Hello, everyone! Taylor Normington, Taylor Russ, Troy Hinds, Emily Liles, Conor Reed, and Micah Smith here! For the past year, we, as Jazz Records Productions, have been working incredibly hard to create a unique and visionary film that has something to say. That film is "King." We have poured our hearts and souls into this project, and our Kickstarter campaign is the final step before we can turn our dreams into a reality.
Please check out our teaser trailer and promotional materials, and feel free to message us with any questions or post any comments you might have for us! If you like what we have put together, check out our exciting rewards. Any amount you can donate will go a long way to helping bring our vision to life.
Seen through the eyes of unwelcome outsider, Charlie, "King" unfolds on the vile and arrogant deeds of Reginald Addard and the rest of the Addard family as they vie for the family fortune. The film is a psychological drama with hints of horror. Films with similar aesthetics include Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" and the more recent film "Drive" by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Jazz Records Productions
Our director, Taylor Normington, began his filmmaking career as a writer, but quickly discovered he had a love for directing after he directed his first short, “Blind Date.” Soon after, he set out to prove his directing ability with a budgeted, professional, independent project. In the summer of 2010, Taylor, with the help of his close friends and film partners, Taylor Russ and Emily Liles, raised $3,000 to create the 30-minute short, “Chrysalis”. Soon after, the three united with other close friends, including Troy Daniel Hinds and Conor Reed, as Jazz Records Productions, a team of filmmakers with a singular and unique vision. Jazz Records quickly set to work premiering and promoting “Chrysalis” through film festival submissions. With Taylor at the helm, the collective also shot another short film, “The Historian,” which was made in just 4 days with no budget to speak of. Currently Taylor is working on fine-tuning the script for “King,” his ambitious first feature length film.
Our cinematographer, Taylor Russ, never set out to be a filmmaker. He'd always wanted to illustrate, skipping recess as a kid to instead stay inside and draw. Years later, something compelled him to pick up an old polaroid camera and experiment. Thus, an obsession was sparked. Since then, Taylor has meticulously studied every piece of information he could get his hands on regarding cameras, lenses, lighting, film, visual storytelling, and the all-encompassing craft of cinematography. Russ met Taylor Normington in high school, when both were on distinctly different career paths. Their first project, "Chrysalis", was a leap of faith as neither had ever worked on a project of its scope before (30 minute short film with a $3,000 budget). The two became great collaborators, developing stories and solving on-set problems with minimal disagreement. The two (with the addition of producer Troy Daniel Hinds) went on to shoot another, shorter project called "The Historian" (10 minutes, no budget) . They see the next logical step to be feature films. Their ambitious project, "King", boasts a myriad of twisted characters, lavish locales, and surreal revelations that are sure to catch audiences by surprise.
Our producer, Troy Daniel Hinds, began his film career in 2010, with his first short film, “Death Rides Shotgun” which he wrote, directed and produced. The film was accepted for screening at the 2011 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival. Soon after the film’s premiere, he began a shift towards solely producing. He teamed up with director Taylor Normington, cinematographer Taylor Russ, production designer Conor Reed, and editor Emily Liles to form Jazz Records Productions, and now acts as producer for the collective. He is currently working extensively on pre-production for "King."
Our sound designer and composer, Micah Smith, has had his work featured in both of Jazz Records' previous pictures, "Chrysalis" and "The Historian." His soundscapes and soundtracks have become essential to the feel and tone of the films Jazz Records produces. When he is not working on film, he is producing, recording, and performing music as Beakr. Micah is currently working full time on developing the "King" soundtrack.
With “King,” Jazz Records Productions' first feature length film, we aim to establish ourselves as filmmakers with a unique and refreshing cinematic perspective. As filmmakers in the beginning stages of our careers, we are in a unique position to bring an exciting new vision to audiences, OUR vision, and contributing to “King” will allow YOU to be a part of that process and vision.
Recently, Jazz Records premiered the short film, “Chrysalis,” which was made on a budget of $3,000. The film is approximately thirty minutes long. The film is currently being submitted to film festivals across the country. Jazz Records also recently completed a short film titled, “The Historian.” The film is approximately ten minutes long and can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/37154806. It was shot over the course of four days with no budget to speak of. The film was also submitted for consideration at the Vimeo Film Festival.
Our total prospective budget is $50,000, with a $20,000 minimum set for the beginning of principal photography. We will use the $20,000 we are aiming for here on Kickstarter for all of our our minimum principal photography needs, including: equipment rental, payment of talent, food, costuming, location acquisition, and transportation.
Marketing and Distribution
We plan to submit “King” to film festivals nationwide, including the Sundance Film Festival for consideration in the “NEXT” category, which honors independent filmmakers who create ambitious and visionary projects on small-scale budgets. From our festival screenings, we aim to have the film picked up for distribution. Regardless, “King” will be distributed independently on DVD through our website.
With “King,” we hope to set Jazz Records apart as a team of filmmakers with a unique, refreshing, and enticing cinematic perspective. We bring ambition, artistry, and a distinct vision to each of our films. Donating to “King" will allow you to be a part of our largest and most visionary project to date!
The wicked shall inherit the crown.