My name is Denis Dobrovoda and I am the writer and director of Apparition, a short film that my collaborators and I are currently working on. It is a story of a man whose flat becomes a pilgrimage site after he discovers a mysterious stain on his bedroom wall, which the local religious community considers to be an apparition of the Virgin Mary. The man, a lonely bank clerk, is confronted with an event he doesn’t understand and a situation which he cannot control.
Why do we think this project is worthwhile?
The main character’s internal conflict between belief and skepticism will allow us to explore the human need for faith and mystery in an increasingly rationalist and scientific century. We would like to tell our story with kindness and humour to engage the viewer and perhaps provide him or her with something to think about. Questions of faith, morality, suffering, and guilt, while often rooted in religious thought, are important issues facing all people. Depicting one man’s struggle when confronted with them, we hope, will resonate with the viewer and invite him or her to engage a centuries’ old dialogue of these themes.
Our crew is a mix of filmmakers in-the-making and young professionals, working for free and in our own time to tell a story we think is worth telling. Despite our youth we already have plenty of filmmaking experience in both student and professional settings and we believe that Apparition could be an important step forward in our careers.
Why do we need your help?
Even though we have worked hard to develop the leanest budget possible, this Kickstarter campaign could make a big difference for our work. Its success would allow us to work at a higher level—by renting better equipment, investing in additional props and more realistic costumes, and marketing the film through additional channels—all of which we believe will result in an even higher quality film.
Therefore, we would like to kindly ask you for a contribution to help us reach our goal. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. And even if you decide not to donate, we would still like to thank you for your interest in our work! All support is welcome—kind words, encouragement or telling your friends about us can also make a big difference. And if you cannot make up your mind, but you find the project interesting, let us know or check out this page for regular updates from the pre-production process!
How will we use the funding?
All the money that we manage to get from this campaign will be used wisely and in an economic way in order to create a more professional and realistic film.
Out of the 750 euros, about 400 euros will go towards the rental of an apartment where the majority of the film will take place. Further 200 euros will be spent on props—mostly the creation of the Apparition itself, but also all kinds of religious objects which the believers will bring to the main character's flat. The remaining 150 euros will cover the costumes—especially the rental of the costumes for all the priests that will appear in the film.
If we manage to get any extra funds we will use it to pay for festival entry fees, which are in some cases substantial.
My interest in filmmaking started around the age of nine, when my classmates and I made a 4 minute action movie about Nazi murderers. All of us played both the police and the suspects, which means that in retrospect the film is quite hard to follow, but it allowed us to maximise the number of deaths that take place in a very limited time frame. My next serious project came in my final year at the University of Oxford, when I directed a no-budget short film that was screened at an Oxford Film Fund event. After graduation I moved to Paris to attend a film directing course at EICAR. While studying at EICAR I won a young talents competition organised by Casual Films, a global film production company based in London. The product of my work with Casual Films was screened at last year’s RAD Awards in London. While at EICAR I also directed Virale, a short film which is currently in postproduction.
My name is Artus Thomas, the happy producer of this project. I started with filmmaking at the age of 16 writing theatre scenes and short scripts for pleasure. I am now finishing my cinema studies in Paris and working in different positions on various films. In the last two years, I managed the production of three short films and I collaborated on a dozen others. This project is another step for me and my collaborators, and seeing it come to life would mean a lot to us.
1st Assistant Director
My name is Jean-Baptiste Moreau and I am the first assistant director of this team. I started to really focus on cinema during my Master at École normale supérieure and I am now finishing my film studies EICAR. In 6 years of practice, I have been a director, assistant director and location manager on many different films.
This project is the climax of my studies throughout the years. Working with my talented friends on such an interesting film is both pleasant and motivating and I believe we can create something remarkable.
Director of Photography
Jean-Thomas Miquelot is a French Cinematographer. Passionat about cinema and images, there is nothing he likes more than creating strong and lasting images, which tell the story through frames and light. He studied cinematography at ESRA in Paris and he has worked professionally since he graduated two years ago.
My name is Andrew Turell, and I am the Assistant Producer, tasked with ensuring a smooth and timely production process. With a lifelong interest in film and varied professional experience, I bring both passion and business acumen to the team.
I have worked as a production assistant on commercial shoots in the United States and have previously worked as a Management Consultant in New York, helping large, financial institutions with their talent and culture strategies. Together, these experiences, have helped me develop the skills needed to provide the organisation and oversight to best facilitate a successful production process.
My name is Noah Vilgrain and I’m a French American student at EICAR. I am the casting director for this film. I believe in the progression of cinema.
22 Tunisian/swiss crazy cat lady studying film directing in Paris. Is passionate about glitter, bad taste and any type of food. Excel witch, she will solve your organisation problems with magic.
My name is Jacqueline and I am an art lover with a passion for production design in films.
Hi, I am Pedro from Rio de Janeiro. I'm living and studying in Paris. I want to represent reality in as many ways as possible.
My name is Marijose Sapiña and I am from Mexico City. I am studying cinema at EICAR. I love watching movies and documentaries, listening and composing music and I consider myself an animal lover and aspiring environmentalist.
Risks and challenges
In completing this film, we face two major challenges and risks. The first is creative in nature. We must assemble a strong creative team, including actors, technicians and creative drivers to realize the full potential of the project. So far, we have had a tremendous amount of success in gathering a group of experienced and talented individuals to contribute to the overall success of the project, but this need is something of which we remain conscious, and we have confidence in our ability to continue to attract the the right collaborators going forward.
Additionally we must ensure the financial backing to facilitate professional quality work. Equipment must be acquired, locations secured, costumes and props purchased, and festival applications submitted. While funds covering over 80% of our total budget are already secured, this fundraising campaign, will play an integral role in securing the funds required to achieve our desired production approach and associated budget.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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