Hard Road: Short Film
Hard Road: Short Film
Life isn't always fair. Choices & Fate Guide What Road We Take. Help fund a 20 minute intense drama short film.
Life isn't always fair. Choices & Fate Guide What Road We Take. Help fund a 20 minute intense drama short film. Read more
Director's previous short film "DEVOTION" at bottom of campaign.
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Genre: Intense Drama.
Warnings: Teenage Pregnancy, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Emotional Trauma, & Strong Anger.
Film Style: Digital Color. Some scenes will be slowed to slow motion to cause the audience to feel just like the characters do during intense, tragic moments. The majority will be paced in real-time. Time jumps will be shown between acts through visual clues.
Shots: Shots that will be intense or tragic will become tighter, with several close-ups and extreme close-ups as the emotion builds. During awkward moments the shots will become longer. More Wide Shots or full body shots to show the space between the characters to highlight the awkward feelings.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 20 minutes
Relationships: While this does deal with an entire family, the closest bond will be between mother and daughter. The story is focused primarily on their relationship and how the love between them can help the characters to cope with everything that's happening around them.
Lighting: Will be harsh will darker colors during the characters darker moments & bright and vivid during the few happier moments.
Sound Design: Sound design will adhere to key moments. During awkward or intense moments silence will be used to make scenes more uncomfortable with just natural sounds such as crickets chirping, a teakettle whistling, rain falling, etc.
The Shaye family seems to have a knack for picking difficult paths and repeating history. It is through the love of family they can take on the hard road laid before them and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
When Kylie Shaye accidentally becomes pregnant, her parents give her two choices: marry the father or give the baby up. After fate intervenes and tragedy strikes, Noah and Kylie’s young marriage is tested. Kylie relies on the comfort from her mother, Angela to get through the death of her son and find the strength to continue living. As if the death of Tommy wasn’t enough, Noah threatens to leave. Fate cannot give Kylie a break and she can’t help but think it was the choices she made that led her down this road. It is through the love of her parents that she begins to deal with the hard road life has dealt her.
The Shayes: The Shayes are a middle class American family. They’ve worked hard to overcome their struggles and plunge ahead no matter what life throws at them.
Kylie Shaye: 19 years old. Caucasian or African American. Kylie loves her father, but her mother is whom she has relied on when things get tough. She never realized what her parents went through or just how hard life could be. She loves Noah, her new husband, but it is still her parents she clings to when things get hard.
Angela Shaye: late 30s-early 40s. Caucasian or African American. Angela was 17 when she had Kylie and married Kevin. One thing she truly believed in was never giving up on her marriage or her daughter. Angela wishes she could protect Kylie from all she’s gone through, becoming her daughter’s rock when things get tough.
Kevin Shaye: late 30s-early 40s. Caucasian or African American. Kevin was 17 when Kylie was born. His parents insisted he marry Angela when became pregnant. Kevin never gave up on his marriage and expects Kylie to do the same for hers. He is protective over his daughter.
Noah Reed: 19 years old. Caucasian or African American. Kylie’s husband. Noah has never had the backup of a family like Kylie does. He cannot always handle what life throws his way and still lives in his own world. Noah feels like an outsider within the Shaye family.
Tommy Reed: Newborn-3 month old infant. Caucasian or African American. He is Kylie and Noah’s son.
Faith Reed: 3-4 years old. Caucasian or African American. She is Kylie and Noah’s daughter. Faith is the light of her parents and grandparents’ world.
Minister: 40s-60s. Male or Female. 2 scenes: Wedding & Funeral.
Pianist: 20s-60s. Male or Female. 2 scenes: Wedding & Funeral. Must be able to play piano.
High Quality, Professional Crew
Location Fees/Shooting Permits
Prosthetics: Silicone Pregnancy Belly & Dead Baby
Additional Post Production Expenses (Color Correction/Sound Mixing)
Film Festival Fees (US & International)
Addition Production & Post Production Expenses
Pre-Production: December 20-April.
Production: April 17-21 or Mid-May (3 days shooting, 2 days for pick-ups).
Post-Production: May 1-June 12.
Film Festival Submissions: June 13 +.
I have spent the past 10 years going back and forth from working in film and obtaining both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in film writing and direction. I have been taught to work as hard as I can to make my dreams come true. Every film I make has a deep meaning to me and I give 500% on everything.
Film has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I made it a priority to learn every aspect and every position in making a film. I choose to tell stories close to my heart about subjects and issues I am passionate about. I feel every project deeply and am able to connect to characters on an intimate level. When I sit down to write, characters usually take on a life of their own. Their personalities rarely change through rewrites, but their lines and emotions do.
I believe in working with passion as it makes better works of art.
Risks and challenges
Raising the full budget to shoot the film in high quality. It could be done with $20,000, but $30,000 would make the vision full.
Possibly working in small spaces with lots of people. Would have to make sure there is a place for people to go where they aren’t in the way.
Risks: The film deals with sensitive subjects, though in a considerate manner. When getting to the film festival submission stage, it would be imperative to remember to put a ‘content warning’.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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