SPLIT COSTS - a dramatic short film

$1,975 of $1,750 goal

Raised by 45 people in 15 months
Flicker Pictures  SOMERVILLE, MA
Hello and welcome to our GoFundUs page!

Many thanks in advance for taking a moment to learn about our film SPLIT COSTS. The cast and I are aiming to shoot in February. 
I'm an independent filmmaker located near Boston, Massachusetts and making movies is my passion. Over the years I've directed features, short films, award-winning music videos and documentaries and have also written numerous screenplays that have been optioned, produced and claimed several awards.

One aspect of filmmaking that I am very interested in is dramatic storytelling with a focus on intimate scenes charged with emotional volatility. The quiet that goes boom, the calm and the storm. Characters whose lives collide and sensibilities contrast is the type of material I really enjoy creating and capturing with inspired actors. 

SPLIT COSTS is an 18-page script set in New England during the dead of winter. Two young women from disparate backgrounds share a ride to western Massachusetts where traumatic setbacks force each to make pivotal decisions at an unforeseen crossroads.
The story touches on fractured family dynamics, substance abuse, LGBT issues and explores what everyday people do when their lives are thrown into an unexpected tailspin.

Mela Hudson and Tori Hall have been cast in the lead roles, Emma and Judy respectively. Each actor brings a unique and nuanced quality to her character; qualities which make cinema worth watching and will make this a story worth telling.

Tori Hall: "I have always been drawn to roles that speak to the general public, which is what I saw in the role of Judy; she is so relatable and real, people of all ages who see Split Costs will feel the emotion and relate to both characters in some way. I am so excited for this project!"

Mela Hudson: "What really drew me to Split Costs and Emma's character is the story's complexity. When Jeff introduced me to the script, I was immediately drawn to its depth of realism and the relevant issues the story touches upon. That's why I love filmmaking; we're letting people know they're not alone in the world and I think this story will definitely connect with audiences."

The cast also includes Boston actress Jane Harte who will be playing the role of Emma's mother Brenda and Lauren Kirby will be playing the role of Helen, Judy's girlfriend.

Funds for SPLIT COSTS will be used for 'hard costs' such as lodging, food, travel, props, sets, and locations. I wanted to keep our budget reasonable as the cast is small and the crew will primarily be myself behind the camera, producing, directing and editing. As team leader of this short film, I will do my utmost to keep everyone updated and informed as the filmmaking process evolves.

Your contribution, no matter the amount, is deeply appreciated. We want to reward you with an exceptional movie, not with a bunch of marketing materials or soulless schwag. Funds that can end up on the screen instead of silkscreened on a tote bag make for a more satisfying filmed experience, wouldn't you agree? That said, your generosity won't go overlooked!

Thank you for taking part in this exciting project and I am grateful you are coming along for the ride. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. :)

Yours in film,

Jeffrey Blake Palmer
Somerville, MA USA

Main website http://FlickerPictures.com
Twitter  http://twitter.com/JBPixel
Stage32  https://www.stage32.com/profile/371171/jeffrey-blake-palmer

Palmer's screenwriting awards include: The American Film Award, NYC Picture Start Film Festival, H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, Summer Slam Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival
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Update 88
Posted by Jeff Palmer
2 months ago
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Hello folks, I wanted to share some exciting news from last night's screening at Stories By The River in Quincy, Mass. Split Costs played with a variety of high caliber and quality short films; clever comedies, revenge horrors, psychological thrillers and more. I saw some filmmakers who I haven't seen in quite a while and it was great to catch up with them. It was also a big surprise to accept 5 awards on behalf of our film Split Costs. It claimed Best Directing, Editing, Screenplay, Ensemble Performance and Excellence in Storytelling. I was struck by the post screening comments from audience members, who were all very taken by the two characters and the natural and honest performences by Mela Hudson and Tori Hall. Couldn't be happier for them and for our scrappy film. And the pacing of the new 20-minute version also helped move the story down the road at a better clip, without removing any of the good parts. :)
I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this mild winter!
Yours in film,
Jeff
4 of 5 awards for Split Costs
Stories by the River 2017 Film Festival
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Update 87
Posted by Jeff Palmer
3 months ago
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Happy New Year to all of our fans, friends, family and followers! As we approach the 1 year milestone of making this short film (late February 2016) I just wanted to thank you again for your contribution to SPLIT COSTS. We ring in 2017 with a few share-worthy announcements. Split Costs is an Official Selection at the Atlas Awards, was a Finalist for "Best Short Film" at the Chicago Amarcord Television & Video Fest, and is an Official Selection at Stories by the River Film Festival. We're also screening at the 2017 Borrego Springs Film Festival which takes place in California. Most of these updates and links can be found at the press kit page here http://flickerpictures.com/SplitCostsPressKit.htm
If you have yet to get a DVD, please let me know and I will be sure to send one out in the mail. :)
Wishing you all a productive and joyous 2017.
Cheers,
Jeff
Best Short Film - Finalist
Stories by the River
Atlas Awards
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Update 86
Posted by Jeff Palmer
6 months ago
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Happy October, folks! Hope everyone is doing well. While I am busy at Boston University, Split Costs continues to tour the festivals and get some attention. Mela and I are nominees at the 2016 SOFIE Short Film Awards, Mela took an Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Competition and we got word that the film is a Official Selection at the esteemed Blow-Up Chicago Arthouse Film Festival. All of these links can be found on the press kit by clicking the images.
http://flickerpictures.com/SplitCostsPressKit.htm
Thanks again for being a part of this film. :)
Cheers,
Jeff
BLOW-UP Arthouse Film Festival
Nomniee - Best Director
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Update 85
Posted by Jeff Palmer
7 months ago
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Hello folks. Just a quick check in with a few links.

Got word that Split Costs will hit the screen at the 8th Filmshift Festival at the Somerville Theater (in Davis Sq.) on Sat. October 15th at 3:00pm. Tickets are FREE at this link and seating is limited so don't wait!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-filmshift-film-festival-tickets-27609708381

Also, Split Costs will be part of the 401 Film Fest in Warwick, Rhode Island next month. Check out the films and info at http://www.401filmfest.com

And "hot off the press" here's an article/interview with me discussing Split Costs and the topic of directing in the new Imagine Magazine out of Boston. http://emag.imaginenews.com/#page/22

Feel free to share on Facebook or elsewhere.

Thanks again for all the support!

Yours in film,
Jeff
Split Costs - Imagine Magazine
401 Film Fest - Warwick, Rhode Island
The 8th Filmshift Festival ~ 2016
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Carol Dalrymple-Marinucci
14 months ago
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Thank you Jeff for taking the time out of your busy agenda to thank everyone for their donations for Split Costs. Wishing You and the Cast best wishes for a tremendous and rewarding ending to your Movie.

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$1,975 of $1,750 goal

Raised by 45 people in 15 months
Created January 12, 2016
JG
$35
Justine Gendron
12 months ago
KL
$10
Kirsten Leavitt
12 months ago
ED
$15
Eric Digiovanni
12 months ago
TF
$50
Tamisha Francois
14 months ago

Can't wait to see this!!

KS
$20
Karla Sorenson
14 months ago

Good luck!

SI
$50
Sean Ireland
14 months ago

Go Jeff!

MC
$45
Mirela Conway
14 months ago

Good luck with your movie Jeff!

JT
$150
John Tulin
14 months ago

Love you little brother!

MM
$50
Michael Marinucci
14 months ago
$25
Anonymous
14 months ago
Carol Dalrymple-Marinucci
14 months ago
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Thank you Jeff for taking the time out of your busy agenda to thank everyone for their donations for Split Costs. Wishing You and the Cast best wishes for a tremendous and rewarding ending to your Movie.

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