About this project
A NOTE FROM DIANE ABOUT MAKING BLUE COPPER
I've been active in the Arizona independent film community since 2007. What wonderful casts and crews I have worked with during that time! BLUE COPPER will be a 20 to 25 minute film that involves some of the most talented actors that I know. In addition, we will be utilizing one of my favorite and a most innovative cinematographer - Bret Kalmbach. Of course, my two creative son's will be involved as well - Devon and Trenton. Sara (Producer) and I are extremely excited about this film and are already working hard on pre-production so we can shoot in Arizona in the fall of 2014. Thank you, thank you, for your consideration in supporting BLUE COPPER by donating and/or spreading the word in whatever ways you can!
BLUE COPPER Synopsis
While out of town, an Uncle hires Roz for one month to care for Hunter, his 25 year old nephew. Despite Hunter’s rather odd ways, his psychological symptoms appear manageable while living within his sequestered environment and normal routine. Roz begins to make progress with his behavior through her own well intentioned ways. Under the watchful eye of a distrusting housekeeper, Roz and Hunter develop a relationship based upon an undeclared mutual desire to liberate the other. Heartfelt efforts by each of them results in a journey down a precarious and unexpected pathway.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Kickstarter enables filmmakers, artists, musicians, and other creative types to raise funds for projects that they wouldn’t normally be able to afford. People create a Kickstarter Campaign for a project, set a financial goal, and set a deadline. Then the word is spread to family, friends, coworkers and whoever else might be interested in helping donate to the project.
We have until August 31st, 2014 to meet and hopefully exceed our goal of $10,000 so we can create BLUE COPPER. Should you decide to become a backer of our film, we want to reward you! You can read about all the fun rewards on the right side of this page. Then simply click on the amount that is right for you. We offer a variety of options. Every little bit helps! Kickstarter projects are “ALL OR NOTHING”, so if a project doesn’t reach its goal, donors are not charged and we do not receive any funds at all. This whole process is called “crowd-funding” and it’s providing creative people ways to express their art. Kickstarter retains a small percentage from the final proceeds. Our goal amount is completely a ‘bare bones’ amount and so going beyond this will give us much more flexibility.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
Making quality films is an expensive process, even for micro-budget projects. Funds raised for our project will help pay for the expenses of producing BLUE COPPER. Examples include equipment rental, location fees, props, set design, lighting and sound. Also, funds go to cover typical other expenses of cast, crew, food and post-production.
HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF BLUE COPPER
First you can help by financially backing our project. To do this, just click on the green button in the upper right corner of this page. Or click the reward that suits you best. Then simply follow the instructions. Again, you’ll only be charged once our campaign is successful. Second, you can share our Kickstarter campaign for BLUE COPPER with friends, family, co-workers, anyone that might want to participate with us in making this independent film. You can share the links below on your Facebook, Twitter, personal website, or any other social network. Also, you can spread the word in person or through email. We appreciate any sharing you do within your circle of influence!
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MEET THE TEAM
In 2007, Diane began working in the independent film industry in Arizona. She has completed over 35 short films as writer, director, producer, editor and various other production roles and has won numerous awards for her efforts. She has written feature length screenplays, and one that she wrote and co-produced, PARANOIA, had its World Premiere at the 2012 Phoenix Film Festival where she was also presented the 2012 Arizona Filmmaker of the Year Award by the Phoenix Film Foundation.
Here is short film WINDING ROAD that was one of Diane and Bret's projects completed in 2012.
View a collection of Diane's past work in association with her company, Mindclover Productions.
Watch Diane talk about indie filmmaking and Blue Copper
Hear Diane on The Chatterbox with Crickette Radio Show (8/22/14)
Read Diane's Blog
Sara Dangler can only describe her transition into film as "fate." It all began when she decided to tag along with Bret Kalmbach (Director of Photography) and Devon Dresback (Diane's son and a brilliant director in his own right) on a location scout for their short film Come Follow Me. Eager to contribute, she began collaborating with both filmmakers on more and more projects. Eventually, Sara had the opportunity to work on both studio and independent projects with various producers. Her resume includes work for both independent and studio projects including television, print, short and feature films. Today, Sara devotes her time to producing, as well as wardrobe and art department.
Watch producer Sara Dangler share a few thoughts about Blue Copper.
Originally from Colorado, now residing in New York City, Bret Kalmbach got his start in independent filmmaking shooting skateboard videos. He attended film school for four years concentrating first on editing, then on cinematography. How he has grown as a director of photography was crucial to his background as an editor. Bret owns Apairus Company and works on a wide range of projects as a director of photography, director, producer and/or editor. The diversity of his projects include feature films, short films, music videos, commercials and documentaries.
View some of Bret's past work
Legend has it, during Desert Vista Elementary School’s kindergarten production of Aesop’s Fables, a five-year-old Michael singlehandedly talked the director into letting the show continue when several children dropped out because of stage fright. “The show must go on!,” yelled a passionate Michael to the director. Michael ended up stepping in to play the Lion, Mouse, Tortoise, Hare, Miss Owl, and Narrator B.
Michael eventually enrolled into Arizona State University’s Film and Media Studies program in order to study every facet of the medium that he would one day look to fully express his art in. Throughout college, he maintained his craft by performing in several independent local films. Michael decided to study the Sanford Meisner Acting Method with Kevin Phipps. Eighteen months later, he was Meisner-trained, graduated, and ready to spread his wings and fly high. Blue Copper will be his debut performance after his four years of tutelage.
Watch actor Michael Coleman share a few thoughts about Blue Copper.
Colleen Hartnett is a Meisner trained film actor working out of Phoenix. She has starred in the award winning short films The Memory Ride, A Day On Bleaker Street, Afterword, Blue, Smoke Signals, and the feature film Grief. In 2004 Colleen was introduced to the Meisner approach, and never looked back. Her credits include study at Playhouse West in Los Angeles, and she is now an alumni of the Kevin R. Phipps Meisner Program in Phoenix.
Watch actor Colleen Hartnett share a few thoughts about Blue Copper.
Shelly Boucher woke up two years ago looking for a new passion. Instead of taming lions or finding politics, she thankfully found a home in acting. Shelly loves her peeps, her fab family and the big JC. Yay indie film!
Watch actor Machelle Glassburn share a few thoughts about Blue Copper.
Machelle Glassburn is extensively trained and has had roles in several independent and major motion pictures. Recently, she worked with Matt Damon on his film “We Bought a Zoo,” played Mary in the movie “Speak No Evil,” soon to be released by Lionsgate, and has done several commercials, plays and television. Machelle has experienced several great acting coaches, studied at Playhouse West in Los Angeles and with Alice Carter of Carter-Thor Studios, and has studied improv at The Groundlings and other theaters in the Los Angeles area. She is currently working on several independent films as well as a one women show. Machelle loves to travel and dance and is a certified hypnotherapist helping several fellow actors with audition anxiety. She’s looking forward to working in films and television with the movers and shakers of the industry!
Watch actor Machelle Glassburn share a few thoughts about Blue Copper.
Find out more about our cast and crew; including additional cast members such as: Jim Robertson (Allen), Paiden Cash (Young Hunter), and Kane Black (Self-Help Guru) on our Facebook Page!
Watch actor Paiden Cash share a few thoughts about Blue Copper.
Watch Kane Black talk about Blue Copper.
IT'S ALL ABOUT COLLABORATION
Anyone that has worked with me (Diane) on past projects already knows that I believe every person involved contributes something unique to the finished film. Every individual has something important to offer. This includes people who support, encourage and back us in these film endeavors. They require many more hours than most people outside the filmmaking industry realize. We encourage you to follow the progress of our film here on Kickstarter, Facebook and/or on the BLUE COPPER website.
Thank you all SO much for considering backing BLUE COPPER. We are very excited to be moving forward with our film and are grateful for your participation. We cannot do it without you!
Diane and Sara
Risks and challenges
We have given dates by which we believe we can fulfill our project rewards. Please note, those could be a moving target depending on how the project proceeds. We will do our very best to meet those deadlines and for sure keep our backers informed as to our progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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