Story Summary: Wesley Ray is a former college basketball star who has only ever planned on being in the “League." Injured in his last college game, Wes, now 5 years older, has to choose between his family and the easy way out. Feeling trapped by his family structure and struggling to find work, Wes is met by Joe, a mysterious, happy-go-lucky stranger on a park bench at the zoo. Little does Wes know, his interactions with Joe will forever change his perspective on life.
PRE-PRODUCTION: We have our final script prepared, got everyone on our core team onboard, and our business plan put together. After a few casting decisions and location confirmations we'll be all set to go, but most of those are dependent on the fund raising.
PRODUCTION: We've broken down the script, analyzed each scene and are planning for production to consist of 4 days of shooting, which is scheduled for the first week of August.
POST PRODUCTION: We will begin editing immediately after production, which will be led by our Chief Editor on the visual side and Sound Mixer on the audio side. We are planning to be completely finished with post productions by October for the scheduled World Premiere.
TECHNICAL AND VFX: We plan to use a number of technical tools and advanced Visual Effects to take The Cager to the next level of production value. Some of those tools include a professional track and dolly, a 12 foot crane, and a steadicam that we'll use to give exquisite cinematic motion to our shots. We are also planning to utilize an experienced colorist who will be able to take full advantage of the raw files that our digital cinema cameras capture. This will really help to define the visual style of the film.
Camera: We'll be using the RED Epic Dragon, the newest camera from RED Digital Cinema which has been rated the best image sensor quality to date. In addition, the Dragon captures at 3X the standard cinema image size, which gives us maximum versatility and sharpness in post production. This also allows us to the translate the film to a 4K projection format, which is just now being integrated into theaters across the country.
Editing and Compositing Software: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop , DaVinci Resolve
$10,500 Cast & Crew: Although a significant portion of us are not taking any payment for our time, there are quite a few key positions that we will need to pay. These are the talented professionals who make their living making films. From Line Producer, to 1st AD, Camera assistant, Best Boy, Gaffers, and Script Supervisor are just a few of the positions that we will be paying.
$2,000 Location fees and insurance: We have four locations in our film. Each location plays a critical role in the story. To ensure we have full control and cooperation at each location we will be paying each a location fee. In addition, we will be seeking the proper insurance and coverage for while we are on set.
$7,500 Equipment: Lights, Camera, Grip, Crane, Dolly, just to name a few of the pieces of equipment we’ll be renting. We own some but not everything we need.
$4,000 Art Department: Props, construction, wardrobe, make-up and styling. This is a very artistically driven short. Every scene, shot and frame will be designed in a specific manner to achieve a constant art direction. Our art department will include wardrobe and make-up.
$500 Craft Services: Shoot days are exciting and exhausting since they can run 8-12 hours. We need to provide fuel for these people since many will be donating their time.
$3,500 Post-production: This includes editing, sound design, color grading and original music scores.
$2,000 Marketing Platforms: In order to get the word out, we need to promote our project. We also need to create the posters, incentives, and festival entries.
Risks and challenges
We are more prepared than we've ever been. With some of the most talented and ambitious young professionals in the filmmaking industry of Michigan, we have everything we need to take on this challenge and champion it as a career experience.
Our crew is dedicated, our artistic vision is acute, our business model is polished, our production plan is efficient and flexible.
Our biggest obstacle is fundraising. If we don't raise the amount of our goal, we'll be forced to compromise on the quality of the equipment, the flexibility of the shooting schedule, the acquisition of perfect locations, the detailed art department and we run the risk of selling ourselves short on achieving the ultimate creative goal. The last thing we'd want to do is let that limit the outreach of this powerful story.
But we're adaptable. We are hardened recent college graduates with more back-up plans for this project than for our own lives. We have a team with a strong background in advertising media production and independent feature filmmaking. We have gained more valuable first hand experience in recent years than some get in a decade or more. Now is the chance to create our own challenge and set out on a journey of our own design with the skills we've sharpened for this exact purpose.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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