"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The Night Owl" is a story of miscommunication and conflict between two neighbors living in New York City. As a filmmaker, I'm drawn in by the contrast between the way modern technology has us constantly communicating, yet in some ways growing increasingly out of touch with one another. This often sets the background for misunderstandings, fear, conflict and at times violence. It has become increasingly important to me to analyze this on a human level, which brings us face to face.
Setting the film in a contemporary urban environment only further magnifies and complicates the narrative. In the middle of the twentieth century there was a large social migration out of city centers into the more homogenous suburbs; many refer to this as "white flight." In the past decade there has been a shift back into previously less desirable urban areas by youthful and often times more privileged individuals. Gentrification has become a common term used not just in large cities like New York but also in cities across the country experiencing a similar influx.
"The Night Owl's" main character Aaron is one such privileged youth. He lives in a small building that was, and to some degree still is, occupied by native working class New Yorkers. After a night out with friends he is awoken by a knock on his door from the downstairs neighbor Leonard, who believes a loud banging is coming from Aaron's apartment. Aaron and Leonard go through a series of increasingly tense interactions leading to a violent and abstract resolution.
Visually, our team will be approaching the film as elegant, experimental, and at times extreme. We will be pulling from art house influences such as Clare Denis, John Cassavetes, Pedro Costa and David Lynch while still having the reserve and attention to detail of cinematographers such as Bradford Young, Agnes Godard, and Christopher Doyle.
UPDATES (full updates in tab above)
Update #9 - One more day and a sincere thank you!
We only have one day left! Please continue to spread the word as much as possible so we can reach our goal. So close and thank you so much!
Update #8 - Galway McCullough talking about "The Night Owl"
One of our two main actor's Galway McCullough giving a little insight into the film!
Update #7 - Work in the Art-work and INDIEwire
Went over to Adam Mazer's to start working out some details on the mini-poster "Executive Producer" backers at the $1000 will get.
Selected "Project of the Day" by INDIEwire magazine. Take a look here... http://www.indiewire.com/article/project-of-the-day-the-night-owl-20140814
Update # 6 - Discussions on the Film
Galway, Jason and I got together for the first time last night to start discussing the film. Had some really great conversations!
Update # 5 - Working Through Logistics
Starting to get the pieces together with my cinematographer and producer. Not our deep contemplations.
Who's Making This?
Anthony Nicolau was born and raised in St. Louis, MO where he graduated from Webster University with a BA in film production. Shortly after he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he has been making films and working in the industry. His first short film "Laundromat" was completely self-produced and accepted into the New Filmmaker's Series put on by the world renowned Anthology Film Archive. His second short film "A Wedding Day" was featured in numerous festivals and won the Audience Choice Award at the Brooklyn Art's Council's Scene: Brooklyn festival. In the meantime, he has produced and directed two smaller projects, a comedy piece "I Run: An Inspirational Running Video Parody" and a comedy art piece "Another Use for Coconut Oil". Most recently he was a producer on the short film "Pink Moon" by acclaimed director Sal Bardo. You can view all of his prior work below...
Jason Quarles is an acclaimed New York City theater and film actor. He has performed in "Hoi Polloi: Republic", a play, commissioned by Duke University, based on Plato's Republic. Most recently he starred in "Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise" which was a New York Times "Critics Pick" and a Time Out New York "Critic's Pick". His most recent film project was the feature film "Towheads" directed by Shannon Plumb. Towheads played at the acclaimed Rotterdam Film Festival and was written up in the New York Times and Variety upon its release.
Galway McCullough moved to NYC from Minneapolis in 2003. He is an actor, director and fight choreographer and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. Notable stage appearances in NYC include "Caligula" starring Andre de Shields at The Classical Theatre of Harlem. He has worked on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire", ABC's "What Would You Do", was beheaded in a film that screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, has had national voice-overs and his face on a billboard.
Andrew Trost is a cinematographer from St. Louis, Missouri, currently based in New York City. He recently shot the short film "The Sound " (Dir. Sacha Iskra), which has won multiple awards and is currently being seen in film festivals around the world. Via director Rick Kaplan and Sherpa Productions, Andrew has also collaborated with Canon by testing their cinema equipment, notably their most popular cinema camera, the C300, on film projects around the country, including a music video in New Orleans and a feature film in St. Louis.
In 2011 Andrew shot the commercial, "Most Inspiring Gym" (Dir. Scott McDermott), for Chelsea Piers Sports Center, which went on to win the award for "Best Visual Experience" in the APA Short Video Contest. Andrew's collaboration with world renowned still photographer and director Scott McDermott continued this year with a commercial for AI Cure. Other commercial clients include Toyota, Supima Cotton, and Lysol. Please watch his cinematography reel below...
Sacha Iskra is a writer and producer with Coffee Ring Films. Her short film, "The Sound," is currently in film festivals and recently won best short film at New Jersey International Film Festival. Through Coffee Ring Films, she has also produced "Pink Moon" and "The Waltz" and is currently working on the production company's first web series and feature film. You can view her production company website at the link below...
Kari Nicolle is a storyteller. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area she moved to New York to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Atlantic Theater Company. Graduating with honors, a BFA in Drama, and minoring in English. For five years she was the Managing Director of a New York City based theater company who's "mission was to tell stories that explore the threads connecting fantasy and reality, finding truth in the muddy in-between." The company produced numerous plays as well as a workshop series for new work. As an actress she has worked on Broadway on Film and on TV. She can also be found around NYC teaching epic indoor cycling classes at Flywheel Sports.
Chief Lighting Technician
Keagan Fuller is a freelance lighting technician based in Queens, New York. He continually works on a large variety of features, commercials and short films. Some films he has worked on include "Sleepwalk with Me" (Dir. Mike Birbiglia) and "Cold in July" (Dir. Jim Mickle). You can find a list of his film work below...
What Will the Money Be Used For?
Even with all the recent advances in film technology, it is still expensive to make a film properly, and more goes into it than one would expect. For starters, we need talented crew and actors who will be paid for their hard work. Additional expenses include equipment, location, art, insurance, food, and transportation.
Below is a breakdown of what we need to properly execute the production on the bare minimum...
- Professional Equipment Rentals: $4200
- Crew and Actor Payment: $2500 (up to 10 people)
- Locations Fees: $1000 (up to four locations)
- Food and Travel: $1500
- Other Production Costs (little things add up): $800
Thanks for taking a moment to view my project! I am incredibly grateful for any support you can give. I want to make this project with you and quite frankly, cannot do it without your support. This film is a departure for me into filmmaking that is not only intellectually stimulating but suspenseful and entertaining.
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Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge of making this film is to be able to start a conversation without the audience realizing that we're having it. What makes filmmaking such a beautiful art form is its ability to be subversive. We want the audience to be caught up with the suspense of the film but leave the theater thinking beyond just that, and, with your help, we'll be able to accomplish this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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