About this project
These words begin a chain reaction, a collision of individual stories, a mosaic with one thing at its center - A rock.
From the hands of a little girl, to an older man, to a young boy, the rock interacts with the brokenness of human relationships, the loss of innocence, and regret that comes with age. Set in the sparsely beautiful rolling hills and small quaint towns of Central California, Hadeas delves into the nature of evil and how it affects us as human beings.
Visually captivating and emotionally raw, Hadeas is an honest look into who we are.
The idea for Hadeas first came to me during a time of transition. I was dealing with the death of my aunt and making decisions about my future as a storyteller. I was frustrated with how selfish I had become over the past year and was desperate to break free of it. Telling the stories that are found in Hadeas had to be about more than just wrestling with ideas and emotions that I had experienced myself. It needed to be a malleable interpretation of life, a way for others to come face to face with themselves, and to share their experiences as either creator or viewer.
It started off simple enough - a rock traveling from place to place experiencing the world around it - but grew into something much more. The rock became a window into the lives, joys, and struggles of the people it came into contact with. Eventually, it would become an active participant in those stories.
Much of the work of making a film is in the design. Preparation and attention to detail are what makes a film like Hadeas work as a cinematic piece. We have really enjoyed the design aspect of this film. Below are some of the concept pieces that we've worked with artist Mark Kopitzke to create as visual references that will help you get an idea of how we want the film to look.
There are two important types of capital needed to produce a film; financial capital is obvious (hence the kickstarter page!). The one that gets less airtime, but is extremely important is relational capital. As filmmakers who are growing our network, creating more content and learning all the while, financial capital is harder to come by. Relational capital, however, is plentiful in the communities we come from. We’ll be drawing on the support of and collaborating with locals in the process of creating this film. Our goal is not simply to bring a crew from LA, shoot a movie and leave. Our plan is to hire contractors, work with small businesses and feature locations that are local to the area of Merced, California. It’s a small step in the direction of the kind of industry we’d like to work in. Imagine an industry where the consumer has a say in the type of content offered, and communities even have input in the productions that could happen there. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like fresh baked cookies on set!
Randy May - Director/Producer
A native of Merced, CA, Randy first discovered his love of storytelling while pretending to be Luke Skywalker on the playground when he was six years old. Since then, he has spent a lot of time in cold, dark, theaters learning how to make movies. After high school he moved to Los Angeles where he has spent the past several years honing his craft and establishing himself as both a storyteller and director. When he's not working on a film, you'll probably find him playing strategy boardgames, spending time in the library, or even still pretending to be Luke Skywalker. Just kidding. Well, kind of.
Ty Tuin - Cinematographer/Producer
The boy in the library buried in the history section, reading encyclopedias as novels. The one somewhere in the middle of the orchestra busily sawing away at the violin. The one on stage in the hip hop dance. The one behind the camera vigilantly studying the edges of the frame. That was Ty. After acting and musical performance created a solid base of craft, Ty moved to LA to pursue the art of cinematography, but didn’t stay long. After motion picture work on 5 continents, living on 3, he studied the art of capturing and molding a story in an impacting way. Every film is an opportunity to explore the possibilities of telling a story through the light within a frame.
Becky Train - Producer
Becky has been an industry professional since 2009. After filming a promo video for a friend when she was 16, she realized she could spend the rest of her life telling stories in a visual format. Since then, she has worked on commercials including the award winning Superbowl commercial “Sling Baby”, on TV shows such as Sweden’s Next Top Model, and on an upcoming feature film at Dreamworks Animation. As a producer, her goal is to serve the crew and make the bumpy road of production as smooth and fun as possible.
Megan Prescott - Producer
Megan considers herself a native of both coasts having been born and raised in Richmond, VA, and moving to the San Francisco Bay area in high school. A video camera on her 13th birthday ranks as one of her all-time favorite gifts; a gift that spurred a passion for storytelling. Since graduating from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cinematic Arts, Megan now works as the commercial coordinator at Worldwide Production Agency in Los Angeles where they represent Cinematographers, Production Designers and Producers. She loves the collaborative life of a filmmaker and encouraging others to bring their vision to the screen. When not working Megan enjoys hiking, watching weird documentaries, large dogs and most things non-fiction.
Mark Kopitzke - Concept/Storyboard Artist
Having graduated with his B.A. in Theater, and currently attending PCC for further study of visual art, Mark is an artist who is driven to bring another's stories and characters to life, and thrives within this intersection of media we call film. Mark believes that the process of creating the work itself, and the journey of artists collaborating, are both just as important as the finished piece. He has embarked on that journey with short film makers, non-profit-theater-go-getters, opera aficionados, new play developers, and Australia-touring-big-band-wrangling-radio-announcers.
There is a lot involved in making a short film. Here is a short breakdown of how the money you contribute will be spent.
- Travel - Getting from A to B can get expensive, even when you're shooting in a small town like Merced. With a crew of 20+ people, we have to make sure everyone gets to where they need to be.
- Lodging - Since most of the crew are based out of Los Angeles, they will need a place to stay during the shoot.
- Camera and Lighting Equipment - To ensure that our film is as visually powerful as the story, we will be utilizing cutting-edge gear that is proven and dependable.
- Food - We'll need to make sure our cast and crew are well fed and in good health.
- Post Production - After the camera cuts, there's still a lot of work to be done. From editing to composing the musical score to submitting to film festivals, we want to finish well.
- Paying Crew and Talent - Making this film will take a dedicated team of professionals. We want to make sure their work doesn't go unnoticed.
Why pay our crew?
For us, making Hadeas is about more than just telling a good story with the latest gadgets. It's about creating a good experience for everyone involved. Whether they be crew or someone in the small town of Merced lending a hand, we want to make sure that we leave a good impression. Professionalism is just as important to us as creativity which is why we want to make sure that everyone involved is fairly compensated for their time and efforts. Beyond valuing the contributions of our crew, Hadeas will open the door to future creative endeavors. And we hope to continue to create employment opportunities through motion picture.
What We've Done So Far
Much of the preparation for Hadeas has already begun. We've assembled a solid team of storytellers who can't wait to bring Hadeas to life. Here are just a few things we've already started working on.
- The script has been written and is in its best form.
- We've been working closely with artist Mark Kopitzke on concept art and storyboards that will help us visualize each scene of the film.
- Ty and Randy have already created an extensive visual plan, including a comprehensive shot list, the color palette for the film, as well as breakdowns of each scene and which images will best tell our story.
- Scouting for locations has already begun in and around Merced County with several locked down and ready to go.
- Many other great artists such as the team behind creating the rock and our production design team are standing by and ready to go whenever funding becomes available.
What We Have Left to Do
At this point, we have done as much as we can without money. Everything from here on out is dependent on the success of this Kickstarter Campaign. Here are some important things that will start happening as soon as we receive funding:
- Production Insurance - In this Industry you can't do anything without insurance. We want to make sure the people we work with, all of our gear, and the places we film at are covered.
- Making the rock - We have some great ideas for how we want the rock to look. Bringing it to life will require a variety of special materials and creativity.
- Hiring Crew - It takes a solid team of hardworking people to make a movie. We want to make sure everyone who gives their time and energy to the film is fairly compensated.
- Finalizing the schedule - Once funding is available, we will be able to lock down all of our key production elements and make sure that work on the film is progressing in an efficient and timely manner.
- Art Department and production design - Everything from props to important sets pieces, this team of very talented people will create the world that Hadeas takes place in.
- Paying for permits and location fees - Finding and securing the best possible location for each scene is a process that takes time. We want to make sure that the locations we find are ready to go when we need them.
We're very excited to work together with all of you out there! Whether you're a film fanatic, a storyteller yourself, or even just a curious passerby we hope you'll consider participating in our Kickstarter, earning some of the sweet rewards along the way. Apart from a donation, there are a few other ways you can help us out:
- Share our Kickstarter with others via your favorite social networking site. Whether it's Facebook or Twitter (heck, even MySpace), getting the word out is the key to success!
- While you're at it, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
- You can follow the Production Journal here.
- If you are active on any sort of film related forums or blogs, feel free to mention our film.
Stay in touch! We'll make sure to keep you updated throughout the campaign. Let us know what you think of the film and feel free to ask any questions you might have.
Risks and challenges
Sticking to our design - It's easy to fall back on what's comfortable. With Hadeas we want to do something different, something that helps our story stand out from the rest. We've set the bar pretty high by giving ourselves challenges and obstacles to overcome throughout the process that will help us grow as artists and storytellers.
For us, making a film isn't solely about creating a finished product. The on-set experience of everyone involved is a priority to us. Our dream is larger than one short film. We are doing this for life.
Making a short film is hard work. Telling a good story is even harder. We're attempting to do both. Our biggest risk is not fulfilling this Kickstarter Campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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