Hi there! Welcome to the Indiegogo campaign for Sabrina Jaglom's short film It Don't Come Easy. We want to thank you for taking the time not only to look into our project, but also into all of the other incredible projects here on Indiegogo.com. As artists involved in a very expensive industry we rely on the generosity of people like you to bring our ideas and visions to life.
So, what is this project about?
It Don’t Come Easy is a magical realism story about a shy retiring wallflower named Ella who receives a journal and discovers it gives her the power to change people’s actions. She builds a perfect world for herself, but by indulging her fantasies, she is forced to learn that there are consequences to every action, and that in life the things that we value most don't necessarily come easy.
All of the cast and crew involved in the project are really passionate about these ideas, and are committed to bringing this story and these characters to life.
Speaking of the Cast...
We are very fortunate to have involved in our project the amazing and beautiful Evanna Lynch, who will be playing the lead role of Ella.
Evanna was born in the town of Termonfecken in Ireland. Her acting career began in 2007 when she competed in an open audition against nearly 15,000 girls, and won the coveted role of Luna Lovegood in the "Harry Potter" movie franchise. She appeared in four Harry Potter films and became a main character in the final two films in 2010 and 2011. She also voiced her character in their tie-in video games. She continues to pursue acting and does charity work for organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland and The Harry Potter Alliance, of which she is a member of the Board of Advisors.
We are so excited to have Evanna on board It Don't Come Easy.
Other casts members we have involved in the project so far include:
Tom grew up in Los Angeles, but for the past two years has been studying acting at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. He has been a part of several award-winning films in his time here, and has played in many theater productions as well. Besides “It Don’t Come Easy” Tom will soon be appearing in the role of Lysander in a stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this December. He is absolutely thrilled to be a part of “It Don’t Come Easy” and cannot wait to work with all of the wonderful people involved.
Barabara has been acting for over 40 years, making her first appearance in the 1971 film A Safe Place starring Orson Welles and Jack Nicholson. She has since appeared in a number of feature films, including Tracks opposite Dennis Hopper in 1977, and most recently in Irene in Time in 2009. We are so happy to have this most wonderful of women in the cast of It Don't Come Easy.
Larry began his professional acting career Off-Broadway in 1968 and was one of the founding members of the Manhattan Project. He made his film debut in 1978 in James Ivory's Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures. He has since appeared in over 80 film and television productions, including such works as Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking and Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums. He has most recently appeared in a recurring role on Showtime's acclaimed series Homeland.
Taylor Myers was raised in the woodlands surrounding Chicago - his family lived atop a hill there. He now lives in a valley in a small town called Brooklyn. He loves the theater and the movies and the poetry and he's currently in a show in a hotel called Sleep No More after studying acting at the Stella Adler Studio at NYU. He wants to thank everyone, some certainly more than others, but know that if you exist, he owes you something.
We are also very fortunate to have rising star Jack Quaid appearing in It Don't Come Easy. Growing up in LA, Jack has been involved in the entertainment world from a very early age. Most recently he appeared in the 2012 blockbuster film The Hunger Games playing the character of Marvel. He is currently studying Drama in the Experimental Theater Wing of New York University.
Speaking of the Crew...
We have a group of wonderful people involved in making this film happen. Below are the bios of some of our incredibly talented crew members:
Sabrina Jaglom - Director
Growing up around film sets, Sabrina Jaglom always knew she wanted to be involved in making movies. She has studied both filmmaking and acting at the Strasberg Film and Television Institute, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Northwestern’s National High School Institute, and FAMU in the Czech Republic. Additionally, she has interned with Mace Neufield Productions and AFI. Currently a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as a Film & TV major, she has assisted on countless peer’s projects filling roles such as producer, AD, AC, Art Dept, etc. Her first film, a short entitled First Date, previously won the 2009 Method Fest "Future Filmmaker Audience Award" for Best Picture.
She is beyond thrilled to begin shooting It Don’t Come Easy, a story she cares a great deal about and has a very personal connection to.
Nicholas Hammond: Producer
Nicholas Hammond is a young filmmaker born and raised in New York City. Nicholas attended Manhattan’s Trinity School, where he graduated in 2010, before enrolling in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he majors in Film and Television with a minor in Production. Nicholas studied acting at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and then at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Nicholas interned at New York’s acclaimed entertainment law firm, Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields, before writing and directing his first film in 2011. Nicholas has worked on numerous student films at Tisch, as well as on films meant exclusively for the festival circuit, including writing and directing Isn’t It Wonderful (2011-2012), currently in post-production. Nicholas has helped produce several NYU Thesis films, including Child’s Play (2012) and Adults (2012), the latter of which is currently featured on FunnyorDie.com. Nicholas has successfully produced numerous short films throughout his career and has raised thousands of dollars for young filmmakers.
Camille D'Elia - Producer
Camille D’Elia is a junior in the film and television program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2010 she was awarded the New York Women in Communication’s Hearst Scholarship, and was inducted as a member in the organization that counts Katie Couric and Sheryl Sandberg amongst its honorees. That same year she was presented with the Tony Hawkins Award for her achievements in audio production for her project “Fifteen,” a coming-of-age story about her experience growing up multi-ethnic in suburban New Jersey. Since then, Camille has enjoyed producing and assistant directing films at NYU, as well as writing and directing her own. Camille is an intern at Apostle, Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s production company, where she was recently a production assistant for their new FX pilot, “Bronx Warrants.” Camille is working towards a career as a writer and producer in television. She is extremely excited to be a part of the talented team of “It Don’t Come Easy.”
Ali Hearting - Producer
Ali Herting is a Junior at New York University from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she is studying Literature and Film. While at school in New York, Ali has held past internships at Focus Features and Scott Rudin Productions, with an emphasis on development and production. Currently she works at the new studio A24, launched this past May by executives previously from Oscilloscope Laboratories, Big Beach Films, Focus Features, and the Weinstein Company. Outside of school and internships she produces the short films of her NYU peers from the Tisch School of the Arts. She has two upcoming projects this fall. Ali hopes to one day have a career in the film industry as an independent producer.
Sam Besser - Producer
Born in San Diego, California, Sam spent his formative years growing up in Cape Town, South Africa where he spent most of his free time making genre-inspired crime and horror films and off-the-wall comedies. He is currently a Junior at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts studying Film & Television Production as well as pursuing a double minor in Producing and the Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology. Since his enrollment at NYU, Sam has been involved in dozens of short film projects in a wide variety of capacities, from primary crew positions, to assisting crew positions, writing, directing, and even acting. Most recently he helped produce an independent short film entitled 'A Flight of Fancy' and an independent television pilot. Sam currently interns at Hayden 5 Media, a rising commercial and video production company, and is producing a number of short student films this semester.
Daniel Hasse - Assistant Director
Dan grew up on a farm in Virginia, so most of his early experiences are horse-related. He's also very good at digging drainage ditches. Upon matriculating to NYU, he co-founded a student-run Shakespeare Company (“Shakespeare in the Square”) that offers free performances in Washington Square Park. Their fifth production, Romeo and Juliet, goes up in October. Recently, he wrote and directed a spec TV pilot called, "Between A and B," which is keeping him busy. Regardless, his parents want him to come home and dig drainage ditches.
Oren Soffer - Director of Photography
Hailing from Haifa, Israel, Oren is currently a junior at NYU Tisch School of the Arts majoring in Film/Television production, where he has been developing his storytelling skills while also honing his technical and professional abilities in preparation for a career in the film industry. He has established himself as an accomplished cinematographer, and served as Director of Photography on numerous short films, commercials, and music videos. His resume also includes a variety of crew positions on professional projects, including 2nd Assistant Cameraman on the independent feature film He's Way More Famous Than You, directed by Michael Urie, and as camera intern on the feature films Kill Your Darlings, and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, both with director of photography Reed Morano. When not painting with light, Oren also paints and sketches the old-fashioned way, and is an avid photographer and graphic designer.
Laura Brown - Production Designer
Laura Brown is a Senior in Film & TV at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked in the art department for numerous student and independent shorts, including the Official Telluride Film Festival Selection Crazy Glue, and has acted as Production Designer for several ambitious projects directed by her peers. Most recently, she Production Designed the Pilot of an Original Sitcom, Between A & B. Her off-set time is spent writing and serving as National Outreach Coordinator for the recent indie hit, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Laura looks forward to collaborating with Sabrina Jaglom and working to bring Sabrina's original vision to fruition.
In addition we also have a fantastic slate of filmmakers working in other crew positions, including:
Nick Reale - Line Producer
Martina Savoca-Guay - 2nd Assistant Director
Chris Kappel - Gaffer
Cory Fraiman-Lott - Key Grip
Em Zoscak - Sound Mixer
Tiffany Johnson - Art Assistant
Jonathan Qualtere - Art Assistant
Phil Falino - Art Assistant
Alex Schaefer - 1st Assistant Camera
Chris Fox - 2nd Assistant Camera
Zach Terry - Best Grip
Anna McDonald - Key Production Assistant
Dyaln Nowik - Composer
So what more do we need?
To put it simply, we need funds. As in any film production, there are a great many expenses to be accounted for and the costs are a bit beyond what all of us can afford out of pocket. Here is a breakdown of the funds we need to accomplish this film:
-Camera Equipment: $700
-Lighting and Grip Equipment: $1,500
-Film Stock - $2,000
-Film Processing - $2,000
-Film Transers - $2,000
-Catering and Craft: $1,000
-Art/Production design: $800
We may be able to cut costs in some areas, other things might be more expensive, but we will need roughly $13,500 to make this film a reality, and for this we need your help. Every little bit helps!
What is this 'Film' thing you might ask
If you noticed all of the references to 'Film Stock' and 'Film Processing' in the above budget breakdown you may be wondering what these dated line items are going in what is nowadays are largely digital world. Well, we are going retro, and have decided to shoot It Don't Come Easy on 35mm film.
Now this does add some additional expenses to the project, but we feel strongly that the quality and feel of film photography makes it truly the best medium for telling our story. We want this film to be magical and whimsical, and in many ways in this day and age so is film. And as an embodiement of our theme, though film may be slightly harder to shoot than digital, we feel that it is worth it, because great looking films don't come easy ;)
What we hope for this project
Just as Ella does in our story, we have wild and lofty fantasies. We are hoping that once It Don't Come Easy is completed we will take the finished project on the festival circuit and find an outlet for distribution, commercial or not, in order to share our film with as many people as possible. We would love this to lead to future opportunities for all of our cast and all of our crew, but more than anything, we want this film to really find an audience and connect with people who identify with its message.
If you can't contribute funds, you can still help!
We totally understand that there are a lot of valuable projects out there and a lot of needy causes, so it may not be possible for you to contribute funds to our film. However we would still love your help!
Here are some things you can do:
- Share this campaign with friends, by way of Facebook, Twitter, any way you can!
- If you have resources, in terms of equipment, services, locations, even food, literally anything can help us make this film.
- If you have contacts with people who might be able to help us, please let us know. We would love to collaborate with as many people as possible.
- And finally, if all you have is goodwill, we will gladly take that too, because just knowing that someone is interested and cares about this project makes it that much easier for us to make this film a reality.
Thank you so much for your time. Whatever your contribution, we hope that one day soon, you will be able to appreciate and enjoy the short film that is It Don't Come Easy.
***note**** for the $500 perk, your credit will be listed as Associate Producer, not co-producer and this was a type and once live, cannot be changed****