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Heist is a short comedy that follows one Hawaiian teenaged boy in his misguided quest to find love.

The Story

Heist is the first chapter of Todd Ching’s decent into a life of crime and mediocrity. Todd, 16 and gangly is desperate for love and approval of the “cool kids.” When local bad girl, Corrina, expresses interest in Todd, he does everything in his power to impress her, including the single dumbest act of his life, robbing the bank that his former best friend, Keoni, is the security guard for.

Not only is Todd trying to impress Corrina, but he is also pushing away his childhood friend, Keoni and replacing him with his new friend, Nohea, a dark and depressed hipster.

The journey to the robbery begins when Todd’s crush, Corrina, takes Todd’s virginity. After he loses his virginity Todd assumes Corrina is his girlfriend, much to his dismay the sex was a one time thing for Corrina.  Corrina only sleeps with Todd to see whether or not he really is missing his big toe.  Todd is desperate to regain Corrina’s affection and when she starts to complain about how boring Hawaii is, and how much she’d like to get off the island, he suggests robbing a bank to fund their escape to the mainland. They decide to rob the bank Keoni is a security guard in, as he will likely let Todd in when the bank is closed. 

The Money

The money raised through kickstarter will all be applied to the production of this film.  I will be flying about 5 people from California to Hawaii, lodging them and feeding them. In addition to my mainland crew I need to fly gear from the mainland to Hawaii, rent gear in Hawaii, rent vans, pay for locations, costumes, makeup, and food for my crew.  I will be leaving for Hawaii soon to get my local cast and crew together. 

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Casting and crewing up will be the two biggest challenges in this project. While I was born and raised in Hawaii, I have never worked on a film project there and don't know people working in film there or actors. Hawaii also has quite a few working professionals and this film is too low budget for me to pay most of my crew. I feel confident that once this film is shot I will be able to complete it.

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