HARD OUT Film - Help us light someone on fire!

Don’t worry - when we say, "light someone on fire”, we’re not setting some unsuspecting rando ablaze - we want to set a professional stunt performer on fire - safely. Biiiiig difference. It’s an expensive stunt to execute safely, but we’re going big! Your donation will help make this stunt a reality, and we’ll even invite you to watch! 

What's HARD OUT Film about?

Log-line: A production crew is shooting a beer commercial in an open bar, but when drunk patrons interrupt filming, the film crew and bar regulars decide to settle their differences with their fists (maybe some nunchucks, a bo staff, and possibly a bullwhip for good measure) in an epic bar fight.

Why should you donate?

is a short film that showcases the talents from the Pacific Northwest film community. Everyone on the team - actors, stunt performers, writers, cinematographers, directors, and production crew  - are excited to bring this rollicking story to life. HARD OUT  is a story with everything: drama, comedy, action, suspense - and beer! Shooting this film, with its intricately choreographed fight scenes, will make a great addition to everyone’s professional demo reels.

Ben Leiataua Jr. -  Co-Director, Co-Executive Producer, Actor
Ben Leiataua Jr. is a Program Manager for the non-profit organization, Rainier Arts Center, a program of SEEDArts and a freelance graphics and production designer. Ben decided to quit his cushy marketing job in 2012 to pursue the performing arts in earnest. He's a versatile actor/singer and wannabe stunt performer. He purposefully surrounds himself with ridiculously talented people to make himself look good. HARD OUT will be his directorial debut.

Brett Benson  - Co-Director, Co-Executive Producer, Director of Photography
Brett Benson is the creative director for the company Devblock where he designs, builds, and tests the latest generation of digital products. In his free time, Brett is a passionate filmmaker and photographer who spends his weekends traveling the Pacific Northwest with his wife in search of new inspiration. Recently, he has started the company Hard Out Media with his business partner Ben Leiataua, where they aspire to continue producing unconventional and off-the-wall narrative film projects.

Trina Griffin  - 1st Assistant Director, Producer
Peter 'Drago' Tiemann  - Stunt Coordinator, Producer (Hazard Factory)
Peter Spawn  - Production Design & Props Master 
Ducan Star-Boszko  & Chris Kirkmont  - Writing Team
Jonathan Holbrook  - Actor, Producer (Chronicle Factory)

It takes a small village to make a film - check out hardoutfilm.com to see all of the crazy-talented crew and cast of HARD OUT!

What's been accomplished so far?

(completed May 2019)
Pre-Production (as of 12/16/19)
We've spent the last 6 months in preparation for filming (i.e. ramen life) and are firming up pre-production commitments. So far, we have personally funded over $6,700 for the film. And an estimated $2,500 in generous in-kind donations and services. Here's our list of secured items so far...

Modest Stipend for Cast & Crew - est 30-35
Currently at $3,000 total 

1 Location 
The Royal Room 

In-Kind Sponsorship - Product Placement
The Flying Lion Brewing 

Original Music
Made of Boxes 

1 Day of Craft Services
Tutta Bella Ristorante | Super Six | PCC Market Columbia City

Social Media Presence
Webpage:  https://www.hardoutfilm.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/hardoutfilm/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/hardoutfilm/

You can make HARD OUT really shine! Here's where your donation will make a difference:

Increased Stipend for Cast & Crew

This is at the top of both lists for a reason. People on the HARD OUT team are donating their time and energy - we want to give them more!

1 Day of Craft Services
A happy crew is a well-fed crew.

Sliding Scale Goals

Breakaway Materials & Art Department
We'd rather not hit our actors with real bottles.

Camera/Lighting Department
Every extra light makes the movies' world more bright.

Costume Department
Nobody wants to burn or bloody their personal clothes.

Stretch Goal

Pick Up Day
We'd love an extra day at the location.

Fire Stunt
C'mon baby light my fire!

Are you offering any cool perks?
- Absou-freakinloutly! Check out these amazing incentives!

$5 - Digital copy of the film

$10 - Social media Shout Out! (and all items above)

$25 - Personalized video shout from a production crew member on social media (and all items above)

$50 - HARD OUT Official Film Poster (and all items above)
Limit 50 

$75 - Limited Edition Custom HARD OUT Poster with YOUR picture (or your pets)! Send your high-res pic using a dark background to [email redacted] (and all items above)
Limit 50

$100 - HARD OUT "Funder of Fire" or "I f'n Love Stunts" t-shirt (and all items above)
Limit 50

$200 - HARD OUT BELT BUCKLE - Designed by our own Peter Spawn! 
Limit 9

$300 - HARD OUT Film Screening (in Seattle, WA) Invite for 2 (and all items above)
Limit 50

$500 - HARD OUT Associate Producer credit (and all items above)
Limit 5

$1,000 - HARD OUT Executive Producer credit, plus be on the set of HARD OUT (and all items above)
Limit 5

$1,500 - HARD OUT Stunt Performer* or HARD OUT cameo role** (and all items above - less the Associate Producer credit)
*Must be approved through the Stunt Coordinator. Mandatory 2-day stunt course, 1 blocking session and 2 days of filming.
Limit 4 stunt *offer expires 1/17/2020
Limit 1 cameo **offer expires 1/27/2020

$4,000 - WEBSITE Build* Diggin the HARD OUT Brand? We thought you would! (and all items above - less the Associate Producer credit)
Let Ben & Brett build your personal or company website using WIX!
*Email us directly to discuss [email redacted]

We’d like you to be a part of the HARD OUT team! We can use everyone’s support, whether it’s contributing to our campaign, attending our fun (and stunt-filled) promotional events in Seattle, or simply sharing the word about HARD OUT on social media.

Thanks for visiting our page, and stay tuned for updates!

  • Fatima Dominguez 
    • $30 
    • 21 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 22 mos
  • Briana Higgins  
    • $200 
    • 22 mos
  • David Freeman  
    • $501 
    • 23 mos
  • Betsy Fetherton 
    • $30 
    • 23 mos
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Fundraising team: Ben Leiataua & Brett Benson of Hard out Media LLC (6)

Ben Leiataua 
Raised $1,985 from 23 donations
Seattle, WA
Brett Benson 
Team member
Raised $605 from 4 donations
Peter Tiemann 
Team member
Raised $500 from 1 donation
Team member
Raised $200 from 2 donations
Peter Spawn 
Team member
Raised $50 from 1 donation
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