Who Are We?
Black Chick Watching is the brand and podcast created by host and speaker, Amber P. Knight.
Amber's experience in performance and public speaking spans over a decade, and covers categories such as therapy-driven dance classes, body image workshops, one-woman stage performances, and podcast hosting. She is now leading a team of passionate artists into the 48-hour Film Project!
Her team of cohorts include experienced filmmakers, musicians, and writers; top students of the best film schools in the country; passionate independent film makers; and novices who have a love of the art and just want to help. The thing that binds them all together is the love of the overarching message that brought them all together: There need to be more positive and real stories about black women, and minorities in general, on screen.
With a background like Amber’s and a surname like Knight, we know she’s ready to lead her team to a win.
What is the 48 Hour Film Project?
The 48 Hour Film Project is a contest for filmmakers to create a film in 48 hours. The rules of the contest prevent cheating, as the film's genre, as well as a line and a prop, get announced to the teams participating only as the contest begins!
Read more about the 48 Hour Film Project itself here: http://www.48hourfilm.com/boston-ma
This contest happens several times a year in cities across the globe. We are excited to be participating in the Boston edition, in our hometown, as that usually fills up pretty quickly!
Winners of the 48 will compete internationally at Filmapalooza, and may even be screened at Cannes!! How exciting is that???
Our goal is to raise $1000 for the project, with a stretch goal of $2000 so that we can make an even better product. Our budget basically consists of two categories:
What we absolutely need:
- Food : $550 - with 26 team members, 3 meals on Saturday at least, ~$7 per meal, that's already $546 for just food. We are trying to lower that cost, but given that we have Friday and Sunday to think about, food is definitely the main source of need for our generous teammates who are volunteering so much of their time and energy.
- Equipment : $300 - Boom mike rental, memory cards, flash drives, a backup drive, and batteries for the cameras and sound equipment. A lot of the equipment itself has been covered by members of our crew but there are still gaps we need to fill.
- Registration fee : $157.50 - This is the entry fee to register and participate in the 48.
- Props : $100 - As with the locations, the rules of the 48 will give us a prop we need to have in the film. Last year, it was a wrapped gift. The year before, a light bulb. Sometimes a prop doesn't make sense unless other props are in there to make a smooth story explanation.
And what the Stretch Goal will cover:
- Locations : $500 - One rule in the 48 is that we don't find out what genre our film will be ahead of time. So we've planned for several locations, some of which will cost us money to use. We need to have this budget allocated to securing those locations.
- Makeup : $200 - Our makeup artist is volunteering their time, as is everyone on the team. But supplies cost money. For some genres more than others. For the film to look its best, we can't forget the value of good film makeup. Makeup reduces film glare, lighting flaws, and gives our project the professional touch. Not to mention accentuating story plots in genres like horror or sci-fi.
- Costumes : $100 - In case we get the 'horror' category, that means bloody and torn up clothes. If we get the 'western' category, that means we need at least one cowboy hat. The 48 is unpredictable. We need to be prepared in case we have to hit up the Good Will to make our film.
- Incidental Buffer : $200 - In case anything happens that we can't predict, we need to be ready. Weird costumes, unexpectedly broken equipment, a must-have location that suddenly overcharges us -- whatever the case may be!
Risks and challenges
We need to make movie magic. The basic requirements for any film set are good equipment and a well-fed cast and crew. We have the imagination and the passion. What we need now is the budget to make things happen!
The challenges laid out by the rule of the 48 Hour Film Project itself will be arduous enough, i.e., to completely write, produce, rehearse, film, and edit a complete film in under 2 days is a Herculean effort. But we are up to that task!
The bigger goal our team is striving for is to tell a meanful, rewarding story at the same time. To deliver a good quality story is a challenge for filmmakers everywhere, much less those working under such a strict deadline. But we believe in what we're setting out to do. And with generous help from readers like you, we will persevere!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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