RockstaЯ is a project that I've always had a lot of passion about. I originally wrote the idea in the summer of 2018 while living at my camp in Hope, Maine. From its inception I knew I wanted this film to be something different, something no one has ever seen before, but I also wanted to target a wide audience. So, it began with the thought: who among us hasn't wanted to be a rock star at some point in our lives?
This project has all of me in it. It reflects a lot of my own personal experience as well as things that I've seen having a brother and a lot of close family who were and are musicians. The main character, James Vegas, is almost certainly a reflection of myself, in my own eyes. His bisexuality and discovery of himself are great lessons to many people who are struggling with sexual identity. Don't misinterpret this film though, it is not a "gay film," there are scenes where sexuality is explored, but my goal is to help "normalize" (even though I hate that word) a different kind of sexuality as if it was any other romantic film.
I know I can do this, I have a lot of very talented individuals around me, and I feel that I have an ability to bring people together. I've never worked harder on anything than this, and every single dollar you give will go towards helping me make my dreams come true and making sure every single person on my set has everything that they need, including lighting equipment, costumes, camera lenses, anything and everything involved in making a kick-ass film.
Director - Luke Chaffee
A Maine native, Portland area filmmaker, who specializes in writing and camera. He worked on 2 Damnationland sets this past fall and was on several national sets including Birds of North America (set to be released in January 2019) and a music video for The Contortionists. Set to graduate from SMCC's communications and new media program next spring.
Director of Photography - Ben Rooker
Ben Rooker is a musician, filmmaker, and visual effects artist from South Portland. Currently attending SMCC for an associates in communications and new media, he has worked on numerous short films, commercials, and even a feature film. He’s scored several shorts such as Phoenix, The Red Millenium, and BOILK. In 2017/18, he wrote and directed his first short film, The Wile, which went on to see multiple screenings across the state.
Assistant Director - Rebecca Myshrall
Gaffer - Nate Prime
I am a proud trans videographer and photographer, I particularly love lighting and shadows. Intersectional feminism and the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community are my main concern conceptually, technically, and artistically.
Lead Role - Jonathon Raines
Risks and challenges
Every movie ever made has had some hiccups, nothing is ever perfect, always have a back-up plan. There's always obstacles, but having plan B,C, and D can turn any challenge into a quick fallback plan. The biggest challenge I see facing this production is time. Making sure that everything runs smoothly on set and that everyone knows what they are doing and how they are going to do it, before they even arrive on set. I've had several members of my crew on for months now. They know what I want this project to be, and what I want it to mean, and they want the same things I do. They enjoy the process just as much as me. Making dope content is what we're all about, it's all we want to do.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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