The Story Behind Vigilante
As a huge Batman fan, I used to have discussions all the time with my friends about what we'd do if we made a Batman film. We'd talk about villains, characters we'd incorporate, and plot points, but the conversation would become a struggle over who to cast as Batman himself. That's when it hit me: I'd cast an actor like Joaquin Phoenix because Batman would be crazy.
Thus, I was inspired to write Vigilante, a story that deconstructs the idea of a person like Batman living in the real world. I started developing a crew, beginning with my friends and fellow filmmakers Joshua Steffes as producer and Mike Hulyk as cinematographer, and made Vigilante my main focus.
This project is so important to me, I decided on directing it as my senior thesis at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Unfortunately, as a college student, I tend to be broke most of the time.
With your help, myself and this extremely talented crew will be finishing their collegiate career on the highest note possible.
You scratch our back...
For a short film, the cast is fairly large, with 9 characters in total. In addition to the amount of characters, there's also a significant amount of costume changes. Even when working as thriftily as possible, clothing this many characters is can become extremely expensive. In addition to that, there will be some scenes where make-up is paramount. Thus, $300 of our budget will go towards costuming, $100 will go towards make-up and $200 will go towards set design and props.
Next, there are a number of small costs that go into any film production. These can include small items such as gaffer's tape and colored gels for lights. Seeing these small items can quickly accumulate, we're setting aside $100 for them.
Finally, with a crew of around 20 college students, it is imperative that we ensure that everybody can make it to set and is well fed. The final $200 of our proposed budget will go towards this end.
If we don't meet our goal, we will be cutting as much as possible from our small costs and crew budget. The look and feel of the film comes first, and we will try our hardest to ensure we maintain the highest quality possible. In the event we surpass our goal of $900, we will then begin looking into enhancing our film in any way, such as renting equipment from source outside our school.
...We'll scratch yours!
As a thank you for your donation, we have a number of rewards available, named after characters in the script. They are:
- A thank you in the final credits of the film
- A digital download of the final film. We will be shooting on Canon 5D Mark IIs, so the download will be a full HD copy of the film
- A digital download of director's commentary, including instructions to sync the audio with the film
- A prop from the film signed by the cast and crew
- An Executive Producer credit
Most of the rewards are digital, ensuring that once this project is completed, you will receive your reward very shortly afterwards.
Why does it even matter, anyway?
The crew of this film is entirely comprised of college students; in effect, this film is the beginning of the next generation of filmmakers. It's a group of talented individuals with a unique view of the world, and with important things to say.
In addition, many of the crew have successfully gone through the IndieGoGo process previously, and are well-suited to meet the challenges of crowdfunding.
Broke, like us? You can still help!
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