Midnight Carnival tells a late coming-of-age story of a newly-arrived Taiwanese girl’s exploration of the country, as well as her self-identity. Andrea Lin, a nineteen-year-old girl who comes to America with an imagination, comes to find out she is in the midst of a riotous world where everyone struggles just to survive. With an attempt to fight for respect and independence, Andrea tries her best to make explicit the underlying rules of the new environment, only to discover who she really is.
I used to work in a carnival on a working holiday visa, which is a very popular way for traveling among Taiwanese college students. There are several options but I was particularly drawn to the carnival because the idea of a moving amusement park is beyond the understanding of someone coming from a tiny island country. The carnival becomes a mysterious Neverland in my imagination, which carries laughter and happiness from place to place. It was the night of my arrival that I found out I had to share a seven-feet tall, five-feet wide room on a bunkhouse trailer with a stranger—ironically, in this enormous country.
Midnight Carnival is not a film to reveal the secrets of “carneys”, but a coming-of-age story about a girl trying to solve her problems in a foreign land. The story is for anyone who has ever been curious of these carnival workers’ lives, for those who have ever had their own dream scattered, and also for those who have never lost faith in themselves.
Here's a peek of our awesome location / behind-the-scene photo from our test shoot!
Chung Wei Huang— Writer, Director
Chung Wei Huang is a filmmaker who grew up in Taiwan. She graduated with a degree in International Business and minored in Arts and Design. She finished her studies at Universi- dad de Navarra, Spain, in 2011 and has applied her fascination with independent film produc- tions ever since. She worked as script supervisor and assistant producer for several Taiwan- ese documentary and TV productions. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Film and Media Arts at Temple on the Presidential Scholarship. Her work has been screened in Taiwan and US. She is interested in femininity and also explores social class and ethnicity conflicts. In the development of her current thesis project, she is trying to converge all of her interests.
Alexandra Schulsinger- Producer
Alexandra is currently a Film and Media Arts student in her Junior year at Temple University. Her previous production work includes a feature film (Franny) starring Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning, a feature film (Sundowning) written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and an NFL commercial. Currently, she is working on the production of a TV movie (Allegiance). Alexandra's past recognition includes a film that she wrote, produced and edited which won Best in Fest in the Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow in 2011, Best Short Film at the Ridgewood Film Festival in 2012 and a PSA which won first place in the NJ Go Green Challenge in 2012.
Joe Kraemer—Director of Photography
Kraemer is a filmmaker, media practitioner and scholar whose creative interests increasingly lie at the intersection between traditional audio-visual storytelling forms and the hybrid approaches to mediated experience promoted by emerging new media technologies. He currently teaches within the Department of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University. His work has been exhibited in festivals, conferences and galleries across the U.S., including Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.
Julie Long-Art Director
Julie Long is a multi-media filmmaker producing work that revolves around recreating bodily experiences. She is currently receiving her MFA in the Film and Media Art Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When she isn’t working on her artwork she works as a production designer for her contemporaries. No matter what she’s is doing, Julie is constantly making mental notes and adding to her collection of unique moments, special props, and memorable locations for her next production design project.
Although advances in technology have made making a film easier, it still costs a lot of money to make one. Here is cost breakdown of our budget and where your contributions will go:
$2,500 is what we need to raise in America to produce “Midnight Carnival” in its most uncomplicated form. We want to make the best movie possible and we need your support to do that.
With the professional cast and crew that are on board for this project, we need the funds in order to keep them and keep them happy. We have high hopes for this project and the more we are able to raise, the better film we are able to give all of you.
We are in need of building a set for one of our locations. Our stretch goal is $3,000 and with that money, we will be able to build a fantastic set that will look just like the real thing. With the additional funding, we will be able to produce a film that everyone involved will be proud of. Including you.
We plan to start shooing at the beginning of July, 2015. The film has been budgeted for a six-day shoot. We are also interviewing composers to score the film and have a few candidates in mind. Upon the completion of principal photography, the director and producer will return to Philadelphia to begin work in post-production in order to have the film completed by November for the major film festivals. We have started casting for our lead roles since last summer and mapped out our plan--so far we are doing pretty good! However, now we need your help to move to our last step: Make a movie!
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Please help us to spread the world! We will be very, very grateful. And we promise that we are going to make a movie that everyone will be proud of.
Risks and challenges
Weather, scheduling, equipment failure, permits...It is very complicated to make a movie, but we are ready to do whatever we can to overcome these obstacles.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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