ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Outside of Virginia is Connor R. Burke’s thesis film project; it is a chamber drama that explores themes of memory and alienation. Below is a brief glimpse into the project:
It’s a cold winter afternoon near the Chesapeake Bay. Earl, a man of 70 years, pulls his Oldsmobile over to the side of Route 13; his dementia-stricken wife, Virginia, chews on her hair whilst caressing the figurine of a blackbird. She is fed a tuna sandwich with all of her daily pills in it. After Earl checks a map of the Eastern Shore, they drive North so that Earl can visit Joyce for the first time in forty-six years.
It is extremely important for Connor to make this film as it is bizarrely personal, it has been brewing in the back of of his head for two years, he is overly passionate about the project, and it is a story that most audiences will relate to in some form or another.
Connor R. Burke - Writer/Director - He grew up playing around with video cameras, making offensive mockumentaries, and filming skate videos with his friends. It wasn’t until 2010, that he began studying film at VCU’s School of the Arts, and developed a love for the entire filmmaking process. In addition to being a finalist in the 2012 Virginia Screenwriting Competition, Connor has received Honorable Mention at the James River Shorts Competition for his short film Dwell, Dig, Shake which premiered at the James River Filmmaker’s Forum in June.
Tyler Kirby - Producer - As a senior in the VCU Film program, Tyler has worked as a freelance cinematographer, producer, photographer, editor, and boom operator on numerous projects in the Central Virginia area, several of them in collaboration with Connor. He produced last year's VCU Film Workshop film Drybeat, and was the cinematographer on Connor's last project Dwell, Dig, Shake.
WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET:
Since this is an independently produced film we are asking for $2,000 to fund the project. Combined with a fair share of personal investments in the project, we promise that any and every contribution to the project will help. The money from contributions will help us take care of the numerous expenses involved with creating a film:
Renting lenses, camera accessories, and audio equipment
Catering and Craft Services
The money invested in this project will support five hearty days of production at the end of January 2014. The budget of most Hollywood movies is typically around $35,000,000 but we're asking for $34,008,000 less than that. Outside of Virginia is short film that will be created with an extremely economical budget.
As a contributor, you will not only be directly financing the film but you will also be receiving one-of-a-kind merchandise after the film’s completion! Whether you choose to donate $5.00 or $1,000, you’ll be pushing the film that much closer to becoming reality, and for that we thank you.
THE DARK SIDE:
If we don’t meet our goal of raising $2,000 then we are still going to shoot the film, however, compromises will be made during production. Also, the cast and crew might starve to death because we won’t have the sufficient funds that we need in order to feed them. You don't want our cast and crew to starve, do you? Contributors will still receive all of the perks that are promised if the $2,000 goal is not met.
Contributors are not only helping us further our passion for filmmaking, but also creating experiences for the cast and crew of the project, as well as helping the Richmond film community grow. It is the collaborative efforts that will make this project blossom and spring forth to life.
This will be Connor's third narrative short film that he is making in collaboration with Tyler. We both have a passion for filmmaking that is well represented in our previous work, and by contributing to Outside of Virginia you’ll literally be keeping that passion alive! (again, see: food on set).
OTHER WAYS TO HELP OUT:
If you absolutely can’t (or don’t care to) financially support our project, you can still help by using the share tools above to spread the word. Post the IndieGoGo link to Facebook, Tweet it, or just tell your friends and family to check it out; the more people that know about our project, the better the film will be!Thank you in advance for your support!