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Scratch

A scratch ticket dramatically changes the lives of four people desperately seeking to get out of poverty.

The Film

The film is set in a low income apartment building in New York City. Lucy is a young mother who lives paycheck to paycheck with her four-year-old daughter Riana. She struggles to keep Riana from becoming a product of her environment.

Her neighbor Maria is desperately seeking affection from two men, Andrew and Derek. Fed up with both men, Maria uses Derek to steal Andrew's winning scratch ticket in hopes of securing a better life for herself.

As much as Lucy tries to mind her own business and keep her daughter well fed, she becomes a witness to the violence that results from Maria's love triangle.

Where Your Money is Going

We realize our goal is quite ambitious and are therefore making severe budget cuts:

  • Camera Department: $50 (expendables, Gaff Tape)
  • Sound: $80 (batteries, Gaff tape)
  • Production Design/ Art/ Wardrobe: $880 (props: furniture, lamps, toys, kitchen supplies, fake gun, etc.)
  • Picture Car: $1,300 (police vehicles in the film)
  • Stunts: $300 (stunt coordinator, mats, stunt double)
  • Location Fees: $1,050 (apartment rental, convenience store, etc.)
  • NYC Permits: $300 (NYC Streets, Police officer on set)
  • Transportation & Travel: $1926 (MetroCards, truck rental)
  • Food: $1,750 (cast/crew meals, craft services, keeping the kids happy)

Total Costs including a 10% contingency: $8,399.60

Our Original Budget to get the film made was over $10,000, not including any Post-Production costs. We are going to use the equipment NYU provides since we cannot afford to rent anything outside of NYU & make other changes to the budget when needed.

Meet The Crew

 Check out some of our crew members below.

Angel Rivera is a writer and director based in New York City. His experiences in urban communities in Western Massachusetts, Boston and New York City lend themselves to the realistic and dark urban stories he writes and directs. Angel feels a unique sense of pride and responsibility to share stories that stem from his life and the struggles of those closest to him in an effort to entertain and inspire while exposing many to a lifestyle they may be unfamiliar with. His work is also heavily influenced by music and hip-hop culture. His first short film, The Jacket, is an example of how efficiently Angel is able to collaborate with others to convey this dark urban storytelling and deliver a festival worthy product to the world of film. His passion for visual storytelling drives every aspect of his filmmaking and shapes the way he views the stories of others. Angel has a great fear of heights and is allergic to apples.

Angel Rivera is a writer and director based in New York City. His experiences in urban communities in Western Massachusetts, Boston and New York City lend themselves to the realistic and dark urban stories he writes and directs. Angel feels a unique sense of pride and responsibility to share stories that stem from his life and the struggles of those closest to him in an effort to entertain and inspire while exposing many to a lifestyle they may be unfamiliar with. His work is also heavily influenced by music and hip-hop culture. His first short film, The Jacket, is an example of how efficiently Angel is able to collaborate with others to convey this dark urban storytelling and deliver a festival worthy product to the world of film. His passion for visual storytelling drives every aspect of his filmmaking and shapes the way he views the stories of others. Angel has a great fear of heights and is allergic to apples.

Ela Topcuoglu is from Istanbul, Turkey and is currently majoring in Film and Television at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is an aspiring Producer, and has always dreamed of producing Hollywood movies and wishes to work with and become a top industry mogul. For the past three years she has enrolled in various classes that have all provided her with skills and experience in the filmmaking process. She has produced over fifteen short films and is currently producing her first feature film. Through various internships working closely with industry producers and spending almost every weekend on set, Ela has gained substantial experience in what it takes to be a great producer. She has the ability to find good stories and do whatever it takes to make sure they are told. Ela is determined to make the director’s vision a reality and will stop at nothing to make this crew’s dream come true.

Ela Topcuoglu is from Istanbul, Turkey and is currently majoring in Film and Television at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is an aspiring Producer, and has always dreamed of producing Hollywood movies and wishes to work with and become a top industry mogul. For the past three years she has enrolled in various classes that have all provided her with skills and experience in the filmmaking process. She has produced over fifteen short films and is currently producing her first feature film. Through various internships working closely with industry producers and spending almost every weekend on set, Ela has gained substantial experience in what it takes to be a great producer. She has the ability to find good stories and do whatever it takes to make sure they are told. Ela is determined to make the director’s vision a reality and will stop at nothing to make this crew’s dream come true. 

Meagan Rodriguez is a Director of Photography and Film Editor based in New York City. She feels a deep connection with films that give her the opportunity to capture the grittiness and authenticity of the urban struggle because of her experiences growing up in a small city in Western Massachusetts. Meagan has photographed a variety of short films for her peers at NYU, including many of her own experimental shorts. She has edited a multitude of NYU short films and works closely with the Post- Production departments of independent feature films such as Kill Your Darlings. Her work in post-production has armed her with the unique ability to problem solve in the most trying conditions while still translating the director's vision to the screen. Her ability to keep the final product in mind and work efficiently makes her a vital asset on any film crew. When not working on films Meagan writes free-verse poetry and adores cats.

Meagan Rodriguez is a Director of Photography and Film Editor based in New York City. She feels a deep connection with films that give her the opportunity to capture the grittiness and authenticity of the urban struggle because of her experiences growing up in a small city in Western Massachusetts. Meagan has photographed a variety of short films for her peers at NYU, including many of her own experimental shorts. She has edited a multitude of NYU short films and works closely with the Post- Production departments of independent feature films such as Kill Your Darlings. Her work in post-production has armed her with the unique ability to problem solve in the most trying conditions while still translating the director's vision to the screen. Her ability to keep the final product in mind and work efficiently makes her a vital asset on any film crew. When not working on films Meagan writes free-verse poetry and adores cats.

Scott Gallopo is a Writer/Director from New Jersey currently enrolled as a senior in Tisch School of the Arts. His passion for filmmaking lies in storytelling and the pursuit of eliciting real audience emotion. Scott has experience in both writing and directing his own films, as well as a background in producing, lighting and electric, as well as the camera department. Scott has also been fortunate to gain valuable real world experience beyond the classroom. He began as an intern at Sikelia Productions, serving as an assistant to Martin Scorsese’s production team, and this past summer he was both a set and post production assistant for a Scorsese directed talk show intended for HBO. When given a break from film related work, Scott enjoys sleeping, napping, dozing off, and the like.

Scott Gallopo is a Writer/Director from New Jersey currently enrolled as a senior in Tisch School of the Arts. His passion for filmmaking lies in storytelling and the pursuit of eliciting real audience emotion. Scott has experience in both writing and directing his own films, as well as a background in producing, grip and electric, as well as the camera department. Scott has also been fortunate to gain valuable real world experience beyond the classroom. He began as an intern at Sikelia Productions, serving as an assistant to Martin Scorsese’s production team, and this past summer he was both a set and post production assistant for a Scorsese directed talk show intended for HBO. When given a break from film related work, Scott enjoys sleeping, napping, dozing off, and the like.

Alex Morsanutto, a senior at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is majoring in film/TV production and broadcast journalism. As a young filmmaker, he has already directed nine short films, four music videos and one commercial. His passions in the world of film are aimed at directing, writing, acting, and production design. Alex enjoys creating films of the thriller genre and attributes his influences in filmmaking to Christopher Nolan, David Fincher and Ridley Scott.

Alex Morsanutto, a senior at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is majoring in film/TV production and broadcast journalism. As a young filmmaker, he has already directed nine short films, four music videos and one commercial. His passions in the world of film are aimed at directing, writing, acting, and production design. Alex enjoys creating films of the thriller genre and attributes his influences in filmmaking to Christopher Nolan, David Fincher and Ridley Scott.

Heather Hurst

Heather Hurst (Casting Associate, Elissa Myers Casting). Current projects include the seasons for the Geva Theatre, Denver Center, Cleveland Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the Magic Theatre, and recently worked with the Alley Theatre and Arena Stage on a production of The Mountaintop. Just completed casting the PBS mini-series Mystery of Matter. Elissa Myers Casting has previously cast 7 Broadway shows, 25 Off-Broadway shows, 3 "Movies of the Week," 5 pilots, 2 PBS specials, and numerous industrials. The office has received 16 Artios nominations. Before her time at Elissa Myers Casting, she was the Casting Assistant at Clemmons/Dewing Casting where she worked on the Broadway productions of Wonderland and Driving Miss Daisy, Off-Broadway productions of Voca People and Dear Edwina, National Tours of West Side StorySouth PacificFiddler On The Roof, and In The Heights, and the season for Flat Rock Playhouse.

The Impact

With your help we can create an exciting story that’s very real and very relatable. The film will capture a struggle many families in urban communities are facing all over the world. The conflicts in the film derive from social repercussions that stem from a lack of a familial support system, lack of education, and financial instability.

You’re also helping Angel Rivera, and the rest of the crew, make a film that will showcase their talents in the festival circuit and serve as a calling card for future filmmaking opportunities.

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