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A slice of life in the underground world of train hopping. An unlikely pair explores love as they fall in and out of each others lives.
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THE STORY

The Life I Carry is a film about Jeremy and Rose, two people who meet at very different points in their life, while both hopping a train. Somehow they find an immediate connection to begin intertwining their lives together. These characters explore the core of who you are at the base of humanity, in a moment that challenges both. Rose, a runaway, rough around the edges, hasn't let anyone in since she was 15 and began her life on the streets. Jeremy wears his heart on his sleeve, wants to grasp life in his hands and has given up his entire life to do just that; on the streets. He doesn't know what he's doing or if he will last, and then he meets Rose and immediately knows that she is the reason he is there. This is the moment when Jeremy and Rose meet, but in no way when their story truly begins. These characters have those every day human struggles that we see in ourselves and in others but without the privilege to fix them, or even choose them.

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THE FILM

The script is written in a non-linear form which means the film will go back and forth between flashbacks and present day. Telling a story in this form allows the audience to not only learn about these characters and this story in an un-traditional way, but we will see Jeremy and Rose at different points over a period of 3 or 4 years. This will show both physical and emotional changes in each character, that will ultimately lead them to the moment we find ourselves in.

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THE FILMMAKERS

We are Lazy Oscar Productions and we are made up of Megan Grogan- Writer/Producer and Eliyannah Lacey- Director. The two of us met a year ago working on a project in Chicago, and within the first week "The Life I Carry" was underway. It was as if the second we exchanged names, we knew a team had been born. Having both worked in the film industry now for 5-7 years on lots of our own projects, it's not until the two of us as filmmakers met and were instantly on the same page that we both really began seeing excellence starring us in the face. There was a long stage of research before the first draft of the script came to life, and then loads and loads of revisions (as any writer can tell you). All the while spreading the word and beginning to assemble the best and most talented crew here in Chicago to make this everything we dreamed it would be from the very first conversation. So even though this Kickstarter might seem like the first step, this has been long in the works and you are here to ensure it doesn't stop now!!

Megan- Filmmaker in Chicago who has been working in the film and television world for 5 years, and has worked on projects with Disney, NBC, HBO, Lionsgate, Summit, Warner brothers, Universal, ABC and VH1. Including Oscar nominated films and Emmy nominated shows.

Eliyannah- A driven, passionate director who has directed a wide range of projects including short films, commercials, music videos, web-series’ and industrial videos. In addition has also worked on a bevy of movies and television shows for major studios including Sony, Fox and ABC

We (Megan and Eliyannah) want to continue to be a part of the large group of strong women in this industry right now. We are a dynamic team that represents fierce, independent, creative and driven women filmmakers and what they can bring to film. We've seen some incredible work not just from women filmmakers, but women filmmakers here in the Chicago area. We are extremely proud to be a part of that and have our film the next representation of what a great female team can bring!

The entirety of our crew is made up of talented local Chicago filmmakers who are not only passionate about filmmaking but passionate about THIS film. So passionate that they are all doing this for free! (But we will get to that later).

Getting To Know the Director.....

I started acting and doing theatre at the age of 12, but it wasn't until  shortly after my 20th birthday, I was introduced to digital filmmaking and it changed my life. It was everything I hadn’t known I was looking for! My last year and a half of college focused on digital film as I was determined to learn as much as I could. After that, I applied and was accepted into Loyola Marymount University’s graduate film program where I focused on directing & camera technology. I directed throughout school and focused on developing that skill once school was over. I directed everything I could get my hands on in an effort to find my voice & understand how to use it. I became more confident, comfortable & capable of doing what I love: telling stories visually. I worked independently, directing narrative shorts and web-series’, music videos, corporate videos & local commercials for three years before seeking out entry-level work in Hollywood and have continued to study both films & filmmakers while getting an inside view at how the industry works creatively and structurally.

In order to direct a film, you need very few things: a script, a cast, a camera and a crew. In order to direct a film well, however, you need a clear vision and a method to communicate this vision to the creative team around you. Directing is essentially a series of making the “right” choices & being flexible enough to make new choices if and when your previous choices aren’t working. Most importantly, directing a film well requires the ability to listen to the people around you in order to create a collaborative environment wherein the film only benefits from the varied expertise of the creative team. Over time, I have developed, exercised & challenged my leadership and creative muscles in order to grow as a director. The experience & understanding I have accumulated over the years as well as the passion, enthusiasm & commitment I have for my career goals, my creative expression and my upcoming short film, “The Life I Carry” make me not only capable to direct this film but make me the perfect choice.

My style of directing is centered on the strength & honesty of the performance. For me, there is nothing more important than the people involved in the story. Everything else, the cinematography, locations, production design, sound design, props, all those elements work in conjunction to support the characters, their conflicts, actions & choices.

Getting To Know the Writer.....

To me this story represents love and human connection. Here was an environment I had to work with that was unfamiliar to the average person yet a dream in a writer's hand. That environment is train hopping, a world filled with uncertainty, excitement, and always the risk of not eating or freezing to death. These are things that we as an average audience aren't familiar with, yet at the end of the day love still exists in this world and that is in all of us.

In my writing I have always been character focused. Whether it's the one line of dialogue that represents everything the movie stands for, or the silent moment between two characters that says everything they want to be saying. With this script I wanted to find a moment in these characters lives that was raw, and take the moment to show how they got there. I am very connected to Jeremy and Rose, not just because I wrote them but because I connect with them. There is a little bit of both of them in all of us I think, and that is what makes their story so wonderful and hopeful. 

WHY SUPPORT US?

Why Lazy Oscar? Have we worked as a team before? No. But every great team has to start somewhere. Every path is different and this is ours. We have spent years perfecting our crafting from both the sidelines, as players and even as announcers but now we are ready to coach. Players always make the best coaches :)  YOU can help create this dream. This isn't about just believing in this story but in us.

BUDGET

If we have crew that is doing this movie for free then why do we need $7,000 you ask? Well we would love to tell you. In fact it is the bare minimum to make this production happen. Our money will be going to things we cannot get for free such as....

  • Renting equipment (cameras, lights etc.)
  • Insurance 
  • Location rentals
  • Sound package 
  • Costumes, set decoration, props
  • Hard drives to store the footage we film
  • Post production which includes editing, sound mix and final color
  • And of course the most important thing....FOOD TO FEED THE CREW! It's bad enough we have people working for free, we need to feed them!

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges are always something that any project faces. When it comes to making a low budget film the two biggest challenges are overall logistics and quality. Trying to plan schedules, locations, people, equipment can all be a challenge. No matter how well planned or mapped things will always change, but our years of experience has helped us know how to be prepared for that and know how to take that risk and make it non-existent. We are also attempting to make a film that has the quality of triple the budget, but that is where passion for this film comes in. With everyone working so hard to turn our small budget into triple it's price, we are guarenteed to make this film better than ever imagined.

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