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Patrick MartucciBy Patrick Martucci
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Patrick MartucciBy Patrick Martucci
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$26,476
pledged of $26,250pledged of $26,250 goal
54
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 18 2018 9:51 AM UTC +00:00

About

DEPTH is a psychological thriller about Merrick, a distraught man that is trying to regain control of his life after he is fired, and ultimately blacklisted, by the megalomaniacal politician he helped elect into power. 

In addition to exploring the underbelly of politics, DEPTH also addresses current issues, such as corruption, deceit, mental health, and unemployment, that are plaguing the American psyche today. 

NOTICE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

WHY AM I HERE? 

DEPTH is a passion project for both my producing partner, Patrick Martucci, and I. It is a story that we feel is raw and exciting in a time when a lot of films are playing it safe. Additionally, it is a story that we feel gives a voice to issues that haven't been explored to their full potential. 

Due to the ambitious scope of this project - and the talented actors and crew members that are needed to successfully pull it off - we are seeking donations from our families, friends, co-workers, fellow movie-lovers, and you, to help us raise the funds needed to make this project the way it was meant to be seen. 

We want to create the best possible cinematic story for your viewing pleasure, and so with that in mind, we would like to partner with you to make DEPTH a reality!

WHAT DOES PARTNER MEAN?

We understand that you work hard for your money, and so we want you - should you decide to join us on this exciting adventure - to feel like you are a part of our production team and coming along with us on this sea-bound advenure. 

Patrick and I have created a number of incentive packages specifically designed to immerse our backers in the experience of making a short film. When we were brainstorming what we wanted to include, our mindset was to pick items and opportunities that would make people feel like they were on-set with our team without having to leave the comfort of their home.

CONSIDER THIS PARTNERSHIP THE PRICE OF ADMISSION TO A FILM THAT YOU CREATED! EVEN BETTER, CONSIDER YOURSELF A PATRON OF THE ARTS (You Fancy!).

HOW MUCH MONEY DO WE NEED?

Short Answer: $26,250 

In order to fully realize our vision, and capture the best film possible, we've hired a very talented cast and crew of industry professionals. 

Below you will find our budget, and see exactly where your donation is going, so that you know, as our partner, that this is an above board production.

WHO IS INVOLVED?

EVAN CHAFFEE | Writer, Director, Co-Producer
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PATRICK MARTUCCI | Co-Producer
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ERICK TURCIOS | Director of Photography
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NYE GREEN | First Assistant Director
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DREW FRANZBLAU | Audio/Video Engineer
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The Cast

NICK EDMUNDS | Merrick
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JOSHUA DUVALL PRESTON | Derk
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GABRIELLE D'EARLIN PRESTON | Sarah
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COLIN LAND | Izaac
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WHERE ARE WE FILMING? 

  •  SAILBOAT (SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA)

DEPTH is set in two primary locations: an office building and a sail boat. Thanks to the generosity of San Diego locals, we have been able to secure both of these locations at no additional cost to our production (a huge win for our team!)  

On July 7th, our crew visited both locations to begin planning our shot list and camera and lighting set-ups, as well as our blocking, so that on our shooting days we can utilize our time effectively and ensure that we meet our schedule. 

  •  OFFICE BUILDING (LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA)

WHAT FILM FESTIVALS ARE WE HOPING TO ENTER?

We want DEPTH, and the names of all of our generous backers, to be seen by as big of an audience as possible. With that goal in mind, Patrick and I have selected the following film festivals to submit our completed film to.  

On behalf our team, Patrick, and myself, thank you for taking the time to read our proposal. We hope that you will consider making a donation to our project, and possibly find the inspiration to Kickstart your own creative endeavor. 

Sincerely,

Evan Chaffee. 

Risks and challenges

As with any film production, this project is going to have a number of challenges that myself, cast, and crew will need to overcome in order to ensure that we are able to complete the production on-time and on-budget. Our biggest priority during our pre-production phase has been anticipating what could go wrong and creating preemptive solutions to those problems.

Two of the biggest challenges that we have anticipated are: 1) filming on an actual sail boat in open water, and 2) effectively utilizing our shooting days to meet our tight shooting schedule.

CHALLENGE #1: THE SAIL BOAT

The choice to film on an actual sail boat, as opposed to a sail boat recreated in a studio, was a deliberate choice that Patrick and I made when we first started talking about making this project. From past experiences, Patrick and I have learned that visual effects can be costly and - when implemented poorly - lessen the drama and realism of a story.

We understood the safety and filming concerns that would come attached with filming on a sail boat in open water, and have taken the following preemptive measures in order to minimize the risk toward our cast and crew, as well as the production:

* Hired licensed sailing professionals and an EMT to be present on the boat during the filming of all open water scenes
* Budgeted for insurance coverage for our cast and crew, as well as filming equipment, in the event of an accident.
* Have obtained (at no additional cost to our budget) access to a motorboat to shuttle cast and crew members to the dock quickly in the event of an emergency.
* Taken the sail boat out with cast and crew members to shoot test footage in order to ensure that our team can operate safely within the limited space available.

CHALLENGE #2: TIGHT SHOOTING SCHEDULE

Our $26,250 budget allots our team three full shooting days, and one half day. Although we are confident in our cast and crews’s abilities to competently finish the production under this timeline, we recognize that our schedule will still be tight. In order to ensure that our team meets its shooting goals, Patrick and I have held numerous production meetings with our team in order to plan out our shot list, lighting plan, and blocking in advance so we can utilize our time on set for the proper amount of time needed to set up and shoot.

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