A young actor immerses herself into the identities of her characters and confuses levels of performance - Faux Documentary
What is METHOD:
The synopsis is below, but what is METHOD, really?
METHOD is an artist’s expression delivered in feature-film format that questions identity and the purpose of creating it.
After admitting to severe social anxieties, Nicole had this to say about the development of METHOD:
“When I started observing social behavior more closely, it became unsettlingly apparent that everyone is who they are because they perform that way.”
– Eckenroad, N.
“If man is a sapient animal, a tool making animal, a self-making animal, a symbol-using animal, he is, no less, a performing animal…” (Victor Turner The Anthropology of Performance 1986: 81)
“It was unsettling to think that what I knew about myself, was an act. Of course I understood that the circumstances and events of our early lives were huge contributing factors as to why we wanted to perform in certain ways, but now nothing seemed fixed or understood about human behavior. When you see people this way, you start to take blame away from some and add it to others in the greater scheme of the world– things shift. I had a new, for lack of a better word, understanding of life. When everything, for me, was reduced to how people perceived… anything, I questioned the purpose of it. This question is what complicates the human experience – having profound thoughts and wondering why you exist to have them. When you identify that in a space alone in your head, all you have left is art."
"I wanted to explore what would happen when someone who knowingly relied on putting-on-an-act, suddenly realized she never thought she had ever been sincere; someone who could easily convince herself that she was a different person, because she had so much practice tailoring her own character. Nicole Grace is a person who could have continued to take the security of her parents, stayed in Hollywood, and been commercially attractive, but she wants life to have a 3-act-structure. I think most of us do, but we’re not aware of what we’re seeking out. Beneath her masks, Nicole knows it, and at some point, it will wreck her. But it’s dramatic, and that’s how she would have wanted it.”
– Eckenroad, N.
Nicole Grace, a young LA based actor, is blacklisted from West Coast casting when she is caught lying about her representation. A year later, Nicole’s documentary filmmaker friends follow her cross-country move to Philadelphia where she prepares to resurrect her career with the guidance of a more dedicated agent and a focus on the Method practice; she is driven to become a perfectly malleable medium for the art of film.
She has a promising start, getting the attention of casting directors for mainstream films, and seems to be on the right track - but it’s not enough. She begins to suffer the pattern of losing promised roles to the young Hollywood elite. While this is a familiar struggle for unknown talent, Nicole blames it on her lack of full commitment to Method acting and increases the pressure to lose more and more awareness of herself as a mere performer.
Damaged by the politics of casting, Nicole chokes an opportunity to keep from losing it. She becomes reality-based character, Tanya Patterson, leaving the filmmakers on a distressing search for their friend and subject matter.
Timeline and progress chart:
Where the money will go:
Up to this point in production, METHOD has been completely self-funded. Friends and family have donated their time and talents to the film to make this possible, but we are reaching a point where we need additional support to lock down locations, transport cast and crew, and make sure they have food to keep them energized during the making of the film.
If there is anything left from the campaign after production is complete, it will be used for post production and fees associated with legal rights and submissions to film festivals.
Our goals for the film:
Our goals for METHOD are admittedly ambitious, but METHOD was always an ambitious piece from the beginning - both in the grand nature of what we hope to communicate and in the scheme of production. The filmmakers are seeking guidance from their industry mentors to give the film an opportunity at some of the most respected festivals in the world. With their help, we can get festivals to start paying attention to our film and the penetrating questions it poses, before it is even completed. Our goal is to get the world to watch.
The documentary crew behind METHOD:
Who is Sara:
Sara Yoko Howard is Nicole's friend, Sara. A compelling and dynamic actor playing a frequenter of gum commercials. Within the first minutes of METHOD, you'll become attached. She knows Nicole the best that anyone can, and draws things out of her that would otherwise be kept a secret. For that reason, she runs the risk of being cut from Nicole's life, but you'll hope she hangs on.
Important things to know about our Kickstarter campaign:
• All of the money from this campaign will go to the production of this film. None of the money raised serves as payment to the filmmakers.
• When you make a pledge to the film, you are only committing to a donation if the film is fully funded. Your card will be charged if and when the project reaches its fundraising goal of $19,000 at the end of the campaign. Unfortunately, if the film is not fully funded, we don’t receive any of the pledges and the rewards cannot be delivered.
• The campaign has a hard deadline of Sunday, October 28th at 6:30pm.
How can you help:
You can email friends and family with a link to our Kickstarter page, share it on facebook, post it to an online forum, or tell people who you think might be interested in the film about the campaign.
Any questions you have can be directed to NEckenroad@gmail.com
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are making Method with an incredibly low budget, but Nicole designed the project to survive on very little. The film is a faux documentary that works in a very spontaneous fashion, and requires little to no set-up. This allows much more shooting to be done in a day and eliminates equipment rentals - all of the equipment is owned by Nicole. In addition to this, the crew is made up of a close network of young artists who are willing to make the film merely for the opportunity to collaborate on a great work with people they respect and admire. The crew only needs meals and transportation.
Our film also requires locations all over the country - airports, houses, casting offices, bus terminals, restaurants, studios, etc. Nicole demands that the film remain as true to a behavioral documentary as possible, and asks that preplanning the scenes be extremely limited and this includes location agreements. The risks are obvious - we never know what could happen. Nicole and the rest of the performers are trained improvisers and have been using obstacles to benefit the verisimilitude of the film. The more surprises, the better.
Nicole has been consistently working on large scale films as an Art Director, Art Researcher, Illustrator, and Graphic Designer. Some of these tiles include: Michel Gondry's, "The We and The I," Ron Howard's "Dark Tower," The Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," and Tony Gilroy's "Bourne Legacy."
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