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An innovative take on the action-comedy genre—a 2-person action movie—proving good storytelling is as effective as a massive budget.
An innovative take on the action-comedy genre—a 2-person action movie—proving good storytelling is as effective as a massive budget.
300 backers pledged $22,730 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Vision

In Action is a purposely mega low-budget action movie! A two-man show with Eric and Sean acting out their adventures, playing numerous villains, and engaging in fight scenes of epic proportions...all taking place in one room.

But this isn't just two guys sitting in a chair chatting. Rather, by utilizing set-design, sound design, make-up, costumes and the genre's camera/editing techniques, we will create the style and feel of an awesome action flick for a totally new and fun movie experience!

While the plot resembles a conventional, big-budget action movie, it’s presented in this unconventional way to show that solid storytelling, even on a shoe-string budget, can keep an audience on the edge of their seats just like a $200MM summer action flick can. Basically, we'll be making the indie-est action movie of all time.

Still From Test Shoot; Planned Location Shoot
Still From Test Shoot; Planned Location Shoot

What This Movie Is About

Eric and Sean were two failed writers: One a stay at home dad, the other working the corporate grind with a baby on the way. But when they reconvene at a mutual friend’s wedding they decide to redeem their lives by starting a new screenplay…if only to escape a little from flirting at book clubs and going to Lamaze classes.

Living halfway across the country from one another, the two coordinate through emails, texts, and phone calls, plotting their over-the-top action movie—everything the good ‘ole 80s/90s taught us about balls-out thrills: creepy terrorists, an endangered US President, and enough chemical weapons to melt your face! But due to their suspicious emails on chemical weapons and terrorist plots, Eric and Sean end up in one hell of mess…

They’re captured by a sector of the NSA, who believe their screenplay is the workings of an actual terrorist plan. Now they’re tied up in an underground lair, and an interrogator, known only as the Cowboy, demands to know how their script ends, “for the safety of the country.” Eric and Sean plead innocence, that this is all a silly mistake and they’re just lowly writers, but their word means nothing. As the Cowboy readies to tear them more new holes than a Michael Bay plot, they dig down and fight their way out—well almost…

Eric and Sean escape and search the underground lair, realizing it wasn’t the NSA who kidnapped them but a terrorist outfit adopting their script for a real attack. To survive, they tunnel through rat-infested darkness, dodge torture from an insane, razor-toothed lady, and battle a Terminator-esque giant. They fight for the comfortable life they’d taken for granted—for their wives’ smiles and every sappy moment they thought they were too good for. Broken and beaten, Sean and Eric do what they’ve written about all this time: they fight dirty, save some hostages, and kill the world’s deadliest terrorist group on their home turf.

Book club and Lamaze classes will never be the same…

We Need Your Help Because

We know a two-person action movies sounds nuts, but we love the action genre, and with your help we’re going to prove that two guys with a crazy idea and strong vision, or anyone with a crazy idea and strong vision, can do something just as epic as a major Hollywood studio.

Every Dollar Will Help With

Getting our amazing team on board! Locking in the location we spotted in Brooklyn, New York! The equipment and production design that will make this movie come to life and have it be more than just two people talking in a room!  

We’re going to recreate the feel of a wedding hall and an underground lair through creative set design, sound mixing and camera work! I mean, we're going to create the heart-pounding experience of a car chase...but filmed in an empty room – it’s going to be wild, and your support will make it all possible!

Our Team!

Top left to bottom right: Sean Kenealy, Eric Silvera, Lori Balaban, Eli Samuel, Alex Nordenson, Daniel Herrera, Kevin Prockup, Jared Balog, Miles Soboleski
Top left to bottom right: Sean Kenealy, Eric Silvera, Lori Balaban, Eli Samuel, Alex Nordenson, Daniel Herrera, Kevin Prockup, Jared Balog, Miles Soboleski

Sean Kenealy (Writer/Actor) - Sean is an actor and writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York. His plays have been staged in New York and Chicago at 13th Street Repertory, Gorilla Tango Theater, Brooklyn's Impact Festival, Frigid Festival, and with The 52nd Street Project. His fiction has been published with Scapegoat Journal and The Promethean. Favorite action movie: The Rock.

Eric Silvera (Writer/Actor) - Eric is a New York-based writer and comedian. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Nerve, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Underground Voices, and HYPERtext Magazine, won Slice Magazine’s “Bridging the Gap” prize, and was shortlisted for Matrix Magazine’s 2010 Lit POP award. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. Additionally, he performs stand-up throughout New York, has opened for Jeff Garlin, Dave Attell, and Judah Friedlander, and appeared in the Boston Comedy Festival’s New York extension several times. Favorite action movie: Die Hard. Favorite Seagal Flick: Out For Justice (but sometimes Marked For Death).

Lori Balaban (Director) - Lori has over a decade of entertainment industry experience. Some clients she’s written, produced, and directed for are NBC, AMC, CBS, National Geographic, Bain, Harley Davidson, Sundance, Disney and HGTV. She’s committed to storytelling, having written numerous screenplays and TV scripts. She’s currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. Favorite action movie: Kill Bill. 

Eli Samuel (Producer/Writer) - An NYC native, Eli Samuel retains a Bachelor's and Master's in English Literature with a Neurobiology minor. Amidst filmmaking, Eli is pursuing the first doctorate degree in Science Fiction Studies in North America; he lectures English Literature at The City College of New York, while retaining the role of Chief Operations Manager at Contently.com: an online marketplace for investigative journalism and freelance writers. His scripts have won numerous awards, including Cannes, Slamdance, and a recurring featured Blcklist nominee. Eli's latest science fiction film, The Last Generation to Die, was favored for Sundance's Sloan Prize. Favorite action movie: True Lies.

Alex Nordenson (Producer) - Alex probably should have stuck with writing (having studied English at Boston College), but he got into marketing and technology instead. In the New York advertising world, Alex has done creative production work for both web- and TV-centric branded video projects with media properties like The Onion, Nickelodeon, GQ, and Funny or Die. He currently works for a social media marketing tech company called SocialCode. Favorite action movie: Air Force One.

Daniel Herrera (Sound) - Daniel works in sound recording and sound post-production. Additionally, he's produced multiple indie films in the New York City area. Favorite action movie: City of God (Way more than an action movie, but fantastic action sequences so we'll let it slide...)

Kevin Prockup (Composer) - Kevin is literally too busy for us to write us a bio because he’s wrapped up in a gig for Warner Brothers. But trust us, he’s really good, and you can check out his music at kevinprockup.com. He was trained in the craft of John Williams but exists in a world of Hans Zimmer, so he’s ready to make music for whatever kind of movie we throw at him. Favorite action movie: The Matrix.

Jared Balog (Special-Effects Make-up) - Jared is a director, producer, and special-effects make-up artist who has learned the craft of film-making by working on more than thirty movies. His notoriety as a skilled make-up artist landed him a featured artist spot at the 2013 Fantacon, Albany NY. Balog is currently the Special-Effects artist for the upcoming summer horror feature, The Last Frankenstein, which will showcase his Hollywoodesque creature creation skills and practical effects creativity. Balog also recently co-directed the short psychological thriller, Mara, now in post-production. Favorite action movie: No Retreat, No Surrender

Miles Soboleski (Camera) - Miles works as a freelance camera operator out of Brooklyn NY. Has worked on a variety of different projects that have included clients such as Brooklyn Nets, American Express, PGA, PUMA and Land Rover. He's a big fan of Steel Magnolias.

Talking Movies at Sean's Wedding - very serious about our craft
Talking Movies at Sean's Wedding - very serious about our craft

Risks and challenges

The basic premise of our film is a risk: an independent action movie with two guys, one location that has epic car chases, epic shootouts, epic battle scenes, and everything else we’ve grown to love about 80s and 90s action films, shot on a shoe-string budget.

The challenge is to give the experience of a $200MM movie on a micro-budget; to recreate action set pieces straight out of John McTiernan and early Michael Bay films; to make the audience feel as excited, tense, pumped up, and, most importantly, as engaged as they would in any blockbuster with this unique premise.

We could easily make a talky stage play version of this idea, but the challenge is to make something that twists the action genre on its head, while still remaining true to it.

We love the genre, and with the In Action team, who collectively has decades of experience in the film industry, we’re excited and determined to deliver a spectacular, one of a kind movie to all of our supporters!

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