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A short film about life and loss, adapted from the award-winning 10-minute musical.
A short film about life and loss, adapted from the award-winning 10-minute musical.
63 backers pledged $12,000 to help bring this project to life.

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If you had a second chance to talk with the love you lost, what would you say?

The Synopsis

Into Light tells the story of Charlie, a man in his twenties who never managed to get his life off the ground after the untimely death of his significant other, Beth. One night, Charlie wakes up in his apartment to find Beth, alive and healthy, standing next to his bed. She tells him that she's only back temporarily, that he can ask her any three questions he wants, and that she'll answer honestly; after he's asked three, she'll be gone again. What will he ask? How will these two lovers spend their second chance, however brief it may be?

Artwork by Sammy Kimura
Artwork by Sammy Kimura

The Project

Into Light started as a 10-minute musical, written for the Foundation for New American Musicals' SHOWSEARCH competition in 2017. The show was selected for the finals, and ultimately took first place. Since then, it has been performed at several colleges nationally, and is receiving its professional premiere as part of the Lincoln Theatre Alliance's 10 Minute Play Festival.

Now, we want to bring the piece to life in a whole new way, and we need your help to do it.

The Goal

We want to create an intimate, poignant short film that combines the sensibilities of independent filmmaking with the magic of musical theatre.

In order to make this piece the way that we want to, we've teamed up with incredible industry professionals and spent a significant amount of time and money acquiring equipment. Now, we need help to make the final push and make Into Light a reality.

A breakdown of our intended budget is as follows:

Breakdown of Funds by Percentage
Breakdown of Funds by Percentage
  • Crew: Payment for anybody that must be hired on to the film. Many favors have been cashed in to make this happen, but we still need more hands on deck.
  • Musicians: Into Light will feature professional musicians, including a pianist, a guitarist, and a string quartet. 
  • Studio Time: The total cost of recording the music for the film, from tracking all the way through mastering.
  • Merch & Ads: All of those nifty Kickstarter rewards, and all of the ways we'll get people to hear about them.
  • Additional Rentals: Although we've already got most of our equipment (camera, lights, etc.), we still have a few items we want to rent in order to get the best product possible (e.g.: on set sound equipment).
  • Food: Contrary to popular belief, even artists have to eat. Since we anticipate our two shooting days being long ones, we want to make sure everyone makes it through, happy and full.
  • Promotional Materials: Artwork (such as the lovely cover art piece by Sammy Kimura) costs money, and we want to make sure artists are fairly compensated for their work.
  • Safety Net: On film sets, things go wrong. We've added this to the budget to ensure that if/when something goes awry, we can fix it efficiently and in the best way possible.

We want to be completely transparent about where your money is going, so if you have any additional questions about how our budget breaks down, we're more than happy to answer them! We also have a few cool stretch goals in mind, so be sure to check back if we manage to pass $12K.

The Team

We know you met some of us in the Kickstarter video, but here's a bit more about us.

Richard Israel (Director) has been directing theatre in Los Angeles for 15 years, and is the recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Career Achievement Award, as well as the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Directing (FLOYD COLLINS). His most recent directing credits include THE WORLD GOES ROUND for Reprise 2.0 and the L.A Times Critics Choice production of VIOLET at the Actors Co-op. Film credits include BIG LITTLE LIES, on which he served as Theatrical Coordinator, directing all of the AVENUE Q-related sequences in the series.

Victor Treviño (Cinematographer) is an independent filmmaker and musician based in Los Angeles. He is an alumnus of Stella Adler and The Second City, and his credits include SPIT (2014) and Dokumori Mountain (2018).

Jimmy Marino (Writer/"Charlie") is a bicoastal actor and writer, mainly active in musical theatre. Proud member of AEA, and winner of the Foundation for New American Musicals' SHOWSEARCH 2017 (winner for Into Light). He is currently developing a new musical with collaborator Nathan Fosbinder (NYU).

Sarah Busic ("Beth") is originally from Laguna Beach, California, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Since moving back to the west coast, she has consistently bounced between working on the stage and screen. Her most recent role was in "Side by Side by Sondheim" at the Odyssey Theatre.

Yianni AP (Music Producer/Engineer) is a music producer based out of Silver Lake. He's currently working as producer for a number of artists including Top Bunk, Morgan St. Jean, Miles Hardt, and Pink Skies. He also plays bass and drums in two different bands.

The Pitch

We're so lucky to live in a time where so much incredible art is being delivered to us by immensely talented creators. That being said, with so much content floating around in the ether, sometimes it can be tough to cut through the noise. Here's why we think Into Light has what it takes to stand out:

The Style

Yes, we're making a movie musical. No, it's probably not the type of movie musical you're thinking of. Whereas many movie musicals rely on lavish sets and spectacle, we aim to bring you a piece that survives off of intimacy and intrigue. We want to marry the tangibility of indie filmmaking with the magic of the dramatic musical.

The Personnel

In each of our careers thus far, we've been lucky enough to cross paths with a multitude of talented individuals. Due to the wealth of incredible artists at our disposal, we've managed to assemble an entire crew made out of people who are not only good friends and people we trust, but are also immensely skilled industry professionals.

The Quality

In researching for this project, we've watched our fair share of indie movie musicals, and have found that often, one of two things happens: either the film is restricted by its budget (or lack thereof) and loses some potential impact, or it tries so desperately to jump the shark that it loses its humanity. After all of our rewrites, storyboards, rehearsals, and production meetings, we believe we've found the perfect budget to accomplish exactly what we want to accomplish. No cutting corners, no flaunting our money. Just pure, honest storytelling.

Kicking It Forward

We're proud to announce we're participating with a fantastic initiative called Kicking It Forward, which helps projects like ours get made. This means that we pledge to donate 5% of any profits that we make from this project to other Kickstarters, so that we can help be catalysts in innovation for others (just as we hope you'll be for us). To read more about this beautiful idea or to see a list of participating projects, visit http://kickingitforward.org

PS: We know this section breaks our trend of naming every section starting with the word, "The." But we promise it'll be okay. We'll get through this together.

The Conclusion

We know there are many Kickstarter projects begging for your time and your money; thank you so much for already giving us the former by reading all of this. We believe in this project so much that we've already pumped dozens upon dozens of our own unpaid hours (and more resources than we can keep track of) into getting the project to this point. We've met first thing in the morning before work, and we've had 2 am conference calls once we're able to talk. We hope you believe in our project as much as we do, and if you're willing to join us on this journey, you could be a direct part of making something incredibly special. Help us make Into Light the best that we possibly can, and we promise we won't stop working until we have a finished product that not only we can be proud of, but that you can be proud of.

Our warmest thanks,

The Into Light Team

Risks and challenges

With so many moving pieces, it's easy to see the risks and trouble spots associated with creating a movie musical. To name a few:

What if recording/filming runs long?
-Well, we certainly hope it won't, but in fact we've already planned for that. As our schedule currently stands, we've actually overbooked time, just in case such a problem arises.

What if the audio or video get lost or deleted?
-Again, we certainly hope this won't happen just for our own peace of mind, but we do have plans in place in case this occurs. Faulty memory card? We have a backup. Hard drive dies? We've got a redundant one waiting. And if worse comes to worse, see the answer to the previous risk: we have extra time.

What if more costs pop up, and the budget gets drained?
-As you can see on the pie chart, we've currently got a 10% share of our budget dedicated to just such an event. This being said: we're making this piece because we believe in it. If the budget runs over, I'll personally pick up extra work shifts to make up the difference. Come hell or high water, we're making this thing.

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    The Peanut Butter Ice Cream

    Thank you for your support! You'll receive an email thanking you from the creative team, as well as access to watch INTO LIGHT before its public release.

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    The Day Lilies

    Get a limited run sticker and button featuring original artwork by Sammy Kimura for the film, as well as a physical letter thanking you for your support and a photo from the set. Includes early viewing access.

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    Your name will be listed in the credits of the film, and you'll receive an artwork print, a digital download of the soundtrack, and everything from the $25 tier.

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    The First Question

    You'll receive a digital download of the film, your artwork print will be hand signed by the director and cast, and you'll receive a signed page of sheet music from the film. Includes all rewards from the $50 tier.

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    Receive instrumental tracks from the film's score, a limited run pocket tee with artwork from the film, 3 button/sticker sets, and a signed copy of the full script (along with all previous rewards).

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    • INTO LIGHT Cast/Crew Pocket Tee
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    The Third Question

    Have lunch with the cast and crew on set during one of the shoot days, receive an invitation to the cast and crew screening of INTO LIGHT, and receive a copy of sheet music for a song from the film, signed by the writer and director. Includes all previous rewards. (Hotel/travel in Los Angeles not provided.)

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    The Bedsheet

    You'll receive a Producer credit on the film, a signed, handwritten page of music from INTO LIGHT, an exclusive set of three limited run posters made from stills from the film, a DVD of INTO LIGHT, and one-time use rights to produce the stage play version of INTO LIGHT in any setting of your choosing. You'll also receive a personal video message from the cast and crew, thanking you for your support. Includes all previous rewards.

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    • Limited Movie Stills Poster Set
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    The Light

    Words cannot express our gratefulness. You'll receive a unique leather-bound (vegan leather available) gold-stamped handwritten copy of the script and score, made specially for you. You'll also receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the film, your name permanently printed in the stage play edition of INTO LIGHT, every single other cool piece of merchandise or memorabilia we can come up with, and our eternal gratitude.

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Funding period

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