About this project
A young woman's relationship takes a dark turn when every sound her boyfriend makes starts to annoy her. We don't want to spoil the ending for you, but things get a little messy.
A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR AND CO-WRITER, MATT SPICER:
"I'd been wanting to make a short film for a long time but I couldn't think of an idea that I felt was good enough to convince people to dedicate their valuable time and hard-earned money. Then one day my brother and I were talking about relationships, specifically that moment right before you realize you need to break-up with someone where literally everything they do starts to rub you the wrong way. We all know that break-ups can be a little messy sometimes, but we started asking ourselves: What was the messiest break-up we could imagine?
This film is our answer. Ultimately, it's not just a comedic look at the end of a relationship, but it's also about the dangers of not expressing your true feelings and not getting out of something while you still can."
WHY SHOULD YOU FUND THIS PROJECT?
Making films, even short films, can be an expensive undertaking. Thankfully, we've been able to pull together a talented team of creative people who are willing to work with us in order to build new relationships and because they believe in the material. Because of the combined passion of everyone involved, we'll be able to make this film for as little money as possible. Unfortunately, there are some things you can't get for free, especially if you want the film to look and sound as good as something you'd see at your local multiplex, and because our goal is for this film to compete in high-profile festivals, like Sundance and South by Southwest, quality is of the utmost importance.
SO WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY BE GOING?
The money we raise on Kickstarter will be put towards our hard costs, which include but are not limited to the following:
- Equipment Rentals (camera, lenses, lighting, sound, editorial)
- Props & Costumes/Wardrobe Rental
- Practical Effects & Make-Up (fake blood, fire, etc.)
- Sound Design & Mixing (ADR, Foley, studio rental, etc.)
- VFX & Color Correction
- Transportation & Location Fees/Permits
- Festival Submission Fees
Here's a look at some of the talented people involved...
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Matt Spicer (Director/Co-Writer) - Matt Spicer graduated from the USC School of Cinema Television in 2006. His first script, THE ORNATE ANATOMY OF LIVING THINGS, co-written with Max Winkler, landed on "The Black List" and was picked up by Fox Searchlight with Jason Reitman producing. Since then, he and Max have written numerous screenplays, all of which are currently in development, the most notable being THE ADVENTURER'S HANDBOOK at Universal with Jonah Hill and Jason Segel. In 2010, he wrote and directed a series of shorts for Sony's Crackle.com called SO ON AND SO FORTH starring Jon Togo (CSI: MIAMI) and Jake Johnson (NEW GIRL). He also produced Max Winkler's first feature film CEREMONY which had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures in 2011. He is currently developing a TV pilot with Ryan Murphy Productions (creators of GLEE and AMERICAN HORROR STORY) and is hard at work on his first feature.
Eric Spicer (Co-Writer) - Born and raised in the wild forests of Pennsylvania, Eric is a screenwriter and filmmaker in his own right, although all you really need to know about him is that he made this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h97D5LN_cdk
Max Winkler (Producer) - A graduate of USC film school, Winkler and his classmate David Gelb directed the short film, The King of Central Park, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He went on to direct and produce Clark and Michael, the 10 episode web series produced by CBS, starring Michael Cera and Clark Duke. Alongside writing partner Matt Spicer, he adapted and will executive produce Mick Conefrey's The Adventurer's Handbook, starring Jonah Hill, Jason Segal and Jason Schwartzman for Universal Pictures. He recently released his feature directorial debut, Ceremony, through Magnolia Pictures in Spring of 2011 which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
David Gelb (Producer) - Born in Manhattan, David Gelb shot his first short, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Edward Burns, while he was still in high school. While finishing up his film degree at the USC School of Cinema/TV Production, Gelb premiered another short, THE KING OF CENTRAL PARK, starring Jeffrey Tambor and Henry Winkler, at the Tribeca International Film Festival, and enjoyed a run on the Sundance Channel with his documentary A VISION OF BLINDNESS, a behind the scenes look at Fernando Meirelles’ film Blindness. David most recently directed the hit documentary JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI.
Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer (Producer/Editor) - Raised in San Rafael, California, Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer most recently made his mark editing the award-winning documentary JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI. In the past, he has worked with such clients as Magnolia Pictures, Atlantic Records, Coca-Cola and NBC, editing feature films, TV series, music videos and trailers in Los Angeles for nearly a decade since graduating from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Recently, Brandon launched City Room Creative, a post-production house that specializes in entertainment marketing and creative editorial.
Crystal Powell (Producer) - Crystal Powell studied Communication and Cinema/Television at USC. After graduating in 2007, she worked at Endeavor Talent Agency before joining Lynette Howell’s Silverwood Films where she became the VP of Production and Development. During her time at Silverwood, Ms. Powell associate produced TERRI directed by Azazel Jacobs and ON THE ICE written and directed Andrew Okpeaha Maclean. Both films premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She also Co-produced Matt Ross’ 28 HOTEL ROOMS starring Chris Messina and Marin Ireland, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be released later this year by Oscilloscope. In January 2012, Lynette Howell teamed with Jamie Patricof to launch Electric City Entertainment, where Powell currently works as Vice President of Production. There, Ms. Powell associate produced Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, which will premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Steven Drypolcher (Producer/VFX) - Born and raised in San Francisco, Steve graduated from the USC School of Cinema/TV Production in '06. He is now the owner and creative director of Bonnie Brae, a creative collective and post-production studio specializing in narrative editing and visual effects. Bonnie Brae has garnered acclaim for their work with artists such as Bruno Mars, Bon Iver, Lupe Fiasco, The Fray, and Bloc Party -- including five 2010 MTV VMA nominations for B.O.B’s “Airplanes."
Blake McClure (Director of Photography) - Raised in Music City (Nashville, Tennessee), Blake McClure has shot music videos for artists such as Kelly Clarkson, 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, and Rascal Flatts, among countless others. McClure has also lensed numerous shorts for Funny or Die and his latest short, THE ARM, won a Special Jury Award for Comedic Storytelling at Sundance. He is currently in Los Angeles shooting his fourth feature film.
Allison Estrin (Casting) - With Barden/Schnee Casting, Allison has worked in over 50 films including the Academy Award nominated films The Help and Winters Bone. Other highlights include "Win Win"; Whit Stillman's " Damsels in Distress"; "Mirror Mirror"; "Return"; "Hello I Must Be Going"; "Conviction"; "Machine Gun Preacher" and the upcoming film version of "August Osage County" starring Meryl Streep.
...and stay tuned for more exciting announcements regarding our cast and crew!
Remember -- if we don't reach our goal, we don't receive any of your pledges and the movie doesn't get made, so be sure to tell all your friends about us, re-post the link, etc. We assure you that whatever money you contribute will end up on the screen.
Thanks for checking us out! And be sure to check out our "Updates" section in the weeks to come for more news regarding our shoot!
Art Director: Yujin Ono
Photographer: Justin Ponce
Model: Brenda Marie King
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