The Invitation is an ambitious 1920's mystery that follows Dale Clifton on his journey to discover the secrets behind River Side Manor, a house that has been administering extravagant parties for years without any trace of its owner. When Dale dives deeper into the mystery he finds out he might be in over his head when his very own girlfriend Hazel Girsham is linked to the manor.
This short film is passion project and a completely original story based in the 1920's. This story steps away from the over the top use of mafia and prohibition that Hollywood has often used, and re-imagines the period from a new perspective. The story is an exciting ride filled with deep mystery, taking characters further into it and asking new questions.
As filmmakers we love Stark County and are committed to investing our art back into our community. Furthermore the city of Canton serves as the perfect place to shoot this film because of its rich historic background. Thanks to our community's involvement, we have the opportunity to film in some of the most prestigious and historical locations that Canton has to offer. Two of our most notable locations are the Canton Woman's Club and the Historic Canton club. The Canton Woman's Club is a historic victorian house built in 1867 and still features most of its original decor. The most notable location in the film is the interior of the manor. The Historic Canton Club's breathtaking grand ballroom is the perfect locale. Built in 1923, this location perfectly fits the time period and will serve as a picturesque setting for the mysterious manor party.
Our highly experienced crew is excited to take part in the crafting of this challenging period piece. With credits on such productions as "The Avengers," 20th Century Fox's "Unstoppable," "Alex Cross," "25-Hill," ABC's "The Miracle Worker," and Fox Sports, our skilled crew is more than up to the task.
Our crew consists of:
• Matt Roseti, Writer
• Ryan Galbraith, Director
• Mike Lawson, Producer
• Jacob Keeton, Director of Photography
• Jeremy Davis, Cinematographer
• Patrick Casteel, Sound Designer
• Ashley Meinke, Production Design
• Matt Rees, Script Superviser
• Sylvia DeMarco, Hair and Makeup
• Matt McComb, Concept Artist
• Kritika Kripakaran, Cover Art
Film is a collaboration. It takes time, work, and money. Recreating the 1920's setting will be difficult without the proper resources. That's where you come in! We have amazing things planned but it can't happen without your help. With our budget we will be able to pay for the necessary locations, props and wardrobe to bring the 1920's to life.
The reason this film can be made on such small of a budget is because of our unbelievable community involvement. We wouldn't be able to make this film without the community's help.
As a thank you for your support, we have provided some of the most incredible rewards including goodies, and opportunities to further participate in the film.
These are a few of the unique items available
Riverside Manor Invitation - The actual invitation used in the film containing the envelope and authentic Riverside Manor Tickets.
Concept art - Full page concept art including Dale, and Hazel, signed by our amazing artist Matt McComb.
Be in the film - We have set aside a speaking role exclusively for Kickstarter. First come first serve.
Get your name in the film - We have provided the opportunity to get your name in the credits
This film will be the biggest event of the summer, don't miss your opportunity to get involved before it's to late.
Risks and challenges
Creating a time piece set in the 1920's is not without its difficulties. Production design is a huge task for us as it encompasses the whole world our characters live in. Finding suitable locations, props and wardrobe will be a difficult task. To complete the feel of the world we will have to find the right actors and actresses that can speak in a similar manor as they did in that decade.
Another challenge for us is combining the style of 1920's film with modern cinematography. We want to honor the filmmakers of that decade and their style, but to do this we have to employ the right blend of shots and cuts, allowing modern audiences to connect.
Although this film contain challenges it is the reason we as a crew were drawn to it in the first place. We see the challenges as an opportunity to grow ourselves and develop an amazing film, that everyone who was a part of it can be proud of. The solution to these challenges are planning ahead and taking our time to get things right. We set out to create an amazing film during an amazing time period, and we will do just that.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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