What is The Ballerina? (Don't let the title fool you)
The Ballerina is a Psychological Thriller about a father, Glenn, who is determined to rescue his young daughter, Sophia, from frightening and tormenting apparitions. Reeling from a devastating personal tragedy, he struggles to stitch the pieces of their lives back together in a homeless tent-village deep in the Appalachian woods. For Sophia, this tragedy brings upon severe night terrors and hallucinations of ghostly figures and Glenn is at his wit's end as to how to help her. He turns in every possible direction: psychiatry, hypnosis, priests and seances, even mediums to help her. But it isn't until he is brought face to face with himself and his own catastrophic mistakes, that he finds the solution to his little girl's nightmares.
How Your Contributions Will Bring The Ballerina to LIFE
Making a feature film can be costly, but with your help, we can make The Ballerina movie happen. We will budget out our campaign funds to the specific areas below (please see our handy graph!)
Actors (Travel, Lodging and Wages)
We have an amazing casting director helping us select a unique group of actors to bring this story to life and we want to be as appreciative to them as we are to you, our generous backers, by making sure all their needs are met during all stages of production.
The Ballerina is a collaboration between Old Dominion University and professional filmmakers from Hampton Roads and around the country. With professionals in all the key positions (Director, Cinematographer, Production Designer, Gaffer, 1st A.D., 1st A.C., Sound Mixer, Editor, Music Composer, etc.), students will have the rare opportunity of working side by side with, and being mentored by, the pros -- learning their craft by doing.
To our huge advantage, we have a brand new, state-of-the-art soundstage in which to shoot most of our interior scenes (about 1/4 of the script). Our exterior scenes, however, will be shot on location in the forests of Suffolk, Virginia. We will be allocating a portion of the budget to the many expenses associated with wintertime shooting on location in the woods (crew tents, cooking facilities, makeup and wardrobe trailers, heaters, generators, etc.) Shooting on location, while challenging to say the least, will help us create a world that could hold the unimaginable, bringing the richness of the Appalachian woods and the tragedy of this story to life. As you can imagine, this can get costly and your funds will help us provide a safe yet imaginative location to make our production come off without a hitch!
The world of The Ballerina calls for a unique design: dated, damaged but beautiful at the same time. Production Design artists are already hard at work researching the world of the backwoods homeless villages and shanty towns and recreating that world for The Ballerina. Costumes, hair and special effects makeup will also play pivotal parts in this film. The characters are destitute, having lived in the impoverished elements of the woods for years. Your backing will allow us to get every last detail right.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST...
Craft Services and Catering!
The Ballerina will involve anywhere from 30 to 50 people on any given day, depending on the scene we're shooting. Working 12-hour days with no time to spare, on-set meals are a vital part of keeping the movie magic happening. Your backing will ensure that the cast and crew who are working tirelessly to make this story come to life are getting the energy and nutrition they need.
This Sounds Good But Everyone Is Trying To Make A Movie, Right? Well...
Sure. However, The Ballerina is different. The production of this film is NOT just that, it is the opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in feature film production, learning under the expert tutelage of professionals. This is an experience that just can't be achieved in a classroom setting. ODU is dedicated to training the filmmakers of tomorrow and there is no better way to learn how to make films than to do just that -- make them. The Ballerina project is a rare chance for students to do what most film students only dream of doing -- make a feature film that could wind up at Sundance, Cannes, Venice, in Redbox, on Netflix or showing at the local cineplex. Simply put, this project is unprecedented. With your help, this production will not only bring an exciting and moving story to life, it will help put ODU's brand new film program on the map, shining an international spotlight on the university.
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The Ballerina Movie FamilyMeet Writer/Director Steve Pullen
Steve Pullen is an award-winning writer/director whose script Absolution was optioned by actress Susan Sarandon and producer Hawk Koch, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As a screenwriter, he developed feature film projects at The Bob Evans Company, Alphaville, Paramount, Bel-Air, Warner Bros., Kopelson and Fox. He also wrote and directed TV projects for The Discovery Network. He joined the faculty at ODU in 2004.