"Easton's Article" - The Feature Film
Our goal is to successfully see our feature film script, "Easton's Article", through pre-production to post-production. We will be shooting this sci-fi drama in the heart of the midwest, in and around the scenic Mississippi River town of Dubuque, Iowa. The 80 page script has been in development over the past year and pre-production is now in full effect, with casting and location scouting underway. The project is being produced by JEB Metzger and helmed by director Tim Connery, who has garnered a number of official selections for his short films in the US film festival market. Tim's IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3501794/
The tragic death of his childhood friend Tom is something that Easton Denning has never been able to accept. They walked across the frozen Mississippi but only Easton made it back. Now it's 1997, and Easton, in his 40s, has been obsessively tracking the growth of the 'world wide web' phenomenon since it’s establishment. It isn't until Easton stumbles across a disturbing omen buried within the information landscape that he is forced to confront his life choices in order to try and save himself from a mysterious death. Fusing sparse science fiction elements with a character driven drama, "Easton's Article" is meant to be an allegory of compartmentalization and coping during times of great emotional stress and trauma. It seeks to demonstrate how unresolved conflicts mold and manipulate us until the day we die.
As a potential donor you play an integral role in the filmmaking process and we will certainly appreciate any support you can provide, financially or otherwise. Below you will find a list of our budget plan which has been carefully partitioned to fulfill the needs for a successful production.
$5,000 - Equipment - Both camera and sound department fees
$3,000 - Actors Pay - Two leads, one supporting, will reimburse for their time spent in Iowa as well to ensure a higher quality pool of talent
$2,500 - Travel - Transportation of people and equipment to Iowa, maintaining their stay, and getting them back safely
$2,000 - Food - Two meals a day, for three weeks, for an average of 8 people
$1,500 - Art Department - Dressing locations, costumes, prop materials, set builds
$1,000 - Initial Post-Productions Costs - Editing, color correction, film festival submission fees
I'd also like to clarify that $15,000 is the absolute minimum it will take to make this project come to life. If we exceed $15,000 it will just allow us to boost the production quality that much more, creating a more fulfilling cinematic storytelling experience.
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A Note From Director Tim Connery
For the better part of the past decade I have been gradually honing my skills as a filmmaker and storyteller. My professional career began upon my admission to the world’s largest film school at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. At Columbia, I completed a number of short films, two of which have received accolades and screenings in the US film festival market. In May of 2009, I graduated from Columbia with a cumulative GPA of 3.83 and was released into a competitive job market. As recent graduates, my fellow colleagues and I have remained resilient in the pursuit of our craft by continuing to create fascinating stories through the film medium.
I am reaching out to you because I am undertaking a project on a larger scale than anything I’ve accomplished prior. Over the past several months I’ve been hard at work writing and developing my first feature film entitled “Easton’s Article” which we are planning to shoot in Dubuque, Iowa this winter. This project will be extremely low budget, relying on the donations of individuals to produce a quality film. These funds will be carefully utilized to acquire professional acting talent, skilled department crew heads, and equipment essential to the story’s core integrity. Most of all, I want to say that I truly believe in this story, and those who have been brought on board do as well in the truest sense. I would love the opportunity to share it with you and others around the world on the big screen.
I am moved to see fellow filmmakers' projects get funded and come to life in such a grassroots and personal way, so it's safe to say that Kickstarter and websites like it are the future of independent cinema.
Thank you for your time and support,
JEB Metzger is from Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. JEB began his education studying business at Western Michigan University, but transferred in order to pursue his life’s ambition. He began his career as a filmmaker at Columbia College Chicago, where he graduated with honors achieving a BA in Film Directing.
In addition to writing and directing, JEB has produced the short films “Funk’s Grove” and “Try to See it My Way.” This will be the first feature film he will produce.
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