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We all have dreams, and the dream that filmmakers Daniel Hogg and Jeremy Lutter share is to make movies that people see on the big screen. We believe that our new project, a film called Floodplain, can help make that dream a reality. In fact, Floodplain is about two people with dreams of their own. Based on a short story by award-winning Canadian author D. W. Wilson, it follows two sweethearts, Duncan and his girlfriend Vic, just after graduating highschool in the small town of Invermere, located in the Kootenay Valley of BC’s Rocky Mountains.
Duncan loves Vic more than anything—he’s the kind of guy who struggles to express his emotions even when he thinks he’s wearing his heart on his sleeve. All he wants is to stay in Invermere and one day marry Vic. And about Vic: She loves the natural world and the science and ecological systems within it. She wants to explore these wonders and learn everything about them, which means she desperately wants to go to University, but can’t bring herself to tell Duncan—the one person who might be able to keep she there.
What draws us to this story is that love demands sacrifice, which is an experience that everyone goes through at some point in their life, whether it’s painful, bitter sweet, or the result of ultimate love and generosity. It’s a compelling facet of the human condition that defines each one of us in some way. Set on a raft on a spectacular body of water against the Rocky Mountain vista, Floodplain is a sweeping human story told on a grand scale—the perfect subject for a 50-foot screen in a movie theatre.
We have some funding from the National Screen Institute Drama Prize program and their sponsors, but no matter how amazing this film may look, shooting on, in, and under the water, building a raft, and getting location permits are costly propositions.
We are trying to raise $3,500 toward the production of the film to facilitate Vic & Duncan's raft, but the more we can raise the better. By asking anyone with a few dollars to spare to donate to our project in exchange for little rewards called perks.
So please consider helping anyway you can, whether it’s donating money or just spreading the word via tweets and Facebook posts:
Help us chase our dream—we really appreciate it.
- Dan (writer/producer) & Jeremy (director/producer)
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
Jeremy Lutter (Director) was raised in Victoria BC, and has a BA in Creative Writing from UVic. His last film project Joanna Makes a Friend was a huge success, screening at Cannes with Telefilm Canada's "Not Short on Talent" Program. JMAF also won the Viewer Choice Award at both the TIFF Kids Film Festival and Victoria Film Festival. Lutter raised the money to build the robot character in JMAF with help of 45 funders from an IndieGoGo campaign.
Daniel Hogg (Writer/Producer): A graduate of UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting, Daniel earned his BFA in Writing at the University of Victoria, where he now mentors students in the ways of film. In British Columbia's film industry he's earned a Leo Award as producer (Best Web Series, Freshman's Wharf) and a Leo Nomination as writer (Best Screenwriting in a Short Drama, Woodrow Without Evelyn).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
D. W. Wilson is the author of a collection of short stories, Once You Break a Knuckle (Hamish Hamilton Canada, Bloomsbury UK & US), which includes the 2011 BBC National Short Story Award-winner 'The Dead Roads'. A graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia, his stories have appeared in literary magazines in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. He is currently completing his first novel, Ballistics.