Stretch Goal: If we hit $27,000, $2000 beyond our initial goal, we will do an additional theatre screening of the film open to the public in Atlanta with a live Q&A!
We've shot the movie, now please help us finish it. Your donations will allow us to afford postproduction, which is one of the most costly elements of filmmaking. This includes camera rentals, actor's flights, lights, and crew for our reshoots and pickups: we still need to shoot the final scene and get a lot of tight inserts we missed. It covers studio recorded audio: Some of our locations and generators were so loud that you can't hear a word from the actors, and we have to bring in all the actors to record studio dialogue. A full length musical score: this alone will require weeks of work from professional musicians, and the process requires more time/money/effort than most full length LP albums. Editing, color correction, audio design, special effects, 27+ terabytes of storage, festival entry fees, transfers, titles, websites, posters, screenings, thousands of hours of labor, and dozens of other processes are needed to make this film a reality. If we don't reach our goal, we receive no money from anyone that has pledged.
Living in Atlanta for the last few years, I've come across a handful of fascinating stories from local homeless men and women and recovering addicts. I wanted to take these elements and build them into a redemption story with a touch of sci-fi to explore themes about materialism, self-control, and the pull between different expectations within our world. Low-income Atlanta presents a visceral texture, aesthetic, and history that provides us with a unique backdrop for these stories, rarely shown on film. I've spent 2 years working in the Atlanta film industry meeting talented peers that share my vision for the movie. Six long months went into forging a well thought-out script and finding the right actors, and now we're finally shooting.
Heavy Water follows the story of River, a recovering addict recently released from prison, played by Carter Jenkins. Carter has proven to be an incredible asset to the film with a massive passion, impressive ability, and previous credits from films and T.V. shows such as Surface, Aliens in the Attic, and Valentine's Day. The film opens with River desperately trying to reintegrate into society and make enough money to keep his home, pay for his mentally distressed younger brother, and escape the control of his domineering uncle. When all options disappear and times grow harder, an old friend provides River with what seems to be the perfect solution.
Jed, played by Jake "The Snake" Roberts, offers the money, authority, and protection River desires with only one demand: River must integrate into "The Family", an eclectic group of street urchins and the homeless rallied behind a psychiatric treatment known only as "The Gift". With a bit of molding, Jake's experience as a professional wrestler translated into strong performances and brought a powerful presence to his character. His ability to improvise, take direction, and become the character shines through in his depiction of Jed. As River moves deeper into Jed's clandestine universe, he uncovers a disturbing truth about the world on which he now relies.
Stay tuned as we post photos and blurbs for the rest of the leading cast!
We just finished our final day of principal photography, and are about to enter post-production. We started out with a small budget and have stretched it incredibly far, working with talented actors and a crew of over 35 incredibly skilled artists. We've secured a huge amount of resources from the local industry: two red cameras, Zeiss Super speeds, a two-ton lighting package, expansive and beautiful locations, police cars, factories, amazing props, and an art department that's re-shaping and defining the world. We've managed to create a unique and beautiful aesthetic, and a powerful story being told to the best of our abilities. Now we're reaching the end of our funds, and we're looking for support from people who want to be a part of the film for our post-production, pick-ups, and finding distribution.
There is a massive learning curve when making a low-budget indie, and we can't wait to share some of the things we have learned. As we move towards post production and pick-ups, a lengthy and dedicated process, every dollar will help push us towards completion. With fans and fellow filmmakers in mind, we've done our very best to make your contribution worth while.
First, our film. We want you guys to see it, so we're making that one of the early rewards.
Second, behind the scenes. We're showing you everything we can. We're interviewing actors about their methods and obstacles. We're talking about lighting and shot design with our cinematographer, showing you some of our set-ups, talking about our challenges making things look incredible, and how we dealt with them. We're going into production design, and how to transform a place in to something that works aesthetically and practically. Color correction, editing, sound design, you name it. We're trying to show you everything we know in a series of behind the scenes videos.
Third, cool stuff. Posters, scripts, a photo of us, a signed photo from Jake, and some beautiful prints from our on-set photographers (many of which can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/heavywatermovie )
Fourth, a chance to come hang out with us, watch our film on the big screen, Skype with us, and even have a screening in your town.
Everything helps, and everything is appreciated. The film world is undergoing a massive change, making independent films like this possible if enough people get behind it. Please share this with your friends, like us on facebook, watch our videos, and be connected. We appreciate all of you deeply, and hope being a part of this ends up meaning something to you. We're excited to tell you a story.
Risks and challenges
Every film on this level of budget and quality is a work of love, passion, and time. We've done our homework, made enormous progress, and already have a lot to show for what we've done. This is the homestretch. In order to finish, we need your help and large quantities of coffee... and we already have the coffee.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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