We have worked endless hours and traveled back and forth across the planet to assemble a team of creatives: writers, music composer, musicians, producers, and talent, to finally bring this vison to life. We have the script, the proof of concept, and initial agreements in place. We’ve come so far but on March 13th, Covid-19 happened forcing the entire film industry to come to a brutal stop. The last three months have been very challenging for independent filmmakers like us as we lost some of our partners and financiers that were already in place. Coronavirus is an unprecedented event that has certainly taken a toll on everyone. With no income and no financial support for indie filmmakers in the US, it would be easier to give up and lose everything. We took time during the Great Pause to regroup, to think, and to bounce back. It's time to reinvent ourselves and try to find new strategies to bring our vision to life.
We need your help!
Now, we are in immediate need of funds to pay for some of the start-up costs associated with bringing a film like CODA to life. We are asking you to help us raise $10,000 or more for legal fees, travel and securing talent.
We have put together an animatic - Proof of Concept (See video above) to hopefully convey the soul of our story. The original music is composed by our fantastic Christophe Millois.
Thank you for your unconditional love and continued support! We really appreciate you!
Anastasia & Alex
Photo by Tino Duvick @ Broken Chain Photography
Anastasia M. Cummings and Alex Gray have been working in the film industry for 20 years. They met 10 years ago in Denver, Colorado and started a long and fruitful relationship in film productions. CODA is a project that combines their talents and skills. They are partners in film and partners in life.
ANASTASIA M. CUMMINGS:
Anastasia M. Cummings is a storyteller drawn to narratives from every corner of the world that evoke the resilience within the human condition beyond cultural and social conflict displayed by the most unlikely protagonists.
Born in Algiers to a Dutch father and French mother, Anastasia hails from Algeria and Congo-Kinshasa where her passion for movies was instilled within a community of artists. As a young teenager in Africa and then as a young adult in Europe, she started assimilating the esthetics that define her as a storyteller. Directing meant translating the voice for the voiceless into moving pictures. Many years later in Los Angeles, Anastasia began her career as a Script Supervisor.
Fluent in three languages, Anastasia has also worked as a producer on numerous commercial and independent productions, including Chloe Zhao’s The Rider (2017). The seeds for CODA were sewn while Anastasia was accompanying musicians from The Vienna Symphony Orchestra across Europe. The climate of that time inspired Anastasia to have CODA explore a musical legacy from East Germany to present day America.
With a keen eye for visual language, Alex Gray began his career as an illustrator and visual effects artist while earning a BFA in Directing at Regis University in partnership with the Colorado Film School. Early on, Alex acquired the rights and directed a short story based on Ray Bradbury’s Jack in the Box (2013). The film’s recognition earned him a strong reputation as a storyteller and visual artist.
Since, Alex has become a sought-out animator, storyboard artist, animatic and pre-visualization collaborator. His talent and technical skills in directing create a unified vision to be understood by a team of creative minds and render stories that resonate with and awe the audience.
Alex’s artistic and technical background with his experience in film directing makes him a powerful asset at every stage of production. He will pre-visualize, storyboard, and coordinate with all creative departments to ensure the vision is communicated and executed efficiently.
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