About this project
$10,000 = OUR GOAL.
EVERY DONATION COUNTS
The biggest challenge in creating The Sneaky Boa Brothers will be funding our expenses. Your single contributions, whatever amount you can give, are what matter and truly support us. The amount we are raising on Kickstarter, is only a portion of what the film will cost; our goal is really to raise $10,000. We are counting on you, our friends, our family, co-workers, acquaintances, fellow creatives and strangers, OUR SUPPORTERS, for any amount that you are able to donate to this project. We need your individual contributions to get us to $4,500 and MORE. The $4,500 will cover the food, transportation, and equipment for our cast and crew for a week. We still have a significant amount of other production costs (SEE BELOW). What ever amount we raise, we will still make this movie, but we need YOUR HELP. With your generous love and support we will SPREAD THE WORD about the SNEAKY BOA BROTHERS and create a collective vision for this film.
The Sneaky Boa Brothers is an 18 page short film. It is a coming of age story about a gang of two nihilistic orphan brothers and their convergence of separate hidden ideals. The younger brother is pushed to make a choice when his brother favors a severely savage way of being.
The two Boa Brothers survive on the streets as wanted criminals and victimize civilized society to further impound their nihilistic philosophy of “survival of the fittest.” The chemistry between them has fueled their imaginations, creating an outrageous reality to exist in as they dress up in fantastical disguises (Pirates, Cowboys, Super Heros, Women, Martians, Ninjas, Naval Officers, Eskimos, etc.) to hide their identity each time they commit a crime. This dramatic dark comedy, crime, adventure, mixed in with the whimsical elements of the brother’s characters, will create a suspenseful energy filled with childish flouts.
How much do you actually appreciate the people that are closest to you? How often do you bring that appreciation into reality through word or action? The Sneaky Boa Brothers is a story of how bonds are broken, because two men are not able to communicate on a level of authentic truth. In this film I intend to focus purely on capturing a visual character story about the tragic separation of two brothers who have had nothing but each other their entire lives.
Especially now that my brother Jess and I communicate on a level of construct and possibility that I have always yearned for, and finally obtained, the fact that Jess and I will be acting in this film together as the two brothers will only aid me to create the most passionate and powerful project of my life. I am an aspiring feature film director, and my brother an aspiring feature film actor. Who knows where our roads will take us, but where ever we end up, we will look back and say "hey, we made that film together." That's what really drives this project home for me: the fact that I not only get to direct, but also act with my brother inside a story I deeply care about.
HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO IT
The film will be shot on location in January of 2013 in my hometown of Kinnelon, New Jersey. Over the past couple years, my brother, Jess Kellner (graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, lead actor in the film) and I have assembled an awesome cast and crew. My Director of Photography, long-time collaborator, and graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Oliver Lanzenberg and I are planning to shoot on the best possible camera we can gan get our hands on with your help. We are currently deciding between RED and ARRI camera systems. This film is a huge stepping-stone for me as a filmmaker. It gives me the chance to make a film in my hometown and share the ecstatic vision of the playful and adventurous environment that I grew up in.
WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING
Needless to say, making movies is not cheap, and I can't make it without your help. Nevertheless, I will have a wonderful and loyal crew who will work long 12 hour days for a week straight for free! The money you donate will go towards A WEEK LONG SHOOT with a variety of production considerations:
- RENTING EQUIPMENT (camera, lenses, camera mounts, light generators, etc.)
- PROPS, COSTUMES, MAKEUP, LOCATION FEES, ART DESIGN!
- TRANSPORTATION, VAN RENTALS, GAS for equipment, cast, crew.
- FOOD, WATER, COFFEE for the CREW and the CAST for one week.
- DVD COPIES, FESTIVAL FEES, KISKSTARTER REWARDS and so ON it goes...
ULTIMATELY, your donations will get this passion project of mine made !>.<!
The film will be sent out to no less than 5 film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, The Big Apple Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, and South by Southwest.
PRODUCTION DESIGN By Claire Ensslin and Kenyan Lewis
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Kenyan Lewis, Founder of ByKenyan Props, will provide our Production Designer Claire Ensslin, graduate of The School of Visual Arts, with an expansive assemblage of rustic and tasteful vintage pieces to enhance the space that The Sneaky Boa Brothers have created for themselves: "a timeless and elegant atmosphere."
COSTUME DESIGN By Dez'Mon Omega Fair
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SELECTED STORY BOARDS By James Penola
DIRECTOR: Tighe Kellner
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CINEMATOGRAPHER: Oliver Lanzenberg
Visit www.oliverlanzenberg.com to see more of his recent work.
INK DRAWING REWARD $75, $150, $500
Visit TIGHE'S INK DRAWINGS to see the INK DRAWING REWARDS for the $75, $150, $500 pledges.
Risks and challenges
MONEY: The biggest challenge is going to be raising the money to make this film in a short amount of time. It is an ambitious project, and the amount we are raising here is only a portion of what the film will cost, so there is a chance we will run out of money. In that case I will take out a loan, or borrow the money from a personal investor. Either way, we will get this film made, because we have to. Help support us and SPREAD THE WORD about the SNEAKY BOA BROTHERS.
MY HATS: I am the Writer, Producer, Director, and playing a lead role in this film. I have two Co-Producers but it is still a lot of hats for me to wear. Each role in the filmmaking process is an obstacle, so for me to fulfill these four roles successfully is going to be extremely time consuming and challenging. Especially when I know it will bring me obstacles I have never faced before. Luckily, I am also experienced under all of the hats that I am going to wear for this film, and most importantly I have a very talented, gifted, and experienced cast and crew that will only greatly support me in making this possible.
WEATHER: Since we are shooting at the end of January in New Jersey, and a lot of the film takes place outside and at night, snow or rain might be an obstacle. We will be shooting in the beginning of February if the weather does not permit us to shoot in January.
PRODUCTION DESIGN: In the film there are a lot of costumes, props, and production design elements that are going to take time and money to have on set. There are also a lot of costume and makeup changes, which can slow things down on set. I have a talented Assistant Director and a production design team, and with the right amount of resources, they will create a time and space for the cast and crew to produce something powerful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The actual budget for the film is $10,000. We put the project into production as soon as possible due to certain deadlines, and with your help and support, we will raise over the amount pledged. Please continue to share this project with your family and friends until January 5th, 2013. Thank you:)
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