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WE MADE IT!
Cast member Benjamin Ayres celebrates hitting the kickstarter goal:
Cast member Alanis Peart thanks Pledgers with a celebratory joke:
FINAL WEEK INCENTIVES ALERT!
Been following our Mystery Box clues? Here's the final challenge! (last 2 clues in the updates, or all the clues are together here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/YELLOWthepilotfilm/videos/?ref=page_internal!)
YELLOW IN AUSTRALIA!
Australian movie magazine Popcorn heard about YELLOW and did a feature on us! Read the interview they did with Sarah Deakins HERE: http://www.popcornmediatv.com/features/2017/4/19/sarah-deakins-talks-yellow-qa
The next 10 people to donate $50 or more will all receive a WONDER WOMAN print by James Picard!
THE LATEST NEWS
Head over to the UPDATES section for more details as we welcome NATHAN SAWAYA and his iconic YELLOW sculpture to the project!
We've in the home stretch! Our writer/director explains why she and artist James Picard are so passionate about this pilot episode:
YELLOW is the first film/pilot episode in what we hope will be a series of seven, aiming to promote and give a platform to female filmmakers/writers/directors in Canada. The episodes will all stand-alone, but together will make up a themed anthology series about human connection. There's more info about that below in the BIGGER PICTURE section, but for now let's concentrate on this first film/pilot episode.
This Robert Altmanesque piece follows 10 characters during one seemingly ordinary afternoon in an art gallery, but on this particular afternoon, all of these characters experience some sort of crossroads in their lives. Its about the intricacies of what it means to be human; its about art and love, poetry and the pursuits of our own truths... And we have a stellar cast to help us bring this all to light!
My name is Sarah Deakins and I've been an actor for most of my life.
Over the last several years, I realized I really wanted to have more control over the types of stories I'm putting out in to the world. I started writing...
...and now I want to keep doing that, but I also want to help and encourage other women to do the same...
(see THE BIGGER PICTURE below).
So while GREECE was a very contained piece, in a private space, which explored the last connection between just two people, a mother and daughter, YELLOW has a much wider scope, taking place in an art gallery, following ten characters, primarily from the point of view of the art...
Starting off with CBC's PURE star himself, Ryan Robbins! In YELLOW, Ryan will play the POET character, who has a secret that we won’t reveal to you just yet...
I will be playing opposite Ryan as the WRITER character, but you’ll see enough of me as this campaign goes on, so let’s move on to…
I've always loved Mylène Dinh-Robic's work; whether she's playing a down and out character or one of authority, the humanity in her eyes always shines through, and I was so pleased when she said, "Yes" to playing the GHOST in this film (yes, there is a ghost in this film!).
Mylène works with another friend of mine, Adrian Holmes, on the powerful and groundbreaking TV series, 19-2. I’ve known both these two for years since we were all cutting our teeth in the Vancouver film and television industry. We are so lucky to have Adrian on board as well, playing The Art Gallery SECURITY GUARD, but don’t worry, he’s so much more than that…
Playing opposite Adrian are two of my favourite Canadian Actors, Katie Boland...
Fun fact: I wrote these roles for these specific actors, Katie as a young woman initially more concerned with her social media presence than actually being present (her character is called the SELFIE GIRL) and Stephanie as a 40-SOMETHING WOMAN meeting someone for a blind date. Stephanie is fresh off playing Dr. Iris Rouse on SHADOWHUNTERS, was a regular on INCORPORATED, and is perhaps best known for her role as Lonny on Global's REMEDY; Katie has recently completed her directing debut on a BRAVOFACT film, LOLTZ-ITA, and can be seen in The CW Series REIGN, as well as countless other movies and TV shows.
...Which brings us to Michael Shanks as our BLIND DATE GUY character. Most of you will remember Michael from STARGATE and SAVING HOPE, but here's another fun fact: Michael and I were in an episode of THE OUTER LIMITS together, years ago, playing husband and wife on a space mission, and I electrocuted myself to death and died in his arms in the end - good times! http://www.tv.com/shows/the-outer-limits/manifest-destiny-28355/
OK, moving on: Kyra Zagorsky. Kyra is perhaps best known for her lead performance on HELIX, and we also know each other from Vancouver; I’ve always wanted to work with her. She plays one half of a couple and the other half is...
...Benjamin Ayres. Also just off several years on SAVING HOPE, Benjamin and I once did a scene from THE ELEPHANT MAN in acting class together, and I've wanted to work with him again ever since. He and Kyra play the characters of HUSBAND and WIFE (no one in this piece has a name, but I think the fly on the wall element of the piece makes it clear why).
And lastly, a very funny lady, Alanis Peart, plays the PREGNANT WOMAN character in the piece, and you’ll have to help us get the film made in order to find out how all these characters interweave!
Which brings us to the art, which is really another character in the film, and that brings us to the first remarkable human that I partnered up with, before anyone else came on board...
...James Picard. We are so lucky to have this prolific and world-renowned artist on board!
James and I have been friends for several years, but a couple of years ago we went for a coffee that lasted a really long time, and we discovered that we see the world in much the same way. James and I both believe, that in these uncertain and terrifying times, among the many acts of inhumanity that we are exposed to in the world, now, more than ever, the world needs artists to be at their most prolific. We must resist, yes, we must march, yes, and we may fight even, but we must also never stop creating. Because now, in the face of what seem to be the most inhuman acts, we must remind each other of what it is to be human. That is the job of the poet and the writer and the artist, the painter, the creators in these times: to connect people back to their humanity, to their empathy, to what it means to be human. And that is what we aim to do with this film, and ultimately the whole series: connect us deeper to our own humanity.
As far as the Producing team goes, I am so thrilled to be back working with Brightlight Pictures again!
Arielle Boisvert and Shawn Williamson produced GREECE, and because of the amazing team they put together, the film went on to win multiple awards, and gave me a beautiful calling card film. I couldn't be happier to be back under their umbrella!
(Aaaaand, here's the part where we ask for help!)
All that being said, we need your help to get this going! This film has been budgeted at 50 grand (if we were to pay for everything outright), and we’re asking for 20K to get us started; the rest will be in volunteering, donations, with some possible extra help from grants for finishing costs in post. This is truly a labor of love; cast and crew will be mostly working for minimal fees and we are so grateful to have such a generous community around us to help bring this to fruition. But we still need your help!
On my first film everyone worked for free, and this time we want to be able to offer small honorariums to certain key positions.
THREE OF MY FAVES OF WENDY DEAKINS' PHOTOGRAPHIC ART:
WE HAVE SUCH GREAT INCENTIVES! We have James’ art, the YELLOW Mystery Box - all sorts of fun stuff - so check it out, and stay tuned for more videos as we move closer to bringing YELLOW to life!
THE BIGGER PICTURE
YELLOW is the first stand alone episode/film in what we hope will be a series of seven, aiming to promote and give a platform to female filmmakers/writers/directors in Canada. This first episode will be our calling card to pitch the anthology series. The women will all be able to cross promote each other, the series will give each of them an episode of an anthology series under their belt, and hopefully lead all of them to more work as writers and directors in our Canadian TV and film industry, which currently operates at about 17% women in these key positions.
In the five years since the launch of the first Women in View on Screen report in 2012, awareness and concern about gender inequity in our screen industries has grown considerably. As the 2015 year’s report illustrated, women continue to be vastly under-represented as directors, screenwriters and cinematographers in Canadian feature film and television. HELP US CHANGE THAT ATROCIOUSLY LOW NUMBER!
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Risks and challenges
So my first film we made for literally a few thousand dollars. Everyone worked for free, donations were made in kind and post as well. The film LOOKS like a million bucks, since we had a very experienced productions company, Brightlight Pictures, guiding the project and through their connections and post guidance, we ended up with something really beautiful and multi award winning.
For THIS film we are using the same production company, so I know they know how to get things done. This film is a larger scale than the first one, so we need a location that most probably will not be free, more shooting days than the 2 days on the first one (most likely 3 to 4 days on this one) and we have a much bigger cast and crew to accommodate and feed every day.
We know we can make this film for around 20 grand, though we hope to end up with the full dream budget of 50 grand. This will give us a lot more breathing room and allow us to pay people that were not paid the first time a small honorarium. It will also allow for a small cushion of money for festival application fees, which really add up over the course of a year.
The long and the short of it is, we know we can make this film for the 20, so we made that our goal; here's hoping for more!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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