A fantastical love story about two New Yorkers whose relationship unfolds aboard a paper mache subway!
New York City is an ambiguous, ever-changing entity that can affect you in a multitude of ways. It will swallow you whole, inspire the world's biggest ideas and still leave you wanting more at your lowest moments. As artists, we breathe in New York City every day as we step outside, cross the street, or serve a drink to one of the 10 million inhabitants that just happens upon our bar that day. In this city there is a story unfolding every second but the one we chose to tell is still waiting to happen.
Paper Dreams is a feature film born out of our collective 15 years of life and love experiences in New York City. It is a story about twenty-somethings navigating their way through life in the city. Whitney, a downtown gallerina, and Jackson a Brooklyn-based urban landscape designer have multiple run-ins on a subway platform until Jackson finally decides to ask Whitney out. Their initial chemistry takes them to a whimsical other world that only they can access. As reality interferes with their newfound fairy tale, love is put to the test as Jackson and Whitney are challenged with making room for their new shared universe in their existing reality.
From the beginning, above everything else, we wanted to make a beautiful film. Among our many wonderful ideas for the film, our favorite, is the paper mâché subway set. This paper mâché subway car will become Jackson and Whitney's dream world. These sets will be created by the uniquely imaginative Ronnie Lovette, an art director from LA. Boom! That's Hollywood cred! Not only will this film look incredible, it will sound amazing, thanks to the unbelievable work by the extremely talented Seiya Matsumiya. This film is based on personal experiences that push our limits as artists and hopefully helps us to to leave our mark on this industry.
Want a taste of what we can do? Check out our teaser.
We are so excited to make this film. Because we love making films. And because we love making films with each other. Check out our bloopers...
If you liked that. You're going to love this. We hope.
Here is our poster thanks to Jen Buyn. She painted that! Damn!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Indie filmmaking can definitely be risky and challenging. We are a small production with an ultra-low budget and one of the biggest obstacles is usually raising enough money. We have no doubt that our film will be made and made well. Still, everything costs money, you know: food and water and equipment. We have raised a portion of our budget and now we need Kickstarter to get us to the next level.
Our film centers around a wonderful paper mâché subway car which we believe sets our story and script apart. This paper mâché subway car is our largest set piece and will be the hardest to build. Not only because we need to rent space and buy materials to build it but also because we want this paper mâché world to feel tangible. This is Jackson and Whitney's dream world.
That being said, we are crafty. The four of us have been working on low-budget independent films for some time now and have inventive ways of combating any troubles that may arise.
We are putting all of our time, energy and love into making this film. After we shoot and edit the film, we want to share this with audiences world wide. We are making this film to tell our unique story and we want to ensure that we have to funds to get every moment we need.
Still you never know what might happen, but this is our baby and we are going to do everything it takes to get this done.
Late spring of this year. We will begin principal photography in May!
Kickstarter is a crowd sourcing website that helps people raise money for their creative projects. You can fund anything from an invention, to a book, to a feature film. You set a goal for yourself and a deadline. Then, people pledge money to your project. No one is charged unless you reach your goal in the time allotted. So, it's a race against the clock to reach our goal of $20,000.
No. Our budget is roughly $70,000. We have a portion already raised and with the help of Kickstarter we are getting that much closer to reaching our goal.
Yes and that would be amazing. The more the merrier. Every dollar raised goes directly into making this beautiful film.