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A doe-eyed young girl desperately falls for an entitled young guy and the fated fable that follows proves disastrous for them both.
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THE STORY:

Buckets is the story of a relationship doomed from the first kiss. A doe-eyed young girl falls for an entitled young guy and the fated fable that follows proves disastrous for them both. This is a film about social expectations, gender roles, and fighting against the boxes we are told to squeeze into and define our lives by. This movie tells a story about waking up and realizing that what we are supposed to do doesn’t exist. It’s set to question social constructs, and how the pursuit of “happiness” is different form the pursuit of fulfillment.

THE VISION:

Movies are important. They have the rare power of communicating ideas and distilling experiences; to confront and enlighten and expand what we know to be true. Hopefully this is the kind of film we can bring to you.

Plus, maybe someone gets thrown through a window? ☺

We will be building all original sets to form a dreamscape suburban landscape and all the universal pivotal landmarks of the idyllic life. We will be combining theatrical elements, animation, practical special effects, and stunt and fight coordination to create a truly visually distinct look that you have never seen before.

THE DIRECTOR:

Julia Jones is an international, award-winning filmmaker, wannabe-superhero, and coffee lover/addict. A proud native of Nashville, TN, Julia always knew she wanted a future in writing, and found her passion in screenwriting and filmmaking at the age of 14, after attending Duke University's T.I.P. film program in Los Angeles, CA. Since her fateful exposure to the world of movie magic, Julia has dedicated her life to her craft. Her first short film ever, Forever Sam, made when she was just 16, screened around the world, at festivals including: Seoul International, Edinburgh, and Four River in Croatia, also winning best film at the Reality Bytes Film Festival in Chicago. She has also been in Hollywood every summer since, attending film schools, working on sets, and finally, interning at major studios and production companies. Her first job was on the Warner Bros. studio lot, where she worked as a script reader. Since, she has gained extensive experience working in film development and research for some of the biggest names in the industry today, including: Robert Downey Jr.'s Team Downey and Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment. She currently works at HBO in New York City while completing her final year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Julia Jones is inspired most by the works of David Fincher, Charlie Kaufman, and Ernest Hemingway.  

Check out the trailer to her Junior year film, Heart Strings, here:

WE NEED YOU--!

The short film is the calling card of an up-and-coming director, a chance to prove personal style and prowess in the director’s seat. The format is a perfect showcase for new talent: it’s easy for  studios and producers to watch and condenses qualifications. I am putting my whole heart and everything I have learned so far into this movie. 

 Despite the fact that our extremely talented cast and crew is all working for free, making a movie requires A LOT of money. We have to pay for the sound stage rental, set building and installation, props, costumes, G&E, lighting, transportation, and seemingly endless other things. We are currently working under a $35,000 budget. Meaning we need your help to make this film at all, and complete our budget needs.  

Your generosity will ensure that Buckets will be the best film it can be. This is your chance to foster the next generation of filmmakers, to be immersed in the creative process, to witness how movies are made, and to support what we believe will be a powerful film.

You can also help us tremendously by spreading the word about Buckets. Please repost this page to your FaceBook, Twitter, Blog, and pass along to anyone who may be interested.

THE STAR:

Olivia Nikkanen is a mega-talented up-and-coming actress, known for such roles as Fern in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Tess in CBS’s Elementary. She has also made appearances in The Carrie Diaries, The Americans, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, and more.

You can see Olivia’s reel here:  

THE CREW:

Peter Steusloff Director of Photography – Peter discovered his love for visual storytelling in high school and has been honing his craft ever since. Only two weeks after graduating from NYU’s film program, Peter began his first feature narrative, “Skook”, that went on to win the New Orleans Film Festival the following year. He strives to create authentic images that convey the humanity within characters while remaining invisible behind the story. While he lenses content for brands and artists, Peter finds the most joy telling narratives. He is a Southern California native and is still learning to dress appropriately for the weather. 

 You can see Peter’s reel here:  

Zachary GobetzProducer – Zac is an independent producer of television, short film, feature, and commercials for over six years. He graduated from NYU with a degree concentrated in Producing, Business Entertainment, and Production. While in school, he produced over 30 short films. He has produced for companies such as Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, and Gatorade. Also, while working as an Editor and Colorist for Technicolor Postworks, he has worked on a variety of features, documentaries, and television shows including Going Clear: Scientology and Freeheld. Among all of the projects Zac has worked on there has not been a project he has been more excited to work on than Buckets.

Lawrence MotenScenic Designer – Based in Queens, NY, Lawrence has been working in the professional theatre industry for nearly 10 years. He has had the opportunity to work on and off Broadway, Regionally and Internationally. He has been involved in projects such as Kinky Boots, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Lucky Guy. Regionally he has spent his time at Williamstown Theatre Festival in the props and scenic design departments where he worked on many productions including The Visit, Elephant Man and The Old Man and The Old Moon. Overseas he has spent most of his time working on the theatre of cruise ships. Lawrence recently started working in film and television and the experience has been amazing. I am grateful that I was able to collaborate and work with such a talented and driven group of people on this production. 

Jeremy SelenfriendSFX Make-Up Designer – Jeremy is the head artist and founder of Monster In My Closet, and has worked with special effects make-up for film, TV, and theater, prop fabrication, industrial mold-making, animatronics, and really anything it takes to create the various things that lurk within his imagination. Jeremy has worked on titles including: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Men In Black 3, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Daredevil, Boardwalk Empire, Gotham, and this is not even scratching the surface. 

Check out Monster In My Closet here: http://www.monsterinmycloset.com/resume.html 

Katie Sung LeeAnimator – Katie is a 21-year-old animator currently attending the prestigious CalArts. Originally from Nashville, TN, she has animated dozens of her own films. She loves creating characters, building worlds visually, and working with collaborators of all styles and mediums. She is also a big fan of brunch, polar bears, and art museums. To see more of her work you can go to: http://ktsung.tumblr.com/

Juliet Brett - Casting Director - Juliet has worked on numerous projects including Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate Behavior' (Sundance Official Selection '14), Netflix's upcoming 'Amateur', and Yellow Heart (Cannes short film selection 2015). In the commercial world, she has cast narrative style spots for clients such as: Apple, IBM, Kay Jewelers, Phillips Simply Go, Truth Campaign, Myspace, Rockport Shoes. She has a successful career as an actor, and has worked extensively in production.

David JaffeProduction Designer – Currently a Senior at Tisch School of the Arts, David has excelled in the art department over the last three years. His experiences range from Set Dresser to Production Designer on dozens of thesis, independent, and commercial sets. So far, David’s works has appeared in The Big Apple Film Festival, The Americas Film Festival of New York, New York No Limits Film Series, and the Cannes Short Film Corner. Buckets will be David and Julia’s third epic collaboration.

A FINAL WORD:

Thank you so very much for your time and support.

Sincerely,

The Buckets Team

Risks and challenges

As with any film or creative endeavor, obstacles will inevitably arise during production. That being said, we are a team of driven and professional individuals who are committed to seeing this film through to completion.

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    THE WRITER’S ROOM - Julia Jones, the writer and director, will write a poem ALL ABOUT YOU: handwritten and genuinely crafted. Plus, a Personalized handmade Thank You card!!! Comes with the Exclusive Digital Download of Completed Film and a Digital Postcard from set featuring the Cast & Crew! You will receive a “Special Thanks” Credit in the Credits of the Film.

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    THE JULIA JONES RETROSPECTIVE PACKAGE - Get all of Julia's past films: "Forever Sam" (Remastered), "Captivated" (Remastered), "Heart Strings", all their soundtracks, the Heart Strings storyboards, a signed script of Buckets with director doodles and notes, a DVD of Buckets when completed with a special handwritten message just for you! Plus the Buckets soundtrack, and its Rare Behind the Scenes Video! And your name will be listed under ‘Made Possible By’ in the credits of the film.

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    THE EPIC TALE - Julia Jones will write a truly EPIC story about you: both the handwritten and video recorded telling of the tale (includes her specialty voices and faces and potentially dances). Ever wanted fan fiction starring you? Here’s your chance! Feel free to include any character, celebrity, friend or foe that you want to rescue, romance, or defeat in the most epic of ways! Plus, you'll get the Exclusive Download of the Completed Film and the Rare Behind the Scenes Film! And a Digital Cast and Crew Postcard from set and a Personalized Thank You card! You name will be listed under ‘Made Possible By’ in the credits of the film.

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    THE ARTIST – Amazing artist Madison Dalton, who drew all of our poster and promotional art, will draw a wonderful caricature of you! And you get a signed scene of the original, used storyboards. Plus, you get Julia's previous film Heart Strings, the Exclusive Download of Buckets, the Rare Behind The Scenes film, a Signed copy of the Script, a digital postcard from set featuring the cast and crew, and a Personalized thank you card. And You get a ‘Generous Support’ credit in the credits of the film, which will feature a picture of you and your family of your choosing.

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    THE PRODUCER - Signed 12’ x 18’ poster & a PRIVATE VIP PASS to first local premier near you where I will give you a personalized SWAG BAG (with goodies like a t-shirt, a ginger Child Productions mug, a Signed DVD with bonus Rare Behind the Scenes movie, storyboards, and more)! (Nashville, NYC, and LA only). Either a private Cast & Crew event or Festival screening. You will receive an ‘associate producer’ credit, with the ability to have a photo of you and your family of your choosing in the credits. (Airfare and Accommodation not included)

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    THE ENTOURAGE PACKAGE - All the merch! Get an original Buckets inspired T-Shirt, a Limited Edition Ginger Child Productions mug, a Signed Script, a Digital Postcard from set featuring the cast & crew, a handwritten and doodled thank you card, and so many STICKERS! A DVD of the Completed Film, and the Rare Behind the Scenes Film! And a signed 12’ x 18’ poster! And an 'Associate Producer' credit which includes that you can write a dedication to someone, which will be featured in the credits of the film, alongside a photo of your choosing.

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    THE DIRECTOR’S PROCESS PACKAGE – Become the director. See every single bit of director Julia Jones's process. Through pre-production: every work of concept art, every construction plan, every SFX make up mock up, every visual component graph, every lighting plan, every stunt plan, every animation sketch, every storyboard, every work of preparation to make the movie. Every draft of the screenplay, from concept to the shooting script. Plus real, used signed pages from the Director’s and Actor’s scripts. Get a taste of Julia Jones’s extensive pre-production and directing process. Then this carries on through post (editing, scoring, sound design, coloring, etc.). Then a private Skype conversation with Julia Jones with any questions you may have! An 'Associate Producer' credit and you can write a dedication to someone which will be featured in the credits of the film, alongside a photo of your choosing. Plus, you get a signed DVD of the completed film and Behind the Scenes film.

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    THE HERO’S PARADE! - You get a Fancy Fancy Industry Standard Director’s Chair, and a Thank You Parade!!! That's right! A Parade all in your honor! The Crew will record exalting a printed photo of you, hoisting it on our shoulders through Washington Square Park, screaming at the top of our lungs all of the glorious things about you. Revel in all of New York City’s recognition of your greatness. If you live in New York, it doesn’t have to be photos, you can ride on my soft, gentle shoulders. And the T-shirt and the mug and the Exclusive Download of the Completed Film and the behind the scenes film and a Personalized Thank You Card and a Postcard from set! You get an 'Executive Producer' Credit in the credits of the film, where you can write a dedication to someone which will be featured in the credits of the film alongside a photo of your choosing.

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    THE STUDIO EXECUTIVE - You and a friend will be our guest on set for a day. Included are introductions to cast & crew and the opportunity to learn and watch the filmmaking process up close. Not included are airfare and accommodations. You get an Executive Producer Credit, where you can write a dedication to someone which will be featured in the credits of the film alongside a photo of your choosing. Plus the ENTOURAGE or DIRECTOR’S PROCESS PACKAGE.

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    THE BLOCKBUSTER – You will submit a script or idea that I will polish for you, then direct, and edit a Kickstarter video, audition tape, family event / wedding or other short form commercial for your business, or product. (under 5 minutes, 1 day shoot, 1 week edit, NYC included until May, then LA included). We will fully collaborate, and ensure a final product that you're happy with! Plus, the ENTOURAGE or DIRECTOR’S PROCESS PACKAGE.

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    ETERNAL FLAME OF GRATITUDE - Executive Producer credit on IMdB, Two tickets to film festival premiere, name is included on a separate title card at the beginning of the credits, and the neverending joy of helping young artists follow their dreams. Includes the ENTOURAGE and DIRECTOR'S PROCESS PACKAGES.

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