"Will" is a short film based on real people and events. We've been developing it for the last six months and are moving into production in September of 2016. It is a humorous, thought-provoking, coming of age story about the often hilarious relationship between a determined boy and his charismatic, eccentric firefighter dad as they shoot hoops and argue about the future.
Until the future throws a curveball.
This little fictional film has a giant heart. It is based on the life of Gregg Roberts, a firefighter, father, friend, and coach to many. Gregg's big personality and stature, coupled with rambunctious humor and tender spirit, have influenced countless people in his wide-ranging circle, most notably his family, his firefighting comrades, and his friends.
In 2014, Gregg's life was taken tragically and suddenly. This tiny film is meant to shine a spotlight on one of the most important aspects of his life: his relationship with his family, specifically, one of his sons. Although based in reality and about a specific father and son, the themes are universal: the joy, tribulation, challenge, and fantastic reality of a parent and teenage child navigating life together, often in disagreement, always in love.
Through this campaign we are hoping to raise the funds needed to get this film done the right way. We want to honor the Roberts family and others who loved Gregg and love the Roberts family. It’s our hope that this little film with a big heart will bring laughter, joy, and thoughtful reflection to your lives.
We are passionate about this project and are confident in its ability to keep viewers entertained with the frequently comedic relationship between a dad and son, while also leaving the opportunity to be inspired, to think deeply about relationships, and to enthusiastically cherish every moment.
With a little over a month until principal production, we are primed to do this story and project justice with a long list of established creatives signed up to contribute their talents. In order to produce this at the quality it deserves, we need your backing and support.
Please consider helping us in whatever way you can to make this film a reality. We can't thank you enough!
Will has serious plans for his life, but his charmingly eccentric and charismatic firefighter father is there to remind him otherwise. Watch their relationship unfold against the backdrop of basketball, family, school, and the firefighting community as they argue, banter, play, and make plans for the future.
Except the future doesn't always unfold how you plan.
Rediscover life as we know it through their unbreakable bond in this exceptional story.
While this is a fictitious story, it is based off of the relationship between a loving, respected father and his son. Inspired by a well known family within the Vancouver, WA community, this story and its characters will make you laugh lots and simultaneously shed a few tears.
We are excited to partner with the city of Vancouver in bringing to the big screen this poignant and humorous original script (Joseph Long, Very Long Media). This little film has a big heart, and with your help, it will have a big audience as well.
Thank you again for your support!
Gregg Roberts (second from left) and family.
DIRECTOR: Dennis Mulyar (www.wearethefilmhouse.com)
WRITER: Joseph Long (www.verylongmedia.com)
DP: Jonny Long (www.flyviewaerial.com)
PRODUCER: Ian Midura
WARDROBE: Erin Toft
COMPOSER: Tyler Linahan (www.tylerlinahan.com)
Here are some examples of our past work, produced independently and together.
'TOMORROW' directed by Dennis Mulyar
'CHRIS PAUL - D1 SPORTS' directed by Dennis Mulyar
'WINTER AERIAL REEL 2015' cinematography by Jonny Long
'H-E-B COMMERCIAL' cinematography by Jonny Long
'REPUBLIC ROOSEVELT' cinematography by Jonny Long
Risks and challenges
This short film comes with many elements and moving parts. Along with several tricky shooting locations, special permitting, and a large crew, we will have child actors on set.
Your support will help cover hard costs such as permitting, equipment rental, and food for the crew. We've invested the time to assemble a fully capable crew, but now we need the backing to sufficiently suit them up to produce the highest quality work within the limited time we've set for production.
We have taken this as far as we can go, but now we need the support of the community as a whole to help show their support. Even with the challenges involved, we have prepared as best as possible and feel we are well prepared on all fronts!
We have five shoot days scheduled with each day planned out in detail as it pertains to the logistics of who's on set and general production.
This project holds special meaning to all of us involved and we are incredibly excited to bring to life a story that we hope will touch many people and communities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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