In the harsh backwoods of Maine, a small town is sent reeling after a bullied loner opens fire on his classmate tormentors. Read more
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About this project
Who am I?
My name is Nick and I'm an actor and writer, living and working in New York City by way of Maine. I recently graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study where I studied acting and writing, pursuing an interest in storytelling through different forms. My first script, WE WERE JUST KIDS, placed in the top 10% of the 2013 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. My work tends to explore the relationships between brothers and between fathers and sons. Often in marginalized social classes, the characters I write tend to be in the pursuit of getting out, in search of a better life - whatever that may mean.
What is FREEDOM, MAINE?
FREEDOM, MAINE is a ten episode, hour-long dramatic series that follows the complex and sometimes interwoven lives of a backwoods Maine town’s residents in the wake of a tragic high school shooting.
The goal is to create a cinematic, character-driven series with an independent spirit about the ugly and real repercussions of a small town tragedy. It’s an uncompromising look at the harsh truths of life and the far-reaching effects of our actions through interesting and real characters, in a town long forgotten about by highways.
FREEDOM, MAINE is a story about loyalties and beliefs, about tradition and family. It's a story about violence, pain and the search for healing. This is the story of Freedom.
The pilot script for FREEDOM, MAINE has already received a great deal of attention. Among other things, it was one of only a few projects invited to apply for the inaugural Sundance Episodic Labs to be held in the Fall. With three of the planned ten episodes of the first season already written, the series is starting to take shape.
The pilot script was reviewed by a The Blacklist reader:
"It's hard to decide where to start here- the pilot has fantastically drawn characters, all of whom are dealing with their own demons, both internal and external. Steven in particular is immensely complex and compelling, and despite being the only major character NOT in Freedom manages to somehow anchor the whole script. The pilot looks unflinchingly at the complexities of a shooting, refusing to absolve or condemn anyone entirely, and manages to do so with a great deal of grace and pathos. This is character-driven drama at its finest."
Why we need your help:
In order to bring this series to life, we're putting together a 10 minute, fully scripted short film/teaser to serve as an introduction to the story and the characters for future investors, producers and network executives.
The short will be used as part of a package to pitch the series in future development conversations, to communicate the vision, concept, setting and tone to those who can take the series to the next level.
In doing so, we hope not only to achieve our goal, but to create a piece of work that will also stand on its own as a piece of quality cinematic storytelling.
Where your money will go:
- Camera and equipment rental fees
- Craft services
- Transportation costs and lodging
- Props and costumes
- Hair and makeup
- Post-Production fees
Right now, our goal leaves us with a bare-bones budget. Nothing wrong with that! In the off chance our goal is surpassed, the additional funds will be used to increase the value of the final product. That may mean expanding the script, shooting more footage and additional scenes or renting additional equipment for more complex shots.
Risks and challenges
There are a number of risks and challenges associated with any film and this project is no different. Given the difficult and sensitive subject matter, it will not be an easy series to bring to life. That's why this trailer is so important. By communicating the vision, the empathy that thrives in the life of the series outside of its sensitive circumstances, the risk will be lessened. With your help, we can put together a talented cast and crew, knowledgeable about their field, capable of bringing this project to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $10 or more
A personalized thank you email for helping to bring our vision to life.Estimated delivery:
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A DVD of the final short film and a handwritten thank you note with a small, original illustration done by Nickolas.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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A signed still from the shoot, a DVD copy and a handwritten thank you note with illustration.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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A signed poster and still, DVD copy and thank you note.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Invitation to a screening party in NYC (travel not included), signed poster and still, DVD copy and thank you note.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Dinner with the creator, Nickolas, plus all of the above.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Producer credit (you earned it) and all of the above.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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