Brian and Ron are coworkers negotiating an exchange. While the job seemed simple enough, they soon find themselves in a precarious situation, facing a powerful group of people who do not see the deal as equitable. Brian and Ron’s goals start to shift from winning a negotiation to simply leaving the negotiating table unharmed.
My name is Mark Kwak, the writer/director of Rules of Exchange, and thank you so much for visiting this Kickstarter page for my first ever short film!
This short film is something I had been yearning to make for many years, but never had the courage to actually execute on. Despite dreaming of being a filmmaker one day, I started working in tech/business six years ago, and as each year went by, I pushed my creative drive aside again and again. Eventually, I got a kick in the face from some very wise people who challenged my assumptions that a successful career was incompatible with pursuing other passions.
Ultimately I decided it was time to do this, not just for myself, but to encourage others to pursue their own passion projects, regardless of the little voice in their head saying "You're just too busy, it costs too much, it's not practical."
By the grace of God, I ended up finding an amazing producer (Cameron Mark Lewis of Coffee and Catchup), an incredibly talented cinematographer (Jason Joseffer), and a fantastic production manager (Lani Carnill) and together we built a magnificent team to actually get this thing off the ground!
So where’s the money going?
I always knew I wanted to make a short film with feature-length quality and production value. As I pursued this mission, I learned it would take a substantial investment of time and money, and I committed my savings account to make the quality film I envisioned.
I'm confident the investment is worth it, but this film isn't just about me. It won't be a true success without the support of a broader community. Join me!
Here are some of the costs your contributions will cover:
- Production insurance
- Sound mixer
- Film festival entry fees
- Production design
- Location permits
- SAG fees
- Music licensing - I hadn’t realized that getting even a Jackson 5 song licensed for 30 seconds is more than $20,000!! Suffice it to say I will now be using a less-known band’s song :)
- Composer for film score
- Camera stabilizing equipment and handling expertise
This is in addition to the other, more expected, costs of this film:
- Compensation for the production cast and crew
- Camera and lights packages
- Meals for cast and crew
- VFX and makeup kits
- Post production editing
- Props and wardrobe
All this to say, your contribution of any amount is essential to this project. We’re not finished yet, so every dollar will help provide equitable pay for the hard-working crew and ensure the extra final touches that can make all the difference in producing an incredible film. I am so grateful for your help, we can't do this without you!
Cast & Crew:
I can't say enough good things about this stellar cast and crew. Every single person is from the Bay Area - support your Bay Area film folks!!
- Writer/Director - Mark Kwak
- Producer - Cameron Mark Lewis
- Director of Photography - Jason Joseffer
- Unit Production Manager - Lani Carnill
- 1st Assistant Camera - Jonathan McDermott
- 2nd Assistant Camera - Eric Greer
- Sound - Sage Bilderback
- Boom Operator - Ryan Kotzebue
- Gaffer - Ernie Simpson
- Key Grip - Juan Ruiz
- Grip - Ryan Nelson
- Production Designer - Abbie Betz
- VFX Artist - Julian Bonfiglio
- Makeup Artist - Blais Lewis
- 2nd Assistant Director - Nolan Hunt
- Production Assistants - Derick McGee, Julia Chang, Renee Wong, Venkat Mocherla
- Editor - Eric Hsiao
- Co-Producers - Dan Hunt, Cary Woodworth
- Casting Associates - Joanna Kay, Marina Modlin, Jon Snyder
- Brian - Frank Wang
- Ron - Marlon Cowart
- Christoph - James Hiser
- Ray - Pete Fitzsimmons
- Benson - Ed Sheets
- Trunk - Simon Callan
The film is at its “make or break” stage in post-production, and the support of this community is paramount!
We’ll use the Kickstarter contributions to edit this thing seamlessly, color-grade the film to beauty, mix the sound so no one questions where they’re hearing what, and add a wonderful score to enhance the overall experience. And after all that - we’re ready for submission to the top film festivals out there (Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, etc.). And of course we can’t forget our incredible Bay Area supporters. We want to host a magical premiere where cast, crew, supporters, friends, and others come together to see the film for the first time and hang out together enjoying delicious cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres.
We look forward to enjoying these next steps with you guys!
Risks and challenges
The major hurdle to completing the film - principle photography – is almost complete. While we may need some ADR (re-dubbing the dialogue) or re-shoots, I’m confident we have the content for a successful film.
There are a few risk factors – not being able to pay key post-production crew like the colorist, sound mixer or composer, needing to re-shoot scenes – that can easily delay the release of the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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