Speak to Me tells the story of Sam, a has-been best selling author desperate to reclaim his success at any cost, and his fiance Mia, who is hitting the stride of her career. This film explores the themes of mental illness, domestic violence, desperation, and jealousy. As Mia becomes more successful and Sam sinks deeper into his unstable mental state, he becomes more desperate to regain the success he once had.
Why Speak to Me?
This film is so much more than mental illness. Speak to Me is a film about the relationships people have both with work and with each other. The film analyzes what people want and what they are willing to do to get it. Everyone has been Sam at some point in their lives and Mia at others. We all have goals and sometimes they are met and sometimes not. We want this film to be able to tell this story and share it with everyone who sees it.
When and where is the shoot?
We are filming in November of 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Here are some Behind the Scenes photos of our first shooting weekend!
Once the film is made, what happens next?
We plan to distribute to multiple film festivals. Once production is complete we will be editing a short trailer to help distribute the film as much as possible. As soon as the final edit is complete we have a long list of important festivals which we wish to send Speak to Me to. We are excited about the possibility of so many people being able to view the product of all of our hard work.
Why the $$? (Budget Breakdown)
About the Team
Nicolas Thilo-McGovern (Writer, Director, EP) is a film student born and raised in Cambridge, MA. He is currently a Junior at Emerson College. Since arriving on campus Nic’s focus has always been on writing and directing. Particularly writing small stories about everyday people and the struggles they go through. In addition to writing, Nic is the Marketing director for Emerson Independent Video, the largest student-run production studio in Massachusetts, and Public Relations chair of the cinematic society Delta Kappa Alpha.
Sarah Duval (Executive Producer) is a film student from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi at Emerson College in her sophomore year. With her time as Emerson thus far, she has been on the producing team for eight short films and a web series, as well as being the Technical Director for the comedy troupe Police Geese, producing five of those projects (including the web series) herself. Sarah worked for Hawaiʻi Women In Filmmaking as a Filmmaking Mentor to encourage young girls to enter the film industry. She plans to lead by example by constantly creating and producing projects that tell complex and creative stories just like the story that is told in Speak to Me.
Jake Nelson (Executive Producer) is a young professional living in Boston. Also a junior at Emerson College, he utilizes the institution’s assets and opportunities to further his professional endeavors as a small business owner within the media industry. With passions for both music and film, he focuses primarily on media production for advertisement. Born and raised in New England, he looks forward to following his profession to the west coast within the next year. Jake is thrilled to be a part of Speak to Me and hopes to see the project through to completion and beyond, into the professional world of media through the festival circuit.
Risks and challenges
As with all student films, there are a number of risks and challenges.
In regards to pre-production, due to our very low budget, we are being very meticulous and particular about our money spending both prior and during our shoot in the next couple of weeks.
During the actual production, we want to have the most efficient and professional set — as well as a safe one. With a crew of almost thirty members, we want to ensure that the process is as efficient as possible, but also ensuring the safety and well-being of all our cast and crew members. This shooting process will take multiple long days, so we plan to effectively use our resources in a timely and respectable manner.
As for post-production, the biggest risk is always that we want all of our hard work on set to be well received — but that part is all up to the editing process. At the end of the day, to be able to see this important story come together so that people can also witness it would be our greatest sense of success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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