Shelly Prince and her Grandfather have kept a magical creature safely secluded in the backwoods of their small town, but when a thrill-seeking bounty hunter shows up in search of the beast, Shelly has to find a way to keep the animal safe.
Joining the adventure is the cape wearing Ryan Francis, the simple-minded Sheriff Mood, a gray tabby cat named Martin, and of course, The Whistler himself.
WHO WE ARE
The Whistler is an Emerson College Capstone Project, a collaboration among more than 40 talented and driven students from Emerson and a cast of actors (young & old) from around the Boston area. We will be filming in early March.
Peter Rosati & Nicole Nelson-Campos - Producers
Peter Rosati - Writer, Director
Suja Ono - Production Designer
Tyler Weinberger - Director of Photography
Caitilin Lynch - Editor
Jacob Rosati - Composer
Jody Steel - Conceptual Artist & Assistant Designer
Zach Grossman - First Assistant Director
Chris Battaglia - Post Sound Designer
Janet B. Egbe - Shelly Prince
Ralph W. Cashen - Deputy Thompson
Nico Walsh - The Whistler
Leonardo Casella - Ryan Francis
Bill Bruce - Milton Prince
Chris Estes - Sheriff Mood
Patricia Fitzgerald - Patty
On Kickstarter we are trying to raise just enough money to make our imaginative visual world come to life. Your contributions will go to the artistic decisions behind the film, not just food and transportation.
You are helping us create The Whistler himself, his deep woods nesting grounds, Milton & Shelly's secret study, the tragically cluttered local police office, and more. You'll also allow us to use the professional equipment the world we're creating deserves being presented on.
There are many other aspects of our film that will add up our costs. Transportation, insurance, permits, visual effects, food, & post production (just to name a few). We are focusing our kickstarter in on the creative side of the film. Any extra donations will be extremely helpful with all other the necessary expenses.
While this project is of a large scale and is highly ambitious, at it's core it is about the story. A story about the freedom of imagination and the thrill of the undiscovered. About adventure, danger, and facing difficult challenges to protect the things you love.
Risks and challenges
While we are students making a film, we are not making a student film. We are going to tell a breathtaking story in a professional and cinematic scope. There is no lack of risks and challenges.
THE WHISTLER. The creature is a 9 foot tall bundle of fur, horns, & magic. We're building something based on our imaginations, not a preexisting creature. The Whistler is a major player in the film, interacting with the other characters, causing trouble, and playing in the snow. We are building a highly functional and professional costume for the creature. Our production designer is working closely with mentor Larry Sampson, who has worked as a production designer in Massachusetts for many years. We will make The Whistler come to life as a character, not just a piece of flash.
THE NEST. Where does The Whistler live? In the heart of the woods, a clearing he, Shelly, & Milton have made into a home. Layered and woven nests suspend from the branches of the trees. A homey shack is littered with Milton's notes, photographs, and winter sweaters. The nest location will knock the socks off our audience, but is a challenge to produce. We are designing and building a set within the wilderness. There are many variables at play.
The Whistler is a huge challenge for a group of film students to take on. We are telling a highly visual story with many complicated elements that need to be orchestrated together. However, we are not getting caught up in the largeness of the project.
No matter how professional our equipment, how big our stunts, or how impressive The Whistler looks, none of it will mean a thing if we don't have detailed characters, an enchanting story, and an honest joy in making the film. If there's one thing we're confident in, it's just that.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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