Thank you taking the time to review our project FET. You're probably wondering about the title? FET stands for Female Engagement Team and our story focuses on a young lady who was a member of a Marine Corps FET in Afghanistan. These teams worked side-by-side with combat units but without the combat training or weapons of the 'grunts'.
Our goal is to make a short film that highlights the conflict faced in the feature that we are developing.
The Story - IBA, late 20's attractive Arab American, has just returned from Afghanistan where she served as a member of a Marine Corps Female Engagement Team. As a first generation Arab American (and Muslim), and an attractive female, she finds that many of the same conflicts occur stateside that affected her in Afghanistan. Ethnophobia, outright racism, and sexism plague her world. However, her love and pride in the Marine Corps help sustain her through these trials.
We believe this story to be an excellent dissection of our American values and beliefs. While we will examine many of the negative aspects of our culture, the goal is to show how our society is setup to overcome obstacles. While a dark film about dark subject matter, it is, in the end, a story with a powerful message about America and what makes us strong.
The Production - The short film will highlight the beginning of the feature story. We will shoot over three days in mid-December, 2012. Most of our crew will come from the NBC hit show Revolution, which will be on hiatus. All crew will work as volunteers and all equipment will be donated free of charge. This includes camera, light and grip, sound, steadicam, crane, etc. Our only hard costs will include travel/living for out-of-town cast, location fees, meals, wardrobe (military uniforms), music licensing and festival fees.
The Team -
Heath Franklin will serve as Writer/Director/Producer. Heath has produced numerous feature films with several receiving limited theatrical release, national broadcast deals and foreign releases. Additionally he has directed and produced approximately 200 commercials.
Darwin Brandis will serve as Director of Photography. Darwin has worked on numerous film sets including the hit series One Tree Hill and Revolution.
Brandon Luck will serve as Co-producer. Brandon has a diverse history of producing including feature films, web series and commercials.
The Process -
We have begun preproduction. This includes casting, location scouting, script breakdown, wardrobe, etc. In order to stay on time we will need to begin to lock down many of these items which will require negotiating rates. Therefore, it is imperative that we secure modest funding as quickly as possible. Your valuable investment in this film will allow us to utllize the many talents of our professional crew while they are on hiatus. Editing will commence over the holidays. In the coming months we will add a music score, sound design, titles, etc to finish the film and begin our festival submissions.
Director's Note -
As many of you know, the Marine Corps has been a significant part of my life since day one. As any group of this size, there is the good and the bad. When you throw comtemporary issues, such as women in the military, into such an historic, time-honored, traditional group as the Marine Corps, there are bound to be hurdles. When these changes occur during the middle of a war such as Afghanistan, things can get crazy. Add to this the general movement of our country away from accepting immigrants, even legal immigrants, and you have a story full of conflict. Of course, a female, Muslim Marine in Afghanistan adds even more conflict.
While this film will explore the challenges of the modern day Marine Corps, it is neither a scathing attack, nor a propraganda film. Hopefully it will be like any good film, a story about an underdog with a mountain of conflict and challenges, hoping beyond hope to persevere.
And yes, it is based on a real person. Please help me tell this story. Thank you.