THANK YOU TO EVERYONE that has donated! The campaign is well on it's way of hitting my new "stretch" goal of $6k! By hitting that I should be able to shoot on a nicer camera system than I was originally intending!
Also, our project got some great press recently, picked as one of the hottest new kickstarter sci-fi projects ripe for studio grooming, check it out here: http://www.studiosystemnews.com/top-crowdfunds-for-crossover-kickstarter/
And make sure to not miss out on my #WouldYouShare interview series. So far I've talked to over a dozen different folks asking them if they would share. Hop over to the updates section of this project or visit www.wouldyoushare.com/interviews to see what some of my favorite actors, authors, relationship experts, and other luminaries would do!
SHARE is a short narrative film following JOHN and ABBY, a young couple wrestling with the decision whether or not to take their relationship to a deeper level by using a technology known as “sharing”. The tech not only allows for people to record everything about their experience – all their thoughts, emotions, memories, and desires - but to also share that digital memory with another person in perfect fidelity so they can see that other person's entire life in a digital instant.
However, like any technology, it isn’t without its pitfalls, something John experienced first hand in his previous relationship. As Abby and John debate whether or not to take the step in their own relationship, John is driven to go back and connect with his previous partner to find out what really caused their relationship to fall apart after his previous share. Forced to come to terms with what happened before and what may likely happen again, John must accept what the “sharing” can and can’t do – and how no matter what his decision, his relationship with Abby will never be the same again.
While it uses sci-fi elements to set the stage for the couple's conflict, at it's heart the story is a drama about the challenges of intimacy that have forever been part of the human experience.
I've hit the point where I need to STOP thinking of new ideas for film projects I'm inspired to do, and start making them. Almost all of the stories that excite me explore similar themes of how identity, evolution, and consciousness are all being affected by technology. To get the ball rolling on those big projects I'm making this film so I'll have a calling card for myself as a writer/director. My end goal is to be making mainstream films that play at your local multiplex and can be enjoyed by anyone, but that also more depth and interiors than typical big budget films for those that are looking for it.
This campaign serves not only this specific film project, but my overall career. For this project specifically, your donations will help me do 3 primary things:
- First and foremost it will allow me to PAY my cast and crew. No matter what the art form its getting harder than ever for folks to make a living making art. It's really important for me to compensate the people that will be giving my project their time and energy during production. Your contribution will ensure that I can pay everyone that works on my film a fair market rate.
- Second, as stated, I want this short to be my calling card as I move forward developing a number of features I'm passionate about. Your contribution will allow me to rent the highest quality gear I can - so the resulting film is professional in every sense of the word and display my full capabilities as a writer/director.
- Third, your support means I'll be able to submit the film to as many possible film festivals as I can. Part of what excites me about making this piece and getting it out there is that I want it to spark this conversation, so filmgoers, lovers, friends, etc will be asking each other at the end, Would You Share? (see below for how I'm already sparking that conversation)
Jason Lange - Writer/Director
Jason is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and digital media producer that has been producer and the Director of Photography on both seasons of the cable TV series Sex, God, Rock 'n Roll, co-produced, shot, and edited the award winning documentary Awakening World, and is co directory of photography on the forthcoming Ken Wilber Biography Project.
Jason loves all things related to filmmaking, technology, and personal transformation and whether at the art house or the multiplex, he is drawn to stories that explore the continuing evolution of what it means to be human.
Samantha Whittaker - Actor
After studying English literature at University College London, Samantha went on to a career in acting. She has worked extensively on stage in such productions as Trevor Nunn’s Hamlet at Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic Theatre, and works in television both in the UK and the US. She has appeared in such shows as Happiness, Canterbury Tales, CSI Miami, Stephen Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter, and Touch, the new Tim Kring/Kiefer Sutherland series for Fox. She also recently completed the short Scenes of an Adult Nature, which is her third project as a writer. Her previous films Sewn Up and Marigolds have been given five stars by the BBC film site and have won awards at festivals in the US and UK.
James Wagner - Actor, Co-Producer
James Wagner was recently seen as Tripp in Other Desert Cities at the Fusion Theatre Company, Richard in Bad Evidence at the Elephant Theatre Company, and Rod in Cost of the Erection at the Blank Theatre Company. He also originated the role of Weber in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against at the Magic theatre in San Francisco. Other regional credits include New Jerusalem at LA Theatre Works, Very Still and Hard to See at the Production Company, Secret Order at San Jose Rep, Mauritius at The Magic Theatre, A Christmas Carol at the American Conservatory Theatre, Betrayed and The Busy World is Hushed at the Aurora Theatre, and Beauty and the Beast at the B-street theatre. Some favorite shows include Candida, David Copperfield, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Reluctant Doctor, Telephus, The Rainmaker, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Glass Menagerie, The Flying Doctor, Mother Courage, & How to Succeed in Business. His list of 30 short and feature film credits include lead roles in The Invisible Forest & To Dreams of Falling Upward by Antero Alli. Wagner has an M.F.A. from The American Conservatory Theatre and can be found online at www.jameslouiswagner.com
Stefan Vino-Figueroa - Producer
Stefan, originally from Miami, FL, has produced a variety of short films, documentaries, TV Pilots and Commercials.
His very first endeavor into short films was "Gunn Highway," a film that looked into the psyche of an individual who wasn't exactly as he first appeared. Stefan produced and directed the film which went on to win "Best Local Production" at the Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, FL.
Stefan moved out to Los Angeles 3 years ago to continue to pursue his Producing and Directing career. Since then he produced and directed "Otis," a dark comedy about a teenaged serial killer in the style of Dexter meets the Wonder Years. He is currently in the process of pitching this project to multiple studios and producers.
Michael Lockridge - Cinematographer
Michael is a Los Angeles based Director of Photography and member of the International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local #600. What attracted Michael at first to film was first and foremost story, and he has taken this revere for story and used it in his application towards cinematography.
Michael has worked as a Director of Photography on commercials, music videos and documentaries. He has recently shot commercials for Filler Magazine, American Express, HTC, Playstation, GM, Anthem blue Cross, The California Dairy Industry, Google, and most recently Wells Fargo and ESPN. He also frequently camera operates on the show Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC.
I absolutely LOVE talking about technology, consciousness, evolution and how it's all impacting our humanity. To that end, and in the spirit of the conversation I'm hoping to spark with this film and my work in general, stay tuned throughout this campaign as I've be doing a bunch of interviews with various cool luminaries I've met in my life: actors, technologists, musicians, spiritual teachers, kung fu masters - asking them all whether or not they would share if this science fiction idea was actually science fact. I'll be posting updates here every day or so, or you can also follow along at the film's website, wouldyoushare.com
Risks and challenges
Film production is never easy, actors and crew can drop out due to illness, scheduling conflicts and more. Locations can revoke access, gear doesn't always show up on time, and sometimes things just go wrong. One thing I've gotten good at over the years is finding solutions to problems no matter what. My years in film/tv production, technology support, caregiving, and running live events leave me feeling confident that no matter what circumstances are thrown at me I'll find a way to complete this film!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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