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ABOUT THE FILM
A Star is Scorned has been awarded with the ARRI ALEXA GRANT! This is a huge boost to our film - now, we will be filming A Star is Scorned with the much sought-after Arri Alexa camera - the most exclusive and professional digital camera on the market. We're SO close to reaching our financing goal; join the cause and support this ambitious and professional film!
Matthew Midas, a successful micro-chip developer, arrives in Los Angeles to unveil the latest upgrade for the Star navigation system. He finds out his car is host to a faulty Star system, Mega Star, who realizes Matthew is planning to upgrade her. Matthew engages in an escalating struggle with Mega Star, as it attempts to first make Matthew miss his meeting, and then attempts to destroy him entirely. It's a fresh and funny case of man versus machine - the creator and the creation battle for their lives, and fight to find out which one is stronger.
WHY IS THIS SIGNIFICANT?
One will find many relevant and societal themes in this story. This film challenges what we consider progressive technology. We are constantly upgrading our phones and navigation systems; it's not science fiction to believe that machines will soon start thinking for themselves, and might come to, and act on, conclusions that isn't in humanity's best interest.
Technology has become a double edged sword, and this film shows how technology may develop in the future.
WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?
We are a student film, required to operate under certain safety guidelines and union regulations that all domestic films must abide by. That said, there are necessary expenditures for working on an independent project of this size. Kickstarter will account for 1/3 of our total fundraising effort. Money raised will be used to finance -
Art Department - $500
Casting Director - $1,100
20% Contingency - $4,700
Editing Hard Drives - $396
General Expense - $200
Insurance - $200
Locations/car rigs/process trailer - $3,100
Post Production Film & Lab - $8,570
Post Production Sound - $1,500
Props - $2,000
Publicity - $1,000
Sound Recording - $1,410
Visual Effects - $1,500
Talent Costs - $900
Transportation - $400
A casting director will be hired, and will be employing some of the best talent in Los Angeles.
We are going to operate under the strictest film set safety guidelines; all precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of the cast and crew. Money must be spent on the highest quality gear guaranteeing the well-being of the cast and crew.
Camera equipment, grip, electric, sound, post production, telecine, digital intermediate, craft services, permits, picture car rentals, studio backlot rentals, and insurance are all necessary and need to be paid for in order to produce this film. All of the main crew members are personally paying $1,500, and working for free; this is their senior thesis film - they're participating to graduate, and for their passion for their craft. While their contributions are crucial, funds are still needed to make this film possible.
we intend to enter this film into numerous festivals, including but not limited to: The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, The Angelus Student Film Festival, The L.A. Comedy Film Festival, and the San Francisco International 2012 Shorts Film Festival.
We are doing everything in our power to raise money from all parties. Anything that you can contribute would be critical to our success.
WHAT WE NEED
Our film needs to raise $33,000. As a group, we are spending $15,000 of our own money to fund this project. In order to finish the film under the proper legal and safety requirements we must fundraise an additional $15,000. If we are unable to complete the film, the ten dedicated student filmmakers of the project will have spent $15,000 needlessly, and the film will remain unfinished.
We have a detailed and conservative budget; all monies we receive from Kickstarter will directly fund expenses listed above. If you have any information regarding discounts for backlots, rental houses, or any other gear/service needed, please let us know!
A Star is Scorned is a Senior Thesis Film at California State University, Northridge. The film is working through the final month of preproduction. Production begins the first weekend of May.
- (60 days)