Mr. Wonderful is a short film that begs the question: what happens when you play golf with your idiot friend after having a bad day? The answer is something wonderful that you must see. Our goal is to send this story out to film festivals across the country because collectively, we're confident that we made something good: a fun, high-quality short that is worthy of people's time and attention. But who are we to say?
Ask anyone who attended the Jasper Project’s Annual 2nd Act Film Festival: Mr. Wonderful made waves. In this film festival, ten of Columbia’s top filmmakers were given the first and last lines of the short film, and were expected to fill in the rest. This is where our own story, Mr. Wonderful, was born. It started at 2nd Act Film Festival, but we are determined that it doesn’t stop there.
The film opens with a frustrated Mike (Moe Brown) pacing in his garage, looking at where his car used to be before it was stolen. He recalls a prior phone conversation with his buddy, Stokes (Mario Melendez) who consults him about “doing some real damage” with the clubs in his bag. The solution to his woes? ...an escape to the links.
The entire tone makes a surprising shift to bros doing what they do best: broin’ out. They swerve around in the golf cart, exchange ideas about how to live forever-- “It’s science.”-- and bring their own unique elements of swagger to the tee box. They later meet an unexpected stranger (David Weaver) at the 18th hole, who has the possibility to change Mike’s life for the better.
But don’t let the fun nature of the film fool you. There are some serious hits to the screen with some undeniably memorable moments. Drones upped the ante for amazing, accessible shots that we haven’t seen before, and Tyler is a drone-equipped Director with a feel for the VFX eye candy. The jokes brought the laughs at the festival, but it was the boundary-pushing shots and editing that kept people buzzing about Mr. Wonderful when the lights came up.
In addition, the musical style establishes itself uniquely in use of the songs "Ocelote" by Niilas and “Mr. Wonderful” (the title track) by Saint Pepsi (CKA Sylar Spence). These beats are a driving force in the film and interweave seamlessly with the footage as the action happens.
We played to the strengths and personalities of our actors. It turned out something like this...
The majority of "Mr. Wonderful" was shot at Columbia Country Club in Blythewood, SC. With a one-man camera crew and just a few hours shooting time we were able to finish most scenes in 2-3 takes. There are several scenes which reveal an admiration for the work of today's most noteworthy directors and cinematographers:
We believe in our work. It was ridonkulously fun to make, which you can see on the screen, but we need to get it out there, and that’s what the money is for. The goal: Get Mr. Wonderful out to film festivals around the United States. Production has wrapped. The film has been made in all of its golfing glory, but if we can’t get our film in front of people at festivals, then it will remain on the shelf gathering dust. Please help us pay for the submission fees so we can share Mr. Wonderful with America’s film scene, and you will be directly responsible for getting the word out. We have the ambition and potentially the talent for bigger projects, and all it takes is a little help to get us on that road. A few bucks will get Mr. Wonderful in the film circuit, and it will all be thanks to you! You have the chance to be a part of something big!
We have identified 29 high quality film festivals which we would like to submit to throughout 2017. They have an average fee of $43 and after Kickstarter fees + taxes we need to raise about $1600.
Why submit to so many? Because there are a ton of talented people across the world creating amazing films every day (a good thing). Subsequently film festivals must be highly selective with what they choose to show on their screens so competition is fierce. Thus, we must cast a wide net to catch some freakin fish.
However, we think we'll catch a few fish because we pack a lot into our little short film (runtime 7 min 34 sec):
- Original story
- Innovative visuals
- A fun, relevant soundtrack
- Fresh voices
- Beautiful natural scenery
- Quotable quotes
- A nod to some of todays greats and yesterday's greatest
- Some smart laughs
- Some dumb laughs
- And finally a tempting offer for our audiences to always remember the characters: Mike, Stokes, & Character 3 (who we hope you will name).
We've assembled a nice catalog of incentives ranging from shoutouts, downloads, film access, custom music, and direct engagement all the way to limited edition signed prints and even official status as an associate or executive producer. Status as a producer is specifically valuable if you would like to have a voice in our future film projects. Whether your contribution is big or small, it's rewarding to know that there are people who are willing to support our efforts. To us this is humbling and exciting. This film has been our baby, yet we know it takes a small village to raise a child. And we are grateful.
Here are the people you are directly helping out:
This writer extraordinaire is a film buff and we are lucky to have her. After receiving a B.S. in Film Studies from the University of Texas and then a Master's in Creative Writing, Rachel quickly gained producer clients who commissioned her to write feature-length screenplays. Her script revisions immediately made an impact along with her ability to organize and manufacture large swaths of witty creative content.
Oh yes, this kind soul is fun to hang out with and he will make you laugh. Mario has a knack for getting asked to appear in ad campaigns, billboards, and testimonial videos. During the shoot Mario was intent on giving the performance he was asked for; breaking in and out of character on the spot. To everyone's surprise, several of his attempts at a bad golf swing resulted in really nice shots down the middle of the fairway.
To know Mauricus "Moe" Brown is to love him. He's no stranger to the bright lights and cameras having played Wide Receiver at the University of South Carolina. Moe acts as a Gamecock commentator and radio host making numerous appearances on tv news and sports programs every football season. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Moe's character "Mike" is largely inspired by Moe himself; a good person who has dealt with adversity in a proactive manner while reaching greater levels of success along the way. Before the film Moe and Tyler already collaborated with their good friend Micah Caskey to create the Insanity Podcast, an active program which addresses complex social and political issues in a fun way.
Last of the cast but certainly not least is David. Like his colleagues, David is hilarious in-person and this fully translated on screen. He contributed his own creative ideas on the spot and in-turn substantially enhanced his own character. If you didn't know him before, get to know him now because you will see David's face on the screen again.
Tyler is a force-multiplier and a creator. A few years ago he heard Christopher Nolan share some advice on becoming a film director:
"If you want to be a film director, don't get too good at any one thing. Instead, learn a lot about every aspect of filmmaking."
That stuck with him as he now has the skills to manage multiple aspects of the film production assembly line. When it was time to execute our micro-budget film project he knew he could roll up his sleeves and handle the audio or visual work himself. This versatility frees him to think about how to tell a story in the most interesting way. Going forward he would like to work on projects larger in scale and eventually, feature-length films.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you again for your interest and support of our project. We will be following up with updates soon.
Risks and challenges
"Mr. Wonderful" has already completed post production, we've had a successful screening of the film at the 2nd Act Film Festival. We are ready to start submitting to 28 major film festivals in North America immediately and throughout 2017.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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