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Jester is a film based on my experience growing up in a silent world and hearing music for the first time at 23 years old. Read more

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Jester is a film based on my experience growing up in a silent world and hearing music for the first time at 23 years old.

About this project

This is a semi-autobiographical journey through the highs and lows of growing up in a silent world. 

Picasso famously said that 'Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.' This was the guiding philosophy behind my short film 'Eleven Eleven' and now Jester... Picasso often painted and sculpted jesters throughout his career. My favorite work by him served as a major inspiration for this feature. 

The short film (Eleven Eleven) became a catalyst for Jester, which builds on that world and covers the broader strokes of my life's defining moments. It is a comedy and tragedy. (both the short and feature) 

You can read the first two pages here!

My friends suggested I write about my first exposure to music and I ended up posting my story to reddit.com where it received over 14 thousand responses from some really amazing people who introduced me to the beautiful world of sound.

The film's main language is spoken english but with a healthy dose of American Sign Language. As in the indro video above, my character signs and talks at the same time. My best friend in the film only signs so the whole film will be subtitled in english. (Hopefully other languages too)

I know it's a bit unorthodox to have subtitles burned into the film rather than have them available as an option but this film wouldn't be authentic if I ignored the beautiful American Sign Language. Very few films use sign language and I would be proud to add Jester to that collection.

I've been actively working on this screenplay my whole life and have finally finished a draft ready for production. 

Below is our current production reel, enjoy.

Our team:

Austin Chapman: Austin was born profoundly deaf and has been a filmmaker since he was old enough to hold a camera. About a year ago, his life was turned upside down when he was introduced to the world of sound (and music) for the first time. A few publications that have featured his story include: LA TimesYahooAssociated PressThe AtlanticCNNTime UK, and the OC Register.

Austin Chapman
Austin Chapman

Taylor Bonin: Taylor and Austin have been making short films together since second grade. Taylor makes his living as a freelance cinematographer and photographer. His work has been featured by RVCA, Raen, Filter magazine, Playboy Germany, Etnies, and the Growlers. You can see more of his work on his website.

Taylor Bonin.
Taylor Bonin.

Trevor Owsley: Trevor is no stranger to film. He has paved a successful career in the commercial world of fashion and beauty. Trevor's photography and film spans an impressive client list including Victoria's Secret, Jcrew, Avon, Aveda, Macy's, Bath and Body Works, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Hurley and many others. 

Trevor Owsley
Trevor Owsley

Daniel De La Rosa: Danny and Austin met while studying abroad in Italy while attending Pepperdine University. The two were quick to argue about anything philosophical or artistic, but from their butting heads creativity flowed. Six years later he created the artwork below after reading 'Jester.' 

Daniel De La Rosa
Daniel De La Rosa
Jester.
Jester.

Below is a hand drawn poster for the film by Katerina Halembakova. Both the above and below photo are available as a reward level(s).

Jester Poster
Jester Poster
Tee shirt design
Tee shirt design
Production Budget
Production Budget

Risks and challenges

We're aware that $50,000 is an astronomically small amount of money to shoot a feature film on. However, we're lucky to have a large portion of our production equipment already paid for through our freelance work. So the budget is primarily reserved for talent, craft services, post production, location fees, wardrobe/props, and travel expenses. Every extra dollar will go into making this film as great as my team and I have dreamt it to be.

As for our qualifications, we all have extensive freelance work and have completed countless projects for a variety of clients. A small sample can be seen from our reel. (above)

With your support we will be able to take our film from the storyboards to the silver screen.

Thank you for helping us materialize our dream!

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    THE STAR TREATMENT

    Join us on set as a Background Actor and/or Name a character in the film! We'll work together to name a character or to rehearse for your big debut, your call! Plus we'll teach you some cool sign language and give you a name sign!

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