1976. A time of love, youth, and spinning skate wheels. The last night of summer brings new highs and lows at this thriving skating rink. Cal and Stan are lifelong friends, ready to begin their freshman year of college. Increasing tension between rink owners Roy and April has brought their marriage into question. Bound for junior high school, Cameron and Bender are on a quest to find something that they do not understand: love. Behind the skate rental counter, the dreams of rink employee Biff have drawn to a stand still, with no end in sight. For each of these people, their futures are uncertain and their relationships with family, friends, and significant others are hanging in the balance. This is the story of love in its seasons, and how moments in life fade away in the blink of an eye.
With a crew of award winning film students at Biola University, 'Summer' (which could be described as 'American Graffiti' meets 'Crash') began filming in October after raising our first budget goal of $7,500. Now 'Summer' is preparing to wrap up filming this February, but first we have to finish raising the budget and bring in the remaining $2,500.
Our budget can be broken down into four main areas.
1) Gas Money. The cast and crew have to commute each day to Cal Skate in Grand Terrace, CA to be able to shoot on location. In addition, we need gas in order to run generators for lighting.
2) Production Design. "Summer" has the unique challenge of recreating the 70's in the 21st Century. Jessica Shea, our production designer has to redress our modern skate rink, clothe numerous actors and extras, and purchase or rent many genuine 70’s props. The prices add up quickly!
3) Food. Since the cast and crew are volunteering their time to work on the project, we would like to provide them with substantial, tasty meals on set, as well as snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy, focused, and energized.
4) Equipment. While we rent much of our equipment from Biola University, we will still need to rent some equipment from Hollywood, in order to achieve the level of production value that we are striving for with Summer.
We became film students because we love the medium of film and how films can impact people. We are guessing that you love watching movies too and would enjoy being involved in the production of one! Here is your chance to get involved. With every donation, we will personally contact you with updates on the film, including behind the scenes videos and photos from the set. Your support and generosity will make this film possible, and we want to thank you in advance for everything. Every little bit helps! We are so excited to be able to finish this film, and we can't wait to share the product of our hard work with you!
[Please note: if you would be interested in sponsoring a specific aspect of production, please contact Rachel van der Merwe at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!]
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