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“Love and War” tells a story that unfolds across two parallel storylines: one in the trenches of war-torn Europe, the other in a swanky 1920s lounge.
“Love and War” tells a story that unfolds across two parallel storylines: one in the trenches of war-torn Europe, the other in a swanky 1920s lounge.
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We’ve just finished shooting “Love and War” a short film set during World War One and the 1920s. We shot on location in Thurston County, WA and the Seattle area. This was done with a small, talented, and fiercely dedicated crew, with mostly donated time and equipment. However, we did rack up some bills that we now have to pay. And there are some costs for post-production that we have to cover.


Be a part of bringing this movie into the world. Have a look at the 2.5 minute video above and consider donating to the production.


We have rewards at many different levels, starting with a signed script, copies of the finished DVD and original score downloads at the low end, up to Executive Producer credit (listed on IMDb.com) and tickets to the premiere at the high end. Check out all the rewards in the column on the right and pick the level that’s right for you. Everyone who contributes will be able to read the updates on the production as it progresses.



Synopsis


The story of “Love and War” unfolds across two parallel storylines: one in the trenches of World War I and the other in the trenches of romance in the 1920s. In a muddy hole in war-torn Europe our hero suffers a wound and laments a lost love, and back stateside in a swanky ‘20s lounge he battles back and forth with various women. He’s a lover and a fighter, damaged but determined. With the help of a beautiful young nurse he heals and returns to the front to face his fate.



Cast


I feel blessed and lucky to be working with the following talented actors:


Bjorn Whitney


Bjorn plays Rafe, the lead role, a lover and a fighter, damaged but determined.


Rachel Smart


The lovely and brilliant Rachel Smart plays Ophelia, a WWI nurse, a tender spirit, caring yet somewhat exasperated by the violent games boys play, wounded but not completely hardened by the atrocities of war.


Aaron Heinzen


Aaron plays John, Rafe's friend who fights alongside him and offers mostly sympathetic, but somewhat aloof advice.


And a slew of other superstars...



Crew


We have an amazing team working on this production.


Writer/Director


Yours truly. I've been some kind of artist all my life. I love telling stories and I love the variety of creative work that filmmaking allows me to do. The last film I wrote and directed, Tex: Vampire Hunter, played in film festivals in the US and overseas.


Cinematography: Alex Meader and Connor Hair


One could not ask for a better pair of genius kids with cameras than these two. I’ve worked multiple times with Connor and Alex on other projects, and they consistently turn out beautiful, professional imagery.


Art Direction: Jessica Welker


Jessica has a keen eye for set design and props. Much of the look and feel of this film is due to her hard work and attention to detail.


And a bevy of other geniuses...


Budget


So you know what your contributions are paying for, here's a summarized budget.


In Closing


Thanks for reading and thanks for your support. I'll be posting updates in the coming days and weeks, so check back often. More news, info, and pictures are available at my blog: http://www.filthyandcomplicated.com


See you at the film festivals!


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    A copy of the script, and a download of all the songs on the original score composed by Neal Castelo.

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    BOW TIE. Receive one of the silk bow ties worn by the main characters in the film. Note: these are real self ties, not some cheesy pre-tied elastic crap.

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    CUFFLINKS AND STUDS. All of the above plus one set of tuxedo cufflinks and studs worn by the characters in the movie.

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    THE BLONDE’S DRESS. Donate at this level and get one of the dresses worn in the film. Size 2.

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    TRENCH RIFLES. All of the above, plus one of the plywood rifles used by background soldiers.

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    All of the above, plus ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit in the film and on IMDb.com

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    All of the above, plus TWO TICKETS to the film festival premiere of our film. Our Executive Producer, Aron Thompson is a member of the board of Seattle International Film Festival, and so it is quite likely that SIFF will be the premiere of “Love and War”. This reward also applies to all levels above this.

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    All of the above (including AP credit), plus an invitation to the cast/crew screening of the film. These are always fun events and your chance to rub elbows with fancy movie people.

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    DOUGHBOY’S RIFLE. Receive all of the above and one of the Lee-Enfield rifle replicas used in the film. These are non-firing replicas, but they look cool and have a nifty bolt action. Hang it over the mantle and regale your guests with the story of the movie you helped fund.

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    All of the above, with CO-PRODUCER credit, and 2 tickets to the premiere or a film festival showing in your area. It’s hard to know at this early stage where the premiere and subsequent film festival showings will be, but we’ll get you tickets to something. Travel, if necessary, is up to you.

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Funding period

- (35 days)