After a man loses his wife and baby daughter in a tragic accident, his spiral into life-crushing grief brings him face-to-face with the memory of his family. Will they be able to reignite his will to live, or will he continue to stumble through his existence?
About the Film:
I'm Ian, and I'm an award-winning actor/filmmaker in LA. This film is a really intimate look into one man's life after losing everything that matters to him. Imagine that you found your soul-mate; imagine you two felt like Romeo and Juliet (before the stabbing) - that there was nothing else in the world but you; imagine you had a baby girl and you filled her with every hope and dream a parent ever has for his daughter. Now imagine that in an instant, all that was taken away from you. How would you survive? How would you rebuild? How could you ever move on?
Are you depressed yet? I am. But that's why this story is so important, because somewhere in the world this person may exist, and storytelling, ever since Man sat around a fire in a cave, has helped us cope with what we never want to experience. By bringing this film to life, it could help someone dealing with loss overcome their grief (Pollyanna much? I know, I know.)
About the Money:
The total budget for this project is $3,500, and I am putting up my own money, but I just don't have enough. And the more money we can raise, the better this project will be. This is a powerful story that needs to be told, but it can only happen with your support. In order to make this film a reality and to do it properly, I'm going to need more than an iPhone and a desk lamp. I'm going to need:
1. a Director - to tell me when to act and when to stop.
2. a Director of Photography - to make sure the camera is pointed at me.
3. a Camera Operator - to hit the record button.
4. a Sound Person - silent movies are so 2011.
5. a Lighting Technician - this film won't be that dark.
6. a Makeup Artist - no, not just for my vanity.
7. Food - not negotiable with a film crew.
Each of the skilled, future Oscar winners that will be working on this film need to pay their rent. I, however, will be working for free (don't tell SAG, they don't know...and you know how union bosses get).
Bottom line, expenses add up quickly, and on top of all that there are Kickstarter and credit card processing fees (10%), taxes (who knows what fresh delights my dear Uncle Sam has in store for us this fiscal year), and the cost of making and delivering the amazing perks for donating.
About Film Festivals:
It's worth mentioning that I intend to take this film around the country, and hopefully internationally, to film festivals. Each festival requires an entry fee of about $40 and could bring press and prestige to the film. Any funds raised in excess of the goal amount will be used for these entry fees. The better and bigger festivals I can get this film into, the better and bigger the prestige for you for being part of it!
About the Perks:
The biggest perk you get for being a part of this incredible project is that you're helping create something of substance, a piece of art that has the potential of moving people and making them think differently about their lives. Bubble gum entertainment is great, don't get me wrong, but there's a new Kardashian everyday for that.
I've designed these perks so that there's something for everyone. Live on your phone? Check. Love to put art on your wall? Check. Bibliophile? Check. Does this story touch you because you've lost someone and would like to honor their life? Whatever moves you, there's something that should reflect your style so you can have something that connects you personally to this project.
I've also worked hard at setting the donation levels low enough that you can donate at a couple levels and get the things you really want, not just a bunch of stuff you'll just throw away and feel like your donation was wasted.
Risks and challenges
As with any project there are unforeseeable...blah, blah, blah.
Honestly, there are challenges, but the one thing that I've learned after doing over ten similar projects is that preparation is key. Prepare, prepare, then over-prepare.
I have worked with some really great crafts(wo)men over the years, and they are busy working professionals. Scheduling conflicts may arise, but on a two-day short, this risk is mitigated.
As with everything in life, things end up taking longer than we want. I've built in some buffer-time for the delivery of your perks in anticipation of this. But one good thing about joining me on this venture is that now we're part of a community of accountability, so no matter the challenge I'll have to continue to work for you to make this the most successful project it can be.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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