About this project
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STRETCH GOAL! $23,000.
Thank you for helping us reach our goal of $20,000! If we can surpass that goal, then things will only get better. Our STRETCH GOAL is $23,000. Remember, you're not only helping a film get made, but you're also helping yourself to great rewards.
So what will our stretch goal provide?:
MORE TIME. More money will allow us another take or two to get the shot we want. We'll be able to honour your extreme generosity and the extreme labour we've put into fundraising by getting things right, and that means not rushing. Having just a bit more funding would take some pressure off, and we would deliver to you a remarkable film made with a touch more calm. Your contributions deserve that.
STEADICAM. I really want a Steadicam. Catherine Lutes, our esteemed cinematographer, really wants a Steadicam. We want to create a floating heaviness, a steady fluidity, to express the tremendous weight of depression that prevents these characters from breaking free. At this point, we can't afford a Steadicam.
MAKING OUT. Cara wants us to shoot a scene where she and Allison make out. This is gonna cost us thousands in overtime.
Kickstarter explains it best here.
ANNE DARLING is a short film starring Allison Scagliotti, Cara Gee, Janet Lo, and Norman Yeung.
Daniel tries to break out of his depression by distracting himself with sex. He uses a chat line to meet Marnie but their encounter is more intimate than they expected – she reminds him of his mother, he reminds her of her son. They are both haunted by family problems. At a party, his best friend Charlie hooks him up with Maggie, a young writer who has family problems of her own – she wants to run away to California, abandoning her depressed mother. Daniel and Maggie offer each other a way out, but in order to escape sadness, they will have to betray their family bonds. So what’s up with Daniel and his mom and Marnie?
HOW IS THIS PROJECT AWESOME?
Anne Darling is about escaping sadness to become happier. I think we all want some of that. We've assembled an impressive cast with some noteworthy actors who are all talented and appealing, especially when they interact. There is genuine chemistry between the actors because they are friends and colleagues. The same goes for the exceptionally creative and highly skilled team behind the camera. If awards matter to you, we've got 'em. Lots in total between us. We're all professionals who are more than capable of delivering this nuanced, emotionally detailed film that will affect you. You'll be happier.
I'M IN. HOW DO I DONATE?
On the right side of the screen is a button that says "Back This Project". Beneath that button is a list of Rewards. Click on "Back This Project" or any of the Rewards. You can donate as little as $1, and Rewards begin at $5. Kickstarter is very user-friendly, so just follow the next few steps and with a just a few clicks, you'll be on your way to feeling good about helping a film get made! "I helped make this film!" Doesn't that sound great? (the answer is yes)
Kickstarter is all or nothing, meaning that if we don't reach our $20,000 goal, we won't get funded. Zero. So, every little bit helps. Imagine if one million people donated just one dollar each... Thankfully, Anne Darling won't cost one million bucks, but it does require the support of you and your friends. Please spread the word! Thanks!
BACK TO ANNE DARLING. CAN I RELATE TO THIS FILM?
Anne Darling is a character-driven drama that is accessible and relatable. Everyone has a mother or an issue with an absent mother. Everyone misses someone or something. Everyone wants to escape a tough situation. How these characters escape their troubles just might reveal for you, the audience, your own choices to become happier. I intend Anne Darling to stir up something in you, to be relevant to your own life.
HOW IS IT RELEVANT TO MY OWN LIFE?
You know how sometimes when you’re feeling profoundly sad you try to distract yourself by getting on a chat line to hook up with whoever’s awake?
You know how sometimes you just gotta move away from your mom because you’re a fierce young thing who’s hot and on fire and want to start living your own life, but your mom says, “Don’t leave me. I need you”?
You know how sometimes the only way for you to escape is through sex, booze, smokes, reheating leftovers, and dancing to an indie-rock band?
Haven't you ever wanted to escape?
SO THE THEMES ARE ESCAPE AND FINDING HAPPINESS.
Yup. Many of us, like these characters, will feel stuck in our lives. A kind of melancholy that can feel so heavy, you're slouching. And you can't move forward. What is holding you back? What is the cause of you feeling stuck? What will you do to break free?
DOES THIS FILM HAVE UNCONVENTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS?
Relationships are the heart of Anne Darling. How you can have the most intimate physical encounter with a stranger, how you can share your deepest regret with someone you’ve just met, how you can need each other when you’ve been together for only an hour or much, much less.
The characters in this story change each other. Tonight, they will be the happiest they have felt in a long time simply because they meet each other. You never know – the person you’re about to meet might bring you happiness and hope. Anne Darling is an optimistic story.
SO IS THIS FILM CREEPY, WEIRD AND INTRIGUING?
Yeah, maybe. But it's also realistic. Real life is creepy, weird and intriguing. Isn't it?
WHAT SETS THIS FILM APART FROM MANY OTHERS?
“These actors are so diverse with their multi-ethnicities*, they look like real life, not like most of the shows we see on North American screens that don’t reflect real life in their casting, I wonder if this writer/director cares about such an issue?”
Yes, he does.
*We are still casting. Expect more Benetton.
WHY MAKE THIS FILM NOW?
Anne Darling is a short film that I first wrote in 2007. I worked on it at a leisurely pace because other, more urgent projects in filmmaking, acting, and playwriting required my attention. I’m glad I didn’t rush this production. I can now bring to this story a maturity and authenticity that hadn’t existed in me six years ago. Time and serendipity have allowed me to assemble a strong team of exceptional artists, some whom I didn’t know back then. These are the actors and artists I was waiting for, and this will happen now. Anne Darling is my urgent project.
And in case you’re wondering, no, Anne Darling is not autobiographical. For instance, sexual tension with my mom? Nope. Nonetheless, this film will expose a certain truth and honesty between mothers and sons, mothers and daughters. With and without sex.
WHERE WILL THIS FILM GO?
Festivals would be nice. Playing on television in Romania and Nigeria and Brazil would be nice. Generating more work for the cast and crew would be nice. Becoming a chapter in a bigger story would be nicer.
I'd like to see what happens when Daniel visits Marnie again, only to discover that she has invited another man over from the chat line; when Marnie's estranged son, whom Daniel resembles, comes home; when Charlie confronts her domestic problems, which are the cause of her constant partying; when Maggie defies her ill mother and tries to convince Daniel to run away to California with her. Each character -- and new ones -- will have their own chapter, their stories intersecting. The self-contained short film Anne Darling as one chapter of a feature film... That would be nice.
But first things first. One step at a time. We gotta get Anne Darling made.
WHY DOES THIS FILM COST SO MUCH?
High standards and professionalism. The crew are all professionals who normally get paid a certain wage working in Toronto -- one of North America's busiest film production centres -- a wage that they are giving up to work on Anne Darling. The professional actors are also taking a huge cut to their pay. This production REQUIRES cast and crew to get paid SOMETHING. Our unions and guilds play a part in that matter. Quality requires funding.
WHY DON'T YOU GO HARDCORE INDIE AND MAKE THIS FILM FOR $500?
None of our cast and crew are strangers to indie filmmaking. We know about working on a film for free or almost free because we care about the project. Our combination of professionalism and indie-spirit result in achieving high standards as economically as possible, but there is one thing we will not compromise: Quality.
We all know how to make an indie-indie film. Beg, borrow and steal. By any means necessary. I've done that. On one film I directed I bought $5000 worth of furniture on credit card, dressed the set, shot the film, returned all the furniture. And I've done worse. Beg, borrow and steal. That's how it gets done. I know that. But I'll be honest -- I also know that by that approach, some people get taken advantage of. We will not allow any one on our production to be treated unfairly, especially when it comes to the value of their skill.
WHAT WILL MY MONEY BE USED FOR?
We will do a 3-day shoot in Toronto, with Allison flying in from Los Angeles and Gareth editing in London. Alongside their impressive talent and abilities, they are worth the extra effort because of something any production would be blessed to have: Chemistry. We are a team of friends and colleagues who work well together in shared spirit and camaraderie. Making a film can be an arduous odyssey -- wouldn’t you rather make that journey with people you care about and trust? And not just Allison and Gareth… We’re all pretty cool with each other.
YOUR GENEROUS $UPPORT WILL GO TOWARD...
- Camera package $2500
- Sound equipment $1000
- Lighting $2500
- Art department $1500
- Locations rental $2000
- Food $1000
- Colour correction $3000
- Post sound mix $2000
- Transportation $1000
- Cast $8000*
- Crew $6000**
*We have a party scene involving 36 more performers who deserve food and probably water.
**The fees for Crew are approximately $11/hour. $6000 divided over 3 days with an average of 20 people is $100 per person. Divided by 9 hours is $11.11 (8-hour day + 1-hour lunch).
***The total is for the 3-day shoot and does not include pre-production hours.
This production needs only two things to get made: Passion. Funding. We've already got the passion to make this project that we want to share with you. You are, after all, contributing (please thanks you're the best). You're part of the team.
ARE YOU GUYS PUTTING IN YOUR OWN MONEY?
Yes, the producers and I are indeed contributing to the budget. And, the producers are getting paid $1 a day. Seriously. I peeked at the budget. I'm getting paid $0 to write and direct, which I am totally happy to do.
WHAT WILL I GET BACK FOR MY MONEY? ARE WE FUNDS WITH BENEFITS?
Whether you’re able to help us out with a few bucks or give big bank, you will receive our deep and sincere gratitude. The more you are able to donate, the harder we will work for your reward. We’ll put our talents to use for you. Cara’s great at shots, so she’ll sign shot glasses for you. I paint and draw, so I’ll make original artwork for you (scroll down for examples). We’re so serious about wanting your support, Allison will even give you the shirt off her back.
Please take a look at our list of Rewards. The more you’re able to donate, the more personal and customized the Reward. For you.
Thanks in advance.
I work in film, theater, and visual arts. I enjoy integrating my creative abilities whenever a project allows, and with Anne Darling, I’m thrilled to take on the roles of director, writer, and actor. I received a BFA (Honours) in Film from Ryerson University and a BFA in Acting/Theater from University of British Columbia. My work as an actor on screen includes Resident Evil: Afterlife, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Rookie Blue, King, and on stage as Hassan in Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre’s production of The Kite Runner. I've written plays that have been fortunate to receive or be nominated for awards; screened my films at international festivals, on television, on airplanes; exhibited my paintings and drawings in galleries and under bridges (tha streetz).
You can scroll down to see images of my work.
Please check out my bio or these links for more details about what I do…
Allison refused to give me a proper bio. After a few attempts, all she gave me was “Allison Scagliotti. Actress. Dilettante. Not good at bios. I don't know. Sent from my iPhone.” You’ve probably seen her in Warehouse 13, among many other shows. Her films Losers Take All and Chastity Bites get released around now.
Cara plays a supreme wingwoman in this film. She’s pretty good at hooking people up in real life, too, sending me such texts as “Choose them both! Sister wives!” She plays the lead role in the feature film Empire of Dirt (Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Premiere) and is a 2013 TIFF Rising Star.
Janet has played my mother on stage (like, my character's). She's a super mom in real life. She reminds me of a cross between my sisters and my mom. Janet and I have a complicated relationship. Her screen performances include Cracked, The Listener, Diary of the Dead, and To Die For.
Misty is an actor, model, and make-up artist with training in beauty/fashion, hair, and special effects, and she's Australian, so... Basically, she’s unstoppable. She plays the lead role in It Girl and was a regular on Deal Or No Deal – Australia.
Omar Alex Khan
Omar is a super cool dude. We met as castmates on The Kite Runner, where he played Rahim Khan. In the first week of rehearsals I said to myself, "That Omar is super cool. I'm gonna make that dude my friend." He doesn't know this. His screen performances include Less Than Kind, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, and Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II.
Aaron sometimes uses Egon Schiele's bio as his own. Producer credits include Intergalactic Space Adventures Of Cleo And Anouk (Official Selection, TIFF Kids), Up In Cottage Country (Official Selection, TIFF), and Sesame Street.
Alexander had to remind me that we're not shooting this film on a PXL-2000. He received his MFA in Producing at American Film Institute (AFI) in 2011. Producer credits include Robert's Circle and August.
Agi refers to Eastern Europeans as "EE". I think she's allowed. Producer credits include Stutter, Kaha:wi Cycle of Life, and Sesame Street.
Catherine is so down with early '90s rap. I know, right? Films she has lensed include Molly Maxwell, Algonquin, and The Armoire. She received a Leo Award for Best Cinematography for the short film Paul Pontius.
Gareth C. Scales
Gareth's an excellent editor, but his greatest talent is being involved in an armed robbery and having dinner with Judd Nelson in the same night. He wasn't a robber, but he's quite freckled. He's spliced together dozens of feature films and TV shows, earning him nominations for a BAFTA Award and Genie Award, and winning a DGC Award and Gemini Award.
Jamey has a tendency to over-think his bios. He's a nice boy.
Jasmin is very patient when working with nitpicky, dim-witted directors who ask her to edit Kickstarter videos like the one at the top isn't it great!
OTHER WORKS BY NORMAN
Hello Faye (2006)
Vancouver Asian Film Festival Highlight: "Norman Yeung presents his award-winning portrait of a couple dealing with depression in Hello Faye." -- The Vancouver Sun
Marnie Love (2005)
"A luscious mélange of Jean-Luc Godard and François Ozon, this suitably black-and-white love triangle manages to find the right balance between uncomfortable edginess and droll levity." -- Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Check out the $75 Reward. Includes MANY more items. Featuring Allison Scagliotti, Cara Gee, Janet Lo, Misty Fox, Omar Alex Khan, and Norman Yeung. Drawn and designed by Norman. This is the shirt that Allison will give you off her back!
iPhone and Galaxy Cases
Custom paintings available as Rewards. Press play. View the slideshow or click through timeline. More at www.annedarlingartwork.tumblr.com.
NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN
Thanks for checking out Anne Darling. Please visit us again as we'll be making announcements about cast and crew and maybe a SURPRISE BAND. We'll have Bonus Videos and other surprises, too.
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Risks and challenges
We understand that our production has a few more moving parts than some short film productions. Having some indispensable cast and crew from other countries requires extra effort in scheduling, transportation, accommodations, delivery of materials, etc. Being an international team also requires us to be bumped up into a category of contracting that is very expensive for an indie production. All our legal, official matters cost a lot.
We are an experienced group of filmmakers. We have dealt with innumerable challenges before and have always prevailed. We are confident in our experience to solve problems and keep the production moving forward to completion. Our insistence on running a professional production means our standards and expectations are high -- we can not and will not let our backers down.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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