THANK YOU TO EVERY INDIVIDUAL WHO'S TWEETED, SHARED,
POSTED and/or DONATED TO OUR CAMPAIGN!!
And thank you to everyone who helped make Penumbra Indiewire's Project of the Week!! It means so much to have your continued support!
Updated February, 2015
Forever Funding Stretch Goal #1 - $12,500 - The Score
We have Daniel Clive McCallum attached to compose an original score for the film (more at http://www.danielclivemccallum.com). Daniel was on set during phase 2 of production and has seen a vast majority of the edit, which he is currently working to score. We will continue working closely with Daniel in the coming months as he completes his beautiful score.
Stretch Goal #2 - Every dollar over $12,500 - The Post-Production-Beast
Every penny, dime, dollar raised after $12,500 would go into Post-Production.
This would include, the Editorial Department (editing, color correction, and closed captioning), securing Music Rights (Shannan already has a wish list of songs she'd like to use as the soundtrack for Penumbra), Post-Sound/ADR, Titles & Graphics, Public Relations, and Festival Fees.
WE CANNOT SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH!!
Thank you financial support, and your dedication to spreading the word about Penumbra. We can only hope that you are as proud of your choice to support our film, as we are of our passion project.
Lastly, NEW PERKS
Check out our new perks, designed with our Forever Funding Campaign in mind. But hurry, we won't be apart of this Forever Funding Pilot forever, because as you know, all good things must come to an end.
And if you're new to our campaign -- scroll on down, and find out all about Beleeve and our film Penumbra!! We're excited that you've happened upon us!!
* Check out www.PenumbraFilm.com for additional information! *
Penumbra is a narrative feature film about Erin Jacobs, a book- and street-smart cocaine addict who is living life by her own rules. She is a talented artist who has lost her drive to paint as her drive for the coke-induced high that she loves takes over. The film opens on Erin finishing the last of her cocaine when a knock on the door interrupts her solo party. She flippantly answers a line of questions about a noise complaint that two officers throw her way before getting off with a warning.
Later that day, as Erin is heading to a party, she notices one of the cops following her, but manages to lose the tail. After a wild night, she arranges some work at the leather shop that intermittently employs her. Her boss, Elizabeth, a successful musician and jewelry designer who has found the perfect balance between her success and her own addictions, warns Erin that she better do the same.
As Erin’s replenishing her stash the next day, the cop who tailed her, Valerie, busts her. We later learn that Valerie isn't as clean-cut as she lets on; she's struggled with addiction herself. As she continues to fight her own personal demons, both her three-year sobriety and her husband, Jeff, are pushed to the limit.
In the meantime, Elizabeth invites Erin to a party, where a high society patroness of the arts commissions Erin to paint. Erin seems to be on the fast track to success, while Valerie struggles to keep her life on track, but an unforeseen event will bring everything to a halt.
When one of our protagonists musters the fleeting strength to go to rehab, she meets a tough-as-nails, but effective counseling team, Corrie and Christine, and a fellow patient, Huck, who challenge her to face her demons head on. But after 90 days, will sober life stick or will she be right back to her habits?
We started Beleeve Entertainment in 2012 after we decided to combine our collective skill sets and equipment to pursue our filmmaking goals: to give voice to those whose stories are often untold, misconstrued, or marginalized. We have spent the past few years honing our skills by shooting and/or editing short and feature films, promotional materials, live theater events, and music videos.
Women Make Movies Too:
One of the defining elements of Beleeve is that is a film company created and run by two women, and one of the key elements of Penumbra is that it filled with strong female characters, all of whom struggle with, and many of whom overcome the various challenges in their lives.
Martha M. Lauzen for Women in Film* reported that: "Female characters remained dramatically under-represented as protagonists, major characters, and speaking (major and minor) characters in the top grossing films of 2013.
Females comprised 15% of protagonists, 29% of major characters, and 30% of all speaking characters.
Only 13% of the top 100 films featured equal numbers of major female and male characters, or more major female characters than male characters."
According to the New York Film Academy’s study on Gender Inequality in Film**, "there are five men working in the film industry for every woman, and female directors only helm 16.9% of narrative films."
Penumbra’s numbers challenge this standard: The 2 Protagonists, and 18 Speaking Roles out of 31 (58%) belong to women, in addition to being directed by a woman (Shannan Leigh Reeve), produced by a woman (Chelese Belmont), employing a female DP, boom operator, and numerous crew members at various points in production. Women are on the screen for the vast majority of the film, influencing the events, and playing key roles in all of the characters’ lives.
We seek to prove that women can capably work both behind and in front of the camera in key positions, and that the result is a film with a strong message and production quality.
To break down how the funds have and will continue to be spent:
Location Rentals, Insurance, & Permits: $4250.00
This amount includes the rentals for the two locations that will serve as the residential rehab facility where the rest of the film takes place. It also allows for liability insurance and permits to film.
Camera Department: $1200.00
This includes our DP and 2nd camera unit, which will enable us to shoot expediently while still getting coverage.
Sound Department: $950.00
This will cover the cost of our sound mixer/boom operator for six days of filming.
Batteries for Cameras/Sound Equipment: $50.00
Everything takes power, and filming for 12-14 hours per day eats it up, so we need to replenish batteries to ensure uninterrupted shooting.
This covers the time and kit for our talented makeup artist for 4 days of filming, including the few effects demands that are required.
Craft Services: $1200.00
No. Hangry. Actors. This will feed our cast and crew for the full 6 days.
Gas Stipends, Parking, & Lodging for Actors: $1500.00
Part of our filming will take place two hours outside of Los Angeles, and so we need to make sure our actors are well-cared for when they come to set.
The funds raised after the $10,000 mark:
Mediation Scene - the final scene that we considered cutting for budget reasons is being filmed! $1500.00 includes cast/crew, craft services, location fees, etc. for this final day of filming.
Additional P.A. on Set for September 27th/28th, and some vital sound equipment that will make the quality even better! $500.00