(Spoiler Alert!!!) If you check out the website, the plot of the movie is given on The Story Tab!!!
Near the End of our campaign, we will be Hosting an Awareness Party in Portland, OR. It's free to enter! And for every five dollars pledged, or Drink Purchased....you will be entered into our raffle of glorious goodies!! And we will be showing ROUGH CUTS of our first few days. !!!!!! :) :) :) <3 <3 <3
This new and bold take on film-making has already in its current form been given comparison to classics such as The Godfather, CLERKS, American Beauty and William Shakespeare's HAMLET. These are very nice compliments. Seriously, is this film going to be that good?
We think so.
But to make this film,
To Make it AMAZING,
We cannot make this movie, this gut-wrenching and true-speaking film without you. Believe us, we've tried going to studios. With your help we will have complete freedom to make a brilliant film. And all we need for our 11 day shoot is at least $395 for each day.
Set in a Portland, OR, it is a story of a famous actor named Grahme who witnessed a director assault an actress two years ago. Now Grahme is working with Richard (the very same director), on a new film and this time with Malorie, a new leading lady. Grahme's manager, Steve, can only try to help Grahme along with his crazy behavior, clueless of the assault but caring for his friend.
HOLED-UP is centered around, essentially... rape. All while during the making of a fictional film. Although, this makes for an inside look at the idea of celebrity, it does involve the audience enough to feel like more than just a voyeur.
In this day and age, every known magazine depicts both the beauty and ugliness of a current star and they do so with unabashed, clueless nature.
This a film that speaks a language understood by film-lovers, and it does this naturally. For instance, the friendship between the characters Steve and Grahme is largely genuine and original, and most importantly, where the heart of the film lies.
But there are the other characters; What they are feeling; What the actress of long ago went through. And there is revenge.
The CURRENT 11-Day Filming Budget consists of four main constraints:
1) Cinematographer: $500
2) Catering for 10 out of 10 Days: $200
3) Sound Designer: $300
4) Lead Actors : $1,100
5) 2 Location Rentals and Props: $300
6) Key Grip, Plus 1 Grip, 1 Gaffer: $500
7) Producer's Fee: $500
8) Assistant Director: $250
9) B-Camera: $250
10) Make-Up Artist: $200
11) Line Producer: $250
TOTALS: $4,350 As minimal as we would like to pay all involved at the end of our shoot.
While the total is $4,350, there are fees that cannot be accounted for at this time, and if this amount seems to you like very little money to make a feature film, that's because it is. But what makes us different is that we have very few locations and not that many actors on set at the same time. Yes, more money would make this experience easier, but so far it has been quite an inexpensive journey.
The script was written with a low-budget in mind. The words being said are mostly our budget.
What if we were to surpass our first stretch goal??: We would add days to the production, people could be paid a little more and closer to what they deserve, we would be able to go all chosen festivals, WE WOULD HAVE AN ENTIRE ORCHESTRA FOR OUR SCORE and it would help us to make the film take a little more time (added days means less stress), and BE EVEN BETTER. If we do move to a new stretch goal, we will upgrade our rewards, too. To what? Well, you just have to wait and see.
HOLED-UP is set to film in the END of February 2013, consecutively until the END of March 2013. It is to be an Ultra-Low-Budget-SAG (Screen Actors Guild), Production. This means that we are working with a SAG Actor and paying him his most-minimal day-rate.
HOLED-UP is going to go to festivals.
The projected finalization of post and release for festivals is set securely for late May, 2013. This is when we hope to have a final product of the film ready to show to the world. How will we accomplish all of this?
Our team is almost complete. We have our actors, we have our Director, Writer and Storyboard Artist Montetre, Our Director of Photography Travis Stanton, Our Assistant Camera, B-Camera Operator and Gaffer Ben Bach, Our Producer Joaquin Fernandez, Our Key Grip and Lighting Designer Michael Slingerland, Our Line Producer Jim Stanek, Our Prop Handler Sarah Owen, Our Music Composers Tom Goicoechea and Ryan Cloutier (Ryan is also Our Executive Producer and Art Director), Our Sound Operator Esteban Ruiz, Our ON-SITE Editor Bob Harness, and Our Boom Operator is Jordan Pfeiffer.
ALL of The Locations have been found, For Free/Credit.
WHAT A PLEDGED AMOUNT IS GOING TOWARD:
The Hotels: FREE. We Are Filming in Two Separate Hotels, HERE & HERE
The Motel: FILMED ON FEBRUARY 22nd! Cost us $140. We shot this HERE. In room #27. And we will be back for FREE for the Exterior shooting in Late March!
The Film Trailers: FREE. We Are Filming on this Lot for one day HERE, pretty cool, they're letting us shoot inside their trailers. Their Lot even masks/matches well for our 'Film Set' Location.
The Film Set: FREE. We Are Filming this Scene for two days and nights HERE. It's got so many odd rooms and old sets, this place is perfect. And willing.
The Restaurant: FREE. We Are Filming this scene for two, whole, consecutive nights HERE. This place is pretty gorgeous. We will be shooting two consecutive days until four in the morning, each night.
The Taxi-Cab: MIGHT COST us $25, and Time. We are Building Our Own Backseat for the Taxi. It will be Pretty Cool and Cheap, "Like On The Waterfront." This will be done either in someone else's car, albeit that their windows must be manual roll downs. The exterior of the Taxi-Cab will be a Portland-Based Company called the New Rose City Cab Company.
The Bar: A likely $150 Rental Fee. We Are Filming this scene for two days and nights HERE.
The Storyboards are Done. Inked and Everything.
We are Ready for our Budget to be Raised.
If you have made it this far, and you are interested in seeing the past film work of Montetre and if you also happen to be a fan of torrents, please feel free to download a few of his feature films HERE.. For Free!
Although our team of people is most definitely experienced in making films, there are always snags that we can run into.
For instance, it is quite possible that an 8 hour day could turn into a 10 hour day. Or that a 10 hour day could turn into a 12 hour day.
It is possible that one day might have to run into the next, therefore making a 2-day location shoot become 3. If this were to occur, there is the slight chance the the location chosen would not allow us to do this. And so, we would have to compromise some of our ideas (and keep it at a 2-day at the max). Or it is possible that we would have to put the next day of shooting off until the next week, which would take advanced scheduling to make it work for all of us involved. So, once again, the compromise.
LUCKILY, our Line Producer will have us on a clock. Every new set-up is broken down into minutes. Every amount of takes is broken down into that same amount of minutes. If we give ourselves 8 hours for a day and have 50 set-ups to accomplish (not a normal day of set-ups), then we have ourselves 10 minutes for each new set-up. If we finish a set-up in 5 minutes, then we have 15 for the next set-up. If we go over by 5 for a 10 minute set-up, then we have only 5 minutes for the next one. And so forth. And so on.
We are shooting indoors, mostly. We have done our tech scouting (looking for plug-ins for equipment, the like, you know, electricity ;), and at one of our locations, we found out that we may have to bring in a generator. Which means we may have to find a generator. A generator can be loud. It can ruin a take. Little things like this can occur.
When we do our tech scouting, we are able to find plugs that even the owner didn't know about. We are qualified to find these plugs, To stay away from generators.
The biggest snag in pre-production thus far, has been losing a location due to the hours of our proposed filming. As we are securing most of our locations for free, we do not have the ability or the budget to rent out an entire space. While this would be beneficial, we have to play it by ear as best we can with the best locations we can get and/or have gotten.
So you see, while we have done our due diligence in getting most of our necessities for free, free does unfortunately come with a metaphysical price tag. In the end, it's all about honesty and being up front with the people we are working with. So far, so good (but sometimes sheeeesh.....)
The festival costs will be raised through a second campaign for funding, which will make up another $2,000.00. Unless we can raise this now, we will have to fund again, and wait around with a finished film.
While we hope to pass our first stretch goal, if we don't, the marketing will not stop. High-Level promotion of this film will take place for the next two years, long after we release HOLED-UP. We want people to want to see our baby.
So please, tell your friends about HOLED-UP.
As far as our Rewards are concerned... well, we tried to make them as cool and as simple as possible.
We also tried to make them as fun for us to do as they are for you to receive.
Our most difficult reward will not be printing out our posters, or water-marking your name on a script, or adding your name to the credits of our film, or doing a prank phone call....no, all of that stuff is basically what we do all of the time. Um, for fun really.
No, our most difficult reward will be getting this film made right, and on time, so that we can go through the festival process smoothly and soon, and so that you can get your own copy.
And also, so that we can all go to see the premiere in Late-May.
This is why music composition has already begun. And this is why we have an On-Site Editor. For you, as much as us.
And we are going to do our very best. We will try not to focus on the tiniest details in that editing room. Those details, while important, can eat up A LOT of editing time. Time that could have been spent better on editing a new scene.
To make this happen, we have set deadlines for all first/second/final drafts of all the scenes. Much similar to our shooting schedule with our minute by minute basis, the exporting from one set of skilled hands to the next is very much important to us. As Yoda would say, "An assembly line, are we."
And then Miss Piggy would be a like, "Kermie!! I love youuuu."
One Ticket to the Portland Premiere!!!! Thank you so much for your support. Every dollar helps!!! Please tell your friends. And see? It helps you, too! A cheap, Indie-Film, in the near future, eh?? Only 500 tickets are for sale, and anyone who donates $1 or more is getting one. We'll let you know when we run out of seats!!!
Extra Role on The Film. Yep, you'll totally be on camera. The First Thirty People to Donate $5 or more will be an extra on one of three sets during our filming from Late February to Late March. Those who click this tab will also get a ticket to our Portland Premiere! We'll let you know when we are out of Extra Roles!!
Hilarious! Writer/Director/Actor Montetré will leave you a personalized voice mail or even a prank phone call (you decide!), impersonating Christopher Walken (his Walken is really good...) telling you that you have Plus TWO Tickets to the premiere!!! That's THREE tickets to the Premiere of HOLED-UP!!
A copy of the DVD of the finished film, an impersonatedly personal Walken Voicemail, and THREE TICKETS to the Portland, OR Premiere!! (Canada shipping, please add $2, Intl. please add $4) ** (DVD will be shipped out after the completion of our festival circuit)** Maybe you are even an Extra???
If you pledge $20 or More, and if you are in the Portland, OR Area, Writer/Director Montetré will come wash the outside of your car!! If you don't have a car, Montetré will wash your bike!!! If you do not live in the Portland, OR Area, then he owes it to you to clean your car or bike one day! You will also receive one pressed copy of the DVD, a prank Walken Voicemail, and a Total of FOUR TICKETS to the Portland Premiere!!! (Canada shipping, please add $2, Intl. please add $4)
A mailed/dropped off, water-marked with YOUR name and SIGNED BY WRITER copy of the official HOLED-UP script in its entirety (it's good stuff, even copyrighted!!!), a copy of the DVD, a very clean car and or bike, one weird and fake but funny Walken Voicemail, and a Total of FOUR TICKETS to the Portland Premiere!!! (Canada shipping, please add $2, Intl. please add $4)
A signed, first-edition VINYL poster of HOLED-UP (still in development, but it this new, unseen poster will look wonderful), a Walken-Voicemail, Special thanks in the end credits!!!!, a Total of SEVEN TICKETS to the Portland Premiere, a mailed and signed copy of the actual script and a copy of the DVD (Canada shipping, please add $6, Intl. please add $10)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE: Become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER as labeled in the film's end credits (as well as IMDB). A Total of NINE TICKETS to the Portland Premiere. Yes, you are a producer now, and you have many seats! Also included in this package is a "HOLED-UP" T-Shirt! And everything listed above (Extra Role Depending)!!! (Canada shipping, please add $6, Intl. please add $10)
BEN STARR'S PUMPKIN CARROT CAKE! Choose this amount and you will receive (either hand-delivered or shipped next-day air) a famous and delicious pumpkin carrot cake baked by MasterChef contestant Ben Starr. These cakes have sold for thousands of dollars at auction, and they are worth every penny.
Wow. Just wow. For pledging $500 or more, we will send to you
the pre-screener of our film. This is the completed version that we are sending to festivals. And you get it earlier than all. This is quite a thing to do, and we trust that you will only show your closest friends. ;) You will ALSO receive a total of TWELVE Tickets to the Portland Premiere, a large shout out from us on that very night, The ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE, plus FIVE of our "HOLED-UP" T-Shirts, and all of the other Rewards listed above including the pumpkin cake. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you times 500, really!!!
As a gift of thanks, Ben Starr will host a fabulous dinner party for you and five of your friends in your own home.
You'll also receive everything else above (Extra Role Depending...), including the cake!
fine print: dinner party will be scheduled according to both your and Mr. Starr's availability. The producers will cover all costs including transportation, food, lodging, and beverages. Travel and expenses outside of the continental US will be at the expense of the pledgee.