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An Inspirational Short Film about Music & Romance in the City of Roses
An Inspirational Short Film about Music & Romance in the City of Roses
205 backers pledged $21,549 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to all of you, we have reached our goal of $20,000!!!

----------- STRETCH GOAL: $25,000+ ----------

In order to get some of the more complex and challenging shots in this film, we are going to need to rent out some heavy duty equipment and add an extra day of shooting. Although this is not necessary to make our film, these shots will definitely enrich the experience.

Any extra funds that we raise for this project will go towards marketing "Everybody's a Stranger" to short film festivals around the world.

WHAT'S GOING ON!?

After directing a musical (CHICAGO) and two plays (CLOSER, GOD OF CARNAGE) in the last two years at the American University of Paris, I am shifting gears and finally creating my first short film! I have a very talented team ready to go, and to be able to make this film I am going to need you, the great masses of friends, family, acquaintances, and passers by. What is this project you might ask? 

EVERYBODY'S A STRANGER

The stage is set on a cool Spring evening in Portland. A young musician named Charlotte is playing to a crowd that is having trouble paying attention. After her show, Charlotte watches as the crowd comes to life with the next act. Feeling dejected, she attempts to clear her head by walking to a food cart up the block. A chance encounter with a stranger at the cart is the start of an adventurous night that leads Charlotte out of her comfort zone but also helps her realize her true potential as an artist.

"Everybody's a Stranger" is going to be shot in Portland, Oregon, but more than that, is going to showcase it in a way that makes the city one of the main characters. 

$20,000!

When I started this project I knew that the only way to set it apart from my previous work meant that I was going to have to rent out some serious equipment and hire people who knew their way around a film set. Also I knew that in order to be able to film at certain venue's we would need to pony up a daily rate.

Our costs include :

  • Equipment Rental (Including RED Camera Package)

  • Venue Rental (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Goodfoot, Rotture)

  • Cast and Crew Compensation 

  • Production Insurance

  • Shooting Permit Fees

  • Music Rights Fees

My Co-Producer Michael Senseman and I have gone over the numbers, and with our shooting taking place over five days, with a small crew, we agreed that $20,000 is the minimum dollar amount necessary to create this film

WHO'S INVOLVED?

Below is a collection of Spotlight videos for the hard working and determined "Everybody's a Stranger" Cast and Crew.  

Charlotte: The multi-faceted and extremely talented Jesselyn Parks

Director of PhotographyCorey Drayton

Co-Writers:  Mishaun Sahebi & Hiro Nukaga

Art Director: Devon Devereaux

Assistant DirectorBeejan Iranshad

The Doorman: Mark Ball

Co-Producer: Michael Senseman

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges are present for any film project, be it a $100 million dollar Hollywood production, or a high school film class video. For "Everybody's a Stranger," our biggest challenge is based on if we get funded. I have personally put down all of the deposits necessary for the venues we are filming at, but cast and crew compensation, equipment rentals, production insurance, permit charges, and cost of venue staff will all be funded by this Kickstarter. This is not to say that there wont be any challenges on set, but after producing a musical that featured 20+ unpaid college students living in the City of Light, I think working collaboratively with 20+ paid professionals in the City of Roses should be a fairly smooth transition.

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    WINDSURFER: Thank you so much for your support of "EVERYBODY'S A STRANGER!"

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    DRAGONBOAT: THANK YOU! With your $2 pledge, you have bought yourself some prime real estate on a name collage that will be put in the end credits

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    SELLWOOD: With this contribution you get put on our update list, getting exclusive access to video updates, cast and crew bio videos, and premiere info! Also you will receive a free song download from Portland based hip-hop group E.A.R.T.H. + Name Collage

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    ROSS ISLAND: Dry clean your formal wear, because with this pledge you will receive a ticket to one of the "Everybody's a Stranger" premieres (Portland, Oregon/Paris, France; locations TBD) + Earth Download + Update List + Name Collage

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    MARQUAM: Receive a free download of the "Everybody's a Stranger" soundtrack (Featuring four tracks from Portland based hip-hop group E.A.R.T.H. & the title song "Everybody's a Stranger" performed by Jesselyn Parks) + Premier Ticket + Update List + Name Collage

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    HAWTHORNE: Recieve a Digital Download of "Everybody's a Stranger" in Retina or Full 1080p resolution upon its web release (for personal use only) + Everybody's a Stranger Soundtrack + Premiere Tickets + Update list + Name Collage

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    UNION PACIFIC: Receive one DVD Copy of the film, signed by the cast and crew + HD Movie Download + Everybody's a Stranger Soundtrack + Premiere Ticket + Update List + Name Collage

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    MORRISON: Receive 1 High Quality Production Still of your choosing (5" x 7") + HD Movie Download + Everybody's a Stranger Soundtrack + Premiere Ticket + Update List + Name Collage

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    BURNSIDE: Receive one high quality signed print of the original Everybody's a Stranger movie poster, designed by french graphic artist Adrien Tetu + Production Still + HD Movie Download + Everybody's a Stranger Soundtrack + Premiere Ticket + Update List + Name Collage

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    STEEL: A "Special Thanks" mention in the film during the end credits and a VIP movie ticket to the premiere, including an "Everybody's a Stranger" goodie bag + Signed Movie Poster + Production Still + HD Movie Download + Everybody's a Stranger Soundtrack + Update List + Name Collage

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    BROADWAY: "Associate Producer" Credit during the end credits, as well as a half hour skype session with the cast and crew + VIP Movie ticket + Signed Movie Poster + Production Still + HD Movie Download + Everybody's a Stranger Soundtrack + Update List + Name Collage

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    FREEMONT: "Co-Producer" Credit in the film, including bi-weekly updates on the production, a half hour skype session with the director and main cast members + VIP Movie ticket + Signed Movie Poster + Production Still + HD Movie Download + Everybody's a Stranger Soundtrack + Update List + Name Collage

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    ST. JOHNS: "Executive Producer" Credit in the film, including bi-weekly production updates, a half hour skype session with the director and main cast members discussing the film, and a hardback copy of the Shooting script, signed by everyone involved with the film + VIP Movie ticket + Signed Movie Poster + Production Still + HD Movie Download + Everybody's a Stranger Soundtrack + Update List + Name Collage

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