UPDATE: BESTSELLING AUTHOR JAMES FREY COMES ON BOARD AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THOSE WHO WANDER
We have some incredible news to announce. The New Canaan resident and man who Time Magazine called 'America's Most Notorious Author', James Frey, has signed on to become an Executive Producer of Those Who Wander!
James, whose bestsellers include A Million Little Pieces (2003), My Friend Leonard (2005), and Bright Shining Morning (2008) has been one of the most celebrated and controversial authors of the past decade. In 2010 he penned the novel I Am Number Four under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore, which was turned into a major motion picture of the same name by Michael Bay and Dreamworks the next year.
Having James on this project brings it up to a whole new level, and we are so ecstatic to begin working with him.
"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius and power and magic in it."
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~
Hey, you made it to our Kickstarter page! Congrats! Welcome. Now what the heck is all of this about?
We're making a feature film. Our first feature film, and we're pretty ecstatic about it, but we need your help to make it possible. Read below for the synopsis and other cool information.
Okay... what can I do?
You can support us financially by giving us any level of contribution that you can, even if it's just $10 (here's looking at you college kids...we know you have barely enough money to survive). And even if you can't contribute financially, you can share this page and help spread the word to all of your friends and family! Help us get the message out!
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Why should I give you my money?
You get some pretty cool rewards for different levels of contribution --- from access to our soundtrack and customized playlists to the chance to have a walk on role in the feature film. Plus, you're the only way this film is going to get made. We're relying on donations from people like you to fund this film, because our budget is too small for a big studio or Hollywood investor to take on, but it's too large for us to be able to fund completely out of pocket.
Huh... well, what's the project?
So glad you asked! Those Who Wander is an independent coming of age comedy about the unglamorous and uncensored truth of being a 20 year old child failing every way but up.
Frustrated with midterms, the city, and her increasingly complicated love life, 19-year old Zoe sets off on a road trip down to her unpredictable and ill-advised best friend Sam’s childhood home in Georgia, with Sam’s judgmental older roommate Spencer, Zoe’s it’s-really-complicated-so-let’s-just-say-friends-with-benefits lover Joel, and a guy named Danny who correlates his mood to his socks.
Somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line it quickly becomes evident that the ‘fun spring break week to relax and forget’ is never going to happen, because: Sam has some seriously unresolved issues with his temperamental stepfather, Spencer seems determined not to let Zoe have any fun and Joel’s mixed signals are driving everyone insane. Not to mention Sam’s narcissistic childhood best friend Trey, who’s made it his mission to stir up some trouble and come between Zoe and Sam.
Caught up in a whirlwind of midnight car sex, day-raves in parking garages and drug dealers named Tiger, Zoe and Sam will do anything to keep pretending nothings wrong.
Here's some concept art Abigail drew:
That sounds cool. So is this a real movie?
Yeah! It's completely real. We are planning to shoot this August in New Canaan, Stamford and NYC and are hiring a mix of SAG actors, professional crew members and local talent. We are part of the SAG Ultra Low Budget Agreement, which means that the Screen Actors Guild recognizes that we are a tiny budget independent film, and is allowing us to hire professional actors alongside non-union actors, and for a fraction of what it would normally cost to hire them.
Using local talent is so important to us, especially since we have such a wealth of talent in this town. Already cast are Ryan Stiffelman, in the role of Danny, the youngest, oddball traveler of the five friends, and Ryan Timberlake in the role of Eddy, a philosophizing stoner they meet along the way.
Just added to cast is Anna Holbrook, who is an incredible Emmy award winning actress and teacher at the Performing Arts Conservatory in New Canaan. (Check out her IMDB page here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0390020/) Anna will be playing the role of Grace, Zoe's mother.
We are so so so excited about everyone that we have already cast and look forward to everyone that we will be adding in the next few weeks! We will post updates as we get them!
PLUS we are so lucky to be working with an AMAZING casting director----Adrienne Stern, who owns and operates ASC casting and has cast incredible talents like Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo, and Alan Arkin in award winning movies that have gone on to major film festivals like Sundance, Berlin and Toronto. And she's casting OUR movie, which is going to open so many doors for us when it comes to getting into festivals and getting distribution.
Pretty amazing song right? That's Chloe Sunshine, AKA Kendall Eagan, another insanely talented NCHS alum we're excited to be working with! Kendall is so talented and in addition to her own music and performing/writing/touring with Chloe Sunshine she works as a music supervisor, and is coming on board to do just that for our film! (For those who don't know, a music supervisor is in charge of picking out what music should be in the film, contacting the artists and dealing with all the licensing and legality of getting said music. It's INCREDIBLY important, after all, what would a movie be without it's killer soundtrack??) And thank goodness we have an incredible music supervisor in Kendall, who is also going to compose some original music for us where we need it!!
Sounds pretty legit.... but why should I trust you guys?
Because this project is our life. We have spent almost every second of the past year working to get to this point, and we can guarantee you that we will spend every second of the next few months making sure that this film is made the right way. We're putting everything we have into it, time, money, blood, sweat, tears, and we believe 100% that it will be a success. The last film we made together, a short called Seconds of In Between, was chosen as an Official Selection of the LA First Glance Film Festival and featured on their website and approached for distribution. So we're done it before, we know how this works, and we have an incredible support staff, from teachers, to producers out in LA who are mentoring us, to everyone who has already agreed to come work on this project for free- just because they love the script.
A lot of people have been asking us where the money would be going to- which is a really valid question! So we made this breakdown chart to illustrate where the budget on the film actually goes:
Now, while it is typical that equipment makes up a lot of the budget (after all, professional film equipment is really expensive, and good equipment is one of the hallmarks of a good film, especially sound) a lot of the other categories are different percentages than you would see on a normal film breakdown, and that is because we are really trying to conserve money and shoot this film for as little money as possible, so that every dollar you give us is put to good and necessary use.
Neither of us are taking a dollar from the film, in fact, most of our cast and crew aren't being paid, and are just working for room and board and to be a part of this project, which leaves us with money to hire some name talent and incredible Hollywood professionals, like our casting director, so that we can really bring the film up to another level.
We have spent the past year working on this budget and consulting with experts to make sure we were making the most financially efficient film possible, without compromising the integrity of our vision. If you are interested in a more detailed budget or hearing more about how your donation specifically could help, please message us! We'd love to talk to you.
You mention 'community' a lot in your video...why are you so obsessed with it?
Growing up in New Canaan, we were lucky that the public school systems supported the arts the way they did and we got to pursue what we loved in high school and had role models who encouraged us to go after our dreams. If we didn't we probably wouldn't be here doing this today, so it was important to us to come back to the town that had given us so much to shoot our first feature. We are working with the town--- First Selectman Rob Mallozzi has been invaluable to us in helping with permits and locations and getting the word out, and many local businesses have stepped up to take a part in the film.
For example, Caren Forbes & Co has agreed to help out with the costuming. (For those of you who don't know, Caren Forbes is the really cool clothing store above Wave, they have the most adorable clothing! Go check it out!) And many local restaurants like Zumbachs, Tony's, Joe's Pizza and Station Eats have offered to donate coffee or food to feed our cast and crew.
In addition, we're working with New Canaan High School and Trinity Catholic High School to run an internship program to get kids involved in the arts and give them first hand experience working on a professional film set. We also have college interns from all around the east coast, who are completely essential to us when it comes to the day to day work needed to get a film from conception to final wrap!
We really want this to be a community film, and we want to get everyone involved, whatever that means for them. You want to act? Great, come be an extra or audition for a supporting role for us, we'd love to have you. Interested in production? Join our crew and we'll show you the ropes (or more accurately, the wires!) Anyone who wants to be involved can be involved and we hope to really make this film a collaborative community effort, and see if we can all do this together!
I like this project, but I'm bored of reading this long KickStarter... how do I donate?
To become one of our backers, just click on the big green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up.
It's super easy, we promise the whole process will take under a minute- you can even sign up with Facebook, or if you don't want to or don't have a Facebook, all you need is an email! KickStarter accepts any major credit card or Paypal. And the pledge levels are just for rewards- you can pledge any amount you want and then pick and choose your rewards so long as they fall under your donation level or lower.
PLEASE HELP US MAKE THIS FILM, WE KNOW WE HAVE A STORY WORTH TELLING AND WE KNOW THAT WE CAN MAKE AN UNBELIEVABLE MOVIE IF WE JUST REACH OUR FUNDRAISING GOALS, BUT WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP.
Come join our team, it's a team worth joining. And thanks for reading this KickStarter all the way to the bottom, we really appreciate you taking the time to consider this project.
- Abigail & Nicola
thanks to Kevin Macleod for the music.
Risks and challenges
Look, we're going to be straight with you, making a feature film is hard work and there are always going to be unforeseen challenges and setbacks in every area, but we are 100% confident that we can tackle anything that is thrown our way.
We have an amazing production team assembled, that we are adding to every day and these are people who are skilled specifically in problem solving. They know what type of tape fixes light leaks and how to change the spare tire on the production van and where to get donuts for a hungry cast and crew at 2 in the morning.
The fact of the matter is, this is a passion project, and everyone involved has been putting their heads together for months now to try and figure out every possible obstacle and subsequent solution so that we can be better prepared when it comes to facing those challenges on set.
Our biggest challenge right now is fundraising and getting the word out, and you can help us with that! But after our campaign is a success, because we're confident it will be, the biggest challenge that we will face is getting it into festivals and acquiring distribution, because that's always the biggest challenge for any independent film. But through our team and through the contacts and help of backers just like you we actually have already begun the process of talking to people about distributing the film and figuring out the best channels to get our film into festivals.
Really when it gets down to it, the challenges a film faces are as easy to surmount as the team is strong.
And our team is pretty kick ass if I do say so myself.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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