What’s it about?
SHARK tells the story of an oddball named Mike Downing and his struggle to raise his shark-toothed son in a world that doesn’t care much for them. SHARK explores the plight of those who are different, those who love the different, and the dangers of cramming a square peg into a round hole just because those nearby say a round peg is preferable.
What was the inspiration?
After I lost my first tooth, I waited patiently for the replacement, which I was told would serve as my first minor step into adulthood. When at last the new tooth reared its head from the pink of my gums, it revealed itself not as a flat square incisor as one would expect, but instead as a pointed peg. Small and triangular and not at all welcome. We were able to surgically remove it, allowing the true adult tooth to slide into position as if nothing had gone awry, but for a short time there was real concern about my future. My mother would later tell me that up until the procedure she worried all my teeth would come about in a similar fashion, that I would have a mouth of these pointed teeth, a suburban monster with a sharp smile.
In the end I had relatively normal teeth, but there were still odd aspects to my personality and body that clashed with the status quo. That said, in comparison my childhood was much more enjoyable with normal teeth than it would have been with a mouth of daggers. I sometimes wonder what it would have been like growing up a shark-toothed boy, and beyond that, what it would have been like to be my parents in those moments of doubt when they thought they might have a monster on their hands, to know the world would not accept me.
What will the money go towards?
We're asking for $2,500, and even though this won't cover our entire budget, it will be a huge help. Raised funds will go toward the creation of the shark teeth prosthetics, camera and lighting equipment rentals, actor salaries, the creation of a 90s aesthetic in our production design (yes this is a "period" piece), location fees, and more! As we all know, a lot of money goes into making films, so to state the most common sentence uttered on Kickstarter: "every dollar counts."
You can donate as much or as little as you would like, or you can donate nothing and simply share our fundraiser or Like our Facebook page, or you can do none of that and just think about our film for a brief moment. We appreciate it all.
The important thing to keep in mind is that if we don't reach our $2,500 goal we will receive none of the donated funds. Thirty days, $2,500 -- with your help we can make this happen!
When will it be finished?
The expected completion date of SHARK is October 2013. If you donate even just a dollar, you will be one of the first to see the completed film that you helped create!
I'd like to help, what else can I do aside from donating?
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If you'd like to make any in-kind donations or would like to inquire further about helping, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are we?
Zach Endres (writer + director) is an avid writer and filmmaker with close to a dozen produced short scripts under his belt. His undergraduate thesis, THE TELEPORTED MAN, won the 2012 Student Short Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. He has also found success with his feature script DEEP WELL, which reached the coveted second round of AFF's 2012 Script Competition (Drama).
Irene Georghiades (producer) is an Austin-based producer of over a dozen short films, including the award-winning shorts INCIDENT AT PUBLIC SCHOOL 173 and THE TELEPORTED MAN. In early 2013 she wrapped production on EX-VOTOS, an international co-production shot in Real de Catorce, Mexico, while her most recent short, ROUGH WATERS (written by Zach Endres), premiered on The Longhorn Network.
Cameron Jones is a cinematographer and gaffer based in Austin, TX with experience in film, TV, and the commercial world. As a lighting technician and cinematographer he remains inspired by the great masters of light, striving for similar compositional mastery to compliment the great stories that he has the pleasure of working on in his own career. He has previously worked with Zach and Irene on THE TELEPORTED MAN.
Meredith Johns is an SFX makeup artist and the co-founder of Hawgfly Productions, Inc. Meredith was nominated for a 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for her makeup work on TEMPLE GRANDIN, while some of her other credits include STOKER (SFX Makeup Artist), MACHETE KILLS (Key SFX Prosthetics Makeup), MISSION PARK (Makeup Department Head), MACHETE (SFX Makeup Department Head), TRUE GRIT (Makeup), FRIDAY THE 13TH - PART XII (Prop Fabricator), EXIT SPEED (Key SFX Makeup), and TEETH (Makeup).
David Lee Hess (playing Mike Downing) is an actor, improviser and musician based in Austin, Texas. A man of many talents, he not only has released seven albums with his bands Supersonic Uke and Baby Got Bacteria, but he has played at comedy festivals across the country with The Team, The Glamping Trip, and Elevator Action, and has performed in a variety of plays, including Theatre En Bloc’s critically-acclaimed Just Outside Redemption. In film, David recently appeared in Joe Nicolosi’s latest SXSW short HELL NO, and can be seen in John Sheehan’s forthcoming feature film FOR SERIOUS later this year.
Tim Waggoner (playing Chuck Smith) has extensive experience in both film and theater. After studying acting for film at San Antonio College and attending The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Waggoner’s broad skillset has landed him dozens of roles and many awards including The Alamo Theatre Arts Council’s Best Actor Award. In his free time he enjoys constructing sets, playing sports, riding his motorcycle, and playing guitar. He and Zach have previously collaborated on THE TELEPORTED MAN.
Arthur Dale (playing Matty Downing) is a talented young actor with an impressive – and growing – resume, having roles in such films as Kat Candler's Sundance-favorite HELLION, and Zach's own WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH. Interestingly enough, Arthur also played a character named Matty Downing in DINOSAURS, which shares thematic roots with SHARK, both inspired by a short story Zach wrote several years ago revolving around the Downings, a troubled middle class family dealing with a strange set of circumstances.
Risks and challenges
We are committed filmmakers with dozens of short films under our belts, so I have complete confidence that with your help this project will come to fruition -- we just need that unavoidable nudge up and over the monetary roadblock.
While funding is the one major roadblock of film production, there are other obstacles that can pop up. Locations could drop out, weather could postpone production, our editor could elope to South America, but rest assured we are used to these kinds of challenges, and are fully ready to take on the challenge of film production once again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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