Award winning indie feature; multiple character study, dark in tone, ambigious but positive message. Still in need of finishing funds. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on April 29, 2012.
About this project
The official movie trailer was too large of a file to upload on the site so here is the YouTube link:
"Bedlam Street" has been my life for the last 3+ years. It has tested me in ways I couldn't even begin to describe, while giving me great insight into what I am capable of. As the process of making this film progressed, I learned to appreciate many things like persistence, humility and being grateful to even the smallest gesture. The movie is "done" in a sense but not "finished". We have won three awards thus far at a local St. Louis festival. There is, however, still cleanup work to be done, and we desperately need finishing funds. In Pre-Production, it was obvious we didn't have a ton of money in our budget. No cool HD camera, no huge crew, no known actors in our cast. But despite our limitations, we knew a commitment to quality would be our saving grace. We had a very modest budget and made the most of it. I was very fortunate to be surrounded by a talented group of people on both sides of the camera. The camera, coincidentally, is the primary reason for the situation we are in. Our film was shot digitally but the desire was for more of a film look. My director of photography, who did a fanstastic job, built 35mm lens adapters from parts bought on Ebay to attach to our camera. The result of her resourcefulness gave us a gritty film look (which matched the film's tone), along with a nice depth of field. This result also presented a problem where we now have a bunch of little spots and specs in the final picture that got caught between the camera lens and the lens adapter. These spots and specs were almost impossible to see during production but they now appear throughout the film. (Some are more obvious than others.) It wasn't an option for us to constantly remove the lens adapter and clean the camera lens during filming (it took way too long) with our limited budget and shoot time. We just had to do our best. So at the end of it all, the picture needs highly detailed digital cleanup to remove the specs and spots. This digital cleanup will involve hours and hours going frame by frame by someone highly experienced. And unfortunately this does not come cheap. I am refusing to settle and cut corners here because we do have a very good film; it deserves to be in the right hands for this last piece of the process. In some shots from the trailer, you can actually see a few of the lens spots, although they are small in comparison to the rest of the film. We picked the best shots for the trailer to tell the story with the least amount of visual problems. Besides the cost of the work to fix this, there is some audio work to do in the sound design. After we're done cleaning up the actual movie, we have additional costs for printing DVDs, marketing materials, a planned promotional tour and festival run. To step back for a moment and consider all of this, I would not be so insistent on everything if I didn't truly believe we had a legitimate shot of really accomplishing something here. Admittedly, "Bedlam Street" is not a mainstream popcorn flick, but it will have an audience. It's cerebral without being (if I can use a word that's become cliché) "pretentious", although lately, that label seems to be easily thrown at movies requiring any sort of interpretation. Simply put, it's real; it deals with real characters in difficult real life situations. So far, it's shown twice on the big screen at the 2011 Cinema St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase and the 2011 St. Louis International Film Festival. The overall audience response has been very positive. Here is a paraphrased reaction I've heard more than once that relates to our situation: "I loved it. But what was all that stuff on the lens? I couldn't tell if that was the theater screen or not. Then I realized it was in the movie when the spots moved with the camera. Are you guys going to fix that?" (Sigh) Please help! I will be forever grateful.
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- (31 days)