Divergence is about a United States Marine being held in a Prisoner of war camp with twists and turns that will make you go HUH!?
Divergence is about a United States Marine being held in a Prisoner of war camp with twists and turns that will make you go HUH!? Read more
About this project
Jeremiah Deasy is a lieutenant in the United States Marines. While on a tour in Baghdad his squad was ambushed and he is taken as a prisoner of war. In captivity he is transported to an undisclosed prison compound where he meets fellow prisoner Mike Rennie. The two befriend one another.
While in captivity, Deasy formulates a plan to escape and frees Rennie from his cell. During their escape attempt, both run into many guards that are now on alert to kill the escapees. After a few different scuffles with their captors, Rennie comes face to face with the nozzle of an enemy firearm. After regaining his stance, Deasy kills the guard who is about to kill Rennie.
The two make it out of the compound alive. Deasy notices that he is not where he is supposed to be in Baghdad. Instead he learns his location closer to home than he thought.
After all of that, their adventure is just beginning...
Originally Jim O'Sullivan came up with the concept by asking his son Matt a few questions back in 2002. As he put it "I was tired of seeing all the different reboots and remakes that are being released on a yearly basis."
Matt took the original 1 1/2 page script and moved it forward to ten pages. Ten pages became 20 and Divergence was written. Throughout the writing of the script Matt brought a very close friend of his, Skye Richards, to help with editing. The editing she made to the script helped Matt formulate new ideas and she became the third writer of the script.
Fast forward to Spring of this year, Matt decided it was time to bring Divergence to life. He gathered some classmates and friends from Western Connecticut State University and they used the first 15 minutes of the script as their final project. Heather (Executive Producer), Kevin (Editor), Nikki (Sound and Research), fell in love with the script and were so thrilled Matt had asked them to work on the project (You can watch the entire short film below).
The group planned and asked for favors in order to make the student version. The City of Danbury, CT was very happy to help out students of their local state college. They were given access to the building of the old jail that originally held P.T. Barnum, one of the buildings on Western Connecticut State University's Midtown Campus as well as Liberty State park in New Jersey.
Four students took an extremely difficult script, location wise and did it for next to nothing. Which means there were plenty of problems along the road. But with their hard work, determination and dedication, they filmed the entire project in three days and had the final edit done with special effects in 3 weeks (basically to refine certain things).
The money we receive from Kickstarter will pay for equipment rentals, location fees, prop rental or builds, set building, building materials, wardrobe rentals and construction, and all the other costs associated with shooting a movie. The goal amount allows us to get the whole film in the can. Any money raised above and beyond our goal will be used for post production costs, such as editing, musical score and sound mixing.
Well obviously you need to meet the head honchos.
Director: Matthew O'Sullivan
Writers: James O'Sullivan, Matthew O'Sullivan & Skye Richards
Executive Producers: Heather Guttman & Matthew O'Sullivan
Editor: Kevin Gort
Senior Researcher/Location Manager: Nikki Riss
More to come...
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Risks and challenges
Let's face it--every production has those bumps in the road. After all we're just a bunch of recent graduates and current students trying to make an excellent film. We've already done the leg work and started the first 15 minutes. We decided that with dedication, drive, and the current version we've already filmed, we would be taken more seriously as film makers. During the filming of the student version we encountered countless obstacles as so many have before us in this unpredictable industry. But with our director's willingness to replace the lead who cancelled last minute and our editor's skills to make the fight scene as dynamic as it was with the use of just the two actors that showed up we were able to make Divergence's first 15 minutes a success.
Not only are we devoted to Divergence, we are devoted to you as an audience and from the bottom of our hearts we appreciate every ounce of support you give us. We know what it takes; we accept the challenges and welcome the commitment with open arms. Let us give you something to rave about.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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