Launch Alden's Film Career!

Help me establish myself as a filmmaker with the production of a professional-quality short film for one of my favorite artists--the first of many in my career.
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Alden Blake
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Film
Los Angeles, California
United States
3 Team Members

About Me

My name is Alden and I'm a 15 year old filmmaker living in the Los Angeles area. I have been making short films for two years now, most of which  are stop-motion shorts about whimsical things like lost Christmas trees, paper monsters, and board games that come to life. Here is some of my work, and you can see the rest at https://vimeo.com/aldenblake

Stop-motion is great, but I would really love to break into professional quality live action short films! My mom's camera does not shoot HD video, and it has no settings for the video mode, which is frustrating because I am not able to acheive the look that I want. I have three projects that I am currently in pre-production with, and cannot move forward until I have a budget for the equipment I need to make these films. 


Here's a sample of a live action travelogue taken with footage from my family's vacation: 

I'm really looking forward to doing more with live action and have several specific projects in mind. 

The featured project that I will start right away is an adaptation of a song by one of my favorite musical artists, Radical Face. "Severus and Stone" is about a pair of brothers featured in Radical Face's three-album chronicle about a family in the early 1900s. When the younger brother passes, the older brother experiences dreamstate connections that transcend the boundary between the world of the dead and the world of the living. My film will convey visually the beautiful, heart-wrenching story of love and loss, and ultimately the bond that the brothers share that outlasts life itself. 

The second project is a comedic chronicle of my extended family and all of their individual quirks and funny mannerisms.

The third project will be a more extended documentary project that I'm really excited about but I don't want to give away my ideas just yet. It will be an exploration of cross-cultural socioeconomic issues affecting youth.

What I Need & What You Get

I need $7,777 for the equipment I need to get started with quality live action filmmaking. This amount will cover the camera, lens, editing workstation, rigs, lights, etc. Here's the complete breakdown of my budget:

$995 for a bitchin’ camera—can you believe I found a professional quality cinema camera for only $1k?

$999 for the lens—a camera is only as good as the lens 

$2139 for a for a high powered editing workstation--computer and external hard drive for storing and editing all of the HD video--so I don’t have to keep borrowing my mom’s laptop.

$920 for rigs (tripod, shoulder mount, follow focus, crane, dolleys, steady cam—much of this I will build myself!)

$200 for lighting (what I don't borrow)

$1,399 for post-production, color grading, and editing software so I don’t have to use pirate software.

$1,130 for taxes, shipping, indiegogo percentage, and perks.

In exchange for your donations, I'm offering cool things like custom Moleskine journals of my concept art and notes, handmade friendship bracelets and Little Monster bookmarks (just like the one in the film), signed art prints and DVDs, Special Thanks and Executive Producer credits, and the oportunity to host a pre-release party for Severus & Stone!


If I don't reach my entire goal, I will get what I can and do the best I can with what I have (or maybe bug you with another Indiegogo campaign).

The Impact

Your contribution will bring more quality art films into the world. Films have the potential to reach millions of people across all societies, and I want to be part of bringing more artistry and authentic story-telling to the world of cinema. Not only will you help me get started making great films now, you'll also be supporting my next steps in getting a scholarship to film school and establishing myself in my career. These projects are just the beginning!

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  • $7USD
    Special Thanks!

    You get your name in the "Special Thanks" section of Severus and Stone, because you made it possible!

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $27USD
    Friends!

    Special Thanks on Severus and Stone and a handmade friendship bracelet from me!

    21 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $37USD
    Little Monster!

    Your very own Little Monster bookmark like the one in the film! Each bookmark is unique and signed and handmade by me. (Beware, he might eat your page.) Also, you get Special Thanks in Severus and Stone.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $54USD
    Art Lover!

    Handmade signed Little Monster bookmark, plus a high quality 8x10 print of one of my concept drawings from Severus and Stone, as well as Special Thanks.

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $108USD
    Art Connoisseur!

    You get a Little Monster, a set of three signed prints of my concept drawings and a handwritten thank you card. And Special Thanks.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $270USD
    Film Buff!

    In addition to the prints, Little Monster, thank you card, and Special Thanks, you'll also get signed DVD of all of my short films! The DVD includes Little Monster and Little Monster 2, Bored Games, O Christmas Tree, Severus and Stone, The Art of Life, and any more films that I make between now and when the package gets to you!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $540USD
    Bookworm!

    You'll get an invite to the set during production of Severus and Stone, a special 15 page custom Moleskine book of the director's concept art and notes, a signed DVD, Little Monster bookmark, friendship bracelet, thank you note, and Special Thanks.

    2 out of 7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $1,080USD
    Producer!

    You will recieve an Executive Producer credit on the finished film, invite to the set during production, and will be able to host a pre release screening of the film! You'll also get the book of concept art and notes, Little Monster bookmark, friendship bracelet, DVD, and of course, a really nice thank you note.

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
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