About this project
While struggling to be an actor in New York city, WITT is visited from three unexpected visitors who claim to be SPIRITS from another world. Witt starts to open his eyes to the idea that maybe life is always going to be filled with unexpected trials & turns and you just have to keep pushing forward.
The objective of our project is to encourage film industries all over the world along with you, our special supporters, to create more universal and racially diverse films, regardless of the actors’ origin of ethnicity or skin color. Our film “Witt and the Magical Spirits” is our first step in spreading this message to the world: “Increase the possibilities in the film industry!”.
Promoting racial equality and diversity in acting roles for theater, television, and film. We want to make films that will promote more racial equality among leading roles in American plays, television, and films. Hollywood films are the most famous in the world. Because of this, they have a substantial influence on societies everywhere. Even so, the majority of leading roles are still being played by Caucasians. Our goal is to make the industry more universal, and susceptible to the idea of what Americans consider the “minority” (Asian, African American, Hispanic, Indian, Native American, Middle-Eastern, etc.) to be starring as these lead roles in major films. There seems to be a skewed belief that people labeled as such are not considered as "influential or desirable" to the "public or universal" eye and are therefore turned down for major roles. America is considered one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet, yet the industrial market does not reflect the same.
That being said, continually casting the vast majority main lead roles as caucasian in order to promote films and plays in the belief that this method will receive more acclaim and attention is becoming more and more outdated and too mundane. This is by no means an attempt to try to defame the deserved recognition that current caucasian actors today have achieved. By breaking this invisible wall, we hope to appeal and reach out to wider audiences across the globe. By doing so, we hope to create a more globally connected world with greater mutual understanding and social equality between all races.
We love American films and want to share that love with everyone. To do that, this industry needs to continue to grow, adapt, and expand to fit an ever growing population of people from all over the world. The practice of maintaining distinct racial categories is becoming more and more obsolete. Today, there are more people with mixed heritage backgrounds than ever before and this population is continuing to grow. It does not make sense for someone who is of mixed heritage to specifically label/identify him or herself as a single race. Some examples would be a half African American and Caucasian to specifically label him or herself as “black” at an audition or casting on the call sheet. Or a half Asian and Caucasian to be labeled as solely Asian. These are clear examples that show racial categorization based on appearance have become unjustified. This is like saying that a mixed person has no clear place in the entertainment industry.
It’s absolutely wonderful to see the world rapidly becoming more interconnected. Because of this, new challenges are rapidly arising. Roles, ideas, and views of society must continually adapt and evolve to fit our ever changing world. We strongly believe that the film or television industries are some of the best ways to show the world our new global reality.
-Slate Magazine Video and Article-
Discusses the misrepresentation of other races in film and television.
Hollywood still has a major diversity problem
-New York Times Article-
Oscars So White? Or Oscars So Dumb? Discuss.
ARTS BEAT; Pointed Talk About the Barriers for Asian-Americans at the Casting Door
Editing, Sound editing, Effect, CG, graphic compositing
We would love to submit to as many film festivals as possible in America and other countries.
Promotion of the Mission
Ads, events, trailers, etc.
With a more accessible website, we will be better able to communicate with our supporters and update the community with our most current objectives, projects, and ideas.
We are planning to make a new film in this summer as long as we have enough money to launch the project. Overall, more money now would mean lower overall costs for future projects by investing in needed equipment instead of repeated rentals.
Everything in regard to stretch goals will go to future projects and equipment used for those projects. Filmmaking is very expensive and costly. In order to shoot with bare minimum quality of what would be expected of a feature film, the minimum price of a camera used for the standard filming alone is over $20,000 USD. In addition to this, the current/up-to-date computer equipment that is capable and powerful enough to handle processing of footage shot with these cameras are just around $6000. The costs of other filming equipment (as listed below) also add to these costs.
Examples: Lighting equipment, Sound equipment, Costume materials, Editing software and computers, camera monitors,
Equipment costs aside, the cost of food for crew, travel costs, etc., must also be incorporated into the projects.
More diverse crew to work on Diverse movies!
By getting perspectives and opinions from a bigger pool of diverse people, will also reflect the diversity and feeling of the work!
Example: Writers, Directors, Director of Photography (DP), Makeup, Costume, Sound, Gaffer (Lighting Director), Composer (Scores music for the film), Editor, Props, Set designer...
More Unique setting locations! -We will be able to afford the travel and costs for our crew to go and shoot at more interesting locations that would add to the overall feeling of future projects -More unique and detailed set design for shooting
More opportunity to promote our message and this short film to the world
Higher quality and faster production (Equipment for future film productions) With better equipment we will be able to work more efficiently even with a smaller team and at lower overall cost rather than constantly renting equipment.
More developed “Racial Diversity in Films” campaign! Higher quality short film in the summer.
Art Director Takeori Motohashi's work!!
Makoto Okubo, George Itagoshi, Takashi Horie, Hirokazu Enomoto, Mami Kudo, Erika Tani, Takao Osaki, Kuniko Shoji, Sahar Roofeh, Hirotoshi Umeda, Douglas Klimek, Isaiah Klimek, Sheri Pan, Peter Giovine
Produced by Happy Man Film, Inc.
Risks and challenges
Biggest risks with finishing this project include:
-Time scheduling in coordination with everyone on the team
-Finding the right people to finish the job
-Getting the right finishing touches
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