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A science fiction short film about a young census taker working during the spread of a life threatening chemical across the country.
Maximillian Stenstrom
New York, New York
United States
2 Team Members

What is The Taker? Who are you people?

Well, it's a movie! We're a group of filmmakers on our way out of NYU's film program, and we're ready to finish with a bang. The Taker is our ticket.

My name is Max, you can watch some of my videos here:


This is a picture of me:

a photo of max stenstrom

A few years ago, I spent a grueling summer working for the U.S. Census, saving money to pay for my first short film. The end result was called The Factory, and you can watch a trailer for it here: https://www.vimeo.com/29930641

After my sojourn with the Census, I held onto my bright orange netted vest and my U.S. Census messenger bag-- just in case I ever wanted to make a "Census Movie."

I went on to make a found footage post apocalyptic short film shot on a VHS camcorder from the 1980's, called Ugly.

And now, well, I'm at the end of the line at NYU and it's time to make that Census Movie.

The Taker, And The People Behind It.

A short synopsis: A young census enumerator, working amidst the national spread of an asbestos-like contaminant, encounters a deteriorating household governed almost exclusively by children that forces him to reconsider his responsibilities and reliance on the system he works for.

This project will serve to encompass all of the experience and craft that my time at NYU has provided. Effectively, this movie serves to define my education. I walk away from school with a diploma in one hand and this film in the other.

In addition to my personal stake in the film, I am working with a group of friends and collaborators as passionate as I am about filmmaking, and we all strive to create the most entertaining, gripping, and challenging films we can together.

Jordan Fein - Producer - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3583341

Jake Saner - Cinematographer - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1203769/

Kelly Simpson - Editor - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3959363/

Veronica Pomilla - 1st Assistant Director - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4276866/

Here's a picture a reporter took of me, Kelly, and Jake working on The Factory.

You can be a part of this project!

Our Census worker, Curtis Shannon, wanders into a household populated entirely by children. Their drawings are scrawled all over the walls, and the air is thick with a pungent chemical smell. The children themselves are beginning to show the first signs of illness associated with the contamination of their household. In order to really build this environment, and render Curtis' story as best we can, we need all the help we can get.

Your contribution will go directly to one of the following purposes:

Production Costs:

  • Locations
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Insurance
  • Props, Costumes, and Set Decoration (HAZMAT suits don't come cheap!)
  • Special Effects Make-Up

Post-Production Costs

  • Editing
  • Color Correction
  • Sound Design & Mixing
  • Visual Effects
  • Finishing & Mastering

Distribution Costs

  • Film Festival Submissions
  • Packaging
  • Shipping


By contributing to the film, you'll officially be a part of the Taker team! Depending on your contribution, you could earn a DVD of the project before release, DVDs of our past work, signed paraphernalia, a copy of the shooting script, a limited edition poster, or even a little documentary about yourself!

Why does this matter?

We're at NYU pursuing careers in an incredibly collaborative artform. Collaboration and communal construction is the nature of filmmaking, and that extends from us the filmmakers, to you, the community.

This is a project very near and dear to my heart, and it is a film that deserves to be made. With your contribution, you become a part of that process, and in turn part of the film itself is yours.

With your help, we can make a movie that resonates with its audience. If it has enough of an impact, it will live with them forever as part of their memory bank.

Both The Factory and Ugly were funded primarily by contributors like yourself, and with The Taker we plan to take the production further than we ever have before.

What if I can't contribute?

Help spread the word! If this is a project you believe in, link your friends to our page! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our campaign page.


Max S.


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  • $25USD
    A DVD and a Shout Out

    Thank you! You'll receive a signed DVD copy of the film before its official release, with a personalized title card preceding your copy the film. You'll be able to host your own premiere party before the movie's even out! We'll also give a personal shout out to you via our social media outlets!

    14 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD
    DVDs of Our Previous Two Films

    You're amazing! In addition to all the previous perks, we'll throw in a signed DVD copy of both Ugly and The Factory. A grand total of about 45 minutes of viewing pleasure!

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    Associate Producer & VFX

    Wow! In addition to the previous perks, you've earned an Associate Producer credit, a signed limited edition print of The Taker poster, and a Visual Effect Composite from Max! Max will do a complete VFX overhaul on any piece of media you'd like! This includes motion graphics, title cards, CGI composites, and greenscreen effects! If you have a portfolio, reel, or any sort of media you need work on, Max is here for you! View his VFX reel at: https://vimeo.com/58675736

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Producer & Doc Portrait

    Well, this contribution knocked our socks off! In addition to all the previous rewards, we'll produce, shoot, and edit a documentary portrait about YOU! Complete with several days of shooting, one formal interview, titles, credits, sound work, and color correction, all delivered to you via DVD and .MOV! Here's an example of a portrait: https://vimeo.com/59233920 You're also officially a Producer of The Taker, so we'll keep you in the loop as we make our way through all the phases of the film!

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Executive Producer & Set Visit

    You've funded half the film!!! You've earned every previous perk, and the opportunity to visit us on set of The Taker (all expenses on us). In addition to this, we'll give you Executive Producer credit, with your own personal title card in the film.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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