The Story of Earthquake Weapon
After travelling the world presenting his short film "Revolutions" to various film festivals, Riley Washington, a 27-year-old american filmmaker moves to Montreal, with the intention of discovering a new culture, and learning a new language (French).
He quickly finds a job teaching Spanish, as he is taking French classes. He meets a strange writer who encourages him to start working on his future project: a short documentary. During his research, Riley interviews different people who share some intimate stories with him. He chats about:
Riley will get in trouble with the authorities and become the number one suspect in a terrorist attack that kills hundreds in Toronto, during his quest for knowledge and wisdom.
Who we areSecond Yellow Films is a collective of visual artists based in Montreal, that has been producing web video content for the past six years. With members from Canada, the Dominican Republic, the U.S. and Haiti, we've been able to touch numerous topics throughout our short but dense career. Now, we decided it was time to get more involved in the world by trying to reach more people, with a feature film that covers some social and political issues that we think should be more present in today's cinema.
- Writer/Director: Carl-Philippe Simonise: Carl-Philippe is a visual artist who studied Filmmaking in Montreal (UQAM), and has spent the past ten years producing fiction. "Earthquake Weapon" is his third film, his first feature. He's been working on the project for more than two years now. He's always involved social and political critique in his work, whether it be films, videos, or graphic design. He plans to write a trilogy about the city of Montreal. Earthquake Weapon is the first feature from this project.
- Eric Lafalaise: Eric is a filmmaker, comic book writer, photographer, who is currently working on a novel. Oh, and he's also completing a graduate program. He's the go-to guy on this project. The one that makes the problems go away.
- Ben Gardère: after undergraduate Communications studies in Montreal, Gardere formed his own production company to create short films and creative videos for the Web. In the span of three years, Gardere wrote, produced and directed four short films, and is now taking on this gigantic task of completing Earthquake Weapon.
What We Need & What You Get
We've invested more than 75% of the film's budget, and have shot more than 60% of the content. We need your help to complete our budget. Here's what it looks like:
Actors salary $8,000 56%
Post-production $5,400 38%
Perks $800 6%
Total (ours) $14,200
Indiegogo $710 5%
Total (campaign) $14,910
Donating money to the film can create a sense of commitment towards the campaign, and that's what we want to create. A real following. Basically, we want you to pay, so you actually care about the film :). Your donation becomes a pledge to join Earthquake Weapon on its journey all the way to the big screens. You get to live the complete filmmaking experience with really crazy behind the scenes footage, interviews with the cast and crew, lots of Earthquake Weapon-related art, or get to call yourself a film producer (and have others also call you one). Check out the perks in the right column of the page.
- If we don't reach our financial target (we're confident we will), the money we collect will go towards finding a producer/production company that will cover the rest of the budget.
Why we're doing this
This is a story that touches some sensitive social and political topics, and it's precisely why we want to build a crowd around the film. CROWDFUNDING IS THE FUTURE OF INDIE FILM. And for the first time in cinema history, viewers get to decide which movies get to be made. Awesome times.
Our goal for "Earthquake Weapon" is to present it at film festivals around the world, in order to not only raise awareness on social and political issues, but also to find distribution for an eventual theatrical release. We want to create enough momentum and buzz around the film to be able to put it out. That's what you're helping us achieve!
Other Ways You Can Help
- If like us, you feel like these topics need to be addressed and wanna know what happens to Riley (the main character) on the big screen, but are unable to contribute financially to the campaign, don't hesitate to share the link on your facebook and twitter accounts, your blog, your bedroom window (just kidding. Kinda). Merci!
- Don't forget to use the Indiegogo share tools!
Where to find us online
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"I must make my films simply to participate in the development of the society in which I live" - Francesco Rosi (Italian filmmaker)