Logline: After getting laid off from his 9-5 corporate job, a regimented young man joins his best friend's startup and is forced to rediscover who he is through the personal and professional turmoil of being an entrepreneur.
The story is about 4 people who become friends and business partners in the Austin startup scene. It is based off of a lot my own personal experience as I navigated my way through Austin's unique startup culture. I am constantly amazed by the tenacity and courage that many entrepreneurs have in order to face the sometimes harsh, ephemeral landscape of the startup world, a world where opportunities seem to come as quickly as they go.
Using the growing Austin scene as a backdrop, Funemployment sheds light on the good and bad times that come with being a part of a startup.
1. Showcases Startup Culture
For anyone who has attempted to start their own company or has a friend who has, Funemployment touches upon the trials and tribulations of becoming an entrepreneur.
2. Teaches People What it Means to Take a Chance
In the end, this film hopes to inspire people to take a risk in something they believe in.
3. People Love Austin
Austin is very much a character in this movie. Considering that Austin is now on Forbes magazine's top growing cities in the United States, it is a place that many people are watching.
4. Tells a compelling story
Like many filmmakers out there, it has been a dream of mine for almost my entire life to make my first feature film. I used to think about this moment as a kid, pretending to recreate sword fights in the basement with my friends. I recall making my first film, a commercial about why people should read science fiction novels, with my dad's old VHS camera.
Seeing Funemployment come to life has been a surreal experience.
This particular film is extremely important to me because of the theme it embodies: take a chance in what you believe in. 5 years ago, I left my corporate job in order to pursue my passion for filmmaking and I have never looked back since. This film honors the journey I took to get to where I am now, running my own production company, Moth to Flame doing what I love to do, having the privilege to produce/direct this film and work with an incredible team of dedicated people.
So many people have donated their time to seeing the film through the production process. It would be a significant let down to the entire team of 60 plus cast and crew members if this film could not be completed due to the lack of funding.
Currently, we have managed to film the majority of the project using the money I have saved up for the past few years ($5,000). The money has gone to feeding crew and securing equipment. No crew or cast member has been paid yet. The hope is that any remainder from the Kickstarter (after the film is completed) will go to the cast & crew for all their hard work.
The majority of the film has relied on the kindness of local businesses, talent, crew, friends, and family, who have donated their time, locations, and other supplies.
Unfortunately, the most expensive work comes in the post production process. In order to finish this film, we really need your help. In fact, we pretty much will not be able to complete the film without funding. Below is a list of ways in which your funding will help with:
- Sound/ADR (automated dialogue replacement) - $15,000+
- Original scoring/Music Licensing - $10,000+
- Film coloring - $5,000+
- Animation - $5,000+
- Film marketing and festival submission fees - $2,000+
- Remaining amount, used to pay the cast & crew
This obviously adds up to more than our target goal. $25,000 is the bare minimum to finish the film. We calculated that if we raise at least our goal we will try to make up the rest through other avenues.
We really need your help! Learn more!
We are very committed to finishing this film. If you want to know more about the film, please visit: http://areyoufunemployed.com to download the Interactive Funemployment press kit, which contains behind the scenes still photos, interviews, and Cast & Crew IMDB pages and biographies. To highlight a few folks since we have a 30+ cast, here are a few key members.
About 90% of the cast and crew are from Austin, Texas. 10% are within Texas, from Midland, San Antonio, and San Marcos. We tried to keep the crew local in order to save money and to fit our loose schedule, which had to rely on everyone's flexibility due to donated equipment and locations. Two of our actors have since moved to Los Angeles, California.
SHAYLA BAGIR (Kelsey) - is an actress and producer. She has been involved with several commercials, shorts, and features and has won numerous awards for her acting talents.
DUNTE HECTOR (Tre) - is a full-time health and fitness trainer/entrepreneur. This is his first acting experience, but he has since Funemployment acted in other projects. He travels and trains people nationally.
ALEX DOBRENKO (Phil) - is an actor who recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time. He has appeared in multiple shorts, commercials, and features. His recent short "Arlo & Julie" will be shown in the 2014 SXSW showcase. The short "Hell No" went viral online.
Please please please help us out, whether by donating or simply sharing the project with your social network. We really appreciate the time you have taken to read about our project and support this life long dream.
Christine, Jonny, Alex, and Will have all directed, filmed, and pretty much done every single job there is to do to complete a film project. All of us have been a part of multiple music videos, shorts, features, and commercials. We are united by our love for making movies. Though Jonny was the lead Director of Photography on the project, due to the low-budget nature of the film, Alex and Will were brought on in order to finish film production in a timely matter. Basically, we worked around our regular full-time work schedules (filming commercials and other projects) and volunteered whatever free time we had to Funemployment. This meant juggling a lot of scheduling to get this passion project finished.
To thank you all, here are images of a few of the prizes we are offering!
Watch the Trailer Again!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk in completing this project comes in the post-production process. Without the proper backing, it will be nearly impossible to have a final product that will possess the quality necessary to qualify for film festivals.
We are confident you don't want to see a beautiful film with super crappy sound and stock music.
The only set back we anticipate is literally not having the money to finish the post-production process. Below is a detailed calculation in regards to where money will be spent moving forward.
ADR/Foley - The film will take a total of 300 hours minimum in order to finish the ADR process. Due to a limited budget, we were not able to shut down restaurants and film in controlled sound environments. Most of the sound will have to be replaced. This is an extremely conservative estimate given that our trailer took a total of 20 hours to complete and it is only 2.5 minutes long. ($15,000 at least)
Original Soundtrack - All of the music will be scored and this requires more studio time, payments to the musicians, and more. ($10,000 at least)
Colorist - To get that film look, the entire film will have to go through an intensive coloring process. This requires some software (DaVinci) that only a professional colorist will have (It's like $2,000 just to own it. Unfortunately I do not have it.) $5,000 at least
TOTAL MINIMUM: $25,000.
As you can see, we really really need your help. Pretty much what stands between us and a finished film and a possibility of winning a bunch of film awards is money. You guys can make a big difference in our careers and dreams.
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