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Joe hates the holidays at work. Depressed & lonely, his job makes life hell. That is, until Sally comes along...

NEW REWARDS!

This update is far too important to only list in the updates section!  Now, at the 50 dollar donation level, you will also receive a print (size still TBD) of one of the movie posters.  And at the 25 dollar level, you will also receive the all original soundtrack by Amy Leerae. See the updates section for options!  Thanks all, and enjoy!

Kicking it forward

We are also newly participating in the awesome subcommunity called "Kicking it Forward."  I pledge to donate 5% of my goal (out of my own money) in supporting other kickstarter projects.  Learn more about this at http://kickingitforward.org!

The story behind the project

Clearly, we have a very funny cast!  What may not be clear, however, is that we have shot our ENTIRE STORY! 

And that feels good.  This project has been about a month in the making, which may seem like a long time to create a short project like this, but in reality, this came together very quickly.  

The first draft of the script was written in about a week.  After that, I was so enthusiastic about my story and my Director of Photography (Ben Enke), that I started getting a crew together without even asking Ben if he was available or interested.  Luckily, he was as excited as I, and we found a great core team that was also very pumped about the project.

About 2 or 3 weeks after this whole process began, we sent out a casting call and auditioned for the various roles.  We founds some awesomely hilarious comics, improvisers, and actors who really kicked butt on set.  We had a singular, lonely table read and a week later, we were outside for 14 hours on a cold, Isanti, Minnesota day.

Our location was amazing, Pinestead Tree Farm could not have been more accommodating and helpful.  And there wasn't another place in Minnesota that would have looked half as perfect.  

With the help of a bunch of friends, my hard-working crew, and an all star cast, this project would still be a half developed story in the back of my brain.  However, despite all of the amazingness that has gone into helping create this story already, we still do need just a little more help.  

What's left to do?

Here's where the awesome community of Kickstarter comes in.  We need to raise some funds in order to: reimburse certain hard workers on the project, finish editing, and start submitting into festivals.

We are saving a bundle on editing because as the writer, producer, and director, I am also editing. However I do want to pay an audio editor and a title animator for their time and hard work. But the real big cost here is hiring a band to do an original soundtrack! There are a few players in the mix, local Minnesotan bands who have the right tone and style for the film, who I would like to hire to compose and perform 2 to 3 original songs for the movie's soundtrack. This will add such a big element to the movie. However, hiring band's cost money for their time and studio recording time.

We will want to make this short film available to be seen by more than just our family, friends, and backers. We want the world to witness our genius! Entering festivals and contests is important for everyone on this project as we know that we have an awesome product on our hands here. But many of these festivals aren't cheap, even with WithoutABox and online submissions, the entry fees cost more than I can afford. Don't let these great and funny actors go unnoticed!

Finally, some of our cast and crew live more than an hours hike from our location, and though it is after the fact, I would love to be able to reimburse the driving time for these individuals if we are able to exceed our goal.  They were awesome, and in order for us to continue making funny movies together, we need to be able to meet up with each other!

In summary...

800 is very modest, and may not even pay for an original soundtrack, but putting a dent in these costs makes all the difference in the universe.  Please help us reach (or exceed) our goal and let this movie be seen!

Cast & Crew:

CREW:
Writer/Director/Producer/Editor: Sam Wagner
Director of Photography: Ben Enke
Second Camera: Steven Hoff
Assistant Director: Danica Diver
Consulting Producer: Mike Forstein
Make Up: Briana Lee
Lighting: Joy Erickson
Audio: Matt Manson and Ben Elling
Assistant Editor/PA: Trent Isaacson
PA: Toua Yang

CAST:
Joe: Mike Scarr
Sally: Sam Rahmeyer
Craig: Paul Undersander
Woman: Annie Zimbel
Other Woman: Briana Lee
Man: Philip Simondet
Coworker: Alex Collyard
Young Couple: Steven Hoff and Reika Yokooka

Some photos from our day on location:

Mike and Alex
Mike and Alex
Danica (AD) and Ben (DP)
Danica (AD) and Ben (DP)
Audio Crew (Ben and Matt) and Sam (Director)
Audio Crew (Ben and Matt) and Sam (Director)
Toua (PA) and Danica
Toua (PA) and Danica
Epic Barn Cat
Epic Barn Cat
Danica lost her voice as we managed some media at lunch
Danica lost her voice as we managed some media at lunch
Our lead actors, Sam and Mike, running through some lines
Our lead actors, Sam and Mike, running through some lines
Beautiful location
Beautiful location
Very, very special thank you to Pinestead Tree Farms
Very, very special thank you to Pinestead Tree Farms
Sunset.  Don't worry, we got a timelapse!
Sunset. Don't worry, we got a timelapse!
Still working hard out in that cold Isanti weather
Still working hard out in that cold Isanti weather
Picking up speed as we near the magic hour of shooting
Picking up speed as we near the magic hour of shooting
Sam and Danica working with actors Mike and Paul
Sam and Danica working with actors Mike and Paul
Nighttime shooting!
Nighttime shooting!
Steven Hoff (2nd Camera/Stunt Coordinator/Extra) looking pretty BA
Steven Hoff (2nd Camera/Stunt Coordinator/Extra) looking pretty BA

Special thanks to Mike Forstein for all these BTS photos! Don't worry, we have plenty more!

A few videos:

Here we have a color grading test (and another sample of how funny Philip is):

Here is that pretty incredible sunset timelapse shot by Ben Elling:

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The best thing about our particular Kickstarter campaign is that we ALREADY have all of our footage shot! We have some beautiful shots, our audio team worked flawlessly, working with available light on a night shoot worked out much better than expected, and our actors came to perform! All the difficult legwork is done!

What we need is small. Really, we're only in need of 3 things:
1) We want to submit to different festivals across Minnesota and the country.
2) We have been scouting different bands to do an all original soundtrack.
3) And lastly, want to do some reimbursing so we can continue to work with our amazing team and cast.

That being said, there are still a few minor challenges that could potentially delay the finalization of our project. I think the saying goes that, "there's the story you write, the footage you shoot, and the movie you make; and they're all very different." I've found this to be true of any project I work on. Already in the editing stage of Branching Out, I have made many changes to the project (for the better, of course), but as I make these changes to the story, I'm creating different obstacles to overcome. Sometimes it's about introducing (or not) a character or important prop, sometimes it's completely reordering scenes or sequences. And these sorts of changes can be frustrating and delay a project.

However, I'm confident that because I know the story inside and out, and because we shot lots of coverage and B footage, I will be able to overcome any of these editing issues, I've already changed a lot about the pacing of the first scene you saw, and it turned out great! Still, yet, this will be the main reason completion of this project could be delayed. But don't worry, any delay is for the best, just in order to create the best finished project!

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