as a reward for $15 pledges. Check her music out here:
Where can I find out more about you guys?
Lucas McNelly - A Year Without Rent @lmcnelly
Marty Lang - RISING STAR @marty_lang
Victoria Westcott & Jen Westcott - LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND @VWestcott @JenWestcott
Brendon Fogle - SYNC @Bfogle75
Sean Gillane - CXL - @sgillane
Sean Hackett - Homecoming @shackett
Joe Shapiro - our editor @joesh
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Oct 31, 2011 - Nov 19, 2011
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Our collective undying love & appreciation, and shout-out on twitter.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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The beatbox ringtone from the teaser for LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND (see the link to the left), and a shout out on twitter.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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A ringtone MP3 thingy recorded by Pob from THE STAGG DO, perfect for your phone. It'll almost definitely be NSFW, but since it'll have a thick Geordie accent, no one will know. Subversive! See update #10 for an example.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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A golden hand made "High Five" specially made for you by filmmaker Sean Gillane. Plus everything above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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A digital download of Wonder Russell's CD (see link to the left), and everything above.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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A digital download of Brendon Fogle's film, SYNC, which Lucas worked on for free during the first 8 months of A Year Without Rent and everything above.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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A digital download of Kris & Lindy Boustedt's "The Summer Home" (another film Lucas helped in the past 8 months!), and everything above.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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A digital download of Kris & Lindy Boustedt's feature film, THIS IS OURS, which is yet another movie that Lucas helped during his first 8 months of A Year Without Rent. PLUS everything above.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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A special edition poster of THIS IS OURS, plus 2 tickets to Cast & Crew Party early next year (in Seattle, Washington - travel & lodging not included) plus everything above.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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A digital download of Lucas McNelly's Blanc de Blanc paid for by filmmaker Brendon Fogle, plus everything above.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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A DVD copy of Paul Osborne's OFFICIAL REJECTION plus everything else above. Int'l orders please add $10.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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A digital download of Victoria & Jen Westcott's LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND, plus everything above.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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A digital download of the music soundtrack from LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND (packed with awesome indie bands from around the world), plus 2 tickets to the screening closest to you (travel not included), plus everything above.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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A one-on-one 1 hour coaching session with Marty Lang, Professor of Film at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, and writer/director of RISING STAR. Marty will teach you how to produce & write your first feature film. Plus everything above!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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A script reading from Leilani Holmes, and feedback on that script via e-mail or Skype (arrangements to be made with Leilani.) You have the next blockbuster screenplay? Let Leilani give you feedback that'll help your story get that much better.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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An authentic, screen-worn costume from CLERKS 2, as worn by Rosario Dawson. Comes with a certificate of authenticity. See update #5 for information. Donated by Gavin ap' Morrygan.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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A walk-on role in the current AYWR project, Brea Grant's BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, filming later this month in Austin, TX. Transportation to Austin not included. See update #14 for details.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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A walk-on role on Alexia Anastasio's next film project, a narrative comedy to be shot in New York City and Los Angeles in 2012. You can work in either city, but arrangements must be made with Alexia before the film shoots. Travel and accommodations not included.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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A walk-on role on Sean Hackett's next film project. You've always wanted to be in a film right? Here's your opportunity. Travel not included. Sean lives in Los Angeles, but has not announced yet where he will be filming next.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Joe Shapiro, award-winning editor of Sundance features ZOO and POLICE BEAT, will watch a cut of your film and give detailed notes. This is an insanely valuable bit of feedback for any filmmaker.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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A Carnival Cruise for 2 to Mexico or Bahamas worth approximately $1400! See update #3 for the fine print, namely that you must fly to LA or Miami and pay $25 to Cruise Direct to activate your cruise voucher. You can use the voucher during the next 2 years. Read the Fine Print in Update #3 before you pledge!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011