Before I get into the description, I want to make the exciting distinction that this is NOT A DOCUMENTARY. IT IS A NARRATIVE FILM, approaching the origin of OBEY in a similar fashion to how The Social Network approached the origin of Facebook. This film is authorized by Shepard Fairey and I have his life rights for the period of time that this story covers.
Hi, my name is Julian Marshall. I am a film Director from Washington, DC. I am directing the authorized narrative film about the early life of Shepard Fairey, and the origin story of his OBEY GIANT street art campaign. The film will go into production, on location in Providence, Rhode Island, in February 2012. We will be shooting on the RED EPIC Digital Cinema camera, the same camera system that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is being shot on.
The film takes place in Providence, Rhode Island, in September of 1990, when Shepard was attending Rhode Island School of Design, studying illustration. In an illustration class, titled Style and Substance, Shepard received a historic assignment that would later establish his legacy in Providence, Rhode Island. Each student in the class was given a fortune cookie, and tasked with illustrating his or her respective fortune. Shepard's fortune read: TO AFFECT THE QUALITY OF THE DAY IS NO SMALL ACHIEVEMENT. He then decided to paste his Andre graphic over the face of notorious Providence Mayor, Buddy Cianci, on his re-election billboard, located in the heart of the city. And to affect the quality of the day, HE DID! Not only was this the first billboard Shepard had ever done, It also attracted mass public exposure and had the news talking for days. At its base, this film is a success story about a young artist finding his voice in a world where machine politics control the conversation.
Most of my team and I recently worked on Wes Anderson's new feature film, Moonrise Kingdom, starring Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand. As a result, we are all ready to dive into this wonderful and compelling story.
Here is where I would like to involve the Kickstarter community. My production needs additional funding for the following reasons:
1. I believe that everyone who works on a film should be paid. For those who have never experienced it, film production is not for the faint of heart. I would like to pay my entire team for their hard work.
2. I need to build and replicate Shepard's 1990 studio, as a set, in our new 2500 square foot studio.
3. I need to build and replicate a 20ft tall Buddy Cianci re-election billboard.
As a result, I am offering the community the opportunity to become personally involved in my project and to help me tell this wonderful origin story.
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