Plain and simple, I am an artist. It took me some years to understand that, and then more time to accept it, but it’s true. I am an artist.
Part of being an artist is having a desire to create. Create something for yourself, yes, but also, to create something for others to enjoy and share. In my humble opinion, the medium of film is one of the greatest opportunities to do exactly that. Create your work, tell your story, share it with the world.
Unfortunately Hollywood doesn’t always see it the same way.
Understandably, Hollywood is a business, and as such it is looking to make money. Which it does! Tons of money! Hollywood will happily spend millions on “established” or “known” talents but seems to have little desire or interest in discovering, or culturing new ones!
And hold for it, dear reader (this is the part where you come in)…. Kickstarter has helped and is helping the independent artist in immeasurable ways. It gives us an opportunity to create and tell our stories, even though we are not a part of, or accepted by the Hollywood machine (yet)!
And this is where the idea of Heisted was dreamt, created, and born.
Heisted. A short film that promises to be Gritty. Edgy. Dark. Glamorous.
ABOUT OUR FILM:
Heisted, takes place in Hollywood, a city full of dreams and glamour, but also a city full of devastation and darkness. Our story will be dynamic, fast paced, and told with unexpected twists and turns. A true action packed drama. Suspenseful, engaging, and totally entertaining.
A Different Sort of Trailer:
Are you more of a visual person? Enjoy seeing Trailers and Teasers before picking which film you're going to pay for? Do you like to actually see what you are helping to fund? Well then, our project, HELLO, a hybrid Music Video/Short Film, was made with you in mind. This fully complete project was made specifically as a visual tool for our Heisted Kickstarter campaign. Not a trailer for Heisted. Not a teaser. Better.
HELLO is a completely unique, and different, and separate story from Heisted. Unrelated, other then it is directed by Gareth Fient, and it is produced and stars Paul Howard (both of who will work on Heisted) but HELLO gives you the opportunity to see what Heisted can and will be like! Like a trailer for Heisted, but better! A complete short film/music video hybrid called HELLO!
See! Just for coming to our Heisted Kickstarter page and checking things out, you get to see some already complete and finished indy film making! Cool, right? Well, what can we say... that's just the type of film makers we are!!! Always looking to entertain and surprise!
Regardless of if you choose to donate to our Kickstarter campaign, we hope that HELLO will entertain you! And if you are considering helping us financially, well then, we hope that HELLO will give you, just a taste, just a sample of what we can do as film makers. Remember that HELLO was made with pretty much no money. Imagine what we can create with proper funding?
See HELLO now (It premiered June 25th) On YouTube.
You can also see the HELLO teaser trailer now by clicking below
ALL OR NOTHING:
One of the things we love about Kickstarter (and why we support the site, as opposed to one of those other sites) is that with Kickstarter it's all or nothing. Meaning that if we don't make our goal, $8000 in our case, then we don't get anything. Not a single dime! Any pledges we are promised over our 40 day campaign, well, those individuals that promised them are not charged, we collect nothing, no money goes to Kickstarter, and Heisted isn't made (at least not at this time). Now this may sound like a bad thing, but for us, we are only interested in doing the film right. We have carefully figured out our budget (more on that below in "OUR GOAL"), and we know what we need to make this film, and to make it great. Taking anything less of our goal of $8000 would ultimately make us compromise in our creative vision and in the film's quality. And who wants that?
So we love and support that it's all or nothing and we're hoping, with your help, we'll achieve our goal, and far above it!!
We believe strongly that our talented team of cast and crew should be paid, at least something for their time and talents! Now this won't make anyone rich, and these are nowhere near "Hollywood standards" but the team that works on Heisted will be paid.
This is just ONE of the costs associated with film making. This cost and other costs are what determined our official goal of $8000. This is not an arbitrary number. This is a well thought out, well planned, budgeted amount that includes costs for things like... equipment rentals, insurance, location costs, transportation, food for the cast and crew, special effects, costumes, and many other items associated with and required for making a film.
As we stated before, because Kickstarter campaigns are all or nothing, we set a goal of the lowest possible amount that we can comfortably and successfully make our film, $8000. And we will if we are funded! Ideally though, we are hoping to make closer to $10,000. This will allow us more flexibility in our schedule and allow us more creative "perks" when in production and post production. Plus, anything over our goal will give us money towards additional items like promotional materials and money for film festival submissions and costs.
To recap, the official goal is $8000, our ultimate goal is to reach over $10,000 but rest assured, as long as we make our goal, we're going to be making an amazing film!
Lastly, (but maybe most importantly to you) please be sure to check out all our various and numerous rewards. There are a ton!! 19 different rewards (to be exact) are available and each one is unique and special. We really thought a lot about what kind of things you'd enjoy or want. We tried hard to appeal to different people who need and who want different things. We're hoping the different choices and options will only encourage you to join our campaign and support making Heisted. Plus, we were very mindful of, and created different options for ALL budgets! So whether you have a little or a lot to spend we think you'll find something fun to reward yourself with!
Thank you in advance for considering to help support us and our film, Heisted. I am truly inspired and touched every day by art and artists. I am reminded and encouraged by this inspiration and strive to do the same for others. To these artists, and to you, I say thank you.
Keep the faith!
Heisted a short drama.
Concept by Paul Howard - Written by Robert Coble & Gareth Fient.
Directed by Gareth Fient - Director of Photography Marc Wiercioch - Executive Producers - Ettore Zuccarelli & Paul Howard
Paul Howard as Ash
Katie Keene as Bonnie
TBA as Mr. Warners
TBA as Anna
TBA as Jetta
Risks and challenges
When I first began to write my response for this section I wanted to say, "We'll be fine, and nothing will go wrong" but we're talking about movie making. There is always the potential for something to go wrong. But I will say, THAT IS WHY YOU PLAN. Plan so that you are organized, prepared, ready. And boy, have we planed! In fact, the planning on just preparing this Kickstarter campaign (to say nothing of Heisted itself) started over half a year ago!
We're planners. And, we're ready. And if something does go wrong, or throw us off track, we'll adjust, reconfigure, and fix it.
The only thing we worry about, first, getting funded! Then, the only other thing we worry about is, making the most AMAZING film as proof of what we are capable of as artists, but also as a testament to what crowd sourcing can bring to the arts and film making specifically!!
- (40 days)