Meet JonIt's not easy. But, then again, nothing is. Jon's a few years graduated, living on the edge of art school. He's an illustrator, or so says the piece of paper in his drawer. In reality, he's getting by as a delivery driver, hauling sweaty bags of fried food to people who don't like the food enough to come and get it themselves. Some comedian said that. But, it's not really that funny to Jon. He's barely able to pay rent, and he's perpetually two months behind on the power bill.
Who We Are
We all met while living, working, and going to school in Savannah, Georgia. We're your waiters, your cooks, your bartenders, and the people you call to fix your car battery. We're also independent filmmakers, illustrators, painters, sound designers, photographers, musicians, comic book artists, and graphic designers, all wanting to make bigger names for ourselves.
We've worked on everything from hauling cameras for National Geographic documentaries, to sitting in dark, cramped rooms compiling Saturday Night Live for DVD release. We've worked on national and local commercials, feature-length blockbusters, and indie short films. We've made book trailers, book covers, cover art, music videos, wedding videos, graphic novels, websites, t-shirt designs, and animations. However, it's time. We want to tell our story.
Through the trials and tribulations of living from check to check, counting change to pay for gas, and fighting tooth and nail to get twenty-five more cents an hour, we've been lucky enough to meet one another, and find humor and heart in the crummiest of circumstances. We are making this film not only to tell our story, but everyone's story. We feel that it's in that limbo time of uneasy disappointment, that people really become who they are.
So, here we are. Ready to tell our story.
What We Need & What You GetWe are very fortunate to have tons of support for this project. However! Film making is an expensive business, and with an estimated run time of 35 minutes, the cost gets higher by the minute. Our needed budget is $5,000. Most filmmakers want this size budget (or higher!) for an 8 minute flick. We've gotten really good at keeping costs down, without detracting from quality.
To see examples, check out Mike's directing reel.
We have a lot of the basics already covered. From basic equipment (camera, sound, lighting), to locations (our houses, our employers), to costumes and props. And, people are volunteering their time, and working for nothing but the fact that this project is getting made, and going out into the world with their names on it.
What we need money for is to help cover the other things:
- Specialized equipment rental (environment housing for underwater camera work, dive equipment, specific high-powered lighting, car mounts, generators)
- Location rental (a local family-owned outdoor pool, for underwater filming. neat!)
- General purchases (hard drives, batteries, special props, special costumes)
- Food for cast and crew (since we can't pay everyone, food is our currency)
- Compensation for key cast and crew (some people simply have to get paid for doing the only thing they do for work. we don't blame them. they are really, really good.)
- Festival Admission fees (these can average around $30 on up to $100, just for one festival)
And, to thank you for helping us we're prepared to make sure you get something, too!
To the right are all sorts of perks to donating at certain levels. For example:
- Something small (but, really cool) like having your name in the credits
- A code to download the soundtrack featuring the original score by the fantastic, Austin-based Neil Lord (Future Museums, Niall, Low Praises) and featured music by Savannah's own, Hot Plate
- A download code for the finished film
- To be invited to the private Launch Party for the cast, crew, and donors, to be held at Hangfire Bar in Savannah! That's not to be taken lightly: there will be live music from Hot Plate, DJs spinning tunes, free food, an open bar, and, not to mention, a private screening of the final film before it hits the festival circuit!
No matter what, we'll be filming the last week of March through the first week of April. However, with your help, we can make this project better, by focusing ourselves on the film, and get everything we'll need to make it the best we can. Any amount that goes over, will just go into making the film that much better, and push it that much further into the public eye. This is just what we need to get it out there. We're already pouring our hearts and souls (and pocketbooks) into this project, we just need a little more help to make it the best we possibly can.
Please, if you can, help us make this a reality.
Other Ways You Can Help
We cannot stress how much your help mean to us!
Another big way to help us out, whether or not you can donate, is to help us get the word out there! Facebook! Twitter! Blog! Smoke signal! Word of mouth is invaluable to home-grown projects like this.
Thank you again for your help, and we can't wait to show you the finished piece!