Synopsis‘Seams’ centers on the ambitions of a young streetwise girl wanting to do more with her life than just to survive on the streets of Renaissance Venice. Upon winning an apprenticeship with famous Valtieri, a charming and talented craftsman after he catches her stealing pieces from his workshop, she thinks all her dreams have come true
….But nothing is as it seems...
Valtieri is an eccentric and Flavia’s curiosity is piqued when she witnesses throngs of women visiting the workshop during all hours of the night…. Is he a harmless womaniser or is there something more sinister at play? Through this journey Flavia grows from being a feral girl masquerading as a boy into a confident and strong person who must make a heart-breaking sacrifice to save herself from her master.
What we have achieved so far
We began this project in August 2013 and embarked upon the first part of principle photography in December 2013.
With the help of our dedicated crew of amazing craftsmen/women, we managed to build a stunning set in only four days and shoot our interior scenes – only about 50% of the footage that we absolutely need in order to complete the film and be able to tell this story.
Every single crew member has poured so much dedication, time and energy into the creation of ‘Seams’.
All who have helped, have done so purely out of excitement over the project - receiving no pay (though not shying away from on-set munchies) and giving us an impressive backing of skills, artistry and a daily boost of positive vibes!
As you know, travelling is expensive. We are convinced that ‘Seams’ will highly benefit from our Italian location – a small, completely preserved medieval village and the façade of a Renaissance mansion! We keep digging for deals and special/off-season prices to transport a team of 2 actors and 5 crewmembers – that is the absolute minimum for us to be able to maintain our shooting standard.
In addition to travel and transport expenses, your donations will also help us cover the costs for essential post-production work – such as a basic grade and basic mix.
Our dedicated cast and crew have worked so hard to make our shoestring budget stretch so far - please donate to help us finish it.
What do we need your donations for?
1. Location shoot - a trip to Lombardy (Italy) for 5 crewmembers and 2 actors to haul in essential footage and complete our shoot.
> Flights and bed and board expenses for a 3 day shoot
> Permits and permissions
> Equipment hire and transportation of equipment
> Costumes and Make-up
> Music score - a soundtrack written by a professional composer specifically for 'Seams'.
> A professional basic colour grade.
> A professional sound mix
> Dolby license
3. Festival submission - Whatever money is left over from our location shoot and post production will go towards funding:
> Marketing campaign:
> Prints and design of our posters
> Developing our film stills
> DVDs and BluRays / DCP
Some of our rewards....
Risks and challenges
The thrilling and exciting part of filmmaking, the actual shoot – sadly – comes at the cost of many risks and challenges. Unforeseen events, issues and mishaps can compromise the completion of any film – e.g. the denial or last-minute cancellation of a shooting permission, illnesses or the breakdown of equipment.
However even prior to the pre-production period of this project the producer and director have worked closely to ensure that all mishaps, misadventures and problems are pre-empted and planned for as much as humanly possible.
In the event that our preferred Italian location shoot falls through due to unforeseeable reasons, we will move to backups, i.e. alternatives, which we have treated with an equal sense of priority.
We assembled a crew of highly experienced filmmakers, who would be excited and challenged to showcase their skills within the framework of such an ambitious project. More importantly our crew is made up of people passionate and dedicated to storytelling and who have given so much to bring the project this far.
For us, there is no possibility that this project isn't completed and sent into festivals:
Our director's and producer’s MA accreditations are at stake if the project isn't finished.
Crucially, we have all invested so much money, time and energy into making this film – it is our obligation to all the actors, crew and helpers, who have worked so hard to bring us this far to reward them with a finished film.
Keeping you in the loop...
· 'Like' us on facebook @ facebook.com/SeamsShortFilm
· Follow us on twitter @ twitter.com/SeamsShortFilm
Meet the team! http://www.invisibleseams.org
We will be utterly grateful if you donated anything to help us reach our goal and bring us so much closer to completing ‘Seams’! Your support here on Kickstarter will also enable you to get regular, exclusive and comprehensive updates on our progress through the mailing list in addition to the updates on our social media accounts and our website.
Even if you can’t donate any money, please help spread the word around to your friends or just give us a like on our facebook page or follow us on twitter. Please also don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
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