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We're breaking the barriers of micro-budget film to tell the story of a fisherman and a shipwrecked girl who find each other at sea. Read more

Orlando, FL Film & Video
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This project was successfully funded on March 3, 2014.

We're breaking the barriers of micro-budget film to tell the story of a fisherman and a shipwrecked girl who find each other at sea.

Orlando, FL Film & Video
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PRODUCTION UPDATES (Scroll down for project information)

Feb. 21, 2014: Took the sailboat out for it's maiden voyage (at least for us, anyway!).

Lake Fair View Marina
Lake Fair View Marina
Seaway, 2014 Poster Design A
Seaway, 2014 Poster Design A

Feb. 11, 2014: We visited the Tampa Bay area this afternoon to scout the area and meet with our charter boat captain!

Producer Rob Owen at Gulfport Marina
Producer Rob Owen at Gulfport Marina

Feb. 6, 2014: We held our casting auditions last weekend and are now working on securing actors. Stay tuned!

Seaway Casting Flyer
Seaway Casting Flyer

Feb. 5, 2014: We are proud to say that we purchased the picture boat today! She's a 17' Gordon Douglass sailboat.

Gordon Douglass 17' Sailboat
Gordon Douglass 17' Sailboat

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THE STORY

"The horizon was naked save for the incessant waves that formed a swaying divide between ocean and sky."

LOGLINE: An aging fisherman’s search for the elusive Marlin is stymied after a storm leaves him stranded at sea with a shipwrecked girl. 

It's hard to know how we would cope in the madness and loneliness of the open ocean. But we do know how we'd cope with losing someone very important to us. We feel a great emptiness when someone we care about passes on. 

Eight years ago, an old fisherman lost his daughter in a tragic accident and since then, he's isolated himself from the world -- now empty for him. The only way for him to continue living was to continue moving. And so he did.

Up until this point, he has been always on the move –  fishing everyday, searching for a marlin – but he’s been in control of it, locked down. After being forced to move from his home, the old man journeys far into the sea, further out than he's ever gone before. After several days, a massive storm leaves him lost in the North Atlantic in his small boat on the open ocean. 

Days after leaving his home, the old man spots a life raft on the open ocean and inside he discovers a shipwrecked young girl. He takes her on board and together they face a journey over the perilous ocean in search of safety. But when the young girl hooks a behemoth beneath the water, their fight turns to working together to reel in the huge fish. 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

"He wasn't afraid to die anymore. He no longer cried. He just sat there in stunned silence with nothing to say. He once demonstrated his sea stare for me, relaxing his face, letting his eyes go soft. It was haunting and fascinating, the human version of a computer in sleep mode, and I could picture him in the little boat in that state, hour upon hour, waiting for nothing."

This film is part of a project for a course at the University of Central Florida's School of Visual Art & Design. Students in the class called 'Directing 3' -- an upper level course in UCF's BFA Film program -- work towards making a short film from start to finish during a semester. This project will ultimately be around 10 minutes. 

Please check out our film from last year, BLACKBOX!

INFLUENCES & DEVELOPMENT

If you've ever read Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, you will find a variety of connections between the main character, Santiago, and our main character -- a nameless fisherman. But while Santiago's goal is finding food, our fisherman's goals stem much deeper and rely on his past experiences to drive the story.

This film is primarily unique because of the challenges within the story itself and the tasks in terms of the production. The characters in the story struggle, both internally and externally, with their daily lives. For the old fisherman, it's his trouble finding a marlin and eventually, his becoming lost at sea. For the young girl, it's finding out if her parents made it to safety and finding refuge for herself.

Our entire production is based around similar challenges these characters face. Just like the characters, we must fight to overcome our own challenges and redefine adversity into redeeming qualities. For us, it's tasks like planning and shooting a film on the open ocean, raising money to accomplish our goals and going places where students don't normally go. Is it because we don't have a sense of risk and danger? No, it is because by overcoming challenges, we learn how to become better at our jobs and ourselves. Just like our characters who develop throughout the story, we too will learn how to  enter the toughest tests and leave with success.

FUNDING

One of our primary goals for this project is to overcome a strong challenge. We believe that challenges are the basis for learning and, just like our characters, it is our duty to overcome these hurdles in order to become better, stronger people and continue towards our personal dreams.

Shooting a movie on the ocean is a challenge we've decided to bestow upon ourselves. One main test associated with that challenge is raising money to fund the project. We've determined that with personal contributions on our end, we need about $4,000 help to make this film happen. Here's our cost breakdown:

The primary funding we seek for this project is for the production end of the project. We will need at least two boats to achieve this film -- one boat for crew to be aboard and one picture boat. Other production items like props, cameras, lenses and specialized equipment. Underwater camera housing and gyroscopic camera mounts are a couple things that the school just doesn't provide to us. These tools will help us grasp the visual components we seek to most effectively tell the story.

Regarding a project like this, safety is our #1 priority. We are not yet professionals, and we understand that. So a primary cost of ours will be to hire safety professionals to ensure our talent and crew are continually cared for and remain safe during our production. We will be hiring a certified rescue diver and EMT to be with us at all times on the water. This money will also be used towards sunscreen, sick patches, hats and sunglasses for crew members.
 
The University of Central Florida Film department partners with a third party insurance group to offer film students insurance at low rates. Since our project involves some hazards and risks not associate with regular projects, we are required to purchase additional insurance to ensure our team is covered under all proper channels. 

Finally, the cast and crew have to eat. Catering costs for the three days our crew film must be factored into our cost. On top of that, we will be shipping out of Clearwater, FL for our production -- around 2 hours from the school and most cast/crew. Therefore, we will need to accommodate for lodging and transportation for our crew when we make the trip. 


PRIMARY CREW

"They say they felt like a team at this moment, dependent on one another, helping one another, just the three of them in a tiny boat amid an endless sea."

Our crew is comprised of an endless amount of talent, imagination and motivation. It is continuously growing, so keep checking back!

Risks and challenges

What could go wrong on the ocean, right?

The ocean is one of the most challenging terrains known to man. With a successfully funded project, we can ensure that every member of our production is safe and secure in the event that anything goes wrong. Here's only a short list of dangers on the ocean:

- Sharks
- Extreme Sunburn
- Drowning
- Become Lost/Stranded
- Jellyfish
- Boat Sinking
- Other

Safety is our top priority. We know there are certain risks associated with a production of this caliber and our main goal is to keep everyone safe. By supporting us, you are allowing us to hire professionals to ensure our cast and crew remains cared for at all times.

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