TRAPPED, WITH LIMITED COMMUNICATION...
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
You wake up to find yourself pinned in an upside-down car in the middle of nowhere. Other than your unconscious boyfriend, not a soul is around. Your damaged cell phone can't dial emergency numbers. You finally reach a stranger who's willing to help...provided you just answer a few questions. Personal questions. Questions that pry away at a dark, little secret you would never want exposed.
The more you avoid answering the questions, the longer you'll be without food and water, fighting off threats of the surrounding wilderness, all while hanging upside-down. How long can a person survive while hanging upside-down? As Casey informs Nicole, "The truth is, NO ONE KNOWS HOW LONG A HUMAN CAN BE UPSIDE-DOWN BEFORE THEY DIE..."
And, oh yeah... There's that nagging little fire building under the car. THE STAKES COULD NOT BE ANY HIGHER.
Flipped is a highly-unique, psychological thriller that touches on the timely issue of domestic abuse, which we learn as lead character, Nicole Diamond, a famous model, is forced to divulge deep, dark secrets she fights to keep bottled up.
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Stella Maeve ("Nicole Diamond")
Stella is currently a co-star on CBS's "Golden Boy," playing the role of Agnes Clark. Her other television credits include "Grey's Anatomy," "House M.D.," "Bones," "Ghost Town," "Gossip Girl," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: CI," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Her film credits include "The Runaways," "Brooklyn's Finest," "Transamerica," and several independent productions. She recently landed her first lead role in the television pilot "Company Town" for the CW Network. Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood issue labeled Stella one of the 55 faces of the future, and justjaredjr.com referred to her as "the girl to watch." This is Stella's first lead role in a feature film.
Michael Madsen ("Casey")
Michael Madsen's incredibly impressive film resume includes "Reservoir Dogs," "Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2," "Donnie Brasco," "Thelma & Louise," "Die Another Day," "Sin City," "War Games" and his television credits include "24," "CSI: Miami," "Blue Bloods," "The Mob Doctor," "Golden Boy" (coincidentally as Stella Maeve's character's father), and a long list of others.
Evan Taubenfeld ("Scotty Dee")
Following appearances in various television shows ("All That," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," "Props," "Private," "The MTV Music Awards"), Evan makes his feature-film debut in Flipped. He was also the Executive Music Director for the MTV show, "Kaya," and has worked in numerous capacities with Avril Lavigne (as her guitarist, co-writer, and opening act).
Flipped is Stella Maeve's first lead in a feature film. Michael Madsen plays a role unlike any he's done before, and this is Evan Taubenfeld's feature film debut. This is also perhaps the first movie in Hollywood history where the actors were literally upside-down for the majority of its feature-length duration, (that is, until things really flip out).
Filming could be done for only a half-hour at a time, though some stretches lasted up to 40 minutes. Towards the end of the day, that time span shrunk to 20 minutes, which included loading and unloading time. Few directors would take on such a risky venture, but far more impressive are the actors who took on this challenge... Getting strapped into a car, delivering lines and performing action while becoming increasingly disoriented, all while uncomfortably dangling upside-down.
This film also delves into the timely subject of domestic abuse - a topic frequently avoided or brushed over. (The subject of domestic abuse is very serious - A portion of this film's proceeds will go to abuse shelters.)
Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform, enabling people worldwide to aid in the initiatives of filmmakers, artists, musicians, inventors, etc., through financial pledges, without typical financier strings attached. Contributors choose amounts to pledge (right side of page) and pledges are matched with rewards. However, if a project's financial goal is not met by its deadline, no monies change hands, the funds are not raised, and those projects may not see the light of day.
Flipped is seeking $50,000 to cover the cost of post-production, which is a relatively small sum of money for a typical movie. The reasons for this Kickstarter campaign are twofold: 1) To acquire more funds than were budgeted to boost the quality of the film beyond what was originally planned, and 2) To raise awareness of the film, allowing people around the world to interactively be a part of its making, completion, and overall story.
The following items are part of post-production:
- Music composition: This is also known as the "score" of a movie, or "mood music." We're seeking a seasoned, top-notch composer. Actually, there's one particular person we have in mind... Find your way into the behind-the-scenes section of the flipped-film.com web site for more insight
- Soundtrack: This is the other music in a movie - actual songs. There are two original songs in Flipped: "Chandelier" by Louis Dettor (recorded by the band "Chipper Fellow") and "You Make Me Wanna" by G-Man. Both songs have been recorded, but both need to be mixed. There's an interesting history behind each song... Get into the behind-the-scenes section of the flipped-film.com web site for a surprise to see who's rocking out in the band, Chipper Fellow
- Foley: This is the stuff of movie magic, related to sound. The best example is footsteps: Rarely is the sound of footsteps picked up during filming, so it's added later by "foley artists." Most of the foley on Flipped has been completed, with only some remaining. Why on earth would veteran foley artist Cynthia Leigh Heim ("Sense and Sensibility," "Ransom") drop Pop Rocks into a cup of water and hold it up to a mic? Go behind the scenes to find out...
- Visual Effects: Another form of movie magic, related to visuals. The visual effects in Flipped aren't to distract the audience from a lack of story, but rather to enhance the strong story that's already there. Behind-the-scenes spiel, flipped-film.com, blah, blah, blah
- Sound Effects: Yep. But only to enhance the story
- Sound Mixing: This is where all sound elements (dialog, foley, music, sound effects) are balanced out together, and put into both stereo and Dolby 5.1 format. It's a tedious, lengthy and expensive process (actually, this statement applies to all of these items)...
- Color Correction: If we had paid the sun more money, or maybe if it was a bit older, perhaps it would've been less restless and stayed in one spot. However, this is an indie film, so... As the (outside) light changes throughout the day, the colors picked up by the cameras change, too, and therefore, they must be brought back into harmony as part of post-production
Items beyond post-production are:
- One scene to be (re)shot. One of the scenes that was already shot did not work for various reasons. But this can work to your advantage, because you can be in this scene by grabbing one of the few spots in the "Berserk" tier! If you give us your measurements, we'll put you in costume! Be a part of moviemaking magic and have an experience you'll never soon forget! And if you do, it'll be on film to remind you!
- Promotion: This is a necessity for film festivals and/or filling seats in theaters
If we don't reach our Kickstarter goal of $50,000, writer/director/producer/executive producer Harris Demel will crawl into a dark corner and weep for days on end, regretting his decision to break away from all the comforts and securities of the corporate world to create a work of art. The field of art itself, will take a day to weep, but it will carry on, as it always does. Wow. That was depressing.
However, speaking on behalf of writer/director/etc. Harris Demel, who isn't the one writing this stuff himself, I assure you, um, Harris has faith in the power of individuals across the globe - people like you - coming together to empower those of us who are outside the system... The misfits... The ones who veer away from the sequels, the prequels, and the clichéd remakes, to create something truly original, with actual substance, giving people something worthwhile to ponder and discuss.
And I mean that sincerely.
Risks and challenges
There are risks with any film, however... This one has MANY, MANY MORE! But the good news is, we're done with the tough stuff. All scenes with actors in an upside-down car have been shot (and they came out great). Without giving away too many details of the story, the scene remaining to be shot will be easy by comparison. And the post-production work remaining will be done in controlled environments by professionals. Now, HOW professional they are all depends on whether this project is fully funded or not. For example, I'm really hoping we can avoid using the two-inch plastic toy for the scene where the dinosaur shows up...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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