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Last updated May 20, 2015

Spirit-ish

Two women who are down and out take a job that no one else is jumping to do. That job is helping people - dead people. It's a comedy.

Spirit-ish

Two women who are down and out take a job that no one else is jumping to do. That job is helping people - dead people. It's a comedy.

$950
pledged of $8,500pledged of $8,500 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 20 2015 3:15 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 20, 2015

About

The Film

Spirit-ish is the story of Chogan and B - two women, desperate for work, coming together to take on a job that no one else is jumping to do. It just turns out that the work is helping people - dead people - get to where dead people (need to) go when they die.

The story is about death - it's a comedy. Chogan and B are both coming at this odd job with their own emotional weight to carry. Their story explores how life is filled with all kinds of grief and absurdities but can be brilliant and beautiful too. 

Life is filled with death - the sadness and desperation of loss can give us a reason to love and laugh harder. 

The Idea

The idea stems from a time when I was desperate for employment, and lived as a bit of a couchsurfing lost person. When my life shifted to allow for some stability I started writing. 

Writing this script has been an act of catharsis. It has allowed me a way into my own memories of death and loss. It’s based on times in my life when everything happening around me seemed a bit absurd compared to the heavy emotional weight I was under. 

I wanted to explore this idea through these different people coming from different places in their own lives and how two ordinary women will both deal with these immense events. Chogan and B have nothing to lose and so nothing to hide. To me, it’s this kind of honesty about the mundanity of life and the day-to-day of death that makes most things seem funny by comparison.

With your help we can create this universe, tell this story and maybe have a laugh. 

The Crew

  • Virginia Smith - Writer/Director/Producer/Comedic Co-Star
  • Semone Scurry - Comedic Comrade in Arms/Co-Star
  • Sarah Mayo - Assistant Director
  • Minoo Allen - Director of Photography
  • Marielle Seche - Script Supervisor/Best Girl
  • Libba Smith - Production Assistant/Best Girl

The Money

  • Equipment Rental (cameras, lights, rigging and sound equipment)
  • Talent - securing great people to breath life into this story
  • NYC Shooting permits 
  • Travel - Getting talent and crew to and from locations
  • Props/Production Design 
  • Craft Services
  • Post Production 
  • Liability Insurance (just in case)

Risks and challenges

Making a short fantasy film with all in-camera, and real effects takes a great deal of teamwork and choreography. Even more so, making it funny and reaching into the honesty of our day-to-day lives requires time and an immense amount of energy from the cast and crew - but we feel in order to give you a more luscious and visually interesting universe we're willing to sidestep modern techniques and easy punchlines to deliver the most interesting and engaging final result.

Any donation you make above our set goal helps us make a better film and take that film further. Some things additional funds will help with:

-Faster fulfillment of Kickstarter rewards
-More detailed special effects
-Festival entries
-Turning this short into a web series (this is the long-term goal of our production)

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