Project Maria is a short film comprised entirely of a crew of students, from producers, directors, cinematographers, editors, sound engineers all the way through to our talented actors. Our main goal is to make a film that demonstrates the talents of each individual and how collaboration can create a tangible product which people can enjoy.
The inspiration for this short film came from a bunch of different places but a few of us were sitting in a room one day and thought of the coolest movies we'd seen. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez films came up a lot, so we naturally drifted towards a similar style, but chose to mix it with spaghetti western elements: natural landscapes juxtaposed with extreme close ups. We wanted to give "Maria" a unique style, which included bringing on crew members to create a custom wardrobe, set designs, as well as distinct props to totally immerse the viewer in Maria's world. The film will be intense and action-packed with visual effects helping to tell Maria's tale of vengeance.
Teddy Valentovich has won an award for his last short film titled "Intefferrol" and specializes in creating unique, stylized films. Since he is a broke college student, he has expertise in making films with the resources he has available. However, this will be his most ambitious undertaking yet. There are some production costs that are unavoidable, such as gas for providing transportation to locations, craft services to make sure the cast and crew (who are working for no pay) are well-fed and happy, creating props and wardrobe, and covering any permits, insurance, or other fees needed for the film. These are costs that Teddy's minimum wage job won't be able to cover.
Everyone involved in the project is extremely dedicated to making the best possible film: something that everyone can be proud of. With your help we can be able to do so.
We can make this film for $1,000, however, the more money that we can raise, the more authentic the costumes will be, the more creative the props will look, and the better the overall film will look and feel. As such we encourage donations past the $1,000 goal.
Risks and challenges
The major challenge that project Maria faces is the time frame. We are under pressure to finish the film by the end of the first week of December. Since the cast and crew is comprised of students, everyone is learning as they go along and making sure they go above and beyond to make sure everything looks and sounds great. Everyone does however, have experience within their field and always willing to learn more. For several of us, this is the first opportunity to make a film on this scale, with the amount of visual effects needed as well as dealing with multiple locations and film commissions, but this gives us the chance to show off what we can really do.
"Maria" is going to require a great deal of organization in order to come out the way we want it to. Filming on location with a large number of actors can always pose as a challenge. Our permits may fall through or be postponed, which would mean delays in the production. The vision of the project is to create a stylistic film that stands out from other movies. If any part of the production falls short, the costumes look weird, the props appear fake, the cinematography or the visual effects turn out poorly, the overall quality and value of the film will be compromised. There are some circumstances that we have little or no control over. It would be a difficult setback if we get out to our location for the shootout and there is a thunderstorm forcing us to go back home.
Everyone in our crew has been working incredibly hard to make sure everything is organized in order for us to get the best possible images and sound, but there are always issues that arise. The best that we can do as filmmakers is learn from past experiences of what went wrong and act accordingly. We can be as prepared as possible but if there are unforeseen problems that arise, such as weather issues or permit problems, we must show our flexibility and adaptability in order to make the film possibleLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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