5 Must Knows About A Film Called "mooo"
1. What is "mooo"? "mooo" is a short film about a douchebag film director, his vapid girlfriend, and a flaming comedy of errors that ensnares them with two down-to-earth friends. When level-headedness rises to squelch phoniness, it explodes like water on a grease fire!
2. Why does independent film (indiefilm) matter? Fresh new shows that surprise and entertain don't sprout from nowhere and land on HBO. They get invented by writers, filmmakers, and actors harvesting a new wave of creativity. Indiefilm is where edgy stories get tested with new ways to tell them. It's where the chemistry of great new shows gets formulated.
3. How will your donation change lives? In the 80's & 90's Seattle was Hollywood North. But today, money for video flows to Los Angeles producers. That's rough on Seattle indie filmmakers, who survive by doing side work in advertising and corporate video (source: Office of Film & Music). Seattle has the talent, but not enough to meet demand. Funding indiefilms helps Seattle showcase its creativity, invites talent to come flourish in its vibrant indiefilm scene, helps Seattle meet the demands of advertisers, and provides more side work for Seattle's writers, actors, & filmmakers. Your donation is a hand-up, not a handout, for 20+ creative people who will make "mooo".
4. Who are we? We are Speetzfire, a collaboration of independent film (indiefilm) makers based in Seattle. We're part of the extraordinarily vibrant northwest indiefilm community; one that promises to redefine entertainment just like grunge and Macklemore redefined music.
5. Why donate now? We plan to submit "mooo" to the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) about 3 months from now! In the world of filmmaking, that's not much time. Your donation will greatly improve our chances of getting accepted to SIFF in two ways. It'll fuel the passion of our cast & crew knowing an audience cares. And it'll give us the financial freedom to improve the overall quality of the film -- the look, the sound, and the experience of watching it. So please donate now :)
What makes us tick? For those of you who don't know us, we're a team of independent filmmakers who think it'd be a better world if people did what they loved.
What have we done? Members of our team have been involved in over 10 independent films, in the past year alone, with one including Hollywood notables and another in the (SIFF) Seattle International Film Festival. These are some of our latest titles from our collaboration:
Tell me more about the "mooo" story. Dino's an obnoxious and overbearing film director. His girlfriend Gina stays with him simply because he promised her a role in his TV commercial. But things fall apart when Gina realizes her star role is just a one liner. Two clear-headed friends, Renee and Phillip, see the phoniness. But their efforts accelerate hilarious confusion and a comedy of errors.
What's our distribution plan? Our first priority is to submit to SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) and STIFF (Seattle True Independent Film Festival). We will also hold small venue screenings in Seattle. We will distribute our film to other festivals and/or online based on audience response and response from judges.
Why don't you get a DVD for donating? Our agreement with the actors union (SAG-AFTRA) limits our distribution. If we distribute our film outside of film festivals, then we must pay actors full rate. Our stretch funding goals (explained in the open letter from "mooo"'s creator) allow us to fund both the actors and the DVDs.
What's the wrap video? After completion, we will create an entirely separate, fun video to celebrate completion of our project and give a shout-out to key contributors.
"mooo" isn't icky like Seth MacFarlane. We were afraid a film about milk and breasts would be a cesspool of adolescent male humor. So we evened the score when we created the rewards for large donors! (just a little surprise from the producer to the director!)
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Click on a donation. Then tell your friends on facebook, twitter, and email!
Heather Pilder Olson, Producer...Amy Sedgwick, Assistant Producer...Andrew Tribolini, Co-Director & Acting Coach...Henry Mark, as Dino...Danita Bayer, as Gina...Krystina Ptasinski, as Renee...Scott C. Brown, as Phillip...Matthew T. Bane, Director of Photography...Becki Chandler, 2nd Assistant Director...Riley Taylor, Audio Engineer & Editor...Michelle Dietrich,Make-up Artist...Tony Bocci, Camera Operator...Nick Tobin, Camera Operator...Janet Berkow, Production Assistant, Locations...Ken Winnick, Publicity & Social Media Content...Kevin Owyang, Creator
hi. and thank you for checking out our project!
i'm kevin owyang and i wrote "mooo". it's a short comic film about dino, gina, renee, and phillip -- characters i created from the best & worst of friends, acquaintances, people i love, and others i wish i'd never met. i had this idea that maybe they'd be more funny that way.
one of the most nerve-wracking points was after i sent "mooo" to potential cast and crew. would they think this project would advance their career? would it be funny enough? would they bring the passion to make it a festival-quality film? even if it meant putting way more time into it than i could pay them for?
then the responses started to come in. and super talented people lined up to help. people actually laughed out loud when they read the script. it was truly humbling.
you see, as a team, we started less than a year ago as part of the siff (seattle international film festival) crash film challenge. and it's so cool to be headed towards our goal of making a festival-quality film that gets selected by siff and it's cohort, stiff (seattle true independent film festival).
so here we are, on the edge our dream.
so here's where the money goes:
if we raise $1,600...
so what'll we do with the money we're raising. well $1,600 will allow us to pay for food for cast & crew during the shoot, allow us to pay our actors, and pay for props and set design.
if we raise $2,600...
if we exceed out goal, we will use the money as follows. the next $1,000 will rent a location, pay for advanced sound engineering, and secure insurance. right now i'm planning to pay for that out of my own pocket.
if we raise $3,600...
the next $1,000 would allow us to pay many of the behind the scenes crew. that would still be way less than what they should be paid, but at least it's something.
if we raise $5,000...
the next $1,400 would allow us to make DVDs (which we'd then be able to give to people that had donated an appropriate amount), cover additional festival entry fees, cover enhanced post-production quality, and reimburse our out-of-pocket expenses.
so what happens in "mooo"? dino brings together gina, phillip, and renee to create a TV commercial for a contest. if they win, their commercial will be aired during the super bowl and they'll be awarded $100,000. but things go awry, personalities trample events, and their egos clash into a mad dash bungle to the deadline.
why fund us?
because "mooo" tells the story of people all around you. except in "mooo", what you wished would happen, actually does. and i hope it helps makes life a little less serious. so the next time someone is being a royal pain in the butt to you, maybe it'll be easier to simply love them back, even if foronly a half second :)
so please help me fund "mooo". there are so many talented actors and artists working with me. people who are worth a little love. i certainly owe them my support, and i'd be honored if you'd help me too.
creator of "mooo"
Risks and challenges
A film project breaks down into three stages. Pre-production, production, and post-production.
The first risk is, getting through pre-production. This entails securing cast, crew, & location within budget. We're pretty much past that hurdle now. Having made films for virtually no budget, we're good at begging people to commit to us. But we want to make it worth their time, and that's what this Kickstarter is about.
The primary risk of production is completing all the shots on time. That comes down to planning and good risk management. Planning shots helps us prioritize. Risk management means simplifying shots on-the-fly in order to meet deadlines (i.e. that an actor has limited availability, or a location has a set time schedule, etc.). As a team, we have been involved in several very short time-frame projects, sometimes as little as 7.5 hours. So we're very practiced at planning, scheduling, and risk management.
The primary risk of post-production is lost footage and missing shots. These risks are actually production risks, but surprisingly many filmmakers experience these problems in post-production because of poor planning. In our case, we've made a lot of these mistakes before, and in response we developed a process to minimize those errors. With that solved, the primary risk in post-production is time, that it takes longer to edit than the budget allows. And in our case we have several editors on our crew that can pitch-in and see this through to completion.
Finally, a film is a project that has to be managed. And it takes a leader who can accept responsibility for mistakes, pocket the errors, and has the passion to drive things forward. And we're fortunate our Director & Executive Producer, Kevin Owyang brings all that.
So does being "Stoopid-Fast Feelmakers" mean we're sloppy and haphazard? Not at all. We think of it as taking our time to do a good job, at a super rapid pace. And we pour our hearts, souls, and every ounce of feeling into every film we make.
And just like anyone who is stupid with love, our projects are alive, their world seems new, and life seems more worth living. We invite you to be a part.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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