About this project
IT'S IN THE CAN
This is not one of those Kickstarter campaigns where we ask you to help us raise money to "make" a movie. We're now in the post-production process and need your help to cover some new expenses and complete the film. Your generous donation will help us pay for audio synching, visual effects, sound design and mixing, color correction, and printing DVD and Blu-ray discs. We’ll also be submitting FALLEN to at least 25 film festivals across the US and around the world.
We only have 30 days to reach our goal of $10,000 and every pledge will help to get us there. Check out our pledge amounts and rewards to the right, and read on for more about the making of FALLEN.
A LONG TIME COMING
Fourteen years ago, as John-Patrick was finishing up his senior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Don Swanson came up to him and said, "One day, I'm going to know how to make a movie, and I want you to play a part in it." JP smiled and said, "OK, call me when that happens."
Five years ago Don called JP and said, "Let's do it." Schedules and timing finally worked out and in February of 2012, with the help of an all-volunteer cast and crew, we shot FALLEN in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.
It’s amazing what can be accomplished on very little sleep and a shoestring budget. We are humbled by everyone who came together to make this happen, and now we want their efforts to be shared with the world.
This was a family affair. Don’s wife Megan and their two kids left home for a week so we would have a base of operations. Megan's family donated all of the land the film was shot on. Don’s dad, Papa Swanson, stayed up and held a reflector for 22 hours. Don's mother and JP cooked all of the meals for the group.
Our volunteer crew included tireless Indiana University of Pennsylvania interns Andy, Josie, Lock, and Cory and IUP alumna and makeup genius Kelly McFadden. And then there was John Blake, one of the toughest, strongest men we've ever met who was an amazing stunt driver.
Elsa Carette, Dustin Helton, and Allen Daniel flew in from New York, Indianapolis, and Atlanta. Kari Nicolle is coming in at the last moment to film a crucial scene that will complete our story. In post-production, we’ll be adding an original score by Justin Ellington and songs by recording artist Nancy Micciulla.
Our belief in the final cut of the film and the generosity of talented people we've met along the way have brought us this far. Now, we want their work to be seen at a major film festival in 2013. We can get there with your help!
THE BIGGER PICTURE
One thing we learned about making a movie is that you need driven people who are well-organized and don't know how to complain, even when filming outdoors in Pennsylvania in February. US Armed Service Veterans partook in the making of this film and it would not have been possible to make it without them. Don and JP plan to work with as many Veterans as possible in the future.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We will not make it the rest of the way up this mountain without you. Thank you so much for taking the time to consider supporting this project and the 18 people who have volunteered their time and effort to make this film happen.
Thank you for helping to make the dream of two old friends to make a movie in the woods of Pennsylvania a reality.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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