Frontier is a short film set and shot on the coast of the southeastern United States. We need Kickstarter's help to finish the movie and show our work to the world.
Inspired by her favorite comic book (also called Frontier), a young girl decides to run away from home and live a solitary life of adventure in the woods. As her dad searches for her, she soon learns that surviving on her own is much harder than she thought, leading to a spectacular encounter that she can never forget.
Chuck Kleven is the director of several remarkable and award-winning shorts. This favorite son of the Charlotte Film Community now brings his exacting vision to Frontier.
ART AND EFFECTS
The extremely talented artist Debi Hammack illustrated the comic book prop that plays a critical part of our story. Our backers will receive a Frontier comic book just like the one used in the film, signed by the cast and crew. In fact, as a kickstarter backer you have a chance to receive a comic that was actually used in the shoot.
We would love to tell our potential backers about what we have in store for you in this film in terms of the special effects work, but it wouldn't be fair to spoil it. Of course, KICKSTARTER BACKERS get to see the film before anyone else!
MUSIC AND SCORE
Matthew James is a Chicago-based composer and songwriter whose work is beautiful, evocative, and deftly layered. Frontier contains little dialogue, and so music and score are relied upon heavily.
Frontier also features music by electronic musician Headphone Activist. Over the past couple years, HPA's music has exploded in popularity, and it's easy to see why. His music is contemplative, immersive, and gorgeous. We have licensed his song Ocean Floors.
So if our project gets funded, what's next?
1. Finishing the shoot
We began filming Frontier in June. Unfortunately, we ran into some setbacks when filming the ending, and we had to suspend production. We are producing Frontier 100% independently, which means that we have to pay each cost out of our own pockets. We need to shoot for three more days, which means three more days of equipment rental, insurance, food, and other costs. Without your help, we won't be able to finish the film!
2. Editing and color correction
So much of filmmaking happens after the camera shutters close and the shoot is wrapped. In this stage, we will piece the film together and treat the images so that they look their best. This is an extremely time-consuming process, but so important to the finished product.
3. Sound mixing, editing, and score composition
Sound makes or breaks a film. Producing a good finished product requires foley sound work, additional dialogue recording, sound mixing, and hours in a professional-level studio.
4. Sending Kickstarter rewards and promoting the film
We are proud of our work and we want to make sure that everyone who might be interested in seeing it, can see it! And to do that, we need to let people know about it. We will be creating promotional material like postcards, posters, still photos, and everything else that goes along with a great press kit. We will also cut our trailers and previews, and fine-tune our web presence (Facebook, Twitter, and our film's dedicated website).
5. Submission to film festivals worldwide
With all of the above completed, we will be ready to submit our film to film festivals worldwide. This is a labor-intensive and expensive task, as we will need funds to pay submission fees and travel costs associated with attending festivals that accept and show our film.
None of the above can happen without your help! Thank you so much for checking out our Kickstarter campaign, and for backing our project. It means the world to us!
Risks and challenges
Making an independent short brings many risks and challenges. We have seen our share.
After shooting for four days, we encountered issues with locations and the completion of some special effects elements. The film's finale includes a stunning scene that utilizes practical effects. Unfortunately, the effects work we reviewed in June was simply not good enough. We now have a new special effects artist, but this setback was a huge financial hit to the production. We need your support to make the climax of our film the best that it can be.
Every production brings challenges, and our shoot has been no different. We need your help to finish the film! Post production, including color grading and visual effects, are so key to the success of this project.
So many talented people have given their all to Frontier - for little or no pay. We want to share our work and passion with others. If our project is funded, we will be able to complete post-production and move on to promoting and releasing the film. We want to share our story with the world - and this is the challenge that we can only overcome with your help and support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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