About this project
WE HIT OUR TARGET!!! Help us meet our new target to upgrade our equipment and make a really powerful Festival worthy film ~~~<3
The Box is a story that takes us deep into the heart of a gifted painter, Annie, when she is on the rise to success after a long road of struggling in the mainstream art world, and simultaneously grieving the loss of her ex-boyfriend, Shane.
The Box explores core feelings we all experience when it comes to balancing love and following our passion. Ultimately it is about the healing power of art when we grieve a great loss in our lives.
To create a visually stunning and emotionally touching film that incorporates the theme of being an Artist in today's Modern Culture; what it requires to balance ones’ passion, ones’ relationships and how art can be a great healing modality for grief of any kind.
The team of film makers working on "The Box" are committed, experienced, professional, passionate and creative.
We believe in this story and our intention is to create a piece of our own Art which will be etched in time forever.
Everything is original in this film. The writing, the paintings, the music... We have a pool of talent between us and we believe we have an opportunity to create magic!
Already, we are each putting in our own resources, time, talent. No one is getting paid. With your support combined, we are really able to create a strong film of cinematic quality.
I, Lillie (the writer, producer, actress), will be putting in some of my own funds.Below is a list of what we need to bring this passionate project to life and get it some recognition when it's done!
RED EPIC Camera: $400 a day (3 X days shooting) = $1200
*This Camera has unrivaled cinema capabilities.
Art Materials (Canvases, paint, wire, wood): $500
Art Gallery Location: $400
Food: $400 (For 3 days, 20 extras- 1 day, 5 crew, 5 actors)
LED Lighting: $300
Sound: $750 (3 days on-set and post-production mixing)
Movi: $400 a day (3 X days) = $1200
*Redefines the possibilities for camera movement~ Watch how the camera glides! https://vimeo.com/62917185
Festival Submissions (Sundance, Cannes, Palm Springs, Aspen): $200 +(Approximately $40-80 each submission)
TOTAL $4,950 ~
Together, we have raised half of the entire Budget in just two weeks!! What would it take to reach another $1500 or more in the next two weeks?
~~~~~ Thank you ~~~~~
LILLIE CLAIRE (WRITER, PRODUCER, LEAD ACTRESS "ANNIE")
Australian born and raised actress, Lillie Claire, began modeling and acting at the age of thirteen. She traveled and worked as a model internationally after high school and later settled back in Australia upon being accepted into a prestigious acting program at QUT. There she trained for three years under a number of LA based acting coaches in the techniques of Stanislavsky, Meisner, Eric Morris, Alexander Technique, Classical Voice, Musical Theatre and Improv.
While at QUT she began her switch from essay and poetry writing to Screenwriting and had completed her first film by graduation in 2008. The next year she producer and directed her 45min film, A SOLID PLACE TO STAND, which one Best Feature at the Darwin Film Festival.
In late 2010, Claire relocated to Vancouver, Canada, to work in the North American Film & TV Industry. She was flown to South Africa to star as the lead in a WWII Feature Film, ANGELS OF THE SKIES, which Premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where Lillie attended.
Lillie had a bout of successes with booking a guest role on CW's Supernatural, a string of TV commercials, theatre shows and films. She also ran a production company in Vancouver for artists to perform new and existing material every month and invited acting coaches, casting directors and agents for added exposure.
The talented and ambitious actress made the move to LA in 2013 and was accepted into renowned acting coach, Larry Moss' intensive workshop. She spent last year gathering and filing for her Artists Work Visa for the US and was granted approval in December. Since the beginning of the year, she has had the pleasure of working on two popular web series, WE ARE ANGELS and I DON'T, starred in a number of high-quality short films set to release later this year, booked a BUDLIGHT TV Commercial, a music video for FOSTER THE PEOPLE, and a role in the Feature Film, PALM SWINGS.
Ms Claire is currently writing a TV Series, GRANT ME SERENITY, is cast as the wild hedonistic, "Sky" in upcoming Feature Film THE REFUGEES alongside Ola Rapace from Skyfall and in production for THE BOX!
MATTEO SARADINI (DIRECTOR)
Matteo Saradini is an Italian director and visual artist currently working out of Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Northern Italy, he studied film critique and Greek and Latin Theatre at the University of Brescia, Italy. He soon tired of the theoretical studies and set out to self-finance his first feature film “Fear and Vengeance”, an epic gangster film inspired by Homer’s “Odyssey”.
After graduating in 2004, Saradini made his way to Rome where he had the opportunity to produce, shoot and direct “Blood Chronicle”, a mockumentary inspired by Richard Brooks’ “In Cold Blood”. Shot entirely in one location, “Blood Chronicle” is the story of two burglars that break into an apartment taking a young student hostage in their attempt to escape after a robbery. This thrilling mockumentary is based on true events and reenacted in the same house where the events took place.
With increasing interest in his work, Saradini was asked by Italian/Swedish producer Antonio Russo Merenda to travel to Sweden to shoot and direct “Don’t Shoot Now” a highly controversial documentary about the Beretta gun factory in Northern Italy. Saradini made the move from Europe to North America to work in Los Angeles, where he met with various producers developing new projects. There he trained himself further and became proficient with different editing systems and cameras.
Making a name for himself in America’s film industry, Saradini continues to develop himself as an artist by producing a wide variety of work, from music videos to award-winning short films.
SARAH RISH (CO-PRODUCER, PAINTER, NUDE MODEL "CLAIRE")
Sarah is a painter, writer, poet, singer, actress and now, producer! She graduated Boston University with a BFA in 2011 and just released her first published book of poetry called "Original".
JEFFERY DAVIS (ACTOR "SHANE")
Jeffery was born in the outlying suburbs of DC, in Virginia. His father was an FBI agent specializing in electronic surveillance on several historical cases and his mother was a registered nurse, eventually focusing on addiction.
Although he was always drawn toward story and performance, Jeffery began an advertising career after school that spanned more than a decade and in one of the largest agencies in the world, along with startups, and publishing companies in New York and San Francisco. During his corporate employment, he began studying improv and acting.
While in San Francisco, Jeffery worked in a variety of independent film and television projects before moving to Los Angeles. Within a few months of arriving in Los Angeles, he was cast in Steven Soderbergh’s CONTAGION, in a scene opposite Elliot Gould.
He is currently working in the feature film THE GREEN FAIRY with Richard Grieco. This summer, he joins the comedy pilot production SUNSET JUNCTION as the leading man, "Nathan". Two of his previous films, LITTLE BRUNO and SPEED DRAGON were both shown at the Cannes Marche de Film.
KRISTIAN MESSERE ("HENRY")
Kristian Messere has been acting professionally since he was a kid. He has appeared on Networks such as CW, USA, ABC, FOX, Disney, and LIFE. Most recently Kristian starred in an upcoming Feature Film "Ace On Fire" which he also wrote and directed. He has performed in various Feature, Episodic, and Commercial Roles - including "Stockholders" the feature length film, which he also penned, "Mr. Lamaze's Dire Love" (Cannes) and "Checkmate" (Mexico International Film Festival). He also appears in "Exit Interview" Directed by Tony Leech (Canon -The Story Beyond the Still on Vimeo) developed by Vincent Laforet which premiered at Sundance. Kristian trained intensively in Acting at both SFU Contemporary Arts and Douglas College.
NAR LEVONI (CINEMATOGRAPHER)
Nar is a Los Angeles and San Francisco based cinematographer. He started out as a photographer at a young age and studied advertising and commercial photography at Brooks Institute that is located in Santa Barbara. He’s got more than 10 years of experience shooting and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. He is currently freelancing while at the same time working on a personal project that is set to be released by the end of the year.
Risks and challenges
Making a film is a planned, organic process with so many potential points of "failure" along the way. We've done our best to minimize those by working with talented, passionate people who are committed to seeing this project birthed into the public consciousness.
The biggest, most consistent challenge is managing resources and problem-solving when there's an issue...and, there's usually issues that arise along the way. The amount of experience we bring to the project definitely helps us do a good job of preparing and planning ahead of time. Finances are always a challenge, even with the most carefully planned projects...but, we're hoping that your support will help us bridge that gap. Unforeseen issues with light, sound, and timing can sometimes create challenges but we feel we have enough experience problem-solving, along with a love for this project and positivity that we are ready to embrace the ride. We hope you'll come with us on it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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