A NYC police detective & a master thief team up to smash a child trafficking ring run by corrupt judges. Inspired by actual events. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on October 25, 2011.
About this project
NEW: The first 50 pledges of $5 & up will have their name scroll at the bottom of the pitch video, AND receive a cool 11 in 1 credit card sized steel survival tool! (international pledges please add $2 to ship if pledge is under $20)
The Story (inspired by actual events):
After a seemingly unrelated robbery of a Wall Street Investment Firm, several prominent NYC judges are discovered - dead - still in their judicial robes at the foot of iconic sites such as the Statue Of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the U.N.! Detective Michael Maggio pursues his main suspect known as "Silver", who reveals the true nature of the Judges: They all were actively involved in Child Trafficking. Maggio then decides on a greater justice, allowing Silver to continue, and to later create a Child Support Center with the money from the original robbery.
Why we're making this film & why we would appreciate your help.
When we read an article about judges & other high powered individuals actively involved in child trafficking, we decided that our next feature film ought to be more than just entertaining & exciting, it should raise awareness about atrocities happening to children right in our own back yards. Therefore, as socially conscious filmmakers we are making a modern film noir/suspense inspired by these actual events...
How will we use the funds raised?
# 1: We are PAYING our entire cast and crew PROPER day rates.(None of that stipend & differed nonsense) We believe that people give their best efforts when they are dedicated to the project AND can also put food on their table, pay their bills, etc...
# 2: Should we be fortunate enough to meet and exceed our funding goal, we have mapped out specific ways to use that additional funding. As you can see by some of the larger pledge amounts, such ways include securing a top publicist, arranging for additional marketing and promotion, and securing a name actor to play a significant role in the film.
How is it possible to do such a high quality feature with so little funds?
Even though our multi-award winning director has worked with Actor's Studio members and Academy Award winners, he chose to remain "fiercely independent" and stay out of the studio system. Because of that, through the years he was forced to create and design innovative techniques that have allowed him to maintain extremely high production values while simultaneously keeping overall production costs very very low. Now, taking all that directorial film experience, and combining it with the cinematographer's expertise in digital acquisition and other recent technologies, this production in spite of its high production value will be able to be shot in significantly less time, and on a far smaller budget.
The importance of Sound Design
Lucas, Spielberg, Scorsese, Coppola, & the other great directors all say that sound is equally if not MORE important to the production quality of any film than the visuals themselves. We totally agree... We already have a master sound designer aboard who will create and enhance all the sounds needed for each scene in order to maximize the film's overall impact and feel.
Where can you learn more about us?
Please see our extensive bio just below the pledges, and if you would like to find out more info and updates on the project, you can also head on over tohttp://wp.mediahalo.com/featured-film-project/
Learn more about the Writer/Director: http://wp.mediahalo.com/members/anthonycosta/
Learn more about the Cinematographer: http://wp.mediahalo.com/members/dlevine/
When will I receive my incentive?
We greatly appreciate your help, so we will deliver your incentives as soon as possible. Your exclusive "behind the scenes" access will become available as early as 1 week after the funds become available to us. Other incentives will be fulfilled during various stages of production, post-production, & distribution. And we will constantly keep you updated and entertained through your behind the scenes access all along the way.
The film will be stylized as a Modern Film Noir/Suspense, honoring such greats as The Third Man, The Maltese Falcon & The Usual Suspects.
Yes! And not only that, but have won numerous awards and accolades and great press!
It depends on what scene we are shooting, but anywhere from 7 to 20 crew members gets the job done right! We properly pre-plan exactly who and what we need for each scene so there are never any paid stragglers hanging around.
This is the key to our high quality/low cost abilities. Not only do we do conventional storyboards and shot lists on paper, we actually go out and do visual storyboards, and test shots as well. Doing this helps us see in advance what challenges might arise so that we may answer those challenges before actual production begins. Such planning includes what camera angles and how many cameras are possible for a given situation, and how we can most efficiently block our actors (their actions)
We take no chances with our footage, our workflow on set is a download of shots simultaneously on to 2 usb powerd hard drives from a laptop both plugged into power as well as with a fully charged battery. These are the minor details that keep footage safe, since the hard drives get power from the laptop, that's 2 less power cords that could be accidentally pulled, and if they laptop's cord is pulled, it still has power. This specific setup makes it nearly impossible to lose footage during aquasition.
Then once we get the footage back to the edit bay, we load it into a RAID 10 system, which keeps a duplicate of all of the footage while also acting as a fast edit source. On top of that, we keep and extra drive of the footage on the shelf as an extra "just in case"
Again, depending on the scene, we will use anywhere from 1 to 4 cameras. This takes proper planning, one cannot just throw cameras at a scene to capture "watever", this comes back to the pre-production where we determine how many cameras will give us the best outcome while also keeping us efficient.
An important reason to use more than one camera is that when you are able to keep all of your actor's in frame for each take, they remain focuses and at the top of their game instead of relaxing or losing focus when the camera is not on them
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