"Fowl Play" - An Adam Bain Short Film
A comedy about James McSurly, a pretentious businessman, who is taught a valuable lesson by a common bird.
McSurly is a mean, pretentious businessman that loves the shine of his luxury car. After work one day, he finds a single dollop of bird poop on his newly cleaned car. He is furious and notices a lone bird in the tree with guilt written all over its beak. By the end of the week, the battle is on between man and bird... oh yeah... and it gets good!
Our total budget is $12,000. A portion of which we are prepared to finance ourselves, but unfortunately we lack the means to cover the full cost. To help us close that gap we have turned to Kickstarter to help us raise the additional $7,500. Any funds raised beyond that point will not only be greatly appreciated but will also continue to be applied to our overall budget. To that end, we have come up with some rewards that we believe the members of the Kickstarter community will find to their liking. We are giving ourselves 60 days to come up with the balance during which time we will begin to scout locations, and work through the visual effects elements. All support is greatly appreciated. And by support, we don’t just mean financial (although, of course, that’s awesome) support can also be given by sharing this Kickstarter page with your friends and family. The more people that see what we’re doing the better chance we have of hitting our number.
WRITER / DIRECTOR
Adam Bain has been working in the video game industry for over 15 years and has always dabbled in writing stories, composing music, and filmmaking. After scoring the film "Devils Dominos", staring Daniel Baldwin, he wrote, produced and directed his first short film called "The Right Turn". It has since won awards and is presently making the rounds of the film festival circuit. Please check out the trailer for "The Right Turn" at abcqproductions.com.
“Fowl Play” will be Adam's second film. The inspiration for the story came a couple of years ago based on the writer's own experiences when some very vindictive birds defiled his parked car. With some change of characters and scenery, the story of McSurly and the bird was born.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Chris Mur has been living and acting In Los Angeles since 2001. Chris’s credits include feature films “Transformers : Dark of the Moon”, “Atlas Shrugged” and “Devil’s Dominoes” with TV appearances on “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”, “Without a Trace” and “Veronica Mars”. Chris also starred in the critically acclaimed stage performance of “Light Sensitive” with the Vox Humana Theatre Company.
Barry Barclay has over 20 years of film production experience. He has been a television Production Manager of such television shows as “America’s Next Top Model”, Justin Timberlake and MTV’s “The Phone” and BET’s “Born to Dance” among many others. Prior to his move to television, he was the Production Coordinator of numerous major motion pictures from “3:10 To Yuma” to “The Break Up” and “The Losers” (2nd Unit).
In addition to these projects, Barry has also produced numerous short films including the festival award nominated short film “seeing”; the award winning short film “April”; and “The Third Rule” starring Anthony Hopkins, Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore and Josh Hutcherson.
Between these projects he has continued to develop feature film schedules and budgets for a myriad group of established producers.
Beyond the roles listed above, Barry has worn many other hats through the years. As an art department coordinator, a construction accountant and a transportation dispatcher his other credits include: “The People vs. Larry Flynt”, “The Rainmaker”, “8mm”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Scream 3”, “The Sweetest Thing”, “Identity” and “Cursed”.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Chris Morgan is the owner of DarkEnergyMedia, a production company that focuses on creating industrial and commercial media for technology and entertainment companies. Check out his webpage at DarkEnergyMedia.com for samples of some of his company's work. Beyond his company's work he has recently finished filming a music video for Shelby Lynne's song "Heaven's Only Days Down the Road" as well as the web series "Strapped" which is an official selection at the Action On Film Festival. Between all of these projects he still finds time work on "America's Next Top Model" as a photo shoot photographer.
Melanie Hopkins' career began in 1985 at PBS affiliate WKNO in Memphis, Tennessee where she trained as a broadcast engineer and editor. It was there that she also gained the Producer/ Director experience that would continue to benefit the projects she edits. In 1998 she joined LA's KCET and over the next 14 years she would grow to become an award winning editor based in Los Angeles, California.
In 2006, Melanie left the PBS family to start NieStudio, a multi-media boutique which she currently runs with her husband Daniel Hopkins where she continues to nurture her passion for story-telling as well as grow her experience in sound design and motion graphics. As a veteran of the television industry with a broad range of creative and technical expertise and with post-production projects ranging from feature length docs to narrative film shorts, Melanie has earned numerous accolades including 4 Golden Mic Awards and 2 Regional Emmy Nominations.
Where Will the Money Go?
Unfortunately, while cast and crew are volunteering their services, the rest of the residents of Los Angeles county are not. To that end we are expected to pay for things like…
- Locations – Some businesses don’t wish to close down for us without charging us some fee to offset their loss of business. Oh, the indignity.
- Permits – The “man” needs his take.
- Food – As I mentioned, the cast and crew are working for free, but now they expect a hot meal. Ingrates!
- Insurance – If you have a car, you’re familiar with the concept. If not, this is in case we break something.
- Bird – A wild bird doesn’t take direction well (Diva!) so we have to get a trained one and that costs money!
- Visual Effects – The bird needs to realistically exist in the scenes and that is done with green screens, proper lighting, and effects gurus know their stuff.
- Equipment – We thought about shooting on our iPhones but thought that would look unprofessional.
- Festival Submissions – You'd be surprised how quickly festival submissions, DVD duplications, and shipping costs add up.
In all seriousness, shooting in Los Angeles can be expensive. Locations are accustomed to projects with deep pockets writing large checks. This means when a small project comes in asking to use a location the producers are frequently met with price tags in the thousands. Additionally, these locations will request that permit is acquired from the city and that insurance is purchased to protect the location from any liability. This all adds up and thus facilitates the need for a Kickstarter page.
We have a fun story to tell and with your help, we can make it happen!
Thank you for your support!
- (60 days)