Pooling resources and drawing on a community of talented professionals, writer-director Adam Lamas and actress Ramlah Yavar shot this film in 15 days with the goal of creating an engaging tale of terror that relies less on gore and formula, and more on authenticity, nuanced performances and a deliberate tempo. The results harken back to the uncompromising spirit of independent film-making in the 1970s and celebrate the resurgence of the auteur made possible by digital technology.
Why We Need You
The edited film is now ready for the final stages of post-production. The talented post-production team is asking for stipends to cover studio expenses and make it possible for them to participate in the project. With your support, we can finish this crucial stage in the film-making process which includes the sound design, color correction and original score.
Every gift will help us to reach our goal, so please give at whichever level you can afford. Don't forget to tell your friends about our project and check back with us over the next 30 days to chart our progress and receive updates.
Shooting on location necessitates a certain amount of ADR (additional dialogue recording) in which actors re-record dialogue in a studio setting. This replaces original dialogue which may have been rendered unusable because of ambient noise (airplanes, barking dogs etc.). Additionally, Empty Rooms features a non-speaking lead character, whose autism results in a particular “verbalization” or vocabulary of sounds. Working with an expert in the field of child autism, the sound designer will craft this integral aspect of the film.
As the name suggests, this step involves balancing and correcting color levels to achieve a seamless final product. A throw-back to 70’s genre films, Empty Rooms will undergo further treatment in which colors are gently de-saturated to evoke the look and feel of the era.
Bay Area duo The Parlour Trick (Meredith Yayanos and Dan Cantrell) will compose an original score incorporating theremin, strings and voice. Their contribution will be the final, pivotal stage of the filmmaking process.
Note From the Film-Makers
This has been a truly collaborative effort from start to (almost) finish! We could not have made this film without the generosity of our cast and crew and the dedication of those who believe in us and in this film. As a contributor you will become a member of our film-making team and can take pride in watching "Empty Rooms" as it journeys to film festivals and beyond. Thank you for your support – it means the world to us.
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