Check it out! Your first taste of Diana.
Thanks for stopping by. We really appreciate you taking the time to even consider giving Diana (our big, little, Seattle short) your money. We’re super excited to tell you all about it!
And yes, we've already shot the movie! We put the whole thing on the credit card, and we've been fundraising concurrently with production! There is still a lot to do, and a lot to pay for, and we really need you help!
- Erin and Greg
Diana will soon be an epic short film about friendship, discovery, and rebirth.
On August 10th a small but intrepid band of young, attractive and intelligent filmmakers embarked from Seattle to the desert plains of the Palouse and captured Diana’s strange and compelling story on breathtaking Super 16mm film! One of the last ever productions to be shot on film? Who can say? Help us be a part of history.
We made camp in the serene Potholes State Park on the shores of the O’Sullivan Reservoir. There we dined rustic on simple meals cooked over molten coals by a producer and an actor. With the dawn we marched into the Columbia Basin Wildlife Reserve. Among the gullies and cliffs and grass and tiny lakes we trained our camera on deer, heron, two weary searchers, one beautiful corpse, and her extraordinary metamorphosis.
We got it IN THE CAN already! From now till the end we’ll keep you updated with video from prep, production, and post. By the time you help us reach our goal of $10,000, we will already scoring!
We’re asking for $10,000 to pay for Diana. That will cover our production costs, including discontinued Kodak filmstock, an Aaton XRT Prod, strange prosthetics, campsites, flapjacks, zeiss primes, an elk hide, gasoline, marshmallows, Discovery Passes, blood, processing, a deer carcass, sunscreen, an immaculate transfer, etc.
This epic adventure cried out to be captured on actual film. But this bold choice came at a price. It’s the biggest cost in our budget. Rare film stock has been purchased, a camera was rented, and no one is gonna process or transfer film as a favor. But it will be sooo worth it.
We also sawed both a majestic deer and a beautiful girl in half, sewed the two together, and summoned up a living, breathing, mythical faun. Karl and Shawn pulled it off knowing they had your support!
What's the point of making a kick-ass short film that no one will ever see? A portion of the budget will be allocated for festival submission fees, and DVD distribution as part of our generous incentives package. We’re going to send it to Cannes. Can’t promise they’ll accept it, but that’s how it goes.
On The Journey:
Writer/Director: Erin O. Kay
You know her as Seattle’s favorite tiny, adorable, redheaded, lesbian On Set Dresser. She loves the art department, but isn’t about to let you pigeon hole her, is she now? She’s a storyteller, and this story has been trying to burst out of her for a good long while. Also, people love her and are willing to give huge amounts of time and effort toward this project because it’s hers.
Producer: Greg Ryan
Your humble scribe. He’s the red-bearded douche you may remember hollering at you on sets in this town before (like a tool) he moved to the worst city in America because he wants to “write jokes”. Please take the news that he’s come back to produce a Seattle film as evidence that his career is going just swimmingly. Please.
What!? Shut up. What? Yes. What? That Ben Kasulke? Yup. The Stranger Genius Award nominated cinematographer? In front of the camera? No kidding? He’s so dreamy. I know.
Now hold it just a damn minute... Yes. We’ve cast two thirds of this film for mysterious, captivating eyes over acting experience. You know him, and you love him as an operator, and a grip. Erin, inspired, has cast him in her film. He’s also going to help Greg cook. We’re really excited.
A third pair of eyes you would be happy to die gazing into! You’ve seen her in lots of local productions, and she’ll be Fantine in Balagan Theatre‘s upcoming production of Les Mis! In our story, she will inhabit Diana herself.
Director of Photography: Jeremy Mackie
A beloved fixture in Seattle cinema. A man of many talents. He’s a director in his own right. His film “While You Weren’t Looking” is rounding the festival circuit as we speak. He’s the above mentioned Ben Kasulke’s ofttimes gaffer. He’s gonna shoot the hell out of this thing!
Production Designer: Karl Lefevre
Another one of your local favorites. Often seen huddled around a monitor with Erin. A shooting star. He was found buried in a junkyard only two years ago and immediately recruited to into the circus. Now there’s nary a feature art department in town without Karl in the mix. He’s already hard at work!
Composer: Eric Cranfield
Yes, that's right Eric, you're scoring this film. He's a man of melody. Check out The 'Verb sometime.
Special Effects: Shawn Shelton
Behind that handsome, boyish smile lies a boundless depth of wisdom. He’s a man, a father, a humanitarian. He’s also a wiz with prosthetics and gore. It’s gonna be good.
Editor: Sean Donavan
Twelve monitors. Six Keyboards. One glittering cape.
Sound Designer: Kelsey Wood
Seriously! How do we do it? You’re jealous.
And we’ve got Miri Stone! Angela Bernardoni! Jason Aumann! What fun we’ll have!
Thanks so much for reading all this! We hope you give, and would love to reward you for it. Our incentives are pretty basic, but the artwork for the postcards, pins, t-shirts, etc., will be out of this world. The scarf will really be hand made by members of the crew! You'll be a sad panda if your friends have this stuff and you don't.
Risks and challenges
The risks are ours. This film is getting in the can long before this campaign is over, and whether or not we get funded. It’s going on the credit card. We bought the film already. By giving, you’ll help us pay it off, and more important, give Diana life. We can self fund through the end of production. After that, we need you! Post will be a long, arduous, expensive process that can frustrate some to the point of quitting. Knowing that people are excited and supporting the project will help the work continue. To send it around the world, we need you. Don’t let Diana die all over again under the Holgate ramp in a rusty film canister, clutched beneath Erin O. Kay’s homeless, tubercular body .Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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