A neurotic, self conscious author finds
himself on a surreal elevator ride in which he is forced to relive his
romantic misadventures with his best friend and a group of perfect strangers.
Let's take a second to see who we are. Most of us have been working with each other for years, in both TV and Film.
Keep in the loop! We will be updating throughout the month with Filmmaker Profiles so that you, our wonderful investors, can get to know the artists and technicians that are making this film!
Our Wonderful Cast... (So far)
Tim Stoltenberg is thrilled to be a part of “It’s Not as If…” Tim has been seen on Army Wives, Chicago Fire, and Sirens and numerous other commercials. Tim is currently in Second City’s “The Incomplete Guide to Everything” in the UP. Tim is an alumni of Second City’s Touring Company. Past Second City credits include; What The Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You, Girls’ Night Out, 4 Girls and A Guy, The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Norwegian Cruise Line, and The Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati. Tim is a member of The Improvised Shakespeare Company and performs improv all around Chicago. Before moving to Chicago Tim worked in Atlanta, Georgia with Dad’s Garage Theatre where he taught, performed improv and created original plays. Love and Thanks to my family.
Charlie plays Peter Mills, a young new academy graduate who follows a long line of multi-generational firefighters, in NBC's drama "Chicago Fire."
He graduated from The Juilliard School...Before that, he began performing in his hometown of Sarasota, Florida, at the age of seven in opera and musical theatre productions.
On the big screen, he had a supporting role in "Men in Black 3" with Will Smith and Josh Brolin. Other features include "Gayby," which premiered this year at the South by Southwest Film Festival, "The Happy Sad," a tangled love story, and "Private Romeo," a modern take on Romeo and Juliet.
On television, he has guest-starred on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and "Law & Order: CI."
He was raised on a sailboat for most of his young life, and he still enjoys sailing, as well as classic cars. He is also a strong advocate for volunteer work.
Maura Kidwell can be seen in the role of Stats on the USA comedy series, Sirens. Other television credits include a supporting role in Lifetime Original Movie Last Man Standing, and guest roles on NBC's Chicago Fire, ABC's Mind Games, and Boss on Starz. In addition to stage work at Court Theatre, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, and The Gift, Maura teaches acting at Vagabond School of the Arts, and is an ensemble member with Erasing the Distance, a Chicago-based company whose aim is to shed light on issues of mental health through theatre. www.erasingthedistance.org
Katherine Cunningham is a Chicago based actress who began her acting career in theatre. She has worked on various productions including but not limited to Picnic (Writers' Theatre), Honest (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and the world premier Big Lake Big City (Lookingglass Theatre) written by Keith Huff, directed by David Schwimmer.
She made her television debut in "Detroit 1-8-7" (ABC) where she played a black jack dealing confidant to a womanizing police officer. Other television credits include guest spots on "Shameless" (Showtime), "The Playboy Club" (NBC), "The Mob Doctor" (FOX), "Underemployed" (MTV), "Chicago Fire" (NBC) and "Mind Games"(ABC)
Katherine can be seen this summer in the features "Jupiter Ascending" and "Bad Johnson" playing love interest to and starring opposite Cam Gigandet.
In her free time she can either be found reading or playing with her sweet pup, Baxter. He's a Shiba Inu. He's pretty cute.
We have 11 principle cast members. These are our leading four. Aren't they great??
Paskal Rudnicke Casting is casting the film from their pool of amazing talent. Go to their website to see what they're all about. http://www.prcasting.com
And you can check back here for casting updates. We'll keep you in the know as our auditions take place!
Our production designer is Drew Bender. He's been working in the art department of an NBC show for the past two years. He's also worked on other films produced by our Director, Curtis Anthony Williams.
Our production design elements are going to be very cool! Here are some concept images to give you a couple ideas.
One of the big concepts of our surreal world is this Elevator. The doors open to various places - a carnival... a park... a bedroom... the cinema... a heavenly space... The idea is that the doors open to the scenes that Miles describes. Hilarity ensues when the elevator patrons discover that they can interact with the people and places they are shown. We will be shooting this as a practical effect; we take the elevator to these spaces and shoot through the doors. We hope you'll agree it's awesome!
The blank panels you see in the elevator concept will be luminous plexi to create a brightness inside - a representation of the enlightenment that our character is striving toward.
The Infinite Building!
Another fantastic image of our world is this infinite building. This will be one of the few effects created with a mix of real location photography, editing, and a VFX component. Check out the concept:
Pretty wild stuff.
Risks and challenges
This film is a large undertaking.
Special effects, long takes, street closures...
But we're a proper show! We've got access to the resources needed to accomplish it; people with the right experience, locations, studio spaces, etc. We just need a little do re mi to open the doors.
So... $60,000?? Actually the budget needed to make this film is a bit more than that, even. It all adds up pretty quick! But in the great state of Illinois, there's a tax incentive that will help with the unaccounted for financial burden. (Was that an accounting pun?)
We can't ask artists and technicians to work for free anymore either. They've grown up, Mom! They're industry professionals! That's why the "big cheeses" you met in the video cut their salaries out of the budget. We are dedicated to supporting the people that will be facing the enormous obstacles presented by this endeavor. As such, we're honored to be putting those above the line costs onscreen instead of in our pockets.
We've got ourselves a pretty talented group. Follow the team and see for yourself.
Get ready to laugh. You’ll receive emails with exclusive access to our blooper reel and other behind the scenes content - updated throughout the project - and a social media SHOUT OUT on It's Not as If's Facebook or Twitter.
SMILE. Charlie Barnett will personally send you an AUTOGRAPHED SELFIE and give you a personal SHOUT OUT from his Facebook or Twitter. Of course, you also get access to our blooper reel and behind the scenes content. (50 backers)
Own a piece of INAI. Receive an AUTOGRAPHED MYSTERY ITEM. Be Surprised! Items include props and costumes pieces. (10 backers). And surely, you'll still enjoy access to our blooper reel and behind the scenes content, as well as a social media SHOUT OUT on Facebook or Twitter.
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Receive exclusive access to a FACEBOOK Q&A with Cast and Producers of the film! And we wouldn't forget to include the blooper reel and behind the scenes content. (Unlimited)
We don’t have the words to express our gratitude, but we’ll try our best. As a thank you, receive a PERSONALIZED VOICEMAIL from Charlie Barnett and the Cast of INAI. As if that's not enough, you'll get the blooper reel and behind the scenes content plus the answers to all your pressing questions with access to our exclusive Facebook Q&A. (12 backers)
Action! As a small token of our appreciation, you’ll receive a PERSONALIZED VIDEO from Charlie Barnett and the Cast of INAI. And you'll have access to our blooper reel and behind the scenes content, as well as the Facebook Q& A. (10 backers)
Receive a SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT in the film, because let’s face it, we simply couldn’t have done it without you. In addition, you will receive an autographed copy of the script with a handwritten thank you on the cover page, access to our BTS content and the FACEBOOK Q&A. (10 backers)
To show our appreciation, come behind the scenes. Enjoy a FaceTime Set Tour w/ CHARLIE BARNETT and cast members of INAI. Also includes behind the scenes content and access to the Facebook Q&A. (6 backers)
CHARLIE BARNETT is taking you on an ELEVATOR RIDE to the top of one of Chicago’s skyscrapers! Charlie and the Producers will buy you a drink and discuss the making of INAI. Obvi, you'll totes also get access to our BTS content. Airfare and accommodations not included. (2 backers)
Receive credit as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER. In addition, receive 2 TICKETS to the CHICAGO SCREENING of the film, a SIGNED SCRIPT, and a handwritten LETTER and PHONE CALL from Charlie, Curtis, and Kathleen. Airfare and accommodations not included. (3 backers)
Receive credit as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. In addition, receive 2 TICKETS to the CHICAGO SCREENING of the film, a SIGNED SCRIPT, and a handwritten LETTER and PHONE CALL from Charlie, Curtis, and Kathleen. Airfare and accommodations not included. (5 backers)
Delicious! You and a guest are invited to a private dinner party, personally COOKED BY CHARLIE BARNETT at his house, along with available cast and Producers. Pairs perfectly with a fine EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit and 2 tickets to the screening of It's Not as If... (Women Fall From the Sky). Airfare and accommodations not included. (3 backers)