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The Artist & The Olympian is a 5min film about the eye opening connections between a Painter and an Olympic lifter's daily struggles

CREATING AN HONEST EXPERIENCE
If you have ever seen the film, 2001 A Space Odyssey, you will understand what The Artist & The Olympian is trying to accomplish. EXCEPT instead of giving the viewer the truth of what it's like to live in space, we're going to show the truth of what it's like to live your life in complete an utter dedication to a craft.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS?
The answer is simple, but extremely difficult to pull off: Pure, passionate and intelligent classical filmmaking.  As the great acting teacher, Stella Adler, once said, "Talent is in your choices."  We know we have the passion and we believe we're making all the right choices for all the right reasons.  Now, we just need the essential resources to try and pull it off.

"WHY $15,000, THAT SEEMS LIKE A LOT?"

The $15,000 we need for two days of filming and post production is around 20% or 1/6th the cost of what a $1 million feature film (very low budget independent feature)  that has 6 weeks/30 days of filming (A lot of days for a low budget). 
The main reason we are able to shoot this story on film (All arguments aside, empirically film records more visual data and thus the highest quality images in the world) is because Adam was graciously given 6,000 ft of 35mm film from co-workers on previous productions, saving us nearly $4,000 on the film stock.  Not only that, it's Kodak 5219, the fastest and most dynamic speed film in the world which allows us to really paint the frame with light or, in other words, it gives us almost infinite options because the stock can handle as much or as little light as possible.

The contributions you make are not intended to end here.  This film is just a seed that I hope will blossom into the feature film version of "The Artist & The Olympian"

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

The following numbers are based off of the quotes we were given from the following Vendors: The Philadelphia Film Office, Arri CSC, The Lighthouse, Pearl Fine Art Supplies, NFL Films, Deluxe Film Lab(New York), Shooters Post & Transfer, Home Depot, US Airways, and Costco

PRODUCTION INSURANCE- $1,000 flat rate
It's a safe guard that fiscally protects the production in the event of an accident(s) that can happen on set.

LOCATION-$800-1000 for 2 days
We only need one location for the film, but has to be perfect and there are only a few places in Philadelphia that have a large studio space with wooden floors and large windows.

CAMERA EQUIPMENT-

Arri-435: $1300 a day, Total:$2,600

The arri 435 is one of the best non synch sound film cameras in the world and can shoot up to 150 Frames Per Second (FPS).  It also costs around half of what it would cost to rent a comparable digital cameras such as The Arri Alexa and The Red.

Lenses: Total:$2,300

They are perhaps the most integral part of telling this story visually.

Macro lens: 200 a day
Zeis Ultra Primes: 14mm, 18mm, 25mm, 50mm, and 125mm 
$150 a day
Zoom lens: $200 a day

Dolly and 3 ton G & E package: $1,000 for the weekend

Gels: $ 100

ART WORK-$3,200
It would be hard to make a movie about a great painter without a great original piece of work. 

FILM PROCESSING & DEVELOPMENT, TELECINE TRANSFER, COLOR CORRECTION, DIGITAL INTERFACE TRANSFER: Total:$4,800
This is always the most expensive part of shooting a movie on film, and why digital is preferred over film (Not because of quality, film is still the gold standard capture medium).  Luckily, many of our vendors got in the game because they love the art of film, they respect the independent spirit, and have been kind enough to negotiate a very generous price rate that will allow us to use film.  It also helps that, Adam, is a extremely efficient shooter, using minimal coverage and takes...it will actually cost us less to shoot on film than it would on digital!
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The following Costs will partially be paid out of what little we have of our own pocket, but in case we can talk/haggle/beg any of the above vendor's costs down, but any possible spill over money will be used to pay for the following.
 
CREW-Total: $2,000

We are extremely lucky in that we have incredibly talented friends in the professional film and TV community.  These are people who earn a living working in the industry and would be willing to sacrifice some of their valuable time and energy because they believe in Adam and the project.  To be able to pay them even a fraction of what they would normally make would be enough to persuade them to do the project.

Craft Service-Total:$500

In some ways it's almost more important than being able to pay the crew.  You need nourishment to keep your energy up and stay focused. 

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