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Los Angeles, CA Horror
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Kadence is a character drama/horror short film from director Jacob Johnston.

Los Angeles, CA Horror
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A great idea is something you can only hold inside for so long before you need to share it with the world - Kadence was born from that. When I talk about this story and why it’s important to me, it’s essential that I mention that I am fascinated by people: their quirks, their psyche, the consequences of their actions - it is as gripping as it is terrifying. Who we are and the implications of our interactions, as humans, can have resounding effects that follow us for the rest of our lives. Coupling the thematic elements of a character drama with psychological horror - another passion of mine - the product was one that I felt was equally relatable and eerie - a story that will hopefully resonate with anyone who watches it.

A big part of this Kickstarter campaign is connecting with you. Not only is Kickstarter a great tool for fundraising, it’s an amazing platform for finding our audience before we have even made the movie -- and keeping you informed throughout. 

Even if you can’t fork over a ton of dough, just a buck or two shows your support and lets us know that you’ll be on board when the film comes out in the future. We really are honored you have decided to get involved with our film. We don't take any of this for granted. It is a huge task but we are very excited by the possibilities. Thanks for believing in us as well!

Production keyframe by Anthony Francisco
Production keyframe by Anthony Francisco

 

Still reeling from the loss of his mother, a damaging and complex relationship with his father, and a relentless battle with his own inner demons, Kadin's [17] grip on reality is loosening by the day. Amid this struggle comes an enigmatic and brazen new neighbor, Marissa [19], who, along with the promise of a budding new friendship gives Kadin an ancient voodoo doll. Her reassurance is seductive and the promise of a brighter future leads Kadin to make a sinister choice.

Production keyframe by Jackson Sze
Production keyframe by Jackson Sze

 

Production keyframe by Jackson Sze
Production keyframe by Jackson Sze

 

Production keyframe by Anthony Francisco
Production keyframe by Anthony Francisco

 

Production keyframe by Anthony Francisco
Production keyframe by Anthony Francisco

 

Production keyframe by Jackson Sze
Production keyframe by Jackson Sze

 

We are living in a time of innovation - where the use of digital cameras have changed the way we are able to make movies, however, the reality is that it is still an expensive enterprise, especially if you want the film to have a professional and polished look and sound. 

Even with a short film, there are numerous practical costs to consider such as: locations, equipment - both electrical and camera, transportation, etc. Our producing team has worked at length to condense the budget and save money wherever possible without sacrificing production value. The majority of our crew are graciously donating their time, but there are still resources they’ll need on set. 

Here is a breakdown of what your contribution will make possible:

 

 

Connor Jessup  was born in Toronto, Canada. An actor since the age of eleven, he is best known for his role as Ben Mason in TNTs post-apocalyptic sci-fi series Falling Skies (2011). Other notable roles include an early stint on the Discovery Kids series The Saddle Club (2001) and an acclaimed lead performance in the gritty indie Blackbird (2012).

Jessup is also active behind the camera, having written and directed several shorts and acted as executive producer on the micro-budget film Amy George (2011).

Alyson Stoner as Marissa
Alyson Stoner as Marissa

Alyson Stoner grew up studying ballet, tap, and jazz. She also modeled and trained at the Margaret O'Brien Modeling Studio. She even attended the IMTA Convention in New York City with Ms.O'Brien's studio in 2000, and she won many awards in acting, modeling, and dance. After this, Alyson decided to try hip-hop dancing. She moved to LA and trained with such well-known choreographers as Wade Robson, Fatima Robinson and Hi-Hat. She auditioned and was cast to dance in the 'Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott' videos Work It and Gossip Folks. Not only is Alyson a talented dancer, she was also the co-host of the Disney Channel's Super Short Show (2002). She can also be seen in the Step Up franchise and as a voice in Phineas and Ferb and Young Justice - among many others!!!

Bailey Chase as Joel
Bailey Chase as Joel

Bailey Chase is currently on the A&E hit drama Longmire. His past credits include, TNT's Saving Grace, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Damages, Ugly Betty, and many other films and television shows. 

Zane Holtz as Gideon
Zane Holtz as Gideon

Zane Holtz currently plays Richie Gecko on the new From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - which is currently finishing out its first season on the new El Ray network. It is available on Netflix in the UK and Canada! Prior to this, Zane can be seen in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Make It or Break It - among numerous other films and television shows!

 Jacob Johnston - Writer/Director 

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jacob moved out to California to attend the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. After completing the program in 3 years, Jacob graduated early while finishing out an internship with Marvel Animation. Through his incredibly supportive internship supervisor, Jacob was able to meet with the production and development group on the feature side at Marvel Studios, including the newly created Visual Development team, which happened to have an opening. 

4 years later, Jacob continues to work with the Visual Development team at Marvel Studios on such films as Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy

Nicole Hendrix - Producer 

Nicole Hendrix is a multiple Emmy and PromaxBDA award winning Producer/Editor with a wide and varied portfolio featuring commercial, documentary, and narrative work. She works for Tribune Creative Group as a Writer/Producer by day and does promo, branding, and commercial work for Tribune-owned stations around the country. By night she’s a Producer/Editor for hire and works on projects ranging from college football to horror films. 

Rachel Walker - Producer

Born and raised in Los Angeles and a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Rachel is a lifelong film lover who spends her time hopping between film sets (Life Partners, Premiere: Tribeca 2014 - Unit Publicist, The Last Time You Had Fun, Premiere: LA Film Fest 2014 - Production Coordinator) and working for film festivals including Sundance, LA Film Fest, TCM Fest and more, in multiple departments, (though primarily publicity). She has also produced numerous short films, including the currently in production Baby starring Renee Felice Smith (NCIS: Los Angeles). 

For ten years, Rachel has been working seasonally in marketing/publicity and coordinating for studio and independent genre films, specifically organizing their campaigns at San Diego Comic-Con,  New York Comic Con, and similar pop culture events. Next up, she is a producer on the feature Folk Hero and Funny Guy, starring Alex Karpovsky (Girls), written/directed by comedian Jeff Grace (It's a Disaster), and shot by Sundance Dramatic Cinematography Award Winner Nancy Schreiber.

Jason Rostovsky - Producer

Jason Rostovsky is a recent graduate from Chapman University with his B.A. in Screenwriting. His recent work has gained success in screenwriting competitions, such as BlueCat, Back in the Box, and Sene, among many others. He has written and produced a handful of short films and music videos, including A Coming Out Story, which went viral on Youtube and aired on PBS during a segment of shorts. He currently has a short that just wrapped in post-production, and is set to release in 2014.

Eric Day - 1st Assistant Director

An enthusiasm for film and television brought Eric into the business, and an education at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts gave him both the tools and experience to foray into the professional world of TV and commercials. Since graduation he has coordinated five multi-season TV shows and dozens of primetime ads including NBC Superbowl, So You Think You Can Dance, Sony, Nickelodeon, and most recently movie promos for Comedy Central. His assistant director work includes dozens of projects consisting of both shorts and commercials alike.

Michael Nie - Director of Photography 

"When I was growing up, before the existence of HD, my brother and I would spend hours with an old video camera, taking ideas from our imaginations and making images for all to see. We were visual storytellers long before I had heard of cinematography. 

Graduating from home-movies, university proved a valuable training ground. My work on student films allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them. I quickly realized that with cinematography, I was in for a lifetime of learning.

A significant evolution came when I moved to Los Angeles and began spending time on numerous professional sets. Immersed in a variety of work environments from feature films and commercials to episodic television and music videos, I gleaned what I could from talented cinematographers and their crews.

As a cinematographer today, I strive to tell stories that are both compelling and visually intriguing. The most rewarding work I do is that which offers a fresh perspective on the world and challenges the human condition. As I continue to adapt and grow from my experiences in life, so too will my cinematography evolve."  - Michael Nie

Carlos Rosario - Costume Designer

Carlos Rosario has been in the costume department for over 15 years. Working on a costume illustrator on such films as Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, Titan A.E., Chicago and X-Men 2. More recently, he has been the assistant costume designer on Walk the Line, 3:10 To Yuma, Tron: Legacy, and this years Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Jackson Sze - Art Director 

Concept artist Jackson Sze has worked in advertising, video games, television and film for studios such as Lucasfilm Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment of America. He is a founding member of the BATTLEMILK series of art books and is a Senior Concept Illustrator at Marvel Studios. His projects include Marvel's The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and AntMan. https://www.facebook.com/jacksonszeart

Anthony Francisco - Art Director / Storyboard Artist 

Anthony Francisco is a concept artist based in Burbank,CA. He has worked on various films and game projects in different stages of production. Working for the likes of: Stan Winston Studios, Rick Baker, ADI, Harlow FX, Steve Johnson, and Captive Audience on movies such as: Superman Returns, A.I., Men in Black 2, Spider-Man, Alien VS Predator, and The Chronicles of Riddick. From 2004-2006 he worked as a concept artist at NCsoft Santa Monica on the Guild Wars and Tabula Rasa MMO titles. In 2010 he worked at Rhythm and Hues on Hunger Games, RIPD and Seventh Son. Occasionally, Anthony will instruct classes at Gnomon School for Visual Effects, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Concept Design Academy and CGMW online. He is currently part of the Visual Development team at Marvel Studios working on Guardians of the Galaxy and AntMan. http://www.ubermonsters.com/

Caitlyn Brisban - Special FX Makeup / Doll Maker 

Caitlyn Brisbin has been a special effects makeup artist since 2009 and has been fortunate enough to learn from some true artist in the field. Now she has started her own special effects business and is also pursuing a career as a fine art painter which also helps to bringing her makeups and creative designs to life.

Final doll sculpt by Caitlyn Brisbin to be featured in Kadence
Final doll sculpt by Caitlyn Brisbin to be featured in Kadence

Jaime Gallagher and Sara Wallace - Casting Directors 

Jaime Gallagher's skill in casting is grounded in her twenty year career as an actress. She’s appeared in numerous feature films and television series including Ocean's 11, Zoolander, Unbreakable, Red Wing and HBO’s The Newsroom. Jaime and Sara most recently cast the short film Bunker, which is currently making it’s mark on the worldwide festival circuit as well as the indie thriller Urban Myths and a host of Caliber Media’s films, which include the upcoming Chuck Hank & The San Diego Twins, Hot and Some Kind of Hate. Jaime is also an acting coach and a producer of the series Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles and the recent horror short Not Well.

Sara Wallace has been working as a casting director for more than six years and has cast numerous feature films. Some of these projects include: Rock Slyde, starring Patrick Warburton, Jason Alexander and Andy Dick, Clear Lake, WI, starring Michael Madsen and The Appearing, starring Dean Cain, Quinton Aaron and Wolfgang Bodison. Sara and Jaime combined forces and cast Red Wing, which starred Bill Paxton, Luke Perry and Frances Fisher, Coatwolf/Caliber Media/NAA's Chuck Hank & The San Diego Twins, starring David Arquette and Troian Bellisario and Perception starring Daniel Baldwin, Sharon Lawrence and Sophie Simmons. Since then Wallace/Gallagher Casting has cast several more features for Caliber Media and have many more exciting projects with various producers on the horizon such as Dead Wrong, Loserville, Northstar and Trafficked. Sara is also an active writer and producer as well as a wonderful acting coach.

Original music by Mina Fedora
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Risks and challenges

Whether it's a feature or a short, there are no shortage of challenges when setting out to make a film.

Yet with your help, we are spearheading the most daunting one : getting the film off the ground and setting the production into motion. While we cannot predict all of the roadblocks and setbacks are inevitable, they do not have to be terminal.

No creative endeavor is without the low moments that make you want to bow out or give up. But everyone involved on this film has taken a trip down that path before and we know what we need to do to persevere when the going gets tough. We have an incredible and dedicated producing team, along with filmmaker resources and close industry friends to turn to when we need the support of someone who has faced a similar challenge or situation.

We are committed to completing this film -- and most importantly, to making it the best movie that is in our ability.This is the first challenge of the process. We are equally passionate and enthusiastic for what is yet to come, and privileged you are joining us on the journey!

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