About this project
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."-Henry David Thoreau
Why Should I contribute? Even $5 or $10 contribution will help move us towards our funding goal!
What if I can't afford to contribute? If you can't contribute right now, please share this page with everyone you know! We are very excited to make this feature film and really appreciate your help!
FUNDING and BUDGET: 100% of Kickstarter funds will be spent to produce and market this film (Lisa is contributing personal funds to cover the Kickstarter fee of 5%). Terry and Lisa are not taking any money in the film and have invested their own money into the film. Some of the original investors are also backers now too.
BUDGET cast $19,000, crew $15,500, insurance $1,000, composing $600, craft (food) $3,000, sets $5,000, rewards $2,000, Marketing PR $2,000, Post production $20,000 (Total $68K)
CAST AND CREW: We have brought together a very talented cast and crew so far from local film making talent pool - folks who have been involved in making films for most of their lives, not because of the money but because of their passion for film making. We have hand picked this team because of the synergy and expertise of the team members.
This will be a Screen Actors Guild Ultra Low Budget film, which allows us to hire SAG actors - some are former students of Terry's now in Hollywood in established acting careers.
Here are some of the projects our cast and crew recently worked on:
Jackie Bainto Line Producer demo reel: http://vimeo.com/61318200
Paul Giret, Film Director of San Diego Indiefest and President of San Diego College Film Society is also Carving A Life Director of Photography and Editor. Paul has been working with video cameras all of his life.
One of Paul's projects is Valentine Victim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9GuQuGQmek
Tyler Bruhn in IRON WILL a short film from Platt College directed by Melvin Graham, GIVE ME A JUMP directed, written, and edited by Andrew Reed, and just finished an independent short film Hometown, filmed in San Diego by Ian Matthews.
TYLER BRUHN as "Mitch"
NAVID NEGAHBAN as "Dr. Kasim" Liver Specialist
The producers of Carving a Life are very proud to add Navid Negahban to the cast. Navid is best known for his role as Abu Nazir on Showtime's Emmy nominated "Homeland", and also CSI, NCIS, Law and Order, 24 among many other credits. Navid has roots in San Diego as does most of the cast and crew of "Carving A Life."
AARON BORNSTEIN as "Stephen" Mitch's father
Aaron is another San Diego actor, and part of the cast for The Hinges Improv.
LISA WINANS as "Rebecca" Mitch's art teacher
Lisa has been featured in a variety of short films and TV shows, and recently had a role at San Diego's Comic Con.
CHRISTY LINDEN as "Mary"
San Marcos native, Christy is a model, actress, massage therapist, yoga teacher, health/nutrition and skin care advisor.
SANDI TODOROVIC as "Eric"
KATHLEEN HOLT as "Nurse Mary"
Kathleen really IS a nurse and has been a student of Terry Ross (Director) at Acting Professionally, for several years.
MARLA BINGHAM as "Rehab Counselor"
JAY JEE as "Doctor Johnson"
Yet another San Diego actor, Jay Jee is retiring from the Marine Corp in October 2013 and shifting gears to his new career in film, TV, theater, and modeling.
MAX BAROUDI as "Young Mitch"
SAM PFOSER as "Young Eric"
JARED MORTON as "Zach" the skater
FRANK PAPIA as "Gordon" the realtor
Crew, as of October 2:
Director: Terry Ross (see the About Us page for Terry's info)
Screenplay/Producer: Lisa Bruhn(see About Us page for Lisa's info)
Assistant Producer: Sandy Orsmond-Holmes
Director Photography/Editor: Paul Giret
Assistant Director: Gabe
Line Production: Jackie Bainto
Art Direction: Faelynn Paterson
Lighting: Anthony Neustadt
Composer: Josh Edwards
Intern. Assist. Camera: Nick Edwards-Johnson
Sound: (not yet selected)
Grip: (not yet selected)
Makeup: Paloma Romo
Mitch/Teenage Mitch (20s) – (Tyler Bruhn)
Lauren – (20s) Mitch’s wife (not cast)
Eric/Teenage Eric – (20s) Mitch’s best friend (Sandi Todorovic)
Stephen – (late 40s) Mitch’s Dad (Aaron Bornstein)
Rebecca – (late 30s) Mitch’s step mom (Lisa Winans)
Mary (30s) – Mitch’s real mom (Christy Linden)
Doctor Johnson (30s) (Jay Jee)
Nurse Mary (40s) – hospital nurse (Kathleen Holt)
Zach (17) – skater hospital roommate (Jared Morton)
Young Mitch (10) – (Max Baroudi)
Young Eric (10) – (Sam Pfoser)
Rehab Counselor (40s) – (Marla Bingham)
Gordon (40s) – (Frank Papia)
Lyndsay (20s)– Lauren’s sister (Lindsay Kaye Sainato)
Heather – (20s) girl at party (Michelle Koops)
Brad (20s)– Heather's boyfriend (not cast)
Nathan (3) Mitch Young Son - (not cast)
Liver Specialist (Navid Negahban)
Doctor Marshall (30s) – (Hans Hernke)
Eric’s Dad (40s) – (not cast)
Kid at Beach (Kellen Rose)
Veronica (not yet cast)
Preacher (Mark Benjamin)
Jail Officer (Austin Alberto)
Orderly at Hospital (Aaron McNair)
DJ at wedding reception (not cast)
Lifeguard (Alshley Kloos)
This is a drama and love story about Mitch's journey to overcome his internal struggles and "create a normal life for himself." Mitch is an artist who is gaining recognition, but must confront the haunting memories of his mother's tragic death, and overcome his alcohol abuse, or lose all that is most precious to him.
At age ten, Mitch watches his mother die in a car accident, which he thinks is partly his fault. Mitch doesn't understand why his father becomes emotionally distant as he tries to cope with his own loss. We see Mitch grow up, fall prey to addiction, recover, fall in love, and face huge life changing choices along the way. Several twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat while you root for Mitch to Carve a Life for himself.
Comments about the story and script from experts:
Current Programs Executive for Spelling Television Inc. and CBS/Paramount: "Very good job... I like the concept, the world and the characters."
From BlueCat Screenplay Competition Analysis: "Your script has a solid dramatic premise.... Mitch is a very emotionally broken, yet sympathetic individual. A motherless teen who grows up to become an alcoholic. His journey towards fatherhood is a bumpy one.
While several of our crew have their own equipment they will bring this to set (lighting kits, lenses, sound equipment) we also want to use the highest quality camera equipment we can afford - We are wanting to use a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a few different lenses.
MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION:
We have consulted with an attorney who specializes in independent films, Donaldson & Callif regarding contracts and copyrights, and created a distribution festival launch strategy.
Once the film is complete, it will be sent it out to film festivals and be premiered in community theaters. Our goal is to take this story as far as it will go, and sign distribution agreements to extend the viewing reach across the globe.
We are helping other's with their Kickstarter campaigns too by http://kickingitforward.org
Even a $5 or $10 contribution to this film will help move us in the right direction!
Please send us a message if you have ANY questions!
Terry Ross, Lisa Bruhn, and the awesome cast and crew of Carving a Life send you a big THANK YOU!
Thanks to Paul, Anthony, and Josh for making this Kickstarter video and music! Couldn't have done it without you guys!!
Risks and challenges
The schedules of the actors and crew, some of which have other projects and jobs can be a challenge.
What we are doing to make sure nothing stops our progress:
We have 90% of the cast, crew, and locations already hand picked and have conducted production meetings to discuss schedules to identify and address any conflicts up front. We are using film production software to organize all the cast and crew contact information, schedules, and set locations.
No one plans for accidents, but better to be safe than sorry: PRODUCTION INSURANCE is in place prior to any filming to cover our talented cast, crew, and equipment.
Permits: We are working with Jodi Cilley founder of the San Diego Film Consortium to help us secure the filming and location permits we need.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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