Dingus Wishes is a short film about a small town that catches a wish gremlin every few years. Traditionally, the town lets the youngest child make the wish with some bonkers results. This year, the new mayor decides to have the town vote on the wish. The film takes place at the town hall where they hold the vote.
This is a student project for The Harold Ramis Film School at Second City. The program is the first of its kind in focusing solely on writing and directing comedy. This project is the final thesis for a year long program. This film is being produced in association with Huggable Riot. Upon its completion, the film will be screened at the Harold Ramis Film School graduation and subsequently entered into the festival circuit.
Every person in Dingus Town is unique and has very specific wants. This is what makes the voting so tough! It's hard to keep track of all the residents, but as a backer you could get yourself a handy-dandy poster with all the residents and their names. If you were so inclined, you could even get your own avatar and name in the town!
The residents of this town will be played by a fantastic cast of some of the finest actors and improvisers in Chicago. The improv/sketch community at The Second City, iO, The Annoyance, Huggable Riot and many more groups is filled with amazing talent. As a backer, you will receive updates on some of the incredible actors we are working with.
Elvira Ibragimova - director:
Elvira is a student at The Harold Ramis Film School, studying to be a writer and director of comedic content. Prior to starting film school, Elvira was an architect at SHoP architects in New York City. While practicing architecture, she began studying improv and sketch at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Pit, where she was on a house team for a year. She was also one of the writers for the sketch group Spitball - together with this group and SparkyStories, Elvira wrote and produced a web-series that’s currently in post-production. She is also an illustrator. Under the incredible mentorship of Harold Ramis Film School and with her background in improv and architecture, Elvira aspires to write, direct and produce comedy after this year is finished.
Samuel Ott - director of photography:
Sam is a cinematographer, camera and Steadicam operator currently based out of Chicago, IL. Born and raised in mid-Missouri, he attended the University of Missouri’s early film production program and attained a bachelor's in Business. He recently finished filming his first feature, In The Wake Of Ire. His most influential DPs are Bradford Young, Emmanuel Lubezki, Robert Elswit and Roger Deakins.
Amy Anderson - producer:
Amy graduated from St. Edward's University with a Bachelors in Media Communications and Creative Writing. A veteran of the gulf south's booming film industry, she performed stand-up comedy in New Orleans for 5 years before moving to Chicago in 2012. A belligerent Texan and avid Beastie Boys collector, Amy is a graduate of the Improv Training Program of The New Movement Theater in New Orleans as well as a graduate of The Second City's Writing Program. Amy is a co-founder and executive producer of the Chicago comedy theater company, Huggable Riot. If she had one wish it would be for easy affordable access to teleportation devices as she hates commuting.
We will be updating you as our team grows!
We've got some great rewards from the citizens of Dingus Town! You can get early script and film access; you could get the Mayor of Dingus Town to follow you on Twitter; or receive a blooper/behind the scenes reel from the set. Maybe you'd care to receive a postcard from on of the residents or the magical Wish Gremlin himself?
Perhaps even more enticing would be to become one of the residents yourself! One of our reward tiers includes a poster of every resident in the town, drawn by the director. You could be one of those residents! Simply send over a photo of yourself and you will be forever immortalized in the Dingus Town roster.
Care to dig deeper? The Dingus Town Savior tier make you the executive producer of this film. That's right. You've always wanted to be the savior of an entire town, and now is your chance. Should this film snag a spot in the festivals, your name will shine brightly on the big screen - though it will be seen many a time before then by the many actors, improvisers and filmmakers associated with the project.
Check out all the reward tiers! There is something for everyone!
Music: Melodie Victoria by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100819 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Risks and challenges
As a student film, funding is one of the toughest challenges ahead of us. We are undertaking a project with a huge cast and crew and thus will have to provide a spacious location, catering, hair and make-up, costumes and props - all this for a group of people many of whom are volunteering their time and talent.
Most of our gear will be provided by HRFS; the school also provides insurance. Of course there are always unpredictable factors regarding scheduling, timing, availability and locations.
Finally, a note about festivals. Though the script has been meticulously and repeatedly re-written with the help of some terrific writers and professors, and though the crew is comprised of some truly skilled and creative filmmakers, festival submissions never guarantee acceptance. This is a student film and a learning experience for a lot of the students involved. Our number one priority is to create something fun and lovely together and learn how to work under pressure with a group of very talented comedians.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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