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Cerulean FilmworksBy Cerulean Filmworks
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Cerulean FilmworksBy Cerulean Filmworks
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$189
pledged of $2,000pledged of $2,000 goal
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 8 2015 3:08 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Things We've Seen

In a struggling, Midwest farm town conditions are made worse when a local mill catches fire, spreading to the surrounding fields. Following the orders of evacuation from Sheriff Al Pascal, Rayford Boem organizes an armed resistance to expose a brewing conspiracy.

Why

Growing up, we never pretended to be an explosion or plot, we were the heroes, the people. The Things We've Seen speaks to the human condition: universal struggles that we as people feel day-to-day.

It dives into the landscape of rural America, preserving legacies of heart and character, an element that is disappearing in cinema, overshadowed by CGI and flashy gimmicks.

THE CAST

Randy Ryan, Public Enemies (2008)   

Randy Ryan was born in Henderson, Tennessee. He spent his childhood in Chicago, IL. As a US Army veteran, graduate of NC State University, he moved to New York City to attend Circle in the Square Profession Theater workshop. In 2008, he portrayed Agent Julius Rice alongside Christian Bale in Michael Mann's film, Public Enemies, staring Johnny Depp.  

Shani Salyers Styles, How to Survive the End of the World (2013)  

Shani was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. A film, television and theater actor, she began her acting career in 1985 as a child performer. Having the opportunity to observe the talent and efforts of the other artists, she decided to pursue the profession formally and later studied at Indiana University's Department of Theater and Drama. Shani has participated in local acting workshops and also works whenever possible as production crew on short and feature projects. With ongoing instructions and experience in over six films, four commercials and two episodic TV shows in the past two years.  

John D. Carver, Sand Castles (2014)  

John was born in Indianapolis, IN. He attended Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles for a year and returned to Southern Illinois University to pursue an MFA in design and technical theater. John has preformed many major roles in more than fifty main stage productions, seven films and three commercials.

Distribution Plan   

Theatrical 

In the world of independent film distribution, securing a widespread theatrical release is rare. In order for this film to receive a theatrical release that is not of the self-releasing approach, a distribution deal with a larger company will need to be negotiated. Landing such a deal will be dependent on a strong festival run. 

DVD 

Far more common to the independent genre films, most distribution deals gravitate around the facet of DVD sales. Securing a DVD distribution plan with a strong company would enable the film to be available in stores, as well as on the internet for shipment to a consumer's home. This is the most realistic outlook for the traditional distribution model. 

1. Following submissions to the festival circuit, the goal is to procure a distribution deal for theatrical/DVD. 

2. Should a deal not fall into place, video on demand platforms of the following will be pursued: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Netflix. 

3. In conjunction with step two, we will launch a campaign on www.tugg.com, where a film that receives enough pre-sale tickets will be sent to a theater in the part of the country or world where the pre-sales were received. 

Non-Traditional 

Internet VOD 

The following websites will be approached for viewing on demand: iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Vimeo. All of the listed sites deal in internet viewing platforms that enable the film to be downloaded or rented for a small fee to the consumer. 

This price will be split under a percentage with the VOD platform, the rest of the money being delivered to the film (percentages and prices dependent upon the platform). 

Theatrical Self-Releasing 

By renting out a theater screen in a specific area, this method of sales allows the film to have a limited screening for a single night in a said location. Multiple rentals allow for multiple viewings, profit coming from ticket sales. 

Self-Distribution 

This method allows for the sales of both self-printed DVD's and digital download files from the Cerulean Filmworks and film website.

Risks and challenges

What About the Risks

Since I made the push to enter film school almost four years ago, I recognized the up-hill battles I would come to face. I learned early on that limitations would define the struggles of my future career. Whether it was pitting the cornfields of Indiana against the skyline of Chicago in cinematography courses, or figuring out a way to tell a period piece film on a $200 college kid budget.

Fast forward to now. I own and operate a film production company with three other driven, ambitious and visionary partners. We are good at what we do, and we have developed a system of reliable crew members to follow our lead into the film world.

We are versed in the challenges that accompany independent filmmaking, and through time we have learned how to take a dollar and push it to its limits (In summer of 2013 we filmed a feature film period piece set in World War II, on a budget of only $2,000).

Through the years we have prided ourselves on creating films with top notch production value that look like multi-million dollar pieces. We have proven that we can do it without big money, advancing in massive world wide contests like HBO Project Greenlight, and winning awards at international film festivals.

Now, we seek to grow and graduate to the next level of cinema. With your social investment, you are paying for the day to day, hour to hour grind, allowing us to step forward with a dying breed of storytelling: something that cares about the people.

This is a very large film we are making on a relatively small amount of money. We are confident in our ability to achieve another success, but it requires backing to reach that next level of independent film.

- Tre Manchester

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