About this project
A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped us reach our goal 2 days before the deadline! There are still a few more hours left, so if you feel like contributing, please pledge.
All extra money will be used toward our production. :)
Actually, this is more of a clarification. :)
The trailer you see above is just a mash-up shot solely for this Kickstarter campaign. In a weekend, we recorded a few scenes, and that was it. With the funds we hopefully gain, we will be shooting the entire film from the ground-up, so to clarify, none of the actual film is shot yet.
The same team, however, will be working on the production, so if anything, what you see above is just an appetizer. Thank you so far for all your support!
Chi and Kelly come from two completely different walks of life. Chi doesn't have much experience when it comes to relationships...in fact, he doesn't have any. He still lives with mom. He's the type of guy who'd much rather admire a girl from afar than actually ask her out. Kelly, on the other hand, has been through the relationship gauntlet enough times to know that in practice, romance isn't always romantic. Her cynicism isn't helped by the fact that she still lives with her douche of an ex-boyfriend. Despite Chi and Kelly's obvious differences, when they meet, there's an immediate attraction. They leave their respective comfort zones and begin dating, but it's not long before their opposing philosophies on love begin to cause friction.
Join us as we follow these characters through the tumultuous, life-changing journey known as the long-term relationship - through all its ups and downs, all the tender moments and the fights, all the I love yous and I hate yous.
I know it is a huge privilege to make a movie, so thank you very much for giving I Hate You your consideration. It has finally come to this! After 5 years of developing, writing, and casting this project, only one thing prevents us from shooting it: a budget. Or rather, a lack of one.
And that's where you (hopefully) come in!
It's funny how much changes in five years. As I mention in the video above, back in 2007, my co-writer Pyung Kim and I were bitter, single guys. All around us, we saw so many of our friends' relationships go awry, it started to get kind of funny. While there’s nothing joyful about heartbreak, there comes a point where the incessant arguing, lovemaking, and rebounding almost becomes silly. How could we not laugh?
But as the years passed, we all matured, of course. Our friends are now wiser and happier in less excruciating relationships. Meanwhile, that bitterness Pyung and I had quickly dissipated as we chronicled the best (and worst) of what we observed in the I Hate You screenplay. The end result is an "unromantic comedy" for all to enjoy.
Looking back, it's impossible to put into words how many ideas, hopes, and dreams fueled I Hate You for this long. Yes, that sounds like the same clichéd drivel you read all the time, but if you think about it, every creative endeavor starts with just those things. How it goes from that to the big screen is up to “the film gods"... and a passionate, hardworking team.
Along with Pyung, this film will be produced by Michelle Opitz, who I've worked with for ten years. We're very much a family, yet even though they support and inspire me, they remain bluntly honest. They refuse to make a mediocre movie, and I refuse to let them or you down.
Let’s face it, filmmaking isn't easy. It’s dirty, frustrating, and downright unforgiving at times, especially when you have no money. And we don't have any money (yet). We're literally starting from scratch. The film gods can only do so much on this one. This project can only come alive with your support!
All donations will go toward funding I Hate You, which will be shot in Los Angeles during the summer of 2012.
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Thank you forever and ever for your support!
To clarify, pledgers in the Los Angeles area can choose an "LA local option" reward if they want, but are free to choose the regular reward instead. Pledgers interested in claiming the LA-based rewards who live out of the area will need to provide their own transportation to LA.
For the production-related rewards, Brad, Pyung, and Michelle offer their services to shoot with their equipment. Any additional equipment will be at the expense of the pledger. Wardrobe, food, location, and other production costs are also the pledger's responsibility.
Biographies (in case you're interested):Brad Kageno (director/co-writer)
Brad Kageno was born and raised in Hawaii, and studied filmmaking at Chapman University under the guidance of directors John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, WarGames) and William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection). Brad’s BFA got him no jobs. In 2003, he directed Boyz’ Day, a musical-comedy short prominently featured at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and other showcases. He then directed a dramatic short, Cup of Joe, the following year.
Out of college, Brad took film assistant gigs and random day jobs to pay the bills, but quickly realized that the only way he was going to make a movie in Hollywood was to do it himself. So that's what he's doing.
Brad has developed several screenplays that further explore the Asian-American experience, including the World War II internment and the heroics of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and a mockumentary about an Asian country singer. On the rare occasion Brad isn’t doing film-work, you can probably find him at home watching The Golden Girls.Pyung Kim (co-producer/co-writer)
Pyung began writing comedy at the University of Virginia as a stand-up performer. He also authored Howard Dallis, PhD, an acclaimed comic strip published in The Cavalier Daily. In the past two years, he's been hired by independent producers to write a family comedy, as well as a horror film, currently in development. He has written for TheStation, a YouTube comedy channel that is one of the most all-time subscribed channels (with over 84 million views), and most recently wrote jokes for the 2011 Crunchies Technology Awards in San Francisco, hosted by comedian Harris Wittels. In addition to writing, Pyung’s extensive on-set production experience includes national commercials, pilots, and primetime network television in both sitcom (NBC’s Friends spin-off Joey) and hour-long formats (FOX’s Justice).
Michelle Opitz (producer)
Having graduated from Chapman University with a degree in film production, Michelle has produced dozens of short films and documentaries that have circulated film festivals, winning awards and acclaim. She went on to complete her MFA at the American Film Institute where she directed her thesis film But Seriously, Folks. Michelle was the recipient of Chapman University’s Location Film-making grant, Eastman Kodak Women in Film scholarship, and Panavision’s Filmmaker’s Grant. She also had the honor to study under directors John Badham (Saturday Night Fever) and Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond) as a Marion Knott Scholar.
Born in Japan and raised in Hawaii, Michelle moved throughout her childhood. Her diverse background draws her to unique stories. While she is not writing or directing her own films, Michelle teaches film and involves herself in projects she passionately believes in.
Bill Otto (cinematographer)
Bill has graduated from the prestigious cinematography program at the American Film Institute. He was the recipient of the Corwin Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement and is the Director of Photography on nine feature films. One of his films, White on Rice, has been nationally released and is receiving awards and acclaim. Other features under his belt include Mulberry Park, Big Dreams Little Tokyo, and Road to Red. While he is not shooting, he enjoys listening to music on his extensive vinyl collection and an occasional soft rock hit by Christopher Cross (on CD of course).
Notable Mention: A portion of the music used in the video was composed by Kevin MacLeod.
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