I've been working in documentary film for the past few years, but this is my first opportunity to direct a film that I've written. The short is based on a true story told to me by a friend, and it's one that I think is equal parts hilarious and moving. The whole film takes place in a retirement community where John, a magazine writer, is going to visit Mastow, a complete stranger who is living in the home. I don't want to give away too much, but the reason for John's visit is pretty far from what you'd expect.
The story is about being afraid to get old and learning to age with grace. It's about the ways in which losing people affects us. It's about connecting with people much older or younger than you are. Oh, and it's also a little bit about hallucinogens. At any rate, it's a story I very much believe in.
This is something that I want to do right if I'm going to do it at all. Production value - from cinematography, to design, to score - is very important. I'm lucky to have some incredibly experienced and talented friends and colleagues here in Austin who have agreed to work on the film, so we've got an amazing crew committed to the project (many volunteering their time and expertise).
That brings us to the fundraising part. First and foremost, good equipment is pretty darn expensive to rent. Our camera, for example, shoots a beautifully soft HD picture with tremendous color and depth...and it costs upward of $500/day. You add in lights, dolly, jib arm, sound equipment, and everything stacks up pretty quick. Then there are set costs, crew, and the entire post-production process from editing to color-correction to score.
I feel as though having the crew and story that we do, we're 90% of the way to something really amazing - but that last 10% is as important as anything. With your help, I know we can make a beautiful short film - to play in festivals, online, and possibly end up on iTunes or somewhere similar. For me, personally, I feel like this is a huge step toward doing what I want to do with the rest of my life.
Take a peek at the video for a little more info, and see the set and a few dress rehearsal stills with the actors!
And thank you!!!