My Name is Adam Valencia, I have written a script for a short film that I am producing and that I am going to Direct this April 13th-15th.
To put it simply, the short is a medley between THE GOONIES and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It takes place in southern Arizona, where the curiosity of several local teenagers lands them in way over their head.
Beyond making a short film, this is a multimedia project that includes music, social media, photography, and the internet. The filmmaking crew is going to be supplemented by a group of students from the University of Arizona film program, who will be enlisted for a week of learning, unlearning, and creativity. They will be posting to twitter, instagram,vimeo, tumblr and various other social media sites. What they will be posting will be Day in the life content, making of content, and they will also share things that they are learning; if a camera department person learns a cool new camera trick, they will whip out their iphone and make a straight to vimeo video showing off the new trick. This part of the process encourages the shared knowledge aspect of filmmaking.
As filming commences, we will use DSLR Cameras to shoot 15 - 30 second viral commercials featuring a piece of gear and the aspect of filmmaking it necessitates. The goal is to create a relationship between our creative team, manufacturers, and other bloggers, so that we can begin to work with individuals entrenched in the technology of our medium. We are going to shoot on Canon's new C300 camera as a way of furthering the principles we are setting forth with our smart use of the latest tools available to produce great content.
Essentially, we are turning the process inside out, and are doing so in an attempt to maximize every single person's creativity on set.
The last element of the project is the musical score and an accompanying six track EP which are also being produced by me. I am a musician, going on 15 years now, and making movies and music go hand in hand for me. The musical inspirations vary far and wide for this project; for those intrigued, you will hear a concoction inspired by: DURAN DURAN, DEPECHE MODE, JOY DIVISION, SEVERED HEADS, NEON INDIAN, COM TRUISE, GARY NUMAN, VANGELIS, TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS FINCH, ZOLA JESUS, GUSTAVO SANTOALALLA, BERNARD HERRMANN, and ENNIO MORRICONE.
I am putting $2,000.00 of my own money into this project. I am raising $5,000.00, which combined will pay actors and crew, cover gear rental costs, as well feed the crew and supply transportation for the production. I am not simply asking for donations, I am prepared to show a readied budget. This is what I can fund an incredibly professional and quality multimedia piece of education and entertainment for.
This film will be submitted to festivals, as well as to producers and agents in Los Angeles. The end goal is to be able to show potential investors what we can do in Arizona, and to hopefully open the doors to funding and a distribution channel for the work we will do in the future. A short film cannot do that on it's own, but this is a start.
Thank you so much for reading about the project. I look forward to sharing it with you once it is completed.
-- Adam Valencia
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