We die three times. The first death is when the heart stops. The second is when the body is buried deep underground. The third is when your name is said for the last time, and you are forgotten.
Henry Salucci is an embittered man who died 27 years ago after dishonorably abandoning his post in the midst of war. Now, he waits alongside countless others in a beautiful, lonely, train station to be forgotten by those he loved so that he can board the train to his third and final death. Every now and then, a name is called out, and one lucky person is able to board the train. But not Henry. He passes the time only by thinking about his life’s regrets, until one day he meets Bob Ventrone, whom he shares his story with.
"The Third Death" is a dark comedy thesis film by students at Chapman University. With your help, we can make this story come to fruition. We begin shooting on November 30th, 2017, meaning that we need to reach at least half of our campaign goal of $6,500 before our first day of production. Your donations will go towards the following three aspects of this film:
We are creating an animated sequence to help illustrate the idea of the three deaths, and to set up the world that this film takes place in. We are looking for a talented animator who has the skill set and resources to sustain our vision for this sequence, and we need financial help to bring this person onto the project.
The success of our film hinges on strong directing and actor performances, as well as a legitimate location, which we believe we have found in a church that we plan to convert into a train station. We will be shooting in this church for all four days of filming, so we need help in order to pay for this location.
We aim to create verisimilitude in the world of the film almost entirely through production design. Our Production Designer, Dimitri Lazarashvili, has big plans for the construction of this train station-esque alternate reality. We know that making this world believable is essential to the interpretation of the story, and we need financial backing to make this happen.
"The Third Death" is a quiet story of reflection; it’s the tale of a man whose trials and tribulations get the best of him, causing him to make mistakes that he does not live long enough to correct. We see "The Third Death" as not just a film, but as a cultural text on life and death. Our film aims to communicate a fundamental message about the forbidding concepts of mortality, transience and humanity.
As students in Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, our crew has mastered the crucial set of skills needed to develop, organize, and nurture productions like "The Third Death". We are proud to collaborate with other creative thinkers in developing our thesis film and making it come to life based on a mutual passion for filmmaking.
Dylan Leslie, Director.
Brianna Brinzo, Producer.
Amanda Prager, Writer.
Harrison Lanuza, Unit Production Manager.
Ethan Stupp, Director of Photography.
Dimitri Lazarashvili, Production Designer.
Evan Brooks, Editor.
Sam Dennis, Associate Producer.
Reanna Peters, 1st AD.
Lindsey Norton, Location Manager.
We greatly appreciate your support and consideration of our project!
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