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A narrative short film exploring the life of a Sarasota girl of pioneer heritage who spirals into Oxycodone addiction.
A narrative short film exploring the life of a Sarasota girl of pioneer heritage who spirals into Oxycodone addiction.
59 backers pledged $6,117 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Journey

From left to right: Producers Arash Zandi & Van Jazmin, Director Vincent Dale, Production Designer Tola Brennan, Associate Producer Kat Wilson, and Cinematographer Sebastian Baron.
From left to right: Producers Arash Zandi & Van Jazmin, Director Vincent Dale, Production Designer Tola Brennan, Associate Producer Kat Wilson, and Cinematographer Sebastian Baron.

After receiving outstanding community support, we were able to complete pre-production and production for No Real Than You Are. All of the money from the previous campaign went towards workspace, production insurance, equipment rentals, props, costumes, and set construction, among other carefully budgeted production expenses.

In early June, we received a generous discount on office space at HuB Sarasota, an office environment that houses both HuB studios and rents offices to creative professionals in Sarasota.  

Production office at HuB Sarasota. Photo by Sebastian Baron.
Production office at HuB Sarasota. Photo by Sebastian Baron.

Over 70 actors showed up to auditions over the course of two weekends and by the time production rolled around, we had assembled a full production team and would eventually have the privilege of working with over 25 filmmakers, artists, and craftsmen.

Casting and auditions
Casting and auditions

We were also able to work with a myriad of local artists and performers including a master sand sculptor, a chalk muralist, fire spinners, a silk dancer, professional makeup artists, and animal wranglers, just to name a few.

Vincent and Tola with master sand sculptor Brian Wigglesworth.
Vincent and Tola with master sand sculptor Brian Wigglesworth.
Due to the generosity of Dr. Gary and Beth Kompothecras, we had the honor of being the first narrative film to be given permission to shoot at their famous Sarasota mansion.
Due to the generosity of Dr. Gary and Beth Kompothecras, we had the honor of being the first narrative film to be given permission to shoot at their famous Sarasota mansion.
Sound Mixer Ralph Barnette with Production Coordinator Aaron Martin.
Sound Mixer Ralph Barnette with Production Coordinator Aaron Martin.

Our shooting locations included warehouse spaces such as the Flow Factory, a fine dining restaurant, and the Ohana horse rescue ranch.   

Production design team.  From left to right: Tola Brennan, Freddie Lamoreaux, Alex Cartlidge, and Caley Fagerstrom.
Production design team. From left to right: Tola Brennan, Freddie Lamoreaux, Alex Cartlidge, and Caley Fagerstrom.
On set at the Ohana Horse Rescue Ranch.
On set at the Ohana Horse Rescue Ranch.
Building a set at One105 with lighting by LJ Event Production
Building a set at One105 with lighting by LJ Event Production

Press

Our film's story was covered by PRWeb.

An Article Published by Sarasota Day "No Real Than Sarasota Is"

Tampa Bay Business Journal mentioned the film in context to the giant lego man. 

The Pine View Torch highlighted alumni who worked on the crew 

Look out for upcoming article in October's SRQ Magazine!

What's Next?

Now we need your help preparing the film for its final stages to make it presentable for film festivals all over the nation, beginning with the Sarasota Film Festival in April. 

Our goals for post-production begin with creating a short film that has the highest quality of visuals and sound possible with this budget. We aim to be accepted into prestigious film festivals.  To benefit all the talented cast and crew members involved, we hope that we can earn a Wikipedia Page for the project and an IMDB page to give proper credit. Most of all, we wish to use this film to spread awareness of Sarasota and the prescription drug problem affecting our young population, and ultimately bring about positive change for our community. 

How Will the Budget Be Spent?

Thanks to the generosity of our post-production crew, we will be able to complete the film on less than $6,000. Here are the most important expenditures:

Professional Color Correction

Professional Audio Design & Engineering

Final Mastering

Film Festival Submission Fees

Who Worked on the Film Production?

CAST (in order of appearance)

William Whitaker: Steve McAllister
Black Market Trader: Daniel Pelissier
Child Sasha Whitaker: Megan Barber
Alexander Whitaker: David Abolafia
Calvin Mather: Sam North
Pharmaceutical Rep: Erin Hood
Sasha Whitaker: Audrey Scherer
Claire: Cole Stroop
Hanna: Chessie Phillips

SUPPORTING CAST (in order of appearance)

Prince Chichi: Pablo Gonzalez
Pine Tree: Sebastian Wallenstein
Palm Tree: Caden Denslow
Orange Tree: Greyson Andrasi

CREW

Writer & Director: Vincent Dale
Producers: Arash Zandi & Van Jazmin
Cinematographer: Sebastian Baron
Production Designer: Tola Brennan
Associate Producer / AD: Kat Wilson
Sound Mixer: Ralph Barnette

Executive Producers: 
CJ Czaia
James Bonutto

Production Coordinator: Aaron Martin
2nd Assistant Director: Audrey Hamm
Script Supervisor: Malika Suleymanova

Key Makeup: Eri Vincent
Special Effects Makeup: Jess Marie

Select Costumes: Keith Nielsen

Production Designer’s Assistant: Freddie Lamoreaux
Lead Man: Alex Cartlidge
Key Art Production Assistant: Caley Fagerstrom

Art Production Assistants:
Shelby Thomson
Daniel Nolfi
Devin Ostertag
Ted Burt

Select Props:
Ren Mimbs
Joshua Steward
Kasey Hettig-Rolfe

Sand Sculptor: Brian Wigglesworth
Chalk Artist: Truman Adams
Graffiti Muralist: Clay Olson

Muralists:
Darcy Little
Peggy Blount
Careth Arnold

Location Managers:
Will Carlson
John Joseph Revisky

Silks Performer: Sam Mellor
Slack Liners:
Sean Morris
Phillip Defraties

Theatre Lighting: David Byrd & LJ Event Production

Teaser Sound and Music: Mauricio H. Blanca of 8 Beat Audio



Sponsors:
Sarasota Chalk Festival
Wave Grill at Ramada Venice Resort Hotel
Yoder's Restaurant & Amish Village
Der Dutchman Sarasota

Special Thanks:
Brandi’s Wish
Mark Famiglio
Dr. Gary and Elizabeth Kompothecras
Ohana Horse Rescue
Rich Swier & HuB
Rich Schineller
Ringling College of Art and Design
Jennifer Wallenstein
Nancy & Gary Dale
Denise Kowal
The Scanlan Family
The Flow Factory
Allison Milam
Cafe Gabbiano Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar
Belinda “Juicy J” and Matt Beat Blastah
Urban Spiral Dream Company (USDC)

And last but not least, a huge thanks to our top donors from the first Kickstarter campaign! You literally made this film possible:

Claudio Ruben *  Rebecca Pruitt * Dylan Lee * Jack Fitzgerald * Rania Shafie * Salam Shafie * Zeina Samir Shafie * Finazzo Family * Jann Fisher * Braxton Sato * Martha Lucía Baron * Kelly Esformes Alvarez * Hans Wilson * Christine Barlett * Barbara Sassen May * Todd Barber * Marc Grimaud * Pamela Zeitlich * Bartley Johnson * Audrey Hamm * Dr. Larry Thompson * Chris Keller * Michael F. Dignam * Renee Griffin * Doug Baker * Spencer Brass * Deborah Pell Dunning * Vera Cole * Dylan Margaret * Hanmi Richards * Robert Flannelly * Kim Dart * Debora R Blomster * Sharon Lyle * Jackie Lambert * Christine Meeker Lange * Paolo di Costanzo * Kyle D'Arcangelis * Joaquin Luis Baron * Kelsey NaPier * Manuel E. Gordillo * James Parker * Judy Napoelone * Patrick Brennan * Timothy H. Cole

PS: If you worked on the film and your name is not listed above, please contact us and let us know correspondencefilms@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk that we run are film festival submissions. There's no guarantee that we'll be accepted to our most desired festivals, but based on the quality of our work, we're confident that No Real Than You Are has a great chance of being accepted to prestigious film festivals.

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