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Set in Chinatown, "Earthworms" follows the perspective of a 1st generation Chinese-American child after a tragedy shakes the community. Read more

Boston, MA Film & Video
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Set in Chinatown, "Earthworms" follows the perspective of a 1st generation Chinese-American child after a tragedy shakes the community.

Boston, MA Film & Video
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Facebook Fan Page: A Rainy Day for Earthworms

Twitter Feed: @Earthwormsmovie

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Synopsis: Set in Chinatown, A RAINY DAY FOR EARTHWORMS follows the perspective of a 1st generation Chinese-American child after a tragedy shakes the community.

Statement from the Director: Hey everybody - First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to check out A RAINY DAY FOR EARTHWORMS. Up until now, our experience has consisted of shorts, music videos, and mock trailers, so the entire crew and I are extremely humbled by your support for our very first feature length film. It’s been a long journey, but the making of “Earthworms” has been an amazing experience and we hope you’ll enjoy the show.

- Gary Mei

What are we doing?

We’re raising funds to complete A RAINY DAY FOR EARTHWORMS, which sits at roughly 60% completion at the launch of this Kickstarter page. 

When will the film be completed?

“Earthworms” began principal photography in July of 2010, and was suspended in November due to seasonal changes. We plan to resume shooting in late April of this year, with a final cut prepared for festival submission by September 2011. 

What are your plans for the film?

The goal is to enter the 2011 film festival circuit by submitting “Earthworms” to festivals big and small, far and wide. To avoid jinxing the whole thing, we won’t mention any names, but yes, all the major ones.

We’re also hoping to target the film for distribution. If backing is unsuccessful, we’ll do it ourselves and publish “Earthworms” via online/DVD, so that’s it available for everyone and anyone. 

How were you able to produce the first 60% of the film?

Double shifts at work, credit cards, donations, and the hard work and good will of friends and family.

It also helps that we shoot on digital, a godsend to indie filmmakers everywhere. I've always found it helpful when filmmakers disclose the equipment used to make the film. For the look and feel of "Earthworms", we’ve assembled the following:

Panasonic AG-HVX200 SGpro Rev. 3 (35mm adapter) w/ 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 80mm Nikon prime lenses Oktava MK012 Hypercardiod microphone Rode NTG1 Shotgun microphone

The resulting look is the digital equivalent of Super 16mm film - providing a personal, lo-fi aesthetic that’s as every bit as crucial as the storytelling.

Our baby. A lot of the shots in the film are handheld, so to customize this eighteen pound rig, we’ve sacrificed Dennis’s beloved Dahon bicycle.
Add in an old Sony portable DVD player to replace the rinky-dink stock LCD, and we’ve got a set-up comparable to HD camera monitor for a fraction of the price. Because it was pink, we got it for a great price. 

How will my donations be allocated for the remaining 40%? 

The making of a feature length film consumes both time and resources. The entire cast and crew is comprised of volunteers, and we’ve been fortunate enough to negotiate the locations -- so production expenses are unglamorous for the most part: transportation, supplies, last minute props, and accommodations for the kids we work with. With at least 20 more shooting days, every penny counts. It’s even rougher since we’re all full-time students with little to no income.

The bulk of the donations though, will go towards post-production work such as editing, color correction, sound design, music rights, marketing, and the costs of entering “Earthworms” into the festival circuit. 

And lastly... Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to learn more about our project. Please help us finish the film and last but not least, don’t forget to donate! :D 

*Note: The first 10 backers will receive a signed print of a promotional photograph! Notifications will be sent via email. Thanks, everyone!

Contact: gary.meijiali@gmail.com

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    A special thanks, and an exclusive access to a "Sneak Preview" clip.

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    Everything above plus a series of digital photographs for exclusive download, and a special thanks in the film's credits.

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    Everything above plus a pre-order for a signed DVD and poster of A RAINY DAY FOR EARTHWORMS.

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    Everything above plus an expanded collector's edition DVD of A RAINY DAY FOR EARTHWORMS and personalized thank-you video from the cast & crew.

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    Everything above plus your very own short film, made with the help of Earthworms' crew -- writing and directing will be credited to the donator(s). 8 minute limit on the length, with production window for this offer beginning November 2011.

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    Everything above, including the short film production, plus the title of Associate Producer, behind the scenes access on set, and a gift from the cast & crew.

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Funding period

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