Maya is a story about love and the way it changes over time. It starts with the two main characters of Maya and Leo in a passionate relationship. They are intimately devoted and infatuated with each other. As time passes and they begin to move in different directions, they seek out attention from other people, and their dreams begin to reflect a new reality. Eventually they have to confront what the future will hold for their relationship.
Maya is a Sanskrit word, used in Buddhism and Hinduism, that refers to the universe at large as a complex illusion or dream. This is one main theme that threads through the story.
We plan for the finished film to be in black and white. The performances will be guided by the script but we also plan to do a lot of improvisation, to capture real and truthful moments. We will also have mysterious surreal sequences that will reflect the inner workings of the characters. Shooting on locations in Philadelphia and Asbury Park NJ, we will give the movie a strong visual sense of place. For music we will have an original improvisational jazz score.
Just for a frame of reference, my current film heroes are: Herzog, Cassavettes, Malick, Antonioni, Bunuel, Kubrick, Bergman, Coens.
I am Dan Papa, writer and director of Maya, currently living in West Philly. I've been making short films and documentaries for a number of years. This is my first feature project, and I'm really excited about it.
Amy Frear is signed on to play Maya. She is a fantastic actress living in Brooklyn that has performed in numerous theater projects and well as film. She studied acting at Temple University in Philadelphia and at The University of Washington in Seattle.
Merci Lyons-Cox is set to play Lila, a friend of the couple. She performs at Temple theater and has recently starred in a local short film.
Shawn Annable will be the Director of Photography and a Producer. He has worked on countless film, television and web video shoots of all genres.
Jay Rattman and Bennett Daniels, great jazz players of NYC and Stroudsburg PA, will be assembling a group for the original music.
We are currently casting the Leo role and others, and recruiting friends for our very small crew.
Our $7,000 budget is the bare minimum of what it will take to produce a movie. We plan to shoot in April 2012 for about two weeks and be finished with the film by Summer. Even on a tiny production, the costs of using equipment that will produce great quality image and audio add up quickly. In order to get the finished movie looking great in post production and into film festivals, and to adequately pay people for their time commitments, we will actually need to raise more than our goal. Here is a basic breakdown of the budget:
- Canon DSLR camera, memory cards, batteries, accessories - $2,500
- Microphones, sound recorder - $1,000
- Food, props, travel expenses, compensation to cast and crew - $2,000
- Post production software, hard drive, music and mixing - $800
- Transaction fees - $700
Here is how Kickstarter works - you pledge an amount to the project, but you are not charged unless the project reaches the goal. That means we have to raise the goal in 30 days or no money comes through! This is a great reason to let friends and family know about the project once you donate. We offer unique rewards for all levels of donation that you will see on the right side of the page.
This movie cannot be made without you, the backer. No matter what amount you donate, this project will belong to you. For that reason, we plan on making something universal that will really connect to people's life experiences and emotions. This will be a movie that approaches the subject of love in a real way that many other movies do not.
We know when the movie is finished you will be proud to be a part of it. This is an exciting time for independent cinema, because people all over the world can come together to make it happen, and that's a beautiful thing.
Thank you so much for bringing this movie to life with us! We can't wait to start shooting!
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