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The Bond is a short film, scheduled to be shot this July of 2013 in Seattle WA.
Unemployed Nolan Jessup cashes in a ten thousand dollar bond unbeknownst to his wife, Christine. He invests the money in Dinar, the currency of Iraq, hoping it will revalue quickly, making him a millionaire. For months, Nolan tracks the Dinar’s revaluation progress. During this time, the couple has been struggling with their finances and relationship. To make matters worse, Christine declares that she is pregnant and is uncertain about keeping the baby. Concerned about finances, she asks Nolan to cash in their bond, not realizing he had already done so. Days later, unwilling to continue lying, Nolan decides to divulge the truth to Christine. As he is about to come clean, Christine confesses her own secret: she is one step away from filing for divorce. Reeling from the news and the reality of the situation, Nolan scrambles to sell the Dinar and make back the ten thousand dollars.
Can Nolan redeem himself, save his relationship and get his money back? The Bond is a story about unfulfilled expectations and the value of relationships over financial security.
It has always been my dream to direct. I am a storyteller and The Bond represents a big step in my filmmaking career. I am moving back into the director's chair after a three year journey through the independent film and television landscape. Following film school I experienced many successes directing corporate content, commercials and music videos. From these accomplishments, it became clear what else I needed to learn to further my directing career. So I began assistant directing feature films while attending writing and acting classes on the side. I had three goals: better my ability to manage a film production, learn how to communicate with actors using their language and become a better writer. I knew that these skills would make me a better director and help me to advance my dream. I continue to make great strides toward these goals and The Bond is representative of that.
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Initial Goal, Stretch Goals, and Contributions
The budget for The Bond is $40,000. We've raised $20,000 already and we are looking for your help to raise the rest. We need $10,000 more in order to make enough to pay for equipment rentals, locations, props, wardrobe, insurance and everything else that goes into making a movie EXCEPT for paying our crew.
Since Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising platform our initial goal is to raise $10,000 and we're setting stretch goals of $15,000 and $20,000. Our first stretch goal allows us to pay ten people. Our second stretch goal allows us to pay twenty. We will need twenty crew members to make this film and we want to pay all of them. For many short films, crew costs are not incorporated into the budget. In this business you sometimes work for favors. We want to give these filmmakers more than favors and pay them for their time, effort and hard work.
Check out the contribution levels listed in the column to your right. Here is where you reap the rewards for your time and financial consideration. There are eight levels. Each level is accompanied with a reward that earns you a piece of the film making process. The higher the contribution level the greater the piece.
When the Film is Complete
Once principal photography wraps and we have a final cut, The Bond will be submitted to a variety of film festivals around the world. It will serve as a calling card for the cast and crew, gaining attention and recognition that will result in future projects.
We are currently casting for the film and Aaron was our first choice to play the Money Maven. We knew right away we wanted his character to help us with this campaign.
The Money Maven - Aaron Washington: Aaron has been acting in film, television and theater productions throughout Los Angles and Seattle for more than eight years. His portrayal of antagonist juror Aaron Robertson helped the short film Behind Closed Doors gain acceptance to the 2008 Playhouse West Film Festival. Later, he played a featured role in TJ Mino’s A Penny Earned, a 2012 NBCUniversal Short Cuts Festival semi-finalist. Although not credited, you can catch Aaron and his fellow Groomsmen dancing away to Wilson Phillips' famed song "Hold On" at the end of Paul Feig’s 2011 hit film Bridesmaids. Most recently, Aaron starred alongside Richard Jenkins and Kim Basinger in Charles-Olivier Michaud’s One Square Mile.
Writer / Director – Bryan Campbell: Bryan has been writing, directing and assistant directing in the independent film community for more than eight years. His music video for Sadistik’s Searching for Some Beautiful premiered at the 2011 Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, UK. Bryan has assistant directed such projects as Lynn Shelton’s latest Sundance selection, Touchy Feely, Relativity Media’s 21 & Over by the writers of The Hangover, and 2012 Champs Élysées Film Festival’s US in Progress participant, Desert Cathedral. Most recently he worked on the latest season of Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein, which debuted in January on IFC.
Producer – Lacee Kloze: Lacee currently resides in Seattle and began her career working on the LA Film Fest Selection, Dear Lemon Lima in 2008. She has since worked on the 2009 IFP Spotlight winner, Nightblind, and the 2011 Sundance official selection, The Off Hours and 2012 Sundance selection Safety Not Guaranteed. Last year she produced Palm Springs International Shortfest selection While You Weren’t Looking, a short film directed by Jeremy Mackie. Most recently she worked on Lynn Shelton’s latest Sundance selection, Touchy Feely, starring Ellen Page and Rosemarie Dewitt.
Director of Photography – Stefan Scherperel: After graduating with a degree in Photography and Cinematography from Central Washington University in 2001, Stefan has lent his talents to such high profile clients as Microsoft, Intel, Coca Cola and MTV. His passion has always been narrative film making, however. For the science fiction film Sans Vie, Stefan helped director Mathew Morris bring his futuristic vision of Seattle to life. Most recently he shot A Penny Earned, a 2012 NBCUniversal Short Cuts Festival semi-finalist.
Risks and challenges
The following are three challenges that we face with producing The Bond. We are actively addressing each one.
Renowned director Eli Kazan said that 90% of directing is casting. The success of The Bond relies squarely on our actor’s performances. We are extremely fortunate that Aaron is part of the project and we are determined to find the right actors to play the remaining two roles. We’re currently working with casting directors who are well versed with our Northwest talent and we’ll be holding auditions in May.
The good news is The Bond can be shot in less than a week. The challenge is choosing the right week. It’s important that the crewmembers with whom we want to collaborate are available and not working on another project. We also need to ensure we have enough time to produce a final cut of the film to meet submission deadlines for this season’s film festivals. We’re targeting a week in July that meets both criteria.
TIME MANAGEMENT ON SET
Once filming begins, each department (Camera, Make up, Grip, etc.) must work seamlessly in order to maximize time efficiency. A well run set minimizes time loss and the possibility of overruns. It’s the Assistant Director’s responsibility to run the set and facilitate this cooperation. Lacee and I have both had this responsibility on previous films and we know how difficult it can be. We are in talks with some highly qualified individuals to fill that role.
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