WHAT THE FILM IS ABOUT:
Treasure is about Erica. Her mother passed away recently and her dad Ethan and her are in a rut. He's a workaholic and she's aimless in life. One night, she gets herself into some trouble and is forced to do community service at a soup kitchen. It's at the soup kitchen that she starts to reconnect with others, meeting Ryan who takes her geocaching.
THE MEANING OF LIFE
Click HERE to read a geocaching blog post interview with the director.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING EVEN JUST $2 OR $5.
Why? So you can receive cool updates about the making of the film and so we can let you know where to see it when it's released.
CROWDFUNDING IS ALL ABOUT A LOT OF PEOPLE GIVING A LITTLE. WE CAN ONLY SUCCEED IF YOU WON'T LET US FAIL!
Click HERE to read the screenplay. WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS! ;-)
What is micro-budget cinema? Technology has brought prices down and allows us to tell a compelling story for the price of a car. And we're going to do just that.
THE STORY BEHIND TREASURE:
Hi! I'm Chris Williamson and I'm a Film MFA student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
In order to graduate from grad school I have to produce, write, and direct a FEATURE-LENGTH FILM.
That's right, a feature-length film! And if we don't have funding in place, I won't be allowed to go into production and it'll take me another year to graduate!
I've already made two feature-length documentaries and I've produced or worked on TV shows, music videos, corporate videos, commercials, and more. I'm ready for the opportunity to show what I can do with a long-form narrative film. I've got the vision and I've got the drive. As a funder, you're part of the process. Want to make a movie with me?
HOW I GOT INTO GEOCACHING
I first heard of geocaching in 2003 and pretty much thought it was the coolest thing ever but I couldn't afford a GPS until...
I was visiting friends in Seattle just days after getting my first smartphone. I bought the geocaching.com app the moment I found it. My wife, Stephanie, and I immediately made a bee line directly to the nearest cache. It took us a few minutes to find it but we prevailed! I remember it was a nano hanging in a bushy tree near Pike's Place Market. I was hooked. I found a few more on that trip!
When thinking about a story of a lost young person finding their way I thought that geocaching would be a great metaphor for 'finding yourself'. I wrote it into the script and it became an integral part of Erica's journey to connecting with others and the world.
"If others want you to succeed they won't let you fail."
ALL ABOUT THE PERKS:
NOTE: Please direct any questions about perks to firstname.lastname@example.org
We wanted to offer perks that our donors would really want. First and foremost we want to connect with our donors because YOU'RE our audience!
Second, we wanted to offer some things that ONLY Treasure could offer, like custom designed Travel Fleas, Pathtags, and Geocoins.
You'll notice that our perks have MUGGLE or TH in the title.
MUGGLE: A muggle is someone who is not a geocacher, and those perks are for you.
TH: TH stands for Treasure Hunter and these perks are for members of the geocaching community (or those that wish they were).
Why we need your support:
Although I need to make the film to earn my degree I can't do it alone. Filmmaking is...how do I put this...resource intensive? Yeah that'll work. Heck you've seen the credits of movies. Sometimes they have hundreds of people working on them!
Much of the budget will go towards feeding the cast and crew, because well, it would be really mean not to feed them when they're working so hard!
We also need to buy material items for production design like set dressings, wardrobe, and props. And of course there's some equipment we need to rent or buy.
Oh and there's also travel fees, location fees, permit fees, lawyer fees, accounting fees, insurance fees, tax fees, business fees...you get the idea. It's CRAZY how many fees there are to pay! But it's all worth it to create a heartwarming film for your enjoyment.
Here is what the Geocat Treasure Pathtag looks like:
And here's a word from Jazzy the Geocat: