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By Alexis O. Korycinski
$15,007 pledged of $30,000 goal
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About this project

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.ballonthemovie.com

THE FILM

Ballon allows the audience a glimpse into Marin’s chaotic cycle of partying and professionalism, spanning a 24 hour period. Striving for perfection but caught in a self-destructive pattern of habits, she feels that her life can only operate in a heightened mode. When we meet Marin, cocaine is the center of her universe -- the thing that gets her through all-day rehearsals and all-night benders. And it's killing her. Marin uses the drug as a driving force through her day, until she reaches a breaking point during the audition of a lifetime. Marin's ballet company is filled with young women who have admired Marin for years, so her embarrissing crash resonates with the group. Only Emily, a fresh-faced dancer new to this world, has the courage to confront Marin and offer her a lifeline. Marin must decide if she's ready to be honest and look at what her life has become. Making a change will mean leaving behind the life -- and the dream -- that she knows.

In this heavily stylistic film, you'll be swept into the emotional world of the dance floor, both in a nightclub and within a ballet company’s walls. The juxtaposition of the music and ambiance of the two spaces will visually stimulate the audience, and allow you to live in the moment with Marin. 

Ballon will be entertaining, emotionally engaging, and a piece that sheds light on the dangers of demanding too much of oneself. Inspired by her own observations in the dance world, director Alexis O. Korycinski brought the idea to writer Julia Cox who immediately responded to the concept and penned the piece. Together, they bring you the journey of one broken woman's path to self-examination. The creative and production team has backgrounds in film, theatre, and dance, and Ballon is a labor of love they are proud to share.

Did we mention there’s an underwater dance sequence?!

Relevé (Here’s Where You Come In)

Whether you are a dancer, dance enthusiast, or someone who’s eyes get a bit wider after seeing an eloquent dance, WE WANT YOU! We welcome each and every one of you to the Ballon Family with open arms! We are creating a community eager to make a change. A change for self-awareness. A change within the dance community. A change for young people demanding beyond their means.

Your support on this project will help us build Marin’s chaotic world.

Check out our Rewards section for our rad kickbacks!!

REWARD EXAMPLES:

Original artwork:

Thaddeus T. Chapman will paint original paintings inspired by Ballon for the $5000 and $10,000 Rewards. Above is the first painting Thaddeus has finished for the series of Ballon. 

Below are more examples of Thaddeus' work.

Thaddeus T Chapman has been a professional painter based in Central New York since 2000. In 2012, he relocated to the Central Coast of California.

His paintings are created using gouache on rice paper—a technique that utilizes layers of the heavier, more opaque water-based paint on thin rice paper creating works with greater reflective qualities. “I use the techniques of abstract expressionism and apply them to my figurative work” says Thaddeus, who describes his style as figurative abstraction. Chapman utilizes reference photos of his subjects, which he uses to develop drawings. Although he considers himself a portrait painter, his works vary from landscapes to abstracts and nudes. For more examples please visit his website: http://thaddeustchapman.com

Private Instagram Access:

For $10 you will have access to the private Instagram where you will see photos from the cast and crew.

HEADSHOTS:

For $500 (only 20 available) you will receive a private headshot session (does not include hair and makeup) in Los Angeles with the director. This must be redeemed within one year, and you'll need to provide your own travel to Los Angeles and accommodations once you're here. Please see examples below.

Where Will The Money Go?

Every penny will go directly towards Ballon! We've got some work to do! Your support will lend itself towards -

  • costumes 
  • hair & makeup (we have to get Shelby to look like a druggie!) 
  • set
  • location fees & permits (because we want to do good by LA) 
  • top notch filming equipment 
  • food for cast & crew ("Please, sir, can I have some more?" Of course you can because we have plenty of food thanks to our donors!) 
  • underwater gear (oh yeah -- here's our underwater scene plug again)
  • editing 
  • paying for all of the fantastic kickbacks you'll be receiving shortly! 
  • and.... taxes! We must do right by Kickstarter. They're good people.

Pirouette (Meet The Team)

HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP?

Please stay involved! We need your help to spread the word. Please LIKE us on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/BallonTheMovie & follow us on Twitter @BallonTheMovie @aokorycinski @Shelby_Rabara @connecticali to stay involved. Tell friends, family, co-workers, distant second cousins and dance classmates! Keep checking in for more updates!

Risks and challenges

We love making movies and are so thrilled to join the Kickstarter community with a project we are proud to share!

The biggest challenge is completing this campaign. If we don’t reach our $30,000 goal in 30 Days, then we won’t be shooting Ballon in August. That’s why EVERY SINGLE PLEDGE matters, no matter how big or small.

There are always challenges shooting on location from weather to equipment malfunctions. Luckily we will be shooting in Los Angeles and able to troubleshoot if anything goes wrong. Additionally, shooting underwater is a challenge because we will have to get underwater cameras and scuba gear in order to shoot.

We would like to go the festival route with Ballon, but that isn’t a guarantee. We have carefully selected festivals we would like to enter. We have an amazing script and the team to make a great film. We cannot do it without your help.

THANK YOU for your trust and support!

~The Ballon Team

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    Smiles and Sunshine. A link to an HD digital download copy of the film after it’s festival run and a special ‘thank you’ email from the director/producers of the movie. Includes social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Now come the goods. Digital download of the behind the scenes video of Ballon and thank you credit in the film. Includes digital poster print, cast & crew photo, HD digital download copy, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Who doesn't love a photo book? Photo book iPad edition and digital copy of the Ballon shooting script. Includes digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, HD digital download copy, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Undying friendship. Shooting script signed & a special handwritten thank you from the team. Includes iPad edition photo book, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, HD digital download copy, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Danke! Thank you from the Cast and Crew in a special video and digital download of the film once completed. Includes iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, HD digital download copy, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Party Time! Special Silk Screen artwork inspired by Ballon, DVD copy of the film once completed. Twitter shout out from Shelby. Includes video thank you, iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, HD digital download copy, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    $500 Conversations with a Freak! 1/2 hour Skype session with the director to talk about filmmaking. Includes DVD copy, Twitter shout out, video thank you, iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    For all you actors! Headshot session (does not include hair and makeup) in Los Angeles with the director. This must be redeemed within one year, and you'll need to provide your own travel to Los Angeles and accommodations once you're here. Includes DVD copy, Twitter shout out, video thank you, iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Dance the night away! Come join filming for a day and be in the opening party sequence with the amazing cast of Ballon. Must be 16 years old or older. DATE TBA, and you're responsible for your own travel to Los Angeles and accommodations once you're here. Includes DVD copy, Twitter shout out, video thank you, iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    $1000 Fun and Social! Group dance class with Shelby one date of our choosing, must provide your own travel to Los Angeles and your own accommodations once you're here. Includes participation in opening party sequence, DVD copy, Twitter shout out, video thank you, iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Red Carpet! Premiere party and 2 Tickets to the Special Screening in LA. Must provide your own travel to Los Angeles and accommodations once you're here. Includes participation in opening party sequence, DVD copy, Twitter shout out, video thank you, iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Welcome to Hollywood! You are now a film producer. Specifically, you are an Associate Producer have access to the set to be apart of the whole process, must provide your own travel to Los Angeles and accommodations once you're here. Includes 2 premiere tickets and premiere party, participation in opening party sequence, DVD copy, Twitter shout out, video thank you, iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Well, congratulations. You are now officially our boss! Co-Executive Producer is your new title. You also receive a special Original Painting (unframed) by Thaddeus T. Chapman and 1 Private one-on-one dance class with Shelby, which must be used within 1 year, and you must provide your own travel to Los Angeles and your own accommodations once you're here. Includes Premiere Party and 2 tickets to Special Screening in LA, travel and accommodations not included, participation in opening party sequence, DVD copy, Twitter shout out, video thank you, iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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    Same as above but with a shot of adrenaline! Executive Producer Credit aka Guardian Angel. You receive all of the above including the $500 headshot category, a special Original Painting (unframed) by Thaddeus T. Chapman inspired by Ballon. You have access to the set to be apart of the whole process from pre-production, production and post (must provide your own travel to Los Angeles and your own accommodations once you're here). Your professional or Personal logo will be displayed at the end of the film. Think Great Marketing! Dinner with the Star of Ballon, Producers and a special guest when you’re in town for the Special LA Screening and Premiere Party. A special private screening-- Donor(s) host a private screening of Ballon FOLLOWED by a full 1 hour Q&A session with key Ballon players, including our director and producer. Alexis will personally cater the screening with pizza and soda of the Donor's Choice. It can be an intimate gathering with one supporter or it can be a larger group (20 maximum), must be used within 1 year. Includes Premiere Party and 10 tickets to Special Screening in LA, travel and accommodations not included, participation in opening party sequence, DVD copy, Twitter shout out, video thank you, iPad edition photo book, digital copy of the script, digital download of behind the scenes video, digital poster print, cast & crew photo, social media thank you, and Instagram access!

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