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Emotionally gripping dramatic story between a father and son.
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WHERE WE ARE AT NOW

Currently we've filmed and put together the first half of the film which acts as a set up for the main character, Mal. This is to give the audience a chance to connect with him before he visits his son, Paul, who is scheduled for execution. You can view this in the video above.

SUMMARY

"HOLLOW" is a film about a father, Mal (Jeffrey Stabile), who has had a rough life. His wife passed away at a young age, his only son, Paul (Alex Demkin), has grown into a felon, and Mal shows early signs of Alzheimer’s. The passing of Mal's wife caused him to mentally check out and disconnect with his son. Years have passed and now Mal lives a lonely life as a janitor, Paul has made poor decisions and has been sentenced to death for a murder he committed. Mal receives a letter from the government confirming that, after many appeals, Paul is scheduled for execution. Mal goes to reconnect with his son, hoping for some closure to their broken relationship and perhaps to find another way out of this ordeal. Will Paul forgive him and can Mal forgive himself?


The idea behind this film is to explore the psychological and emotional ties that we have with family. In this case, even though the father has been absent from most of his son’s life, he still wants to see him live, even if his son has committed a crime as atrocious as murder. Deep down, we always love and care for family, but can we forgive one another? Even in the most extreme circumstances? My goal as the director is to evoke emotional attachment to Mal, despite the audience being presented with little knowledge about the character. The audience should see that the actions on the screen are powerful enough to discover if we're really "Hollow."

WHERE THE FUNDS GO TO

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RED ONE MX
 

• Equipment - The RED ONE Camera, lenses, lighting, monitors, steadicam, dolly, tripods, and much more, all of which will contribute to an amazing production value.

• Location - We've locked all of our locations and this is where the bulk of our funding will go. "The Herald Examiner," which contains the prison, prison cells, and prison exteriors. Our locations contribute greatly to the overall look of our film and must be realistic and unique.

Herald Examiner Prison Security Check-in
Herald Examiner Prison Security Check-in
Herald Examiner Prison Hallway
Herald Examiner Prison Hallway
Herald Examiner Prison Cell
Herald Examiner Prison Cell

• Set Decoration - While "The Herald Examiner" location already looks the part, there will be some minor altering and transformations to tell the story in the best way possible. To do this, we'll need props to help our scene look believable.

• Costumes - In our pursuit of legitimacy, we want our wardrobe department to have plenty to work with. Our costumes must be appropriate and true to the foundations of the scenes.

• Food - The best way we can thank our cast and crew on a low budget film like this, is to supply them with the sustenance needed to make it through the long hours of a shoot day.

GOAL

Our goal is to raise $2,000. With this, we can finish the film successfully at the Herald Examiner and maximize our production value. Since we're not a big film industry company, they've already agreed to cut us a huge discount for shooting there in one day. This budget is our minimum to shoot at this facility. So if we receive more backers, you can expect better elements to the film as well as equipment used for the film.

DIRECTOR

Michal Shipman - Director, Producer, Editor, & Colorist

IMDB: http://www.imdb.me/michalshipman

Vimeo:http://vimeo.com/shipmanmedia/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShipmanEditor

FBook:http://www.facebook.com/Shipman-Media

I've worked on many projects, including feature films, short films, and television shows. My goal in life is to become the next big time editor in the industry. This will be the fourth film that I've professionally directed and I couldn't be more excited. Being an editor also gives me an edge as a director because I already know what kind of shots are needed and what will and won't work before it's even shot! It's like getting race results from the future and using them to score big! You can view my past projects here!

Editor Reel

Colorist Reel

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

You can still help even if you’re unable to contribute here! Just spread the word! Please share this page with friends, family, and anyone who may be willing to take a chance in helping us get our film into gear. You can copy and paste the link below or use the Kickstarter share button.

You can check out our social networks here: https://www.facebook.com/HollowShortFilm

Risks and challenges

The plan is to have a finished short film by the end of 2013. Once the film is completed we will enter many film festivals and spread our talents through different venues. There is always a chance if a short film has a great story it can even be developed into a feature.

Once we are funded we will be able to schedule a day to shoot at the facility, but since we are an independent short film, our priority is really low. If a big Hollywood studio wants to rent the location we want the same day, they'll give it to them over us. So there is a potential for delay depending on the date we choose to film.

After principle photography is wrapped, the rest of post production can continue and we should have a finished product no later than December 2013.

If there are delays that will cause the films release to be postponed after 2013, not to worry, we will contact all our contributors right away.

We're halfway complete and with your help, we can finish it!

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