Never Stop Living
Never Stop Living
An emotionally powerful sports drama about a young girl's fervent drive to fulfill her final dream before cancer takes her home.
An emotionally powerful sports drama about a young girl's fervent drive to fulfill her final dream before cancer takes her home. Read more
About this project
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Claire Keller, a small, frail 12-year old girl, steps out onto the mound to pitch in the championship game for the Sentinels, her 14 and under all-star baseball team. She is fearless, proud, determined—and dying. Several months earlier, Claire was diagnosed with a terminal illness, but in her darkest hour, Claire has decided that living her one dream will be the best gift she could receive before moving on. And with every pitch, Claire remembers the last year-and a half of her life, from the near fatal car accident that left her sister a shell of her former self to the loss in faith of her parents, and wonders if the strength she has conveyed in spite of her own imminent death will heal those that have suddenly fallen, resurrecting them with the opportunity of a better life.
An inspirational story of hope and salvation, Never Stop Living takes you on an emotional journey through the adversity of losing what’s most important and the courage to fight misery with the acceptance of fate. When at your weakest and most vulnerable, it is in the most unexpected of circumstances, and the most humble of spirits, that gives you the strength to believe in yourself and allow heroes to rise.
The Story Behind the Story
The reasons for writing this script stem from my passion of baseball. I wanted to write something that I could effectively produce independently without a lot of funding, and at the same time, allow me to create a world around my favorite sport.
Having played the game and having coached softball for several years, I know the sport inside and out. So much so that the first script I wrote as part of my screenwriting course in college was a baseball-themed script. But where that script was an adult drama, and far too big to do without any money, I needed to find a story that worked on a smaller scale, and one that I could produce with the assets I had.
At the same time, I couldn’t just write a typical sports movie; I needed something more, something deeper to give some much needed weight to the drama revolving around the sport itself. That’s when I saw the film, My Sister’s Keeper, and suddenly, I had my story.
But after completing the script, I knew it wouldn’t be enough to produce the film with absolutely no money (or what little I could scrounge up). I had a chance to make a good film great, so I started searching for a way to acquire financing for the film, enough to not only bring in the necessary equipment and talented crew needed to capture the complexity of the layered story, but also to bring in a respectable actor, one who would lift the film even further, both in reputation and to bring out the necessary level of emotions in the rest of the cast—because like they say, acting together in a scene with a great actor can make even the most mediocre actor shine.
That’s when I found Kickstarter and its genuine pursuit of helping independent filmmakers (and writers, and entrepreneurs) like me to fund their projects. So here I am, asking for your help in lifting this script from what would be a good film into the great film it's meant to be.
I am currently at the script stage of the film, which means, the only thing that exists, other than the promotional website, is the script itself. Pre-Production will begin once financing is in place.
What Your Pledges Will Fund
Stage #1 - Pre-Production: Scouting locations, casting, hiring crew, renting equipment, and finalizing budgets and schedules.
Stage #2 - Production (aka filming the movie)
Stage #3 - Post-Production: Editing, Colorization, Special Effects, Sound Effects, Sound Design, Composing, ADR
Stage #4 - Marketing: Premiere, Film Festivals and Social Networking
A couple of things to keep in mind — Once funded, we will be looking to work with the Make-A-Wish foundation to give several kids a chance to work on the set of the film as a production assistant, or to come by and simply watch the filming and meet some of the stars.
We will also be in contact with the San Diego Padres organization in hopes that we will be able to present the premiere of the film at Petco Park after one of the season's regular series games. Because of the subject matter of the film, and the Padres' commitment to cancer related issues, we believe this would be the perfect partnership.
In return for your pledge, I have come up with some unique gifts and memorabilia exclusive to this film, including baseball’s signed by the actors and crew, team jerseys worn and signed by the actors, and exclusively designed baseball cards of the actors in their player’s persona (see the sample below). This goes along with traditional gifts like digital and DVD copies of the film, access to exclusive website content and special thank you's during the end credits of the film. For full information and rewards, see the column on the right.
In my still young and burgeoning film career, I have learned a lot in all aspects of the process, from writing to lighting, directing and editing. I have a passion for crafting stories and bringing fresh new characters to life, a passion that can be seen in my independently (and almost all personally funded) films, which represent everything from drama to comedy.
I've also been blessed to see one of my films, My Necklace, Myself, find distribution and score a Dove family seal of approval, my only film to date that has had a budget that didn't come from my own pocket.
It was my first attempt at creating something with financial backing and because of that, I had a little more freedom to explore different ways of finding my voice and constructing scenes the way I truly envisioned them.
The film was an official selection at several festivals, winning Best Screenplay at the 2009 Treasure Coast International Film Festival and 2nd place for Best Short Film at the 2009 International Family Film Festival.
With this experience also came networking opportunities, through which I have been able to meet, and work with, some outstanding industry professionals, most of whom are still working in the industry today. One of these terrific people was Rich Minga, a reputable stuntman and consummate professional who has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest films, such as Master and Commander, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Paul.
Rich worked as Stunt Coordinator on my film, My Necklace, Myself, and I will be looking to hire him as 2nd Unit Director for Never Stop Living, where he will no doubt make all of the baseball sequences pop off the screen with excitement.
I also met and worked with Adrienne Armstrong, a prolific writer on television shows such as Charles In Charge, Alf, Full House and Hollywood Squares. Adrienne not only worked as Production Coordinator on My Necklace, Myself, but she was an integral part of helping me shape the script for Never Stop Living into what it is today. I have no doubt that it was because of her that the script became a quarter finalist in the 2011 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition, and a semifinalist in the NexTV 2012 Writing Competition.
Just recently, Ronald Shattuck, owner of the not for profit Fallbrook Film Factory, has placed all of his support behind the making of this film in anyway they can.
But most of all, my passion for baseball gives me credence for creating such a world on film. I understand the intricacies of the game, the little things that will help make it authentic, and I have seen my share of baseball movies that will help me shape the film, but do so in my own voice. Working with kids is nothing new for me, either. Not only have I worked with kids and teens in all of my films, I was also a key member of summer camps when I worked for a film school in San Diego and, as mentioned before, coached little league softball for many years.
My most recent film, Secrets of the Desert Nymph, which explored the sensitive topics of sex and love in a society where it has become all but desensitized, is another great example. Filmed in Nevada as a workshop for kids and young adults to learn the art of film making, almost the full cast and crew were made up of teens and young adults from 13-20.
I am very proud of this piece, and proud of what these kids were able to accomplish and learn.
A lot of my writing explores the themes of sacrifice, love and being who you are no matter what. Never Stop Living is no different. I’ve done a lot of personal soul searching over the years, and I want to explore what I’ve found, and be able to express myself and my journey on the screen in affecting ways. There is always a part of me (no matter how small) in everything I write, and this is a way for me to speak without ever having to say a word. I care very deeply for these characters and don't want to let them go, not if I have the chance to continue my journey with them.
If this campaign is successful, I know in my heart that I will be able to express resonance and emotional power through my voice, my talent and my desire to tell a great, powerful story that I'm not sure any other person could bring to the script. If it's not, and the script goes back to doing the limbo dance, I don't intend to give up. I will keep trying to find a way to acquire the financing needed, even if it takes me the rest of my life to do so.
To learn more about me and to view clips and trailers from my films, click on the "read bio" link in the right column above, or visit my website, Divine Trinity Films.
Thanks. I appreciate all of your generosity and support.
What is Everyone Saying?
"Bryan has been an accomplished writer and director for many years! We applaud his new project." - Willa Olson Ray (Writer, Director, Producer)
"I've had the pleasure of working with Bryan many times. What I respect most about him is the passion he brings to each project. He does a great job with both creative and professional aspects and it is always a great experience working with him." - Christiana Minga (Production Coordinator)
"An inspirational story about courage in times of adversity." - Susana Shattuck
Risks and challenges
Since this project is still in the script stage and won't begin pre-production until finances have been secured, there are a lot of challenges to look forward to. Like any film, bumps and bruises are part of the process, but we expect and are ready to take on any challenge that comes our way. This includes finding at least one talented actor with name recognition, gathering a great crew, choosing the perfect locations, securing the best equipment, acquiring a stellar post-production crew and utilizing all sources available to market and promote the film, not to mention all of the little things that will happen on a day-to-day basis while in production.
But the risks and challenges that arise during production is what making a film is all about. When you believe in something with all of your soul, and when you make this type of commitment, you accept the challenge with determination and drive. And like any of my other films, no matter what happens, I will push forward until I complete the promise I made to all of you who pledged money: I will finish the film, and you will get your rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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