UPDATE: Just joining us? In conjunction with the Kickstarter campaign, I'm writing the story in a serialized novella that I'm giving away a chapter of for every $500 we raise. You can read the chapters we've already released on my blog, which I imagine will be easier than hunting them down. We'll keep going, as I project that even if we hit the goal, there's still another 10 or so chapters left to tell. Chances are we'll save the last chapter or 2 for an eBook (or some such thing), which our backers will get for free. Everyone else, well, they may just have to buy an eBook. We'll see. Oh, and our backers get the chapters as soon as they're done (yes, I'm writing them as we go), so they don't have to wait.
After my last film, BLANC DE BLANC (www.blancdeblancfilm.com) had a short theatrical run in Maine last month, I've found myself in Maine for the summer with a desire to shoot a variant of an idea I've had in my head for awhile now. But finances are low, so we need your help.
The film is a feature-length thriller/drama about a couple of friends who hire a guide to take them on a fishing trip in a remote part of northern Maine--farther north, even, than the towns they don't bother to name. But, when the guide leaves them stranded in a river and takes their gear, they're stuck in the middle of nowhere with no resources and some locals who aren't too happy that these people are in their woods.
We'll be shooting the film this summer on location at my family's fishing camp Nok-a-Buck III, which was built in 1938. There's no electricity and you have to carry water up from the river in 5 gallon buckets. But it's a beautiful, remote area that's perfect for a film like this. We're on a slightly shorter turnaround than I expected because I've just found out that the family is doing much-needed repairs to the camp when I was planning to film. So we need to be out of there by then.
We're raising money to, well, get the cast, crew, and equipment into Maine, and then up in the woods. Basically, we'll be camping as we make the film, which means we may need to rent a generator and lots of batteries, because there's nowhere to plug things in.
As you might imagine, there aren't a lot of places to rent equipment up there.
In a bit of a crowdfunding twist, I'm writing the film first as a serialized novella. For every $500 we raise up to and beyond our goal, I'll write a chapter of the novella and release it out into the wild. Our backers will get to read the chapters earlier than everyone else, so if you like to be the first kid on the block to see stuff, you'll want to join our list of backers.
Oh, and there's a pretty good chance the title of the film is going to change, as I usually find the titles of my films in editing.
So, please consider helping us get this film made way up in the middle of nowhere. All our backers will get updates throughout the entire process, plus the rewards on the right.
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