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A hopeless romantic plans to murder the love of her life’s bride after finding out she’s not invited to the wedding. However, her plan gets interrupted when she is forced to get a ride from a socially awkward hearse driver who is trying to bury his turtle.
“Something About Wonder” follows an unlikely journey between two semi-dysfunctional strangers. Through each other's companionship, they learn to let go and embrace the beauty of life even when everything appears to be hopeless.
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Lea is a beautiful young woman in her twenties who comes from a New York upper class family. As a child, Lea had everything she ever wanted except for a friend. She was always an outcast due to her awkwardness and wild imaginations. However, on a sunny day in the second grade, Lea experienced the meaning of friendship and love for the first time when she met Benji. For the next fifteen years, Benji was Lea’s only and best friend. As a hopeless romantic, Lea has always believed that Benji and her are meant to be together. Yet the news of Benji’s engagement to Margaret shattered her dreams, now Lea is willing to do anything in order to win Benji.
Daniel, mid thirties, is a slightly chubby, socially awkward hearse driver. He is handsome but a bit bookish, and above all, incapable of making small talk with other people. He has been doing the same job of driving dead bodies for over fifteen years, but he doesn’t seem to mind it. Despite living a mundane life, Daniel is in fact extremely creative, and he dedicates most of his free time to woodworking. Daniel’s only friend is a red eared turtle named Cindy that his mom gave to him before she died when he was seven. Cindy’s sudden death was traumatizing to Daniel.
Writer/ Director - YiYi Han
YiYi Han is a senior studying film and television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has been passionate about storytelling ever since she was a child. During her time at NYU, YiYi has written and directed many short films including her most recent work “Good Intention”. When she’s not directing, YiYi spends her time working on other projects. Having produced and assistant directed numerous student films, YiYi has mastered the craft of guiding this film as writer/ director.
Producer - Alec Isaacs
Alec Isaacs is a New York based media producer, director and actor. Alec is in post production on two original short films as well as a feature film he produced.Currently producing four advanced films at NYU including his own, Alec has produced many more in his pursuit of a BFA.
Director of Photography - Justin Ayers
Justin Ayers is a NY-based cinematographer. Justin’s eye for lighting and movement is supported by a detailed technical knowledge of filmmaking developed through an active career in television and commercials. His recent cinematography credits include the Playbill.com web series, "The Devil's Bitch," the short film, "Fin," and regular content for "The Daily Show" and "Bon Appétit" magazine. Justin's work has garnered such recognition as a national Silver Medal at the Scholastic Arts Awards and ‘Best Cinematography’ at the Creative Alliance Film Festival.
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During principal photography the cost of renting equipment, obtaining permits, and securing locations will be substantial. We also need to provide lodging, transportation, and feed a cast & crew of over 20 people. Here is a break down of where the money will go to.
- Camera: $4,000
- G&E: $6,000
- Transportation: $2,000
- Location & Permits: $5,000
- Props: $1,000
- Art: $1,000
- Food: $1,000
Every penny you donate will go towards the making of this film, and we are confident in our ability to make a film that will make you proud. After principal photography ends on April 16th, 2014, we'll go right into post production ensuring the film will be fully finished before October, 2014.
We will go into main production on April 9th, 2014. Everyone who donates will be added to our exclusive mailing list which will include personal updates from our director and producer, production information, behind the scene photos, and more!
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