The Misadventures of Tabbyhound

The Misadventures of Tabbyhound
is a 10 minute comedy about a 3-piece punk band, named Tabbyhound, that's trying to get to the next venue with limited resources and limited time. During their misadventure, what seemed like an easy journey becomes anything but. From a car crash with a desert drifter, to a helping hand from a cat-serial killer, to allergic reactions, this comedy is filled with unexpected misadventures. Think of it like Superbad meets The Big Lebowski.


The moment when they hit a desert drifter and a water bottle filled with pee flies through their van...

...and covers Nicolas, their drummer.

Some of the initial storyboarding. In this moment, Eric, the hot head, decides to vandalize a car. This decision is the beginning of the end for Tabbyhound.

Some rough blocking and storyboarding created with the director and cinematographer!

p.s. This is why we make films instead of draw :)

We are a group of students
 at San Diego State University working on our senior thesis film. This is the final project we get to make before graduation and will be the last addition to our portfolio as we launch our careers as filmmakers over the next year.

We need your help with the costs of this project. Plain and simple, making a great film isn't cheep. Every group member is already donating as much as we can afford. We are pinching pennies everywhere to keep the budget low, but we are turning to you for extra support. Every dime of your donation will be used in the smartest possible way. 

Why do we need $3,000? Great question. This is actually still a very low budget film. Here is a simple breakdown of what the money will be used for: 

1) Casting great actors who are part of the Screen Actors Guild requires that we pay at least $125/day according to the student-film contract.

2) Renting quality gear 
is essential to get a high-quality film that will last for years to come. This is where the majority of the budget will be spent on things like renting an URSA Mini 4.6K + lenses, various lights needed for scenes, and insurance to cover everything. 

3) Feeding cast and crew is expensive. We are shooting all day which means 2 meals per day for 3 days of shooting with a cast & crew upwards of 20 people.

4) Submitting to festivals is not free. There is a $50+ application fee for submissions to each festival we want showcase the film at. Festivals are critical in getting the film in front of the right people. 

Tom Hohle has been making films for nearly 10 years. Since attending the Marin School of Arts, he has developed the skills required to tell compelling stories through the art of cinema. He has delved into directing, writing, editing, and cinematography during his film career and continues to push himself with every project.

Producer: Brian DeGour is a San Diego State graduate that has produced over 5 short films in the program. He has had a passion for filmmaking since a young age and utilizes his networking and orginiz
ational skills to excel at producing. 

Director of Photography: Ryan Bello's interest in film and television dates back to his high school years in the school broadcasting news system. Throughout his time at San Diego State, Ryan has dedicated himself to the art of lighting and cinematography, earning the cheif cinematography role for many student projects. 

Eric Birkemeier has been making films in the action sports and crowdfunding space for the last 5 years. He has a close attention to detail and vision for storytelling through great editing. His experience in writing and directing help improve his understanding of how a final film fits together. 

Sound Designer: 
Oliver Gomez-Chaidez is an up and coming sound mixer/designer. Native to San Diego, he has been working on audio for 4 years now at SDSU and plans to continue his career. He has sound mixed for several student films such as "Cadavers" and "Deviant”.

Production Designer:
Eunbyul Kim is a writer and an emerging production designer. Throughout her studies in film at SDSU, she ha
s written and production-designed for several student films. Her experience in screenwriting helps envision how to make the set aesthetically pleasing.


10/14 & 10/15:
 Auditions held for actors. 

10/14 - 10/27:
Pre-production in full swing. This includes testing stunts for the film, collecting props, finalizing the script and shot list, storyboarding scenes, and renting all neccesary gear for shooting. 

10/27 - 10/29: Primary shoot dates. We are aiming to film all the scenes over 3 (long) days in 4 different locations.

11/3 - 11/5: Re-shoot dates if neccesary. 

10/30 - 12/31:  Post-production in full swing. This includes reviewing & organizing footage, editing the film, adding visual effects, crafting sound design, scoring the film, preparing for festival submission dates, and dispursing fundraising rewards. 

January 2018: The film will be completed and privately shared with everyone who has helped make it possible.

 We can't tell you how much we appreciate your support on this project. This wouldn't be possible without all of your generous donations. If you can't donate, sharing the project is still a huge help :)
  • Tracy Brennan 
    • $50 
    • 46 mos
  • Tara Jacobus 
    • $25 
    • 46 mos
  • Ed Staton 
    • $50 
    • 46 mos
  • Maggie Hohle 
    • $15 
    • 46 mos
  • Regitta J. Chairul 
    • $50 
    • 46 mos
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Tom Hohle 
San Diego, CA
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