Mud Bugs - a short film

$700 of $700 goal

Raised by 12 people in 32 months
My name is Whitney Butler and I'm a digital filmmaking student at the University of Central Arkansas. I've had several of my films screen at different festivals across the country, including the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival and the JIS Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

About the Film
I began writing the script for 'Mud Bugs' in August and started pre-production this semester. We're shooting March 20-21, 2016. I love how it's developed and I can't wait to see the final result! I'm going to be submitting it to various film festivals across the country.

This is where I need your help! My estimated budgeting for the film is $700. That will cover cost of equipment, such as a drone to help with some forest shots, professional cast and crew, food for cast and crew, and more necessities for the production.

Plot Summary
Mud Bugs is a "date gone wrong" film, where a young materialistic girl, Allison, is thrown into a world that she's completely unfamiliar with-- the outdoors. Blake, a down to Earth guy decides to show Allison a part of his lifestyle by taking Allison mudding in the forest. While Blake is trying to introduce this foreign environment to Allison, he discovers a new and hidden side to her that he wasn't aware of.

My roommate went on a date similar to this that was the beginning inspiration for this film. As I began developing the script, I decided to incorporate aspects from my own life to make it more true to myself. My dad works for Ducks Unlimited, and growing up I'd spend weekends at conventions, banquets, and even a week long duck camp in the middle of nowhere. I'm the farthest thing from being country and always have been, so I go from a sorority girl to being thrown in to a completely different atmosphere. This film has a little bit of me and the people I love in it, so that's why it's become so special to me.

I want this production to be the best it can be, so thank you so much for your support and contribution.
+ Read More
Hi everyone! First off I want to give a HUGE thank you for everything you did to make this film happen!! So far, Mud Bugs has been premiered at two festivals. In May, it won the Faculty Choice Award at the UCA Film Festival and last weekend it was an official selection at the Fayetteville Film Festival. And now that the main festival run is over, I'm so excited that I'm able to show you the film!!!

Here's some more info about the film and the production process!
The shooting schedule was originally set for two days, March 24 and 25, but we ended up having two more days of reshoots and pickups that were in early April. I had a crew size of about 20 people that helped me make this film possible (even if we were knee deep in a giant mud pit!) The total budget was a little over $1,000 and I can't believe that you were a part of helping me raise that money, so thank you again! This filming experience was one that I never expected and couldn't have asked to turn out any better! It was an incredible learning experience and definitely helped me plant my feet for future filmmaking. Currently I'm developing a feature film for my "production in action" class so I'll have a treatment of that ready for grad school applications! I can't wait to share my future work with all of you, thank you for believing in me and supporting me! I'm planning on entering Mud Bugs in many more festivals and getting it premiered every where I can! If you want to keep up with my current photography and film work, check out my media website (

Here is the link to Mud Bugs:
(the password is "mudbugsfilm")

Thank you again!

Whitney Butler
Director of "Mud Bugs"
+ Read More
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$700 of $700 goal

Raised by 12 people in 32 months
Created March 10, 2016
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
32 months ago
Kathryn Schelkopf
32 months ago

Whitney, you have made me a very proud auntie! I wish I could be there for your opening. Keep up the hard work, you'll be famous someday! Love Aunt Kathryn

Phil and Lena Guy
32 months ago

You go, Whit!!! May I have your autograph, please??????

32 months ago
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.