What is this?
This is a movie.
About a little girl named ELSA who's pretty fantastic, and her adorable younger brother MORRIS, and the fun and sad 2 days they have together before Child Services come knocking on their door.
With an alcoholic mom and a jailed dad, Elsa decides that she's going to fix everything herself, so when the Child Services officers visit, they'll have no reason to take them away from their home.
But she also does things along the way that aren't okay; she steals, and she makes up stories for her brother when things go wrong. Because she doesn't want him to lose his innocence the way she has already.
Some other things you can expect to find in the movie:
- an ominous phone call...ice cream and lollipops...a van slowly driving down a street...a nostalgic photo...vodka...the location of China...a red sock with something in it
- and the most important question of all time, whether one should buy frozen or hot pizza
Why do we want to tell this story so badly?
Because Elsa is the kind of character who gets under your skin. Just as you think you know her she surprises you, and you kind of wish you could hug her.
Because the story is about love and self-discovery when everything is falling apart. And I don't know anyone who wouldn't be able to relate to that.
Because every so often it's really necessary to see the world through the eyes of a child again.
Because we love Elsa and Morris so much we won't be able to leave them even when this movie is finished. In fact, we're already planning on turning this into a feature.
The first thing I did when I finished the script was to send it to a few friends. Because I trust their opinions, and because I didn't really know what else to do with my excitement.
Then when we decided to go on KICKSTARTER I asked some of them to go on camera and talk about it. Because that way other people could see what other people's thoughts on the movie were, and not just my thoughts.
If you check back we'll have a new friend's video up every week. This is the first one:
Week 1: LILY COLE for Before The Bomb
Week 2: HENRY-ALEX RUBIN for Before The Bomb
Week 3: MERCEDES MASOHN for Before The Bomb
Week 4: CASEY NEISTAT for Before The Bomb
The lovely girl who's name is SOKO is creating music for the film:
See this video, understand everything:
Instructional VINE videos for the golden lollipop:
to see more:
#BeforeTheBombLollipop on Vine
and more here:
I usually finance my own shorts but this one is really expensive;
There are a lot of locations. Children, who are only allowed to work a few hours per day. A particular camera we'd like to use, that puts out huge footage. Dollies, and possibly cranes. Not to mention getting permission somehow to shoot inside a bank. With cast and crew members who would have to be flown in, possibly set up in a hotel (my couch).
Also, we want every person who works on the film to get paid a fair rate.
So many people throughout my career have worked for free and I want to thank them with paid work.
How we are spending the $50,000:
Who We Are
Risks and challenges
Favorite take RISKS quote:
"Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down."
Favorite overcome CHALLENGES quote:
"Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm”
In the event of an unforeseen challenge, we will buckle our seat belts and totally handle it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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