Walk-Ons is the new short film by Rogue Division and Crowned Prince Productions. It's also Andrew Kadikian's thesis film at The Art Institute of California - Hollywood. This is the final film that he will make before graduating, the culmination of his film school career and his calling card for future work.
A high school student nearing graduation decides to enter a paintball tournament to prove himself to the school jock and win the heart of the most popular girl in school, but his fixation may distance himself from his two best friends.
Put another way: it's a paintball movie. Traditionally, the sport of paintball rarely gets accurate treatment by Hollywood, and the professional league play of paintball gets almost no exposure whatsoever. We hope to change that and bring a sport that we love to the silver screen in a way that will please even the most die hard paintball fanatic.
We need to raise a minimum of $5,000 to make this movie. This money will go toward a number of different expenses including: craft services, paying crew, renting gear, etc. However, most of these funds will end up going toward locations.
One of the challenges this particular film presents is that most of the shooting will occur on location. The script calls for at least four days at a paintball field and securing that location will be difficult and costly. The script also requires a diner and a high school - neither of these locations will be free.
We will complete the project as long as we reach our goal of $5,000. That said, at this minimum goal, we will likely also need other sources of funding in order to fully realize Andrew's vision. Without that additional funding we will be forced to cut certain corners during production. In order to shoot the script properly, without compromising upon the project's potential, we would like a bit more. That's why we've set up a few stretch goals.
We've begun assembling a dedicated team of people we trust, many of whom we've worked with in the past. They also happen to be some of the same people we go paintballing with!
Andrew's experience as a talented and knowledgeable young filmmaker includes running Rogue Division, a partnered YouTube channel with an audience of over 7000 subscribers. Andrew's short film, In The Way, was nominated for best screenplay and won best picture in the 2013 Rising Star Awards. He is also an avid paintballer and records all of his paintball outings on his helmet-cam.
Ryan is a skilled and organized producer with a hawkish attention to detail who has produced a number of Andrew's past projects. He is also an accomplished writer and director in his own right.
We'll be doing the majority of our casting in January, but we do have a few select roles that we wish to fill before then. Here are the cast members that have signed on so far!
Kickstarter is a place where artists can raise both money and interest for their projects, making it an immensely powerful tool for filmmakers. It is especially beneficial to independent filmmakers who don't have the luxuries of big-budget Hollywood productions and who can't afford to give away creative freedoms in exchange for funding. Short films are a medium with inherent benefits over feature films in that they allow for smaller budgets, shorter productions and unique story structures, making them ideal for young filmmakers. Unfortunately they also suffer from significantly smaller markets, reduced investment opportunities, and uncertain profit potentials. For that reason, Kickstarter can be a savior to young filmmakers, both for enabling them to connect with their audience and for providing a platform with which to raise funds that might otherwise be unavailable to them.
Kickstarter enables us to find the most passionate support for our project. This is why we come to you, fans of both paintball and cinema alike, to create a shared vision that we can all be proud of. We hope to connect with an audience who will be as excited about seeing this project through to fruition as we are.
Rogue Division's partnered YouTube channel caters to an audience of over 7000 subscribers. There you'll find examples of the group's experience with short films of many genres, including comedy, drama, horror, thriller and action.
Crowned Prince Productions has over 10 years of filmmaking experience and often participates in the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Project, a yearly competition that challenges filmmakers to write, produce, shoot, edit and score a short movie in one weekend.
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See what people on the web are saying about us!
Andrew talks Paintball!
Andrew and Ryan talk about the inspirations of Walk-Ons!
Ryan and Aaron Lee Harvey talk about the road to writing Walk-Ons!
Watch Andrew go on a KILLER rampage at Warped Paintball Park!
Check out Andrew's most recent paintball helmet-cam video. Evan and Andrew's Dual-Cam adventure at Ambush Paintball Park in Moorpark, CA.
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Risks and challenges
Since Walk-Ons represents Andrew's thesis film and he can't graduate without it, there is very little chance that it will not get made. There are, however, certain challenges inherent in all independent film productions, including budgetary challenges, scheduling challenges, technical challenges, etc. With the combined experience and motivation behind Andrew and Ryan's collective drive, we feel the risks and challenges are few.
That said, this is a particularly location-heavy film and transporting cast and crew to the locations will be an important consideration. In addition, you can't have a paintball movie without people getting hit with paintballs, so safety is of primary concern. We're currently working out the legal and logistical solutions to these challenges.
Rogue Division and Crowned Prince Productions have over 20 years of combined filmmaking experience. We've encountered all manner of problems in the past and we've successfully risen to the challenge. We're hardened, independent filmmakers who know how to make a movie cheaply and safely. Furthermore, we've taken steps to ensure that each aspect of our Kickstarter campaign runs smoothly and that all rewards are fulfilled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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