Inspiration of Days Gone By
This film is very important to me because it was created from my experience as a young adult living in a society that is growing distant from the natural world and further towards a point where people can control and dictate the natural laws.
The key question addressed in the film asks if there is absolute morality. If not, then how can one decide what is right or wrong, and are we all responsible to make this decision for ourselves. Further, what are the stakes of these decisions if our time and choices are limited.
Where Your Donations Will Go
Film vs Digital
One of the most important aspects of this movie is that we've decided to shoot on super 16mm film, rather than with a digital camera. I decided that because of the themes explored and the aesthetics we'd like to utilize to achieve the story, shooting on film is our best option. However, this increases our challenge because film is very expensive. Purchase, processing, and digital transfer of the film will cost us about $1,500 alone. By contributing to Days Gone By, you'll not only be helping young artists achieve their dreams, you'll also be keeping alive the dying tradition analog technology.
Days Gone By takes place before the internet and cell phones. It exists in a world where time moves slowly and the culture changes from town to town. In order to achieve this general feeling of nostalgia, we need to purchase and rent props that will construct this world. These props range from general household items like plates and silverware, to more pivotal items like a car and gun. Of course, all these things cost money, but are paramount in achieving authenticity.
Food and Transportation
One of the greatest things about filmmaking is that each project is a collaboration between many people. However, this means that we have to transport a lot of people and equipment from NYC to our locations in New Jersey. We also have to keep everyone well fed and comfortable so they can focus entirely on making the film.
Legality and Safety
Since this is a legitimate film project, we have to comply with the laws and rules established by New York University, as well as New York City and New Jersey. Because we're using prop weapons, we are required to hire a law enforcement official to supervise our set. Also, we will be shooting on public roads, which requires approval from the local government. A portion of our funding will be directed towards paying these processing fees.
Festival Application Fees
Any filmmaker's goal is to have the largest audience possible for their film. In order to do this, we're going to submit Days Gone By to film festivals around the world. Most festivals charge significant application fees, so we're allocating a portion of the budget to fund these costs.
Other Ways You Can Help
We hope that you will share Days Gone By with your friends and family so that we can maximize our exposure and funding. We would really appreciate any mentioning of our project on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites.
Writer + Director: Jack Frymark
Assistant Director: Maria Stamatakos
Director of Photography: Chris Fox
Art Direction: Angela Juarez