UPDATE (4/26/13 @ 8:30pm): After investigating the Steadicam idea a bit more and getting a better understanding of the true complexity of the beast, we've decided that renting one would be more trouble than it's worth. If you only have 48 hours, you can't spend a single minute mucking around and trying to figure out how to make a piece of gear work, no matter how great the potential results could be. Those who have helped us reach our stretch goal of $1000 (and by the way, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOU GUYS ARE UNREAL) can rest assured that every penny raised is going into the production. We're now renting a macro lens, a rail system with follow focus and a handheld rig. Any leftover stretch goal money is going to go back into the budget for props, costumes and craft services.
UPDATE (4/5/13 @ 11:00pm): $1000 stretch goal added to rent a Laing M-02 Steadicam system. See 4/26/13 update, above.
Two Proof Films (a collective of a dozen or so creative friends living in and around Sterling, VA) will be entering the Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project. It's an annual contest that challenges area filmmakers to craft a short film 4-7 minutes long from scratch in the span of 48 hours. This results in an intense, creative weekend that leaves us all feeling exhausted and incredibly fulfilled at the same time.
2013 marks our third entry into the competition. Our 2011 film was chosen by the judges to be one of 26 films (out of the 106 entries that year) shown a second time as part of their "Best of DC" screening. In 2012, a seemingly innocuous special effect we used ended up taking a lot of our post-production time that should have been used differently, though we were still proud of our final product.
In the time since last May's contest, we've upgraded our gear (which may help our film appear more film-like), and we've practiced and honed our skills by making movies - including two "Baltimore vs. Washington" comedy shorts (Part 1 and Part 2) that have combined for over 127,000 views on YouTube under the Revolution Reels name (another production company that uses Two Proof production personnel).
Our goal for this Kickstarter campaign is mostly to get our family, friends and maybe even some charitable strangers involved in this gloriously manic process. We've tried to devise rewards to make our contributors feel connected as they become a part of our team. From mentions in the credits to signed copies of the screenplay, free tickets to sit with us at our screening, the opportunity to help name a character in the movie or even a VIP executive producer package with a bundle of associated perks. Kickstarter also allows us a secure method to keep our contributors in the know about how things are going with the contest. We fully plan on posting regular updates with pictures and videos to keep our backers connected with the process.
Now, that is not to say that we can't use the money. If we are fortunate enough to reach our $350 funding goal, 40% would go toward paying the entry fee and 8% would go toward the purchase of the high-speed, high-capacity flash drive that we'll use to submit our film. Everything else will go toward purchasing props, costume elements and, perhaps most importantly: CRAFT SERVICES. While the contest rules prohibit us from paying cast- and crew-members, we are allowed to feed them well.
The contest will begin at 7pm on May 3rd - exactly three days after this Kickstarter campaign ends. Come join us for an unforgettable, wild ride!
Risks and challenges
The fact that the weekend for making this movie has been predetermined (May 3-5) means that if a member of our cast or crew is suddenly and unexpectedly unavailable, the rest of the team has to soldier on - we can't just reschedule. Thankfully, the skills of our team members overlap sufficiently that someone can and will step up to fill any void.
Filmmaking gear can fail. We've tried to mitigate this risk by having dedicated backup devices on hand at all times - an extra A-level camera, a backup field audio recorder, extra mics, a redundant flash drive and so on. Here's one where our experience serves us well.
Of course, there is always the unexpected. As we move from one location to another during production, our lead actor's car might break down. Given the experience I've had with this team in this contest, I am convinced that we are a resourceful bunch that we would be able to rewrite our way around whatever may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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