What is the LAX Trilogy?
Last year, my producing partner Travis Oberlander and I decided it was time for us make our first feature film. With tons of resources but very little money, we produced Layover, a French-language film about a woman's 12 hour layover in Los Angeles.
Now, almost one year after production began, Layover is having its World Premiere at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival! To top it off, the film will be screening in competition for the New American Cinema prize -- meaning SIFF programmers consider Layover to be one of the best films of the festival.
Now, we're setting our sites even higher. Out of Layover, we've crafted a trilogy of films we're calling the LAX Trilogy.
While each film begins with our main character arriving at Los Angeles International Airport and explores similar themes, they are all very different films:
Layover A young woman en route from Paris to a new life in Singapore, finds herself stuck, overnight, in Los Angeles. When she ventures out into the city, she meets a handsome, mystery-man and has an adventure that forces her to question the direction of her life.
Assassin A female assassin who, while hiding out in the San Bernardino Mountains, meets and falls in love with a local woman. As the two grow closer, the baggage of their lives begin threaten their relationship.
X (Ten) 10 women, one man. An epic romance telling the story of one man’s journey through love and life.
Who Are We?
Joshua Caldwell (writer/director/producer), an accomplished director, writer, producer, former digital exec and MTV Movie Award winner. I've worked with a number of high profile producers, including CSI: creator Anthony E. Zuiker, for whom I produced Cybergeddon the online global motion picture event for Yahoo! My award-winning short film Dig, starring Mark Margolis of Breaking Bad, was featured in numerous film festivals across the country. I've directed episodes of Welcome to Sanditon, the new series from the creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Furrocious, a webseries for Discovery Digital Networks. Most recently, I released my latest short film, Resignation.
Travis Oberlander (writer/producer), a writer and producer based in Los Angeles. I have also worked closely with CSI: creator Anthony E. Zuiker; co-writing the screenplays for Dark Revelations, the final part of Zuiker’s Level 26 book-series. Additionally, I served as the writer's assistant on ABC's Whodunnit? and have written and produced projects for Discovery Digital Networks, Hazy Mills and CORE Media Group. In my previous career, I amassed over seven years of experience managing social media teams, developing digital strategy and overseeing various programs for major brands such as Unilever, Walmart and Beam Global and more.
What We Need & What You Get
While Layover was made for next to nothing, part of our plan with this trilogy was to increase the budget and scope of each subsequent film. This way we will gradually increase the production value of our films without biting off more than we can chew.
Finding the best locations, the best actors and the perfect team with the right chemistry is not a simple task. But those aren't the only costs we are facing.
Location permits, travel for cast and crew, equipment rental, feeding everyone, post production costs, paying for prints... some things just aren't free.
We need the help of our generous friends, family, fans and film-lovers to help us complete this trilogy.
We are offering a multitude of awesome rewards to our Indiegogo backers. There are opportunities to visit set for a day, attend VIP premiere screenings, get limited edition posters and artwork and take a one-on-one class in directing from Joshua.
Each of these are personal films, being made outside the studio system, telling stories that would never survive the typical Hollywood development process. Which is why we need YOU to help.
We must raise this money in order to shoot and complete both Assassin and X (Ten). While $54,000 is a lot of money, it's not very much when you consider the fact that the average independent film costs $750,000!
Which means that we will be making three films for less than 7% of what it costs to make one!
When are you filming?
Spring 2013 - Layover COMPLETE!
Fall 2014 - X (Ten)
Winter 2014 - Assassin
Other Ways You Can Help
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