About this project
Thanks for watching our video! As you can tell we put a lot of work into giving you a small taste of who we are as filmmakers, and what we can do with a couple days and about $200. That's just hobby money, though; this Kickstarter video is literally 1/100 of what we're capable of, if we reach our goal for our new project:
PAST PRESENT FUTURE
Past Present Future is a feature length film about two friends, Rachel and Noah, who have had an on-again, off-again relationship since high school, meeting up for the first time after years apart.
We get to see the course of their friendship play out in flashbacks while they confront their past together. During their night together, Noah questions whether platonic love is really unrequited love while he waits for Rachel's feelings to align with his own.
Noah, twenty-four, has an editorial job at a major magazine in New York and feels completely empty. On a trip home to Philadelphia to take care of some family business, he makes plans to meet up with Rachel, his best friend from high school, who has just lost her job and broken up with her long-term boyfriend. Rachel and Noah had always been close and occasionally romantic, but now haven't spoken in three years. They spend the evening together, going to bars and visiting the scenes of their adolescence around their hometown.
While they catch up and relive their past, Noah remembers the events that led to their current estrangement—their close platonic friendship in high school and their ill-fated romance in college. Noah confronts Rachel about the mistakes they made and the cruel ways they have treated each other. Together they are forced to decide what form their new relationship will take.
Past Present Future is an honest portrayal of a romantic relationship, with all the humor and heartbreak of real life. It's story influenced by the spontaneity of Jean-Luc Godard's early films and the rich humanity of films by Wong Kar-wai and Michael Winterbottom.
Who are we?
We, Andrew Gitomer, writer/director, and Jonathan Stromberg, producer/cinematographer, are graduates of the Purchase College Film Conservatory. Between us we've worked on dozens of short films, including Night Rituals on which we collaborated in 2009, and Ghost Stories, a web series we released in 2010. We also both work professionally in documentary television post-production.
Check the Updates section for information about the cast and crew.
What do we need?
"Past Present Future" is going to cost around $45,000 to produce. This is about the bare minimum that you can make a feature length film for (and pay your cast and crew fair wages, which we are doing). That's a challenge, but it's also the scale at which we're used to operating. We need to raise $20,000 in order to shoot, though, and that's where we need your help.
What do the donations pay for?
Approximately the first $10,000 goes to paying for food and transportation for our cast and crew. This is the most important money for us to raise—we simply can't make a movie on empty stomachs. Most of the rest of our goal goes to paying our actors their rates upfront, which they absolutely deserve. Obviously, our goal only accounts for less than half the money we need to raise, which includes all of our equipment and post-production costs, as well as paying our talented and generous crew.
What happens if we make our goal?
Every dollar pledged above $20,000 goes directly toward the production. If, in some miracle universe, we raised more than our $45,000 budget, we already have plans on how to spend our surplus to improve the film.
One thing we're not planning is to come back and ask for more money to color-correct and mix the film, like a lot of other filmmakers. We have our entire post-production workflow figured out and are either qualified to handle the finishing tasks ourselves or have a plan for taking care of them under our $45,000 total budget. We really appreciate the donors who pledge money at this point in the process—before the film is even shot—and we truly value your faith in us.
What are our thank you gifts?
We're giving away some excellent thank you gifts in return for donations: most are cool things we're making ourselves, like compilation DVDs of some of our favorite short films and original early drafts of the script. Anyone who donates will have their name (and website) listed on our website or in our film's credits. We'd also like to thank Scott Macaulay for giving us a great deal on subscriptions to Filmmaker Magazine, which we're giving away to some of our donors as well.
We'll be sending gifts as soon as they are ready, but some of them, like copies of the film may take a while. We can't send out the film until we premiere it, which we hope will be by the end of March 2012. Many of our gifts only require an email address, but if we need a mailing address we'll contact you directly to get it.
What if we don't reach our goal?
Kickstarters are an all-or-nothing process. If we can't meet our goal of $20,000 in pledged donations, we have to walk away from all of it. On the other hand, if you pledge money and we're unable to meet our goal, then you won't have to pay us a cent.
We'd love to hear from you!
The best way to contact us is on Twitter (@andrewgitomer & @childlikerobots), where we'll be posting updates throughout the process and where you can ask us questions directly. Our website and production blog should be up by the end of March, as well. If you really want to know more about us as artists, though, please watch Ghost Stories and check out Rachel Browne's band Field Mouse (@fieldmousemusic, she's in the video!). We'll also be responding to the comments on this Kickstarter page.
Please share this Kickstarter page with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. We need all the help we can get to make this film. We want to hear from our contributors, so please send us a message, especially if we don't already know you!
Thanks for all the support.
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