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A coming of age dramedy that takes sibling rivalry to a new level. One sister has the advantage of being alive, the other a ghost!
A coming of age dramedy that takes sibling rivalry to a new level. One sister has the advantage of being alive, the other a ghost!
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My Spirited Sister ...

...is a short film written and directed by the team of Cooper Campbell and Paul Rothbart, who made the short romantic comedy, Isn't It Romantic? 

Title Screen - "Isn't It Romantic?"
Title Screen - "Isn't It Romantic?"


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This quirky and funny film is on the festival circuit and received a very nice review from FilmThreat's Phil Hall. 

Phil's Review

The opening scene of Isn't It Romantic? featured three very talented young actors who impressed Campbell and Rothbart so much with their energy, skill and professionalism, that the partners decided to create a project featuring the trio. We are very excited to introduce Emma Skinner, Abbe Skinner and Lauren Abbott as the stars of My Spirited Sister. Emma and Abbe attended the highly acclaimed Warner Theater Camp in Torrington, CT this summer. Lauren will be spending August studying at the prestigious Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills, NY.

Abbe (with thumbs up) and Lauren (in the gray sweater) appear in our campaign photo in a scene from Isn't It Romantic? Emma is the lovely young lady in the picture below.

Emma Skinner
Emma Skinner

My Spirited Sister, is a coming of age teen dramedy ghost story. Bethany Paige, 14, is just starting high school.  On the shy side, Bethany is trying to emerge from the shadow of her overachieving, older sister Amanda who died in an accident when she was sixteen. Since Amanda died, her shadow has only grown as her loved ones remember her as perfect. This is a perfect nightmare for Bethany who is now held to an impossible standard.

To make matters worse, Amanda is haunting the family home and her presence gets more disturbing all the time.  Mrs. Paige, the girls' mother, has a strong spiritual connection to Amanda and is constantly trying to sooth Amanda's restless spirit. Meanwhile, Bethany and her father are confounded by what's going on with Mrs. Paige, let alone how to deal with a spirit they can't perceive.

Bethany is determined to figure out what is happening in her home so she can return to a "normal" life. With the help of her best friend, Crystal Albright, a lively girl with a latent power to channel the dead, Bethany discovers that her sister's spirit is anything but free.

This light hearted movie will be the first in a series as Bethany and Crystal navigate between two worlds with Amanda living vicariously through them and all three girls figuring out what to do next.

Here is an excerpt of two scenes from the script. We normally would not share any part of the script but we want our fans and backers to get a feel for this project. 

Things have not been the same since Amanda died. The Paige household is haunted on many levels. Mr. Paige is starting to think his wife is crazy because she believes Amanda’s spirit is still with them. Bethany isn’t sure what to believe until she connects with Amanda herself. This scene is just after Bethany and Amanda reconnect using a gold necklace - spirit to sister.

INT. PAIGE LIVING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Bethany enters to find Mr. and Mrs. Paige chatting with REVEREND ALBRIGHT, 55, a worldly-looking man. He stands to greet Bethany.

BETHANY

Can I ask a question about what happens when we die? 

Mr. and Mrs. Paige exchange a look.

REVEREND ALBRIGHT

Of course.

BETHANY

Because I don’t think Amanda knows she’s dead. Is that possible?

Amanda now sits next to Mrs. Paige on the couch.

AMANDA

She has my necklace.

MRS. PAIGE

That would explain why she’s here.

MR. PAIGE

Reverend ...

REVEREND ALBRIGHT

What makes you say that?

MRS. PAIGE

Do you have Amanda’s necklace?

MR. PAIGE

This is getting out of hand.

AMANDA

Finally.

MRS. PAIGE

What is? Tiptoeing around so as not to disturb the spirit of my deceased daughter or pretending she’s not here?

MR. PAIGE

Reverend ...

AMANDA

Not you too. This is ridiculous.

Amanda sees the cross dangling from Bethany’s hands.

REVEREND ALBRIGHT

                        Is that what’s happening?

Amanda touches the cross and appears to Bethany. Bethany leaps from her seat, breaking Amanda’s contact with the cross.

BETHANY

Ahhh!

Everyone looks at Bethany. She sits. Amanda touches the cross and reappears, sitting next to Bethany.

BETHANY (CONT’D)

Am I the only one that sees that ... spider? It’s pretty ugly.

AMANDA

Hey!

Amanda pops in and out of Bethany’s vision as she tries to take the necklace back. Bethany jerks the cross away and gestures for Amanda to stop. The adults pin Bethany with a look. Both girls sit still, holding the necklace between them.

Later...

Bethany and her best friend Crystal decide to help Amanda leave the Paige house. Crystal uses her intuition and a strange smart phone app to lead them to a clairvoyant for advice.

EXT. SPOOKY OLD HOUSE - DAY

As Crystal and Bethany approach, a door swings open and ELAN ROSE, 42, an ethereal woman, leans against the door jam and pins Crystal with her gaze. The girls stop.

ELAN

How did you find me?

CRYSTAL

We need your advice. We need to know how spirits move among us.

BETHANY

My sister wants to go to a party next week but she’s stuck in our house. She’s dead.

Elan steps outside and sits casually on the stairs.

ELAN

She can go anywhere she would like. She just hasn’t envisioned anywhere yet. She must be very attached to her home, her life, her family.

BETHANY

My mother.

ELAN

Yes. That is a very strong bond.

CRYSTAL

Great. So all she has to do is imagine the party and she’ll just pop in?

ELAN

You must be careful. The more people she is around, the longer she is around them, the more intoxicating it will become for her. She must only stay a short time.

What will happen? Contribute and find out.

We plan to submit My Spirited Sister to festivals as well as distribute it online. In order to do this, we need funding.  This is where you, the fans of independent cinema come in. Through your generous contributions we can make this film and create momentum to complete the series. 

The money we raise will pay for high quality sound and post-production costs. We have a camera but will round out our equipment needs by renting c-stands, sandbags and lights. We will rent a van to transport the equipment to our locations in the safest manner possible. Other items the money will cover are insurance and location fees, not to mention the all important craft services (movie crews get very hungry!).

We will put updates on Facebook throughout the entire production of My Spirited Sister providing information on locations, casting, and filming so you can follow our progress and enjoy the creative process along with us.

We are offering a nice selection of perks for contributions, including the opportunity to be in the film and become an Executive Producer.There are other ways to help My Spirited Sister get made too.  Stop by and like the My Spirited Sister Facebook Page. Also, share that link and the link to the Kickstarter campaign page with family and friends.  Give everyone you know the chance to be a part of something truly special.

FINAL HOURS SPECIAL

THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT IS NOW YOURS FOR ONLY A $2200 PLEDGE. GRAB THE COVETED TITLE AT A GREAT DISCOUNT AND BE A PART OF THE TEAM THAT MAKES THIS GREAT FILM AND LAUNCHES THE SERIES!

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges to filmmaking in general, but particularly low budget indie productions, is managing the budget to cover contingencies.

While shooting Isn't It Romantic?, Hurricane Sandy blew through our area, causing flooding and power outages. For us, it translated into spending more time in transit and more money transporting equipment.

We needed to rent a van for equipment transportation for the last two days of shooting, but because of the storm, were unable to rent it from the place we used in the early part of the shoot. We had to use a different rental agency with a considerably higher fee. This put a strain on our transportation budget, but because we carefully allowed for contingencies and built flexibility into other budget areas, we were able to obtain the van and finish production on schedule.

The power outages also made the drive to the equipment rental store much longer because traffic lights were out. Adjustments to schedule were made and team members helped cover the tasks of those directly affected by the longer time frame. This is another form of adaptability. Team members are able to handle more than one aspect of the project.

This type of careful planning is central to our filmmaking process. We anticipate potential problems and build in a flexible budget to allow for equipment, sets, wardrobe and the essentials to keep cast and crew happy, motivated and able to give us their best. Most of the team are volunteers and we strive to make the process a rewarding and fun experience. We're like an extended family.

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