Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our final iteration of fundraising to complete our first independent feature film, “The Arbors”. Officially reaching picture lock a year since we wrapped principal photography last summer, we are opening one last campaign to try and raise money to complete the last crucial elements of our film.
Who We Are
As a tight team coming straight out of UNCSA's School of Filmmaking program, we’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate on some festival award-winning short films both through the school and independently.
From the prep, production through post-production, we’ve been fortunate to work underneath large-scale productions (up to 70-member crews) while also operating under small run-and–gun guerrilla film shoots, such as this film.
As a strong, passionate group, we love telling stories in a wide variety of genres, ranging from quirky comedies to Sci-Fi and horror.
For more info on us check out this video about our team done by UNC-TV and NC-Now:
Link: UNC-TV/NC-Now Video
Our Short Films:
"The Arbors" Story Synopsis:
Ethan Daunes avoids human interaction by busying his nights with work (locksmith calls) and sleeping away as much of the day as possible. He longs to reconnect with his now distant younger brother, Shane, who has happily settled down with a family of his own.
Working late one night, Ethan finds a strange, insect-like creature. Morbidly fascinated, he decides to take it home, locking it away in his shed. The creature soon begins to grow in size and, after a fatal incident, escapes.
Racked with guilt, Ethan watches as the town is plagued with mysterious deaths, fearing that he is at fault. Realizing that all the deaths are connected to him in some way, he decides he must stop the creature before it hurts the ones he cares about the most.
Some of our Stars:
What We've Accomplished:
From financing, preproduction to production, the entirety of our summer last year was spent on getting this film made. At the beginning of June, our first Kickstarter campaign opened for two weeks with the next three being spent on planning out and executing the 25 long days and nights of production. We were fortunate in having garnered enough support to raise more than $14,000 dollars, and because of the overwhelming support we understood that failure was not an option.
For any independent feature length film, however, this amount is referred to as a "no-budget" picture. While we had been accustomed to stretching the limits of budget with our experience on numerous guerilla-style shoots, many of our days and nights went over the length of 12 hours with some calls reaching as late as 5:00 AM. From keys to below-the-line, no one on crew made a cent from working and even donated much of their own money; investing in the time and resources of this project.
After gathering as much footage as possible within our production calendar, dozens of terabytes worth of high-quality footage and sound data were transcoded down to be resized to an editable format. Director Clayton & editor Jeremy drafted a first rough cut of the film without any editing or audio-syncing assistance, which was then screened for specifically selected focus groups. We compiled everything learned from the screening notes and continued editing to ultimately try and obtain what was felt to be the most cohesive and entertaining story possible.
From these notes, we held multiple pick up shoots with minimal crew to clean up and enhance the story, and finally achieved picture lock. Since then, we have been working diligently to complete our sound leveling and mixing, ADR, foley recording, and coloring our footage for the final “look” of the picture.
What We Have Left:
With our picture officially locked, we have just a few more rounds of legwork that are essential for the movie to finally be completed. All of the finishing funds being raised will go towards elements such as an orchestra for selected sequences in the film, hiring a visual effects artist and team to model, design and animate a photo realistic creature, and assist in financing our upcoming submission fees for some major film festivals.
While there is still much to be completed, it’s nothing compared to how much we’ve already accomplished this past year. This campaign is the final wall before our first independent feature length movie is complete, and we hope you’ll take the time to share our endeavor and think about donating to help us cross the finish line.
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Risks and challenges
While there is still much left to do closing in on some very important festival submission deadlines, it is nothing compared to what has already been accomplished with last summer’s production. Our biggest risk and challenge at the outset was getting this movie made financed, prepped and shot within one summer, and we were able to accomplish this through much hard work and perseverance.
Whether a no-budget picture like ours, or a studio film financed with hundreds of millions of dollars, there is always a risk in seeing what response will come from audiences. Our team is fully aware of the risks and challenges that go into completing this movie at its fullest potential, marketing and packaging it, being able to choose our premiere route, and making the best connections and deals we can with this film if it is able to screen at some promising festivals.
We are confident that our education from UNCSA School of Filmmaking and the experience we’ve gathered from this past year finalizing and planning the next routes for the film will help us make the best decisions for it once completed. With your help, this endeavor will hopefully turn into a stepping-stone for making a big move into the industry, and we deeply appreciate your time and consideration in investing in our futures as upcoming filmmakers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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