A group of video game designers shatter each other's lives when a party devolves into a dangerous competition for personal glory.
UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE
We just hit our initial target, and thank you so much for helping us get there! Which means we can afford to feed our cast on set. Now, every dollar you put towards the project help us make it better. Once we hit $10k we can get a better camera, $12k we can get sound equipment that will be sure to capture everything in the midst of the cacophony of awesomeness we'll be making.... at $14k we can hire the sort of crew that we need to make sure the actors aren't also having to set lights and move equipment between shots... At $15k we can actually afford to re-imburse cast members for gas, which would be (speaking as a cast member) just fantastic, because Silver Lake ain't as close as it should be.
THANK YOU ALL!!! And let's keep this going!!!
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE....
And your enemies closer. Not that we’re saying you’re our enemies...but we’d love to get super-close to you right now. And by close, we mean indebted and grateful after you share your wealth with us and help us make our exciting micro-budget feature.
What is it about?
“Your Friends Close” takes us into the evening of a going away party for a husband and wife team of video game designers who have created a groundbreaking new MMO game that questions our relationship to reality, personality, and how well we can truly know one another. (For those of you who are proud nerds: it’s based on the Turing test.) The game requires such huge resources, the couple is leaving California to develop it at a company in Paris. When it turns out one of them may not be going, the party devolves into a game for the newly vacant “throne.” What happens to what we call friendship?
The film explores what lengths we are willing to go to in order to win....and what we lose in the process.
Whose day will I be making if I donate?
We've gathered a fantastic group of talented people to make this film! The team:
Directed by: Jocelyn Kelvin
Written by: Brock Wilbur
Cinematography by: Dave Lassiter
Editing by: Brian Wessel
CGI by: Nathan Matsuda
Colorist: Tyler Roth
Original Score: Brock Wilbur & Keith Harrison
Cast includes: Lisa Foiles, Yahtzee Croshaw, Ricky House, Matt Fink, Cory Gluck, Laura Harrison, Jocelyn Kelvin, Ramsey Robinson, Blake Silver, Jane McGonigal, Tim Aslin, Heather Wood, and Brock Wilbur.
Produced by: ….YOU!
Where will my money go?
We’re lucky to live in a time when films can be made for an extremely small budget, but even with our generous team giving their time and talent for free there are a number of costs that still need to be covered. Your donation might go towards equipment, location costs, production design, music, or even food. Yes, food. To sustain us on long shoot days, and make the whole thing possible.
How does Kickstarter work, again?
Kickstarter is the largest fundraising platform in the world for creative projects. The way it goes is: we get to set a goal and a deadline, and you get to donate any amount you choose! However, if we don’t make the goal by the final date---we get absolutely nothing. And you don’t get to enjoy any of the awesome rewards you expected! That is as sad as it sounds. Don't let it happen! Even the smallest donation makes a huge difference.
Okay. I’m in. I want one of those crazy rewards. Go make your movie.
THANK YOU. So much. We quite literally could not do this without you. Really. Just: Thank you.
Check out the article I wrote for The Junior Varsity about how Kickstarter works, in depth, and why it's the future of movie making. http://www.thejuniorvarsity.org/2011/kickstarter.html
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It's a damn good movie. For reals. DONATE TODAY!