Hello, my name is Jeffrey Hepburn , thank you for visiting the Indiegogo campaign for my film 'Survivors', a LIVE ACTION combat movie about a group of young fighters trying to stay alive in the world after a military dictatorship takes over the United States.
I'm a student at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in Sanford, Florida. I’ve been using After Effects and Blender for about 5 years now and am quite proficient with them. I am also certified in Photoshop CS5. Using my artistic skills I have made a few film clips which led to my desire to make a short.
Prior to Crooms I attended a performing arts middle school taking Drama and Video Production alongside my pre-IB courses.
Before Survivors I’ve worked on a few smaller projects, a CG Awards Video that was recognized at the Universal Studios Clicker Awards, a Star Trek documentary that made it into the National History Day Competition, and recently a web series in the making using the Source FilmMaker from Valve.
Aside from myself and my crew, my family are heavily involved with the film too, with my parents doing much of the online work and advertising at the moment, along with being involved with the filming and logistics also
The story is centralized on the internal conflicts between the teenagers as they are hunted, and the exhaustion of running set in.
The focus is on the individuals and their struggles: insanity and betrayal .The visual style will go back to films like 'Saving Private Ryan', where the turmoil was presented raw to the audience. My influences include creations by 'Corridor Digital' such as the webseries 'Sync' and Freddie Wong.
We hope to make a lasting impression, to get the audience involved and attached to the characters. To have them relate to the struggle and feel a loss when blood is shed.
'Survivors' is my first short film that’s stand alone. I’ve been playing with the idea for about 6 months now, working on concept art, 3D models, and a trailer. The script was finalized back in late June with the tremendous help of our writer Tara Himaya.
After the fundraising campaign we will go into about a month or two of filming the core shots of the film, editing as we go along, hopefully wrapping the project by late winter 2012 or early Spring 2013.
After that we’ll transition into finalizing, sound design, effects, and launching 'Survivors.' I cannot emphasize enough the impact your contribution will make to the project and see you as an integral part of the Production. As a High School Filmmaker this is an ambitious step and I count on your support which will not only finish my film but will also help launch my film career too
No, out of 60 mins there might be a minute in total of CG. THe remainder will be live action . The reason you don't see any actors in the video is that a major purpose of campaign is to purchase neccessary equipment to make this film and we want any video you see to be the best it can be. We didn't feel that showing you video shot on a sub standard camera would do our actors, crew and campaign justice
The current outline we have is to run a month and a half for fund raising. The $5500 raised will go towards fundamental equipment such as a much better camera (Canon T2i), prop weapons, mics, recording equipment and lighting. If we do not raise the full total we will strive to make the movie either in reduced form or with additional fundraising efforts. The bare minimum would probably be $2000 This is a lengthy breakdown of where the money will go
Canon T2i (DSLR)…
H4n Zoom (Audio Recorder)…
Rode NTG-1 (Shotgun Mic) …
Gitzo G-557C (Boom Pole) …
16GB class 10 SD card x 4 ...
ND Filter ...
Polaroid stabiliser ..
Spare batteries x 2 ...
Prime lens 30mm ...
lcdvf viewfinder ...
Additional costs Props, locations, actors, software, Perk fulfillment, Post Production, advertising brings a grand total of
TOTAL: $ 2640
Grand Total for all equipment c. $4400
Well, aside from my undying thanks, I'm offering an array of perks for you wonderful donors. To maximize on donations the perks tend to be personal where possible, but still require artistic effort or time to produce. But essentially you will be launching my career in filmmaking, a noble reward in itself. Please understand that fulfillment of DVD's and movie download perks and some others, are dependant on sufficient money being raised to make the movie. Other non-dependant perks will of course be delivered ahead of time. Thank you for your donation.
Your donation will provide equipment that could otherwise prove very difficult for such a young filmmaker to purchase; and in doing so enable a talented young person realise his vision in making his first short film.Secondly, I believe this film will be the first step towards a career in film-making.
Wel,l next we aim to take the film to Film Festivals around the country, (particularly youth film festivals), promoting 'SURVIVORS' , myself and my fledglling company Blackhart Films. Hopefully this will gain the film attention and will be great experience.
Well, several great things have happened
we have a local(Orlando) TV interview lined up and a national radio interview this week and ...
- We did doing some filming at Combat City USA. This was huge for us. We knew we needed to have some footage for the pitch video for people to see and were running into problems finding a venue til Dave Kaplan came to our rescue. Thank you so much Dave. This was monumental help for us . Where else can a bunch of teenagers run around with guns without getting a SWAT team called on you! Combat City USA has over 100 acres of mixed terrain, perfect :)
Checkout where we filmed 11/18
- Donations haven't done so great this week, hopefully they will pick up this weekend. If we can raise $2250 by December close we can still make the film in limited form. So please help by donating and spreading the message of our film.
I will post more updates here so keep watching
- New perk added $100 Associate Producer includes everything before plus A SIGNED COPY of the script for SURVIVORS
Checkout the behind the scenes reel from 11/18
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