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Tina is a 13-year-old math genius, living in an isolated world where the solid and definite answers of math are so much more comforting and secure than the ambiguity of human relations. She only finds security in her family life and with her mentor: high school math department head Mr Richardson.
When the stability of her home life is threatened, will she retreat deeper into isolation - or solve the "human equation"...?
We are seeking USD $7,000. In the USA, it might seem impossible to produce a decent short film for that price. But things are much cheaper in China, and our team has made movies that have gotten attention at international film festivals while spending much less than this amount. This rate is cheap even for China, but we can assure quality since we have generous support from the local community in securing locations, equipment and skilled volunteers. Most of those involved in this production work commercially in the film industry but are reducing or waiving their fees on this project "for the sake of ART."
We are confident in our ability to provide a product of high quality and high impact in return for a limited budget. We are all tightening our belts and opening our own wallets; that is why we feel OK in asking others for support. "Analysis" is a project that has that much potential.
This short film seeks to address the universal dilemma of isolation versus socialization that we all face in our teen years; no matter how smart we are, developing our emotional awareness and social skills is a unique and challenging task.
This film also addresses the unfortunately prevalent sterotype that women are not as good at math as men. The truth is: the female mind excells at math and science, yet their efforts are often discouraged and their achievements belittled.
We hope this film helps kids find their way through the maze of their teen years, and especially to help girls take pride in their academic acheivements.
We intend to pursue recognition for the finished film in a number of well-chosen film festivals around the world, and then distribute it freely around the world for all to share.
This is a creative commons project. It is NOT for profit.
How the money will be spent
The Script Writer, Director and Producer will recieve no compensation.
The money will be spent on:
Camera, lighting and equipment rentals. (Photography and filmmaking requires precision equipment and lighting.)
Craft Services. (Food. An army travels on its stomach.)
Transportation. It costs a lot to carry people and equipment, even if just across town.
Wages. While many of the artistic, creative roles are performed by volunteers, the skilled trade workers required to make a professional production (rather than some wonky amatueur Internet video) need to be paid their daily wages. They are giving us their best rate but they have to put some rice on the table.
Post-production. While some of the post work will be done pro bono, there are costs that cannot be avoided.
Festival submissions. There is no point in making this film if we do not maximize its exposure.
Location and props. Most of these will be donated or borrowed to save costs.
Perks and Rewards
We have offered a selection of interesting rewards, but we are flexible. If there is something that would convince you to join in and support us, but you do not see it on our list, let us know. We would be happy to work with you.
Who We Are
Richard Trombly, Director and Screenwriter
Richard Trombly is a former journalist and editor who has been helping to facilitate cultural exchange and understanding through the arts since he arrived in China in 2003. He has been supporting the arts community in a variety of capacities, from bringing English-language theatre to the stage in Shanghai, to producing and co-producing a variety of local and international directors' independent films.
Jude Jiang, Producer
Jude is a long-time resident of Shanghai who relocated to Beijing to work for an international film production company as a script analyst: her job is to read and improve incoming scripts and translate scripts for international co-productions.
When she read the script for "Analysis" for the first time, she asked if she could be involved and produce this short film. We welcomed her energy and insight on board the team and have profited from her industry expertise in developing this production to professional standards as well as adding layers of meaning and honing the finer points of the script.
Charles Mayer, Lead Actor
Charles spent 11 years in the British military before enlisting himself in the acting profession with academic training in London. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1885544/ He has appeared in British TV and Film before coming to Shanghai 3 years ago. Since then, he has appeared in 12 plays, directed 3 plays, and acted in several short and feature films.
Sofie Fella, Lead Actress
Sofie is a 6th grader at Shanghai American School and has already been acting and performing. She even has experience on the film set, though this will be her first lead role in a film. We are excited to share her energy and inspiration in this project.
Jeffrey Chu, Cinematographer
Jeffrey is a film professional regularly working on Chinese feature films. When he learned about the project "Analysis", he offered to sign on to bring his industry standard of filming to the production. His experience in shooting indie films in China will guarantee the most impressive big movie look for our low budget bankroll. His creative eye will also add another layer of visual complexity and beauty to the film. Jeffrey previously collaborated with Trombly on his film "Melon Harvest".
Pete O'Hanlon, Original sound track
Pete is a renknowned singer-songwriter from Ireland. He recently released his CD "SIMPLE EQUATION", which is available for sale on http://www.peterohanlon.com/purchase.html.
O'Hanlon has been experiementing with Sino-Celtic fusion music: a perfect fit for our movie, since our lead characters are caught in the mix between Euopean and Chinese cultures.
...And many other talents.
We have a devoted local Chinese and multinational team committed to making this project a great success.
What will happen to the money if the project does't meet its funding goal?
We are confident that people will see the value in this project and wish to take part, but even if we receive insufficient funds, we will break our piggy banks, empty our savings and take out loans to make this film. WE BELIEVE IN IT THAT MUCH AND WANT TO SHARE THE MESSAGE WITH THE WORLD.
Other Ways You Can Help
Perhaps you just can’t contribute. We understand - but that doesn’t mean you can’t help. You can:
- Get the word out and make some noise about your campaign.
- Share it with friends online and offline and convince them to get involved.
- You can get better impact by using the Indiegogo share tools!
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!