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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, January 13 2019 7:46 PM UTC +00:00.

$2,096
pledged of $4,000pledged of $4,000 goal
15
backers
31days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, January 13 2019 7:46 PM UTC +00:00.

About

It starts with a man. A man who wants vengeance for the loss of his wife. A man with a dark past searching for redemption. A man who rejects responsibility in life.

By the Lake  is about what happens when these three types of people collide in a twist of fates. When Cassidy, a recent widower, finds the person he thinks is responsible for the hit-and-run that killed his wife, he calls upon Bill, the man who raised him, to help take care of the problem, but Bill's reluctance spikes a rift that unravels them both.

The film has suspense, action, and even a laugh or two. But first and foremost, the film is about the characters that inhabit the world we live in and how far a person will go for someone they love.

David PB Stephens as Bill
David PB Stephens as Bill

Bill is a gentle man, worn by years of exhausting work. He’s struggling to talk Cassidy down from making an irreversible decision. He has a shrouded past of his own.

Joshua Byrd as Cassidy
Joshua Byrd as Cassidy

Cassidy is desperate, scared, and full of rage. Cassidy has contacted Bill to help rid him of a troublesome problem.

Jason Kramer as Mickey
Jason Kramer as Mickey

Mickey is pure dirt. He displaces any notion of responsibility and rejects any consequences. He's disgracefully collided with Cassidy and Bill.

Marti Keegan as Margaret
Marti Keegan as Margaret

Margaret is Bill’s wife and Cassidy’s surrogate mother. Thinks highly of both men and is suspicious of the dilemma facing them.

Hunter Davis - Director & Writer

Hunter is a graduate of Temple University's Film program. After college, he worked on productions big and small - The Fate of the Furious, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and countless commercials. Ready to be the creative brain behind the films he works on, he's moving behind the camera again to bring his passion project to the screen.

Alex Kinter - Producer

Another grad of Temple's Film program, Alex Kinter brings his vision and tenacious work ethic to By the Lake. A producer and director in his own right, he's quite familiar with bringing a large idea to life in the most honest and successful way possible.

Easton Carter Angle - Director of Photography

Why not round out the crew with another Temple grad, eh? Since graduating in 2015, Easton has traveled from location to location, across the country, working in every facet of the camera and electrical department to gain every piece of knowledge he can. His work as a director of photography has played in numerous festivals, winning multiple awards; as well as working on projects for the big screen and, most recently, for Netflix.

While we have a small amount of money from private investors, including the filmmakers themselves, we don't have enough to make this the great, powerful short we know it can be. Any donation you provide brings us one step closer to achieving our goal and bringing an action-packed, heartbreaking, and entertaining film to you.

If you can donate, we can tell you exactly where your money is going. The biggest cost for the film is equipment cost. 

We are shooting on an ARRI Alexa Classic with Leica Cinema lenses. It gives it a classic (no pun intended) and sharp look that gives the film the edge and punch visually that it packs emotionally. To go along with that, the film needs a precise and well-crafted color grade, using Da Vinci Resolve.

The unsung hero of films is sound. If it's perfect, you never notice it. If it's bad, it's all you notice. Shooting outside is hard. Uncontrollable sounds hit the microphone from out of nowhere. To combat this and have our flawless sound go unnoticed, we need to get the best sound mixer and designer out there.

Any support you can offer is appreciated beyond measure. If you donate to this campaign, we want to provide you with rewards and up-to-date information for whatever you can give. No amount is too small, no help is too little. Getting us closer to our goal is what is most important.

If money isn't the best way you can help, please tell your friends, your family, the people you pass on the street about By the Lake. Tell them to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @bythelakemovie. Getting the word out there is incredibly important for a small film like ours to gain some momentum and traction. If that's what you bring to the table, you're an important part of the puzzle.

Making a movie isn't easy. You've found your way this far, so I know you are a believer in bigger things. Come take part in our journey to festivals and beyond. Follow along, say hi, and be a part of the film! We look forward to this wild ride with you.

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking isn't easy, but we do it because we love it. While getting funded may be the hardest part, I have no doubt that with your help we'll be able to share our vision and let our passion be known.

Thank you so much for all the help and support! I can't tell you how much it means to the entire cast and crew!

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