WHY MAKE THIS MOVIE?
I want to graduate! Collection Day is my grad thesis film (running time approximately twenty-five minutes) at the University of Central Arkansas. I love making movies anyway, so why not end my college career with a really good one?
Collection Day has it's roots in 1970's science fiction films. While I loved Star Wars (1977) and saw it in the theater five times (in its original release!) this film is influenced more by the sci-fi that played before that blockbuster took over the world. Films such as Logan's Run (1976), The Planet of the Apes (1968) , Rollerball (1975) and others portray a future society gone amuck and the heroes that throw a wrench into the dystopian works. Growing up I loved those movies as well as TV's The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), which often used similar themes. It is my desire to tell powerful genre tales with interesting stories and well-defined characters. That is what I want Collection Day to be.
Collection Day follows Taylor Glass as she is reinstated as a Collection Agent; special officers of the government (think Secret Police) sent to "collect" on private debts made with the citizenry. Taylor is is very good at her job, but is having some strange memories...
Using a 1970's Hollywood influence is also shaping how Collection Day will look. In collaborating with cinematographer Jarrod Beck, we have come up with a plan to emulate the look and style of those bygone films. No hand-held or Steadicam shots are allowed (though it was famously used in Rocky (1976), it wasn't everywhere yet), but instead, lots of dolly action. Slow motion shots to dramatize the action. Longer takes between edits. We even plan on using vintage still camera lenses from the late 70's to get that creamy, warmer look from that era. There will also be limited CGI and lots of practical effects.
WHERE IS YOUR MONEY GOING?
Even though I am known as The Frugal Filmmaker, movies still come with costs. I have a cast and crew to feed over the course of a two-week shoot. We need to rent a camera package for the best possible image, dynamic range and slow motion capabilities (the Sony FS700 is what we're shooting for). We have costumes to assemble to reflect a near-future world. There are several practical effects shots (such as splintering wood from gunfire and a shattering mirror) that need to be constructed. Hair and makeup supplies and makeup FX cost money. We have to build at least one set. Production design is necessary to create an otherworldly look. There are some strobe lights we have to buy that aren't available locally. Props such as airsoft replica firearms with realistic actions need to be purchased, and lesser props need to be made. We also have to rent a couple of the most recent model cars that fit in with Collectors and their mission. Post production also comes with costs (visual fx shots, sound design, scoring), some if which will be covered by volunteers, while others will need to be paid for.
If we reach our Kickstarter goal, all of the money you contribute will be well spent. Every dollar will end up on the screen. Very few people are getting paid, while many will be contributing lots of time and hard work to make this film a very good one.
Actors are so important in any narrative tale. They breathe life into the characters you have only seen on the page thus far. Here are those I am fortunate enough to work with on Collection Day.
Taylor Glass (Kayla Esmond) - Agency Enforcer coming back from leave after a serious incident that left her partner dead. Enforcers protect Collection Agents in the field.
Rissa Nevar (Rachel Hampton) - Collection Agent sent to call on high-risk debts made between the government and private citizens. Well known in the Agency for killing with little provocation.
Sierra Adams (Gretchen Butler) - Acting Agency Director and former Collector. So prolific at being able to read her Agents emotions and needs, her nickname is "Mother".
Gloria Davis (Julie Atkins) - Convinced husband Steven to take out a large loan from the Agency, then promptly lost the money. Collection coming due, Gloria hasn't slept for three days.
Steven Davis (Duane Jackson) - Husband to Gloria who objected to the loan, but went along with it anyway after incessant prodding. Objects to the Agency and their employment by the government.
Julia Davis (Hannah Trice) - Daughter to Gloria and Steven. Was told to stay away from her house on Collection Day.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is just one large problem to solve: how do I get that script onto the screen? As a result, you can expect many hurdles, none of which are insurmountable.
I have surrounded myself with a very good team to aid me in accomplishing my vision, starting with producer Scott McEntire. We have worked together before and he is one organized person. He is also very plugged into the Arkansas filmmaking scene and has already had many great suggestions about locations, talent and resources that I would never be aware of without help.
Another great blessing is director of photography Jarrod Beck. We have also worked together previously, have a great working relationship and have already had many discussions about how we want this film to look. This goes beyond the "hows" and delves into the "whys" of what we are doing. Like with Scott, I completely trust him.
That is why I know we can solve all problems: trust. I trust all those I have assembled to help with this movie. That trust will translate to not only a completed film, but a worthwhile completed film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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