Tranquilo Way was founded in 2015 by producer Geraldo Olivo, director Robert Cortez and photographer Alfredo Cortez as a way to produce short films and tell stories that they weren’t seeing anywhere else. Since then, we’ve worked with talented cast and crews on films for the 48 Hour Film Race and The Zone Film Race, as well as our own entries for 100 Hour Film Race (“Missed”) and CineSpace film competition (“Signs of Life”) which you can watch at www.tranquiloway.com/films/.
But that was all just the beginning. We’re taking our skills and vision to the next level with the help of Dave Cebrero (co-founder of the Houston Latino Film Festival) as our cinematographer and an eclectic cast from theater, comedy and modeling backgrounds, including Jonathan Gonzalez, Nicolai Mitchell, Jose Gonzalez and Kelli Ham.
Add to that a film crew of skilled artists and filmmakers, and we’ve got a potent team ready to tackle this production.
Getting lost in a parking garage isn’t as hard as you might think. Take a one of those concrete mazes late at night, add two oblivious businessmen from out of town, send in a beautiful-yet-mysterious-and-totally-bloodthirsty woman after them... now you’ve got the basic idea behind “Visitors Only.”
“Visitors Only” is the story of Rome and Patrick as they close out a deal with a client that will make them all rich at the expense of the masses. Despite an invitation to stay and celebrate, they bid farewell for the night to catch a red-eye flight home. When their attempts to leave are thwarted at every turn, they realize they’ve been locked in after hours. That’s when our two visitors discover there are always consequences for their actions, and retribution comes in a form they'd least expect.
We envision “Visitors Only” as an oddball collision of comedy and terror (along with some moral questions about social inequality and injustice) and our goal is to make audiences laugh, maybe even squirm, and definitely take them by surprise.
The goal for our team is to see “Visitors Only” find an audience in film festivals across the country. We’re confident that our film will rival so many other great short films that get selected every year, and we want this to be our entry into the scene.
With your backing, we’ll be able to incorporate some advanced special makeup effects and stunts, as well as cover a portion of our equipment and post-production expenses.
Just as essential, you’ll also help us with entry fees and travel expenses throughout our anticipated film festival run in 2017 in which we’ll be submitting to the likes of SXSW, Fantastic Fest, Sundance and more.
In return, we're making a number of fun rewards available to backers of all levels, from the kitschiest of souvenirs (a fridge magnet) to being our guest at a special event (a closed invitiation-only screening) to a chance to be in the film (in a limited availability walk-on role).
Risks and challenges
An important part of making "Visitors Only" will be the light physical and vehicle stunt work required by the story. We’ve got a vision for how to pull it off, but we also want it to be convincing. Having the people and resources and contingency to make sure things go safely and smoothly while also looking great on camera is of utmost importance to us, and we'll be recruiting the best we know to help us out.
Possibly the biggest challenge will be finding a suitable location that will allow us to really bring our vision to life. In our research and scouting, finding office complexes willing to donate their premises for a film crew and equipment and stunt work are a rare thing. In all likelihood, we’ll have to allow for location fees and liability coverage in case (knock wood) something should happen to go awry.
Issues like these are probably standard protocol for even a “low budget” feature, but for this ultra-micro-budget short film, we’re anticipating they’ll all pose a considerable challenge.
With our various backgrounds in creative environments, our team has the ability to examine problems and come up with solutions that will keep the project on track. We also value our team and want to ensure their work is rewarded fairly. With your help, we’ll be able to meet those challenges and make our production a beneficial and safe experience for everyone involved.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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