Angels Four: the adventure film of an amazing true story
We're going to make the film about the amazing story of the first ascent of the face of the highest waterfall in the world: Angel Falls
Angels Four - The Movie
In January 1971, four me tried a never-attemted-before heroic feat, becoming the first humans to climb the face of the highest waterfall on the planet: the Angel Falls.
In late December 1970 a small private plane arrived in Caracas Int.l Airport. On board there were three Americans: Paul Straub (the pilot), George Bogel (an experienced climber) and John Timo (the expedition leader). They met for the first time with David Nott (a British climber and journalist). A few days later these four adventurers set off to conquer the Angel Falls, deep in the southeastern Venezuelan jungles.
For ten days and nine nights they contended with this sheer 3,000 feet mass of rock, for the most part in drenching rain, and eventually without sleep or rations - no mean task, considering that one of them had never climbed before, while another was beginning to feel his age. They finally reached the top and came down again, setting a mark in climbing history - two previous expeditions had failed - and living an epic journey, involving dangers, friendship, endurance and success.
“Angels Four” is not only a marvelously gripping adventure story that takes you into a remote, wild region and demonstrates, with vivid images and powerful emotional moments, how to climb a mountain, but it’s mainly about the human beings who climb it and their unique and incredible nature.
It’s a dramatic and ironic tale of four “angels” pitting themselves against one of Nature’s most awesome creations.
Take four men, each with his own background and personality, mix with icy rainwater, spice with grueling hardship and constant danger, and you have a potent, highly entertaining brew.
Film making is a difficult task.
When we see a good film we are happy to have enjoyed watching it.
We are happy to feel a bit more enriched in our culture and knowledge and have lived for a moment a pleasant time, leaving our problems and troubles of the everyday life behind.
Sometime we just appreciate the final result and we don’t think or imagine all the hard work there’s behind a film production, no matter how big is the budget or how many people are involved. Most of the time the smaller the film in terms of budget and resources, the more difficult it is to make. But most of the time the smaller films are the ones that inspire and entertain us more. Like in life, the smaller and simpler things sometimes are the most important ones.
So is this film we’re going to produce: Angels Four.
It’s the first adaptation of the book “Angels Four” written by David Nott, one of the four climbers who reached the top of the Angel Falls. Their adventure became the first epic ascent of the highest waterfall in the world.
This small development fund we’re looking for will allow us to start the whole production process and get the film made. With this initial capital we can approach other investors and sales agents in order to find the rest of the money to fully finance the film. The whole budget is going to be around 1.5 million US$. To be able to raise all that money, we need to start small. Find the so called “soft money” at the beginning and start a kind of chain reaction finding other financial sources until we’re ready to start shooting.
If everything goes according to plan we will start rolling the camera by the end of January 2018 and have the finished film by end of March. When it’s finished, we will start selling it in different territories and on different platforms (Theatrical release, Home Video, Pay Tv and Free TV).
Many other successful films have started this way, through crowd funding. We really hope to get some help too and create this wonderful film, making every supporter proud of their action.
Risks and challenges
Film making is a risky business.
But whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Film finance is also a complicated process and involves fantasy and endurance.
Our plan is to start with a small amount and attract more private investors to have a backing for the pre-sales and distribution and eventually cover the whole budget.
Most of the expenses are deferred payments, so at the end everyone involved in the production is a kind of investor that gets its share when the film is finished and starts making profits.
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