Documentary about a young Mormon man who starts an experiment to try and get engaged in 6 months in order to learn truths about love.
In the movie Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock takes a look at the fast food industry as a whole by inserting himself into the conversation and fabricating an absurd experiment. We get to follow him on his journey and learn in a very intimate way the effects of fast food on the human body. Well, this film will take the same basic approach, except it's not about fast food. It's about love. Follow Stephen Nelson (a senior at Brigham Young University) on his journey to try and figure out the nuances of love and how it works while trying to get engaged in a matter of six months. This film is a personal point of view project that shows his journey to find true love, and searches romantic relationships in the context of "Mormon" dating in Provo, Utah. The film will primarily consist of sequences of his dating life, interspersed with personal musings about love, cultural looks at Mormon dating, social dating experiments, interviews with experts, and “vox pop” interviews with BYU and non-BYU students.
WHY DOES THIS PROJECT NEED SUPPORT?
The film is already half-way finished, we just need help pushing through the rest of the way and obtaining the funds to pay professionals for motion graphics, animation, the music scoring, and dating experiments that will be performed on BYU campus to help us better understand various aspects of love. This film is scheduled for a picture lock in January 2014, but cannot make its deadline without financial support.
EXTRA FUN FACTS ABOUT STEPHEN'S ADVENTURE
In order to keep his dating efficient enough for the scope of this documentary, Stephen will have parameters that guide his journey:
1) He will only have six months to be engaged. The time will be divided into thirds. One third will be devoted to finding individuals to date. Another third will be devoted to dating more seriously. The last third will be devoted to gearing up for engagement.
2) The Coin Flip. Every time the thought enters his head that he should ask out a girl he doesn't know he has to flip a coin. If the coin lands on heads, he has to ask her out. Tails, he doesn't have to worry about it. This is to try and deal with his anxiety for asking a girl out.
3) He must ask a certain number of girls out a week. In a sense, trying to find somebody to date is a bit of a numbers game. He needs to make sure he is asking out enough girls in order to increase the chances that he'll find somebody that works for him. So he will go on 3-4 dates a week.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THIS PROJECT?
In the first week of January, we will release a blog about the project and love in general. Along with the articles about love and behind the scenes information, we will release small sequences of the film, or extra sequences that didn't make it into the final cut. All of this will lead up to the internet premiere of the film, where we will post the full feature documentary online for everyone to watch for free. After one week of an internet release, we will submit the film to film festivals all over the country and work on distribution deals for its release. We have high hopes for this film's success, and believe it will go far once it is completed.
PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM STEPHEN: WHY THIS PROJECT MATTERS: Click Here to View
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POSSIBLE PROBLEMS OR SETBACKS
By trying to make this film without any budget we run the risk of making a film substantially bellow its potential. This film will help people think about love in ways they may never have thought about before. It will help us gain empathy for one another, and consider what we must do to find happiness for ourselves and a potential future spouse. If the film is not done at professional quality, it won't be taken seriously, and all the hard work we're putting into it will be fruitless.
PLANS TO DEAL WITH POSSIBLE PROBLEMS
Fortunately there is no risk of failure for the film's story. We feel confident that the story is strong and engaging for audiences. It is not a matter of whether a good film will be made, but when. If we don't make our Kickstarter goal, our post production schedule will be set back immensely, and this film will run the risk of taking two, or maybe even three times as long as scheduled. We are also planning on doing many extra things alongside the project during the last days of production, including the production of small pre-released sequences and blog posts. We plan on releasing a new post once every week. This film is being made! We hope you will plan on being a part of it.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Making decisions can be very hard. In this documentary Stephen uses a coin to decide if he should ask out a pretty stranger on a date. With this custom "6 Till Engaged" coin you can gain the gumption to go wherever fate takes you.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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