Hello and welcome to our project, Get to the Gray. I’m Jeremy James Lanning and I am the writer and director of this short film. My Director of Photography is Chris Durbin, and together we are asking for your partnership. Get to the Gray is an adventure film that I hope is both entertaining and topical. The film follows an aging psychologist who moonlights as a profiler for State and Federal agencies. He is pushed into an assignment, that when presented, is very hard to believe, as it involves resurrecting a 17th century war icon, a buccaneer of sorts. To complicate matters, at the same time the hero’s 8 year old son is abducted, without a trace. This is all set to the backdrop of Chromatics, an American Electronic band heard in films like Drive and Bellflower, and Ajimal, a pop collaboration led by Fran O’ Hanlon of Newcastle. Also featuring music by T.S.O.L and The Chain Gang of 1974. What I hope to communicate to those on the other side of the screen is that short films can be ambitious. Get to the Gray is about making a big decision, with little information, and the pilgrimage that follows. As a project, Get to the Gray is about loved ones and the complete surrender to film as an art form. My cast and crew is made up dear friends and family who are full of talent, excitement, and pride. We’re a close knit group, but there’s always room for more. In the early 90’s I was stationed in Washington DC and I spent most of my free time inside the triangle of Adam’s Morgan, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle. I was immersed in poetry, paintings, indie film, raw music, and coffee. I only had two pairs of shoes, government issued Boon-Dockers and Doc Martins. Art was personal, and everybody wanted to be a part of it. We couldn’t wait to see what each other was up to, and we couldn’t wait to be supportive. Nothing’s changed. Please consider donating to our Get to the Gray campaign and enjoy some amazing incentives for doing so. Join us and become part of fully realizing our dream. If you are into savage history, drop out culture, and crude weapons, this film is for you. If you have ever wanted to be in the film industry, this project is for you. If you’ve ever wanted to join a pack of strays and put something mighty into the world, this crew is for you.
Our entire cast and crew is all volunteer and motivated by the desire to put something entirely solid into the world of film and art, a world we live in very deeply. We are seeking funds to cover needs in pre-production, production, post-production, and festival submission. Along with my detailed production diary, I will be using this kickstarter page for constant updates. This is a serious project and my cast and crew is excited and we all believe in the story. My Director of Photography is Chris Durbin. Chris is a professional photographer and a technical genius. This is my first film and the story has been an obsession of mine for years now. It's personal, and being the writer and director has given me the freedom to tell the story, and seeking your support has guaranteed our ability to tell the story our way. My background in psychology and my work as a psychotherapist hopefully has contributed to the telling of a compelling and interesting story, both verbally and visually. Oh yeah, and check out our teaser trailer below.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Here is some test / color footage.
Original Poster by Adam Juresko.
Risks and challenges
There has been a great deal of work in the pre-production of this film. Some of our locations are unique. We have secured all but two of the locations, which have been confirmed verbally. The good news is that we have an entire cache of back-up locations. Some of our biggest concerns involve data storage and post-production. This is a large consideration in our funding request. The good news is that we are patient and overwhelmingly concerned with the quality of the finished film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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