The idea behind this Kickstarter is to raise a very basic level of funding in order to make a truly independent film. And I mean independent: I shot, animated, and edited the footage for the trailer (above) on a rented camera over a single weekend. My goal is to raise enough money for a proper cinema camera and a few mics, and maybe have a few clams left over to feed the cast and crew.
The film revolves around several stories that are bound together through magical realism. Characters include a superfan and a fantasy/sci-fi writer developing a peculiar relationship through a series of letters; two friends searching for an otherworldly telephone; another friend who's hexed and becomes stuck in reverse; an old iMac that comes to life and begins investigating the modern world; and a whole lot more.
The Aquarium will be shot with an entirely volunteer cast and crew from the Asheville, NC area. There's a sincere energy between so many talented people living in Asheville right now, and I believe it would be something special to capture this moment in time and place. The film will be much more than several wild stories that I've written down come to life—it will be the combined efforts of many exceptional human beings I've come to know and love, who also happen to be exceptional musicians, actors, giants, creators, writers, dancers, falcons, prop masters, visual artists, designers, and gunslingers. The cast will also score a majority of the film.
Yes, we would love your five bucks. (And we'd love your 10 bucks twice as much!) But even more, we'd love for you to help us promote this Kickstarter campaign by sharing the trailer with friends and spreading the word.
Anyone who donates—whatever the amount—will have the option to have their photo and name placed in the credits. The site www.aquariummovie.com is documenting the process of making this film, so your name and photo will show up there as well (if you're into that sort of thing). Thanks for reading this and for watching the trailer.
We hope to see you at a film festival next year!
p.s. The music featured in the trailer is by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Marcia Griffith. We'd like to raise enough to license these songs as well.
Risks and challenges
My job is to film things, animate them, and edit them.
Conveniently, I spend my free time doing those exact same things.
There is no question this film will be made with as much fun and madness
as is legally allowed in the state of North Carolina.
- (30 days)