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The film tells a late coming-of-age story of a newly-arrived Taiwanese girl’s exploration of the country, as well as her self-identity.
63 backers pledged $3,047 to help bring this project to life.

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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! 

If you want to follow our progress be sure to follow us on facebook. We'll be posting concept art, production stills, and video updates for public access.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Midnight-Carnival/678776012248440?ref=hl

 Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter and finishing reading our page. We are very excited for this project and hope now you want to join us. If you'd like to contribute, please check out our rewards and find the one that you like the most. 

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.

Thank you!

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.

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    “Enter the Carnival”

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    “The Insider”

    You will have the opportunity to be in extra in the film (travel/lodging not included). Come and hang out with us on set!
    In addition, you will also receive a PDF of the shooting script with director’s notes, digital download of Midnight Carnival, free online screening of director’s short film “HOPSCOTCH”, updates on the project, and a THANK YOU via Facebook.

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    “The Road to Fame”

    Thanks for your contribution. We will put your name in the Special Thanks at the ending credits. Let your name shine one the big screen!
    In addition, you will also receive digital download of Midnight Carnival, free online screening of the director’s short film “HOPSCOTCH”, updates on the project, and a THANK YOU via Facebook.

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    “A Postcard from the Carnival”

    Did you see the poster at the end of our video? To show our appreciation, the director will write you a personal thank you postcard with the same design.
    In addition, your name will appear on our special thanks lists at the ending credits, you will also receive digital download of Midnight Carnival, free online screening of the director’s short film “HOPSCOTCH”, updates on the project, and a THANK YOU via Facebook.

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    “Carnival Manager”

    Is the postcard not cool enough? we will write down your thank you note on the slate and you will receive a special DVD including the take. The director will write you a personal thank you postcard and you will see the final cut of the film even before its world premiere through a private link.
    In addition, your name will appear on our special thanks lists at the ending credits, you will also receive the invitation to the wrap party, digital download of Midnight Carnival, free online screening of the director’s short film “HOPSCOTCH”, updates on the project, and a THANK YOU via Facebook.

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    “You are the boss!”
    You will receive a special DVD with the director and producer saying thanks to you and two tickets to the film festival. The director will also send you a personalized postcard.
    In addition, your name will appear on our special thanks lists at the ending credits, you will also receive the invitation to the wrap party, digital download of Midnight Carnival, free online screening of the director’s short film “HOPSCOTCH”, updates on the project, and a THANK YOU via Facebook.

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    “VIP on set”
    Come spend some time with us on set! You can meet the director and the cast, enjoy our humble meal, and takes selfies as many as you want! If you want to stay with us until we wrap for the day, you can also call “It’s a wrap!” on set!
    In addition, your name will appear on our special thanks lists at the ending credits, you will also receive a special DVD, the invitation to our wrap party, digital download of Midnight Carnival, free online screening of the director’s short film “HOPSCOTCH”, updates on the project, and a THANK YOU via Facebook.

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    “Winner Winner Winner!”
    You will receive the stuffed animal that shows up multiple times in the move with the director’s signature. There’s only this one. It will be a great collection!
    In addition, your name will appear on our special thanks lists at the ending credits, you will also receive a special DVD, the invitation to our wrap party, digital download of Midnight Carnival, free online screening of the director’s short film “HOPSCOTCH”, updates on the project, and a THANK YOU via Facebook.

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    “Associate Producer Credit”
    Now you are part of the Midnight Carnival team! We want to memorialize our gratitude for your generosity by giving you an Associate Producer credit in the film and on the IMDB. You will have access to our working scripts and we will take your notes into consideration on how to make the film even more awesome!
    You will also have updates on the project, a “thank you” on facebook, digital download of Midnight Carnival and the director’s short film Hopscotch, an invitation to our wrap party and a special DVD.

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    “Executive Producer Credit”
    We cannot thank you more for making our dream come true! You are now the Executive Producer in our team. Your name will show up in our credits and on the IMDB. You will also have access to the working script. We might also give you a long hug when we see you in person. Thank you.
    You will also have updates on the project, a “thank you” on facebook, digital download of Midnight Carnival and the director’s another short film Hopscotch, an invitation to our wrap party and a special DVD.

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Funding period

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