Tattered is a heartfelt story about two homeless people finding a link that brings them together through Shakespeare. Living in a world where home is nothing more than a street corner, Daryl Simms believes love is the one thing anyone can find. Daryl and Mary Thompson live on the same city street. Within the story, Daryl strives to impress Mary and show his love for her, but he will need a little money, one thing he does not have, to complete his master plan.
As senior film majors at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, this serves as our thesis film for graduation.
The story was inspired by the "Shakespeare Lady" in New Haven, a homeless woman who would quote Shakespeare on the street corner. Our writer, Dylan, took the idea of a homeless woman in love with Shakespeare and transposed it into a love story about two homeless people who connect through the subject.
We're asking for money for this project because we want to bring this touching story to life for the world to see. As college students we don't have the money to fund it ourselves, but we're pulling all the stops and using actors that are working for free, borrowing equipment, and doing everything we can to bring this budget as low as possible while still making a great piece of art.
Your generous donation goes towards:
- Equipment Fees
- Craft Services
- Festival Fees
Our overall goal is to submit this film to the Student Academy Awards and film festivals around the globe.
Shane has been directing since a young age, completing his first feature-length film while still in high school. He has gone on to do work for clients such as Staples, Golf Digest, and Investigation Discovery (iD), as well as original web series The Domesticated Chef and re:view.
Alessia has worked professionally on various film sets, as well as for an Oscar-nominated production company. She is a producer who is extremely passionate about film, and works tirelessly to make sure her productions are pushed as far as humanly possible.
Dylan has been working hard as the writer to create a compelling story that will launch us into production and is feeling confident that we have something worth telling. What he can bring to this production is the ability to work well with others and adapt to unpredictable situations.
Director of Photography
Johan has been an artist from the start, learning visual imagery through painting and drawing. Attending Quinnipiac on arts scholarships pushed him into the film world, and he applied his visual knowledge to cinema. Since then, he's worked on award-winning commercials and narrative shorts, as well as working with Shane on The Domesticated Chef and re:view.
Sam has had professional production and post production sound experience. He has also been apart of award winning student projects. Sam is looking forward to working on Tattered to create an exhilarating and realistic sound design for the film.
Jessica has experience working both behind and in front of the camera. As an actor herself, she knows what directors are looking for and where to find it. As an editor, Jessica frequently edits promotional videos and production footage for Quinnipiac Theater for Community. She feels quite at home in both the audition and editing rooms and is thrilled to be part of this project.
Production Designer/Associate Producer
Jasmine has had a passion for production design and producing. She has previously produced an original web series The Domesticated Chef and re:view and learned from one of the top makeup and design artists in the field on how to make sets and characters look their best on film. She is in-demand, having worked in both the theater and film worlds doing design and makeup around the tri-state area.
$4,000 - Original Score
If we reach $4,000 we'll have enough to have a composer create an original score for the film to capture the beauty and essence of our story through music.
$6,025 - RED Scarlet Camera
Help us blow away our Kickstarter goal and we'll be able to shoot on a RED Scarlet, which is a cinema camera that's used to make high-quality features and shoots in 4K RAW. This is an upgrade from our current camera, shooting in 2K RAW (almost twice the resolution!).
$9,000 - Custom Sets
At $9K we'll be able to let Jasmine work her magic and rent out a soundstage to build custom sets for our film instead of having to get locations from around the New Haven area.
Risks and challenges
Our film needs to be completed by April 1st, 2014 to be eligible to enter our film into the Student Academy Awards. While this is a short amount of time, it's certainly not impossible. We've all had to work compressed deadlines before, especially for commercial projects, so we're confident that we can pull it off.
Portraying the homeless must be done in a stylistic way, but also a realistic one. Being too far removed from the reality of homeless life makes the film almost an insult to the homeless population. Jasmine, our production designer, has extensive experience as well as professional mentors she can turn to to make sure that this comes through 100%
Finally, the number one test of a project is simply "is it good?" We've all studied film extensively and are 100% behind our script, making sure that each step of the way it is a story that we'd want to see on screen as well. We're sure that you'll want to see it too!
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