Update: Stretch Goal #3: $10,013
Reached! - Stretch Goal #2: $7758
Reached! - Stretch Goal #1: $7480
We've done it! YOU'VE DONE IT!!! We've hit our target of $6600!
Endless thanks are not enough; you can expect more thank-you videos to come!
About our story:
A critical decision causes Aaron's world to morph from a place he loves into a place that turns against him.
about our story
The Sound is a short film screenplay about a man who experiences his world primarily through the sounds of the city and the people in it. This story will put you in the psychological headspace of Aaron as he makes a critical decision to protect the woman he loves at the cost of his sense of belonging in the world he lives in. The urban soundscape turns from the music he lives by to an indictment of his choices.
inspiration - from the writer
I love and am inspired by music, but since moving to New York City two years ago, I rarely wear headphones. Walking around or riding the subway, I like to soak in the city as a full sensory experience.
We all overhear conversations as we go through the city; to me, each one is another scene in someone's story. It's like walking through an episode of someone's life... as a writer, I sometimes can't help filling in the rest of the story.
I thought about the sounds of the city. I thought about what would happen if the sounds of the people, and the trains, and the sheer energy of this city turned against me... and became a living entity that passed judgement on me. (I have a wild imagination when short on sleep and long on coffee.)
I put a character in this world; I gave him an action that put him in a moral quandry; and then I let the world speak back to him.
Aaron's story, The Sound, was born.
what your help will do for our film
We're looking to raise a minimum of $6600. This won't cover the whole budget, but if that’s all we raise, we know how to make it go a long way and get this project done. Every extra dollar raised will go into improving the project.
The look and feel of a film like the Sound is dependent on the skill and artistry of our staff and post-production crew. We know we’ll need talented professionals to make this happen in just the right way, so we’re hiring a sound designer and director of photography to achieve the look, feel, and sound of our story in post-production. We have the good fortune of having excellent people in place for principal photography (the part where we're shooting the movie!), including a good sound recordist.
An experienced and well-regarded sound designer is an absolute must for this story. This person will be working during and well after shooting The Sound because of the sheer amount of post-production work that is on schedule.
We need to be properly insured because we're crazy about the safety of our actors and crew for this and future films we work on. We're in the application process to get permits from the City of New York to shoot outdoors and in the NYC subway system, saving money for an excellent makeup artist who specializes in film, budgeting transportation for our small cast and crew for all four locations. All of these cost a sizable amount of money! Also, since I enjoy cooking, I’m taking care of catering for our cast and crew in my kitchen so that all we need to do is cover the cost of the groceries. This company knows how to stretch a dollar, and we're pretty proud of it.
Backing this project means you're part of what makes this story happen in just the right way. You can give as much or as little as you like, or if it's not in the budget for you right now, share our project on Twitter or Facebook or talk about it to some friends you think might be interested - it’ll be very much appreciated!
Sacha Iskra, Writer and Producer: Rutgers, BA, Opera and English; Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv and Sketch Writing. Remedies writer's block by furiously playing the piano. Pretty good cook, according to her dad.
Mark Ezovski, Director and Producer: His feature film Across Dot Ave. was featured in festivals across the globe and will be distributed by Trillian Entertainment in 2013. Along with his current work on The Sound, he is knee-deep in preproduction on several short film projects as well as a stage play featuring his own original rock songs.
Suzanne Rydz, Producer: TV and film actor credits include Weeds, Sons of Anarchy, Switched at Birth, and The Verdict. Her film Peanut Butter & Jelly recently premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
E. Calvin Ahn, Fight Director: Calvin is a fight director with 20 years of experience performing and choreographing staged violence for theater and film. He has also over 20 years of martial arts experience.
Original music by Jane Lui:
Joe Lewis, Aaron: Born and raised in Alaska, Joe lived in a farming town in Hokkaido, Japan before moving to New York to pursue acting. He prefers dogs over cats, Elvis over The Beatles, and Betty over Veronica.
Kari Nicolle, Alicia, Aaron’s ex with whom he’s still in love: Kari Nicolle is an actress based in NYC who has worked on Broadway and in television and film. She received a BFA at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts via The Atlantic Acting School and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She is so happy to be a part of The Sound.
Galway McCullough, Dad (a hard working and successful man): Galway has worked on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire", ABC's "What Would You Do", was beheaded in a film that screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, has had national voice-overs and his face on a billboard.
Eileen Faxas, Mom (an inspiring woman who shows tough love): A 3-time Emmy Award-winning reporter, Eileen left TV news for the stage, but still finds her way back to TV through commercials and the occasional Kevin Bacon crime drama.
Jorge Ferragut, Sean (Alicia’s boyfriend): Jorge is a versatile actor, with lots of projects under his belt ranging from commercials to ABC's Charlie's Angels. He currently stars in a national Dunkin Donuts commercial and recently performed in a short which screened at the renowned Creative Artists Agency in LA.
Gaius the Eskimo Dog: he has no role in the film, but provided invaluable support during the writing and planning process.
Maybe a picture of my two-month old puppy and me has something to do with this project, maybe it doesn't, either way, it was a nice break from all the technical talk =)
Risks and challenges
There is always the possibility that a film will go off schedule. Two out of our four shooting days will be outdoors, and one of those dates involves a beautifully choreographed and intense fight scene. Our team are great people and are professionals, so all pieces of this project will be done thoughtfully, safely, and with each other in mind. Our producers and I will make sure you are aware of any delays and other potential issues that may come up so that you get a sense of the progress.
That said, we're aware things can and will go wrong, so we'll be properly insured and have scheduled one more shoot day than we need, just in case.
Our goal is to premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The deadline for festival entries is December 2013 (it's coming fast!). With your help, we intend to begin shooting in early September and finish by the end of the month. This allows us a reasonable schedule of three months for post-production and mastering.
Shooting a film on a $6600 budget is a challenge unto itself, but our team has talent, drive and ambition, and we're passionate about sharing our vision with you.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE FULL $6600 ISN'T RAISED?
With Kickstarter, it's all or nothing. So, if we don't raise the full $6600, we lose all our contributions, your cards aren't charged, and we do the best we can with what we've got.
CAN WE EXCEED THE GOAL?
Yes! There is no limit to the pledges we can get. Each dollar over the $6600 gives us the chance to increase the quality of of film, the exposure it gets, and the number of film festivals we'll be able to submit for (each assesses fees), as well as the potential to get our story to a movie theater nearer to you. We're conscientious about updating our backers, and we will be extremely transparent about where every single dollar goes!
CAN ANYONE SEE ME PLEDGE?
No. People will see that you're a backer, but only we can see the amount you've pledged.
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?
You can send us an email through the Kickstarter website or at UnitedColoursProductions@gmail.com
I'M NOT IN THE U.S. CAN I STILL PLEDGE?
Yes! You can pledge from anywhere! We'll be thrilled!
~Special thanks to Mark Ezovski for filming interview portion of this Kickstarter video and to Julia Yoler for kindly loaning us her DSLR so I could shoot some footage in the subway to give you guys an idea of what we're going for. =)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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