About this project
JULY 1st UPDATE: INITIAL FUNDING REACHED, NEW STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED!
With nearly two weeks still to go, the initial funding goal has been reached! A huge thank you to everyone who has already supported us! Here's the deal: $2000 is the minimum we need to create an awesome short film. The money will get us all up to Maine, feed us, and rent or buy the necessary props and gear. With more funds, we'll be able to hire a professional sound mixer to ensure the highest possible sound quality for the film. We'll also rent better, faster prime lenses for the low-light shoots. We also want to rent some additional lights beyond what Vasilios (our DP, see below) is already providing. With all that in mind:
Our new stretch goal is $3,000! Giant thanks again to everyone who got us here!
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ABOUT THE FILM
A journalist travels to the remote town of Frontier, Maine to investigate a mysterious DARPA research facility being built there. She meets a man who insists the facility is a front for something far more sinister. At first the man seems to be a paranoid conspiracy theorist, until he produces some compelling evidence to back up his claim.
Frontier is a 15 minute short film, influenced in equal parts by Twin Peaks, The X-Files and films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Three Days of the Condor. The short will blend classic conspiracy tropes with modern concerns about the NSA and government spying. Frontier will be submitted to various festivals around the country, specifically those focused on short and genre films. Depending on the success of the festival run, the film will then be released on my Youtube channel and on Blu-ray and DVD.
Director - Stephen Parkhurst.
I work in the film industry in NYC at a post & DI facility. In my free time I write and direct comedy web videos for my Youtube channel. My videos currently have over 4 million views and have been featured on sites like HuffPo, Upworthy, WSJ and College Humor. In 2012 I wrote and directed Roommate Wanted, an ultra-low budget feature. With Frontier, I'm expanding the production value and scope immensely, while also returning to my home state of Maine for the shoot.
Paige Lindsay Betts, "Caroline"
Actor, writer and producer Paige Lindsay Betts, is a New York City transplant by way of New Hampshire. She can currently be seen in the new series; 86'D. Gratuity Not Included, in which she is also the creator. She recently appeared as Gayle, along side the Night Owl Players, in the stage production of Sunday on the Rocks by Theresa Rebeck. Paige can also be seen in the upcoming production of Gazebo by Raymond Carver adapted for stage by Kira Davies. Paige has also completed several pilots, commercial and industrial projects for companies including MVP Insurance, Plan B Contraceptive, Way2Ride and Downy. Aside from acting in film, stage and television, Paige is a trained classical ballet dancer.
Rick Dalton, "Richie"
Rick is a Maine filmmaker, actor, stand-up comic, singer, and lover of cats. He is currently in post-production of his directorial debut short film, Between Heaven and Earth. Recently he was the lead of Buck Savage In: The City of the Damned. Rick co-stars in the critically acclaimed, award winning web series Ragged Isle, shot in coastal Maine.
Matthew Nichols, "Geo"
Matthew Nichols is an experienced actor and improvisor, costar of Roommate Wanted and star of the web series I Endorse This Product. Matt is a native Mainer and lives in Bangor with his daughter Ruby.
Director of Photography: Vasilios Sfinarolakis
Vas is a professional DP and camera operator living and working out of NYC. His clients include Snapple, Time Magazine, VICE and many others. He's shot several features and shorts, including Cave, Straight On Til Morning and T Is For Trick.
WHERE DO YOU COME IN?
I have the good fortune of knowing a lot of talented and generous people who are giving their time, effort, equipment and skill to this project. The locations, most of the camera equipment, the sound equipment, and the drone are all already owned or being borrowed for free.
Even with all of that generosity, the movie still has a lot of expenses we'll need to cover. If we reach our goal, the funds will go to transporting, lodging and feeding the cast and crew (hell hath no fury like a hungry actor). There are also several major props, lens rentals, picture car rentals, and practical and special effects that need to be paid for. If we exceed our initial goal, we'll hire a professional sound mixer to come with us to Maine. Beyond that, we'll use funds to pay the actors and crew (director not included) a small wage to cover the time they'll be taking off to shoot the project.
Our shoot date is mid-August and the planned release is November.
Thank you to everyone who donates and shares this page. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Risks and challenges
As with any film, there are unforeseen events and circumstances that could derail the project. Given our brief shooting window, inclement weather is the biggest single threat to completion of the film. Sustained rainfall is rare for August in Maine, however, and I've worked multiple rain dates into the shooting schedule.
I believe preparation is the key to dealing with unforeseen circumstances. The goal isn't to prepare for every possible issue, but rather to be flexible and smart enough to creatively deal with the situations as they develop. We've got a great crew and cast, and I'm more than confident we'll be able to complete the film on time and on budget.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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