Go for "Golden"Short film

“No lights on, no food in the fridge, no hot water, and no money.” Three best friends teetering on the edge try to figure it out all while trying to just survive another harsh winter while in living in poverty. Senior year is almost over, Raymond “Ray” Waters has got the brains for college and his mom’s routine collection of government checks make him eligible for all the financial aid. Sinclair “Sin” Janson is just waiting for his offer, a full ride to play ball at a 4 year university. Even though he broke his wrist, he’s still a top guard in the state. And lastly, stuck in the middle of it all, angry, confused and underachieving is Thaddeus “Free” Freeman. With a big chip on his shoulder as he’s being pulled in every direction except up, Free doesn’t know  what he wants his life to be, but he knows it has to be something more than this. Before he can get out of his current situation however, he must first learn to stand on his own two feet and discover some inner peace within himself.

“Golden” is a short Thesis film written and directed by SVA thesis student and co-founder of Without Bounds Creative Group, Alex DeMarco. His past two films, “Park Bench” and “Welcome Home, Grace” are currently in the early stages of their festival run. This film is being produced with the same intention, to be entered into festivals around the world. Principle photography will take place in both the Hamden/New Haven, Connecticut area and New York City. We have assembled a hard working and enthusiastic cast and crew which includes a mixture of both students and experienced professionals.

The funding for our film will go to various resources to ensure the film is up to festival standards.

LOCATIONS: It is important that the homes of our characters properly reflect who they are and where they’re from, these homes will be private properties that require rental fees. In addition we will be shooting in a high school (most likely Hamden High), and in order to do that we have to pay numerous fees to the Board of Education and staff wages to supervise. Lastly there are driving scenes, and in order to ensure the safety of our crew and cast during this we need permits for the streets in use, rental picture cars, and a trailer to tow the car on so our actor can focus on his performance and not driving during the scene.

INSURANCE: Insurance is a hidden fee most people are unaware of on a film set but is a vital part of the film to guarantee safety of cast and crew and covers any damages to equipment or locations incase of an accident on set. It is almost impossible to make a film without purchasing insurance, equipment rentals, location rentals, vehicle rentals, permits, labor and cast all require proof of insurance before production starts. Insurance is purchased through a private broker can quickly adds up, even for a short film production like ours it is not uncommon for these expenses to exceed $1,000 dollars.

ON-SET OPERATIONS: Another major distribution of funds will be for on-set operations. As mentioned above our set will have a great mix of both student workers as well as experienced professionals. While our professionals have agreed to work at their minimum, it is still industry standard to provide two meals a day for all cast and crew (20+ people) and crafty, which is snacks to keep everyone full of energy for the hard 12 hr days of production. Transportation is another huge expense that is 100% necessary,  a truck rental for all days to transport equipment and props as well as a passenger van for crew transpo is a big chunk of the budget.

EQUIPMENT:  While most of our equipment is being donated to us from SVA and various friends, there are a few other things we need to help manipulate the environment when sunlight is scarce, as well as other outdoor equipment necessary for any film set shot on location. These items need to be rented through private rental houses.

All in all we are working hard to get the most out of every dollar donated. The five thousand we are asking for we feel is right in line with having a quality film on a shoestring budget. We hope you can contribute in anyway you see fit and we look forward to delivering an incredible story told beautifully through the collaboration of actors, director, and crew.


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