Hi everyone! Danielle Conklin here, one of the producers of Frohe Ostern. I’m coming at you with this awesome project that I’m so excited to be a part of! My team needs your help to get this project through to production, so here’s a bit of information about the project and team.
Our director, David Cunningham, is an avid history buff and picked up the script to take on as a film project to help launch his career. He was attracted to the story of war told from the perspective of a German soldier, something unique to American cinema.
Since then we’ve formed a solid team of producers and designers who have been working hard to brainstorm, visualize, and set into motion everything needed to go into production. The only thing missing is the funds needed to push this project all the way to production.
Frohe Ostern grapples with the inhumanity of war. Set in World War II, the story follows a German soldier as he searches for a missing comrade, separated in an ambush on their own German soil. Will he be reunited with his friend? Will their enemy catch up to them?
At its heart, the story explores the affects of war and what it means to be a soldier, and how to come to terms with your own humanity when facing an enemy. This film’s director sees it as a story about forgiveness.
We have the director, we have the location, we have so many facets needed to create a movie. What we still need is the financial support to do just that. The story is set in the woods, at night. We’re dealing with military officers, which means our costume and props are vital to telling the story.
Taking in location permits and fees, costumes and props, and set design, the budget comes in at about $4,000. The bare minimun needed to pull this project together is $5,000 (as set by our Kickstarter campaign). However, the hope is to raise a total of $7,000, with the other $3,000 going to production equipment, actors, and food for production days (as I’ve found, food is incredibly essential to keep a crew’s energy on the go). With your help, we could raise that target total all through this campaign!
If we were to exceed even that, we can go even further with renting equipment, costumes, film festival entries, and more. Your financial support is so important and appreciated, that we want to give back what we can.
You can see the different rewards that come with each donation (trust me, the movie poster is really worth the see!). However, we absolutely welcome any and every donation amount. Your support is so much appreciated!
As a producer, I love creating entertaining and challenging films. I may not have all the technical skills, but I love putting together teams that do. Frohe Ostern promises to be an eye-catching, roller coaster ride that leaves you looking inward.
Along with creating an exceptionally meaningful film, my team and I seek to use this movie as a stepping-stone into the industry of film. Through film festivals and recognition we look to gain support and perhaps even the opportunity to work on even bigger projects.
I’m a problem-solver. I love finding random pieces and making them fit together, like a puzzle. The crew that has formed around me is one with great talent and energy, along with an eagerness to learn and better themselves as filmmakers.
Maria Mitchell and David Acosta are serving as my Co-Producers. The three of us have found a rhythm in working with each other and the rest of the crew that allows for maximum fluidity and creativity.
To find out more about my team and I, or to see non-exclusive updates on the production, you can visit one of the links below. You can also feel free to e-mail the producers with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can ask a question through our Kickstarter page!
Risks and challenges
Honestly the biggest challenge we face after becoming successfully funded is keeping the cast and crew energized through production. Everything is completely lined up pending funds: location, costumes, craft services, casting calls, etc. Once funded, the focus will shift to helping the director tell his vision to the best of our crew's ability.
Our production will consist of a week of night shoots, which is a first for our team. This is the biggest challenge for our project... and it will require much coffee to keep our crew alert. But even though its been listed as a challenge, the producing team has many plans to alleviate the stress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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