About this project
Video Update #1: VARMiNT Introduction & Inspiration
Video Update #2: Location Scout, Sonoma, CA
We're making a short film and we need your HELP!
VARMiNT is live-action short film that would be best classified as a dark comedy, some might say morbid, but we think those people are just being negative.
VARMiNT follows a filthy and scarred feral child, who survives by scavenging food from farms. The only things he's got to his name are a pair of tighty-whitey underpants worn backwards and a baby blanket (which scarcely resembles a blanket anymore in its condition). After being hunted like an animal by two not particularly domesticated farm boys, the VARMiNT escapes to a family’s farm where he becomes enamored with driving a tractor and all of the troubles, which follow.
"What is a Varmint,” you might ask? Well, Varmints are abandoned and orphaned children left to survive on their own, feral children, ostensive.
Historically, children haven't had much success living in the wild without adult’s protection and loving care. But, in recent years and largely attributed to relaxed FDA regulations on preservatives in baby formulas, there has been an alarming increase in the survival rate of these most unfortunate youngsters. In fact, it has become a public health concern.
Legislation has bounce back and forth on this controversial issue of just what to do with Varmints, and with good reason…Varmints can be destructive and even dangerous! They're known carriers of disease including Cyclosporititus, for which there is still no known cure. It is a decision with difficulty of the highest order. There are those of us in the international community who see this unfortunate situation as a tragedy, and those of us making this film that see this as a comedy, albeit dark comedy. And for this reason, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please help spread the word before this infestation gets out of control!
Help Us/Help Yourselves/Help You
VARMiNT will be shot on premium HD cameras with premium lenses (Sony F35 w/ newly released Leica Summilux-C lenses, for the camera geeks) courtesy of BandPro Film & Digital Inc. and shot on location at a beautiful vineyard in Sonoma, CA thanks to our kind friends at Scribe Winery (we highly recommend you try their wine sometime!) You can count on this to be a beautiful film!
Principle photography is scheduled to begin in late August and with your support we should be able to complete the film by December, “it’s our next Christmas picture!”
While we have secured the majority of our budget, we need to raise additional funds. And that's where you come in! We’re reaching out to the wonderful Kickstarter community for donations to help us pay for things we haven’t been able to get donated like: lighting & grip equipment rental, sound equipment rental, insurance, permits and fees, safety experts, stunt coordinator, studio teachers, travel expenses, lodging for our cast/crew, craft services (food so our lovely crew doesn't mutiny) and the list goes on and on and on...
Our team prides itself on making the most of its resources and every dollar that's given will show up on the silver screen. We can promise you that!
Personally, we are financially invested in the project and have already received great support from successful industry professionals willing to donate their time, effort, knowledge and equipment!
Please help, become an honorary Varmint today by donating to this project and helping us make our dream film a reality!
VARMiNT Location Scout: Scribe Winery, Sonoma, CA - Photos taken by our talented DP, Mr. Randy Wedick
VARMiNT Shooting Location: Scribe Winery, Sonoma, CA
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