WHAT IS 'OFF-TIME'?
After wrapping up on a few feature film projects, 28 year-old actor Cliff Raines is now finally getting a little bit of a breather from work while living a lonely life in the Los Angeles area. At about that same point in time, high school student Christina Ricelli has just been forced to relocate from Oakland to southern California, where she now has nobody in her life but a deadbeat aunt who wants absolutely nothing to do with her. In time, the lonely and troubled lives of both Cliff and Christina will come together to form a special kind of companionship. As much as the two desperately need each other to get by in an incredibly flawed world full of loneliness, there’s just as many factors going against them.
MEET THE CAST
Adam LaVorgna as “Cliff Raines” (7th Heaven, I'll Be Home for Christmas, The Beautician and the Beast, and Outside Providence)
Valerie Renee Heckel as “Christina Ricelli”
Rakim making his acting debut as “Mack Griffin” (Hip Hop Legend, half of the duo Eric B and Rakim)
Brian O'Halloran as “Principal Hicks” (Clerks, Clerks II, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats)
Gerry Bednob as “Raj” (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Politics of Love, Undeclared)
Chris Owen as “Ross the Cashier” (“The Sherminator” American Pie, October Sky, Major Payne, She’s All That)
Jerod Mixon as “Ernest the Paperboy” (Old School, The New Guy, Me, Myself & Irene, White T)
Dian Bachar as “Officer Sampson” (BASEketball, Orgazmo, South Park)
Kenneth McGregor as “Ira” (X-Men, Cocktail)
Carlos Ramirez as “Officer Garcia” (Crank, Crank 2, Human Centipede III, identical twin brother of Efren Ramirez, known for his role as "Pedro" in Napoleon Dynamite)
Tony Luke, Jr. as “Moe Luciano” (The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone, Invincible)
WHY ARE WE HERE ON KICKSTARTER?
Unlike anything from out of a major Hollywood studio with a production budget consisting of easily seven or more digits, OFF-TIME has always been on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. OFF-TIME is an ultra low-budget independent film with absolutely no big-money backers involved. For more than a year, OFF-TIME has been entirely self-financed by just a handful of hard-working individuals very close to the project. Now, with pre-production and principal photography wrapped, post-production is the final stage to make it through before reaching the finish line. With that being said, we hope -- and pray -- that Kickstarter will supply us with the necessary funding needed to truly bring this great film to life -- as well as to the world for indie movie lovers to enjoy.
WHAT DOES POST-PRODUCTION ENTAIL?
Post-production is the last step in the filmmaking process before it's ready for release. This is where it all comes together and the story really comes to life. Quentin Tarantino has said that the screenplay is "the first edit of the movie, and the edit is the last draft."
Once the edit is done, the look, feel, and sound is further enhanced through music, score, color grading, sound editing and mixing, then finally mastering. The combination of all of these elements is what makes the magic that you see and hear in the theatre.
As far as post-production goes on OFF-TIME, just about everything is being done in house. The film is completely shot and is being edited and color corrected as you read this. And as much as we would we love to do everything ourselves, we know that sometimes it’s better to leave it to the experts. We’re perfectionists by nature and want to ensure that the final cut of OFF-TIME is the very best it can be. Even if that means letting someone else do the final sound mix and score. The score and sound can make or break a movie, and we know that. We also feel that there are certain songs already available that would fit perfectly in the film to really enhance the story, feel, and emotion of certain scenes. This is why we need your help. The problem lies within the ability to negotiate with major record companies, labels, and artist management without the financial support and credibility of a major studio. We used just about every penny during production and yet we still need to pay for the rights to use the songs we feel best bring the story to life, as well as the best sound mix we can possibly get to go along with the film's superb 4K Ultra High-Def picture.
HOW WILL THE KICKSTARTER FUNDS BE USED?
Since the movie is already shot and we are doing all of the picture editing and likely Color in house, funds will be split up between the following:
- Getting a talented composer to score the film.
- Having a great audio post house sweeten and mix the audio in Dolby Certified stereo and surround sound.
- Getting a talented musician(or two) to write and record some original songs and maybe unique covers of some classics.
- Licensing music.
- Mastering the film in 4K (Ultra High Definition) for the best possible presentation on any screen.
- Submission fees to the top film festivals (Sundance, Cannes, etc.)
Our goal is $25,000 but every little bit over that will help make the movie that much better. We will be able to license more music and submit to even more festivals. We promise that every bit that is pledged will be used to make this film the best it can possibly be, and we want to thank you in advance for being a part of it!
Risks and challenges
With production of the film already wrapped, we've already taken plenty of risks and overcome many challenges. The next challenge is to get over the last hurdle and make this film into the great film that we've envisioned it to be for more than a year and a half. We need to hit all of our festival deadlines to hopefully get this movie out there for the masses to see. Our main risk would be putting all the time and effort into the campaign and not achieving our goal here on Kickstarter, but even if we don't, we cannot let this set us back. We need to just keep moving forward and continue to do what we've always done. That is, to do the best we can with what we have.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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