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ABOUT DESOLATION

It's a psychological thriller in the vein of Polanski's The Tenant. Small town KATIE meets heartthrob actor JAY. Jay charms Katie, brings her to L.A. where she falls hard for him. When Jay gets a movie and has to leave town, Katie awaits his return. That’s when everything begins to unravel. Katie is robbed, her keys and wallet taken. When she reports it, the police question and then attack her. Terrified, with no money, and stuck in L.A., she keeps calling her friends at home, but just gets a "wrong number."  Frantically, she asks Jay to wire her money and come back, but neither he nor the money show. When Katie's home town newspaper is delivered to her door in L.A., it includes her obituary. And she realizes there is some greater evil at play.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND

The Producers and I started developing this film with Matt McCarty and Craig Walendziak in the middle of 2014.(There has since been a name change from A Dying Art to Desolation.)

Over the course of the last year, we worked on the script and put together our cast. We knew that finding Katie was our main priority; the film rests on her shoulders, and when we saw DOMINIK GARCIA-LORIDO's audition it was pretty clear we had found our female lead. She had a sadness in her eyes that belied her strength. Dominik created a very likable yet fierce Katie. 

Finding the men in Katie's life was next up for us. In the process of auditioning we realized that our longtime friend BROCK KELLY was perfect for Jay, Katie's love interest. He had a an easy charm and good looks; it would be easy to see how Katie would get swept off her feet by him. He also gave an extremely layered performance with no ego attached. 

The final piece was finding Father Bill. We had a list from the start and RAYMOND J. BARRY's name was at the top. I had worked with him before in "Just Married" and had been a longtime fan of his from "Dead Man Walking" and "Born on the Fourth of July."

Around this time I was introduced to DARIN MORAN, an extremely talented and successful Camera Operator and Director of Photography. I really hoped to have an expert to lean on behind the camera and Darin, having worked for 25 years on such great films as "Collateral," "The New World," and "Unstoppable," was the guy.

WHAT COMES NEXT

With your support, we will have the ability to tap into some amazing resources--people I have come to know through the years-- for the editing, sound, music, and coloring. It will definitely take the $57,000 to make it happen.

The editor, JOEL PLOTCH, has agreed to come on board. Plotch has been editing feature films for the last eighteen years. Included in the 32 films that he has edited is an ongoing collaboration with award-winning director and writer Neil LaBute that includes such films as “In the Company of Men,” “Your Friends and Neighbors,” “Nurse Betty,” “The Shape of Things,”  “Lakeview Terrace,” and most recently, “Dirty Weekend.” He will raise the film to its highest level. 

We are in negotiations with an amazing team of composers and a post house, who will handle the color timing and the sound mix and take us through deliverables upon sale to the distributor.

REWARDS

In the spirit of the film, I've tried to spice up the "rewards" offered with some fun personal touches, including Skype sessions, Tweets, one-on-one lunch meetings, and signed copies of "Newsies" and "Big" memorabilia.

I'll be deeply honored by your support.

Thank You,

David Moscow

AN ADDED THANKS

To my friends who helped make this Kickstarter with me:

  • Ivan the Producer: Andrew Bilgore 
  • Greg: Greg Thomas 
  • Svletka the Girlfriend: Laura Hand 
  • Director: Eric Bross
  • Writer: Nick Privitelli and Gregory Thomas 
  • Producer: James Sicignano 
  • Director of Photography: Ben Griffin 
  • Editor: Arron Yohe-Mellor 
  • Composer: Steve Watkins 
  • Sound: Brett Kerr 
  • Gaffer: Rocky Romine

Risks and challenges

I have dreamed for years about directing, but moving behind the camera has meant taking on a new, daunting role. As an actor, I had built up a support system and a reputation; as a director, I have been starting from scratch, stepping out of my comfort zone with no pre-existing support system and much to prove. As an actor, I am a storyteller. As a director I am both a storyteller and the leader and facilitator of a team of storytellers.

In addition, on an indie like "Desolation," the financial line between director and producers is not hard and fast. The producers and I have had to cope with a sudden external budget shock, a major investment promise that wasn’t fulfilled at the last minute, bringing us to the Kickstarter community.

Cinematically, the creative process is continuing into post-production. I am shaping the film into final form, supported by the editor and composer. Joel Plotch, the editor, and I worked together when I produced "Hellbenders," and we collaborate well. The sound mix will incorporate the film's mysterious building as a character with a bizarre musicality of its own--the grinding of the elevator, the humming of the pipes, bursts of electrical feedback--playing against a classical orchestral/choral score. An exciting composer is executing this vision. Although this is my directorial debut, my 28 years in film are informing the process, and I am confident that "Desolation" will be a great 21st Century classical thriller. But we need you to help us finish the job.

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    SPECIAL ONLINE SCREENING and Q&A! You will receive a link and password to view a one-time Special Screening of DESOLATION! Be one of the first people to see a cut of the film. Give feedback to our questions at the end! And get on-screen thanks!

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    The legendary film restorer ROBERT HARRIS has gifted the campaign an amazing reward! Beautiful 1994 MY FAIR LADY restoration posters! And Gance's 1981 NAPOLEON Posters from Radio City! An incredible gift for the film buff in you. First 20 donors have their pick.

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    NEW! You will receive SCRIPT COVERAGE from one of the hottest screenwriters around, our very own CRAIG WALENDZIAK (Contracted 2)! Along with the other bells and whistles.

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    Through a generous gift to production I. Hope Productions will give you a ONE HOUR PHONE CONSULTATION, including a general assessment of up to 50 pages of your feature or television pilot! Helping you to develop ideas and prepare your project from concept to spec, giving you the right tools to package your pitch.
    Before consulting, Iris Davison was at Showtime Networks in Original Programming.

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    It's Oscar season. Receive an invite to join me at a DIRECTOR'S GUILD OSCAR SCREENING. Great films are shown weekly (i.e. Steve Jobs, The Walk). Playing from now til the end of Dec.

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    Wanna be in a movie? Donate here and get to be a featured extra in the next UnLtd film. With your name in the credits as an added bonus!

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    Davey in NEWSIES printed a flier calling on the kids of New York for support. Support DESOLATION with $250 and get an original NEWSIES FLIER AUTOGRAPHED by me! As well as an autographed copy of the DESOLATION script. And our on-screen thanks.

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    I will come speak to your school, (any grade level K-university or out-of-school time program), for a day to talk about any aspect of Hollywood, and/or my experiences acting, directing, producing, or screenwriting. LA or NY (or elsewhere if you provide travel expenses) anytime from Dec 2015 on! Plus on-screen thanks and the other perks listed above!

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    Wanna be an ACTOR or ACTRESS?! Always thought you had what it took, if you were only given a chance? Donate here and get to have one line in the next UnLtd film. With a character name in the credits as an added bonus!

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    For a donation of this size, you will get to participate in an individual 60 MINUTE SKYPE (or Google hangout) session with me, joined by Gregory Thomas, one of DESOLATION's producers. Ask questions and Gregory and I will give advice on multiple aspects of the industry. (Plus on-screen thanks!) We can do the Skype anytime from Oct 2015 on.

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    This thousand dollar reward is pretty special if you are a screenwriter. I will give you SCRIPT COVERAGE and pass it to the producer Gregory Thomas for consideration. You will also get the sweatshirt, the pdf script, and the on-screen thanks!

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    Well now this is getting interesting. With this donation you will get TWO HOUR CONSULTATION with me (on-line or in person), discussing acting, screenwriting, directing, producing or other aspect of your choice of the film industry. Plus the other perks above!
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    Hello there, Associate Producer. You will receive on-screen ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT and a 1st edition Associate Producer "Desolation" T-Shirt! Plus the other perks above!
    And two seats at the worldwide theatrical premiere of the film and two invites to the afterparty! Travel not included.

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    With this donation you get an Associate Producer credit on the film and an original signed and FRAMED MOVIE POSTER of BIG or NEWSIES. The first person to donate gets to choose which! And two seats at the worldwide theatrical premiere of the film and two invites to the after-party! Plus the other perks above!
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    We are so appreciative of this contribution. For this, you receive an on-screen ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit at the end of the film, a 3-hour LUNCH WITH ME and a one hour private ACTING (or other film-related) LESSON of your choice with me in Los Angeles or NY. And two seats at the worldwide theatrical premiere of the film and two invites to the after-party!
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    You will receive a 3-hour dinner with producer Gregory Thomas, a DESOLATION actor, and me in LA, or I will meet you for dinner in NY. You will receive an on-screen CO-PRODUCER CREDIT, two seats at the worldwide theatrical premiere of the film, two invites to the after-party, an original NEWSIES cast jacket, and a personally addressed autographed NEWSIES flier!

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