About this project
WE HAVE A STRETCH GOAL - $3,500
We are delighted that we have now reached our goal of $3,000 and the shooting of A Clean Slate will move forward as planned during the first week of April.
Thank you to everyone who spread the word about our campaign, attended the fundraiser screenings on Feb 8th and made pledges!
Kickstarter has an "All or Nothing" funding model so we would like to send a very special thank you to backers who increased their earlier pledges to help us make the goal.
We still have a few days left in the campaign and we encourage those who have been holding off until the exciting finish to join our other backers by making pledges. THE MULLIGAN, 11 short films streaming online on March 15th is available for a pledge of $10.
We are setting a stretch goal of $3,500. Additional money we collect through this campaign will be used to increase the production value of our short film, on the little touches that enhance the environment we create for our actors, on items like props, wardrobe and makeup.
Thank you for supporting our project and Indie Film!
We just added a new perk "THE MULLIGAN" for a pledge of $10 or more. Check it out.
If you missed the Feb 8th screenings at OttawaU here's a second chance. Check out "THE MULLIGAN" perk. Selections from THE REEL DEAL: FILMS BY WOMEN and TREEPOT6 will stream online for one day only March 15th. Enjoy a great selection of international and local short films in the comfort of your living room.
Note: All backers who previously pledged $15 or more receive THE MULLIGAN as well. Thanks for your support!
A Clean Slate is a small-budget comedic short film produced in Ottawa, Canada.
The Creative Team
Producers: Paola Della Malva, Jith Paul
Writer: Paola Della Malva
Director: Jith Paul
Director of Photography: Karim Ayari
We are a group of filmmakers who are passionate about visual story-telling and we're confident we can achieve the level of quality we envision for the film with your support.
Paola Della Malva who penned A Clean Slate writes:
My Sister’s Basement
What happens when you put people of different ages and music interests together, hand them a few instruments, and then throw them up on a stage to entertain a crowd? If one of those people has a quirky sense of humour, and likes to write screenplays, chances are it’s going to turn into a script for a short film. That’s pretty much how it happened. Back in 2008, I got together with some family members and we started to play some covers in my sister’s basement “for fun”. I sing. Not always on key (artistic interpretation?), but I sing. And I had a lot of fun in this new millennium / Partridge Family-esque ensemble (Seriously, all we needed was a colourful bus to take us to gigs and we would have been spot on! We made do with our minivan instead. Not quite as bohemian and retro, but it got the job done.)
What Ever Happened To…. What’s His Face?
This experience made me reflect on musicians and songwriters I met over the years, many my own age. What happened to them over the course of the last couple of decades? I learned of some who had found success in one way or another and are living the dream. Some others had really big aspirations of music stardom and had to finally accept to settle for less than what they were hoping for. And others never wanted anything more out of music but to just enjoy it, play it, and get on with things.
There’s Just Something About Gianna
This observation got my interest up. Staring at me in the face were so many different characters. So many music genres, opinions, styles, mixed emotions from so many different viewpoints … SO MANY stories to tell! A Clean Slate’s main character, Gianna, is only one of them. I chose hers above all others because she reminded me the most of myself. That sounds arrogant, I know. But they say, write about what you know so… I’m intrigued by stories of amazing performers, who you would never believe from the confidence they exude on stage, that they have really terrible stage fright! How is that possible? And why do they keep doing it if it causes them such distress? I like this quote from Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac the best. “If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?”
Here are a couple of recent projects from members of this creative team.
How your donations will be used
The cast, crew, gear, locations, musicians, wardrobe, props, and more, are all key components in making A Clean Slate a success. So many talented have agreed to be a part of this film and really believe in it. In return, we want to ensure that they are recognized for their participation and efforts. That's where your support and generosity come in.
We plan on using your donations to supplement our budget to pay the cast, crew, songwriter(s), musicians, the use of the shooting locations and all production aspects of the project.
We had a fundraiser screening for A Clean Slate in Ottawa on February 8th. Check out photos, tweets and the line up of films that indie filmmakers donated to our screening at by clicking here.
Follow our adventure
Risks and challenges
One of our challenges is a tight shooting schedule. We have a 15 page script to shoot over 2 days. We have broken down the script and organized it into one day with a scene that involves only the three principal actors and a second (our big extras day) that involves the entire cast and extras. He hope to mitigate any further challenges by breaking down the script even further and rehearsing with our actors to optimize the days on location.
We have our first fundraising event scheduled for February 8th. Details at http://on.fb.me/19oX73A. We hope many indie film fans in Ottawa and the surrounding area are able to show up and take advantage of the free ticket rewards with some of the pledge levels. We hope this is an incentive for folks to make their pledges early so we can see where we stand. We are also planning other fundraising events and opportunities.
Gianna has to have a great song for her comeback and we are still in the process of finding that ideal song. Any aspiring songwriters/musicians out there? Hit us up! We would love commission the perfect tune.
We have a perfect location for the Apollo lounge, the Brass Monkey on Greenbank Road (https://www.facebook.com/brassmonkeybilliards), where Gianna and the band plan to launch their comeback. One of the things that makes it perfect is that it is in a basement so we can shoot during the day without having to cover up windows. Our scheduled shooting day in Monday April 7th. While shooting on a Monday morning/afternoon is great in terms of booking a location, we realize it will pose a challenge to get the 30-40 extras we need to fill up the space. So if you are in the Ottawa area and would like to be an extra in our film, pencil in April 7th in your calendar and let us know!
Every film project has challenges and we are sure to encounter some speed bumps along the way. Many members of our creative team have collaborated on previous projects and are used to being creative when it comes to dealing with challenges that come up on set and off. Just like Gianna in "A Clean Slate", we'll learn to roll with the punches.
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