Anatomy of a Film Project
Embarking on our last year in film school, we wanted to create a film that tested our strengths, and pushed us to try and experiment with new things. We knew it would be a giant undertaking for us, but we accepted the challenge full on.
With our film now completed, we couldn't be more proud of what we've accomplished. However, we're not finished with our journey quite yet!
An enormous influence to this film was "Yellow Light" by Of Monsters and Men, and full details about how this song attributed to the story and script can be found here: http://www.anatomyofasunbeam.com/anopenletter.html
An excerpt from the letter: "From my own experiences, I had gotten very sick a few years ago. Bombarded by hospital tests, missing an entire semester of school, and the ability to walk on my own – I feared the worst. I was at the brink of understanding what it might mean to suddenly lose everything, and that was one of the scariest moments of my life. I also know what it means to find family in others that are not your blood; the power of finding someone who will stick by you no matter what, and stay with you at your most vulnerable moments. But I was so hesitant to write about these things because they were so personal. Then I listened to your album, and your music – and once "Yellow Light" came on – I was just inspired. Your lyrics, the instrumentation – it said so much about what I wanted to write, and how I wanted it to feel, and at the heart of it, to be about two people who are attempting to lead each other out of something sad, burdened and dark."
After several phone calls and emails, we've been granted permission to use the song in our film and trailer. We do however need some help securing the rights, and this is where YOU come in!
What We Need & What You Get
We hope to raise $3,000 to fund the rights for "Yellow Light," as well as to contribute to the local artists that have helped with our film. These individuals include Composer Jameson Bevington (http://www.jamesonbevingtonmusic.com/), artist Vivian Rosas (http://www.vivianrosas.com/)who made an amazing design for us, as well as website and social media developer Nicole Reczek.
The remainder of funds will also help pay for film festival entry fees and marketing materials. We do hope to enter as many festivals as we can. Our goal is to get our film out there, in as many venues as possible.
As students, we funded the entirety of our production out of our own pockets. It was important for us to constantly push for what would be best for the film, and we couldn't be more excited about our investment. And that is what this film is to us - an investment to our future in the industry. We all hope to continue to tell stories and make films for you to see, and we believe this film could be the start of something great for all of our individual careers.
Other Ways You Can HelpYour support is invaluable to us. Simply sharing our website, trailer and campaign helps us tremoundously with our goals.
Thank you so much for your continued support!
The Sunbeam Crew