BLUE BALLOONS

A feature film based on personal experience about a young woman who cares for her mother during her cancer treatment—funds for pre-production and equipment.
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Emily Troedson
Film
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
1 Team Member

BLUE BALLOONS has been selected by Indiegogo as a project that empowers women and will be featured in honor of International Women's Day!


                               

THE STORY

When their mother's surgery reveals her tumor has spread, the Kippson family is thrown into an existence full of uncertainty. As Joanne begins the debilitating rounds of treatment, she and her husband, Henry, can no longer maintain domestic normalcy alone, and must rely on their children: Mara, a senior in college studying philosophy, and Sam, a sophomore in high school soon to get his driver's license. But as work and home life start to unravel, the estranged, eldest daughter, Claire, is forced to return home to aide her family where she must confront the people and patterns she's been running from.

Blue Balloons is an honest, realistic story of characters caught in a world of opposites: the body and the spirit, faith and reason, life and death. It's a story about loss, about family, about doubt, about the search to find hope in the midst of everyday struggle. Told through the perspective of a young adult caregiver, the story weaves elements of the fantastic and the absurd to strip clichés and portray not only the medical complexities of cancer, but also the spiritual impact on individuals and families. 


THE INSPIRATION

I began writing the story during the two years my mother was treated for colon cancer that spread to her lungs and brain—a time when my family endured immense physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. Though many filmmakers have attempted to depict cancer in movies, while my mother was in treatment, I was struck by how few of these stories seemed to portray cancer in an honest way that reflected the complexities involved. I yearned to go beyond the surface and find portrayals that seemed authentic, dignified, and relevant. As I searched, it became apparent to me there was a lack of such portrayals.


THE IMPACT

At a time when healthcare and religion have powerful influence on public and private life, Blue Balloons is a timely story that engages these issues with honesty and humanity. What makes Blue Balloons unique is that it is told through the perspective of a young adult caretaker—a perspective that highlights an increasingly common yet overlooked type of caregiver; thus I feel compelled to tell this story and believe it will deeply resonate with audiences, young and old.

By backing this project, you make a powerful statement that stories of this nature are wanted and vital. People of various ages, cultures, and backgrounds grapple with terminal illness, loss, and a search for hope, and you will be giving voice to such universal feelings.


THE COLLABORATION

My Indiegogo campaign is set up for flexible funding, which means that all funds raised will be received even if the goal is not met. I chose this option because at this point in my project, I can use whatever amount of funds are raised toward a few essential pre-production and equipment rental costs. Specifically, those costs are:

  • camera and audio equipment
  • legal costs associated with opening an LLC to produce the movie
  • script clearance 

Any funds raised beyond the goal will go toward locations, license fees, and post-production costs (i.e. editing, sound mixing, etc). 

Please be assured that all funds raised will go directly toward the costs of making the film. That is my promise to you. Your Indiegogo dollars will help lay the foundation of production. 

This is my debut feature film, and with your generous contributions, you will not only be participating in something unique, original, and artistic; you will be instrumental in bringing this story to life. Making a movie is an enormous endeavor, and making one on little-to-no budget is even harder. But it's possible. Many first-time directors have done so and have gone on to have illustrious careers as a result. I intend to add my name to that list.


RISKS AND CHALLENGES

With nearly a decade of experience working on film sets, I understand the myriad hurdles that may arise when making a movie—bad weather, illness, equipment problems—but the biggest challenge I face in making this movie is time. With a limited budget, most of my cast and crew, including myself, will likely maintain full-time jobs in addition to the full-time work they put in on this project.

Assembling a team and coordinating locations to fit a tight schedule and budget will mean relying somewhat on the stars to align (and I don't mean a queue of celebrities). Astrology aside though, I believe it's essential to be resourceful; maintain clear, open communication with all involved; and keep things small and simple to remain cost-effective and efficient. And with the right amount of determination and creative D.I.Y. grit, time and budget constraints will become nothing more than mere stepping stones.

I deeply thank you for your time and consideration of my project. I absolutely cannot do it with you. Let's make some art.

Emily



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  • $5USD
    Welcome to the Team!

    You are so very kind. My endless gratitude to you for giving your support. As an official team member, you'll get updates from me about the project's status, plus a BLUE BALLOONS "Cancer Sucks" button. Add $5 USD to ship outside the US.

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  • $15USD
    Postcard "Thank You"

    I'll send you a postcard photograph of a still from set with a personal "Thank You" message hand-written from me, plus the above. Add $5 USD for shipping outside the US.

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  • $25USD
    Digital Stream of the Movie

    A private stream of the completed movie after the official premiere, plus the above. Thanks for being so giving! Add $5 USD for shipping outside the US.

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  • $35USD
    Autographed DVD & Film Credit

    A DVD copy of the finished film, autographed by me, a "Special Thanks" credit in the movie, plus the above. Add $5 USD for shipping outside the US.

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  • $50USD
    Wonderful Music

    Music to inspire and lift you throughout your day, because you're such a generous person. A digital download of the original music composed for the movie, written and performed by local artists, plus all of the above. Add $5 USD for shipping outside the US.

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  • $60USD
    Autographed Blu-Ray

    Instead of a DVD copy of the movie, I'll send you a blu-ray, autographed, of course, plus all of the above. Add $5 USD to ship outside the US.

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  • $75USD
    Beautiful Photo Print

    Many huge thanks! You deserve an 8x10 photo print from the movie with a hand-written note on the back about the image and its place in the story, plus the above (choice of blu-ray or DVD). Add $15 USD to ship outside the US.

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  • $100USD
    Autographed Movie Poster

    You'll get a mini-poster designed by me, autographed by cast and crew, plus all of the above (choice of blu-ray or DVD). Thank you, endlessly! Add $15 USD for shipping outside the US.

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  • $150USD
    Limited-Edition Print

    Your special contribution deserves a special gift. An 11x14 limited-edition photo print from BLUE BALLOONS, printed by Alec Soth's studio, Big Al's, plus the above (choice of blu-ray or DVD). Add $20 USD to ship outside the US.

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  • $200USD
    That's a wrap!

    We couldn't have done it without you, so come celebrate with us at our wrap party! Cast and crew, food and drink, and lots of fun! If you live outside the Twin Cities area, we'll skype "celebrate" with you, plus you'll get all the $5-$100 level gifts (choice of blu-ray or DVD). Add $15 USD for shipping outside the US.

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  • $300USD
    Lunch on Set

    Join us for lunch on set one day to meet the crew and watch the shoot. If you live outside the Twin Cities area, we'll skype visit with you. You'll get all the $5-$100 level gifts too (choice of blu-ray or DVD). My deepest thanks! Add $15 USD to ship outside the US.

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  • $400USD
    Day Player

    How wonderful of you to give so much! If you want to have a brief appearance in the movie, you got it! Plus, you'll get all the $5-$100 level gifts too (choice of blu-ray or DVD; travel and lodging not included). Add $15 USD to ship outside the US.

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  • $500USD
    Wine and Dine

    You've given so generously, I'd like to treat you to a special evening out. Let me know your favorite cuisine, and I'll pick a restaurant in the Twin Cities where, with any available cast, we can chat together over dinner and drinks! You'll get all the $5-$100 level gifts too (choice of blu-ray or DVD; travel and lodging not included). Add $15 USD to ship outside the US.

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  • $650USD
    Behind-the-Scenes Access

    Don't just visit set one day, how about four?You'll have the chance to visit set four days during production, where you'll also be able to see the dailies footage from that day's shoot. Of course, you'll have all the $5-$100 level gifts too (choice of blu-ray or DVD). If you live outside the Twin Cities, we'll skype four visits with you while on set and send you links to view that day's footage. Thank you! Your gift is truly wonderful.

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  • $750USD
    Creative Collaboration

    Thank you for such an enormous contribution! If you have a project, I'll lend four hours of my time to it in whatever creative capacity you choose: acting, singing, script review, etc., plus all the $5-$100 level gifts too (choice of blu-ray or DVD; excludes travel outside the Twin Cities metro area). Add $15 USD to ship outside the US.

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    Private Screening with Q & A

    With your private stream and copy of the movie, you can host your very own screening! I will attend in person and provide invitations for your guests. If you live outside the Twin Cities area, I'll call or skype in for a Q & A. You'll receive all the $5-$100 level gifts, plus an invitation for two to our wrap party, and of course, my utmost gratitude! You're the best!

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    Premiere Package

    What an amazing contribution! To thank you, you'll get tickets for two to the world premiere and party, private newsletters and updates with links to all the cuts along the way, plus two copies of everything from the $5-$100 level and an invitation for two to our wrap party. I cannot thank you enough! (Travel and lodging not included).

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    Heart-of-Gold Producer Credit

    You are tremendously generous! I am utterly grateful and you will have everything you want above in whatever quantity I can provide--DVDs, photos, posters, etc. You'll get links to all the cuts along the way with newsletters and updates, plus all the tickets I can provide to our world premiere and party, a walk down the red carpet with your picture taken with me, and an exclusive, well-deserved "Heart-of-Gold Producer" credit in the film. (Travel and lodging not included.)

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    Co-Executive Producer

    I am thrilled to have you on board! Your gift leaves me deeply touched and humbled. To honor your huge contribution to my film--at a time when I need it most--you'll be given credit in the film and on all promotional materials (poster, website, etc.). You'll get everything above, plus a framed full-sized (27x39) movie poster with your name and notable credit as "Co-Executive Producer." (Travel and lodging not included.)

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  • $10,000USD
    Executive Producer

    I am thrilled to have you on board! Your generosity leaves me speechless. To honor your huge contribution to my film--at a time when I need it most--you'll be given credit in the film and on all promotional materials (poster, website, etc.). You'll get everything above, plus a framed full-sized (27x39) movie poster with your name and notable credit as "Executive Producer." (Travel and lodging not included.)

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