I have an incredible opportunity for the right producer.
I am a former combat medic and current film student studying Directing at New York Film Academy and am currently using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for tuition. This is an incredibly modest arrangement to live off of for a student, let alone anyone living in Los Angeles. Ultimately making the thesis film in our near future an uphill battle.
I have been in pre-production of my thesis short film, The Gael, that I am scheduled to direct in March 2015. At no charge to the production, we will have a Red Dragon camera package with Prime lenses and 3-ton equipment kit. In addition to this, I have completed the script, gotten Miss Scotland: Rachel J. Clark, and actor/filmmaker Paul Meixner attached to the project, and have all makeup/wardrobe departments filled and currently drafting budgets and concept art for the film.
The short can easily be made at it’s present 12 pages for an estimated $50,000. Or I can use an additional semester (Mid August 2015 till completion of film) for $17,000(the cost of the semester to myself) to extend it to a feature film. However, for $17,000 + projected feature length budget – the cost of the above mentioned equipment = far less than most feature films.
Not to mention that an IMDB, Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter accounts are in full swing to promote the film.
Please consider the incredible story of The Gael.
Logline: An Iron Age Celtic husband and wife are forced to defend their home from Roman invasion and must fight to be reunited.
Synopsis: The humble and vibrant Celtic hearth and home of Aengus and Caer are shaken when a Roman conscript comes to their border lying Caldonian home with demands of surrender and seizure. Aengus and Caer defend their property and kill the messengers, uncovering a decreed scroll intended for the village.
The Caledonian chieftain takes this grave message and proudly sends the village’s modest clan out as an ill prepared war party to meet the approaching Romans at dawn. Aengus is reluctant to join this foolhardy plan, but is asked by his wife to protect her heir-to-the-throne brother, Cailean, at all cost. Aengus makes this promise to Caer.
The war party attacks the Romans and are completely overwhelmed. Despite the valiant and against-all-odds effort of Aengus, he and Cailean are captured as the last men standing. The Roman commander is incredibly impressed by their bravery and taunts them with a future in the Roman arena as gladiators. Aengus agrees to give up his sword and not fight to the death, only upon the commander’s word that the Romans give his sword to his wife. The commander laughs and agrees to his seemingly ridiculous request. They strip him of his family sword and bind the men together to be brought back to camp.
A lone Roman conscript delivers the sword to Caer’s home and quips that she can visit her husband in the arena. Caer somberly takes the sword and galvanizes herself to what she must do. She promptly tells the Roman soldier than he can visit his wife in hell and procedes to send him there in a bloody heap. Knowing now that she is the only one who knows the fate of the war party, prepares herself for her journey to save her husband before it is too late.
Keenly aware of the lay of the land and what she must do, Caer tracks her husband through the dense forests and vast plains to find her husband and brother. With cunning prowess, she frees them and the three Celts kill every last one of the platoon of Romans… save for the commander. The three get the bested Roman commander to his feet and tell him that this was one clan and that the next time that Rome comes for them then it will be all of the clans. They part bitter ways, never to see each other again.
Based loosely on the outcome of history, this is what happened. Rome was never able to conquer what is now known as Scotland. A country that will be voting for it’s independence in September of this year.
I imagine the script to very easily be fleshed out to a feature length format and have written feature length scripts that I am more than happy to share with you. I would also gladly share this script with you upon request. I look forward to hearing from you.
I can send you two log lines for now. If you’re interested then I can send you the synopsis.
1) TICK TALK; An FBI agent, on the verge of divorce, has 24 hours to find his family who was kidnapped by terrorists. He must team up with a known terrorist that he had put behind bars 15 years earlier in order to save them.
2) SIMPLE MINDS; Family members of an idiot savant are surprised to find their son is the mastermind behind a major bank heist.
I’m writing a three part futurist war/drama movie, a werewolf script, and a web series, plus numerous shorts.
Hello Larry, you may see my reply in your discussion looking for scripts. I think our film JONAH is worth your attention.
Before getting in to the story, I must share with you the significance of the title. During the Civil War Jonah was not just a name, but a label given to soldiers believed to be bad luck or those that shouldn’t be trusted.
JONAH is the story of a black Union soldier who has deserted the war to find his brother he left behind in slavery. But after finding him dead on the underground trail, Jonah is left to care for the life of a left-for-dead Confederate; even though the one thing they have in common is the ‘Jonah’ label. In order to mend the guilt for failing his brother, Jonah struggles to save the life of an enemy, even if he has to lay down his own life to do so.
We plan to film Jonah as a proof-of-concept for a feature; an adventure/thriller. Both Jonah and Joshua must traverse terrain as unsteady as their trust for one another. Their journey proves to be dangerous, uncomfortable, and full of the unexpected. And because we follow black and white, union and confederate; JONAH touches on the most relevant themes to modern audiences– diversity, freedom, political division, and most of all– fear.
I believe this story and its subject matter have arrived right on time. And we are seeking investors to come alongside us. As I’ve taken in the handful of films and episodic shows recently released with this time period: Underground, Mercy Street, Birth of a Nation, Free State of Jones– it’s clear there are numerous audiences primed and ready for this film. Not to mention having an African-American actor carry the weight of this story is already enough to set us apart. And proving it’s effectiveness with a 25 minute proof-of-concept provides the perfect opportunity to lead the Civil War trend.
We are currently casting, but current prospects bring featured experience from “Mercy Street”, “House of Cards”, “Lincoln”, “Freedom”, and “The Amazing Spiderman”.
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