Slate is a short film about an aspiring actress getting ready for her next big audition. We follow her journey through her preparation all the way to the end of her audition.
What the film is really about is a human being seeking the acceptance of other human beings. It's ambiguous at the end of the film whether or not she gets what she's seeking from others; the part in the project or their acceptance.
The important part is that she accepts herself, so we know she's going to be okay after the credits roll. We think the underlying message of self-love and self-worth is important and is something that everyone can relate to; not just actors/actresses. We're hoping this movie will inspire those who watch it.
Niya Wright as aspiring actress Dahlia Reynolds
Niya Wright is an actress living in Los Angeles. Recently graduating with honors from Loyola Marymount University, Niya grew up in East Orange, NJ where acting, dancing and making people happy gave her the greatest joy. Niya dreamt of being on the screen helping to bring stories alive that would inspire, entertain and uplift the lives of millions of people around the world. She co-starred in a college radio show and sketch comedy YouTube Channel. Niya was also an active member of the theater and film community at LMU, performing in a number of shows and short films. Currently, Niya sets up shop behind the scenes at ABC’s General Hospital, while attending acting school at Tasha Smith's School of Acting. Niya hopes to use her voice and platform to bring love, joy and awareness to the world.
This is Niya's second collaboration with Writer/Director Nate Hapke.
Gwen Hillier as award-winning casting director Helen Mankowicz
In 2014, Gwen directed “Infidelity Clause” and “Bedsheets” for PL.A.Y NOIR. Other directing credits include “George M. Cohan Tonight!” for the NoHo Fringe festival, the World Premier of “He Wrote Good Songs” a one-man show written and performed by Jon Peterson about the life and music of Anthony Newley for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, “The Baseball Plays” in North Hollywood, “Blithe Spirit” at the Old Globe in West Hollywood, “The Taming of the Shrew” for the Shakespeare at Play Company, and “Cyrano – the New American Musical" at the El Portal. Most actors know Gwen from her many years as the Associate Casting Director for “General Hospital,” “Port Charles,” and “General Hospital: Night Shift.” Prior to becoming a casting director, Gwen had a long career in front of the footlights. She appeared in the Broadway and national tours of “Hello Dolly,” No,No Nanette,” “Irene,” “Pippin,” “Mack and Mabel,” “Evita,” “42nd Street,” “My Fair Lady,” “Hellzapoppin,” and “Sugar Babies.” She has learned from the best, working with director/choreographers such as Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, Tommy Tune, Ron Field, Donald Saddler, Burt Shevelove, and Herbert Ross.
This is Gwen's third collaboration with Writer/Director Nate Hapke, her second as actress.
Mackenzie Breeden as assistant casting director Emily Leonard
Mackenzie Breeden, originally from Colorado, received her BFA in Acting from Azusa Pacific University. Since graduation, Mack has been actively involved in independent feature and short films. She is also heavily involved in improv at Groundings and Upright Citizens Brigade. Mack is so excited to me working on her second project with the wonderful team of P123 Productions and can't wait to tell a story so close to her heart.
Nate Hapke - Writer/Director/EP
Nate Hapke is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for people and stories. Born and raised in CT, Nate moved to NY for high school and attended Syracuse University for his undergrad degree. In May of 2014, Nate graduated from Syracuse, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelors of Science in Television-Radio-Film. Nate's previous eight short films have screened all across the US in international festivals, garnering several awards. His first post grad film appeared in the short film corner of Cannes in 2015.
Sophia Zach - Producer/1st AD
Born and raised in the movie industry’s capitol, Sophia Zach has played a role in over 20 film projects, both short and long form. As a freelance filmmaker, as well as being the Corporate Operations Manager at Legend3D (a leading stereoscopic conversion and VR company) Sophia has accumulated extensive experience, working on film crews and partnering with a wide variety of production companies.
This is Sophia's third collaboration with Writer/Director Nate Hapke.
Jeff Vanderpool - Director of Photography
Jeff Vanderpool is a freelance Director of photography and camera operator based out of Los Angeles, CA. He studied film production with an emphasis in Cinematography at California State University, Northridge. After graduating from CSUN in 2014, he founded Dark Lantern Productions and has since worked on numerous feature films, TV series, and commercials, with companies such as NBC Sports, Nickelodeon, and truTV. This is Jeff's third collaboration with P 1 2 3 Productions.
Tim Dolan - Steadicam Operator
Tim has been working as a steadicam operator for 5 years. This is Tim's second collaboration with P 1 2 3 Productions.
Brandon Walz - Production Sound Engineer / Editor
Brandon was born on December 16, 1985 in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. He is known for his work on Sausage Party (2016), One More (2017) and Geek USA (2013). This is his second collaboration with P 1 2 3 Productions.
Jeff Hartman - Costume Designer
Jeff Hartman is an L.A. native and second generation Costumer. He has worked previously with P 1 2 3 Productions as the Costume Designer for “Zeide,” “Brunch,” and “One More.” Jeff was the assistant Costume Designer for “General Hospital” for 10 years, accepting the Emmy for his department at last year’s Daytime Emmy Tech Awards. In August 2016, he left “GH” and made the leap to Warner Brothers Studios. His philosophy of Costume Design is that clothes should further the development of the character and the story. Actors should wear the clothes, the clothes shouldn’t wear the actor. He is thrilled to be joining the team of “Slate” as the Costume Designer.
Mary Sanchez - Hair & Make Up Artist
Mary Sanchez is a freelance makeup artist. She has been in the industry since 2013. And received her certification from Makeup Designory. Mary lives in Los Angeles, California. This is her second collaboration with P 1 2 3/SoZa.
Zachary Friedman - Production Designer
Born and raised in Southern California, Zachary is a screenwriting educated production designer and producer with multiple feature credits to his name.
Dylan Price - Composer
Dylan Price is a composer and pianist from Syracuse, NY. He is currently based out of Los Angeles where he writes music for film and production music companies such as Hans Zimmer and Sony/ATV's Bleeding Fingers and New York-based Downtown Music Publishing. His most recent work can be heard on the upcoming Showtime series Insomnia. Additionally, he serves as Piano Accompanist at the performing arts colleges AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) and AADA (American Academy of Dramatic Arts). He graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2014 with a BM in Music Theory. More information and samples of his work can be found at dylanpricemusic.com. This is Dylan's seventh collaboration with Writer/Director Nate Hapke.
Alexis Cargill - Line Producer / Assistant to the Director / DIT
Alexis Cargill is a recent graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Television, Radio & Film. She has a strong production background and has worked on two previous productions- Zeide and One More. Alexis currently works at ABC Studios as an Administrative Assistant.
Nick Ferreiro - 1st AC / Colorist
Nick Ferreiro is a filmmaker from New York living in Los Angeles. Nick primarily works as a Director of Photography and Editor for comedy, music video and unscripted productions. His most recent work includes the Virtual-Reality Pilot Global Gamer (DP/Editor, Google Daydream) and various music videos from the musical group POWERS (Editor). Nick has worked on two previous P 1 2 3 shorts, Brunch (1st AC) and One More (1st AC/Colorist), and is thrilled to be working on Nate Hapke's newest project.
It's fairly plain and simple; we need financial resources to make this the best that it can be. If quality filmmaking was cheaper, we'd shoot something every weekend. Unfortunately it's not, but we won't let that stop us and that's why we're here asking for help.
We're shooting on an ARRI Alexa camera, with a steadi-cam rig, editing in Adobe Premiere and Da Vinci, and turning a natural space into the inner workings of an actress' mind. These are aesthetics that will aid in the film's strength and will be able to turn a great story into a beautiful looking film.
When we're done, we'll be submitting the film to international film festivals; another aspect of independent filmmaking that is both crucial for long term success and unfortunately not free. Thankfully, our previous films have gone on to screen at more than 20 film festivals around the world and with your help this one can, too.
As the video says, there are two main ways that you can help us:
1) Money. That's right. We need at least the figure listed above to make this movie something that we can all be proud of. You can donate a large figure, which is amazing. Or you can donate $1, which is still incredibly amazing because it means that you're helping us get $1 closer to our goal.
2) Share the campaign and help us spread the word. This is the fourth KS campaign by P 1 2 3 Productions and we know a thing or two at this point about the necessity of a strong "ground" game. Momentum can sink or swim a campaign and, with your help, we can succeed. You can share the link on Facebook in a status with a blurb about how great this movie sounds and how you hope it gets made, tweet about how awesome this campaign looks on Twitter and how your followers should check it out, take a picture of yourself looking at the campaign with a cool filter and share it on your Instagram, etc. Helping us get the word out will help us more than any sum of money ever could. And don't forget to include a #selflove in there, too. It's an important message and we're hoping you agree.
Risks and challenges
Every film project comes with its fair share of risks and challenges, but our team is more than equipped to handle any stress and to put out any potential flame before it becomes a fire.
We promise to be fully transparent with you all and to keep you in the loop as we progress through pre-production, production, and post.
We're really excited about this adventure and we'd love to share it with you. So please, help us as you can and have an awesome rest of your day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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