"Compatibility" is about a Facebook engineer who tries to impress a tech reporter by showing off his algorithm which accurately predicts romantic compatibility.
The screenplay was a 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist. The Nicholl is the most prestigious screenwriting contest in the world brought to you by the Academy. Yes, that Academy.
An employee at Facebook once admitted that they knew so much about their users that they could accurately predict which ones would end up divorced. After hearing that, I thought of reverse engineering it and the idea for Compatibility was born:
What if you could predict who should be together?
As for how we got here, I met Robin Rose Singer on March 6th, 2015. It was the day the lineup for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival was unveiled. Her film Aphasia was playing in the same block as my film, The Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser which was successfully Kickstarted in 2014 and you can watch below:
We discussed future projects and I sent her a few screenplays I'd been working on. After reading this script she said "Jack, please let me help you make this."
Proof of Concept / Short Film
When trying to raise financing for a feature film, it's often helpful to have a sizzle reel or a proof of concept to "show" what the movie could look like, feel ike etc.. It's also helpful for a first time director to show that they can actually pull off what they're claiming to do. Not only am I a first time feature-film director, but I'm also visually impaired. So the less reasons we can give a potential investor to say "no", the better.
So we settled on making a short film. We've taken the first 30 pages of the script, rewrote it a bit so it's not all setup, and created the short script. This approach was done successfully in the past by Damien Chazelle for Whiplash, James Wan with SAW and Ryan Koo from No Film School has done this with his short Amateur which he's now making for Netflix.
The goal of this project is simple: Raise the funds to create a kick ass short film which we'll premiere at a top-tier film festival to help raise the funds to create the feature film.
And here's the team who will pull that off:
Jack Marchetti: Writer / Director
Robin Rose Singer: "Stacy" / Producer
Daniel Katz: Director of Photography
While Daniel is not officially on the team yet, he is my #1 choice for DP. He amazing. I first learned about him watching the Oscar winning short film "Curfew". I could go on and on about Daniel and how amazing his work is and how nice of a guy he is, but just watch his reel below:
If you know me or have seen my previous work, you know how important music is to my projects.
I have two Spotify playlists. One for the short, one for the feature. Enjoy them below.
These 'boards were done by d. Forrest.
As Jeremy Saulnier put it when kickstarting "Blue Ruin', why support art if you can exploit it?
If you're interested in investing in the feature film, please contact Robin Rose Singer and she will provide you with the CIO and Pitch Deck.
*Song used in the pitch video is Ghosts 17 by Nine Inch Nails from their album Ghosts I-IV.
Risks and challenges
Two years ago, people took a chance on backing my previous film "The Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser", and it premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
While this project is also a short, it's the first step in getting the feature film made. I don't foresee any risks specifically to the short. We have a great team in place and a great crew ready to make this come to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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