Originally, n i g h t d r e a m b l u e s . . .
Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!
(And for those of you who supported us for production, we are here because of YOU! We are very close to finishing this film, so hang in there.)
As festival deadlines approach, we are calling on our friends, relatives, neighbors, long-lost lovers & fellow artists to HELP US through post-production and across the finish line ...
Our feature film, SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW, was shot entirely in Los Angeles over 17 long days on a micro-budget. Yes, it was certainly a wonderful success, but our production is in need of a little help from you – a generous nudge!
POST-PRODUCTION FUNDS FOR:
--- Digital color correction and minor VFX;
--- Post-production sound mixing & engineering;
--- Minor ADR;
--- Score & music design;
--- Festival fees & promotion.
--- Talented ensemble of actors: BRIAN YANG (Saving Face; Hawaii Five-O); REX LEE (Entourage; Suburgatory); TZI MA (Rush Hour; 24; The Quiet American; LadyKillers); EDDIE MUI (Gone in Sixty Seconds; Dark Blue); Emmy Award-winning EMILY C. CHANG (Total Recall; NCIS; Young And The Restless); KARA CRANE (Disney 365); SARA SANDERSON (Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show); MELODY ZARA (Crossing Over); JUSTIN HUEN (Dexter); and WEST LIANG (Hollywood Heights; Turnaround Jake; Love, Gloria; Invincible Scripture);
--- NADINE TRUONG, our young & ambitious director (multiple award-winning AFI graduate);
--- Amazing group of gifted artists & designers who brings our vision to the screen;
--- Core team is comprised of Asian American talents, which is certainly an idea to encourage and support, as their voices deserve more development;
--- Entire film shot in 17 days, while working nearly 16 hours each day (and it looks amazing!);
--- Successful and informative screening of rough edit to a small, unbiased audience, who gave us its vote of confidence;
--- Valuable production/distribution expertise from 408 FILMS;
--- Our drive & determination to share this film with the audience without delay!
A LITTLE HISTORY:
Someone I Used to Know is a charming, entertaining, and rather personal story about a young man’s private journey of having to confront the person he's become, as he enters his 30s …
Along the way, he finds himself reunited with two best friends from his past, while in the unexpected company of four complete strangers. Throughout the course of one midsummer night, as these seven uncertain souls get to know one another, the secret of their young lives begin to unfold in a way that excites their senses and reassures their minds.
It is a script about losing our way and finding our friends.
Under the direction of NADINE TRUONG, and with the help of a tireless team of people, WEST LIANG's script is now (almost!) a promising feature film being presented by the independent production outfit 408 FILMS (The People I've Slept With, Fog).
Please, please! Help us across this finish line and into festivals near you!
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
FIND INFORMATION | www.SomeoneIUsedToKnowMovie.com
FACEBOOK | www.facebook.com/SomeoneIUsedToKnow
Risks and challenges
Like most endeavors, our project -- an independent feature film -- certainly has its risks and challenges. Here are some we must consider:
--- 2013 festival deadlines;
--- Signing talented, yet affordable technicians for post-production;
--- Finding a solid audience for an ensemble drama that is very much driven by complex characters;
--- Marketing a film that boasts talented, experienced actors, even recognizable faces from television and film, yet does not have any so-called 'A-list' stars;
--- Connecting with viable distribution for an independently financed film that features mostly Asian American faces.
These enduring obstacles stare back at us every day, but we have a solid plan to meet these risks and challenges. The very first step, however, is to celebrate our accomplishments so far:
--- Our full-length feature film is written, directed, produced, and stars Asian American talents!
We choose to proudly embrace this aspect of our project as a key strength. Currently, according to national reports, the Asian American consumer base is the fastest growing and comprised of loyal trendsetters who are thirsting for more content. Better yet, they are willing to show vocal and financial support for brands and projects they believe in.
--- Our film is 'in the can,' in post-production, and 85% to completion!
Although we are not yet at 100%, we recognize how much hard work and time we've already invested to bring ourselves to this phase, and how much promise we see in our film's rough cut. This is an important part in the process of filmmaking, and there are many who never make it this far.
--- Our film tells a unique and powerful story!
What the main characters in our film experience can happen to all of us. When we become lost in the shuffle of life, fraught by ambition and expectations, we can either spiral further down into lonely depression, or, hopefully, we can be saved by our friends. Although the heart of our story resonates this truth, the film never forgets to entertain -- with engaging characters, exciting chases, and ironic humor throughout.
Another key component of our plan to overcome the film's inherent risks and challenges is raising 'finishing funds' ($6,300) through Kickstarter. This portion of our overall budget, although relatively small, will help us tremendously in pushing this project across the finish line.
At this time, we've already negotiated amazingly competitive agreements with various post-production technicians and facilities in Los Angeles who are anxious and excited to add their creative touch to our film. What is keeping us from putting these talented artists to work is funding.
Additionally, we have energized and maintained a loyal following for our film via Facebook and Twitter. We have a website and continually release updates across all platforms to our followers who are anxious for us to get through this last leg of finishing our product.
In the meantime, we have developed contacts at film festivals, especially ones that celebrate Asian American voices, whom we are eager to submit to.
Our success in raising this funding over the next 30 days will also keep our project on schedule with regards to making 2013 festival deadlines, ensuring us the opportunity to screen our film to live audiences -- possibly across the country. We are hoping to bring our film to the market first, so as to get the most competitive placements. This is another reason why urgency is essential in overcoming the challenge of finding a solid audience -- the first film in its niche to make an impression often has a good chance of finding success.
These risks and challenges are what make endeavors like ours worthwhile. The challenges only make us more impassioned to get a finished film in front of an audience who has never seen a work quite like ours.
Thank you for your support!
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