Aberration short thesis film

$1,170 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 6 months
What is Aberration?

Aberration is a Psychological Horror Short film designed to bring attention to real-world problems like anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.  

Charlie, a young widow, is grieving about the loss of her husband, and starts a lifestyle of self-destruction. After a drunk night out at the club, Charlie starts walking home but gets the strange feeling she is being watched. Upon arriving home, her daughter, Rae, greets her from the top of the stairs with a disappointed look on her face. The next day, Charlie is confronted by her mother in law, who has come to take Rae away. This is when her life is turned upside down.  She starts seeing people in animal masks everywhere and cannot get away from them.

What does Aberration mean? Aberration is a mental irregularity or disorder, especially of a minor or temporary nature; lapse from a sound mental state. 

The Team

Rob Forgey

Rob has been working in the film industry for 16 years. A native of the Hampton Roads area, Rob lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Staci, two sons, Bryson and Gryffin, and two dogs, Neville and Hagrid. Rob holds degrees in Animation and Cinema/Television. He is currently finishing up his M. F. A. in Directing at Regent University mainly for his love of teaching and hopes to one day teach at a university. “Working on films in any position making just a small idea, coordinating with a large number of people and creating a great work of art is simply amazing.” The crew for Aberration is full of talented people who will help to make this film a great story. Rob hopes that Aberration will keep the audience on the edge of their seats and leaves them thinking.

Bruna Vilela

Bruna started acting at the age of 9 by doing school plays and community theater. She has received a scholarship to attend the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where she graduated with a degree in Acting for Film and Television Performance. She currently attends Regent University as a film major in order to gain skills to work behind the camera in addition to also working in front of the camera. She is a major chocoholic, and enjoys photography, Brazilian food, and sit-coms.

What We Need & What You Get

In order to make this project awesome, we need to raise a financial base of $10,000. Our primary budgeting concerns are location, production design and food for the crew. Your investment will be used to cover the following:

Location Expense: Due to filming requirements we will need to rent a home location as half of the film in one house. We will need to supplement on-site sources with our own generator in order to ensure adequate power supply for production equipment. Additionally, we will need to compensate the venue manager during production.
Victuals:  We must keep the 30 person cast and crew alive for two weekends. Whole. Days.
Basic things. Food, water.
Production Design: We will be constructing a room for installation on set! While much of our costuming can be sourced locally and at low cost, we will be renting specific items to ensure continuity for our characters.
Please, allow us to thank you for your donation!

$10 - We'll share your contribution with our friends on social media
$20 - You'll open a personal thank-you note received via snail mail, plus previous perk
$40 - We'll mail you a signed poster, plus previous perks
$60 - You'll receive a DVD copy of the film and special thanks in the credits, plus previous perks
$80 - You'll view an exclusive sneak preview of the film, plus previous perks
$150 - You'll gain an associate producer credit in the film, plus previous perks
$300 - Get your hands dirty and join us with a friend on set for an in-depth look at the creation of this project, plus previous perks
$500 - You'll possess an executive producer credit, plus previous perks (excluding associate producer credit)
It's commonly said, but we truly mean it: every dollar counts! If we do not reach full funding, we will allocate all funds toward location expenses and production design, as we want to maintain the visual quality of the film and will be unable to dissolve currently established contracts.

(Read: we believe in this film and will make it no matter what.) If we do not reach full funding, your contributions will still go towards making Aberration.

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that financial giving can be difficult, especially after the holiday season. We do, however, have some alternative ways in which you can support us and this project:

1) Share this campaign on Facebook, and not just the casual share but the "GUYS - these are some amazing people and this film is going to be awesome because they are awesome and everyone should share and, like, donate to this campaign" - you know the deal.

2) Share this campaign on all possible social media platforms. Email it to your mom, and have her email it to her friends. Get your siblings to share it. Send it to the person in your life who forwards the most chain letters, regardless of their relationship to you.

We are grateful for all the support you can offer us, and that's all there is to it.
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Kalyne Bruce

Her love for videography and camera operating started in her undergraduate years at Bethune-Cookman University, where she worked with a small campus network, producing short web series on the athletic teams at the university. This is where Kalyne's passion for action narrative films began. After graduation she began her career with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in Norfolk, Virginia as the in-house videographer and editor for all social network productions. Completing her first year with the conference she decided that she wanted to enhance her skills in filmmaking. This is what brought her to Regent University. In efforts to achieve her MFA in Cinema & Television Directing, she has written and directed 5 short films that range from dramas to sport narrative. She has also held positions as a camera operator and 1st/2nd AC on several sets within the past 2 years.
Wrapping up her last semester at Regent University, she plans to graduate in May and find work with an advertising agency as a creative director.

As we all know that finding your way to success in this industry takes time and patience but to never be discourage. Always have faith and put your best foot forward in everything you do.
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" - James 2:26
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Ashley Burgess, a native of South Carolina, grew up in the Columbia, the states capital where she attended undergraduate school at the University of South Carolina receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communications. She presently resides in Norfolk, Virginia, where she is currently a graduate student in her final semester of film school at Regent University pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Television in Directing. Although, Regent University does not offer a degree track in Cinematography, Ashley aspires to be a Director of Photography. While at Regent, Ashley has had the chance to work in all areas of the camera department, such as the first assistant camera, camera operator and director of photography. The opportunity to work on numerous film sets, while at Regent, has allowed her to gain valuable experience in becoming a Director of Photography. After graduation, she plans to pursue a filming career that will allow her to utilize her storytelling skills. It is her belief that God gives us all special gifts and talents to glorify and to serve Him. She especially wants to serve God by doing something that she loves, which is her love for filmmaking.

When asked to be a part of this story, Ashley said, “I was excited to work with Rob again. This isn’t our first rodeo ride together so getting the opportunity to work with Rob again for his thesis film is great. Plus, working with Rob has always been fun. He completely trusts me which is a big deal for a director. He allows me to bring my own creative vision and style to the project. Which is important because when the film is all done, it now becomes my vision just as much as it is his vision."
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