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"Meant to Be Broken" is a feature length dark comedy that follows 3 unlikely companions on a road trip crime spree down the East Coast.
"Meant to Be Broken" is a feature length dark comedy that follows 3 unlikely companions on a road trip crime spree down the East Coast.
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Harvey has led a cautious and conscientious life until he gets fired and finds out he has one month to live. Throwing caution to the wind, he finally steps into the bar he passes every day on the way to work. There he meets Luke and confesses he's never broken any rules. Luke responds "Do you want to?," and so the quest begins. Along the way they accidentally kidnap a woman who joins them on their adventure, but she might prove to be more trouble than they are looking for. "Meant to be Broken" is a crazy journey of law breaking and discovery that culminates in Miami where competing forces catch up to the unlikely trio.  Here's a little concept trailer we shot for you to get the feel of the movie:

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This project will feature a road trip along the east coast of the United States. This will be a rather novel endeavor; unlike traditional independent films, this project will have a crew of hundreds of volunteers, coordinated by the 48 Hour Film project, spread out along the east coast with shooting will take place in every major city from Amherst, Massachusetts to Miami, Florida. 

 

DC Dogs, a DC-based 501(c)3 arts organization, is a performing arts troupe. Our mission is to promote independent arts in Washington, D.C. through production, performance, education and grants. Everyone’s invited! Your donations to this project may be tax deductible!

The 48-Hour Film Project, our partner in this production, has coordinated an army of talented volunteer filmmakers up and down the coast. The 48-Hour Film Project is an annual global contest that challenges filmmakers to write, shoot, and edit a short film in just 48 hours. The competition took place in 76 cities worldwide in 2016 with over 50,000 participants, and the top films making it into the Cannes Film Festival. The best teams from Amherst to Miami are on board as the cast, crew and local production support for Meant to Be Broken.   

The majority of our cast will come from the local 48 Hour film teams along the east coast. Here are the three actors who will be with us for the whole adventure. Wish us all luck!

 

DC Dogs is a 501c(3) non-profit so all of the funds are going straight into the film. We’re looking to fundraise a minimum of $20,000 (of what will become a $70,000 film), so this film falls under the ultra-low budget category. This means we’re asking for just enough to cover the costs of production. Our extended crew is working for free because they believe in this project. What remains is equipment, locations, food, insurance, housing for the crew, props that we can’t borrow or scrounge, special effects, makeup, and other essentials.  

 

Celebrity Voice Mail Greeting: Dave Coyne, who plays Harvey has agreed to record 10 custom voicemail greetings as your favorite celebrity. Do you recognize this guy?

The Car: Veronica, our picture car is a genuine classic muscle car. The Mustang GT 5-speed v8 has a ton of mods and enough power to get you where you want to go. And now she'll be a celebrity!

Note: Should you select the walk on role, "made possible by", or any of the perks involving set visits please contact chad@bardtales.com to coordinate your visit.

 We want to see this movie. YOU want to see this movie. Help us make this passion project come to fruition!

 

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking always comes with many risks and challenges specific to each project. For this one, risks include things like shooting in exterior locations in the glorious spring weather, coordinating a large group of professionals with busy schedules and going on a crazy road trip down the east coast, all on a limited budget. But this is what we do both for a living and for fun. Our experience in both narrative and commercial filmmaking has prepared us to deal with all eventualities. We have spent months developing this project and have started the ball rolling now because we feel we are at our strongest and most prepared to do the project justice. Of course, there will be unforeseen obstacles, but that's part of what makes filmmaking such an exciting experience and we're more than ready to take it all on.

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