A fictional documentary that interviews "dead people" to get their reflections on life and their take on life after death. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on October 7, 2011.
About this project
THIS FILM WAS FUNDED, JUST NOT IN THE WAY WE EXPECTED. CHECK OUT UPDATE #21 FOR THE WHOLE STORY!
Dearly Departed started with a simple question: "What if?" What if we could take a camera into the afterlife and find out what happens after we die? Do we meet friends and family who have passed on before us? What about the loved ones we've left behind?
We secured enough funds to start our project, and at this point the film has been shot and had its first round of editing. We believe "Dearly Departed" is a unique, compelling, breakthrough film!
We have interest from distributors and are working to get "Dearly Departed" into theaters, and we want to be ready to submit this project to film festivals.
The money raised will pay for:
Music - Sound Mixing - Color Correction - Visual Effects - Titles - Film Festival costs - Publicity - Distribution Deliverables
Click on the link below to go to our Zia Films website, see some stills of the actors, or simply look around and see what other projects we have in development.
We'd love for you to be part of bringing "Dearly Departed" to fruition.
NEW REWARD: All Kickstarter backers receive their names in the "special thanks to" section of the film's credits!The following blog is from my upcoming book "Waking the Dead: The Making of an Indie Film."
PROJECT UPDATE: "DEARLY DEPARTED" BEHIND THE SCENES- PART 1
All of you, our generous supporters, are now part of this story. Thank you.
PART 1: Over the course of becoming a screenwriter and filmmaker, I attended dozens of writing lectures, expos, industry speaker panels and "how-to" filmmaking seminars. One thing quickly became crystal clear:
The secret to learning how to make a movie is to make a movie.
Film schools and seminars can provide a foundation, but there's no better school than the experience (some would say torture) of writing, producing and directing a movie on your own. Granted, you won't really be alone. You will (if you're smart) surround yourself with a cast & crew of brilliant, skillful people who can help you realize your vision, but the buck still stops with you, the person in charge.
Most seminar attendees know this, but are often uncertain how to get it done. How do I budget my film? What equipment do I need? Where do I find the money? How do I find a good cast & crew? Will the film be any good?
In my experience, I've discovered there are at least five main elements vital to creating a film.
1. Passion 2. Project 3. Planning 4.People 5. Persistence
You'd better IN LOVE with the idea of making films, because it's incredibly tough. And it doesn't get easier.
You need to have a GREAT SCRIPT. "Good enough" isn't good enough and certainly won't help fire your passion.
PLAN AHEAD. Be so organized that you can allow for "happy accidents" to occur without blowing your schedule or your budget.
Hire the BEST CAST & CREW you can. Settle for nothing less or you'll seriously consider killing yourself. Or them.
To quote "Galaxy Quest": NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER! If filmmaking is truly your passion, then there's nothing else you'd rather be doing anyway, right? Right. So keep going.
Believe me, I had many doubts about my ability to make a film. My dear wife and co-producer (bless her) kept urging me to "just do it" but I found one very "reasonable" excuse after another to procrastinate.
Finally, the agonizing weight of waiting became more unbearable than any fear of failure and I surrendered to my passion. My doubts continued through production and were my constant companions during post. Even after a film is done, the creative mind constantly second guesses the choices that were made.
"Dearly Departed" is my first film as a writer-producer-director. If I have anything to say about it, it won't be my last. However, whether or not I succeed in shepherding a second film into being, I will never stop following my passion, simply because I have no other choice.
FOR MORE INFO ON DARRYL ANKA AND THE MAKING OF THIS FILM, CLICK ON THE UPDATES TAB AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.
THIS IS THE POSTER FOR THE NEW REWARD AT $700 - ONLY ONE!
FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM "DEARLY DEPARTED."
While we'd love to receive your donation in all forms, the rules of Kickstarter only count donations online from their site. Any donations done outside the website won't count toward our $30,000.00 goal. If we don't make our goal before the time is up, we won't receive any of the money. So every donation online counts, from $10.00 all the way up.
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