About this project
WE HIT OUR INITIAL GOAL OF $21,000!
BUT THERE'S STILL POST-PRODUCTION!
As Steven Spielberg admits,"sound is 50% of every movie I make!"
This is why we need you to continue to donate over our LAST (5) DAYS. As you can see from our attached music department of Dave Holden (Transformers, Salt), we need as much "additional" funding as we can get. Please don't stop giving.
Dave's Bio and Info Located Below--
WATCH A DEMONSTRATION HERE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF POST-PRODUCTION SOUND!
LET'S GET TO $25,000!
The Program is a top secret, military funded weapons experiment designed to create the perfect soldier.
Derek, or as The Program refers to him, SSR7, is the ultimate human weapon; half man-half metal. He wakes up in what appears to be his home from before he joined The Program. Confronted by Dark Derek, a seeming mirror image of himself, Derek begins to discover the hidden details of his former life and The Program's true objective.
This information is time-sensitive, however, as The Program has been watching his every move and decides to terminate him.
To recover the memories they erased and the family he loved, Derek targets the very program that transformed him into SSR7.
THE FILMMAKERS STATEMENT
With our film, tentatively entitled "THE PROGRAM", we as filmmakers seek to bring an action, sci-fi genre film, that even though loaded with CGI, stunts, and special effects, centers on THE STORY; a hero bound to recover what he's lost.
Our premise is simple – How far would you go to retrieve the ones taken from you? What if a weapon, a machine, fights for love instead of war? Our hope is that this film creates not only a visually stunning world and foretelling of the possible future, but strikes at the heart of family, and what's actually worth fighting for.
MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
-- Our primary goal for this film is for it to be used as a marketing tool to get the filmmakers access and recognition at all the top movie studios and production companies.
-- We also endeavor to utilize the online avenues and arenas to get the film across as many platforms as possible. Because of its short duration, we feel it would be perfect material for today’s booming New Media market– YOUTUBE and HULU and VIMEO.
- RYAN HUNTER PHILLIPS - DIRECTOR
Ryan Hunter Phillips is an AICP Award-nominated commercial and narrative director based in Los Angeles. Originally from Washington, he grew up on a healthy helping of comic books, classic literature, and movies. A diverse path that included graffiti, illustration, writing, being the frontman for a rock band in Seattle, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature culminated in directing his first short film. After that, he was bit by the "movie making" bug and never looked back.
Working in marketing through his Masters in film school introduced him to advertising, where Ryan refined his visual storytelling skills. His first spec commercial was nominated by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers and was followed by work for brands like Intel, Got Milk? and Nespresso. Inspired by the new frontier of online and interactive media, Ryan wrote and directed HUNCH. This innovative mystery prompts the viewer every few minutes to choose which direction the story goes in order to catch the killer.
When Ryan read the concept The Program, it was love at first sight. His passion for dark science fiction, action, and intrigue made Nathan Reid's script a perfect fit. He's excited to bring a sleek directorial style to a story that will captivate and entertain audiences.
A NOTE from Nathan Reid. "I was absolutely floored to be referred to Ryan Hunter Phillips by my great friend and composer, Dave Holden (Transformers, Salt). His spot "HUD" is one of the best I've seen and truly gave me 110% confidence that he will blow us away with his work on this film.
- NATHAN REID - WRITER / PRODUCER
Nathan Reid, an American Musical and Dramatic Academy graduate, has been acting, writing, and producing films for over 10 years. He executive produced and starred in his first film “Old Man Music”, starring Geoffrey Lewis and J.A. Preston, in 2005, which won the Gold Metal for Excellence at the Park City Music Festival; as well as various other awards of recognition. In 2008, Nathan created his largest project to date. Prey: The Beginning, a comic book franchise, in which the first issue made the #3 of top ten sales for Independent run comics at Comixpress.com. The feature adaptation is now being requested by almost every major studio. With numerous television and film credits as an actor as well, Nathan considers himself very fortunate to have worked on the projects he has and loves being an artist.
- JODIE BENTLEY - PRODUCER
Jodie Bentley is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts at the Stella Adler Conservatory with a BFA in Acting. With a background in theater as an actor and producer, she is now taking her producing and entrepreneurial skills to film.
Having been on the stage since age 10, she has performed all over this country and played leading roles Off-Broadway and in many workshops of new musicals and plays. The web series HAPPY CANCER CHICK, that she starred in just premiered in NYC at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas. She recently shot the short film GOOD with Brazilian director Aldana Vaccaro. She also works frequently in commercials, TV and print.
Jodie also owns The Savvy Actor, Inc a bicoastal business that helps artists in Branding and Marketing. She has clients globally.
- JON ROSEN - PRODUCER - LOS ANGELES
After working in a government lab and studying physics at MIT, Jon realized that he would not in fact gain superpowers by getting bitten by a radioactive spider....especially as there were none in the lab. With those dreams gone, he went back to his first love, movies, and up and moved to LA. Since then he has worked in market research, consulting on the marketing campaigns for over a dozen features (with projects at all the major studios) and produced numerous shorts and commercials, with his latest short film premiering at the highly regarded LA Comedy Shorts Festival this April. With a bunch of comedy now under his belt, Jon is excited to get back to his nerdy roots with the epic Sci-Fi action of The Program.
Jon Rosen and Nathan Reid have shot two projects together, a Heineken Commercial "Bottle Opener" directed by Jonathan David, and "The Bum Squad", directed by Jon Hudson which got featured on the front page of Funny or Die.
- JASON MONTGOMERY - CASTING DIRECTOR
Jason Montgomery, hailing from New York came out to Hollywood, California in 2004 to try his hand in acting. Over the years he has been in 20+ films and countless commercials . These paid the bills, but whet his appetite to write, cast and direct. While he had a modicum of success in front of the camera, he realized his love was behind the camera and he went on to obtain his MFA in Filmmaking. Since he has been in Hollywood, he has been a player in the casting of more than 30 feature films for 20th Century Fox, he has been a guest lecturer at USC on the topic of Emerging Digital Technologies in the Entertainment Industry, and he has written 3 screenplays/scripts that are under evaluation as we speak by some of the largest production houses in the world. After four years of running the LA Division of Casting Workbook, Jason was ready to show the world he has an entrepreneur's heart. He founded THE SELFTAPE | Creative Studios, www.selftape.com located on the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevard. He designed The Selftape to be a web 3.0 studio both global and mobile at the same time. He has made The Selftape "THE" place to go for actors who want to book and close the deal. In his first six months in business he has filmed and delivered more than 500 high quality self taped auditions that have resulted in countless callbacks and 75+ bookings in TV and Film. Jason and his corporation, The Selftape now set the standard for self taped auditions in the industry.
Throughout his career to date, Jason has been extremely fortunate to have worked with some of the best directors of this generation including; Ang Lee on Life of Pi, Danny Boyle on 127 Hours and Trance, McG on This Means War, David Gordon Green on The Sitter, and many more. He is very grateful for all the incredible opportunities he has been presented and strives to continue to learn the art of filmmaking every day!
- MATHEW LORENCEAU - STUNT COORDINATOR
Mathew Lorenceau grew up in Paris, France. Raised by his mother, Catherine, who gave him the love for sports in particular horseback riding and swimming, as well as skiing and tennis but he discovered Martial Arts at the age of 12 after watching "Karate Kid", today he holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt and few victories under his belt in fights and forms. Also being the son of Michel Delahaye, one of the most re known movie critics from "les Cahiers du Cinema" in the 1970s, who taught him about the motion picture culture(le 7ieme art); watching Charlie Chaplin, The Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Jacques Tati, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Charlton Heston, Burt Lancaster, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, James Dean, Gene Kelly, Walt Disneys cartoon to name a few. He was inspired by such films as "West Side Story", "Ben Hur", "Singing in the Rain", "Rebel Without a Cause", "The Ten Commandements", "River of no Return", "Rio Bravo", "Spartacus" and many more... to become an actor since a young age, even performing with his father in few independent films. In 2005, He jumps on board to work as a stuntman on the remake of "Poseidon" directed by Wolfgang Petersen. In 2009, hired by the Brand X Action Specialists Keith Woulard & Tom R Harper to perform stunts on "Iron Man 2". Mathew has nominated for the Tauras World Stunt Award in 2007 and nominated for a SAG award for Spiderman 4.
- DAVE HOLDEN - COMPOSER
Dave Holden was born in Surrey, England, in 1983. He grew up around the world, including places such as New Jersey, England, Illinois, and Nairobi, Kenya. Dave traveled back to the states for high school and college, where he attended The Berklee College of Music, to study film composition. He graduated in 2005, with a degree in Film Scoring. In 2006, he was hired at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions. While there, he worked on a wide array of movies, television shows, and video games. Most notably was the Emmy awarding winning, Showtime original series The Tudors. Dave worked as the shows Supervising Score Coordinator. The music went on to win an Emmy for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. “ While at Remote, he also worked on the music for Transformers, The Hills Have Eyes 2, and the video games Army of Two and Command and Conquer 3. In 2007, Dave moved from Remote Control Productions to JNH studios, to work for A-list composer James Newton Howard. During his time with Mr. Howard, Dave worked on the films I Am Legend, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Great Debaters, The Happening, Defiance, The Dark Knight, and Salt.
Dave went out on his own in 2008, to primarily work on independent films. Since that time, he has had the opportunity to work with many great independent filmmakers. Dave has composed the scores to the independent feature films Autopilot, The Way of Snow, The Removed, Embers of the Sky, Roller Dreams, Sustaining Life, After Dark, Grey Sheep, Cruel Will, Love or Whatever, Alien Hunger, and Hero of the Day. He also worked in the music department for the films Outrage and Countdown to Zero.
Dave Holden and Nathan Reid met on the project, "Prey: The Beginning", in which Dave did original scoring for which can heard on the Prey Trailer, link above.
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Risks and challenges
As with any other project, setbacks can occur. However, with over 10 years of experience in filmmaking I (Nathan Reid) have personally handled everything from bringing in better editors for faster post-production work, gathered additional funds for experienced sound designers and visual effects supervisors, and connected myself with those individuals, known as problem solvers.
I talk about responsibility quite often and my motto is simple, "Don't put on someone else's shoulders what you can take responsibility for personally". I have no doubt that issues will arise; however, I know that my team, and those industry professionals I'm connected to, can fully tackle and adequately handle anything that presents itself.
This project will get done, and I will make sure that nothing short of excellence is the result.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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