THE AFFAIR is a film about infidelity and how far two people will go to heal. A cinema verite expérience shot solely on the IPhone 5!
So the answer to the question did we really shoot our project video with the Iphone5? Yes, we sure did! And with your help, that's how we are going to shoot our entire movie, THE AFFAIR, as well.
Is monogamy natural? Can infidelity bring couples closer? Is cheating ever justified?
Betrayal, lust, deception......It's been said that Marriage is love personified. THE AFFAIR takes an unflinching look at that love and the devastation and pain that happens once it's been tarnished through deception and lies.
Cinema Verite is all about thinking outside the box. We are professional filmmakers taking a non-conventional approach to both the actual creation, and storytelling of the project.
"I've been a professional filmmaker for over 15 years now. I'm extremely proud of the work I've done and will continue to do in my career. However with the advent of the digital age, a change is coming with respect to how I will continue make those projects come to life. A very welcome change. Making a film through the Hollywood system can take years or can never get made at all. I used to say that sometimes I was in the business of "trying" to make films instead of the business of making films. But with sites like Kickstarter, and the digital age of filmmaking (even our phones have HD cameras in them) upon us, I have never been more excited to be a filmmaker. Our business has become accessible in ways it never was before. It's been said that the $25K is the new $250K in the digital world. I am so very grateful that it is now possible to crowdfund a film, create that film with a household device and exploit that film directly to my audience. This is the way filmmaking was meant to be. Don't get me wrong, I love the big blockbuster movies, they are the engine that drives our business but a car doesn't just need an engine to run. It needs wheels too, a body, doors, and even windshield wipers to be effective. (Our movie is the windshield wiper to say, a Quentin Tarantino or a Michael Bay film's tricked out V8 engine.) Small movies create the runway for big movies to take off from. (ok so I just switched from a car metaphor to a plane, but hopefully you understand what I'm saying. LOL)
I have a lot of movies in me, and my best movies are yet to happen so the fact that movies can be made in a much more cost effective way but can be just as competitive is the most exciting thing that has happened in my life since my daughter was born. I am grateful to all of you whether you support me in this endeavor or not. I am grateful just for the possibility of collaborating directly with you."
-Craig Ross Jr.
So let's just jump right in to; the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW of our project.
WHO: Husband & Wife team Craig Ross Jr & Caryn Ward Ross! Craig is a Network TV Director (NCIS, BONES, PRISON BREAK, COLD CASE) and an award-winning Indie Filmmaker (BLUE HILL AVENUE, MOTIVES, THE MANNSFIELD 12). Caryn is an actress-dancer, starring in such films as HE'S MINE NOT YOURS, MARRIAGE CHRONICLES, and MOTIVES. She is known for portraying Erica on four seasons of BET'S THE GAME, as well as guest starring roles on such tv shows as LINCOLN HEIGHTS, LOVE THAT GIRL, THE SHIELD, AND STRONG MEDICINE.
WHAT: A provocative feature film shot exclusively on the Iphone 5 using only existing light. We are shooting for 10 days. The film is a drama about two people, each married, who after a chance encounter have a tumultuous affair and have their lives changed forever.
SEE the teaser below that we shot exclusively on the IPhone5 using only existing light.
WHERE: We are shooting on location in Los Angeles. Since we live in LA, all of our resources are here which makes it easier to call in the favors we need to help us with the film.
WHEN: We plan to shoot the film in early September and have a finished cut by February 2014.
WHY: There are so many reasons for us to do this but the two biggest reasons are ultimate creative freedom and being able to connect and collaborate directly with our audience. For us it's a an opportunity we've been waiting for our whole careers!
HOW: An iPhone 5 creates a digital file, which is much simpler to get a competitive image from vs. an analog file. In many cases anything other than just natural light is not needed. So we felt we wanted to be ambitious and make a whole feature film using the premise that digital can create a good image without the use of external lights as a guideline for our project. Sound will be recorded on a separate digital video recorder, and the actors will be mic'd using wireless lapel mic's. Picture this; without lights we have no need for a lighting crew, shooting on the Iphone we have no need for a full camera crew, mobility is key, so there is no need for trucks or drivers, and actors have the opportunity to just blend in with the crowd. I don't think anyone passing by will even know that a narrative feature film is being made!
If we become so lucky as to go over our pledge goal then the extra money will all go into post-production. Anything we make above the goal will be put into professional services; sound design, music, graphics, sound mixing, and DCP mastering. This will help us make a better showing of the film in theaters, as it takes a more traditional post production work flow to create a film that can be projected in a standard movie theater. If we don't go over our pledge then the initial 15K will still get us a finished movie but the finishing process will take much longer.
Also, any extra funds will only help us market the film in an effort to get into a major film festival. So your donations will help us knock this project out of the park and wow them at Berlin next year, or South X Southwest, or Toronto!
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Finding production locations is the biggest issue, as we need places that will let us shoot there for relatively nothing. Fortunately, we've been able to secure all of our locations in advance and we even have alternates if some fall through. We won't need permits since we are shooting on a phone and not using a tripod (rule of thumb in Los Angeles is, if you don't put down a tripod or use lights then a permit is not needed.) Second is audio production. How do we get sufficient audio without the use of booms and sound carts? This is something we've researched for a few years and only now has technology caught up with our imagination to solve this problem. We are going to record sound on wireless mic's,(just like we did on the project video) thereby allowing our actors to blend in to the environment and record those mic's to a digital sound recorder. We'll then sync the the audio to the visual in post and we'll have created professional quality production sound.
In post production, editing is our biggest hurdle, but since we own all of our own editing equipment and have a ton of experience, that will just mean more work for us.
Creating a competitive film on such a small budget is another major hurdle. Luckily, we are going to hire really great actors in our principal roles. They won't be name actors but they will be real, working actors with passion and talent.
So with great acting, a great script, great production value and a compelling story, we really feel like we're prepared to tackle any future obstacles that come our way in the making of THE AFFAIR!
As a filmmaker I am astounded by technology. It's rapid expansion into our industry has made things possible that were not possible even a short time ago. My research into digital technology caused me to take a hard look at the iPhone some years back. Though it's first incarnation was a good camera it was not yet at a professional level. Now with the Iphone5 the resolution on the camera is such that it is powerful enough to create a competitive image. Since it is completely digital and consumer based the camera does things for the user automatically that a professional camera would need an operator to do, such as adjust to low light conditions. Which is just incredible to me. Because of these facts I decided that it would be a great achievement to make a viable film project using the iPhone.
Besides, a lot of people think it can't be done (on the professional level that I am talking about), and I just want to prove them wrong. LOL.