4 of a Kind - A Crime Thriller Set In Chicago
On assignment to take down his former crew, a veteran falls back into his criminal past when his sister is murdered.
If you're interested, you can READ THE SCREENPLAY
And if you read the screenplay, turn to page 44 and watch some actors perform it.
I spent an hour last night talking about the campaign and the future with the Film Courage crew. Seriously, some of the best people you'll ever find.
What is Cone Rod Dystrophy?
DIRECTING WHILE HE STILL CAN - Chicago Reader
FIGHTING FOR HIS VISION - Huffington Post
GO BIG OR GO BLIND - Film Courage
More press can be found on our press section.
WHY SHOULD YOU BACK THIS PROJECT?
WHY IS THE FUNDING GOAL SO HIGH?
Want to learn about the characters? Here's some videos about them:
REVIEWS OF THE SCREENPLAY
Dark, gritty, and evocative in style and execution, this script seems to channel the tonal sensibilities of a blend of movies like 25th Hour or even The Godfather, drawing together a well-textured and carefully-drawn cast of characters, and propelling them through a plotline that remains engaging and intriguing from start to finish. Superb dialogue is combined with a Spartan yet effective written voice, forging, by the conclusion of the script, a finished product that seems to harbor substantial potential and artistic merit. - ScriptShark
For a post-Tarantino slice of noir crime drama, this story carves out its own piece of the pie and keeps us hooked with a nice blend of bloody violence and rapid-fire exposition that keeps the action unfolding like a Venus flytrap to draw the reader in, while simultaneously tightening its noose around our necks. Some of the dialogue crackles so strong, the exchanges jump off the page. At times, we can practically hear these characters yelling in our heads. - BlueCat Screenplay Competition Notes
HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP / BE SPENT
For an in depth budget break down, you can view it here. This is purely a work-in-progress at this point, but it'll give you an idea of where $100,000 would be spent.
In a nutshell, your contribution will go towards:
- Permits: If we're going to film a shootout between four criminals and two cops on the south west side of Chicago, well we kinda need permission/permits to do it. The permits are cheap, the police officer you have to hire to supervise is not.
- Props: Guns, lots of guns.
- Food: A hungry crew is an unhappy crew.
- Crew: DPs, Grips, Assistants, etc...
- Actors: Without good acting, what's the point? And with a bigger budget, the better talent we can attract.
- Equipment.- A Red Epic, a Canon 7D, an Infiniti G37x, a Lexus IS 250, a Black Lexus SUV, a 4000 square foot home, ya know stuff like that. We actually have access to all of those except one, can you guess which one?
This Kickstarter campaign is to produce the movie.
This not only involves actual principal photography, but lots of pre-production work testing different camera packages, location scouting, wardrobe testing, and casting to name a few plus post-production work such as sound mixing and color grading.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
You're contributing to a project and for your kindness we offer some niffty rewards you can see on the right hand side of the screen. These range from simple items such as getting your name in the credits to becoming an actual producer of the project.
If you're a business, we offer product placement. If you want to be in the film, you can be an extra, or a featured extra. All the rewards are on the right hand side of the screen and if you have any questions, let me know.
ALL OR NOTHING
Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we don't raise every cent of our goal, we don't get any of it. So please share the project on Facebook or Twitter.
WHO'S ACTUALLY WORKING ON THIS?
Jack Marchetti: @JackMarchetti - Writer/Director
This will be my first foray into directing. I've been a writer up until now. I've been optioned, and this particular script has placed in the semi-finals of Project Greenlight 3 and the quarter-finals in Blue Cat's annual screenwriting competition.
Brian Levin: Director of Photography
I think Brian's reel speaks for itself. He's worked on several shorts and some features including Nate & Margaret which received three stars from Roger Ebert. His experience alone makes me confident in not only completing this film but making the most beautiful film possible. And by beautiful I mean dark and gritty and noiry (not a real word)
Chris Ashworth: @TheRealAshworth
You may recognize Chris as "Sergei" from "The Wire". He was kind enough to provide his voice for some animatic work we ended up not using. If we meet our goal he's definitely on the short list, if he's available and still interested.
Dan Distefano: Producer @DanDistefano
Dan works at a production company in Los Angeles. He's worked at Paramount and the Weinstein Co. After receiving the script through a friend he became immediately interested. Originally having an idea to shoot a short based off the script as an "extended trailer" we later decided to just shoot the full feature.
IT'S CALLED GRATITUDE...AND THAT'S RIGHT
My sincerest thanks for your support, encouragement, and feedback. This film has been in my head for almost a decade now and with your help, I'll finally get it on film, or more likely - REDMAG cards.
CONE ROD DYSTROPHY
I was diagnosed with cone rod dystrophy when I was six years old. You can read all about it here. In certain cases it does lead to complete blindness, that being the total absence of light perception, which is probably what you think of when you hear the word "blind". However, this particular disease starts with poor color vision, then deteriorating night vision, and ultimately extreme tunnel vision as I demonstrate in the video. I'm hoping that day is a long, long way away. Over the last several years, my vision seems to have stabilized. It gets slightly worse year over year, but as far as I can tell, and according to my annual eye exam - it's stable. As I mention in the video, that was true for my brother until a few years ago, which pretty much scares the crap out of me. I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me, or to back the project because they feel bad. The last thing I want this project to be is a Sarah McLachlan Animal Cruelty commercial. My hope is that you find the film/project/concept interesting and want to see it made by someone who just happens to be visually impaired, as opposed to helping someone visually impaired make a movie you have no interest in.
LINKS / CREDITS
All songs/music in the video were from Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails. Ghosts I-IV is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. Songs used: Ghosts 20, Ghosts 34, Ghosts 35.
"Bad" Retina image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Genric license.
"Good" Retina image is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code
Storyboards by D. Forrest.
Project Greenlight was a screenwriting competition started by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck where they produced the winning screenplay. It was a great idea, a great show, but produced pretty sub par films. The two writers from season three, who beat out my script, went on to write five of the SAW films and the second season launched Shia LaBeouf's career.
Voice over and "ghostly" image provided by Christina Rose.
"Guy in the bathroom with the gun" played by David Aaron Tripp.
- (40 days)