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A Savannah College of Art and Design Thesis Film by Shelly Short and Whitney Hess
A Savannah College of Art and Design Thesis Film by Shelly Short and Whitney Hess
49 backers pledged $5,045 to help bring this project to life.

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A SCAD Graduate Thesis Film by Shelly Short and Whitney Hess

The Story

Reel Tradition is the story of Peter, a third generation fisherman, on his quest to catch “The Big One” and add his glory to that of his lineage. Using traditional fishing methods handed down father-to-son he has yet to succeed, but hasn’t lost hope. On this day’s trip to the lake he encounters a young woman that clearly hasn’t learned the way of the fish. Partly out of a sense of charity and partly for his own sanity, Peter illustrates for Sammy the correct way to cast. She in turn offers him a piece of her special bait that seems to attract the fish where his trusty worms have failed. The decision Peter finds himself facing is to forgo tradition in favor of new ways or keep the faith despite his continued failure.

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The Location

Shelly's roots are in Northwest Florida.  She spent her childhood trekking through the woods and spending time on the lakes, rivers and beaches.  Northwest Florida and the days fishing with her father are the inspiration for this film.  It is only fitting to choose the area for filming.  

For Whitney, the beauty of the area and scouting the lakes reminds her of  the times she spent fishing with her father, as well.  The location is perfect for the visual style of the film.

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The Funding

With your donation you will receive rewards that correspond to the amount you pledge. If you would like to pledge an amount not stated please feel free to do so.  You will receive the reward nearest your pledge amount.

Your donations will provide the following for our cast and crew.

  • Travel from Savannah, GA to Northwest Florida
  • Lodging for Cast and Crew.
  • Meals for Cast and Crew.

Please note that Kickstarter Funding is all or nothing.  We have to meet our goal of $5,000 in 30 days to receive your pledges. 

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The Schedule

We are currently in Pre-Production.  This means we are casting the actors, working on the shot design and coordinating all the details that go into filming.

"Lights, Camera, Action" (or Principal Photography, as we call it) begins May 11, 2012 and we will wrap May 17, 2012

Post-Production will begin as soon as principal photography is complete.  This is where the film will come to life!  Editing the scenes together and adding sound design.  Our desired completion date is September 2012!

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    "MINNOW" - Small but important! You have just landed your name in the credits under Special Thanks and will receive updates on our progress.

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    "MULLET" - Not the hairstyle but a favorite fish of Northwest Florida! Your catch will include the above plus a video Thank You Card from the cast and crew on location.

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    "BLUE TILAPIA" - A beautiful red tipped swimmer! You have just hooked yourself a DVD of the film + everything above.

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    "OSCAR" - Has Three Eyes...or does he? Everything above + a Mini poster and an invitation to the Premier.

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    "SHELLCRACKER" - A Sunny Fish! For your donation you will receive everything above + A Limited Edition Storyboard signed by the award winning artist Luis Echavarria!

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    "BLUEGILL" The director's favorite color...blue that is! For your donation you will have the chance to add your personal fishing photo to the credits and of course everything above!

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    "LARGE MOUTH BASS" - A Freshwater Favorite! Wow! Everything above + A special link to Behind The Scene footage.

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    "CHANNEL CATFISH" - Peter's favorite fish! For your donation you will receive everything above + A full size poster signed by the cast and crew.

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    "THE BIG ONE" - The biggest catch of all! You will receive everything above + Executive Producer status in the End Credits and a personal Skype update from the Director and Director of Photography. The first person to pledge at this amount will get to name Sammy's boat. The name will be painted on the side for filming.

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Funding period

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