Okay, so the video didn't totally suck....but tell me Ian, what the hell are you trying to do???
Great question. FINALLY I've kicked my own ass out of procrastination and am going to direct the short film that I've written!
The Tow is an idea that I'd been mulling over for a while but never really knew what to do with. After managing to get the scrambled thoughts in my head onto paper, I realized I had a script that I was very proud of. So the next step is to shoot the thing... right? So how do you go about that? It takes a village to actually complete a production from start to finish and that costs money. Because this is a short, and the release isn't designed to sell tickets, or turn a profit, no investor is going to touch it. Therefore it won't get made, and NO ONE WILL GET TO SEE IT!!! This is the most important part of this entire campaign. I want you to see this film.
Makes sense to me, cause I'm smart, so what's it about?
The Tow is essentially a complete 3 act piece, a beginning, middle, and end, with only one scene. For me this is the prototypical short film style. It has two main characters, a protagonist, and antagonist who are at odds with each other and must weed their way through a conflict. As I mentioned in the video, saying more than that would be giving away valuable plots points, possibly spoiling things, and I certainly don't want to spill the beans. However... I did shoot some story board like stills with the actors to give a very broad glimpse into what things might look like and also provide a sense of tone. Check 'em out.
Alright Bohen, I've read this far so tell me, if it's as short as you say it is, why do you need so much money?
Ah Ha! You're starting to sound like a producer already!
Here's a list of departments and personnel that we'll need to have in order to shoot this film properly.
CAMERA - D.P., 1st Assistant, D.I.T., Still Photographer + EQUIPMENT
DIRECTION - 1st A.D. 2nd A.D. Set P.A.'s Script Supervisor
PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Art Director
SOUND - Mixer, Boom Operator, Post Supervisor
GRIP/ELECTRIC - Gaffer, Grips
PROPERTY - Prop Master, Rentals
LOCATIONS - Manager, Set Supervisor
HAIR/MAKEUP - Stylists
COSTUME - Designer, Wardrobe Stylists
CATERING/CRAFT SERVICE - Nom Nom's
POST PRODUCTION - Editor, Colorist, Post Supervisor, Music supervisor
Each of these critical departments has at least one, and sometimes several crucial people that are necessary for the completion of a film. Many of these key people are going to donate their time for free and some of them aren't. There are certain areas where you can skimp, and certain areas where you absolutely cannot. Producers, who are much smarter than I am, make these decision and then tell me which toys I can have to play with and which I can't.
Cue Mike Bircumshaw, producer of The Tow, who suggested Kickstarter, leading to where we are now.
The budget list above is a pretty complete list but trust me there are TONS of other expenditures not included here that need to be calculated when putting the final numbers together. For example, film festival submission fees, insurance, permits, electricity, overruns, and so on. When you get right down to the nitty gritty, after Kickstarter fees, bank fees, (that's right, the bank takes a % of the total amount pledged right off the top) and reward fulfillment costs, I'll barely be able to get this done right.
WHICH IS WHY THIS CAMPAIGN IS SO IMPORTANT!!!!!
Okay I'm hooked. What do I do now?
This is the easy part. All you have to do is click the little button at the top of the page, choose the reward you think is the coolest, and follow the instructions to pledge support for this project. Presto!
Risks and challenges
Ironically, getting funding for this film might well be the least challenging part of the entire process. Any one given day of shooting motion pictures is like a fine watch. There's countless different pieces all moving in sync at the same time working to produce a result. If one of them doesn't perform, or is missing, you have a crappy time piece, or a bad movie. The biggest challenge ahead in the completion of this project is the coordination of each and every cog in our movie wheel so that everything lines up at the exact moment we need it to. Right before I call Action.
To ensure this happens according to plan, I have tasked the most talented people I know to produce this short film and make sure everything is right where it needs to be, on time- and I trust them. This way I don't have to worry about a thing except my actors.
Is it risky to put so much time and resource into a short film? Is it worth it? Can't you think of something better to do?
Filmed entertainment is necessary. We must continue making it. This is a piece that I can afford to make, and hopefully contribute to an art that I think is important. So risk? Risk can kiss my ass. I'm making a movie.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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