Hi, my name is Pedro Paulo Araujo. Ever since I was little I remember my love for the big silver screen, I am originally from Brazil but spent my entire life moving around the world. From Africa to Asia, no matter where I was one thing was always the same, the big silver screen. I knew from a young age all I ever wanted to do was make movies, and today as a film student at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, that’s what I do.
Robert Altman once said, filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes. I am not asking you to give me a life, but I am inviting you to help me give life to two characters and a world I have fallen in love this past year. The reason for this campaign is to raise money for my Intermediate Film.
The film tells the story about a morbid old man, who one night while suffering from Insomnia stumbles upon an advertisement for free caskets. On his way to find his future casket he bumps into a rebellious graffiti artist. The two of them fall into an argument, only to discover that they have more things in common they they expected. It’s a story about life and death, but most importantly it’s about friendship.
By contributing to this project you will help me give birth to these two characters and their world. You will help me take this idea from the paper and project it to the screen, the big silver screen we all love. Another great man once said, We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies, his name was Walt Disney. So please help and support my project.
What We Need And What You Get:
I have calculated the costs and they round up to $ 1,100.00 US Dollars.
The funding is going exclusively to the production.
The majority of it will go to equipment expenses, like camera rental, lenses, lights, grip equipment, and sound recorders.
But, in case you didn’t know, shooting a movie in Hollywood isn’t cheap. The funding will also be used to secure rights, location permits, and pay monitors.
Any donation will be appreciated. However, this movie will be screened in either Warner Bros or Universal Studios, depending on how much you donate you can earn a spot to go the screening in one of these two studios with the cast and crew. Take a look at the perks on the right.
If I am able to raise more than $1,100.00 US Dollars, the rest of the money will not go to my pocket. This money will help me in post-production, meaning hiring an editor, sound mixer, and colorist. If there is still any money left I will use to send the movie out to film festivals.
This project is valuable to me because it will allow me to put my learning to the test. I have been one year in film school, and now it’s time for me to make a real short film.
But, this project isn’t about me, its about the story and the message behind it. It’s about understanding that there is always another page in this book we call life, and that despite the mistakes we have made, we can all turn to a new blank page and start new. Because afterall, there is no learning in life that does not go through the experience of errors. It’s about knowing that it’s never too late.
Making movies is my passion, I think of it every second while I’m awake, and every second in my dream. Please trust me and help me make this one.
The Impact Beyond The Screen:
Causa Mortis is envisioned as a pioneer in an uprising Indie filmmaking movement that will be known as Geek Vogue.
Cinematic works representing this movement are prone to explore a 21st century social phenomenon in which it is becoming trendy to be unique. This is as paradoxical as the idea that unfashionable, socially-awkward individuals are the new icons of fashion and human behavior. Nevertheless, through the voice of independent filmmakers who have been personally influenced by this phenomenon, it is intended to be proven as a reality that is influencing the modern society. People who were rejected for being incompatible with stereotypes are now starting to handle the reins of pop culture standards.
By contributing to this cause, you will provide an opportunity for young, talented independent artists to share their vision with the world. These people hold in their hands the future of Cinema and are always eager to prove just how much they can accomplish. All the filmmakers behind this project are either pursuing a college degree in visual arts or thriving in the Indie film industry. Thus, we reach out to anyone who understands and appreciates the challenging craft of visual storytelling when there is no big studio supporting its production.
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