Last fall, 52 Kickstarter friends donated a thousand dollars to the production of a short film I wrote, acted in, and directed. Others volunteered their time and talent to the production. The result is GOOD LIFE:
GOOD LIFE was an experiment in cinematic storytelling. There was no script for the actors, no bright lights, and no reshoots. The entire film was shot on a digital SLR camera in just a few hours and edited on a Mac in a couple of days. The Girl is my daughter Harriet. She’d never acted on camera before. Still…the film plays beautifully, elegantly. It doesn’t need its audience to love it, nor does it go for any cheap emotional tricks. The story just…happens. Like life. There is hidden pain, a very public humiliation, and…a simple act of grace.
For my next film, I will improve upon and expand my cinema experiment. This time, we will shoot over several days. The actors will be more experienced. I will write a more complete screenplay, though still allow for experimentation on set. I will still shoot with a DSLR camera, but I plan to break new ground visually…while working to improve location sound recording. Total running time for the film will be between 65 and 80 minutes.
To accomplish this, I need your support.
By February 28, 2011, I hope to raise $7,750. If this is accomplished, I will immediately start pre-production on the film. We will shoot in late March, edit in April, and release the film by early May.
Just think. Your donation will actually make a full-length movie happen before school’s out for the summer.
The column on the right lists different levels of giving and the modest (but fun) rewards you will receive for your generosity. Every gift is critical, no matter the amount. If you can’t afford to give financially, maybe someone you know can. Sometimes sharing this link is as good as cash.
I sincerely thank you for your consideration of my project. Be sure to check back every five days for project updates, information about the amazing creative team I am assembling for the film, special media postings, script excerpts, and to monitor our progress as we close in on this ambitious funding goal.
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