What is Prom King, 2010?
For those of you who are new to the Prom Committee: welcome! Prom King, 2010 is a feature film comedy about Charlie, a New York college student, who loves love. Love, in his definition, is the sort of thing you achieve with a bursting fountain in the background of a kiss or a swelling orchestra punctuating a proud, declaration of "you are my one and only!"
But then Charlie finds his romantic pursuits leading him to icky OkCupid profiles, seedy back rooms in leather bars, and the unexpected tears of cute freshman boys who "aren't really out." Failed romance after failed romance, he begins to worry that his homosexuality, something he believed he was out-and-proud about, is an incompatible factor with the classic, Hollywood romance he's aspiring toward.
You can find more information on our pre-production campaign page here, and view our production teaser below.
How did we do it?
Thanks to the love and support of 118 backers, we were able to shoot the film this March on a shoe-string budget of $17,300. We shot for 20 days with a skeleton crew of 6 people. Between the 6 of us, we coordinated a new location to shoot at every single day and a speaking cast of 31 roles (let's not forget about extras).
The shoot took us from a multitude of apartments, bars, cafes, roofs, abandoned churches, empty streets, promenades, blanket forts, and the zaniest mansion you'll ever find in Staten Island.
Who are we?
Christopher Schaap (Writer/Director/"Charlie") is a graduate from Seattle University with a degree in film. In the last year, a stop-motion short that he produced and co-wrote, Out of Print, has been playing through the festival circuit. Most notably, the film won the Audience Choice Award at NFFTY -- the largest youth film festival in the nation. In addition to working on shorts independently, he also has worked on Stephen Gyllenhaal's Grassroots, Ridley Scott's Amazon Prime series The Man in the High Castle, and Matt Ross's Captain Fantastic.
Isabella Jackson (Producer) graduated from the New School with a degree in film and dance. She recently worked with IFP's Independent Film Week for Emerging Storytellers, Web Storytellers, and Narrative Labs. She has been working with filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (Dir: I am a Sex Addict, The Sheik and I) on his feature project, The Sky Is Blue Like an Orange, and his show premiering on BRIC TV, The Show about the Show. She will also be acting in Jack Dunphy's (Dir: Serenity, prod: Stinking Heaven) and Nathan Silver's (Dir: Actor Martinez, Stinking Heaven) The Pervert.
Aharon Rothschild (Director of Photography) was born in New York and has lived Montreal, Paris, Jerusalem, and Calcutta. He began shooting news in Israel and continued as a photojournalist and photo editor in New York City. After moving to India, he had several exhibitions of his fine art photography in India, before working as director of photography on his first feature, Khwaabb (2014 Dir. Zaid Khan). Khwaabb received a wide release in theaters in India, and garnered attention for it's underwater swimming scenes, realistic lighting and kinetic camera movement. Aharon recently wrapped shooting on Landing Up (Dir. Danny Tenenbaum) a visceral feature film about homelessness shot on location in New York. His work can be found here
Aitor Mendilibar (Director of Photography) is a New York-based filmmaker and cinematographer. He is originally from Basque Country, where he received degrees in computer science, telecommunications, and audio/visual production. While in Basque Country he worked in production and post-production on music videos, short films and commercials. In 2012, he moved to New York City to study documentary filmmaking at New York Film Academy. Since graduating he has worked as a cinematographer and editor for documentaries, narrative films, TV shows, music videos, live performances, among other projects. He has worked with Oscar nominated director and producer Oren Jacoby and award winning cinematographers Buddy Squires, ASC and Tom Hurwitz, ASC. He also creates his own content and collaborates with artists across genres. Aitor is currently collaborating with choreographers Reggie Wilson and Raja Feather Kelly. He is also the co-founder and former bass player of the Basque punk rock band Disorders, that played for 10 years and produced two studio albums. After the band split up in 2011, Aitor co-created The Wilsons in 2014 where he plays the bass.
Nikolai Metin (Editor) is a New York independent filmmaker. In the past he has worked with Paul Schrader, Ela Thier, Jeff Lipsky, and Nadja Verena Marcin. He loves anything creative, new, and challenging. When he's not making movies he enjoys hiking and trains in jiu jitsu.
How much money?
Our ideal budget for post-production is the same as it was for pre-production: $15,000.
This would cover editing, color correction, sound mixing, scoring, a day or two for shooting pick-up's and B-roll and festival fees.
With Kickstarter's all-or-nothing fundraising policy in mind, we've allotted for an absolute minimum of $10,000, which is our initial campaign goal.
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Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is our budget: we have been and are continuing to work with the smallest budget possible to make this film the best film it can be.
Fortunately, we have amassed a crew who truly believe in the film, even if that means working for a smaller amount of money. The biggest challenge that comes with this is utilizing our team to cover the bases that are normally handled by a standard, larger crew. This comes down to the fine-tuning the little details in a film -- like reaching out to friends in bands for free music to play as ambient sound in a scene in exchange for a credit.
Our film has proven to be full of these little challenges, and we expected this with what an ambitious project it was. We continue to tackle these challenges every single day with as much confidence (even if deranged and naive at times) as our film's protagonist.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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