You can help us complete our dream. We’ve already shot and edited the first act of Stray and now we are asking for your help to shoot the next two. So far we’ve won two TELLY awards for the first act; one for cinematography and the other for lighting!
The screenplay for Stray was accepted into the Emerging Narrative Program at the INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER PROJECT, the oldest and largest indie film organization in the nation, where it was awarded the Panasonic Filmmaking Grant. The script won first place in the thriller category at Woods Hole film festival and placed in several other screenplay competitions.
WHAT THE MOVIE IS ABOUT
Stray is a dark psycho/thriller about a killer who decides to give up a life of crime to settle down in a small town to start a family. But first she has to find the right guy to help make it happen – whether he wants to or not.
Jennifer had a brutal childhood. She has a heightened skill for survival, but no emotion or sense of guilt. She kills when she needs to; for food or a shower. But deep down, Jennifer longs for the same things we all do: love, family, home. This is the story of a stray in search of the things we all long for.
MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT
If our campaign is successful, our plan is to begin principal photography next January, 2014, in Chestnut Hill, PA and will continue for about 21 days. Our goal is to produce a film that will not only entertain but also enlighten the viewer through honest, intelligent and provocative storytelling.
TALENT (check them all out at IMDB.COM)
Nena Eskridge, writer/director
In addition to what you've already learned about Nena in the intro video, she has a background in business as well as film. She has owned and managed a live theater company and two retail businesses. She knows how to manage people and money; both necessary skills to close a deal on time and on budget. (see bio on sidebar for more info)
Michelle Page, lead role of Jennifer Davis. Michelle made her film debut opposite Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality 2. Michelle can be seen with Robert Picardo in the film Sensored and stars in the upcoming film Rogue River opposite Bill Mosely.
Annie Corley will play a secondary lead. Although Annie is best known for her performance in Bridges Over Madison County and Monster, along with countless television appearances, she has recently received rave reviews for playing Regi Darnell in the hit series "The Killing."
Aaron Lustig Aaron has nearly 100 film and television appearances to his credit including Edward Scissorhands and Memoirs of an Invisible Man. He is also known to soap opera enthusiasts for his Emmy-nominated role as Dr. Tim Reid on The Young and the Restless.
David Landau, award winning director of photography. He has worked professionally for many years in film and television. Recently, David won two TELLY awards for Stray, one for cinematography and another for lighting!
Andrew Geller, award winning editor. Our Kickstarter campaign video was made with support from Andrew and Woodshop Films, a Philadelphia-based video production house.
John Avarese, award winning sound design/composer. John has composed over 3000 commissioned scores.
WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR
We have already spent $25,000 of our own money shooting the first act of Stray in order to showcase the lead actor, Michelle Page and the director of photography, David Landau. So far our actors and crew have provided their own wardrobe; we’ve borrowed equipment and locations; family and friends have provided all the meals. Basically, in the beginning, Stray relied solely on the kindness of a close circle of friends and colleagues. But now, to finish the job, we need to rely on the kindness of a larger band of big hearted champions like YOU!
Camera equipment, lights
Sound equipment and mixing
Transportation, housing, food, gas
Props and sets
Make-up, special effects
THE LAST WORD
We have already seen so much love and support from so many talented people who came together for a common cause - to create and enlighten. Their generosity has been completely mind blowing. Filmmaking is a hugely collaborative and risky endeavor. But it’s also thrilling and even, on some level, life changing. If we don’t shoot another second of Stray, we are so grateful for the kindness already expressed, for the immense determination of the tireless cast, crew, friends, family and neighbors.
BUT we really, really want to cross the finish line. With your help we CAN! Thank you Kickstarter and please remember to forward this NOW to ALL of your contacts, family and friends!
Risks and challenges
Movie making is an expensive undertaking. Shooting a film on our budget will be difficult and taxing for everyone involved. The entire cast and crew must give 150%. One mistake could shut the production down. This is the kind of stuff that nightmares are made of. But we have the support of many seasoned film professions and are confident that any problem we may stumble upon can and will be resolved.
The biggest hurdle we will face during production will be shooting the two fire scenes in the screenplay. Both are integral to the story and both will be difficult to choreograph. But we're aware of the challenge and have done the research; we've met with fire experts and have our brilliant DP, David Landau, who has been around long enough to experience just about every impossible situation, and has, more times than not, saved the day.
Bottom line: we have an amazingly talented and dedicated team. That, and we also have an after-effects specialist who will "fix" any unexpected blip that could and most assuredly will, pop up!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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