Dr. Lawrence Ashby, an eight-year-old self-proclaimed cardiologist, has just decided what he wants to do for his ninth birthday party: Re-create the first time his parents, Agnes and Wilson, met. Inviting six girls from his class, Lawrence plans to have each one stick their finger in a gumball machine to see whose will get stuck in an effort to find his own “Agnes.” What Lawrence doesn’t realize is that his parents’ “perfect marriage” is slowly falling apart...
Where Will Your Money Go?
We plan on gathering as many “free” resources as possible. This includes our own time, location and our amazing cinematographer’s camera. However, we will need YOUR help to secure a few others before we complete our film!
Costumes and Props.
Lenses, Lighting and Sound equipment, Set dressings, Craft Services, Actor’s fees, and of course, the perfect gumball machine!
ADR, Color Correction, Sound, Marketing and Film Festival Fees.
"Gumball" was inspired by the actual meeting of my grandparents, Jan and Wimp, or as they were known to us kids in the family, GranJan and Poppa. As far as I remember, she was around three and he was about five. Her family had joined his for a Christmas party. Kids will be kids and soon enough, she wound up with her finger stuck in his brand-new gumball machine he had just received as a gift. In order to free her, it had to be destroyed. He hated her, but life will be life and they eventually found their way back to each other, fell in love and started a family. Their love had its ups and downs, like every relationship.
Contrasting that against the pure, unadulterated innocence of a child and the way they view love inspired the character of Lawrence Ashby whose naive interpretation of his parents' relationship clashes with the harsh reality of their crumbling marriage. This bittersweet yet sincere approach in film is rare and I want the chance to get it right.
Our Lawrence Ashby.
“My name is Nathan James Sharp. I am 9 years old and live in Charleston, South Carolina. I love the color green, playing soccer, and playing video games on the computer. This will be my first movie and I am so excited!"
“Gumball” is truly a story about relationships and without such, it would have not made it this far. Writer and Director Sean Harrison Jones has teamed up with Producers Alina DeBellis and Jessica Noboa of Shabby Chic Productions, Cinematographer Drew Mylrea and Editor John-Michael Powell to finally transition “Gumball” from script to screen. Sean and John-Michael have known each since childhood and while attending UCLA, Sean met Drew, Alina and Jessica, and now, many years later, they have all reconnected to make this dream possible!
Sean Harrison Jones was born and raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been a professional actor since the age of ten when he was cast in his first commercial, educational video and stage show. That same year, he was nationally recognized after winning an Arkansas State Contest for an original screenplay. After years of working on the stage, he landed his first major screen role in the Hallmark Made for TV Film, John Grisham's "A Painted House." Upon visiting schools on the West Coast, Sean was signed with a Hollywood agent. He was accepted to the UCLA Theater, Film and Television School where he graduated with a degree in Acting. After playing various roles on the stage and screen, he decided to return to his childhood passion of being behind the camera.
Jessica Noboa started Shabby Chic Productions in 2010. The company's first short film, Bridesmaid #3, was an official selection of the 2012 New York City International Film Festival. Jessica has a degree from UCLA's Theater, Film and Television, where she trained in acting. Alina DeBellis also graduated from UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television with degrees in both Directing and Creative Writing. She has produced and directed several shows in New York and LA including Delicate Nothing for Manhattan Repertory Theater and We Are Gathered Here for cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA. She is currently writing and directing their original Web Series “Secret Bathroom Drinkers.”
John-Michael Powell is an award-winning editor of feature film, commercials and music videos that have played on networks, film festivals and in theaters. In 2007, he worked with director Jerry Zucker (Airplane!) cutting the TBS pilot Already in Progress, starring Bob Saget. In 2009 he edited the feature film Obselidia, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, Spirit Award's and won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, the Excellence in Cinematography Award. In 2010, he cut the award-winning documentary In Organic We Trust. In 2011, John-Michael cut the indie hit The Brass Teapot, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, bought by Magnolia Pictures. Recently, John-Michael cut the documentary No Cameras Allowed, produced by Josh Schwartz (The OC) starring Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z and Coldplay and is currently cutting a Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling (Like Crazy) film titled The Wilderness of James, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Isabelle Fuhrman, Danny DeVito and Virginia Madsen.
Other Ways You Can Help.
While donating is OF COURSE very much appreciated, we need your help to spread the word. We will personally be spreading the word in every way on the internet, but its word of mouth that really makes an impact. Anyone you can call, text, e-mail, Facebook or Tweet about “Gumball” that will help us raise the money.
On a personal note, this project has meant a great deal to all of us for close to two years. We want to see this story told the right way.
We thank you and will keep you posted on all things “Gumball” on our various websites!