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Night Before the Morning Sun

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KEEP IT COMING!! -- WE ARE OVER THE MOON ABOUT REACHING OUR FUNDING GOAL BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!!

Our goal of $9,000 was the minimum needed to complete the film -- additional proceeds will help us apply to more festivals and successfully market and distribute the film so that as many people as possible can see it. 

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This is the page for people who want to help make a beautiful, compelling and thought-provoking film.  We are raising funds to complete the 10 minute short film Night Before the Morning Sun.  The film has been shot, edited and scored; the money we raise will be used to create visual effects and sound design, mix sound and music, and grade the film's colors for a digital print.      

On the right side of the screen there is a column of different pledge amounts - if you decide you would like to back the project, click on the reward that sounds best to you, or click the "Back This Project" button in the upper right corner of your screen. Thank you!

About The Film

Night Before the Morning Sun is a short film that takes place during those special fleeting seconds after we wake up, before we forget our dreams.  It was inspired by an Edward Hopper painting called Morning Sun, which depicts a woman sitting on a bed bathed in light opposite a window.

In the film, we join the heroine, Suzanne, for an extended instant - an alchemy of the events, dreams and memories that she experienced over the course of the previous night.  Suzanne searches her subconscious for an answer to the question on the tip of her tongue.  Traveling from her childhood playroom to a desert catwalk to a vibrant cafe on the lonely street she walked as she began her journey, Suzanne learns how to break free of her suspended state of being.

The Filmmakers

Marc Grey (Director and Writer) - Marc began his film career in the art department, and has since worked in various capacities on scores of projects, including narrative features, documentaries, music videos, and commercials.  He founded Kozak Films, through which he has produced award-winning short films such as "East River" (2008) and "Paul" (2011), which won the Silver Hugo for Best Narrative Short at the 2012 Chicago International Film Festival.  

Eli Laszlo Berger (Producer) - Eli has over twenty years of experience in the film industry.  Originally trained as a cinematographer, Eli eventually moved into producing, and has produced commercials for clients such as Sony, Samsonite and Canon.  Eli also co-wrote and co-produced the 2011 Hungarian feature film "Retrace."

Shiri Ashkenazi ("Suzanne") - The heroine of the film is brought to life by actress Shiri Ashkenazi, herself an accomplished illustrator, trained at Israel's National Academy of Art (Bezalel).  Shiri has acted in several award-winning short films, including "The Substitute," and recently appeared in "The Exchange," the second feature film by acclaimed director Eran Korilin.

Michael Marks ("Father") - Michael is a stage and screen actor whose credits include the television series "Blue Natalie," the international musical "The Golem," and theater performances with Israel's leading companies. He studied acting in the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio.

Mitchell Barnett ("Charlie," Executive Producer) - Mitch is a stage and screen actor from London who has performed extensively in commercials and on stage in London's West End.

Kamil Plocki (Cinematographer) - Kamil has been an independent Director of Photography for over fifteen years. His credits include two feature films and dozens of shorts, music videos and commercials.  He studied cinematography at the Krzysztof Kieslowski Film and Television Department at the University of Silesia in Poland.

Asher Goldschmidt (Music) - Asher is a composer and orchestrator whose film work includes the scores for "Never Too Late", which won first prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival, and "Guided Tour," which won the Wolgin award for best short film the Jerusalem International Film Festival.

Liron Minchin
(Production Designer) - Liron is a set designer who works with the Israeli National Theater (Habima), Tel Aviv Municipal Theater (Cameri), Beit Tzvi, and many others. She studied at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. 

Yinon Porat (Editor) - Yinon is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University Film School.  He is currently editing a feature length documentary and has edited extensively for Israeli television, including at the noted documentary cable Channel 8.

The Project

Principal photography took place over five days in the winter of 2011.  Since then, the post production team has worked to sculpt the story and music into a compelling narrative form that retains the strange logic of dreams. 

Now we are ready to take the project to the next level.  The film was shot in full frame digital format (4K) with the express purpose of creating an arresting canvas for ambitious visual affects. 

The funds raised in this campaign will be used to cover the painstaking work of compositing and tracking the film's visual effects; creating an audio landscape for the film; mastering the score and mixing the sound;  coloring and grading of the visual media; and delivering to a digital print.  If we pass our goal, we will use excess funds to cover the costs of distribution: promotional materials, festival entrance fees and more.

Risks and challenges

We hope to complete visual effects within one month of raising funds, and finalize the music, lock the picture, create the sound design, grade colors and deliver the finalized film within another month after that. At each stage there are risks of running over our budgeted time in the studio due to unforeseen technical challenges. To avoid this issue, most of our agreements with post-production houses will be global arrangements, not per-shift. But since studio time is money, we could theoretically end up owing a post-production studio money.

Although the footage is backed up in four different locations, there is also a risk of the footage being lost or damaged. That would totally suck.

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