About this project
So You've Grown Attached, an NYU Grad Film thesis short by writer/director Kate Tsang.
So You've Grown Attached centers around Ex, an imaginary friend, who must make the tough decision whether to stay in his best friend/creator's life and risk alienating her from others or leave and let her grow up without him. Ultimately it is about learning to make the best of your given situation and the sacrifices you make for the people you really love.
WHY MAKE THIS FILM?
At the end of the day, I really just want to make entertaining movies that make people laugh and give them hope.
I'm fascinated by imaginary friends and how people create them as a way of coping with their surroundings. As an only child who spent a lot of time by myself, I would often talk to my stuffed animals and make up crazy worlds that we would go to (probably didn't help that I also watched thousands of hours of TV on top of that, but, hey, I turned out alright). I wondered though, what happens to the imaginary friends that people make up after they don't need them anymore? What if they don't go away? What if they have to find a new life for themselves? As an imaginary friend it's a bit unfair for someone to create you for the purposes of entertaining them and then expect you to leave them alone once they're done with you. Much like a father unable to cope with his child growing up, the character Ex in my film struggles with how to make the best of the situation for him and his creator, Izzy.
Since the film takes place in a stylized world of imaginary friends living in the suburbs, we'll be shooting the film in Levittown, NY (America's original 'burb) and capturing it all in glorious black and white.
The film will also feature a mix of live action and animation techniques like rotoscoping and stop motion to show how fun and magical childhood can be, especially with a best friend like EX.
Ex has a life of his own outside of Izzy and must check in with his boss at the Bureau every so often. He also has a support system of other imaginary friends as well to turn to for advice when he has to make the hardest decision of his life.
WHAT WILL YOUR DONATION DO?
We get an amazing Arri Alexa camera package from NYU and also have a dedicated crew working for next to nothing, but are still responsible for coming up with all of the funds to make our films. We've currently raised some money, but still need at least $10,000 to get the film shot, edited, through post, and out into the world.
Your donation will help pay for transportation and food for cast and crew, production design/wardrobe so everything on screen looks awesome, sound work, VFX, and festival fees to get the film out there to the public.
What if you get more than $10,000?
That would be super. $10,000 is the bare minimum we need to make this film and anything more would go towards better equipment, props, productions design, transportation, and post.
Join us on this ride! Anything you give helps!
If you can't donate but still want to help, shoot us an email to find out other opportunities to help us make this film happen.
Kate Tsang, Writer & Director
Though born in California, Kate spent her childhood cramped in a small two bedroom apartment with 6 other family members in Hong Kong. Most of that time was spent either getting beaten up by her cousins or watching Cantonese dubbed episodes of Looney Tunes. After moving back to the burbs in Northern California, she tried a variety of jobs including work with the local CSI dept and shadowing small town morticians. Upon graduating from UC San Diego, Kate worked as a makeup artist LA and NY doing mostly special FX and monster makeup for films. Kate is currently attending NYU's MFA Film Program for writing/directing and is developing her first feature film. Her award winning shorts have screened at various film festivals such as San Francisco Independent, Sarasota, Milano, Comic Con, and won the grand prix at the Tres Courts International Film Festival in Paris. www.katetsang.com
Shiva Shankar Bajpai, Producer
Shiva is a Brooklyn based filmmaker, who grew up in India. Shiva's first tryst with film was assisting Production Designer Mark Friedberg on Wes Anderson's 'The Darjeeling Limited', in India. Since then Shiva has directed and produced number of short films and documentaries His short 'The Singhs' was selected in the 2009 OSIAN-Cinefan Film Festival and his last film 'Raju' has been playing at numerous film festivals including the prestigious 33rd Claremont-Ferrand International Short film Festival. 'Stood Up' (dir. by AnnaRose King) produced by Shiva recently played at the Brooklyn Short Film Festival. Shiva is currently pursuing an MFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Filmmaking. The recipient of the Spike Lee Fellowship, he is finishing post production on his new short film 'Outpost'.
Isabella Wing-Davey, Producer
Isabella Wing-Davey is a British filmmaker living in New York. After studying
History at Cambridge University she started working in film, interning at Killer
Films and Number 9 Films. She then worked on large and small budget features (Prince of Persia dir. Mike Newell and RAGE dir. Sally Potter), while making her own shorts, which propelled her into NYU's prestigious graduate film program where she is now a thesis student. The recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship and a Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship, she has worked on Narrative and Documentary films both in New York and London and her work has been seen at film festivals around the world. This summer, a recently produced short film, PEN PAL premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival, and her most recent documentary “Not Hotel Art” as a director premiered at LondonInternational Documentary Festival in May 2012. Isabella is the first recipient of the Robert Oberman and Gregory Pickert Media Services Production Award for her outstanding work as a Producer at NYU and she has just wrapped principal photography on “FLOOD” dir. Katy Scoggin (Alfred P Sloan Production Grant, Fotokem Post Production Grant and Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant for the feature). She currently has two other short films in post-production (“37” dir. Puk Grasten, "Autumn Whispers" dir. Charles Rogers). Isabella has just wrapped principal photography on her first feature film as a writer/director (“Black Dog Red Dog”, a feature film with 11 directors, 22 shorts, produced by Rabbit Bandini Productions).
Kimberly Parker, Producer
Born in Seoul, but adopted and raised in Baltimore, Kimberly Parker is a New York-based producer who secretly loves driving 15 pass vans. Her producing experience includes the feature film "Tar," starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Zach Braff, and "Death and the Maiden," an LGBT film that takes place in 1840's England. She is currently an MFA candidate at NYU's Graduate Film Program.
Michael Rossetti, Director of Photography
Michael Rossetti's photographic experience began as a child with a green Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-themed point-and-click still camera, but quickly progressed once he started taking photography classes in high school. As a teenager he learned about moving pictures and began shooting and directing short videos. Eventually he earned his bachelor’s degree in Film and Electronic Arts at California State University Long Beach where his photography experience and willingness to work for free landed him a lot of experience as a DP on student films. He recently received his MFA in film from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he focused on cinematography. He now lives in Brooklyn. His work has been featured on national television and in film festivals around the world. He has photographed a variety of projects, ranging from several feature films (including the IFP Labs participant Bastards of Young, which he also co-wrote), many short films and documentaries, web videos and everything in between. His projects have taken him to locations: across the U.S. and other countries, including India, Thailand, Spain, Uganda, Austria, South Africa and New Jersey. Prior to working as a cinematographer, he worked as a special education teaching assistant, a ranch hand, and a soft-serve ice-cream vendor.http://michaelrossetti.com/
Hye Mee Na, Editor
Hye Mee Na was born in South Korea and immigrated to America with her family when she was fifteen. She studied Anthropology, Psychology, Neurobiology and Visual Arts in college. For seven years, she worked in a Parkinson’s disease research institute before she left the research field in order to pursue her dream in film production at the prestigious MFA program at New York University where she was a recipient of the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Fellowship. She has edited numerous short films, commercials and music videos. Most recently, she edited Spike Lee's feature film Red Hook Summer which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2012. She now teaches editing techniques at New York University Graduate Film Program.
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