Bullyproof: An episodic story.
My name is Krista I live in East Hollywood. I am raising funds for Shawn Stallworth to help him get his project BULLYPROOF completed. The money will go towards final filming and post-production.
A brief backstory
My son (aged 9 at the time) who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was being bullied by kids at school, so we went with his sisters to find a self-defense class they could all take together.
We were fortunate to walk into Panther Martial Arts and Family Fitness where we met Master Shawn.
Shawn connected with Lexington, his empathy was so genuine as he told Lex about his own experiences growing up in New York, being singled out for having a gentle spirit too.
He looked straight at him and said “we want you to keep that sweet energy and be able to protect it with inner and outer strength.”
Later that evening I overheard Lex tell his dad
“I want to go to Tae Kwon Do. Master Shawn looked straight into my eyes and it was like he could see my soul.”
Almost a year later and Lexington is still enthusiastically going to classes. Here he is with his little sister showing off their new yellow belts.￼
A little bit about my friend:
Master Shawn, as he is lovingly referred to by his Panther Fitness team, students and their parents, is the creator, writer and director of Bullyproof.
Shawn is a former U.S. Marine and founder of Panther Martial Arts and Family Fitness, in business for over 10years in the heart of Hollywood.
He has studied Tae Kwon Do for over 35years earning his fifth-degree Black Belt.
Master Shawn has personally guided over 20 students to the rank of Black Belt in Panther Tae Kwon Do. He has also trained many hollywood stars for private fitness and to prepare for roles, among my favorites is Matt Damon for the Bourne Supremacy￼
A multi-talented and naturally shy man, Shawn uses his own life experiences, personal difficulties and triumphs to inform his creativity.
Mentored by the late Ron Glass, actor and Buddhist, Shawn had the opportunity to learn much of the practical side on set with Glass. Ron Glass gave Shawn his directors chair as a symbol of faith and confidence in his ability.
The story he tells in Bullyproof is one that I think you will enjoy and many will find inspiring and hopeful.
Some things I love about this project:
All of the kid characters are played by students of Panther Ftiness and you would never know that not one of them has ever acted before.
The effort and dedication these kids put forth was heartwarming. They had no reason to expect reward and all donated their time and talents.
Many of these youngsters have their own experiences and personal stories of bullying that inspired them to want to help.
The story has a wonderful female lead and relatable scenarios. With the current climate around girl and women’s empowerment, pushing back against bullying of all kinds, this could not be more timely.
More than anything else Bullyproof is a well told story with heart and drama.
Master Shawn assisted by a wonderfully talented DP has done a great job capturing moments with poignancy. A martial arts episodic appropriate for the whole family but not cheesy. Conflict resolution and personal accountability as underlying themes with action, tension and redemption.
Where the money will be spent:
As with so many productions, cost added up faster than expected . On this a first time self-producing endeavor for Shawn and his team, to be fair, they really did more than physically possible on the budget they had already raised.
I was so impressed with the hard work and dedication and commitment of personal funds. Which, makes it all the more meaningful that you might consider joining me in helping get them over this last hurdle.
The money raised will cover some final shots, editing and other post production finishing touches, including recording artists, equipment rentals, production and post-production hires.
One last personal note:
All three of my daughters are thriving and growing as individuals thanks to their classes and interactions with Master Shawn and the other teachers at Panther.
They too wanted to help out with this project and volunteered their own time to assist the production team during the long days of filming. Behind the scenes and in anyway they could help; from makeup, wardrobe and set-dressing, they were enthusiastically involved, bugging me to take in coffee, pie and other treats for the cast and crew.￼
Your help to get this project through some final shooting and postproduction would make such a huge difference and mean a great deal to me and all the kids who already gave so much from their hearts..
Please consider donating to help this worthy project. No amount is too small.
Community is so important to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for even reading this far.
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You all are amazing, thank you, Krista