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Be-Friended: a short film

Closed Cause page created in the Creative category by Be-Friended for "A group of filmmakers to produce a short film and give them a minimum flat rate wage."

$3,536 of $21,795 goal
Given by 37 generous donors in around 5 months

We are a group of passionate filmmakers who love the art of storytelling and want to tell a tale for the child inside us all.

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Its a heartwarming live-action puppet short film where isolated in a world of a younger generation, a woman yearns for connection and so leaves reality while be-friending a playful dragon which ultimately endangers herself and those around her.

This film is a family-drama, targeted for children and the child within us all.

Rewards for Donators:

+ Donations of $200+ your name will be credited on the film.

+ Donations of $750+ you can visit us on set while we are filming.

+ The highest donor will be gifted the dragon puppet "Cuddles".

> Donations can be accumulative ie. $25/week for two months to reach the name credit reward

Funding Breakdown:

Location costs- $1945.

Safety costs- $153.

Unit costs- $1753.

Vehicle costs- $270.

Technical equipment costs- $4424.

Insurance costs- $396.

Wardrobe costs- $800.

Makeup costs- $100.

Art department costs- $1915.94.

20 crew/cast at $150/day x3days- $9000.

subtotal- $20756.94

fees @ 5%- 1037.85

total- $21794.79

The team:

* Crystalyne Willis - Writer, Director & Production Designer. Age 36, from Wellington, New Zealand. She has been storytelling since a child, from making performances with her brothers for her family to participating in school plays. Formally, Crystalyne has an Associates Degree in Occupational Arts (Drama) from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, USA, a Certificate in Advanced Script Writing from FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic, and a Bachelor of Design for Stage and Screen from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. She has worked in the film/TV industry on major international projects like HBO's "Game of Thrones" season 5, MTV's "The Chronicles of Shannara" season 2, and Netflix's "Marco Polo" season 2 & "The New Legends of Monkey" to local New Zealand projects like feature film "Stray" and TV shows "The Moe Show", "The Cul De Sac" season 2, and "Thunderbirds Are Go!".

"Storytelling is an art form worth cultivating and honing. It feeds my soul because I love dreaming up worlds and breathing life into its characters."

* Jason Pike - Producer. Age 30, from Auckland, New Zealand. He has been producing films since starting film school in 2011. He loves telling stories, being creative, and working together with a team of friends to make something cool. He spent 7 years with his production company "Jovial Entertainment" producting short films with no budget, focusing on telling stories that were fun and entertaining for audiences of all ages.

"Be-Friended has a great message of not taking life too seriously, getting lost in our screens, and that the imagination of a child is never really lost as we grow up. Its a story that both children and adults can enjoy, and I am looking forward to help create that story for everyone to see."

* Lance Wordsworth - Director of Photography. Age 37, from Torquay, England but moved to NZ in 1992. Lance has worked with many styles of production, from televsion and commerical production through to documentary and drama with extensive shooting experience throughout the world over his 17 years in the industry. Lance shot two independent features in his early career as well as two NZ funded short films, with one being accepted into the Clermont Ferrand International short film competition in 2015 and the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival. Lance has also worked as Directory of Photography and Camera Operator on numerous TV shows, TV drama's, documentaries and music videos over the years. Lance brings an innovative and unique style to each production and sees limited resources as no barrier to creative and effective storytelling.

"I love the creative aspect of storytelling and crafting images that suit the different styles of film making. Film making to me is creating magic and every time I am on set I remind myself I am living my childhood dream of being a film maker."

* Jim Cruse - Editor & Sound Designer. Age 24, from Melbourne, Australia. He is a passionate editor & sound designer with a deep, unbridled love for storytelling. He loves working with talented and passionate people to bring an idea to fruition, especially if it will have a positive impact on the audience.

"Always learning, always giving it my best, never taking shortcuts."

* Helen Frazer - Music Composer. Helen is studying a Bachelor of Music Composition. She has composed for a number of short films along with a couple of theatre shows. She is currently in a band which gigs and performs her own original songs. She also produces her own EDM and rap backing tracks.

"I'm passionate about telling a story through music as it's my number one form of expression and what brings me the most joy."

* Lina M. Cruz - Costume Designer. From Columbia. She worked for 8 years in film, TV and events in Columbia from production to art and costume departments. She has been in NZ for 15 years where she has worked for the last 8 years in Art and mainly Costume for TV shows and films.

"You love it or hate it but when you taste it you will never let it go. This industry is part of your blood."

* Rebekah Head - Actress, singer & puppeteer. Rebekah is a graduate of NASDA (2014). She was a resident puppeteer at Auckland's Whoa! Studios between 2017 and 2019. Rebekah played Jazz in season one of Custard's World, currently streaming on HEIHEI and TVNZ on Demand. Mentored by Peter Linz (Ernie on Sesame Street). Most recently she was a puppeteer for Peter and the Wolf at the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SILO Theatre). Rebekah loves storytelling in all it's forms and is excited for viewers to see this touching tale.

* Sharon Hackett - Actress. From Auckland, New Zealand. Sharon is an active Grandma of 6, loves tennis & rugby league, and volunteers at the Hospice North Shore.

"I am so pleased to be a part of this project as it tells a lovely story of today's busy society, no on has time for anyone, all too busy!!"

Be-Friended's involvement (page creator)

I am the writer, director and production designer of this short film. I am activating my dream of manifesting stories that feed the soul to the world by producing this film with the help of many talented individuals.

Use of funds

The equipment, materials & logistical costs for producing the film and paying crew & cast a minimum flat rate for their skills and time.

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Latest update

Zoom info for Cuddle Yoga tonight! :)  5 August 2020

Posted by: Crystalyne Willis

Here's the info for tonight's fundraiser yoga class.

Topic: Nicola Ralph's Personal Meeting Room

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 250 581 0188

See you there!

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Latest donations

kristen 4 days ago
Inspiring and beautiful. I loved watching it again!
Vanessa 5 days ago
Go Crystalyne! :)
Vivienne 5 days ago
Zora on 17 Jul 2020
Debs & Laszlo
Debs & Laszlo on 12 Jul 2020
Sorry it took so long to send this to you....finally got

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