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A short drama/thriller chronicling the fallout of a hit and run incident from two perspectives: the driver and the victim.
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Summary

Every 43 seconds, somebody is involved in a hit-and-run in America. We follow the aftermath of one such incident, chronicling the ramifications of the accident on both the driver and the victim as their lives are forever changed, and the steps they both take toward closure.

About the Film

"Buswell Street" is a short film in development at Boston University as part of the Cinema & Media Production Graduate Program. Students develop their ideas from scratch and go through the various stages of production while simultaneously taking courses that will further their understanding for how to make the best possible short film.

The story concept began with the idea of telling two separate stories with the same inciting incident, and through various revisions that idea morphed into what is tentatively titled “Buswell Street.” Our director, Emad Barakat, hopes to bring this excellent script by Arianna Andrews to life with the help of Songxin, our fearless Producer, and Roy de la Maza, our visionary Cinematographer. The rest of our crew is comprised of other graduate students as well as undergraduates at BU who share a passion for storytelling onscreen!

With your support, this project can come to life. Every bit counts. Thank you and we can't wait to share our progress with you in the coming weeks!

Meet the Crew

Budget

Food will be our greatest cost on set. Our crew is mostly a team of unpaid students who are passionate about film and passionate about the project. The food that we fuel them with on-set will help energize them and keep them healthy. Plus, we don’t want anybody getting hangry. While much of our equipment will be discounted or free, we still need to rent out specific equipment that is not made available by BU. Money towards location rentals will go towards locking down locations to ensure a smooth shoot. Post-production costs will go into editing, color grading, mixing, and any visual effects. Lastly, our art department will be using the production design budget to help bring the scenes to life with props and set dressings. 

Make sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook @buswellstreetfilm for more updates!

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is all about problem-solving. We are aware that issues will arise in pre-production, shooting, and post-production. However, the crew has already built up their experience to better know what to anticipate.

Our locations are set and secure, but anything from rain to last-minute emergencies can change the availability of our locations. We are prepared to shoot in alternative locations during the shoot if these issues arise.

Equipment is another issue. We are renting some equipment from outside sources and from Boston University’s Field Production Services. Our crew is well-equipped to deal with any basic issues that arise, and we will triple check the quality of our equipment before leaving the rental facilities, taking it to set, and leaving set.

Thanks to BU’s Risk Management, we have insurance on both our rentals and our locations if any large incidents arise.

Using a series of checklists, we will ensure that everything is where is should be at the right time and manage our time effectively. We will also double back up all of our audio and visual data (need more specifics on this) to ensure that no footage is lost and that reshoots will not be necessary.

Overall, we are confident in our shoot, and while we know that some problems will arise, we are ready to tackle them head on.

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