Hello Kickstarter community, here’s a brief intro of who I am and why I’m seeking financing for my short film:
My name is Damon Stout and I’m a two time local Emmy® Award winning filmmaker and composer living in Los Angeles. This past year has been an unbelievably difficult and emotionally challenging one. First learning of my Dad’s cancer diagnosis… then my wife… then my mom (and even our pet bird.) It has been an almost unbearable 12 months of major ups and downs punctuated by moments of unimaginable grief. As I’m sure you can image or can relate to, it can be quite crippling battling your own fears while attempting to be strong and supportive to those around you facing this disease.
All of our lives have been irrevocably changed. All priorities have understandably shifted toward healing and health, life and love... and through hope and by combating fear on a daily basis, life can resume.
As a life-long storyteller both through film and music, this 12-month period has been an unsettling creative vacuum. I’ve had no screenplay ideas, no songs ideas, nor any other creative expressions for that matter. And honestly it all seemed pointless and frivolous, even selfish, to exert any energy outside of total support and optimism for others.
Write What You Know: The story idea for “The Time We’re In” finally emerged by drawing from my own experiences while combining science fiction elements. It’s a 22-minute story dealing with dramatic and stylized themes of loss, obsession and hope.
This story follows Gabriel and his wife Nadia as they learn of her recent cancer diagnosis. As Gabriel struggles with the news, he sets off on an internalized mental quest to help Nadia by any means possible… even learning to defy physics and warp reality by literally learning how to stop time. “The Time We’re In” is told in a stylistic non-linear fashion (à la “Memento”) with a slant toward a dramatic character piece. The sci-fi elements are important to the story but not the primary focus. The story’s central theme centers on the question; “what lengths would you go to save the one you love?”
My credits and bio:
I have won 2 local Emmy® Awards, one for a sci-fi short film I wrote and directed entitled “Nomad, Roe” and the other was for a score I contributed to an indie feature film entitled “The Golem.” Since my background is in both music and film, this affords me the perspective of creating stories while utilizing as many senses possible. My favorite directors are also writers - and as of late, the short list for me has been: Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, the Cohen Bros., Darren Aronofsky, and David Fincher (among others). I have numerous IMDB credits with film and TV production experience for a variety of clientele, which translates into: I either have most production and postproduction skills or I know/worked with those who do. Please visit the links below to further view my credits work history.
I will be collaborating with award-winning producer and screenwriter Terry Coffey, his full bio and credits can be viewed by visiting the links provided.
Although not a sci-fi centric story, “The Time We’re In” does have approximately 20 visual effect shots and 15 locations needed to effectively tell this story. Union talent will be sought out as much as possible as well as an experienced production crew I’ve come to use over the years. As an “auteur filmmaker” fan, and having personal/professional experience as one, I will be involved with every aspect of this production and handle most production services myself all of which will save a considerable amount of money. I have a number of projects and 10+ years under my belt in filmmaking, and I myself know the value of the arts giving strength and support during dark times.
And The Budget Goes To:
- Talent (SAG)
- Camera, lenses, grip rentals
- Sound equipment and personnel
- Location fees
- Picture and sound editing
- Visual Effects, CGI, and practical effects (aging makeup/prosthetics)
- Color correction
- Score & musician fees
- Sound and dialogue editing and mix
- Promotion & Distribution
- Investor Premiums
What happens if we don’t raise our goal? Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. If we only raise $24,999 of our $25,000 goal, we don't get to keep any of the money we raise and we go away empty handed. As a donor, your pledge does not count until our entire goal is successfully met. Your credit card will not be charged until after the campaign is over.
What happens if we exceed our goal? There is no limit to the amount of funds we can raise before the deadline. Any additional funds will enable us to shoot longer, go to more locations and make the film even better!
Is my pledge amount publicly displayed? No. Only you and the project creator will be able to see your pledge amount. Remember, any amount you decide to pledge counts.
Principal photography will roughly take 2 weeks and will include approximately 15 locations, possibly less depending on sound-stage rental availability. Postproduction will roughly take 10-12 weeks. Editing and visual effect shots will run concurrently to save time and money, then the score and sound mix and any ADR will commence. We’re shooting for completion this fall as our goal is to enter the film in as many festivals around the world as possible. We are going to do our best to market and publicize the film as much as possible and by supporting this project, you're helping us accomplish that.
Join Our Team:
We would love for you to join our filmmaking team by pledging whatever amount possible and take advantage of our premiums offered. Please share this project with friends and family via social media, as this will insure our success in fundraising. As you probably know, all Kickstarter projects only receive pledged money once full funding is completed in the set timeframe. This means your credit card will not be charged (and we get nothing) if our goal is not reached. To be part of the film, just click the green "Back This Project" button in the upper right-hand corner. You can also find a gift you like on the right-hand side and click on it; so please give what you can, and share where you can, thanks!
Some Production Examples:
The best way to try and convey the mood, tone, and look of the story is by referencing the links below. All of which are not connected to this project but will help illustrate the intangibles of a film not yet made.
Here’s an example of the overall look of the film we’ll achieve (coloration, tone, and mood):
Here’s an example of some time-lapse and ultra slow motion footage that we’ll utilize in the film:
Two HD cameras and their capabilities we’re considering:
Canon 5D Mk II: This clip shows the Canon in action, just using only available light and one lens, a great little vignette:
And here’s a link with popular feature films and TV shows using the Canon 5D Mk II: http://canon5d.wonderhowto.com/inspiration/canons-5d-mark-ii-invades-hollywood-0129387/
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, a higher resolution camera (2.5k) with quite amazing abilities:
Soundtrack and score, this track by The Album Leaf is a good example of a comparable musical tone for the story:
Please take some time to investigate and do some research on us:
- www.DamonStout.com (examples, credits, awards, and bio)
- www.StoutheartEntertainment.com (our production company with additional awards, credits, examples)
- www.MadeToOrderMusic.net (examples of compositions and film scores with worldwide placement)
This is the end (beginning):
Thanks for reading the details of my story and this project. Once “The Time We’re In” is completed, our goals are to enter a variety of national and international film festivals and markets. We’re looking forward to being able to tell this story and share it worldwide, and with your help that will become possible.
Risks and challenges
The director and producers of "The Time We're In" (Stoutheart Entertainment), have a proven track record of success. They have completed a broad range of high-profile projects on time and on budget including films, documentaries, network television commercials and radio spots. They have the skills, experience and industry contacts needed to make this project a reality. Everything related to the filming of "The Time We're In" is planned down to the last detail, from production insurance to contingency plans. As with any project of this scope and size, obstacles and challenges are inevitable, but the film’s creators are committed to work tirelessly to make "The Time We're In" a success. The producers will communicate frequently and honestly with the project's backers to keep them informed and up-to-date on the film’s production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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