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Ever wonder about those henchmen who get killed by the handful in Hollywood movies?  Find out in this short film, starring James Kyson
Ever wonder about those henchmen who get killed by the handful in Hollywood movies? Find out in this short film, starring James Kyson
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What Is The Other Side?

A new short film by award-winning Director Akiko Izumitani, The Other Side tells a traditional Hollywood Action story - a woman held hostage, a hero out to save her, and the fights that erupt between the hero and the villainous henchmen that are holding the woman captive.  But there is more to this "simple" story.  

Shot in February 2014 and set in the underground world of Asian organized crime, The Other Side, explores themes of justice, revenge and morality. The focus of the story lies in determining how truth evolves as a by-product of perception.

An undercover detective must infiltrate an Asian gang's compound and rescue his kidnapped fiancé. However, the reality is much different than he expected.

In the words of the director "this film will surprise you with cool action and unexpected drama!"

Why Are We Here?

Since we've already shot the film, you might be wondering why is The Other Side on kickstarter looking for support.  The answer: Post-Production.  As you may know, film-making doesn't end when the director says "that's a wrap".  This is usually the beginning of the end (also called Post).  During post a lot of work happens.  Among other things the footage is edited together into the sequence that will be the final film (picture-lock). Once that's done, the audio (dialog and sound effects) needs to match that sequence (sound-lock).  The film also needs to be scored, color-corrected, special effects need to be added, and, occasionally, additional shooting (also called pick-ups) needs to happen.  

So while a great deal of work happens before shooting begins, and during shooting, a lot of work also happens after, and that work costs money.  We could edit this ourselves, license some already composed music, and skip the color correction and special effects if we didn't care about the final product, and then something called The Other Side would exist, but it wouldn't be the film we set out to create.  We want this film to be the best that it can possibly be, and to do that we need your help.  

Why This Project is Important  

Hollywood is a very competitive place, with many people trying to make films. Good films and bad films, there are a lot of aspiring directors. And even though things are better than they used to be, the fact is most of the movies that get made today are made by one group: white men.  

This project is different. Akiko Izumitani, an award-winning director already, is Japanese and a woman. But despite the work she has already done to prove herself, she is still seen by many as a woman first, Japanese second, and a director ... not at all.  

The Other Side is Akiko's bold, and financially risky move, to advance her career to the next level. By taking this chance she is telling Hollywood that she is here, and she is ready to make films. Action films. Great, high-octane, quality story-telling action films. Because while it's true that she is Japanese, and it's true that she is a woman, she is first and foremost a director. Everyone that has worked with her knows that. If you have seen the pitch video, Akiko's other films, or the behind-the-scenes footage where she is at work, you have see it too.  

You can support this project because you think the film looks good, that's fine, and we appreciate it. But you should back this film to help launch the career of this amazing director.

A Few Words About the Rewards

  • Viewing the films will be done view secure streaming.
  • The credits that come with rewards are actual IMDB credits.
  • Here are some of the costume pieces available for rewards.  If you have any questions, just ask.  

Who Are We Anyway?

The cast and crew for The Other Side is top-notch and we are proud of everyone involved.  Some are folks you may have heard of, and others maybe not, but each of them brought their A-Game, so here is a sampling of the folks that worked (and continue to work) to bring you this film:

James Kyson - Hank Lee

Voted by TV Guide as "Hollywood's 25 Hottest", James is currently recurring on Justified. He recently finished Hawaii Five-O, and a 4-year run on Heroes as 'Ando'.  James has starred in the feature films Shutter, Star Runners, and How to make Love to a Woman

He currently stars in Break.com's new Action series Armed Response, and the new Digital Series Daybreak.  

In 2014, he will be in Catherine Hardwicke's new thriller Plush, as well as features Born 2 Race: Fast Track, Criticsized, the Rich Mullins biopic Ragamuffin, & Richard Gabai's action thriller Nonstop

Takato Yonemoto - Chris Kondo

While eating ramen noodles for lunch at a Japanese market in Los Angeles, Takato Yonemoto was approached by a talent scout, and in less than a week, he auditioned for the $225 million, 3D epic 47 Ronin. Just a few weeks later, without any acting background, he found himself in Europe on a five-month shoot, as a principal actor in 47 Ronin, starring in one-on-one scenes with Keanu Reeves! Japanese-born Yonemoto is a classic Hollywood miracle. Educated in Japan, he worked in a mental hospital before coming to study in the U.S. A long-time film buff, Yonemoto now appears on the big-screen himself, for a worldwide audience, and today is one of the premiere up-and-coming Asian stars on the global scene.

Lawrence Kao - Gary Wong

Lawrence Kao is an actor known for I Hate You , Butterfly and One Fine Sunday.  He has also appeared on Hawaii 5-0, and The Walking Dead. 

Tanner Thomason - Keith

Tanner Thomason is known for his work on SyncMaidens of the Sea, and Night of Redemption.  He has also appeared on Rizzoli & Isles as well as in a number of short films.  

Alfred Hsing - Darrick Chan

Alfred Hsing is an actor, action coordinator, and martial artist - the first American to win a gold medal at the World Wushu Championships. After winning the gold in 2009 Alfred moved to China and studied acting at the Beijing Film Academy and worked for Jet Li. 

Recently Alfred has action coordinated for Zhang Ziyi, Wang Leehom, James Kyson Lee, and mainland China's most notable director Feng Xiaogang. You can can see Alfred in action here.

Peyton McDavitt - Judy

Born and raised Boston Irish Catholic, Peyton McDavitt didn’t know the difference between a wedding and a funeral until she was about 11. An avid athlete and adrenaline fiend, she has played field hockey all over the world for USA Jr. National teams. She has bungee jumped in Peru, waterfall rappelled in Costa Rica, volcano ice climbed in Chile...and more! She studied The History of Art and Architecture and Spanish at Harvard University where she received All American athletic accolades and was the recipient of The Radcliffe Prize, awarded to the top female athlete. Then she told her parents she wanted to be an actor. 

Peyton has appeared in several movies and TV shows such as Rizzoli & Isles, The Young & The Restless, House MDLast Resort, and most recently ABC’S Killer Women, where she had the chance to ride motorcycles, bomb banks, throw flares into napalm, shoot a 9mm, and perfect the art of running in night vision goggles. She loves scotch and cigars.

Akiko Izumitani - Director

Akiko is an award-winning Japanese filmmaker who came to the US in 96. A graduate of UCLA School of Film and Television, she previously created a feature length documentary and two short films. She has been selected as one of toprising Asian American Directors by IMDB.com.  See the FAQ section for more about Akiko's prior films.  

Hunter Woo - Writer 

Hunter Woo graduated with a master's degree in Fine Art. Upon graduating, he began working in the motion picture industry serving as an art department coordinator on several studio financed films. He has also served as Executive Producer at AB5TRAX, a live action and motion graphics company in Los Angeles. Hunter has written and produced several short films including Civilian, an intimate sci-fi short.

Jason Hampton - Producer 

Jason brings a wide range of experience to every project, having worked on media such as Phantom Halo, Cindy, Paradox Alice,and The Olivia Experiment.

He believes very strongly in the value of independent cinema, and has been building a strong group of local crew, through his Facebook group ‘Freelance Filmmakers’. With this pool of talented crew-members Jason is a great resource for crewing up Indie projects. It is his passion to help raise the floor for the indie film world. 

Daniel Cotroneo - Director of Photography 

Daniel has worked in the industry for more than 12 years and is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild.  His diverse portfolio includes the upcoming indie feature Love Arcadia and the SyFy series Ghost Mine. He relishes the opportunity for new collaborations and fresh storytelling.

Daniel earned his BFA in Film Production from Chapman University. He has worked under such influential DPs as Robert Richardson, Janusz Kaminski and John Schwartzman. His lighting roots are particularly strong, Gaffing 2nd Unit on the Emmy-award winning series Mad Men and lighting such films as Star Trek Into Darkness and Django Unchained.

Jay Brady - DIT/Sound Mixer  

For The Other Side, Jay used a Nextlab Station from Fotokem for the RED camera file transfer and transcoding to Pro Rez media that was used for editing.  On the kit was also a Protools HDX for the audio record which allowed for multiple channels recorded and mixed at once time. 

Jay has always been fascinated by the film making process as well as the technology that is constantly evolving to add artistic options to projects such as this. He is a big supporter of independent filmmaking.

Professional Bootcamp 

Here at The Other Side, we know that a lot of you out there are interested in the entertainment industry. Maybe because you work in film and TV or because you want to. No matter what your interest we want to match your interest with what we can offer through this campaign. Simply add the appropriate amount to your pledge and send an email to TOSMovieKickstarter@gmail.com to reserve your place in line. 

Script Review 

Do you have a short film or feature script that could use feedback from a professional, fresh pair of eyes? Director Akiko Izumitani or writer Hunter Woo will review your script and provide real substantive critical review to help you refine your work. For scripts up to 30 pages add $100, for scripts 31-50 pages add $150, for scripts 51-110 pages add $200, and for scripts 111-150 pages add $250. 

Breakdown & Schedule 

Maybe your script is polished, and you want to investigate what producing it would look like. Breaking a script down into what you need and how much time you need to shoot it can be a daunting task Producer Jason Hampton will do just that - he’ll take your script break down every page and every scene to identify everything you need. Then he’ll create a realistic schedule for shooting it all. For a short film, add $500 and for a feature add $1,000. If you’re not sure which category your script falls into, just ask. 

Voiceover 

Maybe your project is almost ready, perhaps you have a trailer rough-cut together, or you might be gearing up for a Kickstarter campaign of your own. Associate Producer Graydon Schlichter is also a professional voiceover artist who started his career at a suburban Pennsylvania radio station 20 years ago, and he will record and polish voiceover for you. Just add $50 for up to 15 seconds of finished audio or $100 for up to 1 minute of finished audio. For longer segments please contact us and ask. 

Professional Consultation 

Do you have questions about writing and directing films, or selling your film? Director Akiko Izumitani will meet with you in Culver City for two hours over lunch or in the evening to talk about her knowledge and experience with the above and more. Oh, and lunch is on us. Add $250 to your pledge. 

If you have curiosity about or interest in the world of voice over, Associate Producer Graydon Schlichter will meet with you in person in Los Angeles or online for an hour to talk about the business, equipment, first steps and more. Just add $100 to any pledge. 

*Remember* If you want to capitalize on any of the above, please add the appropriate amount to your pledge, and send us an email at TOSMovieKickstarter@gmail.com to reserve your place in line. All of these services will be processed after the campaign has closed and will be in the order of the reservation emails (unless a backer needs to defer to a later time for some reason). 

Stretch Goals

We have a few things in mind for stretch goals.  For now they are still secret, but will tell you more as the campaign goes on!

$15,000 - We will press a DVD for The Other Side. This DVD will include lots of bonus goodies beyond the film itself, like interviews and behind the scenes footage. Once unlocked, these DVDs will be available for $50 each, and one copy will be automatically added to any pledge of $250 or more. Thanks again for getting us to our goal, and having a shot at pressing DVDs for this great short film!

$20,000 - ???

That's A Wrap ... Or is it?

Thanks for taking a look at our project.  Please share this kickstarter everywhere you go on social media and in real life too!  Check back as there will be more to come.  And, if you have any questions, just ask, and thank you so much for your support!

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Risks and challenges

Nothing is ever certain in the world of production, and unforeseen challenges could get in the way of what we have planned. However, we have already shot the principal footage and priced out the post-production demands necessary to complete the film. If we meet our goal, we should be able to complete the film on the time table we have proposed.

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    A Very Special Film - add to the above a link to privately stream Silent Shame, Akiko's award winning documentary. Backers at this level will also receive Thanks both in the credits at the end of the film, and on IMDB. (Credits are non-cumulative, a backer will only receive the credit for their actual pledge level).

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    Something to Remember Us By- All of the above plus, a signed copy of the Director's shooting script and a singed headshot from your choice of the actors appearing in The Other Side. Backers at this level will also receive Special Thanks both in the credits at the end of the film, and on IMDB. (Credits are non-cumulative, a backer will only receive the credit for their actual pledge level).

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    Attendee - Join us for a swanky private screening of the film. You'll have the opportunity to meet some of the cast and crew and relax a bit at this exclusive event in Los Angeles, California. (transportation and accommodations not included).

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Funding period

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