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After the death of his family, a wry con artist forces Thomas down a rabbit hole of daydreams that unearth the man he hungers to be.
After the death of his family, a wry con artist forces Thomas down a rabbit hole of daydreams that unearth the man he hungers to be.
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The story of this production begins two years ago when Harley’s father passed away days before Harley could return to say his goodbyes. Having a unique, solitary, and somewhat estranged relationship with his father, as his parents had divorced when he was one, mourning presented itself as a challenge. The majority of memories that Harley had of his father he no longer shared with anyone living. In order to cope with a lack of dialogue, Harley began to write his thoughts down. Within a few months he had developed a few stories that he wished to adapt to film. Some addressed the confusion of the mourning process, while others were meant as a means to say goodbye. Castles in the Air deals with the inner dialogue Harley had in the following weeks after his father’s death.

Castles in the Air is the culmination of the creative efforts of a various and determined cast and crew. Produced by the partners at Pilcrow, each of us had a job on set in addition to producer. Harley Ware wrote the screenplay and stars as Thomas, Machi Davis directs the film, Dave Panfilo provided additional writing and manages the production, and Mark Koenov will edit and craft the special effects.

Alongside Thomas (Harley) is his newfound foil Ella (the spectacular Jenna D’Angelo), her mark Margaret (Harri Molese), and their mutual acquaintance Julie (Spring Peña). In the upcoming climactic shoot, two antagonized bar-goers join the cast; Rory (Michael Kushner) and Ben (Thamer Jendoubi).

Joining us as the cinematographer for Castles is the indomitable Cohlie Brocato, a Sarah Lawrence College classmate of Dave, Machi, and Harley. Filling out the camera department in all its splendor are Nolan Maloney and Tony Supplice; first and second AC, respectively.

Our intrepid grip and electric department consists of Jeanette Sears and Yessica Curiel-Montoya, while sound is covered handily by Jon Flores. Wardrobe, hair, and makeup are all the purview of the skillful Gisel Ridruguez. Machi and Harley are working with fellow SLC alum Alex Shifman to choreograph the upcoming fight scene.

Making up our administrative backbone are our first and second assistant directors, the formidable Rebecca Pepe and Mia Fraboni. The final pillars of the project are the ever-vigilant production assistants, V Bella Antoni and Zach Booth.

The breakdown of our planned expenses for the final shooting day is surprisingly even! Insurance is larger than usual due to the aforementioned fight scene, but paying our people still makes up a plurality of our dues. Because we need to rent out an authentic Brooklyn bar, we have a hefty amount of money set aside for set insides. Castles is a small scale project with a high standard of quality, and as such, things like camera and light reservations make up a disproportionate amount of our day to day budget. As we near our Kickstarter goal, we’ll lay out additional “stretch” goals for what any additional funding might go towards. Without further ado...

Hussah! Now that you know what we'll be up to when funding concludes, here's what you can expect in the mean time:

  • A promotional video of Harley and Dave singing a tribute to one of our favorite films as a thankyou upon funding's end.
  • Cordial updates on our milestones within the campaign.
  • The full theatrical teaser for Castles in the Air!

Milestone Update - 11/28/14

Howdy folks! Just before the holiday, we crossed the 50% ($5,000) threshold of our funding campaign. Thanks to the efforts of our backers so far, the final fifth of our own Castle in the Air seems within reach. Heck yes! That said, the back half of funding will take even more energy than the first if we're to make our goal. In order to get fresh eyes on our project, we're going to release another promotion video in the coming week. It's both an homage to one of our own favorite films, and a playful dramatization of the process of raising money in the competitive bustle of New York City. Stay tuned, and keep on sharing!

Milestone Update - 12/9/14

Hello again, comrades! As we enter the final flurry of funding, here's a brief update on our trajectory. We crossed the 3/4 mark soon after the Thanksgiving holiday, and a stream of contributions since then have put us up to $8,700 out of $10,000! We're pulling out all the stops on our end, but remember, you too can help out just by sharing this page on Facebook, via Twitter, or just by emailing folks who you know to have an interest in art, film, Brooklyn, kung fu, or anything else related to Castles! We came this far together, let's finish this thing.

Risks and challenges

Castles in the Air is an independent passion project. On the one hand, this frees us from the obligation to make a huge corporate investment back in distribution and sales. On the other, it means that we will be proceeding with post-production, marketing, and other obligations at a pace determined by our own creative and financial comfort. Regardless of how long or short the project's tale turns out to be, we will keep all of ours backers vividly informed of its progress.

The filming is and will continue to be thoroughly insured, and we only work with staff, crew, and talent whom we trust. That said, any dramatic hurdles in the remainder of production will be immediately 'fessed up to, with a clear plan of action for how to proceed. The team at Pilcrow takes personal and business ethics to heart. If you have any questions or concerns about Castles, contact us at Info@PilcrowProductions.com

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