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Stellan, a struggling violinist, lands an audition with a popular string quartet. But not all is as it seems...
Stellan, a struggling violinist, lands an audition with a popular string quartet. But not all is as it seems...
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Stellan is a struggling violinist who just can’t seem to catch a break. Constantly practicing and bloodying up his fingers, he finally gets a call from his lackluster agent about an audition with a famed sibling trio. In need of a fourth player to complete their string quartet, Stellan takes advantage of the opportunity. However, when he arrives at the audition, some strange events take place, and rumors are abuzz about the consistently missing fourth player…

A valid question! Everyone of us working on this short film are senior Film and Television Media majors at the beautiful Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Our final project that allows us to graduate is a short film or script that is about fifteen minutes in length that is of original content and completely built from the ground up. All of our crew agreed that taking the narrative route would be the way to go as it would fuel our collective creativity and would push our limits to prove what we have been so working towards over these past four years.

We would love to create this film using top-notch resources and technologically advanced equipment to ensure the quality of the piece. Our crew does not believe in only half committing to anything, therefore we are seeking out the best of what we can afford for this project. A good portion of the money that we are raising for this film is for prime location, casting, sound recording, instrument rental/prop creation, and equipment. We have locked in the Lyric Hall in New Haven, CT as our primary location where the meat of Stellan’s audition takes place and we are going to cast both SAG and Non-Union actors in New York City at Shetler Studios to play our beloved characters. Here’s exactly where your money is going to when you donate to our project:

  • Prime Location Rental
  • Casting 
  • Musician Doubles for Actors/Actresses 
  • Props 
  • Equipment Rentals/Purchases 
  • Transportation/Lodging for Actors/Actresses 
  • Crafty 
  • Festival Submission Fees 
  • Post-Production Costs 
  • Sound Recording/Scoring

Director/Associate Producer

Brianna Lynch is a senior Film and Television Media arts Major studying for her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Quinnipiac University. President of the university's film society, she has had her hand in many different films these past few years. Her freshman year of college yielded her first National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Emmy Award for a short film that she wrote, produced, directed and edited called Fading Soul. During her sophomore year, she traveled to South Africa serving as an editor on two documentaries that were shot simultaneously. She has had real-world experience working on professional sets such as Grown Ups 2, Black Mass, The Devil You Know, and most recently the female Ghostbusters reboot from director Paul Feig. During her junior year in college, she interned for Blumhouse Productions in their post-production department, creators of horror hits such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, Ouija, etc. Brianna is ecstatic to have taken on The Audition, and is rearing to get going with the crew to help bring this incredibly fun story to life. 

Writer/Director of Photography/Associate Producer

Nicole Rivard is a senior Film, Television and Media Arts major that is studying for her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at Quinnipiac University. Nicole has interned out in Los Angeles working as a production assistant on numerous music videos and as well as working at a script development company where she has learned many valuable skills. While at Quinnipiac, Nicole has had numerous opportunities to work on many projects, including a documentary filmed in South Africa where she has furthered her knowledge of camera techniques and styles. She is excited to bring The Audition to life and to create this visually interesting story.

Producer

Carson Adair is a senior Film, Television, and Media Arts major at Quinnipiac University. She is studying to get her minor in Asian Studies, and has begun her graduate degree for her MBA. She has awards for stage acting, and is also an event photographer. This is her first film she has produced, and intends on pursuing producing when she finishes graduate school.

Sound Designer/Associate Producer

Michael A. Sclafani is a senior Film, Television, and Media Arts major, with a minor in History and Sports Studies. Currently, Michael is working with Quinnipiac University Productions as a production assistant filming and editing various pieces for the universities public media sites. Michael’s work has previously been published in The Continuing Significance of Race: An American Dilemma, a book by Stephen Balkaran. Throughout his career at Quinnipiac University, Michael has been a part of numerous productions in which he has had the opportunity to carry out different roles in the filming process. Michael is thrilled to be the sound engineer on The Audition to immerse himself in the sound of the film to create something truly unique.

Assistant Director/Associate Producer

James is a senior Film, Television and Media Arts major and Sports Studies Minor at Quinnipiac University. He is on the executive board of the university’s film society for his second year as a vice president, previously was in the role of secretary. He also is the Executive Producer of a program on the university’s television station, Q30 Television. During his time as a student James has participated in numerous short film productions in the roles of writer, gaffer, assistant director, director and producer. He co-wrote a short film Misfortune with the film society that won a student Emmy. Having been in a producing and assistant directing role before, James is extremely excited to keep the ball rolling through production and bring The Audition to the screen in festivals across the country.

Editor/Associate Producer

Rossither Saez is a senior at Quinnipiac University. She is double majoring in Film and Television Media Arts, and Interactive Digital Design. Rossither has worked as a graphic designer and animation editor for a small production company in Bridgeport, CT. She is currently working as an editor for Keeperstop, a small sport company in Hartford, CT. She has edited for various school and work projects. Rossither is looking forward to show all she has learned throughout the years and implement it in The Audition.

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Artist Storyboard/Character Renderings by Mary Rose Fiondella

Wait until you see our fantastic concept art illustrated by none other than the great Mary Rose Fiondella! Please check out her website and give her amazing artwork a gander! View the site by either clicking on her name or click the link below!

https://maryrosefiondella.carbonmade.com/

Musical Score "Reflective String Symphonic" provided by DiMusic, Pond5.com

Risks and challenges

Of course, there are always risks and challenges to face during the process of starting the production of a film from the ground up. Some props may need to be downgraded, some scheduling may need to be shifted around, but at the end of the day, this movie will be made, and its quality will NOT be sacrificed. If a Kickstarter reward can't be shipped in time, we will notify you and tell you why. Something not quite working out the way we planned? We'll update all of our backers in our "Updates" section to make sure that everyone is up to date on the progress of our film. Again, all of these plans of action will take place when and if they are necessary should a particular obstacle so arise. Our crew understands how to handle and manage the unexpected in a professional, tight-knit manner that allows us to press on with minor hinderance.

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