FUNDED! Now what?
Thanks to our amazing backers, we are fully funded with time left to spare! We mean to make good use of that time by continuing to promote the heck out of this campaign. Read on to see what we'll do with the extra dough!
Making the film is part one of our master plan, and a film festival run is part two! Costs include the following:
- Festival submission fees ($25-$60 each)
- Travel stipends for cast/crew to represent Day 7 at fests
- Promotional materials for fests (posters, postcards, swag)
Party Time at $27k!
We want to thank our backers in person by throwing a backer party here in Nashville. All backers will be invited to come and mingle with our awesome cast and crew. Help us hit $27,000 and we'll get this party started!
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Day 7 is a fantasy/sci-fi short film that will transport you to a world that’s like ours but with its own unique properties, history, and lore. Day 7 tells a simple story from one small corner of this world and is our first step in bringing stories from this world to the screen.
The look, pacing, and themes of Day 7 are rooted in some of the films that have most affected us and lit our imaginations: Paths of Glory, Star Wars, The Dark Crystal, and Seven Samurai to name a few.
We tried with words and concept art to show what’s in our heads, but it wasn’t enough. So we smashed our piggy banks and turned over all the couch cushions to scrape together the cash to shoot some test footage so we could finally SHOW you a glimpse of this strange and beautiful world!
We ask two things of you:
1. Watch our video, which showcases the test footage for Day 7 and also the team behind this project.
2. If you like what you see, pick a reward and join us in this adventure, and invite everyone you know to come along!
You’ve read this far and perhaps you want to know more. Read on to learn about the world of Day 7 and the people who inhabit it!
Day 7 takes place in a world that was once grand and beautiful, but has slowly crumbled due to the catastrophic repercussions of time travel-based wars. The contrast of beauty and grit, opulence and destruction set the tone for the type of stories that exist here.
Because of the once-rampant use of time travel, tradition clashes with modernity. There’s a mish mash of Victorian elements with Verne-esqe touches alongside advanced weapons and technology. There's also a touch of mysticism in this world, and cosmic ores that have many properties from healing to time travel.
Seven mercenaries, brought together by a resilient and principled woman, rally behind a young, enigmatic leader to protect a mystical forest. The ancient forest is under siege by a ruthless corporation and its brutal steam-powered machines. The mercenaries quickly realize the true danger when they come up against a notorious brotherhood of assassins with a personal vendetta.
Old foes will face each other, old friends will be lost, and the repercussions of this seven-day standoff will ripple throughout the entire world.
Day 7 focuses on the relationships of the mercenaries and the thrilling battle between them and the assassins. Through dialogue and production design, we'll give a glimpse into the history and lore of this unique world. Day 7 ends with only one survivor, and a hint at the new mission on which she'll embark.
The Seven, as we affectionately call them, come from all walks of life and have each experienced a different set of challenges and terrors. But they all share one thing in common: an unwavering trust in NARINA DISTRAN. As a child slave, Narina escaped the chains of bondage with RAMER, a fierce little girl who grew to be a deadly sniper, and VARNES, who owes Narina everything after she pulled him from the brink of self-destruction.
The Seven are no strangers to battle. KLUUG, the most seasoned solider and Narina's most trusted ally, embraces the mantle of “warrior-poet”. Narina has a knack for spotting the good in people, and when she captures skilled young thieves and best friends RIAN BONE and YASUJI ANDO- WOODSON, she forfeits their substantial bounty and instead guides them in using their skills for positive ends.
Narina and her long-time friend APOLLO both feel a fierce loyalty to MÜNDBORA, chieftain of the ancient YAELENBRUN tribe that inhabits the mystical FOREST OF AEGIS. Mündbora took Apollo in when he fled his homeland; he also helped Narina through a difficult time in her life.
Loyalty drives Narina to gather her motley band of warriors to rally behind Apollo in defense of the Yaelenbrun and their precious ELUM CRYSTALS. Seduced by the power of the crystals, LORE CORP hires a ruthless brotherhood of assassins called the SONS OF TALOS to hunt down and kill The Seven. The trees and caves begin to crumble before LORe Corp’s indestructible drilling machine.
This film begins here, with The Seven in a battle for more than just their lives. Apollo will finally face the consequences of running from his homeland, and Narina will experience a new level of loss as she watches the bonds she’s forged throughout her harsh life break one by one around her, with consequences she has yet to understand.
The great thing about Kickstarter is that it's not something for nothing. In addition to helping to bring a great project to life, you get some pretty cool rewards!
We've got everything from stickers and shirts to set visits, props, and awesome credits.
The concept art can be seen in the sections above, and here's a peek at what some of the other rewards look like:
This project won't exist without you! We've come to Kickstarter to find partners in bringing Day 7 to the screen, and we've carefully drafted a budget that will ensure you get a film you're proud to have backed.
Every dollar raised beyond the goal will go to adding even more OOMPH to our planned stunts and effects, and to film festival submission fees.
Equipment $2500: Camera, lighting, sound, and other miscellaneous production equipment.
Talent $4500: Includes cast and stunt performers.
Crew $5000: Includes the cost of post-production services--editing, sound design, score, etc.
Production Design $7000: Props, costumes, set pieces, weaponry, and practical effects.
Food $2000: Meals, snacks, and plenty of coffee to keep us going on long shoot days.
Administrative Costs $3000: Production insurance, Kickstarter fees, and the cost of creating and fulfilling backer rewards.
We've cast the major roles, assembled our crew, and begun pre-production. Once the Kickstarter campaign concludes production design will begin in earnest. We'll scout locations, build set pieces and props, and work with our costume designer to bring the characters to life.
Shooting will take place over several weekends this fall. Post-production will begin immediately after and will continue through the new year.
Final reward fulfillment will take place as soon as the film is complete, and we will simultaneously begin our film festival push.
Check out our company reel here: OP Reel
And read on to learn about some of the wonderful folks on this project!
Hunter Perschbacher, Writer/Director IMDb
Hunter has always had an appetite for movies; good, bad, and ugly. But there was one film that influenced him more than any other, and prompted him to begin his filmmaking journey: Star Wars. He starting making short films as a teenager, and has written and directed over 40 shorts since. He founded Omega Pictures with the goal of establishing it as a presence in the Nashville film scene, keeping projects locally sourced and produced. Hunter has experimented with many genres, gaining the experience and nuance needed to tell stories with vastly different styles, settings, and tones. Hunter holds a BFA in Digital Filmmaking, and has helmed Omega Pictures for over a decade.
Deja Brandeis, Producer IMDb
Deja got her start by producing shorts on a shoestring for herself and her pals. She went on to work as Coordinating Producer for Do It Again, a feature-length documentary about The Kinks that gained national and international film-festival recognition. Her feature documentary, Hell or High Water: The Story of the Nashville Rollergirls, premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in 2012 and had two sold out screenings. In addition to co-owning the most fun production company ever, Deja is a faculty member in the Digital Filmmaking department at the Art Institute of Tennessee in Nashville, and in the Entertainment Media department at Volunteer State Community College. Deja holds a B.A. in TV, Film, and Media Studies from California State University, Los Angeles, and an M.A. in Media Arts from Emerson College in Boston.
Kevin Yeargin, Writer
When it comes to story, Kevin knows his stuff. While earning his Master’s degree he studied everything from Film and Pop Culture to Oral Poetry and Ancient Culture. As a father and professor of English and Film Studies, he has the joy of fostering a passion for great stories in young up and comers. Kevin started making films with Hunter back in high school, and they’ve written a number of projects together since. His life’s goal is to bring Beowulf to the screen in a form that mirrors the poetic structure of Anglo-Saxon verse.
Garrett DeLozier, Editor/Animator Reel
Garrett’s credits are pretty fancy, but he’s about the most humble guy you’ll ever meet. He’s edited promos for ESPN and Pearl Drums that have been seen nationwide. He's worked on projects for Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, and HGTV, as well as feature documentaries, promo spots, and a slew of short films, and he's won awards and recognition for editing and motion graphics. Garrett’s intuitive nature enables him to bring each project to life organically, and give every moment purpose.
Derek Oxford, Director of Photography Reel
Derek is our wizard of light and gear guru. Derek’s savvy and talent for camerawork has given him the opportunity to work on a variety of productions including short and feature films, TV shows, live concerts, and a plethora of music videos, including three for Old Dominion. Derek has been a movie lover all his life, and even dreamed of being an actor when he was a kid. Lucky for us, he started tinkering behind the camera instead and decided to go to film school where he met the rest of the team.
Charity Spencer, Casting Director & playing Narina Distran IMDb
Charity is what you might call an actor’s actor; she gives everything to the role and those she performs with. She’s lending us her talents both as Casting Director and in the role of Narina. Her years of activity and solid reputation in the Nashville acting world have enabled her to forge relationships with some of the best actors in town, and she’s sent them our way for this project. Charity is formally trained and has performed in music videos, short and feature films, commercials, and industrials. Her warmth and positivity are infectious.
Corey Pierno, Stunts/Second Unit Director IMDb
Though he often plays a villain, Corey is a real sweetheart. He’s worked on feature films like The Wolf of Wall Street and Winter’s Tale, and TV shows including House of Cards and Boardwalk Empire. With formal training as an actor as well as in martial arts and in the use of a variety of weapons, Corey knows how to sell a fight. He’ll be directing the Sons of Talos and The Seven as they go head to head.
Risks and challenges
Like any creative endeavor, filmmaking can be unpredictable and full of challenges. There are many working parts and pieces and people in the process of filmmaking, and anything can go wrong at any point. If it were easy everyone would do it.
Experience is key. The more work you've done, the more wrenches you've had thrown at you, and you get good at solving problems and getting things done despite challenges. Our team is experienced not only in filmmaking, but in making films together. We support each other every step of the way, and meet these challenges together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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