About this project
5th Ave Film Society was written by Tyler St. Pierre and will be directed by Geoff Vrijmoet. We're recent graduates from Portland State University's Film Program. We're excited to finally present this project to you for your consideration. We're looking to work alongside our fellow peers and shoot locally in and around Portland, Oregon this fall. This story was born out of a need to create and tell stories. We believe in the power of stories and can't wait to take you along for the ride.
You're the reason we do this.
Tyler St. Pierre's script follows a group of twenty-somethings just after their close friend from childhood, Charlie, dies in an unexpected accident. These people have been life long friends and share a love of film. They all grew up off of 5th Ave in one of the suburbs just outside of the city. In high school, they created what they called the "5th Ave Film Society", where they would get together and watch great films. Charlie was their founder. He leaves behind Margot, Lydia, Nick, and Emilie. We watch them navigate the process of grief as we flash back to see what brought them so close. For these characters, the navigation of grief is the process of growing up and entering adulthood.
It could be described as a Stand By Me for the YouTube generation.
The story of growing up is a universal one. We all know that feeling of what it's like to move from one part of life into the next. This story comes from that place. Growing up is hard enough, so how do we do it when we suddenly feel stunted by the death of someone we were growing up alongside?
Through these characters and through the love of film, we'll explore that idea and see our characters make it to the other side.
Oregon plays an incredible role throughout the film. There's a rich history of film in Oregon that our characters are very aware of. We'll be paying tribute to a lot of this history by referencing films and visiting shooting locations. We want Oregon itself to be as much a character as these people are. This story is about growing up. We're exploring not only who you grow up with, but also where you grow up.
This is a celebration of Oregon film as we ourselves aim to become a part of Oregon's long film history. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest to Wild to 5th Ave Film Society.
The local movie theater scene in Portland plays a major role as well, and we're looking forward to highlighting their role in the city throughout the film. Keeping things local is important to us because it means we're supporting our neighbors. Notice a trend? We love our community.
Our Production Plan
We have 17 shoot days planned for September 2017. Geoff Vrijmoet will be directing with Dylan Gansen acting as our Director of Photography. They're an award winning team, having just won a major Narrative Fiction award from the Portland State University Film Department. Shooting will mostly take place in and around Portland, Oregon. There will be one day in Hood River, Oregon.
We'll be shooting on a Panasonic G7 using a variety of lenses and a Metabones Speed Booster.
Everyone will be fed on set everyday that they come to work. We'll have 12 hour shoot days at the maximum. Transportation will be provided on the Hood River shoot day.
Our crew will range from six to ten people depending on the type of shooting going on during a days production.
Why We Need Money
The biggest reason we're asking for money is so that we can pay the people who work on this film. We're well aware that most of the people we ask will be more than happy to work for food because we went to school with some amazing people. But it's precisely because they're amazing that we want to be able to offer much more than food. They'll be working incredibly hard. They're fellow graduates and other students still completing the program. They've mostly never been paid to make movies, but they have an incredible passion and drive to make movies. We want to honor that.
Sound is probably the most important part of making a successful film. If your sound is top notch, everything else feels natural. We've found a professionally working sound recordist in Portland. As they're a professional, though, they must be paid. We want our film to sound the best it possibly can and the'll deliver on that.
While we've found a great camera to shoot the project with, we're still a little short on some of the other equipment, with our biggest need being in the lighting department. We no longer have the luxury of using whatever PSU has available. We're aiming to buy a small lighting kit and a few LED's to help us through the shoot.
There are a few locations that will require us to pay a small fee for their use and this money will be used to ensure we're able to pay those fees and shoot the film as we're imagining it.
Your pledge will help make this film the best possible product it can be.
This film is the result of months of collaboration and it's going to be something incredibly special. It's a coming of age story as seen through the lens of grief and the power of film. It's an ode to a place that we've grown up in and that has given us so much. Oregon is an incredible place and it deserves to be seen as such.
We believe in this story, and we hope that you will, too.
Your support means the world to all of us. We really couldn't do this without you.
Thank you so much.
- Tyler St. Pierre (writer) & Geoff Vrijmoet (director)
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge will be limited resources. We're only asking for so much and that will only get us so far. This isn't a bad thing, though. In school, we were given limited resources and forced to be creative when we ran into issues. This will be an incredible asset during production. It's part of why we're so thankful to have gone to a school that only offered so much, because we don't feel limited by what we're getting. We understand how to make $18,000 look like $180,000 by being able to think outside of the box and be creative.
Our shoot days are mostly locked down, but finding locations could force a delay. We've already started the process of scouting locations in order to circumvent this and be ahead of the curve. Some of the locations include a brew pub, a movie theater, a mall, a lake, and several residential houses. We've got leads on many of these locations.
We're aware that Oregon weather can sometimes be unpredictable (i.e. the never ending winter of last year) and have written most of our scenes to take place inside locations or under some form of cover in an attempt to outsmart the weather. Only the worst will keep us away and September is far from the worst in Oregon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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