FEATURE FILM: Summer of Fools

Introduction:
How would you deal with the beginning of your adult life being completely unfulfilling? We’re making the film about just that. Summer of Fools is an atypical coming of age film that deals its blows with equal parts grime and dark comedy.

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Premise:
Nathan works a dead-end job at the local dry cleaners in the small cowboy town of Wickenburg, Arizona. Most of Nathan’s old friends from high school have all left Wickenburg to pursue something greater. Nathan instead has stuck around the town, wasting time in the past two years since graduating. He’s a simple guy who’s daily routine consists of smoking, swimming, and playing video games. Never having to make any real choices in life, he’s a young adult without direction. The reality of adulthood begins to crash down on Nathan over the course of this summer break. He loses his job, his girlfriend, and his car in a day. He is also several months overdue for rent to his cousin. Over the course of the summer, Nathan has to find himself and a way to wipe out his debt.

Finances:
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Our reasons for using GoFundMe are simple. We need your support to make this film reach its fullest potential. With our script, we have a good start, but producing it will require us to meet certain budgetary demands. Above is a chart of how funds will be split, below are further details of the budget breakdown:

ART DIRECTION - 31.3%
Art direction is the largest chunk of our budget for a pretty simple reason: it's important. Everything in front of the camera that isn't an actor is part of the art direction. Whether it be set dressing, wardrobe, or props, all of it is in front of the camera and is going to be what you the audience see on screen.
EQUIPMENT - 18.8%
Likewise, equipment is important too. While costs for equipment are on the lower than the art direction, that's mainly because a lot of the equipment procured for the film is either stuff we already own or loaner gear from friends of the crew. That said, we still don't have everything. Gear that we'll be renting includes but isn't limited to lights, C-stands,  and audio equipment. Along with that, various disposables will need to be purchased such as gaff tape, C47s (fancy film term for clothes pins), and batteries. While this isn't everything we'd need equipment wise, hopefully, this paints a picture of what our gear needs look like.
TRAVEL + LOCATION FEES - 15.6%
We don't live in Wickenburg. While it's not a flight across the globe, it is still a bit of a drive for our crew. Our travel expenses are gas and lodging for the crew over the course of the Wickenburg shoot.
CRAFT SERVICES - 15.6%
To keep it brief, we need to feed our crew. While some of us are willing to "starve for our art," starving a film crew in the Arizona summer heat is a bit much. Whether they are meals prepared by local diners, ourselves, or a care package of chips and drinks from COSTCO, this money will go to feeding everyone and making sure everyone stays hydrated.
INSURANCE - 12.5%
This one is obvious. It should be noted though that backup emergency funds (spare money in case we go over budget) are lumped into this percentage as well.
MISCELLANEOUS - 6.3%
Filmmaking is sometimes unpredictable. Unforeseen expenditures along with anything that didn't fit into the other categories covered under the aptly titled miscellaneous category.
***NOTE***
Post-production costs are not going to be covered by this fundraiser. We will address funding post-production after filming is complete.

Your donations mean more to us than just helping us fulfil our budgetary demands - it really moves us knowing that you support our passions as filmmakers and the type of story we are creating.

Financial Risks:
None. Unless one of us dies in a freak accident, we will make this film one way or another. We are already paying out of our own pockets to make this film a reality, crowdfunding is just what will take it to the next level.

Crew: (full crew bios on Summeroffools.com )

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More Information:

If you would like more information about the film and the crew itself, please check out our website: SummerofFools.com 

Any Questions:
If you have any questions regarding the fundraising for this film, or if you have any general questions about the film itself, please send them to this email: [email redacted]

Thank You for Donating:
If you donate any amount, you will be guaranteed a credit in the film and a personal thank you message. Please keep returning to this page if you would like to be updated on our progress.

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Organizer

Jacob Papp 
Organizer
Phoenix, AZ
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