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SUBTEXT tells the story of Claire, a young stylist who begrudgingly maintains an open relationship with her boyfriend Scott, an ad agency executive who is out of town on business. He suggests that Claire meet the “other woman”, Whitney, an aspiring actress who is curious to have an intimate tryst with Claire once he’s back. When Whitney and Claire agree to meet at a nightclub, the truth behind the texts is revealed.
SUBTEXT explores the contemporary methods in which relationships are formed, maintained and ended, all through phone texts. This now common-place mode of communication has changed the way we express ourselves, allowing sound-bites and emoticons to either set the tone or kill the vibe.
In SUBTEXT, power plays are made with the push of a button, and the consequences of navigating relationships through texts are felt without ever speaking a word.
The Mood and Style of SUBTEXT
Primarily told without dialogue, this live-action short film will be propelled by a series of tableaus, with texts appearing as they are received and sent floating within the environments that our characters inhabit.
The look and feel of SUBTEXT will evoke the shooting style seen in films like Sophia Coppola’s ‘The Virgin Suicides’, and Won Kar-Wai’s ‘In The Mood for Love’ – sublime and voyeuristic, with natural light setting the tone, color and mood, of each scene.
The sound design will be naturalistic with minimal use of music. The detached mode of text communication employed by our characters is contrasted with an intimate sense of place and solitude. Each location’s natural sound is emphasized against the silence of our performers, and punctuated by the chirping sounds their Smart-phones make as they fire off and receive their potent text messages.
Where the Money Goes
We have budgeted for the following production stages:
- Wardrobe and Styling
- Sets and Props
- Post Production Effects
- Sound Design
Cast and Crew
Moviemaking is ultimately a human endeavor, where many craftspeople come together to tell a little slice of the human story. To this end, often the largest expense in making a film is paying for the highly skilled people involved.
To make a production run smoothly, efficiently and stay on schedule, a project benefits greatly from an experienced crew to move the production days forward and support the creative process. In the end it is craft and teamwork that ultimately bring a vision to life.
In our experience it is important to offer cast and crew some form of compensation for their hard work. With this in mind we have budgeted a modest rate for all of our talent and crew to acknowledge the great effort they will bring to our production of SUBTEXT.
Food is an equally important part of a production, keeping everyone fueled up, focused and at the top of their game for the long days on set. We have budgeted to feed our cast and crew of 15-18 people, during the two-day production.
Other production phase expenses include:
- Camera and lighting rental
- Wardrobe and styling
- Set decoration and props
To keep these production expenses down, we will be negotiating deals on equipment, working with the talent to supply their own wardrobe, and accessing in-kind support for sets and props.
Most of the editing expenses will be covered since we edit our productions in-house and have the equipment to achieve this phase of the process. Minimal expenses will cover additional hard drives to store all the media that we’ve generated during our shoot.
We are allocating the lion's share of our post production budget for special effects. The visual portrayal of our characters’ texts will be an important creative aspect of SUBTEXT. We will be working closely with a Postproduction Effects Designer to compose exciting ways to reveal the text communications between our characters.
Sound Design and Music
Sound is the often-overlooked phase of many independent films and can make or break the final result. If anything is out of place you will see or feel it and quickly be taken out of the experience. Sound is that subliminal layer that connects the subconscious and creates a direct emotional current between you and the film.
We will be using part of our budget to compose an original soundtrack, license music, and mix the final audio.
What happens when the film is complete?
We plan to enter SUBTEXT in a number of regional and national film festivals, the earliest of which would happen this fall (subject to the film being chosen to screen). There are also a growing number of online platforms accessible throughout the world for releasing independent films, which can then be streamed On-Demand.
We plan to launch the film online through Vimeo’s new On-Demand platform shortly after the SUBTEXT World Premiere.
Everyone who contributes to the making of SUBTEXT will have access to a free streaming link of the film, along with other rewards at various levels listed to the right.
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We send you heart-felt gratitude for taking the time to read about SUBTEXT!
Kickstarter provides an innovative and unique opportunity for artists to realize their personal visions and share them with the world. But it's all or nothing with Kickstarter! If we don't reach our goal, we will not be able to produce SUBTEXT in June.
You can be a part of this project in many ways. From sharing our page with your family and friends, to taking advantage of the many rewards we are making available through Kickstarter. We hope you will find these rewards enticing. We'd love to have you join our team as we bring this exciting short film to life!
Risks and challenges
One of the stressful, yet exciting aspects of making movies is that no matter how much you plan, once you are on location and shooting you are always at the mercy of nature and chance. This can sometimes sabotage a production (storms, floods, earthquakes, your lead actor trips and falls on the way to the set, you name it), but often it creates those magic opportunities that you never expected, making a good film suddenly great! Filmmaking as an art form is about creating that perfect balance of organized chaos where creativity and expression are free to flourish without inhibition while supported by a fluid structure that keeps the cameras rolling and helps capture the best performances and all the shots that you’ve painstakingly planned for, all within the short window of production. In our case, two days of filming.
To best ensure this perfect alignment of creativity and productivity we are building our cast and crew from Portland’s ever-growing pool of experienced talent, many of whom have been honing their craft on the number of major network and cable shows being produced right here in Portland, including, Grimm, Leverage, and Portlandia.
We are confident that once we reach our Kickstarter goal, we will hit the ground running with a great team, ensuring the success of SUBTEXT!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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