What is Fountain of Youth Productions?
Fountain of Youth Productions is a new youth film-production group. We hope to create imaginative short films written, directed, acted and produced by youth. We want to give kids an opportunity to explore any part of film production in any aspect that interests them.
Our goal is to produce quality movies created by kids. That’s why we need your help. We want to make films that people will enjoy watching, and kids will feel proud of creating. Which means equipment that will bring out the best of our talents, like: a high-quality camera, sound equipment and lighting. These key essentials would help us make the leap between home movie and Independent Film. We can then enter student film festivals and arts competitions. Other production needs include: printing of scripts and movie posters and video editing software. You can help us achieve this dream.
Your contribution to our campaign gives a budding actor, screenwriter, or filmmaker an opportunity to experience the thrill of taking part in the production of a short film.Kids are naturally creative, but school too often squelches this drive. Fountain of Youth kids will develop skills in acting, directing, filming, editing, and collaboration. Think about it: every successful and talented filmmaker today was once a kid.
“I was making a lot of 8 millimeter home movies, since I was twelve, making little dramas and comedies with the neighborhood kids.”
-- Steven Spielberg
Who we are:
We are creative teens from Sharon, MA. Audrey Larson and Shay Martin (age 15 & 16). We share a passion for acting and filmmaking. We created our own filmmaking group, Fountain of Youth Productions, for kids and teens like us.
Audrey is an aspiring filmmaker, screenwriter and actress. She's also a published author and illustrator, ballet dancer, and homeschooler. Her photography and writing has won awards.
Shay, a sophomore at The Binah School in Sharon, studies acting and organizes youth drama classes. She is also a 4-H club Ambassador, and an accomplished horse-back rider.
In addition to FYP, Audrey and Shay create promotional videos for The Binah School.
You can count on us!
We started Fountain of Youth Productions because we didn’t see this kind of opportunity available to teens and kids in our area. This is our passion, and we have the utmost commitment, responsibility and dedication to make this dream a reality. We also have adult mentors to guide us in our vision: a drama coach, a film-maker, a fiction writer, a young entrepreneur, and social media expert. Join us in our venture of empowering kids to follow their dreams, express imagination, and make movies!
April 2010 Audrey joins Script Frenzy, an online young writer’s program
March 2011 Audrey gets her first video camera
August 2011 Shay attends drama camp at Mansfield Music and Arts Societyand Audrey acts in a camp-made film
September 2011 Audrey learns video editing with iMovie
October 2011 Shay organizes a weekly Drama class for fellow homeschoolers.
December 2011 Audrey films and edits her first short film, “Stolen Treasure”.
January 2012 Fountain of Youth Productions is born.
February 2012 Shay & Audrey send out emails, developing a base of interested kids
June 2012 Kick-off event and info session for Fountain of Youth Productions at Sharon Public Library.
August 2012 First draft of the script written by Audrey
September 2012 Website is launched! More script editing. Audrey starts online film school, Filmmaking 101.
October 2012 Audrey & Shay are hired to film and edit monthly videos for The Binah School (Sharon, MA.)
November 2012 Auditions and preparation for first film (“Countdown”) begins!
January 2013 Film planning, rehearsals, crew meetings...
February 2013 4 days of filming "Countdown"!
Our Essential Needs:
$800 - Camera with zoom lense (Canon EOS T3i)
$300 - Final Cut Pro 10 (editing software)
$150 - Monitor Screen
$150 - Lighting (2400 Watt Lighting Kit with Boom Arm, Hairlight Softbox Lighting Kit)
$120 - Sound Equipment (boom microphone, boom pole & wind eliminator)
$50 - Printing Costs (scripts, schedules, movie posters)
$20 - 2 Director’s Chairs
$30 - Snacks for the Cast and Crew (a well-fed crew is the key to success!)
You can count on us to give you progress updates so you can see the fruits of your donation. All donations to FYP are greatly appreciated. Any level of funding you can offer brings us closer to our dream.
We have just completed filming our first project “Countdown”. Now comes editing! Soon we will start developing our next script.
Once Countdown is complete, you’ll be able to view it on our website. Sharing all our hard work with everyone who made it possible is important to us.
Be an FYP fan!
Please spread the word! Use the handy Indiegogo share tools. Forward our campaign to your friends, colleagues, and relatives. Post the link on Facebook. We need your help -- we can’t do this alone! If you have something you’d like to share with us-- advice, comments, questions, or some film equipment lying around your house--we’d love to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Lights Online Film School (http://www.lightsfilmschool.com) for their support!