The International Cinematographic Company (ICC) was founded in 2007 with the goal of obtaining films of special interest and distributing them to our viewers for small change. Thanks to the indiscretion of our innumerable collaborators, we've been able to obtain many interesting scenes, which have been viewed by people on screens across the globe. Our program is very well organized, indeed.
What we've lacked, however, is the performance of a crime, a recording of a true criminal caught in the act. Such a recording has been difficult to come by, of course, because the moment of a crime is never known in advance and it is rare criminals act openly before the camera. We had thought at first of engaging actors, but accustomed as we were to filming only reality, we've come to find we cannot be satisfied by such simple theatrical games, and have thus abandoned the prospect of procuring our recording by lawful means.
Previous ICC films only required a single camera, a rather refined sense of timing, and a near virtuosic manipulation of social networks, but as you can surely tell, our current project will require a bit more muscle to really force the issue at hand. We're going to need lights, a few disreputable locations, and rations for the largest crew the ICC has yet to assemble, all for the purpose of coercing the criminals amongst us to act openly before our cameras on our carefully constructed stages. Any charity towards this end will be immensely appreciated and surely put to good use by our well-tested production unit. And you can rest assured no money pledged to our cause will be squandered on thespians, those most deceitful of scoundrels.
Beware of those who claim to be essential, but also beware of those who who talk of virtue!
The International Cinematographic Company
::The Budget ::
Crew ($500) - In order to create our "great film," we will need a crew who is both ambitious and daring. These types of minds don't come cheap! We will need a cinematographer, a gaffer, an AD, a boom operator, and a sound mixer, all of whom are necessary if we intend to capture our crime.
Food ($500) - The ICC has an appetite for attention and informing the public on all matters essential to various points of view, but even our global reputation does little to quiet the rumbling in our stomachs. We will need to provide food for all those involved if we are to avoid defection.
Rental Equipment ($1,750) - Previously, much of our work has required little more than a camera phone and the sometime-willing subject... Unfortunately, this simple setup will not suffice for the recording of our crime. We will need multiple cameras and camera lenses, lights, and camera rigs over the course of our four day stakeout.
Location Costs ($1,250) - It should come as no surprise that only a few brave souls are willing to let us use their properties for the making of "our great film." As native Angelenos, we have a few contacts with deeds of their own, but in order to secure a bar, a warehouse, and a courtroom, we may need to use monetary compensation as a way of convincing these landowners to become "accomplices."
Production Design ($1,000) - In order to attract those with skewed moral compasses, we will need to build a few disreputable backdrops, blinds behind which to hide and shoot, and robes befitting of our assailant's characters.
Post Production ($1,500) - We do not intend to deceive you with incongruous cuts and technicolor manipulation, but rather to facilitate the mass distribution of our film to audiences of all shapes and sizes. Prior to worldwide distribution (and film festival fees!), our "great film" will require editing, coloring, sound design, and sound mixing, all of the highest quality our money can buy.
...a short film written and directed by Chase Alexander Niesner
...a Shot in the Foot production
...with cinematography by Powell Robinson
Shooting in April and May, 2014...More cast and crew to be revealed shortly!
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges that come with completing our project are many, as with any independent film, but we're confident in our vision and in our cast and crew to get the job done. We're currently locking locations and gathering design elements and equipment that will bring our vision to life on the screen, so we're very, very busy, but with perseverance and a little bit of luck we're hoping to create a cohesive vision of the world of Ormesan and his International Cinematographic Company. Ensuring the actors and materials of their life come together at the proper moment, when the lights are struck and the cameras are rolling, is by and large our biggest challenge. This sounds simple, but in fact, there are many moving pieces to a film set, only a small part of which will ever be seen by you, the viewers of our film. It is a logistical dance, but it looks like the stars are aligning in our favor.
Once we've wrapped production, we'll spend the next 1-2 months editing the footage, then spend the summer building a press kit and submitting our work to various film festivals around the country (and maybe the world). These impending deadlines will ensure our film is polished and shined in a timely manner, and we hope to have a digital download ready for our supporters by the end of the year, as soon as we hear from festival judges far and wide.
We're immensely grateful and motivated each and everyday by your love and support, without which this project simply wouldn't be possible. We can't wait to share "The Stories and Adventures of Ormesan" with all of you!
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