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ONLY 3 MORE DAYS TO GET US TO THE GOAL!
NEW PERK!!! BRYAN BRUNER OF LOVE AND ROBOTS HAS MADE US TWO NEW ORIGINAL PIECES BASED ON WHITE CREEK. YOU'LL GET BOTH AS A POSTCARD!!!
HERE IS THE WHITE CREEK PROLOGUE...BLACK CREEK!
What is the film about?
The basic story of White Creek is a family trying to survive in modern times. Yet, this film take place in an alternate universe, where modern times means modern feudalism. Instead of the brother of the family not being able to move out of his parents house...he's imprisoned in debtors prison for a labor debt he could never fulfill. Instead of worrying about whether their kids will get into college, the main characters must live in a world without electricity or cars, slaving away in a factory that transports it's goods to the people in charge. Once their brother is released from jail the worry is not whether he'll blend well with society, the problem is if he'll commit quantum suicide in order to leave this universe for the one he thinks he belongs in. This is survival for the modern family of White Creek.
Team White Creek
Filmmaking for me is not about my singular vision. To me, filmmaking is a truly collaborative effort of craftspeople, their ideas, the locations and their history, and the people who inhabit these areas and the life they bring to a place.
I’m incredibly excited to be working again with my partners in crime Sean Donnelly, Randall Meehl, and Dustin Johnson for our best film yet. Josh Wick from ORPHANED is returning and I’ll finally get to work on a project with one of my great friends, Katie Hawthorne. On top of all that, we have some excellent faces in the first time collaboration department. Frank Mosley, Ryan Harper Gray, and Adam Dietrich are some wonderful actors and friends and I cannot wait to see what they bring to this story and experience.
BLACK CREEK builds a myth about the world we are creating and at the same time, allowed us to come together as a group and test out our production process. Do the actors work well together? Does the location fit the story? Are we achieving the look we set out for? All these questions were answered with a resounding YES after the four-day shoot in May. The prologue now exists as a solo exhibit at Salem Art Works, as well as a short film introduction to WHITE CREEK. Visit the official film website and signup to receive a free copy of the film.
Creating another universe
For years, I’ve been excited to make a film that parallels current issues by setting things up in a completely different universe. I think this allows you to be incredibly honest, but also embrace the fantastic. This difference is quite subtle, using the locations and people of Salem, NY, to depict a very different reality that mirrors our own. Music plays a significant role in the film, and Dustin Johnson's score is shaping up to be a stellar soundtrack as well as stand alone album of work.
I’m taking a play from the Apocalypse Now playbook and working hard to create a submersible world that the actors can lose themselves in. We have chosen a superb cast whose strengths fit the characters perfectly and your donations will allow me to focus explicitly on performance. Often in micro-budget films, a director wears way too many hats and that can often lead to a diminished product. But with a larger budget, I’m able to properly pay talented crew and cast so that I’m allowed the time to focus on my craft.
How does my donation help?
Every dollar of the money donated will pay our talented cast and crew and cover film expenses. If we exceed our goal I will give the extra money to those talented folks involved. So every dollar you donate goes straight into the hands of a talented artist or craftsperson. This makes micro-budget filmmaking sustainable, and keeps talented folks interested in work at this level.
The Kickstarter Way
Kickstarter is a great way for a filmmaker to communicate directly with an audience, grow that audience, and fund their films. The only catch is... it’s all or nothing. We need to make our goal of $8,500 in 30 days, or we don’t get anyone’s donations. So anything you can do to get the word out, or any amount you can give will ensure this campaign’s success and the project’s future.
Thank you so much from me and the entire WHITE CREEK family. We’re going to work our tails off to give you a great movie!
John and the White Creek Team
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