Across the Ocean tells the story of two strong-minded mid-twenty-year-old women from vastly different cultures and locations. Though strangers, each woman strives for something else, a new job, a new home, and most importantly, a new adventure. Nila, a young woman from a small village in Kerala India, imagines escaping her mundane life and pursuing her dream of living in America. After meeting her fiancé through a matrimony website, she hopes he will whisk her away to this idealistic dream world. She unexpectedly finds herself facing challenges that threaten this possibility and the life she had envisioned for herself. Thousands of miles away, Holly, a powerful executive from Los Angeles seems to have it all, the boyfriend, the job, the family, but something is missing. When an opportunity arises for a dream job in India, she struggles between facing her fears or staying in the safety and comfort of home. Even though a world apart, each woman deals with very similar hesitations and decisions. Ultimately, they both come to the realization that the only thing stopping them may not be their jobs, their friends, or families, but themselves.
WHO ARE WE?
Nicole Donadio is a Los Angeles based writer and director. In 2010, she received her M.F.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Film and TV Production. After graduation, Donadio worked various jobs in the entertainment industry, most notably an assistant to Executive Producer Carrie Ann Inaba on the 2011 pilot, Grace, as well as positions at FOX’s American Idol, and ABC’s Castle. She recently directed a short trailer parody titled, The Women of Wall Street. This parody of the Oscar nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street, was featured in the Huffington Post, InTouch Weekly, Time Magazine, and Upworthy.com, as well as on ABC7 News - NY. Most recently, Donadio was the Web Content Producer on The Queen Latifah Show and the Tyra Banks talk show, FABLife.
Uma Kumarapuram hails from Thrissur, a small town district in Kerala, India. Born to a Physics Professor father and a Journalist mother, she's been raised with a passion for science and stories, ultimately resulting in her current field- a filmmaker specializing in Cinematography. A student of the renowned Filmmaker and DP Rajiv Menon, she started working since 2010, in the south Indian film industry, and is currently working as an Associate Director of Photography in Malayalam Film Industry, and as an Assistant Director of Photography in Bollywood. Working with renowned Directors of Photography like Rajiv Menon, Santosh Thundiyil, and Azhagappan, she's been a part of eleven feature films so far, including award winning Malayalam film Ozhimuri(2012) and Hindi thriller Traffic(2016), as well as the commercial hits like You Too Brutus(2015) and Puthiya Niyamam(2016). Her own projects include an international documentary on refugees currently in production, and a number of short films and music videos.
WHAT MAKES THIS FILM DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS?
Uma and Nicole first began speaking nearly two years ago over the Internet, when they bonded over the adversities they have faced as females within the film industry. Throughout hundreds of emails and a fourteen-hour time difference they realized their unique connection was a perfect opportunity to make an even more unique film. Uma and Nicole are hoping to create a film depicting two strong-willed and powerful female leads, something that is rarely shown in movies in both India and America. They are also two females producing this film entirely on their own, in a way that has never been done before – with 8,000 miles and an ocean between them.
WHAT’S THE PLAN FOR THE MOVIE?
The film once completed, will be a 60-minute feature. It will cut back and forth between the two characters, Nila and Holly, depicting the story in both India and in the US. Once filming is complete, their footage will be edited together seamlessly, to create one film. Once the final cut is complete, the film will hopefully be screened at film festivals around the world.
WILL TWO DIFFERENT MOVIES LOOK SIMILAR?
Yes. Both Uma and Nicole will be shooting on the exact same camera, similar lens, and the same editing equipment. This allows the two films to be able to cut back and forth with one another without any jarring differences. Also, visually the looks will have the same feel as far as static shots versus hand-held.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
With the script completed, locations locked, and casting underway, Uma and Nicole are nearing the end of their pre-production stage and gearing up for production. They are looking to use the money raised for film equipment, permits, lighting equipment, marketing, and money for the crew, craft service, and post-production.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Filmmakers Uma and Nicole, much like their characters, have never met, but they share similar stories as well as goals. From two different cities, thousands of miles apart, filmmakers Uma and Nicole constructed an idea, developed a script, and began production on one united film. Throughout the collaborative process, Uma and Nicole also learned an immense amount about one another’s cultures and traditions. They realized their own behind the scenes experience of making this film began to become a movie within itself. Because of this, Uma and Nicole have decided to document this experience and the challenges they face while making one film, over 8,000 miles apart. Weekly “episodes” of their experiences will be posted on Kickstarter, YouTube, and the film's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/AcrossthOcean
Risks and challenges
With the two locations being thousands of miles apart, this film is much more of a logistical challenge than the average movie. That being said, both Uma and Nicole are working together to follow and maintain a parallel working schedule, regardless of this distance. They have also figured out new innovative ways to share video files efficiently and at the highest quality possible. This will ensure that they will meet their deadlines, and guarantee that the film gets done completely and timely.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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