For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Chandler Ryd, and I’m a writer and filmmaker from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am so excited to share with you guys my plans for my upcoming short film, titled “Into the Plains.”
"Into the Plains" tells the story of Anna, a mother grieving the loss of a child. Anna is a small-town journalist in Grand Junction, CO. Overwhelmed and despairing, Anna one night leaves her husband, escaping away from their home, driving through the mountain highways, going farther eastward down into the plains. Much of the film takes place on the road, with Anna lost inside herself until she meets a helpful stranger along the way. The film will be roughly fifteen minutes long.
The film arose out of this idea: Despair causes us to curl inward, grow numb, and indulge our sadness, but what if we take that to its conclusion? What happens when we literally go down that road? We don’t actually get anywhere. Anna must get beyond herself.
Watch Ep. 1 of my production vlog to hear more about my inspiration for the film:
The film takes a dive into some deep questions about selfishness, love, and home, and I already have a wonderful cast of actors who are ready to wrestle with those questions.
Maggie Alexander (left) from New York City will play the lead, Anna.
Shane Paul Walker (center) from Colorado Springs will play Jeremy, Anna's husband.
And Brad Lund (right) will play Jeff, the stranger Anna meets along the way.
In addition to having a full cast, I also have a composer, Jonathan Edelblut, who has done great work for me in the past. I'm so excited to work with him again.
Pre-production: August 2017-December 2017
Shooting: January 5-8, 2018
Post-production: January 9-March 11, 2018
Release Date (for Kickstarter backers): March 11
Here's how the budget breaks down:
Kickstarter fees and rewards: $300
As I mention in my video, this film is going to happen regardless of whether or not this Kickstarter succeeds or fails. So far, my actors and composer are so excited about the project, they have agreed to work without pay if the fundraising falls through. But I don't want it to come to that.
This money will also help me to find a talented crew who can add value and meaning to the project that I might not find otherwise. In short, by backing this project, you are giving a gift to my generous actors and composer, raising the quality of the finished product, supporting my art, and most of all, helping me make a great film.
Every contribution helps, and I'd love to have your support! If you aren't able to back the project but would like to support the film, please consider sharing this Kickstarter page with your friends on social media. It will go a long way in helping this film to find an audience.
You can check out my website at http://chandlerryd.com to see more of my work and to follow along with updates for the film.
Writer and Director
Risks and challenges
Directing is problem solving. In every film shoot I have worked on, things large and small go wrong. One time, one of my actors accidentally got a golf-cart stuck on a cable, tearing off a chunk of the roof. I laughed. It was absurd. Then, I calmly told him that it was an accident and that we would fix it. And we did. That golf cart got a new roof, and in the end, the video was excellent.
I have no idea what will go wrong while shooting this film. Most of the time, it's that the light doesn't work with what I planned, or a location falls through, or someone takes a wrong turn on the way to set. On this film, our mistakes will likely not be as dramatic as the incident with the golf-cart, but they could be. I will calmly handle the situation and do what is right. There are risks involved with shooting any film, but I have always finished with a good product.
The same will happen here.
- (16 days)