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Bishen SenBy Bishen Sen
First created
Bishen SenBy Bishen Sen
First created
$547
pledged of $3,850pledged of $3,850 goal
26
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 29 2014

About

STORY

Aprille is in a relationship with a married woman, Desirae, who is reluctant to give up her broken marriage because of the uncertainty the choice will entail. The short film is a snapshot of a moment in their relationship when Aprille finally decides to confront Desirae regarding the future of their affair. She makes up her mind to give up a fellowship to be with the woman she loves.

FILMING 

Filming took place in Waddy and Lawrenceburg, KY, in late June. With a talented crew and amazing locations, it was an incredibly experience for the entire team. We had the chance to use a canoe in a pond as a dolly for the opening shot of the film and to shoot a car sequence in some of the most beautiful rural roads we have ever seen.  

WHY KICKSTARTER?

WHAT WE NEED Post-Production is an intricate process. Imagine writing a novel and then editing it but not having the papers or the means to print it. That's what will most likely happen to this film if we don't secure the funds to finish post-production: color, sound editing, and music, and are not able to send it out to numerous film festivals! The rough cut of the film has already been accepted to Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival to be held in Florida in mid-October 2014. But having good sound and a polished product are crucial to a film's playability and success. 

This is the breakdown of how we will be using the funds if the project is successful:  

  • Color Grading $750
  • Music $750 
  • ADR and Sound Editing $1,000 
  • Festival Submission Fees $1,000 
  • Kickstarter/Credit Processing (approx.10%) $350

Michael Christophersson, a colorist based in Iceland, will be doing the grade for Aprille/Desirae. Here's his 2014 Color/Visual Effects Reel:

DIRECTOR'S TAKE The biggest challenge so far has been fund-raising. Many people were not receptive to the idea of a straight man from Asia making a film about two lesbians in the American South. Some were concerned that as it's a break up story it will show the place and the people in negative light while others were simply morally opposed to the story. For example, one of the initial donors to the project, a president of a liberal arts college, asked not to be acknowledged in the credits because he was concerned that the story will not resonate well with the college community though he personally liked it a lot. On the bright side, we were able to raise a large chunk of our production budget via crowd-funding (on IndieGoGo) and certainly do hope that the KICKSTARTER community will also help us finish this project!

MORE ABOUT THE FILM Aprille/Desirae is really a minimalist film about fleeting moments that when sewn together create a compelling story. When I recently showed a rough cut of the film to one of our Executive Producers, Ray Arthur Wang, he felt the film was about "those little deaths in our lives that determine the microscopic yet vital turns that we take." We tried to capture the essence of a difficult conversation between two women at the crossroads of their relationship. I was certainly fortunate to have the full support of two talented actresses - Sheena and Crystal - and an amazing crew led by NY based cinematographer Donavon de Cesare. Also, this film would not have been possible without our producer Vin Morreale. 

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CAST

Crystal  Arnette (L) is a New York based actress who has acted in numerous independent films and theater productions. Sheena Colette (R) is a Florida based actor known for acting in such films as One Last Time and Walt Before Mickey among numerous other independent films and TV shows. 

KEY CREW

Director Bishen Sen (L) and Cinematographer Donavon de Cesare (R)
Director Bishen Sen (L) and Cinematographer Donavon de Cesare (R)
  • Writer/Director Bishen Sen
  • Cinematographer Donavon de Cesare
  • Executive Producers Nahian Haque  Ray Arthur Wang  Jan Miller Corran  Michael Maguire
  • Producer Vin Morreale, Jr. 
  • Composer Dave Anson
  • Location Manager Robert Warren Myles
  • Assistant Director Spencer Young

For a complete list of cast and crew check out our IMDB page

Risks and challenges

As with most independent film projects, the biggest obstacle to finishing a project is the funding. We have been fortunate enough to have raised half of our production budget via crowd-funding ($9,250 in IndieGoGo), and been able to wrap up editing and most post-work in about two months.

We do not anticipate any major challenges in fulfilling the pledges on Kickstarter as the film is already almost finished and now it's only a matter of really polishing it up and then sending it out to as wide of an audience as finances would allow!

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