About this project
What is the Tesla Film Project?
We’ve all read about the great scientists and inventors in our school textbooks: Thomas Edison, Madam Curie, Albert Einstein, and more. But one name seems to be missing in each one – a man who swept the world into the modern age of technology with his daring and incredibly futuristic inventions. His name was Nikola Tesla. Our film is about this brilliant scientist and the hardships he faced after coming to America. Not only was he known for his intense rivalry with Thomas Edison, but Tesla had a streak of bad financial luck with the companies he partnered with.
This biopic film reveals the truth about who invented what, the praise and criticism Tesla faced over his long life, and the way he completely changed the world’s knowledge of technology at the time.
Who We Are
We are graduate students at the Savannah College of Art & Design, and this is our thesis project. This crew has been handpicked from the very best, and we have worked on many films together over the past two years in order to perfect our craft. This is our chance at making something that might become more than just a student film. Our dream is to film enough footage for a theatrical trailer and a short pilot, then use both to generate and audience and enough buzz to shoot a feature down the road. But everyone needs to start somewhere, and with your help on Kickstarter, we can make that possible!
Why We Need Your Help
This film has been in production since January and the budget is certainly that of a film student. Because this is a historical biopic film, we need a healthy budget to make sure the locations, props, and costumes are accurate for the late 1800s. The money will also go towards equipment and transportation, renting horse carriages for an all-day shoot, leasing locations, feeding the crew, and buying tools to build the sets from scratch.
We will use the money to see the completion of the film through to the end, fully edited, and distributed to our audiences.
We are proud to introduce the following main cast members!
NIKOLA TESLA: Played by Matt O’Boyle, a Performing Arts and Film student here at SCAD. He rocked the audition with his striking portrayal of Tesla.
THOMAS EDISON: The Great Wizard of America will be played by Jack Byrd, a freelance actor with an impressive list of indy, short, theatrical, and 48-hr-film projects.
CHARLES BATCHELOR: Advisor to Thomas Edison, Batchelor will be portrayed by Anthony Paderewki. His credits include The Last Song (2010), Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012), and Savannah (2013).
GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE: This is Adam Wannamaker’s debut as an actor, and we welcome him as the young and brash George Westinghouse, who supported Tesla’s AC electric systems.
Our crew consists of fellow, talented grad students from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
DIRECTOR: Sidney Reed is a director from Denver, CO. Her credits include minor production work on Rampart (2011), Max Rose (2013), and The Moon and the Sun (2015).
PRODUCER: Lee “Legendary” Hostick is an incredible indy producer with a background in business operation. She has a knack for fulfilling the director’s most ridiculous requests while keeping under budget.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Haige “Vincent” Zhou is a talented film artist from China. He has an eye for lighting and beautiful visual compositions. For the Tesla Film he will be operating the Sony F65 camera.
EDITOR: Alejandro Orengo-Colon is from Puerto Rico and is both an editor and director with previous credits including the festival-touring Alex y Fabio Ya No Estan (2013).
SOUND: The sound team will be led by Kai Pacquin from Portland, OR. He is vice-president of PASO (Professional Audio Student Organization).
COMPOSER: Rene Boscio is a musical talent from Puerto Rico, currently stationed in LA. He works alongside the great talents that brought you music for The Mentalist (2008), Arrow (2012), and Resurrection (2014).
As a token of our gratitude for your donations, we have gathered some awesome rewards for you. The list includes digital and hard copies of the film in HD, concept art books and posters, behind-the-scenes footage and photography, and even various tiers of film credit ranging from a thank you, to associate producer, to executive producer.
In addition, we're offering an all-expense paid vacation to fly out to meet the crew and watch the screening of Telsa at a festival or private theatrical showing! You'll get to hang out with our rather energetic director and see behind-the-scenes work behind our film!
Our budget is for $6,000, but if we reach high levels we can fund more aspects of the film.
$8,000 – The extra grand will cover our post-production costs. It will buy us a 10TB hard drive server, editing software licenses, shipping costs for hardware, and renting any additional equipment for pickup shots or sound.
$10,000 – We can use this additional money to cover festival submission fees. We want to show this film in as many festivals as we can, but we need the budget to pay for costs and to fly out to festivals we successfully entered.
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Risks and challenges
Making films is a risky business. The good news is that we WILL finish the film because our graduation from SCAD depends on it. This is a thesis film and we take it’s production very seriously. Our deadline to finish is the end of September, giving us plenty of time to finish the project. Any money you donate will be put to careful use, and will not be wasted.
We have also found that Nikola Tesla has a large fanbase and following. This gives us confidence that the film will be successful and popular, enough to grant us a large audience and successful festival-circuit run. As for rewards, we estimate sometime after the completion of the film at the end of October 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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