Round Six is a short film shot on 16 mm film, that I have written and directed for my Senior Thesis at Wesleyan University. The film has been written and shot but it still needs help in post-production. "Round Six" tells the story of Tully and his young son Remy. Tully is a washed up amateur boxer struggling both as a fighter and as a single parent. Desperate for money to keep him and Remy afloat, Tully has found himself with no choice but to throw fights for seedy gamblers and bookies, for fast yet cheap and dirty money.
Remy, unaware of this, has never gone to one of his father's fights but has created a heroic fantasy of him as a noble boxing superhero. And although he knows his father is anything but perfect, when it comes to boxing Remy can't imagine his father has ever lost, let alone thrown, a fight.
Tully arranges one last fixed fight with a small-time crook named Frank, but when Remy insists on coming Tully is faced with the heartbreaking decision between staying in Frank's good graces and throwing the fight for the money he desperately needs or starting to live up to his son's standards of him and to try to win this fight as a true, upstanding hero.
Finishing Round Six!
Making a film is an extremely extensive process with three key stages; pre-production, production, and post-production. With the help and support of an amazing crew made of devoted friends, talented artists, and overall some of the best people a guy could surround himself with, I have been fortunate enough to complete two out of these three stages (pre-production and production) with absolute success.
For five straight days in October, sacrificing our fall break, the "Round Six" crew dove into PRODUCTION, putting the story I wrote this summer in PRE-PRODUCTION on film...literally. Shooting on 16mm film forced us to approach every shot, take, and scene with extreme precision and concentration, for we could not waste an inch of the extremely pricey film. But this focus and pressure resulted in awesome and beautiful results. The footage from these five days is absolutely gorgeous and we succeeded in creating a gritty, convincing blue-collar boxing world on film; our ultimate goal.
It is because of these fantastic results that I am so eager and motivated heading into the final and most important stage, POST PRODUCTION. After seeing how hard our crew has worked and after seeing the results of that hard work I truly believe this little short has the potential to be something special. But without your generosity and my hard work in the editing room it will go nowhere!
Post Production costs often come as a surprise to many, especially in this digital age, but just as shooting with 16mm film is expensive, editing is as well. For one I am editing on a Steenbeck machine, this means instead of clicking buttons and dragging files, I will be making physical cuts to film and using tape to string them together. Although dated this physical process makes you think through the editing process and approach each cut with importance. To edit on film and on a Steenbeck machine, there are a series of costly, but necessary, expenses. To name a-few, your donations will help pay for...
- Film Processing and Developing
- Edge Coding
- Answer Prints
- Color Correction
- Mag stock
- Sound mixing
- Negative cutting
- Festival Distribution
If you want to know more about any of these please do not hesitate to shoot me an email and ask!
So far this project has been made because of selfless and motivated people coming together and contributing whatever time, skill, and effort they could. It is this immense generosity that has laid down an unbelievable foundation for this story and has also given me the confidence and drive to edit this film to the best of my ability. But unfortunately none of this can happen without your contribution! Just how every helping hand big and small was important on set, every single dollar is crucial in order for me to finish this project! So please donate whatever you can, and take part in helping me finish "Round Six".
Risks and challenges
Most of the risks and challenges for this project came during production such as getting actors, getting locations, making sure everything shows up on film etc. But we have successfully passed this stage. Right now really the only risk is that I don't get funding to finish this project and bring it to its full potential!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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