For a person with the fame motive, whatever level or strength of fame may be achieved, it is never enough to satisfy the fame seeker or to cause the fame motive to disappear, leading to what has been called the “16th minute of fame”: the desire to live on in people’s minds after death. -Orville Gilbert Brim
FAME DOGS satirizes America's fascination with stardom and celebrity death culture, through the eyes of what TIME magazine (affectionately, we're sure) calls "The Me Me Me Generation."
Polly is floundering. A Tony-winning actress, she moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of silver screen stardom, only to find herself waiting tables alongside the rest of Hollywood's runoff. When a chance encounter with a young starlet results in the woman's death, the media turns its attention to Polly. In the name of art, Polly capitalizes on her moment of notoriety, and in so doing spirals into a cycle of hate, death, and tabloid glory.
The script was inspired by the collected Hollywood experiences of the FAME DOGS production team. Through Polly's story, we hope to explore our national obsession with fame, and explore some nagging questions. Why is fame the most common aspiration of children aged 10-12? Can stardom be singularly achieved, or is it conferred by society? Considering the Millennials' dogged pursuit of fame, are we a generation of narcissistic sociopaths?*
FAME DOGS will be shot on the Digital Bolex D16. A fellow Kickstarter project, the D16 shoots raw, which allows for nearly any aesthetic vision to be realized.
The score and soundtrack of FAME DOGS will be 100% original music.
The score will be composed by none other than Los Angeles native Brendan Eder. Brendan’s scores feature acoustic instruments as opposed to software-generated sounds, which adds to their vibrant and authentic quality. In addition to bringing gravitas to our project, Brendan has scored numerous other films, and leads the chamber-pop sextet Brendan Eder Ensemble.
Mike Mason, a favorite of the LA music scene (and the composer of our Kickstarter video theme) is creating the soundtrack. Mike is putting together a series of pop/rock tracks laced with a '60s throwback influence. In addition to his solo work, Mike plays with the noted funk band Beat Mosaic.
We're fortunate that the cast and crew are willing to work for no or low pay. That kind of dedication can be hard to come by, and we're grateful for it. In return, we want to take care of our people. The majority of funds raised on Kickstarter will be going toward production insurance and workers' comp. These artists and craftsmen deserve to feel safe and secure on-set, and know that their gear (and their butts) are covered.
Beyond insurance, the other expenses the fund will cover include gear and production design.
For a more specific breakdown, check out this handy pie chart:
We understand that backing this project is a gesture of trust on your part, and we are committed to being stewards of the funds raised here.
Risks and challenges
Given the fact that this project has been sitting in development for nearly five years, FAME DOGS is happening come hell or high water. The production team has invested enough time in planning that we are equipped to deal with the typical concerns of low-budget production: inclement weather, actors dropping out, gear going on the fritz, etc.
At this point, the major concerns on our radar include Ragnarök, Cthulu, and earthquakes (and even then, for us to stop it better be the Big One).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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