The Plot – What Is The Film About?
Logline: Tired, inebriated, and excessively high, two young couples make their way home within the New York City subway system only to confront the fact that their respective relationships, or their world together, is coming to an end.
Synopsis: TERMINUS is a short form live-action film about the figurative end of a world, or, more importantly, the numbing end to a love once shared between two emotionally scarred individuals.
Partially inspired by Hemingway’s ‘THE END OF SOMETHING;’ partially inspired by the infamous ‘rapture panic’ of May 21st, 2011, the project closely follows one of two young couples as they make their way home within New York City’s notoriously dreary subway system. As the night wares on, or as they become increasingly impaired by the very paraphernalia that they carry, past secrets are brought to light that threaten to reveal – not only the direction that their lives are heading – but the incapability that they share to move on from the now deadened ties that bind them so tightly together. As the decrepit, leftover posters from that dreadful date once foretold: their world is not ending, but may have already come to an end long ago. And for those who were left behind, there was – and continues to be – no escape.
The Production – What Is The Plan?
Already written and thoroughly developed, TERMINUS will be a fifteen-minute live-action short prime in both length and design for all major national and or international festival circuit(s). Production is slated for mid December and will continue for five nights throughout six Manhattan-based locations. To compensate for a lack of natural lighting, the film will be shot digitally upon one of several high-end video recording devices. Ranging from the Canon 5D to Red One, equipment utilized and production values attained will depend, of course, on funds accumulated. This is where you come in.
You’re Role As An Investor:
The Budget – How Can You Benefit With Each Investment?
In order for TERMINUS to become the award-winning film that we’ve envisioned and progressively developed, we will need to raise $4,500. This will allow the cast and crew the bare essentials necessary to shoot.
· Camera (rental)
· Sound Equipment (rental)
· Lighting (rental)
· Travel (Cast & Crew)
· Food (Cast & Crew)
Most importantly, this will also enable producers to garner location permits through the Mayor’s office of New York City (a process that requires $2,000 for production insurance alone). It should be reiterated, however, that although $4,500 is the necessary goal for production, any excess of funds would allow for higher production values. The better this film looks and sounds, the more cemented its eventual success will be. This means that your role as investor and possible executive producer will evolve, thus reaping the greatest amount in artistic and credited return. This makes your donation all the more meaningful and, more importantly, mutually beneficial.
Other Benefits – What Else Do You Get For Donating?
As noted at the bottom right portion of this page, every dollar you donate towards the making of TERMINUS will earn you gifts, titles, and rewards to show how integral you are to the filmmaking process. This includes anything from copies of the film on DVD…to Producer Credit…to room, boarding, and entrance to the film’s big festival premiere and after party!
Security – How Safe Is It To Donate Through Kickstarter?
As mentioned in Kickstarter’s FAQ SECTION, all projects allow investors the ability to donate their money through the always-reliable megasite known as Amazon.com – this means that your name and credit card information will be completely protected. It is also pertinent to note that every cent donated to TERMINUS must go towards the production. If we do not hit our goal by the above deadline, we will get absolutely nothing – meaning that our film will not get made and your investment will be promptly returned. This makes your role extremely important.
How Do You Donate?
Apart from its reliability, Kickstarter has made the process of pledging towards an artistic project exceptionally simple for people of all ages and backgrounds. To donate funds towards the production of TERMINUS, all you have to do is click ‘Back This Project’ on this very page. From there, you will be asked to input your pledge amount and select one of our many awards. Once done, you will automatically be transferred to Amazon’s very familiar and very secure checkout service.
Behind The Camera:
The Leaders – How Experienced Are The Show Runners?
TERMINUS will be the fourth of several major collaborations between Barnett Brettler (Writer/Director) and Nicole Capone (Producer). Already the recipients of numerous awards, including ‘BEST FILM’ at both Wild Rose Independent and Art For Progress, this longstanding team is aiming to make TERMINUS their most complex and well regarded film to date. Past efforts include the critically acclaimed mid-length feature, ’20 MISSISSIPPI,’ as well as the internet sensation, ‘LEVIN: MALADIES OF DEATH.’ Both films were produced on little to no budget, and both saw over 200% in monetary festival returns. With an efficient length and a socially relevant plot, TERMINUS is expected to be their most successful film to date – both artistically and financially.
The Team – Who Are The People Behind The Project?
Barnett Brettler (Writer/Director):
Brettler is a filmmaker born and raised in Long Island, New York. A graduate of
the profession from Syracuse University, he finished school among the top one
percent of his class in May of 2009.
He has worked throughout New York City and Los Angeles, earning experience both on set and in the production office. This has included short and long term stints as a producer, editor, casting director, actor, writer, and photographer. He began earning recognition for his own body of work when he was named a top emerging artist by Student Filmmakers Magazine (Page 30, September 2008) and Art For Progress (Website Homepage, November 2008). His short format production, "Levin: Maladies of Death," and his feature production, "20 Mississippi," both went on to premiere at film festivals around the world (the latter earning awards in both Iowa and New York). Whilst continuing his work as a script reader and director, Barnett is in the process of earning his masters degree from the much acclaimed screenwriting conservatory at UCLA. He has several shorts - and features - currently in development bicoastally.
Nicole Capone (Producer):
A true New Yorker in every way and form, Nicole Capone is a filmmaker with a lauded Bachelors Degree in Film from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. With a background in every aspect of film development, production, and postproduction, she has worked to write, produce, direct, and edit her own short and long form films - formats ranging across the spectrum from 16mm reversal to digital HD and everything in between. After several years in both entertainment and finance, however, Nicole has truly found her calling with both writing and, more importantly, producing. Since 2008, she has taken off with this newfound interest, producing and managing films of all genres and sizes (many of which were shot concurrently!). Her portfolio of produced work includes the award-winning film “20 MISSISSIPPI”, which was directed by her long-time film partner, Barnett Brettler. Other projects include "THE STORY OF," a feature by Ben Struble, and "LUCIA," a short-form production by successful cinematographer Justin Liang. Although Nicole telecommutes both nationally and internationally, she still resides in New York City, where she is currently working on producing various shorts, as well as writing and developing her next feature.
Alyssa Renzi (Assistant Director):
An up and coming producer from New York City, Alyssa Renzi has collaborated on numerous films and theatrical productions with artists throughout the state. Most recently, she and director Ben Holbrook completed the short film, "WHITE RICE," which was accepted into the 2011 Big Apple Film Festival. She also worked as an intern on the independent feature, "THE GREEN," which will see nation-wide release come Autumn.
Christopher Lanceley (Owen):
Alia Guidry (Izzy):
Ashley Marie Ortiz (Grace):
Ben Reno (Adam):
THE SONG heard in the advertisement for our project is S I T T I N G, by artist Chris Weeks; better known across the internet as 'kingbastard.' Chris provided the soundtrack for Michael and Nicole's previous effort, 20 MISSISSIPPI.
THE ARTWORK included on this page was drawn by animators Kartika Mediani and Saeko Igarashi. We thank them for their hard work and commitment to our project.
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