An improvisational drama about the space between people and the people they love.
Thank you for taking the time to watch the video and read about our film. We really appreciate your interest, your help, support, and - of course - your donations! We made our initial goal of $10,000 and we've still got time left, and we want to keep going! The more we can fundraise, the better we can make this film. Please help us exceed our goals and raise some more money to make this a truly amazing film! Thank you for everything.
the cast and crew of Negative Space
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We have a blog for the film, with updates, stills, and videos HERE.
Negative Space is an intimate and personal film about the difficult ins and outs of family relationships, where emotional stakes are often at their highest. How do we treat the people that we love? What secrets do we keep from them and why? What happens when these secrets come out? When a married couple gets an unannounced visit from the wife's younger sister, deep and unexpected issues boil to the surface and threaten to upend and destroy even the closest relationships.
“Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves. It creates an
explosion that for the moment frees us from handed down frames of
reference, memory choked with old facts and information and undigested
theories of other people’s findings” - Viola Spolin
“All art is a synthesis of improvisation and order.” - Mike Leigh
We were initially inspired by the films and process of British director Mike Leigh as well as the writing and techniques developed by author and teacher (and old family friend of Ben’s) Viola Spolin. Leigh and Spolin both emphasize trust, exploration, and fearlessness. In this spirit, we have jumped headfirst into the process of creating an original and truthful film, one built through artistic collaboration and trust.
We have been working over the course of the last several months, through rehearsals consisting of extended improvisation and discussion. Starting with character construction, the dynamics of the relationships between the characters began to form our story. The story evolved into a script and it is from that which we’ll be working once we start principal photography. From the very beginning we knew that the only way to do something like this, especially on such a limited budget, is to work in a truly collaborative fashion, bringing the film into existence organically, and sincerely, through a community of artists all focusing their individual talents on the same goal.
With Your Help...
The level of support we've received so far has been overwhelming, and we already have many to thank for their generosity, interest, and active support.
Because of the generosity that we have received, including a top of the line camera and lighting package as well as a superb location, our needs are not many. Our main goal is to put together enough funds to keep our cast and crew well fed and compensated, as well to be able to ensure a smooth post-production process. In order to complete the necessary financing for this film, we are turning to you to help us reach our remaining funding goal of $10,000.
THANK YOU for being involved, and thank you for your support! We couldn't do it without you.
Please, keep in touch with any questions that you may have about the film. We will be updating the site frequently.
Our lovely and talented Cast and Crew
Director .... Ben Cresciman
Producer .... Wandie Kabule
Executive Producers .... Georg Kallert, Peter J. Nieves, Rob Schroeder
Co-Producer .... Eric Binns
Director of Photography .... Sam Gezari
Production Designer .... Andreis Costa
Art Director .... Stella Berkofsky
Editor .... Jason Jones
Composer .... Julian Wass
Wardrobe .... Justin Kennedy
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pledged of $10,000 goal
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May 10, 2011 - Jun 24, 2011
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Donors of $100 or more will receive the above rewards as well as a copy of the film's soundtrack, an original print by our film's still photographer, and a DVD of the film
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Donors of $200 or more will receive the above rewards as well as a limited edition DVD of the film
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Donors of $500 or more will receive the above rewards as well as an on-screen Special Thanks credit and a one-of-a-kind original film poster designed by artist Andreis Costa
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Donors of $1000 or more will receive the above rewards as well as an on-screen Very Special Thanks credit and an invitation to a private screening of the film with the cast and crew
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Donors of $2000 or more will receive the above rewards as well as an Associate Producer credit