Hello there! First off thank you so much for getting through the video and scrolling down to here! Anyways here we want to give you more detailed information about our upcoming projects. The $4,500 will be mainly for equipment! I went to get that across right away just in case I did not explain it in the video. FIRST OFF: Getting us to our goal would be beyond amazing. I myself (Michael) have invested around $3,000 in my own equipment in the past three years and Elliott has as well. We need your help to make this film possible. Along with the film we have started a company called "Better Than Nothing". By backing us you are not only helping us create a short and a feature film, you are essentially starting our careers.
Hey what is up guys it is Mike! So anyways I figured that I would give you a quick bio on myself. I became interested in filmmaking when I was given my first video camera in 7th grade. From then on I became fascinated with cameras, movies, audio, and everything in between. My girlfriend also just recently got me involved in theater productions.
Recently I won a Massachusetts Photography competition, produced a "Lip Dub" for my school which has accumulated over 15k views, created the first NEASC (accreditation) video for my school, and I have done many small projects for friends and family. Below are some pictures and screenshots of my projects.
That guy up there is my class adviser. I met Elliott this year in my photography club and shortly found out he is into film making as much as I am. He received his degrees in Theater and Film Study and has written numerous short and feature length films. The one we will be working on later this year is called "Rest Assured". He is my mentor in script writing and acting, I'm more of a techie while he can get the story across.
Quick Summary (for those who don't want all the boring details):
-This Kickstarter project is mainly for better equipment (camera, audio etc.)
-This short film will be shot over the upcoming school year
-It takes place in the 1940's (WWII) and the main character is a photographer
-The film will be shot in Massachusetts
-I (Michael) wrote it, and will be directing and editing it
The short film I (Michael) am currently writing is about an 18 year old aspiring photographer who has just recently been called to fight in World War II. The main character, named Wesley decides he is better off trying to escape the draft in order to help support his widowed mother. As the story progresses Wesley is met with many challenges, leaving his girlfriend (Rose), overcoming his bullies, the loss of his dream, and the changes of becoming a man. The short film will be shot in black and white with a mutant noir look.
The story will mainly take place in Sandwich Massachusetts. We will travel to different locations, such as a 40's-50's style diner, we will also convert an unused room in my school into a standard 1940's style classroom (wooden desks, blackboard instead of whiteboard, etc). Many shots will be in the woodlands around Cape Cod and of course the beaches.
Reason for Kickstarter Project:
The main reason for this Kickstarter project is to be able to buy the necessary gear in order to make a high quality film. The locations are already set for the short, however we still need funding for the equipment, props, food, etc. $4,500 would cover the costs of equipment and Kickstarter prizes, if we are lucky we will have a few extra dollars in order to buy some other essentials such as extra batteries, a field monitor etc. I plan to pay out of pocket for the rest of the films needs (should be minimal).
FEEL FREE to contact me if you have ANY questions about the equipment. 8thWeekday@gmail.com
I have rounded up and added tax to these items just to insure our budget was correct. As I said if you have any questions about equipment feel free to ask me.
Camera: Pocket Cinema Camera: ProRes HQ @ 220mbps RAW Compressed Cinema DNG
$1,000 OR Blackmagic Cinema 2.5k
This camera may look like a point and shoot, however under the hood it is a beast with unheard of features for a sub 1k camera. With ProRes, Compressed RAW video recording, 13 stops of dynamic range, and an active MFT mount this camera is the best video camera $1,000 can buy. My 40mbps H.264 Canon t3i is not suitable for the more serious productions I would like to get into. Plus due to the small size of the camera it would still fit perfectly on my Glidecam.
(Sample video from Philip Bloom)
Lens: (Dependent on camera we end up purchasing)
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens: $300
With the 3x crop factor of the BMPCC a 14mm is necessary for indoor shots or any tight spaces.
45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario MEGA O.I.S. Lens: $279
The all around lens, ideally I would have a wide, mid, and tele lens. However in order to cut costs I went with an all purpose lens.
Cinema 2.5k Camera
Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens
(among others if the budget allows)
PLUS a Metabones Speed Booster to hopefully lighten the 3x or 2.3x crop (ew)
JAG35 STREET RUNNER: $260
When the smoothness of a Glidecam just doesn't fit the mood a rig will work much better. The "handheld" look will add to the grittiness of certain scenes and make the audience feel as if they are in the film. Also the rig would be great to hold a field monitor, follow focus, etc.
Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone: $420
You can not skimp on audio quality. It can destroy the feel of even the best made films. The MKE 600 is the ideal mic for price range and quality. In my opinion the MKH 416 isn't worth the almost $500 extra, I'd rather buy two of these babys. I have a monopod I am going to use as a boompole, but if we surpass our funding goal I will invest in an actual boompole and shock mount.
Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder: $200
With the new Zoom model coming out this is a steal! It will accompany the MKE 600 perfectly and since it has phantom power the MKE can run off a double A battery and then the Zoom when the battery dies.
SanDisk 64GB SDXC Memory Card Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-I: $130 x 2
A class 10, 90mbps write speed is necessary to accompany the BMPCC and since RAW is such a large file type 64gbs will only record ~15-25 minutes of video on each card.
= $4,589 (the rest of the cost will go to prizes and to Kickstarter + Amazon fees)
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk of the project is getting the look of the 1940's. As I said before $4,500 is the cost of equipment and Kickstarter fees and rewards. All other props are going to be payed for out of pocket. So far I have spent $250 alone on a working Contax II camera. I have reached out to local car collectors/shows to see if we can have access to a car from the generation, and I have had a few offers. All locations that are needed to be shot in are locked down.
However, there is always a plan B. The short film is written in a way where very few props are needed to sell the effect of it being truly shot in the 1940's. Besides that their should be no problems, this video will get completed because it is also for a class and I would hate to fail.
WOW! Title of Associate Producer, personal thank you video after the credits, name two characters, pick five production or location stills, receive frequent emails with scenes from the video, new Youtube channel devoted to gear reviews and tutorials of the purchased gear, invitation to any film festivals we get into (transportation not included) Plus all of the above! Also lets Skype and talk about the short!