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Chris HansenBy Chris Hansen
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Chris HansenBy Chris Hansen
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About

ANOTHER VIDEO

This one depicts me, the director, talking about my goals for the film: http://vimeo.com/16742191

I am currently planning my new film. This is my third feature, and I've decided on the advice of a number of friends and acquaintances to seek extra funds for the movie via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Why? Because it is increasingly difficult to get funding for indie films that tackle serious subjects from an uncompromising point of view.


The Story

Two married strangers, both feeling very vulnerable, meet at a dark motel on a lonely night. Attraction turns into flirtation -- they both know there's a line here, and they have to decide if they're going to cross it.

This story explores the vulnerabilities we all have and how those drive us to do things we might never do.

Will Shelton is a 35 year old actor still trying to make a go of his chosen profession. He is on his way home from a small commercial production. Leah Van Der Graf is a mid-30s wife and mom on her way home from caring for an ailing parent. They meet as they’re checking into a roadside motel, and the instant spark combined with their emotional vulnerability leads them to seriously consider a fling, or more. But as they talk throughout the night, they also become aware of their own manipulations and each others’ vulnerabilities. So the encounter that seemed to be about to happen becomes an exploration of their situations and the possible ramifications.

It's about the basic human desire for companionship and the reasons people consider and enter into affairs. It’s about two people who have reached the age where life’s disappointments have begun to add up and make them all the more likely to consider other options.


Production Plans

Production will take place in June 2011. I teach film at Baylor University, and I like to involve my students in the production process so that they can learn what it's like to be on the set of a film. With my previous two feature films (which have both screened at multiple film festivals), students made up 90% of the crew. But we have to hire professional actors and some professional crew, and that's what we need money for, of course. (More on that below).

The lead actors have been involved in crafting their characters and assisting me in the writing of the screenplay. I will workshop the script with them this fall to fine tune it and make it as good as it can be.

Then we will shoot the film in June, and post-production will start immediately after production and continue through the fall. I would like to complete the film, or at least have picture lock, by April of 2012.


What's the Money For?

Hollywood films cost millions of dollars. We're going to make this movie for much less, and I can make that happen because I have access to equipment and students who will work as some of the crew. But to do it right, we still need to pay for some things to have a film that will be of high quality. So -- here are the specifics. The money will be used:


  • to pay the actors
  • to pay for key crew members (director of photography, production sound recordist/mixer, editor, and post-production sound designer and mixer)
  • to pay for construction of the primary set (the film takes place in several locations but there is one principal set, and I'd like to build this set so that we can shoot there without having to worry about conflicting schedules or noise, etc.)
  • set design and props
  • for graphic design and marketing elements like posters and the film's website

My interest in this subject matter was sparked by seeing so many people around me - people of all ages - falling into affairs and seeing relationships devastated by this. I really wanted to take a close look at what drives people into those circumstances, and I believe that one of the best ways to do that is by looking at people and their stories.

I hope you'll consider giving to this worthy production!

HERE ARE SOME SAMPLE TWEETS YOU CAN USE:

--Help a true indie filmmaker make his next film on Kickstarter - http://kck.st/ay6DuL

--Support the arts, help fund an indie film: http://kck.st/ay6DuL

--Kickstarter - Help Chris Hansen make "An Affair" (a feature film): http://kck.st/ay6DuL

IF YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS:
Don't hesitate to email me at chris.filmmaker@gmail.com

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    My Undying Appreciation: For this amount I can’t afford to send you a real thank you, and you understand that because you can’t afford to do much more to support this project. But with your five bucks, I’ll know you’re behind me and with the following two words, you’ll know I appreciate it. Thank you!

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    Ultimate Fan Reward: We haven’t started the Chris Hansen fan club yet (we’re still too busy telling people we’re not the guy who traps pedophiles on NBC). When we do, you’ll be the first to know. In the meantime, we will send you autographed copies of all of Hansen’s past films including The Proper Care and Feeding of an American Messiah (screened in over 20 film fests and won Best Feature awards at several of them, Endings (still screening at fests now, and already won two awards, and Clean Freak, a short documentary and also an award winner. We’ll also throw in some postcards and other marketing materials from the films. So you get the "Special Thanks" credit, plus an advance copy of the film, plus all of my other films!

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    Rent-a-Film Professor: You can’t keep him but for $350, he’ll make an appearance in your classroom. Do you have a middle or high school student in an English class, video production class, or intro to film class? Professor Chris Hansen will be your guest speaker for the 40-minute class of your choice via Skype.

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