Ellie: A Modern Feminist Suspense Short

A not-so-classic tale about love, soulmates, materialism and behavioral retargeting.

Becca
Modern Media
$2,726
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Project Ends on November 9, 2019

Project Description

Not bad for a $500 budget promo, huh? Now, imagine what we could do with $30,000!

But, seriously, this is a great, women-driven script, co-written by two women. The underlying plot of this story explores the impact targeted advertising has on our lives, and how the simulation of a romantic relationship can act as its own form of behavior modification. 

So far, it has won Best First Time Screenwriter in the Top Shorts Film Festival, was a finalist in the Big Apple Film Festival, and was selected for the Finish Line Script Competition.

With your support, we can reach our goal of a $30,000 budget for "Ellie." That figure ensures that our piece will assume the quality, production value, acting talent, and all other elements that are representative of the feature-length thrillers appearing in theaters today.

Each dollar of your support will be divided among the three phases of production as such:

  1. $0.10 of every dollar will go to Pre-production costs: wardrobe, props, location permits, and legal services
  2. $0.57 of every dollar will go to Production costs: cast, crew, insurance, catering, production gear and supplies 
  3. $0.33 of every dollar will go to Post-production costs: editor, compositor, music coordinator, sound design, mixer, and a composer. 

Your support is greatly appreciated! 

Thank you so very much for all of your generosity and support. Nothing could be done without you!

Meet our cast:

ANDY COWELL as BEN - Known for Texas Karmageddon (2016), The Water: Matt Kivel (2016), Pop (IV) (2018), Formula 1: BBC Sport (2012-2014)
KATHRENE GAWEL as ELLIE - co-writer of Ellie (2020) and director of An Eye for An Eye (Winter 2019)
MIKKI HERNANDEZ as DR. KLEIN - Known for Hard Town, Jealous (2019)
ALEX BENTLEY as JAKE - Known for Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland (2016), Pitch (2016)
JOE FINFERA as RICHARD - Known for Things Buried (2018), General Hospital (2017), Alienated (2020), Jesse (1999-2000)

Updates

The Project FAQs

What are you going to do with the film once it's produced?

This film is a very strong proof-of-concept for a feature, so our goal for it is two-fold: First, we will submit the finished film for the 2021 festival circuit. Second, we will use the film to get investors on board to help us bring the full story to life!

We believe this story, as well as our effort to elevate female representation in the media, will resonate with a wide range of communities,

Media representation matters and so does our content. 

What's a day like on set?

It depends on what you're interested in. There's lights, cameras, sound monitors, art, props, wardrobe, makeup and not to mention, production assistants buzzing around the set to help in any way they can.

Basically, it's really fun!

You should join us on set because we'll show you a good time. BUT we mean business so professionalism reigns supreme.

Why won't I get the digital screener until 1.5 years after the film is finished?!

A big stipulation in submitting films into film festivals is that it can't be shared with the public. However, this doesn't preclude us from having a private viewing party, which, depending on which reward you'd like to invest in, you are invited! 

What if you don't raise $30,000? How will you allocate the funds?

If we are unable to raise the full $30,000, we will have to cut costs on the project for the amount we cannot self-finance. While this may detract from the overall production quality of the project, we are confident that both the script and our team are talented enough to compensate in the event this happens. 

Where does the extra money go? In your personal bank account?!

No way!

Any additional monies over the $30,000 will go to the numerous talented creatives who have generously agreed to donate their time and resources to us as a thank you for their efforts.

 

 

Sonia Gonzalez
09/19/2019
Signed script
$50
Will Lee
09/16/2019
Social Media Shoutout
$25
Andrew B
09/13/2019
Social Media Shoutout
$25
Elisa Bellcishta
09/12/2019
Monetary Contribution
$25
Ambika Leigh
09/12/2019
Signed script
$50
Andrew Scott Dubrov
09/11/2019
Signed script
$50
Alex Salsberg
09/11/2019
Signed script
$75
Graham High
09/11/2019
Social Media Shoutout
$25
Janet & Robert Bloom
09/10/2019
Signed script
$50
09/10/2019
Signed script
$50
Monetary Contribution

No reward needed,  just being a friend :-)

5 Supporters
Contribute
$25
Social Media Shoutout

We'll give you an instagram follow, like and story shoutout! Don't forget to add your @handle when you pledge.

9 Supporters
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$50
Signed script

We will mail you a copy of the locked script with both Becca & Kathrene's signatures! Who knows... that could be worth something one day *wink wink*

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10 Supporters
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$100
A digital screener of "Ellie"

It's gonna be so good, you're gonna wanna watch it over and over again. Trust us. The digital screener will include a just-for-laughs blooper reel :-)

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2 Supporters
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$500
Come to set during production

Ever wondered what an indie film set is like? Now's your chance!! Dates are still to be determined, but production will commence sometime in November 2019.

Plus, you'll also get a "Special Thanks to" credit in the short film, as well as a "Special Thank to" credit when we shoot the feature film next year! Plus, of course, a digital screener and an invite to the LA screening and the wrap party!

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$1,000
Associate Producer cred + other goodies

Not only will you get a shared credit as an "Associate Producer" but you will also get a digital screener, a social media shout-out, a chance to come on set during production, and access to the "Ellie" LA screening and the wrap party!

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$2,500
Be an extra in the film!

Do you have stars in your eyes? With this generous donation, you sure do. You will get a walk-on role during at least one of the scenes in "Ellie"... you'll have a blast!

Plus, you'll get Associate Producer credit, a digital screener, and access to the LA screening and the wrap party!

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0 Supporters
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$5,000
Executive Producer credit

Such generosity honestly humbles us. You will get an EP credit, the ability to come to set during production, a digital screener, and access to the LA screening and the wrap party. Seriously... you're amazing. Your screener will also be signed by the main cast. 

And yes, you can be an extra if you want to :-)

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

No reward needed,  just being a friend :-)

5 Supporters
Contribute
$25
Social Media Shoutout

We'll give you an instagram follow, like and story shoutout! Don't forget to add your @handle when you pledge.

9 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Signed script

We will mail you a copy of the locked script with both Becca & Kathrene's signatures! Who knows... that could be worth something one day *wink wink*

20 Left
10 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
A digital screener of "Ellie"

It's gonna be so good, you're gonna wanna watch it over and over again. Trust us. The digital screener will include a just-for-laughs blooper reel :-)

118 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Come to set during production

Ever wondered what an indie film set is like? Now's your chance!! Dates are still to be determined, but production will commence sometime in November 2019.

Plus, you'll also get a "Special Thanks to" credit in the short film, as well as a "Special Thank to" credit when we shoot the feature film next year! Plus, of course, a digital screener and an invite to the LA screening and the wrap party!

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Associate Producer cred + other goodies

Not only will you get a shared credit as an "Associate Producer" but you will also get a digital screener, a social media shout-out, a chance to come on set during production, and access to the "Ellie" LA screening and the wrap party!

25 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,500
Be an extra in the film!

Do you have stars in your eyes? With this generous donation, you sure do. You will get a walk-on role during at least one of the scenes in "Ellie"... you'll have a blast!

Plus, you'll get Associate Producer credit, a digital screener, and access to the LA screening and the wrap party!

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
Executive Producer credit

Such generosity honestly humbles us. You will get an EP credit, the ability to come to set during production, a digital screener, and access to the LA screening and the wrap party. Seriously... you're amazing. Your screener will also be signed by the main cast. 

And yes, you can be an extra if you want to :-)

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