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6 Writer-Directors, 6 Short Films, One Girl, One Feature. Follow 6 different guys' life-changing experiences with the same woman.

Remember that ONE GIRL? That one you loved, or thought you loved? The one who broke your heart, or whose heart you broke?  The same one who changed your life for better or worse, who brought you happiness or eternal misery? The one girl you got, that one girl you screwed it up with?

ABOUT ABIGAIL is an anthology feature film of 6 shorts by 6 different writer-directors of different points of view that explores how that one girl affects 6 different groups of men. The stories range from a young man sneaking into his ex-girlfriend's apartment to get his camera back, to two recent divorcees in their forties trying to re-enter society, to an elderly man hopelessly attracted to a younger woman, all the while following the emotional arc of the same woman growing from these experiences.  It’s not macho, it’s not gallant, but it’s the side of men you’ve rarely seen on film: honest, lost, triumphant. It’s an exploration into the emotions of men behind the facade, what makes them tick, what makes them confused. They’re yearning for that one person they can spend the rest of their life with, and in some cases it’s a continuous, never-ending search.

We are asking for your help in the form of donations to help us make this movie.  Your donation is not part of starter money or to help us get it "off the ground."  All donations will go DIRECTLY TO PRODUCTION as we will enter shooting shortly after the conclusion of this campaign.  

The Inspiration
In coming up with the main theme of our movie, we wanted to dive head first into answering the eternal question - why men are such bastards. Truth be told, we barely know ourselves. This movie will shed some light on the fact that men do have emotions - very deep ones - if we could only figure out how to express them.

If this movie had a central statement, it would be, quite simply, that we love women. They are what makes society thrive, grow, and feel. They inevitably drive us to cast a harsh, critical eye onto ourselves. They don’t drive us crazy, they make us feel crazy because we struggle to deal with issues within ourselves. And this is why we also hate them. Will we ever be good enough for that one girl, and man enough for ourselves? That ultimate challenge - to become greater than our normal, everyday selves - is why we are making this movie.

ABOUT ABIGAIL will focus on the same woman through the eyes of 6 different stories, all from the male perspective. But our leading lady, Abigail, also experiences a transformation, an arc, as we discover that as her needs change, so must we as people.

We invite contributors to not only become a part of this project through donations, but also through your experiences by sharing them through posts on this website and facebook. All contributions over $30 include a digital download of the film, and you will have access to a behind-the-scenes video channel, production stills gallery, and other social media updates from pre-production all the way through the release the movie.  Your gift is an invaluable contribution to the creative community that allows each and every one of us to grow, challenge, and understand each other that much more.

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With the advent of digital technology, there is a misconception that creative projects, such as films, can be done cheaply. Though true, it is relative. We are producing ABOUT ABIGAIL for cheap…in the context of film budgets of exceptional content and quality.

Here are our costs we need to cover:
- Camera Rental
- Light Rental
- Hiring crew to operate the equipment
- Hiring a Cinematographer
- Hiring a Composer
- Hiring a Production Designer to help plan out what our locations in the film
will look like. They are the magicians that make a white-walled room look
like a bar or jail.
- Buying food for the cast and crew to keep them happy!
- Paying for actor rates as dictated by the Screen Actor's Guild. We're beyond
asking our friends to act for free. And they’re tired of being asked!
- Hiring a Sound Editor to put together the dialogue, create the sounds you
hear in movies, i.e. birds chirping, traffic, chatter...
- Hiring a Colorist to help create the final look and feel of the film. Colorists
don't just make everything look pretty, but they help finalize the look and feel
of the film.
- Location Fees/Permits. L.A. requires the purchase of a permit to shoot. In
most cases, you can't just shoot in a location for free. You have to pay a
permit AND a location fee. Shooting in Hollywood isn’t cheap!

For example, renting a full Red Scarlet camera package from a rental house we’ve worked with costs approximately $975/day. A Los Angeles Film Permit costs $625 (ouch!). Cinematographer or Production Designer: up to $200/ day, minimum 14 days of work. A lighting and grip package (stands, flags, etc.) from the cheapest place in L.A.: $500/day. Colorist: $100/hour.

This is a seriously low-budget feature - even lower than what the industry calls "micro-budget." We'll work hard to make the most movie out of our budget, but we need your help to achieve a professional, high-production value feature film that will resonate strongly with audiences at top-level film festivals. Our ultimate goal is a theatrical release along with domestic and possibly international distribution.

Our scripts are ready, we’re prepared to shoot, and we're already in the midst of pre-production (budgeting, location scouting, casting). With your help, we’re not going to sit on the donations and try to raise more...we’re going to go straight into production. We plan to start shooting in February 2013, have initial shooting done by March 2013, and be in post up until September 2013, with the entire movie ready by October 2013.

The writer-directors of this film have come from different walks of life, different cultures, different age groups, and have had very different experiences with that one girl. Some of us are still dealing with the repercussions. But each experience is one we’ll all recognize and possibly have been through as well.

It’s time to break out of the system, and you can join us and be a part of it as we do so. With your help, we can all make something very special and endearing to all of us.

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