Barbadian Actor creates new Film via Fund Raising: “EGRESS – From past to present to creating a future”
It’s a cold, harsh winter day in the Flatiron District of New York City. A homeless man (Elliot) seems oblivious to the weather and the people passing by his “Homeless please help” sign. He’s given up all he has except for distant memories of happier times. From the coffee shop, to the sidewalk, to the cemetery, the City is Elliot’s stomping ground. There is no navigation system to guide him through hunger and self-doubt all he can do is continue to sharpen his skills and strengthen his resolve as he prepares for the challenge of his lifetime. Egress is a story of a man forced to evolve from his past to transcend the painful sacrifice of the present so he can bravely grasp the opportunity to create his future.
- OUR GOAL:
We’ve already started our pre-production and have put together an amazing team of award winning people to make this happen. Post-production will wrap in March and our entries into the festival circuit will begin. Once we have finished the film we will have the premier screening in New York City. The film will then be submitted to various film festivals for screenings in 2011 and 2012.
Our goals are simple. We want to create unique films that everyone will love. Being realistic we know we can create amazing visual products. We know we can take care of the technical, the beauty, the overall film experience, but mostly, the investor’s sanity. We know artistic value has its merit, as does financial viability, this is why we chose to merge the two areas, to create something bold with vision.
Our estimated budget is $11,000 including full post-production. We have a 5-day shoot scheduled and a breakdown of the budget*. This is broken down into above the line and below the line costs with a one-day overage for any unforeseen situations. The money will go to very specific areas, if you have never been involved in making a film here are a few of the areas that will need to be covered to tell a story.
- Equipment – this usually consists of the camera, lights, sound and transportation for all of it. This alone is a big cost for rental.
- People – we will need our actors, grips, pa’s, director, sound person, composer and editor. Basically there are a lot of people who are needed to make any film, short of feature.
- Food – yes alas we will need to feed all of those people. At even as little as $5 per person per day that still adds up after 4 days of shooting.
- Post-production – The joy of every movie ever made. Not really. This is where it gets even more intense with the score, the edit, the movie poster, the dvd’s, etc. To make sure we don’t stall in this phase we need your help.
I’ve had a dream about making movies since I was a little boy in Barbados. Having moved to Los Angeles 4 years ago to continue this pursuit I am now happy to say that we are off the ground with our initial flight. Each film we make will in some way incorporate the unique qualities of the Caribbean and its people/culture. The films will have some element of the Caribbean in them, whether shot on location, written, produced or directed by, each film will have something Caribbean about it.
We are working with the Bowery Mission to give between 1-5% of the net proceeds from the film to help us bring awareness to the plight of the homeless. Each of us, especially in this economy, can relate in some way to Elliot’s situation. And each of us can help contribute to finding safe environments for those who are homeless and be able to provide an opportunity for an egress into a new life.