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A surreal dark comedy about the universal struggle of accepting change in our lives, shot in Brooklyn and currently in post-production.
A surreal dark comedy about the universal struggle of accepting change in our lives, shot in Brooklyn and currently in post-production.
217 backers pledged $22,670 to help bring this project to life.

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Cinematographer Dan McBride shooting on location in Pine Bush, NY
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The Story

Will's best friend is moving across the country. At his going away party everyone seems to genuinely embrace this monumental change, but Will is stuck trying to hang on to the past. As the party progresses, Will's reality frays and his experience with an outsider guides him towards a jump into the unknown. Will and the Blue is a film about ends and beginnings, friendship, and too many cakes.

A still from Will and the Blue
A still from Will and the Blue

We Need Your Help!

We shot the film in late 2015, relying on in-kind support and personal private loan to fund production, and now, as we dive into post-production, we need your help to finish Will and the Blue.  This project is so important to us and we are excited to share the final product with the world. With your help, we can do it! Reaching our fundraising goal of $15,000 will provide for many areas of production and post-production. Here's how that shakes out:

Budget Breakdown
Budget Breakdown

 Project Goals

With help from your generous donations, we plan to finish post-production of Will and the Blue by early summer 2016. We will then screen the film in New York and submit it to film festivals throughout the country and internationally, and premiere at one of these festivals by the fall of 2016. Will and the Blue will serve as a clear example of our artistic style as we connect with industry leaders, future collaborators, and investors for projects yet to come. Your support of Will and the Blue means the world to us, thank you.

A still from Will and the Blue - Collin Meath; Benjamin Drew Thompson
A still from Will and the Blue - Collin Meath; Benjamin Drew Thompson

Our Team

LIANNE BECKER

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, PRODUCER, PRODUCTION DESIGN - TESS

Lianne is an actor, producer, designer, and filmaker. She currently works as a teaching artist and Program Director at Developing Aritsts Theater Company. Her work has been seen at various NYC theaters including: the Cherry Lane Theatre, New World Stages, and Players Theater. She also produces, designs, writes, and acts in the on-going comedy web series LadyTips: Tips for Ladies. Recently, Lianne studied physical theatre and Roy Hart vocal work in Paris with PanThéâtre and collaborative ensemble work with the LAByrinth Theater Company.

BENJAMIN DREW THOMPSON 

CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR, PRODUCER - THOMAS

Benjamin Drew Thompson is an actor, writer, director and producer based in Brooklyn NY. His work has been seen at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, and as part of The NY Fringe Festival and Frigid Fringe Festival in Lower Manhattan. Acting Credits include The Huntington Theatre Company, Cherry Lane, New Ohio Theatre, Arclight Theatre as well the Online Networks All My Children and One Life to Live. Benjamin is also a writer and actor for the ongoing web series Lady Tips: Tips for Ladies.

COLLIN MEATH 

CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR, PRODUCER - WILL

Collin Meath is a Brooklyn based actor and filmmaker. Some of Collin's favorite screen credits include Phinny Sears on Cinemax's The Knick, the award-winning indie feature Ovum, and Unforgettable. Collin is also a member of the creative team of LadyTips: Tips for Ladies, a satirical web series for which he is a writer, director and producer. Collin is also an improv teacher here in New York and a indisputable dog lover. Check out more here!

LAURA BOZZONE

ALLIE

Laura Bozzone has acted in several regional and NYC theatres including Alabama Shakespeare Festival, BAM, Storm Theatre and Hammerstein Ballroom. She has had the pleasure of working on various indie short and feature films such as Born Guilty with Rosanna Arquette, Brutal Massacre and the upcoming film Freebie. She is excited to be a part of Will and the Blue! Check out her IMDB!

CAROLYN GILLIAM

JUDE

Carolyn Gilliam is an actor, writer, and comedian based in New York City. She is currently working on LadyTips: Tips for Ladies, as head writer and actor, Season 2 of which will premiere this summer. Carolyn is very excited to be a part of 420: The Musical, with two shows on 4/20/16 at the Secret Theatre in Queens. Occasionally she creates and performs with the radical queer theatre group The Culture Whore. She also performs stand-up, improv, and music all around the city. Check out LadyTips: Tips For Ladies (dude, like, you can totally see her butt in one episode) at www.ladytipsshow.com

DAN MCBRIDE 

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, EDITOR

Dan McBride is a Brooklyn-based Cinematographer, Editor, Photographer and Live Visualist. Some of his recent projects include the indie feature film "Ovum" (Best Picture Winner of the Big Apple Film Festival 2015) as the DP/Editor, as well as the documentary "Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge" developed for NBC/Universal Sports Network, covering a 3 day adventure race through the forest region of Belize. As a commercial DP, he has been behind the camera for many projects including promos for Glamour Magazine, Toyota, Village Voice, Regent Cruise Lines, and many more. Most recently he has helmed stop-motion animation campaigns for both Tide and Wal-Mart. As an editor he has worked with several agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann on marketing campaigns for clients such as Tecate, Lenovo, Duracell, Capri-Sun, Eukanuba, Iams, Faberge, Olay, Pampers, Lucky Charms, Yoplait, Wal-Mart, Chase, and Microsoft, to name a few. One of his commercial spots helped to launch the Microsoft Surface Pro, and he has been the recipient of several Platinum Ava and Marcom Awards for his work. danmcbride.format.com 

ERIC ROMARY 

LOCATION SOUND MIXER, AUDIO POST PRODUCTION

Eric Romary is a recording engineer, sound designer, and musician with experience in music production, location sound mixing, and audio post production. He has worked with film crews, directors, songwriters, bands, choirs and nonprofit organizations providing audio services that can accommodate any project. While currently based in Brooklyn, Eric maintains a flexible travel schedule throughout the south and midwest. ericromary.com 

JUSTIN HOLT

GAFFER

Justin Holt is a multiple national-award winning director, and founder of NJ video production company Aphelion Entertainment. He received his B.A. in film/video from Penn State University in 2004. Since then he has been working on projects in a wide array of mediums including independent documentaries and films, music videos and commercial production. Over his 10 year career he has worked on projects for many top companies including Marriott, Clorox, Bulgari, Glamour Magazine, J Crew Madewell, Progresso, Pilsbury and more. In addition he has directed two independent feature documentaries, Demand Your Independents and The Mayan Mountain Adventure Challenge, and has gaffer credits on independent productions Ovum, Doomsday and End of Season. Justin has extensive knowledge in how to get the most out of small crews and tight budgets to deliver a dynamic professional product. www.aphelionentertainment.com 

JOSEPH MILLER 

MUSIC SUPERVISOR

Joseph Miller is a music supervisor. He enjoys working on independent films, web series and YouTube channels when not providing in-house music supervision services at a music library and to multiple production companies. Joseph also partners per-project with A-list music supervisors and sonic branding agencies. 2016 started off with a feature screening at Sundance + a documentary produced by Seth Rogen and his wife. Other credits include: Super Bowl XLVI, NCAA March Madness Tournaments, NFL and SEC Football games, advertising campaigns for Lifetime, Macy’s Fashion Week, and Sephora, plus shows airing on A+E, History, Lifetime, Discovery, TLC, Nat Geo, MTV, Scripps, PBS, NBC, CBS, HBO, and Netflix. Joseph is a member of The New York Post Alliance, Independent Filmmaker Project, and Filmmakers Alliance. www.josephmillermusicsupervisor.com 

COURTNEY LEIGH NEWMAN 

COSTUME DESIGN

Courtney is a costume and lingerie designer who has worked on an array of independent films. Her recent projects include designing and coordinating costumes for Wild Nights with Emily, a film by Madeleine Olneck about Emily Dickinson's secret life. Courtney also recently served as the assistant costumer for the Hip to Hip Theatre Company, where she helped bring outdoor Shakespearean theater to Queens and beyond. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, she is a co-founder of Dirty Dolls Lingerie (www.dirtydollslingerie.com), a vintage-inspired lingerie line that has been featured in Time Out New York, Daily Candy, Bust Magazine and Vogue Japan. 

VALENTINA GOMEZ 

HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST

Valentina is a New York and New Jersey based Hair and Makeup Artist. www.valentinamakeup.com

Risks and challenges

By its nature, filmmaking is fraught with risks and challenges, but that's also a huge part of what makes it so exciting. We've already overcome several obstacles in production, from securing last minute locations, to shooting inside of a shockingly small bathtub, to rescuing a cast member from a freezing lake. While we can't know exactly what challenges will present themselves in the next phase of our process, we will meet them with the same head-on determination and creative problem solving that has brought us this far. Whether it be unexpected finishing costs or a rejected festival application or some horrible thing we have not imagined, the strength of our team and our commitment to seeing the project through will lead to our success. Once we receive funding, we are absolutely certain that we will meet our goals.

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