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Transient tells the story of Franky DeLuna, an undocumented immigrant that was brought to the US illegally from Mexico when he was a little boy. Franky dreams of being a product designer but is forced to not exist in the country that he calls home. After being deported for contacting the police in order to prevent the rape of one of his coworkers, Franky reunites with his father in Mexico and tries to make a new home in this foreign country that he is technically from. But facing the life-threatening corruption of the cartels which killed his grandfather and forced his mother to bring him to the US years ago, Franky must decide if his home is a country that he doesn't know or a country that doesn't want him. A new take on borders and the American Dream.
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Transient will shoot from June 23rd to August 1st in Austin, TX with one week of filming in the Rio Grande Valley. Post-production editing, coloring, and sound design will be completed by August 2015. It is a narrative independent feature film that will run about 110 minutes.
- Eric Parsons- Associate Producer
- Varun Bhuchar- Line Producer
- Tyler Walton- Production Design
- Hughie Sagona- Production Sound
- Randi Young- Costume Designer
- JP Jaramillo and Blulight Studios- VFX
- Darwin Ragsdale- Cultural Supervisor
- Sherrl Carpenter and Graveland FX- Hair and Make-Up Team
- Erica Ayala- Script Supervisor
- Lisa Ramon- Production Manager
- AJ Limones- Assistant Director
- Charlie Luna- Assistant Director
- Aaron Trevino- Assistant Camera
- Lorena Peña- DIT/Production Editor
- Alex Schultz- Best Boy/Grip
- Sebastian Sada- Best Boy/Grip
- Greg Turley- Legal Advisor
- Vicky Sepulveda of Chica About Town- Director of Creative Marketing and Events
- Esteban Lopez and Austin Latino Film Association- Filmmaker Symposium Hosts
- Robert McAvinue- Kickstarter Graphic Designer
- Jean-Paul Huang- Kickstarter Video Editor
We will be holding an event at a local restaurant at the end of every week throughout production. All who attend will get to watch scenes and clips from the footage captured that week and listen to live music by local bands who are scoring our film. We could not do this without Vicky Sepulveda of Chica About Town, who is organizing the events and finding restaurants who will donate food for our cast and crew during the week in return for us hosting our weekly viewing events at their establishment. The food will be delicious, the music will be great, and we will invite everyone to discuss the film.
This is also where our sustainability initiatives will come into play. All cutlery and plates used for our meals will be reusable. We will bring our own and wash them ourselves to avoid disposable waste. On set, every crew and cast member will have a reusable water bottle. Every day there will be water jugs on location that will be refilled when needed and cleaned weekly. All scripts on set will be digital, and we will avoid the use of printing or paper as much as possible. So often, filmmakers focus on just getting the film done and so they ignore the damage they are doing to the environment. We are not going to let that happen.
We will be shooting our film on a Red Scarlet-X camera that can capture 4K motion footage with advanced capabilities such as HDRx with a native 13.5 stops of dynamic range. This camera and Taylor's experience will give us a high quality and cinematic production. We are working with our cinematographer to carefully design the shots for the whole film, using various techniques to put the audience in Franky's mind. The scenes you saw in our video were camera tests with some of our cast. The scenes were not rehearsed, but were for the purpose of seeing the capability of the camera and developing a visual language.
In our film, the main character's father makes a comic book about his son. We have found a talented artist/animator, Jose Victor Rivera to design the sketches and comics in the film. Your contributions will help bring him onto our team. These comic books are up for rewards for contributors! Here are some sketches he did for us.
With a production of this scale, many things must come together. We have been working rigorously during pre-production to bring together our team and have everything ready to start shooting on June 16th. Our full budget that we have calculated is $50,000 and includes:
- Cinematographer and Equipment
- Studio Rental
- Production and Art Design
- Sustainability Initiatives
While we have gathered most of this, we are still short of the necessary budget. We have held various fundraisers, put in our own money, and have gathered interested investors, but to rent all of the lighting and camera equipment, to pay our talent, and to create authentic environments, we need your help.
This story is fictional but was inspired by the lives of many who face boundaries they cannot overcome. Almost all of our crew is working for free, dedicating their full summer to bringing this story to life because they are passionate about it. We want you to embark on this journey with us! Each level of contribution gets you more involved with the film. We want you to be here with us and we want you to help us tell this story.
Risks and challenges
With any ambitious project comes a set of risks and challenges. Our film involves two countries, various actors speaking two languages, and some sequences that involve carefully executed effects. One is a sewage sequence, and another is a train sequence- two important parts to Franky's journey that we must pull off to properly represent the struggles immigrants face. Your contributions will go towards executing these scenes. They involve a lot of equipment, the Blulight Studios visual effects team, planning between our makeup team, DP, and VFX team, and renting a studio space and set. We have these people ready to work with us and our schedule set- all we need is your contribution to make it happen.
We recognize the challenges we are taking on as we attempt to execute this feature film's production in one summer. We have brought together a qualified team of both professionals and ambitious students, and will have many hands on set from the expansive film community of Austin. We would love to premiere at an A-list film festival and get picked up by a distributor so that the film can be seen by a large audience. But even if that does not happen, we plan to work show the film locally in lots of communities, using street teams to mimic a multi-million dollar distribution company, but in a grass roots format.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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