"Off Ramp" - a short film

$7,190 of $6,800 goal

Raised by 100 people in 6 months
There are approximately 500,000 homeless people in the USA.  10% of them are war veterans.  23% live in Los Angeles.  We are so used to seeing them that we have become desensitized.  They have become invisible.  Just nameless, faceless people in our parks, on our streets, at our off ramps.

It is our hope that by telling the fictional story of one homeless man, by learning about his past and the circumstances that lead to him being on the streets, we can change the way that all homeless people are viewed so that they are no longer invisible.  So that we can see them with compassion as human beings who need our help; who deserve love.


"Off Ramp" is a short film by writer and director Neil Jackson.  Co-produced with Matthew Trotter, the film tells the story of John, a homeless war vet, who reaches out to help a young street girl called Lucy.  Through their conversations we learn a little about their lives, but more importantly we learn the story of how John ended up living on the streets in the first place.  As we discover more about John's past and the path that lead him to this life, John also reconnects with the man he was before his circumstances changed, and he rediscovers a sense of hope for the future.

We need your SUPPORT to make this film a reality.  The filmmaker, cast and crew are all giving their time for free, but there are still several costs that cannot be avoided - equipments rental (camera, lenses, lights), location rental, shooting permits, editing equipment etc.  With your generous help we can tell this story in the best way possible so that it can reach the widest audience to spread the message and change the way we view homelessness.

INCENTIVES

donations of any amount - our love and gratitude
all donations over $25 - special thanks in the film credits.
donations over $50 - a personal thank you note from the filmmaker and cast.
donations over $75 - invitation to a special screening in Los Angeles.
donations over $100 - a signed copy of the film from the filmmaker and cast.
donations over $150 - all of the above and our eternal thanks and love.

All money not directly used to make this film will be donated to the Salvation Army to aid war veterans.

www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/veterans-affairs-services

To learn more about the TRUE stories of homeless men and women, please visit and support  https://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/
Their real life stories will open your eyes and break your heart... and are just another example of why these stories need to be heard.

Please share this campaign with all your friends and help us make this film a reality.

Thank you x

Production Details
We are aiming to shoot the film in the last week of October and complete editing by the last week of November.  Upon completion, the film will be submitted to film festivals.

Click these links to learn more about the filmmaker:
www.neiljackson.me
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1337982/?ref_=nv_sr_1



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Update 6
Posted by Neil Jackson
3 months ago
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Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. We not only reached our target, but have actually exceeded it. Mind blown!!!! This film would never have happened without your generosity, and I could not be more grateful.

The edit is close to being finished and it will then be sent to the sound mixer and the colour gradist. I am so edited to share this story with you all, but before then please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your love and support. It means the world to me x
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Update 5
Posted by Neil Jackson
4 months ago
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Last night I completed the first editing session on Off Ramp with our amazing editor, Scott Jacobs. The film is looking amazing and coming together really nicely. Our composer, Mathew Rees, is currently working on the score, which we will lace into the cut next week. I will update you all as the process continues, but I just wanted to say how excited I am to see the first rough cut of the movie. It's going to be beautiful.

Neil :) x
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Update 4
Posted by Neil Jackson
5 months ago
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Yesterday I met with Mathew Rees, our incredible composer, in London to discuss the music he is working on for "Off Ramp". Matthew played me a couple of samples he has written and they gave me chills; truly beautiful. His music perfectly captures the haunting isolation and solitude of John as we first find him in the film (see the attached picture) - that sense that he has all but given up on life, mired in his loneliness. Matthew's music will draw the audience in to John's emotional state and allow us to greater empathize with where he is at and how he feels. Matthew and I then discussed the emotional beats of the movie and how the music will echo and enhance our understanding of John's journey; culminating in that sense of hope at the end of the film - hope that change is coming for John, that his life is about to improve. The music in any film plays such an important role, but to have such a talented composer on board helping to craft the emotional story is such a blessing. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this film by sharing the Go Fund Me link and helped us to bring this story to life. We are so close to our final target amount in our campaign, so please, if you are able, share our link with all your friends and family and followers.

www.gofundme.com/offramp

I will update you on all the developments very soon. Much love, Neil x
John, as we first find him in the film.
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Update 3
Posted by Neil Jackson
5 months ago
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This past week was incredible. We shot for two days in North Hollywood and Downtown LA and completed filming on the project Wednesday night. Everything went amazingly. The actors really brought their performances, the cinematographer captured some stunning images through the camera that are breathtaking and truly cinematic, the crew worked hard through two long days and we got everything we need and more to tell this amazing story.

Thank you all for being a part of bringing this story to life. I really appreciate your help and support. Once we have raised the remaining funds we will start the editing process, which I am incredibly excited for, but in the meantime here is a little image from Monday's shoot as our lead character, John, steps out onto the roof top to start his emotionally grueling journey.

Thank you all again,

Neil x
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$7,190 of $6,800 goal

Raised by 100 people in 6 months
Created October 7, 2016
Neil Jackson  
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Gerard Boeke
2 months ago

Little extra love can't hurt! Proud of you dude

MB
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Melinda Birkes
3 months ago

Congrats on reaching your goal. Can't wait to watch.

MH
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Marilyn Hornsby
3 months ago
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This is such an important subject and I applaud you for addressing it. I wish I could have given more.

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Jacquelyn Lundy
3 months ago
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You're welcome! I hope you guys have an awesome New Year!

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