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Three short films. Three filmmakers. One city. Join our community to help us launch the next stage of collective filmmaking.
Three short films. Three filmmakers. One city. Join our community to help us launch the next stage of collective filmmaking.
227 backers pledged $25,743 to help bring this project to life.

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FEATURED 3X3 FILMMAKER OF THE WEEK:

BRIAN DILG || WRITERxDIRECTOR

MY FILM? THE RIVER. A surreal drama about a man who wakes up one day to find himself to face with face with the man he might have been had he followed his dreams, and what happens when he tries to flee the life he has for the one he always wanted.

WHY I MAKE MOVIES. "The one theme that has permeated every film I've ever made is how people struggle to find their own path in life and follow their dreams, but also find a community of people who will accept and support them no matter how far afield those dreams take them. "The River" is a short film about a man who stopped listening to his own authentic voice a long time ago, and what happens when he comes face to face with the life he might have had - and decides he's going to seize it by any means necessary."

WATCH BRIAN'S WEEK 3 VIDEO EXCLUSIVE:

WATCH BILLY'S WEEK 2 VIDEO EXCLUSIVE:

WATCH MIGUEL'S WEEK 1 VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: 

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WHAT’S THE STORY?

Three guys walk into a writers room… Born out of necessity and frustrated with their own inertia in the film industry, Brian Dilg, Miguel Parga, and William Speruzzi formed a writers group. They spoke of character, plot structure and dialogue but it wasn't enough. IT WASN’T ENOUGH! Then three shorts came into focus and it was good. Actually… it was really good. These three filmmakers decided to make these short scripts into something that every man, woman (well, maybe not child) could be engaged by and changed by. So it happened…

WHAT IS THE 3x3 PROJECT?

The 3X3 Project is a filmmaking movement of sorts. Our goal is to create a sustainable and successful model for independent filmmakers. There are endless amounts of writers groups, production companies, and other forms of support systems that ultimately “make movies happen”.

But what about the lonely filmmaker?

We aim to eliminate the loneliness by embarking upon this model which constitutes a support system like no other, with decades of experience combined with shared access to resources in the industry, as well as a repertory crew that will work on each project. 

The model pushes us, as artists, to experience a new type of collaboration and provides immense motivation and accountability measures to finish what we started.

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND 3X3

BRIAN DILG has worked as a writer/director, cinematographer, and editor on over 100 film and television projects since 1995. His work has been featured on Animal Planet, Atom Films, NBC, PBS, and in innumerable film festivals around the world. He is currently finishing his MFA degree in film production at New York University, where he was a full scholarship recipient.

MIGUEL PARGA has been in the business eighteen years. While working for ABC News he won an Emmy, a Peabody and a DuPont Award. Later he moved to Los Angeles where he produced commercials and wrote scripts for five years. Miguel currently teaches filmmaking and acting in NYC. He has directed 18 shorts. His first novel, Blood Laws, was published by Anaphora Literary Press last year.

WILLIAM SPERUZZI has over seventeen years of experience working in film and commercial production and post-production for such clients as HBO, MTV, Saatchi & Saatchi and Panasonic. He has worked professionally as a writer, director, producer and as an editor under his own banner cutting shorts, industrials, commercials, and promos.  In 2005 he wrote and directed the short film from his original script THE FACE OF THE EARTH that was a Quarterfinalist in the CineStory Screenwriting Awards 2003 Short Category. His screenplay, DYRE AVENUE was in the BlueCat Screenwriting 2007 Competition Top Ten Percent.

WHAT ARE THE 3 FILMS ABOUT?

Brian Dilg's THE RIVER  ||  A surreal drama about a man who wakes up one day to find himself to face with face with the man he might have been had he followed his dreams, and what happens when he tries to flee the life he has for the one he always wanted.

Miguel Parga's SHORTEST DISTANCE  ||  A noir love story about the mistakes you can’t help but keep making. When you think the night’s done, that’s when things are just getting started. 

William Speruzzi's THE EXAM  ||  A taut, contemporary, psychological thriller about a man whose promotion hinges on him taking a medical exam. After a home visit with his pregnant wife and five year old son present, he discovers that the examiner has a more insidious agenda.

Check out the rewards on the right, like your own photo booth style portrait taken by 3x3 filmmaker and Chair of the Photography Dept at New York Film Academy, Brian Dilg, and then printed out giant-sized! Watch the video to see the final product:
Check out the rewards on the right, like your own photo booth style portrait taken by 3x3 filmmaker and Chair of the Photography Dept at New York Film Academy, Brian Dilg, and then printed out giant-sized! Watch the video to see the final product:

WHAT WE WILL DO WITH THE FUNDS WE RAISE?

Here's where you come in. We need your support to raise the financing required to bring THE RIVER, SHORTEST DISTANCE, and THE EXAM into production. 

We have already assembled a dedicated team of filmmaking professionals who are willing to come on board for a fraction of the usual cost that will give the films high production values for our ultra low budgets.  We would love for you to become a part of this journey with us by supporting our fiercely independent and immensely talented creative team.

We seek your generous support to help with the following production costs:

  • Publicity and expanding outreach to the community
  • Covering the rental of technical equipment and insurance costs
  • Location and transportation expenses
  • Materials to realize ambitious set dressing, wardrobe and lighting techniques Administrative costs (permitting fees, etc)
  • Offering stipends to our creative artists and crew
  • Funds to realize ambitious original scores and sound design
  • Subsidizing costs of hefty film festival submission fees 
For the $150 reward level you will receive a signed copy of renowned film & television critic Matt Zoller Seitz’ new book “THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION” / At the $750 level, you will be able to sit down with Matt for an hour & talk all things film!
For the $150 reward level you will receive a signed copy of renowned film & television critic Matt Zoller Seitz’ new book “THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION” / At the $750 level, you will be able to sit down with Matt for an hour & talk all things film!
Named #2 on Amazon's "2013 Best Books of the Year: Humor & Entertainment" - Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to have the book signed by Matt!
Named #2 on Amazon's "2013 Best Books of the Year: Humor & Entertainment" - Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to have the book signed by Matt!
                        

HOW CAN I MAKE AN IMPACT?

We need one FINAL PUSH to make this project happen. Our current goal is to raise $25,500 by the time we start our first round of principal photography in Winter 2014 on location in New York City. Please contribute whatever you can! Any amount at all will help us bring the 3x3 projects to life.

Just because you may not be able to contribute at this time doesn’t mean you lose your chance to help make this project happen! 

  • Please help us get the word out and make some noise about this campaign!
  • Use the Kickstarter share tools that make it super easy to share on social media.
  • Tell people how much you want to see these films completed and pass this onto your fancy friends with deep pockets!

For more information, visit >> www.t3X3p.com

Read about 3x3 in Filmmaker Magazine >>

Example of signed fine art print from Brian Dilg's collection at the $200 reward level (plus, receive all rewards from the giving levels of $100 and below). Click the image to see full portfolio of photo options exclusively for our Kickstarter Backers!
Example of signed fine art print from Brian Dilg's collection at the $200 reward level (plus, receive all rewards from the giving levels of $100 and below). Click the image to see full portfolio of photo options exclusively for our Kickstarter Backers!

Risks and challenges

There are many risks in embarking on this project, and honestly, that's why we're doing it. The short film market has become increasingly competitive and financial return is practically non-existent. We are coming together as filmmakers in the effort to support, not marginalize, each other’s work.

Our team has worked tirelessly to bring The 3X3 Project to fruition. No matter what, we are determined to tell our stories and will do anything they can to make it happen. Pending a successful campaign, our team is ready to shoot in early 2014. If we are able to surpass our funding goal, it will allow us to cover even more production costs and will bring the production to an entirely different level.

We’ve set a reasonable production and fulfillment schedule, but there are inherent risks of delay in the process (this is the film business, after all!). We will communicate with our backers and fans throughout the campaign to ensure the fulfillment process sticks to a timeline and that no matter what, these three fllms get made and go out into the world.

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