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Austin, TX Drama
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A film about an undocumented immigrant whose home doesn't want him but whose birth country he doesn't know.

Austin, TX Drama
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Wow! Thank you so much for backing our project. We have been fully funded! Visit our facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TransientFilm to stay updated with production. Also follow us on twitter @TransientIndie and on Instagram @TransientFilm for live photos and updates from cast and crew.

 

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. 

Like our Facebook page to stay updated with production! www.facebook.com/TransientFilm

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
Alex and Mariana at Austin Latino Film Association's soft-launch, where they were featured as artists of the week.
Alex and Mariana at Austin Latino Film Association's soft-launch, where they were featured as artists of the week.

 

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: 

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Cinematographer and Equipment
  • Permits
  • Studio Rental
  • Props
  • Production and Art Design
  • Animation
  • Talent
  • 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.

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    SPECIAL THANKS on Facebook! You will become one of our "Backers of the day"!

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    POSTER GIVE-AWAY!
    Posters will be handed out at a specific location in Austin. We will let you know where it’s set up and you can come by and get a poster!

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    PRODUCTION DIARY updates!
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    SCRIPT.
    Get a PDF of our full script! We want to be as sustainable as possible, so it will be a digital copy. It will be the script our crew will have on set, full with location descriptions, lines, character descriptions, and scenes.

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    STORYBOARDS.
    You will receive a PDF scan of the storyboards hand drawn by our director and crew that will be used to plan out all of the shots in our film.

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    THE FILM ITSELF.
    Receive a digital copy of the completed film exclusively for your viewing. You will also receive:
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    HAVE A VOICE!
    For the passionate filmmakers, get an exclusive invite to our Filmmaker Symposium hosted by the Austin Latino Film Association! You will get to view a rough cut of our film with us and openly discuss all aspects of it, and help us make our final decisions.

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    COMBINATION STATION.
    You will get BOTH the script and storyboards, as well as both the digital copy of the film (August 2015) and an invite to the Filmmaker Symposium (December 2014).
    This combination is completely unique and for the film connoisseurs.

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    PHOTOGRAPHS.
    Receive one of a kind professional photograph/polaroid of the set, production, or stills from the actual film. These will be high quality and aesthetically pleasing.

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    FINE CUT VIEWING PARTY.

    Exclusive invite to the first fine cut viewing of our film in Austin, TX. Cast and crew will be in attendance, and it will be a formal event. There will be tasty snacks and refreshments and perks for being a guest (posters, photographs, prop displays)

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    Q&A.
    Exclusive invite to video conference call where we can answer your questions!

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    NAME PLACEMENT.
    Have your name featured in the film. Whether its written on flyers in one scene, or written in graffiti on a wall, you will be able to spot it when you watch the film. We may even name a featured extra after you!

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    DIRECTOR’S SCRIPT.
    Get a PDF of the director’s script, full with hand written notes, scene changes, and coffee spills. We will have all the cast and crew sign the front page and scan it when we finish production.

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    SET VISIT.
    You get to come on location with us and see the real magic happen. Hang out with the cast and crew during down time and watch us get to work and create the scenes that will make the film. You can even lend a hand if you want and be part of the crew!

    You will also receive:
    -Digital Copy of the film (August 2015)
    -Director’s Script (PDF)
    -Production Diary
    -Shout Out from on set
    -Special thanks in the credits

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    COMIC BOOK PROP.

    Get the comic book used as a prop in the film! Designed by professional animator Jose Victor Rivera. In the film, it is the comic Franky’s father makes. These are limited quantity, and will be the originals used in the film!

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    THE FREEDOM PACKAGE:
    Get an exclusive invitation to our swanky wrap party in Austin, TX, an ultimate celebration on the completion of filming our movie. You will be credited as an Executive Producer.

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    ALTERNATIVE- COMIC COVER.
    Our professional animator will make you a cover of the comic book in the film with you as the superhero! It will be quite the collectible.

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    THE JOURNEY PACKAGE:
    Be an extra in our film. That means you will come out onto our set, get a costume, get hair and make up done, and be directed by Alex Stockton. You’ll be able to spot yourself in the film!

    You will also receive:
    - Executive Producer and “Extra” credits
    - Wrap Party invite
    - Signed Poster
    - Digital Copy of the film (August 15)
    - Director’s Script (PDF)
    - Production Diary

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    OUT OF BOUNDS PACKAGE:

    For Supporters outside of Texas-
    Get physical copy of the film, with autographed cover!

    Also receive these unique items:
    -One of a kind photographs from on set or from the film.
    -Paco’s comic book (limited edition)
    -Signed poster
    -Shout out from on set
    -Special thanks in our credits
    -Director’s Script (PDF)
    -Production Diary
    -Executive producer credit

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