Because of our incredible supporters, we have officially reached our goal of $20,000! And because we still have five days left, we want to see if we can stretch our goal to $25,000.
Why, you ask? Because most films take A LOT more than $20k to make and ours will too. There is so much we can do with the extra funds, and here’s a list of just some of the things:
- We can advance the film’s music production, which means paying musicians and a composer to craft beautiful music just for our film.
- We can work with a dedicated designer to create top-of-the-line graphic designs for ALL of our marketing materials, including posters, flyers, post cards, press kit, and additional packaging.
- We can do even more outreach and festival submissions, likely resulting in Banana Season showing on even more screens, in even more parts of the world – and hopefully one near you!
- We will give back. If we reach $25,000 we will donate $500 of our stretch goal to Kids in the Spotlight, a non-profit organization that trains youth in foster care programs and other underserved youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films.
James Kyson "SUN"
But what you really need to know about Banana Season is that it’s different. It’s not the same old indie story you’ve seen a million times. It features a unique point of view with diverse characters and an authentic story line.
We finished shooting in October 2015 and are currently in the editing process. The film will be completed in the summer of 2016 with YOUR HELP!
Eve Rydberg "MAY"
BANANA SEASON is a high-concept dramedy centered on an unusually beautiful relationship developed at a pivotal time in the characters’ lives.
PETER is a little person who has always believed he could fly like the birds his dwarfish body most closely resembles. An artist and creator, Peter is hired to paint the town’s water tower, a place he comes to see as his very own perch from which to lift off.
SUN is a talented cage fighter. He loves the energy and excitement of the fight, but finds inflicting harm on others more unbearable than simply absorbing the pain himself. He continues to lose match after match until he reconnects one fateful afternoon with Peter, whose own, somewhat parallel journey leads him in an unexpected direction.
A tale of true friendship and taking flight, BANANA SEASON is a glimpse into the world of two ordinary souls at the point in their lives when they flower or fade.
We need more funds to finish this film in the way it deserves to be. Thanks to private investors and deep discounts from our cast and crew, we were able to complete the production with only a small amount of outstanding debt. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stretch those funds into post-production. So, here we are.
Below is a breakdown of how the funds raised in this campaign will be used, dollar-for-dollar. Peter’s dream is to fly, which means we had to shoot a lot of green screen footage. That takes serious VFX. We also shot quite a few outdoor scenes in Chicago (you know, the “Windy City”). So we have some audio issues that can only be fixed through ADR, a process where we re-record and replace audio.
These are complex technical maneuvers that require money to complete.
After we finish editing the picture, we will still need to complete:
- Sound editing
- Sound design
- Dialogue re-recording (ADR: automatic dialogue replacement)*
- Music sound mixing
- Visual effects (VFX)**
- Color correction
- Creating & printing of marketing materials (postcards, posters, press packets, etc.)
- Festival applications and materials***
* ADR: Costs include actors’ compensation, travel costs (LA-Chicago), accommodations, crew meals, studio rental and sound engineer.
** VFX: As we said earlier, this is necessary because we have A LOT of green screen footage featuring Peter working on top of a water tower and flying.
*** Festival: Costs include festival submission fees, DVD printing and authoring, shipping and mastering final file to DCP (Digital Cinema Package).
Pancho Moler-Pascal "PETER"
Brenann Stacker "BRIANA"
We take a long, collective nap. Only kidding. Once we have a final locked film, we will begin applying for targeted film festivals in the US and worldwide. The producer James Choi and the director Sanghoon Lee have been invited to many film festivals in the US, Europe and Asia for previous films, and since this one is their best yet we have high hopes. We’ve broken down our targeted film festivals below (if you have any connections, now’s the time to shoot us an email!).
Selected Film Festivals
South by Southwest Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Saint Louis Film Festival, New Port International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival , Iowa Independent Film Festival, Ohio Independent Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival, Black International Cinema Berlin, Oldenburg International Film Festival, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, International Festival of World Cinema Milan, Leipzig International Film Festival
Our goal is to develop a strong niche and alternative marketing approach in an often saturated marketplace, to give the film the best possible chance of commercial success.
OUTSIDE THE BOX
Sanghoon Lee and James Choi are both native Koreans, and James Kyson, one of the lead actors in BANANA SEASON, is an Asian American. With access to Busan International Film Festival, the largest film market in Asia, BANANA SEASON will have a great opportunity to garner support and visibility in this market.
While we will work to secure distribution of the film through traditional channels like IFC Films, Gravitas and Oscilloscope, we will strategize and prepare for possible self-distribution and other alternative means of circulation.
As viewing platforms increase on the web and via video on demand (VOD), and platforms like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu target audiences based on specific tastes, niche marketing has become a viable approach to protecting a filmmaker's return on investment with independent films.
Risks and challenges
The shooting is complete, which means we run a lower risk than films that are in pre-production or filming. But if we don’t secure an adequate budget for post-production, our beautiful images, brilliant acting and unique story will not have the opportunity to come together and shine onscreen for all to see. If you’ve read this far, we’re pretty sure you don’t want that. With the funds we hope to raise, our post-production team can reach the film's maximum potential. And you can take some of the credit.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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