Written Images - LGBT Feature
An experimental coming of age film that follows two gay men in Chicago as they find themselves and each other.
No contribution is too small for this fundraiser to help support Chicago filmmaker Mike Krumlauf in his journey of his second feature length project! The goal of this film is too bring an honest, raw, and original experience to the viewer that focuses on the human condition in our early years.
Synopsis: Steven, an emotional introvert has recently moved to Chicago from Europe to further his education. Undecided at what his major should be, a class project helps him discover his vocation in life and make the friends he was always yearning for. Nick, a young photographer suffering addiction in multiple forms, has his morals put to the test when he meets Steven. Together they begin A journey of self discovery, love and redemption in the backdrop of modern Midwestern America.
What Makes This Film Unique?
In the 1980s, Chicago Filmmaker John Hughes brought humanity and honesty to coming of age/adult films and put Chicago, IL on the map as one of the key Midwestern locations in American Cinema. Since John's absence and (in 2009) untimely passing, American cinema has yet to touch upon the honesty & heart John brought to Chicago with his characters' stories. Written Images plans to deliver an honest, heartfelt story of finding yourself, falling in love, and growing up in the likes of Mr. Hughes. Visually, the film is being shot on Mini DV, HDV, & RAW. The film is utilizing the different formats to convey the disarray both character's lives are in. Using these formats will also help utilize post production hard drive space and make the most cost effective workflow possible. Also, because the cameras (like other cheaper digital formats) are so small, we can shoot some of the scenes with a very small setup, without the need of a bigger crew, which requires more space, time, and money.
About The Cast & Crew:
Mike Krumlauf - Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Co-Producer
Mike was born December 14th, 1990 in Maywood, Illinois. He grew up in Naperville, Illinois the majority of his life, spending a year & a half in Telluride, Colorado from late 2001-2003. Mike's passion with film began when his father gave him a video camera as a Christmas gift in 1999. In 2003, Mike was introduced to low budget DV Filmmaking and the Sony DSR-PD150 camera. He began teaching himself digital cinematography and editing, while constantly experimenting. In 2005, Mike met filmmaker Arin Crumley and acquired the beloved (among low budget filmmakers at the time) Panasonic DVX100A camera. Arin insisted that Mike put his video artwork on A new (at the time) website YouTube. In doing so, Mike was one of the first to use the website as a DIY distribution tool for video art, which gained him a little notoriety in the online film-making community. From 2005-2007, Mike received over 1 million views collectively to his work of about 130 videos at the time. His early work was considered as "Photography on Speed" said by a fellow Chicago photographer Dann Wunderlich. In late 2007, Mike left YouTube and the online filmmaking community. It was not until February 2008, when Mike went back to the internet,in which he came out publicly as a gay man and began putting his work on Vimeo (where he still posts his work to this day). His experimental work today gains 200-500 views a week. "I enjoy being on Vimeo more then I did you tube or other outlets. Vimeo has a very artistically driven community of people who can respect my work for what it is... experiments." states Krumlauf. "My video art will be an ongoing project until the day I die. It's a great way for me to better understand my calling as an artist and fine tune my craft."
Mike's future plans as an artist is to work in music videos and experimental art-house cinema. Mike states "I want to challenge my audience with the material of my future narrative work. I don't want to be a [cookie cutter] filmmaker. I'm all about content that makes you think and sometimes judges all the morals you stand on.
Mike currently lives in his hometown of Naperville, Illinois where he works freelance under his company Digital T Productions.
Mike's first film, A PLACE TO CALL HIS OWN, was selected to play at the 2013 Naperville Film Festival. It told the story of Mike's late friend Matt McMahon and the impact he left on his family and Mike. Mike made the film himself on a $10,000 Budget. The film gained press in the Chicago Sun Times & The Naperville Magazine and can be purchased on Amazon.
Josh Crawford - Music Composer
Josh Crawford is an experimental musician based out of California. He produced the music for the director's first film A Place to Call His Own. His Soundtrack to that film can be heard here. This will be Josh's second feature that he's composing.
About The Cast
Jelle Florizoone - Steven
As a child, Jelle was a huge movie fan and he studied acting in Bruges. In 2011, he starred as the main character of Pim in the Flemish drama film North Sea Texas. The film follows the story of Pim, a boy - living with his reckless mother - who falls in love with his male best friend, Gino. Later, he starred the children's superhero drama ROX (2011–present) who revolves around three young heroes with an exceptional talent and an exceptional car, ROX.
Michael Gertsen - Nick
Steven Michael Gertsen-Rogers was born on November 5, 1993 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. His interest in film began at a young age, having since participated in numerous short and independent films including the indie drama Joshua Tree(2013) directed by Li Cheng, and the slapstick comedy Management, Interns & Killers, written and directed by Jake Shane.He is also featured in the upcoming film Jurassic World (2015).
Michael Cuomo - Mr.Donaldson
Michael Cuomo plays the troubled ex-boyfriend in the indie smash hit, Four Eyed Monsters (2005) (Best Feature Award at SXSW), which opens in New York and in select cities across the country on 12/1/06. Additional film credits include Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe (2007), both produced by Donna McKenna.
Onstage, Michael's off-Broadway credits include: The Jimmy McDermott Show with Stanley Tucci(Rattlestick Theatre), Little Doc with Fisher Stevens (Naked Angels), The Viy (HERE), Forgetting to Remember and The Kitchen Table (Emerging Artists).
Michael trained with Joseph Chaikin, the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Barrow Group and with Brad Calcaterra at the Studio.
Michael recently starred as Cole in the critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway smash hit, Happy New Year (Barrow Group). He reprised his role for the short film version and also coproduced.
Onstage, Michael recently starred in an Off-Broadway production of Manning's Lonnie-Jake at the Barrow Group. His additional theatre credits include The Jimmy McDermott Show with Stanley Tucci (Rattlestick); Little Doc with Fisher Stevens (Naked Angels) and The Kitchen Table (The Mint). He trained with Joseph Chaikin, Brad Calcaterra and'Seth Barrish' at the Barrow Group.
For the last two years, Michael also served as the creative assistant to writer/director Todd Graff, where he apprenticed Todd in the areas of writing and producing for film and television in NY & LA, specifically on Will (2010/I) (Fox/Walden) and the upcoming feature film Cult Figure (2008) (Killer Films).
Nick Cozzi - Declan
Nick Cozzi has had experience acting in the high school theater. This will be his film debut.
What Are Donations Going Toward?
The film's total production budget is $30,000. If we reach our goal, your money will be contributing toward the following.
- Transportation For The Actors
- Equipment Purchase/Rental Fees
- Location Permits Fees
- Music Licensing Fees
- Food For Cast & Crew
We hope you will contribute to our project. If you have any questions, and would like to speak to us, feel free to contact us and we will answer any questions you might have.
Risks and challenges
Written Images is a very technical film. It is being shot in a multitude of different ways, diving into the very art of cinematography and experimental film. The film is being shot on Mini DV, HDV, & Redcode RAW. Different aspect ratios, color pallets, and camera movements will all play a very important role on progressing parts of the story forward, that the characters can not do alone. The film is being made for an audience of people that have yet to be heard fairly and properly in American cinema. As independent artists, we are going to you, the viewer, to help us fund what we hope will become an American staple in youth cinema. If you want to help a project that is trying to breath new life into a genre of filmmaking, is taking chances within its technical process, and delivers beautiful imagery of life, love and chicago, please take a moment and donate.
Thank you for your time,
Writer, Cinematographer, Editor & Director of Written Images
- (60 days)