About this project
If this is your first time hearing about our story, let us catch you up…
On February 21, 2013, Samantha, an American actor living in Los Angeles, received a message via Facebook that would drastically change her life. It was from Anaïs, a French fashion design student living in London. Anaïs' friends viewed a KevJumba YouTube video featuring Samantha and were immediately blown away by the identical appearance of Samantha and Anaïs. With a few light Google stalking sessions, Anaïs and her friends discovered that both girls were born on November 19, 1987 and adopted shortly after. Anaïs knew immediately that it was possible for Samantha to be her biological twin sister and reached out to her through Twitter and Facebook.
After endless Skype conversations, text messages and any other possible form of communication, the girls were ready to meet in person. Samantha and Anaïs decided they wanted to document their story to share with the world. In May 2013, Samantha, her family, and a small film crew flew to London to meet Anaïs and her family for the very first time.
Why we need your help!
Why are we asking for more? Having previously gained the bulk of our budget through Kickstarter, we are now struggling to complete our project. With every life-changing moment caught on camera, we need additional funds to put all of the pieces together in post-production.
With your support, we made it to London and experienced an amazing 10 days with both of our families in tow. After such an incredible reunion, our relationship quickly blossomed and our story continued to unfold in unexpected ways. We were able to capture even more life-changing events, including 2 weeks in California and 10 days in Seoul, Korea where we attended the International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) 2013 conference, visited our adoption agencies and together, discovered the land where our separation took place.
In addition, we were able to begin the post-production process—organizing all 42,000 video clips in preparation for the editing room. The funds from this Kickstarter will go directly to hiring an editor, assistant editor, colorist, composer, graphic designer, sound designer, publicist, film festival fees and legal fees.
Our goal of $80,000 is the bare minimum we need in order to complete the film. Anything more will grant us access to the best resources available so we can tell this story as it deserves to be told. We will be in post-production 8-10 hours per day for another 8 months, with a finished film ready to submit to the 2015 film festivals.
We are firm supporters of the social media world. Having access to such a powerful resource as Kickstarter, we are beyond grateful to have the chance to complete this project with the generous support of the people who are truly invested. Without the world of social media, we would have never been able to connect.
**If you are a previous backer and donate the same amount or more, we will bump you to the next reward level!
Anaïs was born in South Korea on November 19, 1987. She was put into foster care through Holt International Children's Services. About three months later, she was adopted by a couple & raised as an only-child, in the suburbs of Paris where she grew up enjoying all types of food & cheese. She also spent the first years of her childhood in Belgium. Always fascinated by drawing & encouraged by her parents to pursue a career in the arts, she graduated with a BA in textiles from ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres in Paris, France. Anaïs recently graduated from the acclaimed Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design in London with a degree in fashion design. She now works as an assistant designer for Gerard Darel.
Samantha was born in South Korea on November 19, 1987. She was put into foster care through Spence-Chapin Adoption Services. About three months later, Samantha was adopted by a family in Verona, New Jersey. She has two older brothers, Matt & Andrew, her parent's biological sons. Her father is an accountant & her mother is a pre-k teacher. Samantha's childhood hobbies included harassing her brothers, softball, dance & theatre. She eventually attended & received her high school diploma from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City and a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. Samantha currently lives in Los Angeles, pursuing her acting career.
Links to check out:
Original Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1746892989/twinsters
Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/twinstersmovie
KevJumba's YouTube video that led Anaïs to Samantha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2U233WF7A4
Samantha's "How it feels to be adopted" YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFJrKSetVI8
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of post-production are endless. Sifting through over 42,000 video clips in order to put together a feature-length documentary is more than a challenge. In addition to the 42,000 video clips shot on our Canon C100, we have an array of footage from iPhones, iSight cameras, compact cameras, Skype and computer screen capture. It is imperative that we find a talented editor who has the tools to help construct this story in the most powerful way possible. He/she will be the person to nip, tuck and screw everything into place.
Calculating all post production costs (editor, film festival fees, color correction, publicity, legal, etc.), the amount we need to finish this film totals $80,000.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
$80,000 is the bare minimum we need in order to finish this film. The more funds we have available, the better resources we have. Film production services grow costly & like anything else, the more qualified, the more expensive.
Twinsters will be finished for submission to the 2015 film festival circuit. Depending on distribution, the film will be available to view shortly after.
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If we don't reach our goal, we will have to continue to search for money otherwise. Our goal is to tell this story from the heart and the voice of two adoptees. Unfortunately if our goal is not met, then we will be forced to continue pushing back our deadline and search for funding. As of now, we do not have enough money to pay an editor for our film.
When we began the project, we didn't expect the story to unfold in such amazing ways. In addition, we were a bit naïve about the costs of such a production. We were wise with our spending, but we never expected to spend 10 days in Korea and to be able to capture it all. International documentaries cost way more than $30,000. We need much more to finish the story and we hope to do so in the best way possible!
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