This is a story of transparency. Days of Dust is a short, poetic narrative that brings to the surface the concept of lost love that lingers still. Illustrated through transforming famous paintings into moving images, this film will bring the art of cinema and the art of the canvas into real depictions of life and love.
This film will be the pièce de résistance for my time as a filmmaker at Pratt Institute. This is the story my entire education has led up to telling. This is the moment to demonstrate to myself and to the industry that I have ideas and abilities to contribute to the artistic world, ideas of the human experience and universal truths. I pride myself as a female filmmaker on my ability to effectively and efficiently turn my conceptual, artistic dreams for the screen into a reality. I do this by entrusting these ideas to a cast and crew, whom I have personally chosen, for their competent abilities and equal passion for visual storytelling. You can see the work I've done previously that has led up to this moment by browsing through my vimeo page: www.vimeo.com/emilyskeletal
Seen above are the color palettes for the works of art that will be brought to life in this film (The Lovers by René Magritte, The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, Death and Life by Gustav Klimt, and Pieta by William Adolphe Bouguerau) as well as the color palettes for stills from films I've already made that elaborate on my aesthetic and shooting style.
How can we make a beautiful film without money? It's impossible. Every element of this film requires financial assistance. And it won't be possible without you! We have labored over our budget in order to make this film as efficiently as possible without sacrificing the artistry of it. Below you can see our breakdown, as transparent as the film itself, so that you can visualize what your money will be put towards in order to make this film a reality.
Skeletal Film Productions prides itself on organization and professionalism. We take the money you donate seriously, and not a cent is spent on excess. We have only asked for what we need, and we can't make this film without that financial assistance from you! So please donate what you can in support of this production. We promise its an investment to trust and expect something beautiful and memorable in return.
Emily Erhart is a young filmmaker, artist, and costume designer attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from New Jersey, she has been interested in the cinematic arts from a young age and continues to draw inspiration from her youth. Now at age 22, she is a soon-to-be graduate earning a BFA in Film/Video production with a minor in Fashion in Film + Photography. With work experience in both film/video related fields as well as fashion, she is building her career in the visual and conceptual art of film, theater, and television.
Seager Dixon was born and raised in the Florida Keys, spending the majority of his formative years at the local two screen movie theater. As he grew older, his passion for films evolved into a passion for making films. Deciding to move to Brooklyn, New York for college, Seager earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in film at Pratt Institute in 2014. Troma Entertainment provided him with his first on-set experience, serving as the art director (among other titles) for Lloyd Kaufman’s Return to Nuke Em High Vol 1 and 2. For the next two years, Seager would hone his skills in science fiction and horror, going up and down the East coast for a variety of projects and positions. Today he has found himself settled in production management. After working in every department on set, he finds it more rewarding to serve a dedicated crew. “I always liked Legos growing up. That’s how I see being a production manager, it’s taking all the pieces and putting them together so the director can create a beautiful story on screen.”
Hayden Hoyl is a filmmaker from West Texas, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Earning a BFA in Film/Video Production from Pratt Institute with a minor in Philosophy, he is currently working in the film industry making dreams come true. He likes a little sugar in his coffee, and he rarely answers emails. In his own words, "As long as it makes you feel some typeaway, let's goooo."
Patrick Hanover is a cinematographer and camera operator living in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Pratt Institute in 2014 with a BFA in Film. Patrick has worked on numerous projects since graduation, with collaborations with various directors and producers. Having shot director Hayden Hoyl’s debut short, “Advent” (2015), and Hoyl’s recent film “Odessa” (2015). Patrick is currently working on "Days of Dust" (2015) as camera assistant for Hayden, as well as producing a short film tentatively titled "Revenant" (2015).
With several years of experience as a stills photographer, Mayer Chalom hopes to bring his enthusiasm for visual storytelling to the set. He loves all things camera and lighting and is focusing his film studies at Pratt Institute towards cinematography.
Justin O'Brien is a third year Digital Arts major attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in 3d modeling, concept art, storyboarding, compositing and pre-production. Originally from Long Island, New York, he transferred to Pratt from Suffolk County Community College where he established an artistic foundation in traditional drawing and painting. At present, he is the creative art lead and primary concept artist for an FPS game in development at Archetype Studios. As a young artist involved in film and video game production, Justin is passionate about working with others to realize and design the images of a story.
Kate Macdougall is an artist currently living in Brooklyn, NY, where she has been studying film production at Pratt Institute. She is interested in writing and directing character driven projects hoping to work with her favorite comedians one day. She also plans to travel the world making films where she can meet new people and learn new things. Her passions include reading about Native American healing techniques, painting, coconut oil, playing guitar, and researching dog breeds that won’t make her sneeze.
Sydney Clara Brafman is an award winning senior film student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She's had a chance to create two documentaries, an experimental documentary, and an animation that screened around the world at various festivals and at the Cannes Film Festival. Sydney has and always will be driven to study the human condition, the irony of circumstances, the tragedy of humor and the environments they inhabit.
Nicole Neenan graduated from Pratt Institute in 2010 with a BFA in Photography and a minor in History of Art and Design. Based in Brooklyn, Nicole works as a professional Photographer throughout NYC and is an aspiring Makeup Artist. She possesses an intense fascination with fashion, makeup, cinema, and the action of creating a mysterious scene from behind the lens. To check out her work, please visit www.NicoleNeenan.com
For donating your financial assistance to the making of this film, you'll be able to obtain some really unique and exciting rewards! Anything from a signed mini poster to a trip to New Jersey to walk around the set could be yours, and we like to think that you'd like to get something that exciting back from us in exchange for your help. The more you can contribute, the more you will receive in return. And all of these things can be sold when our crew and cast are famous and these items are considered "vintage"!
THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU! We could not make this film without your help, sincerely. It takes a village to make a film, on the production side of things alone. But there is so much more to filmmaking than just the camera, crew, and cast. It requires people such as yourselves who are interested in making dreams become reality, and for that we hope that we have convinced you enough that our passion can do just that. If you can't afford to donate, we thank you for your time to check out our campaign and we ask that you share this page on social media and any other platforms to spread the word! If you can donate, please know that any and all of the money you contribute is going towards supporting the arts, supporting our abilities as filmmakers, and supporting my dreams. Thanks so much for every penny, sincerely.
Risks and challenges
Backing a Kickstarter project financially is more than just pledging funds to a creator. It's pledging your support to a creative idea you want to see really exist in the world. Launching a Kickstarter campaign is a very public act, and doing so puts my reputation as a filmmaker and artist at risk.
It's not uncommon for artistic goals to take longer than expected. Sometimes the execution of a project proves more difficult than anticipated. As the writer and director of this endeavor, it's my job to complete my film given the circumstances and support that lies ahead. As a backer, I hope that you'll hold me accountable to this. If you can't contribute financially, I appreciate your time spent reading about this project. I hope that you'll share it with family and friends. You are just as vital as the funding itself!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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