Before diving into the guts of this venture, let’s be clear: We’re fundraising for a short film. However, the mini-Nocturnally Yours is a proof-of-concept for a larger feature that we hope to make in 2017. The money needed for a complete movie is hundreds of thousands, bare minimum. At that amount, badgering friends and colleagues for dough won’t cut it. So this short, combined with the already completed feature screenplay, will make evident to financiers that our creative vision is clear and that we’re a team worth trusting.
Now for the fun(ky) stuff.
Joe Gilman croaks on the night of his engagement to longtime girlfriend Charlotte Weir. He returns as a spirit four months later and discovers that keeping their old flame alive will require the possession of a different man each night. Their impassioned pursuits are aided by Spurt, a Tinder-like dating app that connects them with unsuspecting suitors. This is the film’s setup and focus of the short. We'll offer a quick glimpse of Joe's death then jump to the night of his return and the epiphany of Spurt's usefulness. We're gonna leave viewers on a cliffhanger, itching to know how these characters will handle their extreme circumstances throughout the longer feature. If you'd like to read more about the plot, characters, and aesthetics, click here for a complete pitch deck and mood reel.
Shooting will take place in early August. Post-production will be complete by late-September. With only one location and a lean camera & lighting package, we're keeping costs low. Your generosity will mainly go toward visual effects. Before Joe realizes his potential to possess, he zips around in specter form, which'll require CG wizardry. Moreover, the Spurt app features cartoons that'll need animating.
CAST & CREW
On the crew side, all of us worked together on my last short Emptied. On the actor side, our leading man has been a close bud for three years but it feels like a glorious lifetime! In keeping with the film, we’ve decided to replace our bios with hypothetical obits.
David died Friday night after collapsing beneath the pressures of adulthood. During college he interned for Martin Scorsese. He later became a director-editor who made a feature length rock-doc (Cure for Pain) at the tender age of 23. The film played over 15 festivals internationally including DocNYC and IDFA, and was distributed by Cinetic. This led to work with clients including Google, Red Bull, Vice, and Proctor & Gamble. Despite his success, he’ll best be remembered for annually cross-dressing on Halloween.
Chase passed peacefully in his sleep while watching reruns of To Catch A Predator. Immediately after graduating from USC, he starred in the cult classic John Dies at the End alongside Paul Giamatti. His other roles included turns in Video Game High School, The Guest, and Beyond the Gates. He is survived by the above photo of him talking into a hotdog.
Jocelyn worked in film & TV for Fox, Universal, the Weinstein Company, the CW, ABC Family, and TNT. She also produced countless commercials, music videos, and shorts. Following her illustrious career, she married into the Costa Nostra Mafia. Webber was exonerated from charges of extortion and murder, but was discovered unconscious in a plate of eggplant parm shortly thereafter.
Cristina shuffled her mortal coil with the style and smile that characterized all her 115 years. Her happy life was filled with gigs for 20th Century Fox, Ford, Amazon, Budweiser, and Vice (amongst others). Ms. Dunlap will be cryogenically frozen in hopes of a future return to the camera.
Maxwell was recently inducted into the Illuminati and hasn’t been heard from since. His creative resume was longer than Santa’s Naughty-and-Nice list but fancier projects were with Lexus and Starbucks on the commercial side, and Jennifer Lopez and Bob Dylan on the music video side. He is presumed deceased.
With every draft of the script, I’ve discovered more about what this film’s really trying to say. On its surface, the writing’s been a zany way to probe the baffling intricacies of modern dating. But beyond the ghouls and gags, this movie explores how we carry on with life after seismic shifts occur. It’s about the difficulties we face when our deepest desires oppose the natural order of things. It’s about our struggle to maintain control when the status quo refuses to remain fixed. Nocturnally Yours is an escapist romp, unabashedly so, but it strikes at universal truths we can all understand.
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Risiken und Herausforderungen
Because our cast and crew will be working for less than they deserve, there's always a chance that a higher-paying gig will come along and scoop them up. This is not an infrequent dilemma. In the event that this happens, our team is committed to rescheduling the shoot so that all parties can remain involved. Let's hear it for solidarity!Näheres zur Rechenschaftspflicht auf Kickstarter
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