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A feature film tackling the important, timely issue of domestic violence, with a cast that reflects the more diverse world we live in.
A feature film tackling the important, timely issue of domestic violence, with a cast that reflects the more diverse world we live in.
160 backers pledged $65,212 to help bring this project to life.

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SYNOPSIS

Following a horrific act of violence, a tormented mother finds herself seeking refuge from the very man responsible, her estranged husband. As she experiences evil on a realistic level, a series of strange unexplained events start to unfold in the surrounding trees of her home.

Final Message from Director David Arthur Clark about The Trees Film

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WE MADE IT!

With less than 2 days to spare we have hit our goal of $50000. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this project along the way. This has been one of the most challenging goals any of us have ever experienced. Although we have reached our goal we are a long way from finished. In fact it only gets harder from here.

We will continue to fund-raise through the entire filming process starting with a Kickstarter stretch goal.

We will continue to spread our message and rally the community behind us. We will make a great film. The passion and support for this project has been overwhelming since day one and we will need that support to continue through the completion of the film. Filmmaking is the most collaborative medium in art and we need everyone's support to make it a success.

From the entire team of THE TREES, thank you for your continued support! We cannot wait to show you this film!

David Arthur Clark Radio Interview Diving More Into The Film With Security Guy Radio:

In the first 12 hours after appearing on the live broadcast of Security Guy Radio, "The Trees" KickStarter campaign raised over $4,000! We have 67 hours left until funding is over to get to the 50k goal. Learn more about the film below.

"The Bad Wolf" - Camera test and Monologue Scene from 'The Trees' Script

As a camera test, we decided to give viewers a taste of an important monologue from 'The Trees' script. In this scene, the character Chance Monroe is imagining a conversation with his 9 year old daughter Lilah. He discusses war, struggles in marriage, but doesn't make an excuse for the damage he's done to the family, and to his wife Charlie.

This will be an important scene before the suspensful climatic end. Our Kickstarter ends in 3 days. We need your help to jump from pre-production right into production! We are slated to begin principal photography next month! We hope this scene will make you a believer. This was done on one take, no rehearsals. Imagine what the real deal will look like!

Our Last Behind The Scenes Update for the Kickstarter Campaign.

Hey Guys, thank you for everything! We have been on quite the journey, but we aren't at the finish line just yet. Below you will find our last behind the scenes video for the Kickstarter campaign.

We hope you guys can see the hard work we have put in during pre-production, and promise to continue working towards a great film. We aren't just collecting funds and going into some hole. Principal photography is scheduled to start next month! So we are right into the fire, and have been preparing, anticipating funds. We have already hired a casting director to seek that marquee A-list actor to play a vital supporting role. Help us get to the end by sharing out the campaign to your peers in our final 3 days. We don't want to just get to Sundance, we want to make a great timeless film.

Synopsis for 'The Trees' Plus Big Final Behind The Scenes Update Tonight! Click Image To View Larger.

Synopsis for The Trees
Synopsis for The Trees
Shooting on Red Camera with cinema prime lenses
Shooting on Red Camera with cinema prime lenses

Project Update #4 - Day 23 - 7 Days Left on Kickstarter for Our Campaign!

Hello Kickstarter, we have exactly 7 days left to hit our goal. Every dollar really makes a difference and adds up.

I believe in this cause. 90% of the cast will be real people who are all victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence. I quit my advertising career and put my entire savings into this film because I believe in the power of filmmaking and cinema and I know the important message will resonate with victims of the horrible subject. Join me in getting this bold Film to Sundance.

We already have production companies and marquee actors ready to join forces once funding is in place. We are almost there and this is really going to happen! Definitely get any friends who are into film and Kickstarter to check out the project.

7 Days Left!
7 Days Left!

"Lonely Ones" A Short Prequel film to 'The Trees' Movie - Featuring Artist Jerid Nowell

New $75 Dollar Pledge Reward To Help Aid Victims Of Domestic Abuse

Giving to the cause
Giving to the cause

Project Update #3 - Day 17

WORLD PREMIERE: The Extended Cut Trailer for "The Trees" directed by David Arthur Clark

 Day 14 - The Trees - Behind the Scenes Ep. 2: Location Scouting

Day 10 Update + our First Behind the Scenes Video! We Do This For You, for Doing So Much For Us!

Here's a quick little note to all you wonderful supporters and backers about my understanding of the touchiness and boldness of my subject matter for my film below. Click image to view larger.

The Black Elephant in the Room
The Black Elephant in the Room

Day 5 Project update + LTDM Interview

OVERVIEW


The Trees is a suspenseful feature film, that deals with real life horrors and challenges. Inspired by the storytelling of Kubrick and Hitchcock, I wanted to focus on something visceral and real that all of us are aware of, either socially, psychologically, or personally, in this case domestic violence. The story pits something so gritty and realistically terrifying against the evils of a supernatural force.

Now before I keep adding more reasons to believe, I'd like to put my art where my mouth is. Below is a visual trailer I directed and photographed based on the first draft of the script, plus test footage. It was important to share with you as much visualization as I can before asking you to join me on the rest of this journey. I also have an extended trailer double the length, that I will release next week!

 A public service note about #domesticviolenceawareness found here in updates: kck.st/1tuHCi8

REWARDING YOU (THE BACKER) FOR REWARDING US WITH GENEROSITY - NEW FILMIK STUDIO EPISODE 1

Subscribe to the Vimeo channel where filmmaker David Arthur Clark will give you his inside tips, tricks and processes achieving that cinematic "filmic" look on a Canon DSLR using his Feature Film "The Trees" as an example.

 Below is a range of actual principle photography shot from my script along with various camera tests. I will constantly update with videos full of visuals from the shoot every few days.

Test Footage Shot with Canon 70D | Tokina 11-16mm wide lens
Test Footage Shot with Canon 70D | Tokina 11-16mm wide lens
Shot with the sense of capturing the synergy between a real mother and daughter
Shot with the sense of capturing the synergy between a real mother and daughter
Capturing that real, raw emotion one suffers from during domestic abuse.
Capturing that real, raw emotion one suffers from during domestic abuse.
Test Footage Shot with Canon 70D | Tokina 11-16mm wide lens
Test Footage Shot with Canon 70D | Tokina 11-16mm wide lens
Actual principle photography I shot off 2nd draft script
Actual principle photography I shot off 2nd draft script
Test Footage Shot with Canon 70D | Canon 50mm prime lens
Test Footage Shot with Canon 70D | Canon 50mm prime lens
Actual principle photography I shot off 2nd draft script using a 50mm prime lens
Actual principle photography I shot off 2nd draft script using a 50mm prime lens
Actual principle photography shot off 2nd draft script
Actual principle photography shot off 2nd draft script

 AESTHETIC

This film will be set in modern day, taking place primarily in southern California. It will have a cinematic style that studies characters and their surroundings (think Terrence Malick), beautifully directed and realistic portrayal through poignant dialogue before turning into a gritty supernatural environment. The color scheme will convey some of the warm saturation of California but as the film progresses we plan to reveal a darker, grittier tone for scenes leading up to the climatic end. Check below from actual shot scenes.

The Trees will be shot primarily on the RED Epic body mixed prime and cinema lenses ranging from super wide angle 11-16 to 35mm and the nifty 50mm lens. Some critical shots body mount shots will be filmed on the Canon 70d and Cannon Mark II.

Composing the score of the film is Ryan Walker. Not only is he my soon to be brother-in law, but he is also the keyboardist and guitarist for Imagine Dragons, aka one of the biggest bands in the world! He also is the lead singer in a band called the Dreamers. He will sonically create this ominous world our characters survive in. Oh yeah, and check the reward section… hint hint*

IF SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED as I mention in the video, the funds will be used to complete production of this film. On top of the 5% Kickstarter fee, and 3-5% Amazon fee, we will be using it towards everything from professional sound design, mixing, more camera lighting equipment/rigs, festival submissions and possible distribution deals. If we exceed our goal high enough, we will reach out to marquee actors  with supporting roles, who have already shown interest in being in the film.

CONTACTING US: If you would like to contact the filmmakers regarding The Trees film production, other investment opportunities or any other related endeavors, the quickest way is to please email dc@filmikpictures.com

For any press related inquiries, email press@filmikpictures.com

Risks and challenges

Much like the protagonists in the stories we love, everything must come with some challenges, and what a great story to share together. You are taking a chance, and this will only happen because of you. With your help we can bring this unique story to completion, giving me access to tools, resources and people to help bring this unique vision to life on the big screen. Like any true independent filmmaker, my vision is important, as I know it is for everyone else pursuing their projects here.

With many news reports of current domestic violence cases, my film wants to capture that real true evil, on a visceral level, and place it on in the same playing fields of a supernatural evil. Because in reality, nothing is more terrifying in real life than being hurt by your loved ones, physically or mentally. It's a risky subject matter, that I'm not afraid to tackle, being completely against the idea of physical abuse.

In short, the day after my daughter was born, I came to a realization that I was going to pursue my dreams of filmmaking full time no matter what. I owed it to myself, just turned 30 and I realized I would want her to grow up knowing that her pops sure worked his arse off to try and make something happen. I'm a very hard worker, even with this film I took it upon myself to start production with the savings I had left. I found some success optioning a few scripts, even getting one green lit into pre-production. But in order to fulfill my true passion as a director and storyteller I must take initiative. I have a unique story that I didn't want to wait any longer to not tell.

I've also learned the value of "family". As a fellow creative I now consider you all my creative family. I took time away from my 9 to 5 creative director gig in advertising to pursue filmmaking full time. As a new filmmaker I need to take the initiative and create something magical to be my show piece as both a writer and director.

My goal is to make a film that looks like a million plus dollar feature for under 100k. To sum it up, I want to create a low cost high concept and visually arresting horror film to not only please fans of the genre, but also for cinephiles alike, transcending the norm. Also, horror films do indeed get accepted into big marquee festivals such as Sundance, so that will be another goal that I hope we can achieve together.

I'm humbled you even took the time to read about my project. I'm confident I can successfully craft this film, and what better way than alongside a group of creative minds, colleagues, collaborators, friends, and new friends.

La Familia.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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    Hey, a buck can still buy a delicious chocolate bar! So it is important. Every dollar counts. You will receive an EXCLUSIVE newly mixed digital download of the featured movie trailer song "White Nights" - by The Dreamers. This song will also be anchored throughout the finished film. OFFICIAL THANKS on our Facebook page/website. Plus, behind the scenes UPDATES, NEWS, PHOTOS and MORE.

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    A 30 minute GOOGLE HANGOUT SESSION with the DIRECTOR DAVID A. CLARK, ACTORS FROM THE FILM and the COMPOSER RYAN WALKER from IMAGINE DRAGONS! Plus the SHOOTING SCRIPT, POSTER, UPDATES, the SCORE, and the DVD/DOWNLOAD!

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    THE TREES LIMITED EDITION PRINTS BY POPULAR POP ARTIST TECHNODROME1. These limited pieces will be re-imaginings depicting critical points in the film, in his signature colorful style. Also includes the SHOOTING SCRIPT, POSTER, UPDATES, the SCORE, and the BLURAY!

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    SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION 18x24 MOSAIC POSTER art directed by the DIRECTOR himself interweaving critical scenes from the film with your INSTAGRAM photos using the HASHTAG #TheTreesFilm EVERY HASHTAGGED IMAGE WILL BE INCLUDED! (that fit within poster dimensions*) Also includes the SHOOTING SCRIPT, POSTER, UPDATES, the SCORE, and the BLURAY! Hurry while they LAST!

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    ONE HOUR SKYPE WORKING SESSION with the WRITER/DIRECTOR DAVID A. CLARK. In this hour you can cover any topic you'd like. Whether it would be advice on selling/writing SCREENPLAYS, more technical CAMERA STUFF or simply shoot the shiz. He's GAME. Plus the SHOOTING SCRIPT, POSTER, UPDATES, the SCORE, and the BLURAY!

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    **LIMITED TIME FREE SHIPPING** SPECIAL OFFER: A GIBSON GUITAR SIGNED BY THE COMPOSER, RYAN WALKER. When he's not crafting amazing scores, he's tearing it up on the world's biggest stages with IMAGINE DRAGONS. This WILL go FAST! Also includes the SHOOTING SCRIPT, POSTER, UPDATES, the SCORE, and the BLURAY! *Estimated delivery is speaking about the Guitar. Everything else is August 2015

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    A SPEAKING ROLE IN THE FILM. Although the film will be pretty contained, I have written in a MALE role and FEMALE role. Both roles will interact with the main characters. Only 2, so GET TO IT QUICK! Also includes the SHOOTING SCRIPT, POSTER, UPDATES, the SCORE, and the BLURAY! *Filming would most likely occur in Fall 2014.

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