Neil Crumpton's problems are out of this world.
After telling his wife that he has had lifelong encounters with extraterrestrials, Neil realizes that some things are better left unsaid. His wife, Betty, has left him. To make matters worse, she is pregnant with their first child. Of course, his wife is not the only one who thinks he is crazy; the residents of Neil's hometown won't let him be anywhere near their yards with a lawnmower, and that might mean the end of Neil's beloved landscaping business, Crumpton Cutting, which he runs with his only employee and loyal friend, Moulton Howe.
In a last-ditch effort to prove his sanity, Neil enlists the help of a disillusioned ufologist, Dr. Gillian Carter, and her eager assistant, Lu Smith. Followed by a documentary film crew, they chronicle Neil's experiences. In the end, their efforts lead them to the truth for which they were searching, but maybe not the truth they had hoped to find.
This film would not be possible without my childhood.
Having been a child in the 1990s, I have fond memories of growing up during a time when everyone seemed to be talking about extraterrestrials. With television programs like "The X-Files" and "Sightings" and hysteria-inducing media events like "Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction," close encounters never seemed more likely. Especially to a kid with an active imagination.
Looking back, it seems as though--for better or worse--people were more open-minded about the unknown. A running start didn't seem to be required for every leap of faith. Admittedly, all of these sentiments are probably influenced by nostalgia, but I still think there's something to them. And I think they may be unknowingly missed by a lot of people today.
With this film, in some small way, I want to allow people to believe in the extraordinary. Even if just for a feature film-length of time.
Who am I?
When the film premieres, I hope to be able to answer that question with a confident, "Filmmaker." For now, I feel the best I can offer is, "Aspiring filmmaker."
I graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in creative writing, and this film is, by far, the most ambitious creative project I have ever undertaken.
Like many, my day job is in no way related to my passion. It is simply a way to pay the bills. However, after I punch out for the day, I am fortunate enough to have many creative outlets. While the film has been my life for more than a year now, I also am a longtime member of an improvisational comedy troupe. I have written several short plays that were produced, too.
I COME IN PEACE
The film is ready for editing, and funds raised through this campaign will be used for post-production costs. Among others, those will include:
- Music rights
- Marketing (web site, print media, etc.)
- Theater rental (for the premiere)
- Film festival submissions
To make this film a reality, I sacrificed and saved for a long time, and, with the additional help of LOANS from those closest to me, I have been able to get this far. The only reason I mention that is to let people know that I am committed and believe in the project enough to have broken--without a moment's hesitation--the cardinal rule of filmmaking: Never spend your own money. And I would do it again in a heartbeat.
But now, in honor of the project and, more importantly, the members of the cast and crew who have given so much to the film--and without whom it would not be a reality--I am humbly asking for the funds necessary to give this film the opportunities it deserves. Opportunities that would otherwise be limited by my still-struggling bank account. From the beginning, it has been my goal to find a distributor for the film, and, with the help of funds from the campaign, I can give the film the kind of care and suport needed to attract a distributor and share it with as many people as possible.
Whether someone might be unable to financially support the project, or would like to further support it, one of the best ways to ensure its success is by spreading the word. This can be done any number of ways, from telling others about the campaign to liking the film's Facebook page. Below are relevant links:
For those who may be unfamiliar with Kickstarter, the awards given for contributions are listed along the right side of the page. Awards will be received in accordance with the timeframes associated with those awards.
If the goal of the campaign is not reached, no donations will be processed, and I will not receive any funds. However, if the goal is reached, I am allowed to still receive further funds, so the campaign may exceed its goal, and, rest-assured, any additional funds will be used for other film-related expenses.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION!
I APPRECIATE IT!
Risks and challenges
Although the hardest part--production--is complete, post-production is no easy task. Like the shooting of the film, or any other independent film for that matter, post-production is conducive to many problems, and those problems are only compounded by limited resources.
For example, while the film is being edited through a professional production company and I have no reason to expect any difficulties, I have no way of knowing for certain whether an editor will uncover a problem that, like any unexpected problem, may entail an additional expense.
In regard to marketing, I am relying heavily upon friends. While I have the utmost faith in those closest to me, life happens. If someone agrees to do something as a favor or at an extremely reduced rate and that person suddenly experiences some personal difficulty, I cannot expect that person to follow-through with his or her commitment in the same way I would someone whom I have paid as part of a transaction that was purely business. Naturally, such a circumstance would require additional funds to remedy, too.
Of potential difficulties, one of the least pleasant to face relates to touring with the film. While I would love nothing more than to be present at every film festival where "Abduction Day" is being shown and help to publicize it in-person, there is a definite possibility that will not be the case. As an employee, I have a (very) limited amount of time off available to me for which I can get paid, and, obviously, I need to keep the lights on, so I can't go to a festival that would leave me coming back to unemployment. Unless the Kickstarter campaign does exceptionally well!
Obviously, many of the potential problems of post-production can be traced back to money. However, money has been an issue from the start. It's not a new obstacle. Suffice it to say, any future problems will be overcome with the same determination and commitment that has brought the film this far. Even if that means completing the financing myself. It might take a lot longer, but it will get done.
While many independent films languish in post-production and are completed only to the extent that those involved can watch little more than rough cuts, I am going to do everything I am able to secure a distributor and ensure "Abduction Day" sees the light of day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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