Dark Room explores how feelings of isolation and disillusionment can leave us raw and empty. The dimness of isolation tortures the mind which leads us to blur reality and pursue only fantasy. We lose control and eventually self-destruct when we look to fill the emptiness with deviant sexual pleasures. We are all susceptible to this torture and to pursuing hedonistic, yet fatal, allures.
After graduating college in 2009, I spent a few years trying to piece together a career in film production. As most freelancers can probably relate, I experienced-- and continue to experience-- a range of highs and lows. In the fall of 2011, I moved to New York City in search of new creative work, new adventures, and more highs. In the beginning, I experienced first-hand why people say New York is one of the loneliest places to live, despite its dense population and never-ending diversions. During my lowest moments, I questioned whether working in the film industry was a viable career choice and whether I could find truly satisfying work and sustain a living. Fantasies about the creative work I envisioned myself doing became wrapped up in dark and violent imagery. In Dark Room I will explore how these dark thoughts and images have shaped me. The process of writing and creating this film has shown me that it is possible to balance the negatives and harness the positives of pursuing a career a film. The finished product of Dark Room will be an emblem of the progress I have made here in New York City. It is my hope that anyone who is trying to find their footing in a creative career will be able to relate and connect to these experiences as well.
WHY THIS SHORT FILM IS BEING MADE
For the past several years I have been honing my skills as a cinematographer and director, developing working relationships with like-minded filmmakers, and gaining life experience from which to draw. I have not produced and directed my own short in quite some time, so this is an important project for me in my development as a filmmaker. Dark Room will allow me, and the film's talented cast and crew, a great opportunity to create something worthy of any reputable film festival. In fact, the ultimate goal is getting Dark Room accepted into a major film festival, such as Sundance or South By Southwest.
One of the central reasons why I want to make this film is because of Michael Rogers, who will star in this film. In the 2010 feature, Beyond the Black Rainbow, Michael delivers one of the most haunting performances I have ever seen in a film. I'm thrilled to work with Michael and to watch him help to bring this story alive in what I expect to be an equally dark and powerful performance. Just watch the trailer of Beyond the Black Rainbow and you'll see what I mean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ertVYn750
Making a film is all about problem solving. Yes, there is the fun and creative side to telling a story through film that is heavily romanticized. But the bulk of the filmmaking process is actually consumed by laborious tasks, such as writing contracts, coordinating schedules with cast and crew and raising money. One of the heaviest tasks of pre-production was securing a work visa for Michael Rogers, who hails from Canada. This required hiring an immigration attorney, gathering and filling out extensive paperwork, and paying filing fees. Looking forward to the production of the film, a number of tasks still need to completed and paid for. These include paying for shooting locations, plane tickets and boarding for the entire cast, and feeding the cast and crew on set.
This Kickstarter campaign is crucial in raising enough money to make this film happen. I can't tell you how much I appreciate any donation that you can give, and you will see in the Rewards Section (right-hand column) that I'm returning the favor by providing my professional services on your upcoming creative project.
It’s not just about the funding. You can also support us by just spreading the word and encouraging others to contribute to Dark Room. Please start today by sharing our Kickstarter page. We really appreciate all your support, however big or small, to help us reach our funding target.
Finally, please do not hesitate to give me a call or send me an email to discuss Dark Room or your next creative project in more detail. I would love to hear from you!
1. Michael Rogers - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1558628/
Michael is a very established Canadian actor with over 20 years experience on stage, film and television. Some of his most notable credits include his lead role in the critically acclaimed independent feature, Beyond the Black Rainbow, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and AFI Fest in L.A. His role in BTBR recently won Michael a VFCC award for Best Actor in a Canadian Film as well as a nomination for Best Supporting Actor on the 2012 New York Film Poll. Last year Michael was also seen as the iconic Quan Chi in Kevin Tancheron's popular web series Mortal Kombat. Most recently, Michael was in Vancouver filming recurring guest star roles on both Continuum and Fringe as well as A&E's hit show Bates Motel.
2. Douglas Quill - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3635650/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Doug is based in Los Angeles and he has spent several years in front of and behind the camera as a writer, director and actor. While he is an amazingly talented filmmaker and actor, he is also my brother. We have been really looking forward to collaborating on this project for a while. Check out his dark drama, Brothers, which he wrote and starred in: http://quillentertainment.com/video_gallery/brothers.html
3. Tonia Marie Rosée - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4296738/?ref_=rvi_nm
Tonia Marie was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. After graduating from high school, she began modeling to finance her studies in Business Administration at FOM University in Berlin. After her studies, she moved to the U.S. to pursue a career in film acting, learning from America's top teachers, including Larry Moss, Margie Haber Studios and Brian Reise. Her on-screen presence is one that is a dangerous mixture between a younger Sharon Stone and Kim Basinger, which is why she is a perfect fit for the role of the wife in Dark Room.
Writer - Barrie Potter - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4310442/
Barrie Potter was sent here to gather information. He is an impartial observer.
Director of Photography - Zack McGeehan - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4033085/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Zack studied film and television at Boston University and has lived in New York City since 2011. In his career as a cinematographer and gaffer, Zack has had the opportunity to work with casts such as Jerry Stiller, Anne Mira, Luis Guzman, Jerry O’Connel, Justin Long, among others. His cinematography exploits include three feature-length films as well as fourteen short films.
Producer - Allison Egdahl - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4579563/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Allison graduated from Boston University with a degree in film and television production. She has worked for major networks such as NBC, Discovery and HBO. Allison is psyched to be working back with a tight-knit cast and crew reminiscent of ye ol college days.
Sound - Dimitri Kouri - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4035164/
Originally from South Florida, Dimitri moved to New York City in 2011 with a film degree from Boston University. Primarily working as a location sound mixer and boom operator, his focus is devoted to all aspects of cinema audio, from ADR to foley and composing original scores.
Editor - Dmitriy Karfagenskiy - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3989470/
Born in Moscow and raised in New York, Dmitriy spends his time mostly in post production — cutting frames, tweaking colors, and pushing pixels around.
Camera Assistant - Alex Stinson - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4267876/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Born and raised in Winchester Massachusetts, Alex developed a passion for film early in his high school years and graduated from the New England Institute of Art with a bachelor degree in digital media production. Alex currently works freelance as both a camera, steadicam and Jib operator as well as an editor and special effects artist within post production.
Musical Composer - Devin Glass:
Devin is an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. He has been composing and performing music for the past twenty years. Having written in all styles he has composed music for television, movies, radio, and his former rock band Lost and Found.
HOW FUNDS WILL BE USED
We need to raise $8,000 in order to get this film in the can. This money will go directly to paying actors and crew, locations, food, equipment rentals and travel expenses. This budget will allow us to shoot for four days, which is the needed amount of time to properly execute our ten page script. We are confident that this is a realistic budget, which is why your contribution is so important.
Thank you so much for any contribution you can make to help successfully fund this project. We can't wait to share this film with you. As a way of showing you our gratitude, we are offering some pretty interesting rewards which are clearly outlined to the right. To sum them up:
This donation range gets you rewards all related to the film Dark Room, including the film itself. If you're one who always enjoys the bonus features of DVDs, you'll love these rewards, as they will give you an exclusive inside look into how the film is made.
I am rewarding larger donors by offering my professional services as cinematographer and/or editor on your next creative project. For a $500 donation, I will spend one-day editing your next creative project, and give it that snappy style that I have become known for.
For donating $1,000, I will serve as your cinematographer for a one-day shoot on your next creative project. With a strong background in lighting and camera, I have lensed many short films, music videos and commercials over the years, and I consider the image to be king. But you'll be getting more than just a dedicated DP with a hard working attitude. I will also be shooting your next creative project with my RED 4K camera and PL Lomo Superspeed lens set. I have discovered that matching this super high resolution camera with my vintage Russian glass makes for unbelievably organic and filmic images that I think you will love.
For donating $2,000, you'll get one day of shooting, one day of editing and you will be credited in the film as an executive producer.
If you are not familiar with my body of work, please check out my website: http://mikequillproductions.com/
For a detailed list of all of our unique rewards, please check out the right hand column of this page. As a way of keeping everyone in the loop about our project, we will be updating the Kickstarter page every couple of weeks with our preproduction progress until we have successfully raised the necessary funds. We are committed to the making of this short film and bringing it to you as soon as possible!
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Unless we reach 100% of our goal, we don't receive the money and you are not charged. So it is very important for us to set a realistic goal and even more important for us to make sure we can reach it. So we hope that you will help us get the word out by sharing this page with colleagues and friends.
Risks and challenges
The only aspect of this production that is subject to change is the exact shooting dates. But we plan on shooting this November before the holiday season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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