Barry ain't exactly the luckiest guy in town. He's a failed used car salesman at the end of his rope, and he feels like he has no other choice than to do himself in, but even that doesn't seem to work out for him so well. Barry breaks down, and he has an epiphany... a spiritual awakening. He wants to live. He is given what he sees as a second chance at a brand new life directly from the big man above; but even that might turn out to be a bad deal...
Cam McHarg's Past Work
This short film is in the same dark comic spirit as Cam McHarg's, Kicking Sand in Your Face (2009), his first film which he wrote, directed, and starred in. Kicking Sand had its world premiere at the European Independent Film Festival (ECU) in Paris, and had its U.S. premiere at the CINEQUEST International Film Festival. It went on to screen at The Brussels Short Film Festival, The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and at the Cannes Short Film Corner, where it was eventually picked up by an international distributor, and sold to cable networks in Europe and Canada.
See Kicking Sand in Your Face (with French subtitles) here:
See an interview with Cam about this film at The AOF Film Festival here:
You can also get a flavor of Cam's particular sense of humor in this FedEx spot which he was the copywriter and director on, and which was on the winners shortlist for the Cannes Young Director Award in 2009.
As for the cast, there is only one character in the story... Barry.
For the role of Barry, I have cast Cris D'Annunzio (American Gangster, Chasing 3000, Law & Order, The Office).
The End will be shot by the brilliant Alexandre Naufel, who also shot my Doritos spot:
The End will also involve some intense visual effects, which will be provided by the brilliant VFX Supervisor, Alessandro Schiassi. Here is his showreel:I will
What are the funds for?
The total budget for this film is approximately $5999.
The costs of making a film can add up very quickly despite my ability to do a lot with little. We are not cutting corners with this film, and I have every intention of it being successful. My goal here is to raise $4999 with your pledge of support, and the additional $1000 (Yep! Every dollar counts!) from other sources and even out of my own meager pocket unless you can really get behind me, and help me to surpass my goal!
-RED camera and equipment rental
-Sound recording and design
-Food and transportation for the cast and crew.
-Post-production, telecine/color correcting
- A screening in Los Angeles for those who supported this project (See Rewards on the right.)
-Film Festival submission fees, posters, postcards, postage, and other marketing costs
The End will be shot in a dark, noir-style, similar to that used in such films as Blood Simple, and No Country for Old Men.
Because of the twists involved in this story, I cannot give too much away here without being a spoiler, but I can assure you that you if you enjoyed any of my previous work even a little bit, you will definitely love this film!
Given the success of my previous short film, I actually have much higher expectations for The End.
I am surrounded by incredible talent on this project, and I am very confident of its success, but it depends 100% on your support. It literally will not happen without your pledge here.
I would like to invite you to please join me in the realization of this film, and being a fully credited part of my team.
Help me to make this happen.
Thank you for your support, and I'm looking forward to seeing and meeting you all at the screening!
Photo by Ben Martin. (www.danslecoin.net)
Cameron McHarg grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, where he began as an actor at The Strasberg Actor's Workshop before moving to Los Angeles and becoming an observer at The Actor's Studio. After co-producing, Outdoorsman: Blood, Sweat, and Beers, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival and later sold to Spike TV, he earned a scholarship to attend the prestigious film program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he won the Gold Addy and Silver Telly Awards for his spec commercials, and was later admitted to the winners shortlist for the Cannes Young Director Award. His short film went on to success on the international festival circuit, and was later sold to cable networks in Canada and Europe. He now works as a commercial director and actor, and is beginning to write and develop his first feature film. Cam currently resides in Los Angeles.
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