Saturday, April 28, 2012

BOX Principal Photography Begins on FRIDAY!

Hello great friends,

Keeping you updated and also, this is our last plea for the final truth:

Principal photography begins on Friday and this movie is going to cost $25,000.

We have little time left to raise cash on IndieGoGo, so this is what we are suggesting to everyone we’ve been badgering, requesting from, looking deep into their eyes and wallets:



POST THIS LINK anywhere you can:

and then/or

Never read another one of my blog posts again?

Going to raise 9,000 more American greenbacks before Wednesday.

We can do it. (Or we can go get jobs at Chase Manhattan Bank--)

So here we are. Humbly asking you.  One little more time.  Give, Post, Block, Repeat.


And now, The BOX NEWS:

First of all, the little town of Highland Falls has gotten into the movie madness and they are going to put on their parking meter socks so we can have a load of free street parking at our warehouse.

It’s cute there.

But even better, we have an amazing cast for BOX and here they are: 

Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Dylan Chalfy, Lou Liberatore, Mink Stole and Alfred Damm

See the wonderful faces of these great talents, here:


134 of you, to be exact, have already donated to the making of BOX, along with our Corporate Angel, SONY. We are so grateful.  Thank you so much!

And now for Camera news:

With much aid from our extremely talented Director of photography, we have acquired the use of the SONY F65 camera! Along with a camera package (lenses, etc.), that requires a truck to haul the many cases. Our DP is so respected and admired that she and Sony have partnered and Sony will be using footage from BOX to promote this camera, along with making a behind-the-scenes movie of the making-of-the-movie. We are one of the earliest short films to be given this opportunity. Mr. M. Night Shyamalan is shooting his current feature film on the Sony F65 right now. Increased depth of field and many new features will make the Sony F65 the industry standard for digital movie making. (Until something else comes along, one imagines…)

This movie got kinda buzzy and we could not scrimp on staff nor design…and we are not. The top notch crew is working for peanuts. But those allergens add up…25,000 dollars worth of them to be exact.

Our Story

BOX is a short film about people craving intimacy. How they suffer when intimacy is lost. How they succeed when they live inside of it. And how, possibly, the ones who are good at it can help the ones who are not so good.

Zak and Paula are married but they barely understand each other.  Zak has an appointment with Peter, a man in a gender neutral outfit, who attempts to help him.
Helen works with Peter to help Zak find his way and lends her special magic to all she encounters. Will Helen and Peter’s simple gift of a Box  reveal a new way forward for Paula? Maybe…

All in eleven minutes at three locations. (A kitchen, a warehouse and a beautiful Seventeenth Century Dutch Stone Farmhouse on Five Acres with a pond and gardens.)

A shout of gratitude to Mink Stole of John Waters fame and Lou Liberatore from the original Broadway cast of Burn This who are playing Helen and Peter. To our leads, Marsha Dietlein Bennett and Dylan Chalfy, who are playing Paula and Zak, a wildly talented pair. To extremely talented newcomer, Andreas Damm. To Jendra Jarnagin, our wonderful Director of Photography, Sony darling, whose work can be seen in the above video. Chrissy Conant, installation artist and painter, will be our production designer. Micah Bloomberg, the fantastic Indie Film Sound King (Frozen River, Martha Marcy May Marlene) has joined our crew. Mark Repasky, editor at large at Showtime, will pull it all together in post. As Associate Producer, Rebecca Israel is going to keep us all on track the days of the shoot, the first week of May along with Co-Producer Matthew Weiner and Assistant Director, Darren Bartlett.  And, you! We want you to be a part of this process.

This budget will cover:

Five Actors
Associate Producer
Assistant Director
Director of Photography
First Assistant Camera
Second Assistant Camera
Gaffer (lights)
Grip (muscle)
Swing (Gaffer and Grip helper)
3 PA’s
Production Designer
Two Set Dressers/Props
Casting Director
Rental space for Casting
Script Supervisor
D.I.T. (Digital management)
Hard Drives
Transportation (Passenger Van, Cube truck)
Equipment rental
Sound Mixer
DVD copies
And SOME festival fees 

(Feel free to use this list to make your own movie!)

Everyone involved is a full career level professional who is joining this project based on the script and on us.

Movies can’t make themselves. Come in. Get Close. Open your Box.
May you have everything you desire.

Chris and Don


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