I left Los Angeles in May and flew to Virginia to make a movie this summer called, Hello Walls. It’s currently in the post-production process, and I need your help.
I independently raised a not insignificant amount of money in order to make this film. Those monies carried me through pre-production, production, and allowed me to complete a picture lock in the edit, but now those funds are long gone, and I still have to complete the following steps in order to secure a finished product:
- Color Correction
- SFX/Dialogue Mix & Master
- Composition of an Original Score
The problem is that I’m running up against the deadline for submission to many of the more important film festivals for which I need to apply. So I’ve decided to get creative with my fundraising and approach the internet directly.
Next Monday (9/17), I will upload a password protected version of the rough cut to Vimeo. It will be available to view for one week (until 9/24). If you’re interested in watching it, please message me here, or send me an email at duncanRferguson@gmail.com. I’ll then supply you with the password, and you can judge the material for yourself. Despite the fact that the aforementioned post elements still need to be completed, I feel the current iteration of the film demonstrates it’s potential, and will hopefully inspire your support. In that email there will also be a link to my PayPal account, and my physical real-world address in case internet commerce isn’t your thing and you’d prefer to a send money order from 7-11 (plz do not kill me).
If after watching the rough cut, you feel moved to contribute towards it’s completion, ~God Bless~. If not, no worries.
Some of you may ask, “Duncan, why don’t you just put up a Kickstarter?”
Here’s why: I kind of hate the countless videos of young people shamelessly begging for money to fund their ridiculous start ups (see: blanket forts). I guess I’d rather beg you folks through a blog post instead. On top of that, the most successful Kickstarters (for film projects) usually have a trailer or teaser as a part of their campaign, and I just don’t have the time to fuck with that at this point. So I’m letting you watch the entire thing, in an unfinished format. The whole enchilada.
I don’t take this step lightly. The idea of holding out an empty coffee cup to the vast pseudonymous still makes me cringe. But there’s only so many odd jobs I can do in the Old Dominion in order to raise cash, and I’ve come too far to turn back now.
I should also add that if you are a talented colorist, audio engineer, or classically trained musician that would like to contribute your labor in lieu of your cash, I’d be more than happy to have your involvement.
Here is a brief description of the film:
“Hello Walls is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Southern Gothic story. Set in the rolling hills and lush forests of Northern Virginia, the film focuses on a reclusive farmer named Roy Baggott, as he resists the impending suburban sprawl around the land he has recently inherited following his Mother’s death.”
And a one sentence log line:
“A man who won’t let go of the past, but can’t escape the future.”
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