Have you ever had to deal with vengeful class presidents, the burden of planning senior prom, keeping your relationship afloat, and all while keeping your grades up?
Ask Zeke Griffiths, a 17-year-old artist in Silicon Valley. He definitely has.
Welcome to Synesthesia, a short dramedy web series that centers its story around high school senior Zeke Griffiths, who gets selected the chair of his high school's senior prom by his class president, Rick, who has it out for him. Zeke, who attends the fictional Phillip Illwood High School in San Jose, California, is an artist and filmmaker, and as a second-semester senior, he wants to go out with a bang. But planning an event for everyone is difficult enough when your archenemy isn't trying to make you fail.
In the spotlight, Zeke is under pressure like never before, but he tries his best to succeed even with Rick breathing down his neck. Along his journey with his girlfriend Maia and their friends, they find themselves battling with both hatred and love, enemies and friends, and right and wrong.
But will Zeke and his friends succeed? What will they do if they come to a point of no return? And who the heck said that second-semester senior life was easy?
Synesthesia was conceptualized and created by filmmaker Mayer Adelberg. In addition to being the director, Mayer is also the showrunner for the series and the founder of Tiny Whale Productions. After presenting the project to Producer Eric Chow, whom he met in film school, Mayer and Eric worked together to secure the crew. Both experienced filmmakers, the two have created multiple short films together and worked on several other projects as well.
Our production team is an experienced group of young individuals who have a passion for creation. Working on the production are experienced Director of Photography Mathew Marcum, Sound Mixer and Designer David Gelovani, and the rest of our amazing crew, who you can find out more about here.
Any sort of production effort is expensive, and Synesthesia is no different. Insurance, permits, locations, actors, catering, transportation - productions get expensive quickly. Synesthesia was meticulously budgeted in an effort to minimize all costs while maintaining a high quality and safe production. Therefore, we know exactly how every cent of this $5,000 will be spent and we can assure you that it is all necessary for the production. The cast and crew are volunteering their time for Synesthesia, so all money will go to making this production excellent.
We understand that many are hesitant about funding a production, but we encourage you to take a look at our production team's experience, and we promise you that we are no strangers to film production. Additionally, we have amazing rewards that we think you will love.
Additionally, the funding we are asking for is 1/15th of the funding that VGHS requested in 2011 and 1/40,000th of what Rogue One cost to make, just to give you perspective.
We are at the very end of pre-production and are preparing to enter the first stages of production! We cast the series in December and have the scripts ready to go. Our locations have been secured for months and our first shooting day is scheduled for February 4, 2017, with intended release of the first episode in late April 2017.
Our team is ready to go on this production, and we can't wait to get started! You can take a look inside our production by watching our video!
We've had our cast locked down since December, but since this is a web series, we'll probably have to cast for additional actors down the road. We spent over two months finding the right actors to play our roles, and we believe we have an amazing cast. With actors that have been in major productions, we know that these actors will produce results worth watching.
Our main cast consists of stars Jayson Fabre, Briana Grant, and Matthew Kennedy. The supporting cast consists of Reece Breuckman, Hiwot Dereje, and Adam Katz. Also featured in Synesthesia are Reese Johnson and Shelly Smith, and Marsha Hovey, along with many others. Feel free to watch our video and meet some of our astounding cast members!
By pledging any amount, you help make this production possible, and get some pretty cool rewards in return! From your name in the credits to a cameo, you are supporting this team in our largest production yet!
Also feel free to check out our YouTube channel!
We are no strangers to film production. Below are some videos done by DP Mathew Marcum, Director Mayer Adelberg, and Producer Eric Chow.
Risks and challenges
Biggest Challenge: Production Delays
Delays on any production are to be expected, but we will mitigate, overcome, or stop these before they happen by specifically planning based on weather forecasts, actor and crew availability, and location availability. Our comprehensive conflict calendar addresses all of these and allows us to find the best dates for everyone (and the weather).
Biggest Risk: Set Safety
Most people don't realize how much can go wrong on a set or location. With the hundreds of pounds we're hauling from one place to another in our production trailers to the crew working long days and the actors working under lights and cranes, a place of filming can look intimidating and dangerous. However, Tiny Whale Productions is a very safe production company. We have never had an accident, and we do the following to keep accidents and other problems from happening:
• Daily Safety Meetings: At the beginning of each shooting day, we have a team huddle where we discuss the days potential risks and all of our plans to eliminate those risks, in addition to designating our production safety liaison for the day and repeating our most important phrase: "Slow is Safe, Safe is Smooth."
• Comprehensive Safety Information: In pre-production, we went over all the safety details the crew needed to know for the shoot, from using our crane and staying outside the radius to working in the trailers to using our radios to keep communication lines available.
• Set Security: With the large shoots we have, we designate security officers to keep our set safe. Working with either local agencies or property managers, all crew and cast members are provided with identification badges that they must wear at all times, and all our sets and locations are privately rented for the production to ensure a secure set.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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