About this project
IF WE EXCEED THE $15,000 GOAL, THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO MAKE THE PRODUCTION RUN THAT MUCH SMOOTHER... $15,000 IS THE BARE, BARE MINIMUM TO GET THIS STORY ONTO FILM! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We were featured as"Project of the Day"on indieWIRE. Check it out here.
FROM MY JOURNAL
I was sitting in a restaurant today, watching a slouchy guy—dressed in my old clothes—mumble to himself and gawk at people. He’d grumble if they didn’t look his way. I sat there for an hour watching his every gesture: every time he’d flinch, cough, crumple his newspaper, say a few words to a stranger...
A plain-looking girl entered the place. The guy’s face went pale. He sidled up to me and whispered: “Nathan, I’m sorry... I went to school with her. I can’t stay in character.”
We laughed about it. Reality sometimes gets in the way, and so our rehearsal (or whatever you want to call it) was over for the day.
This is how I make movies – or prepare for them, at least...
PROCESSED MEAT, PROCESSED MOVIE
Movies should not be made from paper, but from people. What I mean to say is that I don’t trust scripts, even though I went to NYU to learn how to write them. I trust people (or at least the ones I’m working with).So I'm working through the characters with the people I cast. Instead of spending days holed up in my apartment writing, I'm spending months hashing out the characters with the actors, then observing these characters in various situations, and rehearsing with them until the initial ideas I had about the story are just that: initial ideas.
We will continue to develop and rework Soft In The Head until we start shooting, so I can’t divulge much about it except that:
- some themes and situations are taken from "The Idiot", a 19th Century Russian novel about a criminally kind person
- the main character is Maury, a criminally kind person and modern day pilgrim
- it takes place in Queens, New York (around where my parents grew up)
- it's filled with tense dinner scenes (like the ones you might experience in your own home)
- it will be shot on 16mm film (film grain's the only way to capture this world of ours)
- it's ruled by the people in it
WHAT'S THE USE OF A BUDGET?
We are lucky enough to have a cast and crew so devoted to the project that they are doing it for no pay. We have also managed to strike insane deals on film stock & processing. And yet it will still take money to get Soft In The Head made...
Here's where your donations will go: liability insurance, vehicle rentals, catering for the cast and crew (2 meals a day / 21 days), 16mm film stock, film processing & transfer, set dressing/construction, costumes, and location fees.
***if you would like to see a detailed budget breakdown, please email producer, Lynn Truong, at firstname.lastname@example.org***
We’ll squeeze every penny we get to make these characters--and their imagined life--a reality. And when this movie's a reality, you’ll get to see what Soft In The Head means and understand why we made it in this fashion.
Thanks from our entire crew & cast:
Lynn Truong, Cody Stokes, Tucker Haworth, Andrea Jenkins, Kia Davis, Ed Ryan, Carl Kranz, Sheila Chavarria, JW McCormack, Patrick Harrison, Rory Kulz, Melanie Scheiner, Julie Marcus, Mark Gotbaum, Moshe Kessler, & Nechamah Tzipporah Kessler
Pictures of Our Prizes
Character Portrait of Maury by Kia Davis
Character Portrait of Natalia Béthencourt by Kia Davis
Character Portrait of Hannah Reh by Kia Davis
Character Portrait of Nathan Reh by Kia Davis
Nathan Silver's Decade-old Copy of The Idiot
Toilet Paper Holder by Nathan Silver's Grandfather
For pictures of our other prizes, please go here.
As you will see below, I'm not the only one who's soft in the head. Please read the open letter my mother, Cindy Silver, wrote today:
I must have been soft in the head when I encouraged my children's artistic bents, but they love film and music, and so do I. All of you know Nathan, and his passion for his craft. He works very hard, and in another era, he would be an artist in residence for the king's court. Instead he has to come to family and friends for help with his next creation. Anything you contribute would be very appreciated---be it $5 or $10 or more. Nathan is very excited about this next movie and so are the actors who are involved in his production. We all are very appreciative of their time and effort. I know first hand, from last summer, how time-consuming and exhausting making a movie is. But it is a very unique process, and Harvey and I are amazingly proud of Nathan. We cannot believe how far he has progressed from his first short film to now. I have watched him devote his life to perfecting the sound, the edits, the acting, the locations, the wardrobes, the props,etc. that go into a film. I am in awe of his dedication, and the wonderful contributions that friends have made to be in his movies, or to come to the wedding scenes, or to provide voiceover work, or to commit to long rehearsals, or to provide adorable children to act, to provide homes and pools, and love and most of all emotional support. Nathan has a very large family, because of all the love and encouragement you send his way. So if you love the arts, please support a starving, but very talented director and filmmaker.
Please send his Kickstarter link to any friends or family members who love Nathan or the arts, or both. I want to thank you in advance. I hope you can all attend the opening of the movie when it is completed.
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