While I'm trying to keep much of Curtis' plot a surprise until the premiere, I will say it is based closely on a true case that terrified me to the core when I learned about it. That case will be mentioned closer to the release date.
Curtis at its core is about paranoia, mental instability, and the true horrors we all fear. I've tried to craft a story that will build/earn its scares, but also won't move at a snail's pace. There will be equal parts fright and story.
YouTube star and Mississippi State University student, Taylor Robbins, will play the titular role of Curtis Roland. (Instagram @tayrobb57)
Climber and adventurer, Amber Sadlick, will take on the role of Curtis' sister, Shelly Roland. (Instagram @_asadlick_)
This movie is well on track. The script is done and revised at 31 pages, the actors are all set to go, locations are chosen and locked, and shooting begins in August. Now I'm looking at how to actually make it. What cameras do I use? What editing software? I'm gonna make this damn film if I have to do it on my iPhone haha, but I would rather use some really good equipment and software to truly make this film the best it can be, so I can share it and be proud of my work. All of that is incredibly expensive.
Your contribution will go directly toward equipment and software. I'll be renting everything I need. It's much cheaper that way, and it will help me maximize what I'm able to add to my arsenal.
I have a Canon 70D already to start, so I'll be renting some really amazing lenses, a boom pole, external mic, cables, extra lighting, batteries, memory cards, pan and tilt tripod, windjammer, and anything else necessary.
Any funds leftover will go toward a premiere hopefully at the Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Props, food, costumes, actors' pay and all that I'm putting my own money into.
Like I said, I will make this film with everything I already have (and it ain't much) if it comes down to it, but I've done that already. Now, I really want to up my game and see what I can accomplish with the good stuff.
I'm a determined guy, I'll make due with the best situation I have. However, I would be incredibly appreciative of any contributions to the film, and look forward to you being a part of its success.
Risks and challenges
We have two big challenges in making this film: our shooting schedule, and distribution.
Currently, we are scheduled to begin shooting our film in mid August, within a 5 day timeframe. Filming any project worth showing off, as I've learned, takes a lot of time. Each page of the script translates into about a minute of screen time. It may seem like it'd be easy to get it done in 5 days, but there are always factors and unforeseen events that will likely delay production. Sometimes by minutes, sometimes by a whole day.
If we should encounter any issues, we have all reserved an extra couple days of our schedules to make sure we can get this done, and done well.
Distributing this short film will also be a challenge. I have a decent YouTube following, so I am fortunate enough to know my film will be seen. Now, by how many is the question. My Halloween project in 2016 faired 100,000 views in its first day. Incredible. However, my 2017 project was a flop, at least to my standards. I was in over my head on that one, with the script being written, filmed, edited, and uploaded all in a period of 3 days. It was sloppy, and the views reflected that
This time around, I'm making sure I have plenty of time to prepare this film. I've started months in advance. That has been my number one "must." Not only am I prepared for production, but I'm also taking the time to promote this thing, so that when it does premiere, it hopefully won't be a dud.
I would love to submit Curtis to festivals as well. But I don't want to get ahead of myself haha. Making it the best it can be is top priority.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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