About this project
Hello. I'm Amy Ball, the writer of the short film Belly Flop and I am SUPER excited you've made it this far. As in, I am jump-up-and-down-here-come-the jazz-hands-I-can't-stop-my-hips-from-shaking excited about making this project come to life. We have a terrific story, a terrific team and we're committed to making this project amazing. As amazing as you are.
Belly Flop is a dark comedy about an eight year-old girl's imagination, sent into overdrive by a National Enquirer-type magazine's headline: Mother of Quintuplets Gets Pregnant from Fried Chicken!
Having no idea about how babies are really made, but having eaten plenty of fried chicken, the girl is terrified. Is that all it takes?
And so the adventure begins, as the girl imagines what her life is going to become, and what it's going to be like to be a young mother of five.
In the strange world of a child's imagination, the journey moves from delight to panic and culminates in the girl coming up with a strange solution to her predicament...
WHY THIS STORY?
First, because it REALLY HAPPENED. No, I wasn't actually pregnant at eight. I had no real idea about the technicalities of conception. But I did believe that I was!
Second, my writing group made me do it. Seriously. My fantastic critique group meets once a week, and we're all novelists. No screenwriters allowed. Just prose. So I was shocked when they insisted I write the screenplay after telling this story in group.
Finally, as a writer/actor/producer, this is the FIRST project that I have ever made from start to finish--both writing and producing. We're doing it simply for the love of the story, and because I have a group of very talented storytellers who are excited to make this dream into a reality.
WAIT! THIS IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY?! WHAT?
Yes. I was eight when I read that headline and panicked. I distinctly remember the feeling that I was being punched in the gut upon realizing that I was mistakenly pregnant from a box of Colonel Sanders.
Then came the revolving door of emotions:
-Betrayal! Why had my family never told me about the dangers of fried chicken?! And, why was it so delicious?!
-Fear!! I knew I hadn't done it on purpose, but I also knew deep in my heart that my parents were going to be very, very mad!
-Excitement!! Oh, MAN, there could be a serious upside to this. I mean, not even Tracey Overlock had real babies. "Oh, you have a Cabbage Patch? Well, I happen to have quintuplets. Meet Gabrielle Rose, Stephanie Periwinkle, Daniella Poppyseed, Yvonne Delilah and Isaac Churro."
-Doubt!! I really didn't want to be the only pregnant girl in the third grade, did I? How was I going to perfect my double dutch game?!
-Determination!! I wasn't going to let pregnancy drag me down. In fact, I was going to do something about it.
Which is where the real fun begins, and where I stop telling you about the story... :)
WHO THE PRODUCTION TEAM IS:
The team we've assembled is a bunch of really kick-ass people who live for telling stories. We're young, creative and looking to make the best possible film with this script, take it to festivals and delight audiences everywhere!
WHO WE ARE:
Amy Ball (writer/actor) has a degree in English Literature from the University of Washington, but has been telling stories ever since she decided that she'd like to own a unicorn. Having taken a HUGE leap of faith by recently leaving her corporate job as a district manager at Starbucks, she is now fully committed to telling great stories and making them happen. Her DM skills from running 12 stores in LA are fantastically transferrable to producing, and she is loving the journey!
Marc Gaudioso (director) has a BA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Film Production, both from the University of Southern California. He spent a year teaching English in Florence, Italy and travelling throughout Europe. He lives with his amazing wife, adorable children and eccentric cats in Los Angeles.
Leslie Wong (producer)is an accomplished Event and Video Producer who grew up in a small town just outside of Berkeley, CA. After graduating from the University of California in Berkeley, Leslie moved to Los Angeles, earned her masters in Communications with an emphsis in Marketing and Entertainment, and worked on numerous television shows, commercials and award-winning film productions. Her event producing credentials include large automotive meetings, PR stunt events, product conferences, concerts, fashion shows, fundraisers and political events. Her can-do attitude, combined with 15 years of production experience, has made Leslie a highly sought-after Producer in the world of Entertainment, Lifestyle and Corporate Events. She is an artist at heart and continues to pursue avenues of creativity through her illustrations, writing and graphic artwork. Leslie also enjoys watching TV, sleeping, eating, clapping her feet and hanging out with her friends, like Amy Ball. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3077411/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Michael Lloyd (cinematographer): After several years as a travelling musician, DP Michael Alden Lloyd opted for film school. But his most profound education came on the set of HUGO, where he got to watch Oscar-winning DP Robert Richardson and his crew at work. Having finished his Masters in Film and Television at Savannah College of Art and Design, Michael has since celebrated many achievements, including the Panavision Award and consecutive 2012 and 2013 ICG Emerging Cinematographer Awards. Michael has short, commercial, and feature credits – both narrative and documentary, and his work has screened across the globe, including SXSW, Cannes, and the prestigious plus CAMERIMAGE in Poland. He is a member of the Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild and is current on new technologies, including all digital formats and 3D. www.michaelaldenlloyd.com http://vimeo.com/michaelaldenlloyd
Michelle Levy (casting director) is a casting director in Los Angeles. She's not a huge fan of writing bios, so she has foolishly left this in the hands of Amy Ball, who will keep this short and sweet. Not only is Michelle an amazing casting director (check out this incredible resume! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1308422/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1), but she is also a fantastic human being, a great writer and the owner of a singing pug Kimmi and a giant cat.
WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO:
Leslie and I carefully budgeted this film. All money goes to production costs (equipment rental, lighting, location costs, casting, insurance, props, etc.) and post-production costs (editing, music, post-production sound, ADR, etc.). We are working for the love of the project; the budget is for the right tools to make this film. The vision of the director and DP is to create a visually striking world with saturated colors to recreate the mind of a child. The lighting, production designer, camera, and coordinated sequences of the shots are very important to this project.
AFTER BELLY FLOP IS MADE:
We screen it at festivals. We show it. We love this story, and we are looking forward to realizing the vision and then continuing to write and produce....MORE AWESOME PROJECTS!!
Risks and challenges
This project has been in development for almost a year, and the production team has already had numerous meetings to go over the script, casting, location scouting and production needs.
The script has gone through numerous revisions, and has been given support and critiquing by professional writers and directors.
The budget has been evaluated carefully by the producers (who have budgeted for many films, web series' and commercials). Both Leslie and Amy have extensive history in budgeting, production and project management. The budget is realistic and contains two options. One is the bare-bones budget, which is represented by this kickstarter. With 25K, we can film this movie! The second tier is at the 40K mark, where we can produce the film with all the production (and post-production) bells and whistles. It will also open up our casting possibilities.
Of course, with any projects there are obstacles. But no obstacle will stop us from getting this story told. We want to do it, and we have experience with making films and producing projects to completion. Our team is enthusiastic, motivated and excited about Belly Flop.
When we're funded, we'll go right into casting and are scheduled to shoot the first week in August.
Then the film goes into post-production where our editor, visual effects person, sound editor and composer will go to work finishing the film.
Finally, we submit it to festivals and screen it!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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