WE DID IT!!! Thanks to all of our lovely supporters, we broke past our goal in the eleventh hour of our campaign. Thank you all for supporting this dream of ours!
What Our Story is About
One Past is a darkly funny ghost story with touches of magic and love. Shy and steadfast Charlie and the spontaneous and sexy Lyla are just about as close as two sisters can be. But when Lyla suddenly passes away in a freak accident, Charlie’s world is shattered…until Lyla returns as a spirit. Charlie is in equal turns frightened and delighted. Everything seems back to the way it was - and Lyla’s supernatural powers only add to the fun. However, some skeletons in the closet start to come out, forcing Charlie to face things about herself she’s been avoiding her entire life. Was this a blessing or a curse? Or both?
With a final estimated run time of 20 minutes, One Past is produced and co-written by Juli Kobayashi and Celiné Justice. Celiné will play the lead of Charlie Style and Juli will direct.
Why Support One Past?
By being one of our contributors, you are supporting independent art and film in general. You will receive perks as listed on your right depending on how much you contribute. In the short term, you will be bringing Celiné and Juli lots and lots of joy and inspiration and faith in humanity’s generosity. In the long term, you will be helping two very hard-working gals get closer to achieving their dreams. You will also just be considered awesome forever by Celiné and Juli.
In return, we promise to strive tirelessly to create a film that we hope you’ll find to be a bittersweet, spooky, honest and funny drop of love.
For whatever reason you decide to donate, we will be eternally grateful!
The Folks behind this Ghost Story
The script for One Past is the fruit of a truly collaborative partnership between Celiné Justice and Juli Kobayashi. We met as two creative women working at a demanding (mostly administrative) day job with a shared dream of having a career doing what we truly love – Celiné to act, and Juli to write and direct.
Since then, we used the small pockets of spare time we have in our busy lives and worked relentlessly to write a script that we are proud of and hope audiences will be entertained by. We’re a unique combo because both of us have both business and creative sense – we love creating art, but we can still organize the crap out of an event and multitask like nobody’s business. In other words, we've both been trained at prestigious universities and at the school of hard knocks. In addition to having a strong work ethic, senses of humor, and a belief in putting sincerity and candor into everything we do, we feel that where one is lacking the other one is strong, so it’s been a fun and fulfilling partnership!
We imagine that this film will bring us one step closer to making our dreams a reality.
Please see the FAQ section for brief bios for the both of us. Visit our official website for more detailed biographies.
We're teaming up with other great crew/artists/musicians/actors as we write this so be sure to look out for updates as the campaign moves forward.
So how will we use the funds?
Where will your donation go? Very valid question, sweet friends! This phase of funding (minus credit card, fiscal sponsor, and indiegogo fees) will go entirely to production costs for One Past, which we're aiming to shoot in early spring 2013. Some line items include (but are not limited to):
- Production Crew
- Equipment Rental (Camera, Grip, Lighting)
- Hard drives to back up digital footage
- Art Department (props, wardrobe, set decoration)
- Shooting permit for exterior scenes
- Location Fees
- Insurance Costs
- Minimal legal costs for establishing a production entity
- Craft Services
- Misc Production Expenses (Grip and Electric Expendables, transportation and delivery expenses for local crew and equipment, etc)
For those of you who are not familiar with film costs, filmmaking is a very expensive medium – even when making just a modest independent short film without elaborate action scenes or special effects. We are cutting costs and asking for favors whenever possible, but it all adds up!
But we are firm believers in the power of people. Neither of us will be taking any payment for this film, and all of the costs we’ve incurred so far have been out of our personal savings. We are lucky enough to have wonderful friends in the TV/film world and beyond helping us along, but we will be striving to make a film with solid production value, and that all costs money. That’s where you come in!.
Truly, any little bit will help!
FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is Indiegogo?
Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. Indiegogo is also a place to discover what people all over the world are passionate about and how to get involved. For more info, click here.
How can I pledge?
To pledge to our campaign, click the large pink "Contribute Now" button which will lead you to choosing an amount and payment option or scroll through our list of “ghost perks” and choose the level that most excites/works for you.
Can I get a tax deduction for my pledge?
Yes! All contributions are tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.
Can we exceed our goal?
Yes! We most certainly can. While $15k is really the minimum we need to get started, the cost of making a film - even a short like this one - will cost us quite a bit more. So anything above and beyond means less begging, borrowing and stealing on our part (ok, not stealing but you get the drift...)
Can I get more details on your budget?
Our current production budget is higher than our $15k goal for this campaign, as we mentioned above. We are pursuing other means to raise funds so we can meet our total budget. We are not sharing the entire budget now since many factors are still being tweaked and we imagine the line items will change a lot before we actually start to shoot.
We are determined to make this movie with whatever funds we manage to raise. THIS FILM WILL GET MADE! But, to be able to fully realize our vision, we will need to meet our goal.
If you have specific questions about the budget, please email us and we will answer whatever we can reasonably disclose.
I can’t afford to donate money. What else can I do to support One Past?
First of all, we want to be clear that whatever amount is possible for you to give is sincerely appreciated - even the smallest amount will help this film get made. But if it’s just not possible for you, we totally understand!
You can still help as follows:
Spread the word about One Past. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, visit our website for updates and/or tell your friends and neighbors at your next get-together - whatever form of communication you prefer, it all helps!
If you can refer us to anyone who can help, we’d love all the help we can get!
If you can offer an in-kind service or discount in the form of rehearsal spaces, equipment rental, food, or anything related to film production, please let us know.
If you are interested in joining our production team as a member of our crew or creative team, we are still building our team, so please contact us!
Finally, sending us positive thoughts will also be very appreciated, we mean it!
If the film is funded, when will it be released?
We are aiming to shoot in early spring of 2013 with an estimated release date in late 2013.
How do I claim the perk that I selected?
Once you complete your contribution, we will reach out to you directly if we need any further information from you in order to get your perk to you using the contact information you provide when you contribute.
What happens if the money isn't raised in time?
If the money isn’t raised in time, we will still receive whatever total amount is pledged, but will have to pay a higher percentage of that total to Indiegogo for processing. So please, let’s not let this happen!
Can I pay with a check?
Not through Indiegogo, but if you'd prefer to make a donation by check, we'd be more than happy to accept it! Please reach out to email@example.com for details.
Can you tell me a little more about Celiné Justice and Juli Kobayashi?
Why, sure we can!
Celiné Justice (Writer/Producer/Actress) is a native San Franciscan and current proud Brooklynite. She earned her BA from Brown University and recently completed the 2-year Meisner program at William Esper Studio in NYC.
Juli Kobayashi (Writer/Producer/Director) has been working in film and TV in NY since she graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Film & TV production program. She has worked as a production assistant, production coordinator & manager, editor, post production supervisor, associate producer, and producer/writer/editor. She is currently the Operations Director at Fork Films (Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Women, War & Peace).
Please visit our official website for more detailed biographies.
What was the music you used in the video?
We’re glad you asked! All of the music cues used in this video are being used with permission from our talented friends:
Cues from Juli Kobayashi’s student film, “Frame of Mind”
Composed and performed by Matthew Sandifer
Some cues re-arranged and performed by Juli Kobayashi
Song for first half of video:
By Seth L. Johnson
Performed by Seth L. Johnson
Song for second half of video:
by Walter Parks
Performed by Walter Parks
How can I contact you?
Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or concerns by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org - We'll be back in touch with you within 48 hours.