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Three people, two rooms, and one hairless guinea pig.
Three people, two rooms, and one hairless guinea pig.
Three people, two rooms, and one hairless guinea pig.
55 backers pledged CA$ 2,660 to help bring this project to life.

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EDIT (06/24/17): WE'VE MADE THE FIRST STRETCH GOAL!!!

Now we'll be able to rent a nicer venue for the cast/crew/supporter screening! Wow! Thank you!!!

EDIT (06/23/17): WE'RE FUNDED!!!

Now that we've reached our goal, we're adding a few stretch goals:

STRETCH GOAL #1 - If we reach $2500: we will rent a better venue for the cast, crew, and supporter screening (since before, it was just going to be Diane's apartment, but that'll probably no longer work...)

STRETCH STRETCH GOAL #2 - if we reach $3000: we will mix and release the Uncle Martin rap ft. MC Shithead (it'd be a remix of some of Penny Foster's lines, and involve a lot of video of the hairless guinea pig from our film).

Plus, we've added a new stretch perk for pledges of $100!

YAY! Thank you everyone for helping us reach our goal!!!

Here's the previous post, explaining everything in case you're new:

Penny Foster is a short film about a little girl with OCD who slowly climbs out of her own head and realizes her mom's going through a hard time. 

Directed by Diane Carol Harder and produced by Sarah Senior, we wanted to make this film so badly we tried to do it without any money - and ended up paying what amounts to a couple months' worth of grocery budget out of our own pockets to rent camera lenses, buy food for the cast and crew, and have insurance. Clearly, we need to eat, so we're now asking for your help to get that money back - and to pay for the post-production costs, as well as festival submissions.

This is a very good script; it was written by America Michele Palacios, a writer who got her MFA at Northwestern University with Diane, and who was a crew member at the Sundance labs, an Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition finalist and a quarter finalist in the Nicholl competition. Our Director of Photography, Jordan Kennington, owns his own RED Scarlet camera, so the film looks really good, too. And, although this is our 10-year-old star Elisa Campanella's narrative debut, she has been acting in commercials since she was an infant (and has auditioned for HUGE blockbuster projects - seriously, she's going to be a big deal).

We have several things in mind for this film:

1) Submit it to festivals (of course).

2) Use it as a sample to apply for funding for other projects. (Most funding bodies in Canada require a director's sample, and although Diane has made multiple short films before, they require those samples to be made WITHOUT funding from an educational institution.)

3) Use it as a sample for potential financiers for the feature we currently have in development, which would be Diane's feature writing and directing debut. (We just need to show them we can work together and that we know what we're doing.)

Here's the breakdown of the cost:

$800 - what we've already put on credit cards to get the film in the can. That's $400 each, which neither of us can afford right now. HELP!

$800 - post-production costs, to edit and do sound design on the film, as well as give it some nice looking credits (which would hopefully include YOUR NAME!).

$600 - festival submissions. They get pretty pricy. HELP (again)!

Fees. We also have to pay fees to Kickstarter from what we raise.

THAT'S $2300. Which we're aiming to get in only TWO WEEKS, since it takes several weeks to process after the campaign is done, and we need it before we can move forward. So. Please help. And tell all your friends. This is a great little film, and we think it really deserves to get out there into the world!

Sincerely,

Diane and Sarah

Diane got her B.A. in Film Studies and Literature/Writing from Columbia University, and her M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, she taught Intro to Screenwriting to undergraduate students, and spent part of her summer shadowing Richard J. Lewis while he directed an episode of C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation. She has worked for festivals like Hot Docs and the Toronto International Film Festival, and has worked as a production assistant on the TV shows Rookie Blue and Good Witch. She even worked briefly as Darren Lynn Bousman's director's assistant while he was in post-production on Saw IV. She has read scripts for: Focus Features, Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures, Little Magic Films, In Cahoots Entertainment, Intruder Films, and now works for Coverfly, a Hollywood script reading service that takes care of coverage for multiple LA production companies. She also does freelance script consulting for private clients.

Sarah studied film & photography in Edinburgh followed by a BSc in Media Production (1:1) in Bradford, UK winning a Royal Television Society award for her work along the way. Sarah got her Master's degree in Producing at the UK's  National Film and Television School, ranked the top film school in the world. While at the NFTS Sarah was mentored by OSCAR, Emmy and BAFTA winning producers. Sarah has since been visiting tutor for the Production Management department at NFTS twice, overseeing full slates of ambitious and highly demanding films through production.

Sarah line produced the feature Honeycomb Lodge (director Lesley Manning & producer Myf Hopkins) and produced the feature length drama Think Again! for charity The Blast Project raising awareness about boys being groomed and sexually exploited. In 2014 Sarah co-produced & line produced Containment, the indie thriller from debut director Neil West, written by David Lemon, and received its UK World Premiere at the East End Film Festival, London in July 2015, and enjoyed a UK theatrical release in September 2015. The film is being distributed by Vision Films. In 2015 Sarah line produced Ian Bonhote's debut feature film Alleycats, the ambitious action thriller filmed on the streets of London, staring Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Jack & The Giant Slayer) and John Hannah (The Mummy, Sliding Doors, Four Weddings and a Funeral). The film was produced by The Fyzz Facility and Elephant Gun Films and is being distributed by Universal Pictures.

Though hailing from Yorkshire in the UK originally, Sarah relocated to Toronto, Canada in April 2016, where she is continuing her career producing, and is currently assembling a slate of films for development and production.

For more about Penny Foster's cast and crew, check out the IMDb page.

Risks and challenges

Really, this project has already been shot, and just needs to be finished. The only risk is if we don't get this money - then Diane and Sarah will be eating very little for the next couple months, and will have a whole lot of footage they won't be able to do anything with.

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    Diane and Sarah will tweet thank you, using a jazzy meme of our hairless guinea pig guest star, personalized just for you!

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    Once it's finished, get a digital copy of the film of your very own!

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    Private screening with cast and crew

    Once it's finished, we will screen the film for the cast and crew - and you can come, too!*

    *screening will be in Toronto; you are responsible for your own travel and accommodations

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    Stretch perk brunch!

    To celebrate the fact we hit our target we have a special edition perk for you all - we'll buy you brunch at Toronto's cereal cafe and you get to enjoy Diane and Sarah's scintillating conversation skills and sparkling wit over a bowl of special edition cereal of your choice!

    Please note - you'll need to get to Toronto under your own steam - travel and accommodation not included.

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    Coverage of your feature or TV script

    Director perk: Have your feature or TV pilot script read by Diane, a professional Hollywood script reader who taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and has read scripts for companies like Focus Features and Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures. She will read your script as if it was for a producer wanting to know whether they should consider the project. Coverage will include a logline and 2-page synopsis of the script, as well as 2 pages of comments on what works and doesn't work, ending with whether the project is a "pass" or "recommend." Totals 4 pages. Features can be no longer than 130 pages.

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    Production Package

    Producer Perk: Are you packaging up your indie film? Want some advice from a seasoned producer? Sarah will spend 6 hours with you, going through your indie film package (Canada or UK based) - focusing on the areas you want to know about most - be it finance packaging, budget & schedule, production pitfalls, sales, etc (she's been paid to teach these things at some of the best film schools in the world). If you're in Toronto, this will be in person. Otherwise, it'll be over Skype/FaceTime/Google Hangout. One-on-one

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    Learn Movie Magic budgeting/scheduling

    Producer Perk: Want to get the most out of your schedule or budgeting software? Sarah will spend 6 hours with you, teaching you the basics (and some tricks) for how to use Movie Magic budgeting OR scheduling software (she's been paid to teach these things at some of the best film schools in the world). If you're in Toronto, this will be in person. Otherwise, it'll be over Skype/FaceTime/Google Hangout. You ideally need your own copy of the software for this perk - otherwise you'll just be watching Sarah working her own software. One-on-one

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    Director Perk: Have your feature or TV pilot script read by Diane, a professional Hollywood script reader who taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and has read scripts for companies like Focus Features and Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures. She will read your script with an eye toward how to make it stronger, and give you 5 pages of notes, then will also meet with you for an hour to brainstorm ideas for the next draft. If you're in Toronto, this will be in person. Otherwise, it'll be over Skype/FaceTime/Google Hangout. One-on-one. Features can be no longer than 130 pages.

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    Executive Producer credit on IMDb

    Get an Executive Producer credit, both in the film end credits, and on iMDb.*

    *sorry, but this role will have no creative input on the film

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