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Summary of Project
Over the past couple of years, our dream has been to make a feature length film. Along the way we have gathered a group of amazingly talented kids. Kids ranging from 10-15 years old. As a group we plan to take all our talents and all of our knowledge of film-making and actually create a film. Now don't worry- this isn't going to be an amateur backyard production you'd expect to see from kids. The head of this project, Tristen Martino (15: Producer) worked for AniBoom as a professional graphic animator and has studied the film industry intensely... along with Caleb Burns (13: Director) and other kids that have the EXPERIENCE of working with professional equipment and the knowledge that goes into making a film. So we do have the ability to put together a professional Hollywood-style film with a crew of kids... just kids.
The money will go to:
New equipment (Camera Dolley, jibs and cranes, microphones, cameras, lenses, and such)
Upgraded software (For editing, audio, special effects)
Filming Fund (Wardrobe, makeup, etc.)
Set Fund (Transportation, catering, etc)
"Love is on the Move" - A Tristen Martino Film (*Transcript)
The ideals of this project, the inspiration that the basis of this project was formed upon, started five or so years ago. Tristen Martino and Caleb Burns had come to the conclusion that they are going to make a movie. Now they weren't older than 10 and had minimal knowledge on the fundamentals of making a film, and considered their animating skills merely a hobby. Still, they were determined to make a film. They did, however, have zeal... they had determination. They put their hearts into their little production.They tried and tried-- went through ideas, different screenplays, and time after time the struggles they faced set them back. But with each attempt, each try, they grew. Not only in knowledge and experience, but also in determination. Here they ate five years later with all the knowledge they wished they had back then. This time... "we are ready". Over the past year, through many discussions and prayers they set our hearts into making a Christian Film. They had also reflected upon the ideas they had originally created during that first year as ten year old kids and were able to incorporate them. One of these being- A film done entirely by kids. And not just some amateur backyard production. They went on a quest to find the most talented kids they could- they found kids that were aspiring filmmakers, directors, actors, singers, writers, animators- even kids without any knowledge of what goes into making a film but still had a desire to learn and serve- but most importantly a love for God. And if there is one thing we knowfor sure... we can do this.
The past year we have written and rewritten, planned and mapped and accounted for every last detail. We have budgeted, scouted, and cast for the production. We have learned, and as a team: grown. And after loads of stress, sleepless nights, discouragement, and temptation we have finally come to a finish on pre-production. Our story is written. Our days are scheduled. Our characters cast. Our locations scouted. And we are ready!
In August we took a month to begin film for this movie. We followed our schedule, went to set each day and worked. During this things went very well. But a generous amount of the time things were very hard on us. We were faced with technical problems, lack of supplies, lack of equipment, discouragement, lack of support, and lack of experience. We came back from that month and looked at what we achieved. We thought to ourselves: "Why stop there?" So we looked through our days on set and noted all the problems we faced, all the things we needed to fix. We gained from this the greatest thing we could- actual experience. From September 1st to October 31st we worked harder than we ever had. We fixed our mistakes, noted at what we needed to do on set, we revised our techniques, scheduled more efficiently, planned more precise. We learned a lot about what we needed to do during production on set and off. So now, after two months of revisions and adjustments we are about ready to begin filming again. We have prayed that this film would be the film God wants us to make. It is not our film... it's His. And that has been our mindset through this.
Now, as for the money goes... we are kids. And us being kids does not give us all the money it takes to actually put together a production... professionally. So we came here! Hopefully we can raise some money to help this production run smoothly, to buy some new equipment we are lacking, to help with promotions and distribution, and to really make this a professional film...done entirely by kids.
We plan to distribute this film among churches around the US. And sell DVD sales online- in which no profit will be made (if profit were to come in it would be donated), and we also plan to enter it in various film festivals which usually charge an entrance fee. Predominately SAICFF (the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival) which has an entry fee of $150.
It will be released in 2012.