Welcome to the Indiegogo campaign for my senior thesis film Excess Baggage! My name is Chantal Massuh and at the ripe age of 22 years old I am now in my last year in the School of Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology and tackling the biggest project of my career.
Excesss Baggage revolves around Rhen, an adopted Asian teenager, that comes of age while living with her absurd family in a trailer park. A comedy with a darker side that still believes in a happy ending.
This is a film that I've been working on for over two years and that has finally begun principal photography. The film is an embodiment and culmination of everything I have ever learned in school and putting it to the test, ignoring all my self doubt, and always trying to remain true to my voice as a visual storyteller.
Excess Baggage is a dream finally materializing itself into reality. Countless hours of hard work, no sleep, writing, rewriting, and slaving over this film has begun to pay off. The footage looks amazing. This spring I will be graduating and finally stripping myself of my much loathed "student" filmmaker title. But I feel, now halfway done shooting this film, that I've lost that title. My transition to being a "real" filmmaker begun with this film. I'm living my dream everyday I walk on to the set of Excess Baggage.
Making a film of this magnitude, especially as a college student, is financially the worst idea ever. I'm serious. When I began this project I had budgeted about $4,000 dollars in total. However, after a few delves of inspiration some revisions which included doubling the script in length ended up doubling time needed at locations and with talent. I will not be able to finish this film and submit to festivals without your help.
I will be using the money raised to finish paying actors, locations, special equipment, catering, festival submissions, and transportation. By donating to my film Excess Baggage, you will be contributing to me earning my BFA, but more importantly helping me materialize my dream. Previous films of mine Red Vinyl, Chet's Pet, and Pink Slip have all screened at different film festivals across the United States. Helping me fund the rest of this film will ensure me to submit it to festivals so I can continue to share my vision with the world.
Check out Excess Baggage's cool perks when you donate to the production. Review the perks on this page and receive cool merchandise like original Excess Baggage t-shirts and DVD's of the film. Donating larger amounts will get you an awesome producer title in the credits.
How You Can HelpDonating to the production is one way you can help. However, word of mouth, is just as strong. I ask you to spread the word of my film Excess Baggage to everyone you know. Sharing this page on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter will allow the film to reach a larger audience. Donations in other forms will also be considered i.e. catering. For more information feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.