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/aldenblakeStop-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.
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).
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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