About The Project
'Coming To Terms' is a project to produce a pair of narrative short films.You could say it's a duel. Both of us will be writing our own piece to be cooperatively filmed with the other. The inspiration comes from a recent trip to an interesting venue that played as a muse to our creative senses. As we toured the location, it became immediately apparent that we had to feature in it in our upcoming project. Upon this consensus, we agreed to form a few creative obstructions that both of us must work around. Thus, 'Coming To Terms' was born.
Man and Camera is a film-making duo based out of the Pittsburgh area. Man and Camera is devoted to creating simple, low-budget narrative films. We seek to remove the modern fluff in current mainstream media, focusing on what matters: personal communication between a man (or woman or chair or..) and a video camera... to create an intimate communication with an audience.
Scott Almendinger is an independent filmmaker, currently finishing his studies in communications, media, and theater. He enjoys waffles, bananas, and following creative whims on a shoestring budget. He looks forward to increasing his skills and experience while working alongside Michael. He's currently the sole member of Pengy Poo Productions (www.pengypooproductions.com). Some of his previous work can be found on his vimeo channel (https://vimeo.com/channels/pengypoo)
Michael Rodriguez is a mercenary style actor, always looking for a new project. Occasionally, he attempts to stretch beyond that role into writing and directing. Inspired by the idea of very personal narratives, with more focus on the actors' ability to convey their character than plot, he's found a good deal to work with in "Coming to Terms". The technical skills of filmmaking are his weakest point, and he hopes to increase them a bit while working with Scott, as well as hone the other skills he brings to the team (Digressing, distracting, being loud, eating all the food...).
So, why do we need funding for this small project? First and foremost, we are planning to rent/purchase some quality equipment, to help fulfill the project's full potential. To this end, much of the finances are coming out of our pockets. To receive support to help lighten the financial burden would be astronomically helpful.
A breakdown of what funds will be used for:
- Rental of DSLR camera
- Transportation costs for talent and crew
- Food and accommodations for talent and crew
If we exceed our goal, any supplemental funds will be used to further increase the production value of the films, help alleviate our own personal investment into the project, including the purchase of audio equipment and accessories, possibly making any rental equipment permanent, and fueling future projects.
Every dollar helps, and we appreciate your consideration of donating a buck or two.
One of the unique challenges of the project will be making use of a very non-static set. We have little to no control of what state the location will actually be in, come our day to shoot. This will require flexible and dynamic adaptation in all aspects: script, acting, and technical details.
Given our self-imposed obstructions and rules, things will get even more interesting:
- A theme of 'timelessness' exists, regarding the space
- Environment can only be added to. Changes or removals can only occur in character in the scene itself
- The phrase 'I love you' must be used in some way, spoken or otherwise
- One of the chairs at the location must be utilized
- A maximum of three cast members (not including camera)
- Film must be no longer than five minutes
While the environment is full of darkness and decay, neither of us have based our scripts on a genre of horror. Though dramatic in nature, both pieces have a very different take on the use of the space.
Additionally, using only ambient lighting and a lack of elaborate props will add a unique, organic flavor to the mix.
Thanks for taking the time to view our slice of passion. If you like what you see, please share amongst friends. If you decide to help the cause, we are eternally grateful and thank you from the heart of our bottoms.
- (30 days)