About this project
Have a seat at the bar and let us bend your ear a while...
"Regular Paintings" is a short film about a directionless guy whose midlife crisis never showed up because he never learned to think ahead. He takes a job working the late shift at a rickety old bar down the street where the paint is peeling and the dust is gathering on the bottles and staff alike. It's a good gig... until closing time when the lights start flickering and the juke acts up and some very strange characters stop by for drinks even though the doors are locked.
"Regular Paintings" is a film for and about the night owls, the folks closing down the bar around the corner - patrons and tenders alike. And it's a good old-fashioned ghost story.
But we can't conjure those ghosts without your help.
"Regular Paintings" is very much a personal film. In my adult life, I've found myself surrounded by outsiders, those individuals on the fringe of the mainstream. Artists to drunks, and everyone in between. It's not just the fringe. At some point, every one of us has taken a step back and thought "I don't fit in here." This film is a love letter to these characters, to the outsider in everyone - those who choose to blaze their own way or just idle on the sidelines and not join in. You can't be made to do anything you don't want to do, and rightly so. You've got but one life to live, and you should fill it with doing whatever you want, even if that's nothing at all. It's alright, and you're going to end up just the same way - alright.
- Justin Francart (writer/director)
We need $10,000 to make this movie and it's not hiding under the couch cushions. We need your help!
We want you to be a part of our production. We think the best audience is an invested audience... literally. We're making this movie for you, and every time someone donates, the stakes get higher. Plus you can snag some cool perks.
Where will your money go? Good question.
1) Location, location, location. No ghost story is complete without the perfect spooky atmosphere. After extensive "research" exploring the bars of Pittsburgh, we've settled on the perfect spot. Problem is, we can't shoot during business hours, so we need some cash to pay for the location.
2) ACTING! Nothing takes you out of a movie faster than poor performances. If anyone screws this movie up, we'd rather it be us and not our actors. And good thespians don't come free.
3) Equipment. We'd love it if we could make this film with our cell phones, but Justin's flip phone won't cut it. We need money to rent lights, cameras, etc.
4) Everything else - costumes, set dressing, food, memory cards when ours crash, batteries, duct tape, and every other little expense that we won't see coming until they rear their ugly little heads.
Who the hell are these guys?
We're Francart & Francart Pictures, the two headed filmmaking monster comprised of cousins Justin and Pat Francart. Our previous short film is "Meet Your Maker," another Kickstarter-funded production. Didn't like that movie? Good, because this one is going to be better.
Justin Francart (writer/director) - He's the guy in the video at the top of the page. Justin is a Pittsburgh-based writer and filmmaker. Select screenplays The Father, The Son and ZomB.C. have been selected as semi-finalists and finalists in film festivals Screamfest L.A. and The New Orleans Horror Film Festival, respectively. His most prized possessions are his Godzilla VHS collection and his haircut.
Pat Francart (cinematographer) - He's the guy who shot the video at the top of the page. Pat is a shooter of motion and still pictures. His still work has been featured in Vice magazine (online, he's not THAT great) and his motion work has played at Film Kitchen, the SoCal International Film Festival, the Big Easy Film Festival and the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival. He recently got laid off from the production company he worked at, so he's trying to be arty full time now. We'll see how it works for him.
Gregory Neiser (assistant camera) - He's the guy who assistant camera-ed the video at the top of the page. Gregory is a Pittsburgh photographer, cinematographer and ladies man. He works with Pittsburgh photographer Harry Giglio. His photography has been featured in multiple publications and magazines, while his music videos currently have over 8 million hits on You Tube. Can you believe that?
Michael Schatzel (producer) - He's the guy who told everybody to write a script already and show up on time to shoot the video at the top of the page. Michael is a ridiculously good-looking fellow even though he can't really grow a beard. He has worked on the organizational and financial side of films like The Dark Knight Rises, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beautiful Creatures, The Chair and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Cori Shetter (producer of marketing & distribution) is a Pittsburgh-based actress who works in film production and marketing. Behind the camera, she has worked for Endeavor Media, Sandbar Stories Entertainment and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. She has also worked on commercial campaigns for Those Who Kill and UPMC. When not thinking about movies, she can be found cutting hair and cruising the internet for celebrity cats.
We stand for a return to sincerity, personality and independence in film storytelling. We grew up on classic cinema and respond to its rhythms and purity of purpose. That's a fancy way of saying we're old fashioned. We like exciting stories told without irony, and often with a dose of the fantastic, nay, Fran-tastic.
We want to give you a movie that thrills, chills and engages in the same way as those classic drive-in B-pictures.
Risks and challenges
We've done this once before. Our first short film, "Meet Your Maker" was also funded through Kickstarter. We're proud of that film, but we want to give our audience something even better this time.
We had free reign over our location on our last film. This time, we're working in a bar with strict shooting time limits. This means we have to be more organized and work faster.
That's why we also have a larger crew, which takes some pressures off us, but puts different pressures on: corralling more technicians on set and keeping things running nimbly along.
Our larger crew is matched with a larger cast that includes non-professional extras - another scheduling and directing challenge.
We've also placed higher quality standards on ourselves. We're shooting in 4K digital with the Blackmagic Production camera. This is a new workflow for us. It will pose editing and finishing challenges we haven't faced on previous projects, but will hopefully result in a higher-quality product.
Our main and final challenge is to reach a larger audience by producing a more technically and artistically polished film than we ever have before. We see this film as a calling card, a test and example of our abilities as a filmmaking team.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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