Squirrel! Films Studio Project

Squirrel! Films seeks funds to back the launch of an affordable film production studio specially tailored for independent filmmakers in the S.F./Bay Area.
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Christopher Soloma de Cadavid
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Small Business
San Francsico, California
United States
1 Team Member

This project is big. 

We want to make not just one movie- we want to make lots of films, T.V. shows, commercials, music and other types of videos. 

We also want to help make the San Francisco Bay Area a hub for indie film production-- to facilitate other artists bringing their creative visions to life.

Here's how we plan to do it:

  • Our leader, Christopher Soloma de Cadavid and the rest of the team at Squirrel! Films aim to launch a new, professional film studio in the San Francisco/Bay Area that will allow our own production team, as well as other independent film makers, to make films and videos with high production values in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.
  • To suit all of the needs of our fellow filmmakers, the studio space will include child care facilities for filmmakers with a family. 

  • In pursuit of these goals, we also intend to create a motorized Mobile Production Unit that will cater to practical location shoots. Departments that can utilize this truck include Camera, Grip, DIT, Craft, you name it! 

  • In addition to the facilities, we'll provide professional workshops, mentoring and access to a network of film making professionals that can consider for your production team or crew.
  • The studio will be available for special events including Concerts, Stand-up Comedy, Wrap Parties, Film Screenings and more!

THE STUDIO SPACE

We have a warehouse space in mind for conversion into the main facility. Our team is includes several carpenters and people with the various skills required to build out a functional film production studio. We just need help with the initial investment in the space, materials and equipment needed to make the studio real - or at least, not entirely made out out of cardboard. 

The space in it's current state.

The red stands for what we plan to do with the space.

Building out flats for the studio.

WHAT THE FUNDS WILL DO

Your contributions, combined with our own personal investment, will create a full-service film studios where Squirrel! Films and other film makers will create high quality independent films and videos. Here's how our budget breaks down:

What happens if we don't reach our goal...

We are running a fixed campaign, so if we do not reach our funding goal the money will not be withdrawn from the donors. At that point we will seek additional funding from outside investors. It might take longer, but we'll build it- one way or another! 

HELP BUILD A LOCAL INDIE FILM INDUSTRY

Your contribution is not just supporting a small business or a film studio- it will help support an industry and an indie film making community. We believe the Bay Area has one of the best independent film communities anywhere, and with your help, we can give it the facilities it needs to thrive.  

There are many non-financial hurdles we have to clear to get where we want to go, but we're confident that we'll face them with the same enthusiasm and refusal to quit that we approach our films with. 

We have a deposit down for our studio location in San Francisco. Permits have been submitted, vehicles and equipment reservations have been placed. 

With your help the studio is scheduled to be up and ready by August 1st!!

ABOUT SQUIRREL! FILMS

Squirrel! Films produces full feature films, short films, music videos, commercials, documentaries and TV/multi-platform series. We offer services across the entire film or video making process, from development and screenwriting all the way through production and post-production (color grading, graphics and audio engineering). 

Visit our website to see our roster of films and for more about the collaborators we work with: http://www.squirrelfilms.com

STRETCH GOALS + BONUS INCENTIVES

IF we can exceed our initial goal and raise more money, we will be able to build out a larger, more extensive facility with custom features to facilitate special effects and other more expensive film making activities.

When that happens, we are going to increase the rewards given to the funders SIGNIFICANTLY. Funders have an extra incentive to spread the word and make the project a success. See the chart below for details.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Even if you can’t contribute, you can still help.

Tell other people about the project and the great perks, especially... 

  • Film makers and producers who might benefit from proximity to affordable production facilities.
  • Businesses that might need commercials, video ad campaigns, corporate or other promotional videos.
  • Photographers that need studio space.

Please use the Indiegogo share tools- they really work!

Thanks everyone,

The Squirrel! Films Team

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$2,469USD
raised by 41 people in 1 month
10% funded
0 time left
$25,000 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign did not meet its $25,000USD funding goal by the deadline.
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This campaign ended on May 31, 2014
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  • $15USD
    BE A SQUIRREL! FILMMAKER

    Membership in the Squirrel! Films community. Benefits include our filmmaker newsletter, access to online tutorials made by film making pros, invites to special events, and most important, connection to a community of independent film makers seeking to help each other create motion picture art. All members will also be listed on our website with links to your site or social media projects.

    9 claimed

  • $25USD
    OPEN YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE

    A Squirrel! Films coffee mug with Director's Viewfinder Business Card PLUS Membership (see benefits above).

    8 claimed

  • $50USD
    LOOK LIKE THE CREW

    A Squirrel! Films Custom Crew Shirt and Bottle Opener (handy on and off set) PLUS Membership (see benefits above).

    7 claimed

  • $75USD
    SEE AND BE SEEN

    *Three* 2 packs of VIP Tickets for Studio Events including Concerts, Stand-up Comedy, Guest Speakers and other Special Events that will occur between August 2014 - August 2015.

    3 claimed

  • $100USD
    PHOTOGRAPHER'S SPECIAL

    2 hours of studio time for your photo shoot at the Squirrel! Studio in San Francisco/Bay Area PLUS Membership (see benefits above). Subject to studio availability August 2014 - August 2015.

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  • $100USD
    LOOK LIKE A MODEL

    2 hour photo shoot with a professional photographer at the Squirrel! Studio in San Francisco/Bay Area. You will be sent the files for your personal or professional use following the shoot. Subject to studio availability and scheduling August 2014 - August 2015.

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  • $150USD
    LEARN FROM THE BEST

    *Six* Creative Workshops with Working Professional Filmmakers (in person or online) PLUS Membership (see benefits above). Subject to studio availability August 2014 - August 2015.

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  • $200USD
    GET A GRIP (TRUCK)

    AWESOME FOR INDIES OR STUDENT FILMMAKERS! Use of a fully-equipped Grip Truck on your location shoot for 12 hours within the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes Driver! This reward must be scheduled based on truck availability. Available August 2014 - August 2015. This reward also includes Membership (see benefits above).

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  • $250USD
    STUDIO TIME FOR A KILLER RATE

    6 hours of Open Studio Space for your film, video or photo shoot (no equipment included). Subject to studio availability August 2014 - August 2015. This reward also includes Membership (see benefits above).

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  • $500USD
    AUTEUR FOR A DAY

    12 hours of Open Studio Space for your film, video or photo shoot (no equipment included). Subject to studio availability August 2014 - August 2015. This reward also includes Membership (see benefits above).

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  • $750USD
    IT'S A WRAP!

    4 Hours of Studio Time for your Wrap Party and Film Screening in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Subject to studio availability August 2014 - August 2015. This reward also includes Membership (see benefits above).

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  • $1,000USD
    HOST EVENTS HOLLYWOOD STYLE

    6 Hours of Studio Time for your Special Event in San Francisco Bay Area. Subject to studio availability August 2014 - August 2015.

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  • $1,500USD
    AMAZING FOR INDIE FILMMAKERS!

    *Four* consecutive 12 hour Days of Open Studio Space for your film, video or photo shoot (no equipment included). Subject to studio availability August 2014 - August 2015. This reward also includes Membership (see benefits above). SPECIAL BONUS - DIRECTOR'S CHAIR! Film makers that use this reward to make their film will be given a custom directors chair with their name on the back. You will look like a total pro on set!

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  • $2,500USD
    FROM CONCEPT TO THE SCREEN

    Writers and Producers! Squirrel! Films will fully produce your seven (7) minutes or less film or video concept (based on script approval). Includes Casting! Subject to studio availability August 2014 - August 2015. This reward also includes Membership (see benefits above). SPECIAL BONUS - DIRECTORS CHAIR! Film makers that use this reward to make their film will be given a custom directors chair with their name on the back. You will look like a total pro on set!

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  • $5,000USD
    MAKE a LONG SHORT or SHORT AD

    Writers and Producers! With this reward Squirrel! Films will fully produce your fifteen (15) minute or less film or video concept (subject to script approval). This reward also includes Membership (see benefits above). *OR* Companies in need of a promotional video for your marketing needs? We will collaborate with you and/or your brand agency to produce a video, up to 1 minute in length. Includes Casting! Subject to studio availability August 2014 - August 2015.

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  • $7,500USD
    CORPORATE AD SPECIAL

    Are you a company that needs a promotional video to market your brand? Sign up for this reward and Squirrel! Films will collaborate with you and/or your brand agency to develop a concept and then produce a video- up to 5 minutes in length- for your P.R. or Marketing needs. Includes Casting! Subject to production scheduling August 2014 - August 2015.

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  • $10,000USD
    AD CAMPAIGN FOR A SONG

    Are you a company that needs a set of promotional videos to market your brand for an entire campaign? With this reward Squirrel! Films will collaborate with you and/or your brand agency to develop a concept and then produce a SERIES of videos for your promotional needs- up to 15 minutes of video total. Includes Casting! Subject to production scheduling August 2014 - August 2015.

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