Consideration

Consideration

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Drama Feature Ann Arbor POST-PRODUCTION
Underemployed and drowning in debt, a young woman enters into an arrangement with a wealthy older man in order to escape a financial spiral.
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Data Management
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Backup Hard Drive
Our editors are moving to LA soon - help us back-up our files properly!
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A HERO will get this project to 100% in ONE contribution. The WHOLE Seed&Spark community will get a Sparks bonus and message that you were the HERO for Consideration. You'll get a HERO badge you can share with the world! BE A HERO!
Total value raised : $10,435
Wishlist total : $12,500

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A THANK YOU on our Facebook page and website.
Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
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A THANK YOU credit in the film.

 

A THANK YOU on our Facebook page and website.

Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
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A DIGITAL COPY of the film available to download (available by September 2014).

 

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Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
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A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the music in our film and a handwritten thank you note from the Producer & Director.

 

A DIGITAL COPY of the film available to download (available by September 2014).

 

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A THANK YOU on our Facebook page and website.

Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
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A TWO HOUR FILM PROJECT CONSULTATION with Barbara Twist, the producer for CONSIDERATION, from pre-production budgeting to post-production management.

 

A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the music in our film and a handwritten thank you note from the Producer & Director.

 

A DIGITAL COPY of the film (available by September 2014).
 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU credit in the film.

 

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Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
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A SCRIPT CONSULTATION with V Prasad, who teaches screenwriting at the University of Michigan, including two pages of notes and a two-hour phone or in-person consultation on your screenplay. 

 

A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the music in our film and a handwritten thank you note from the Producer & Director.

 
A DIGITAL COPY of the film (available by September 2014).

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU credit in the film.

 

A THANK YOU on our Facebook page and website.

Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
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A "SUGAR BABY" credit in the film.

 

A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the music in our film and a handwritten thank you note from the Producer & Director.

 
A DIGITAL COPY of the film (available by September 2014).

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU on our Facebook page and website.

Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
4 Supporters

$ 500 or more

A "SUGAR DADDY/MOMMY" credit in the film.

 

A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the music in our film and a handwritten thank you note from the Producer & Director.

 
A DIGITAL COPY of the film (available by September 2014).

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU on our Facebook page and website.

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An "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER" credit in the film.

 

A SIGNED POSTER by key cast & crew.

 

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A DIGITAL COPY of the film (available by September 2014).

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU on our Facebook page and website.

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About the project

I got my first feature writing credit on the independent film Ocean of Pearls.  The story of a Sikh man wrestling with his cultural identity while dealing with the iniquities of the American Health Care system, the film hit theaters just as the Health Care Reform debate had reached a fever pitch. 

Consideration touches on an issue that’s just starting to brew: the rising cost of education.

The idea for the movie came from the growing discussion I was hearing about young educated women dating wealthy older men, specifically to help with tuition costs and loan debt.  What initially fascinated me was the question of whether these arrangements were like prostitution or whether they were not all that different from someone having a trophy wife. 

As we developed the script and researched the realities of someone in the main character’s situation, the story started to touch on other issues.  All the forces around Jessica, and young people like her, have created an “employer’s market.”  Her debt removes any leverage she would have as a young, intelligent and hard-working woman.  She’s become a beggar, not a chooser.  And whatever job she does take will likely only pay her enough to pick away at her $100,000 loan tab.  She’ll always be beholden.

So, what started as a story about a relationship built on money (one person has it and the other needs it), expanded to other relationships complicated by money.  An employer and an employee who desperately needs her job.  A father who only has a relationship with his son because he supports him financially.  A roommate forced to cover the other’s share of the rent.  We can all relate in some way.

Sometimes dramatic.  Sometimes funny.  Ultimately, Consideration is a movie that will get people talking.  Some will support the decisions that Jessica makes.  Some won’t.  Some will sympathize with Henry.  Some won’t.  Some will see the ending as hopeful.  Some won’t.

I see that as a good thing.  And if you do too, we’d love your support.

Synopsis

Jessica Haris works at a call center during the day and bartends at night. What little spare time she has is spent dropping off resumes at law firms. But, her two jobs are not enough to keep up with the payments on her $100,000 of loan debt from law school. When she finds out that she’s going into default, Jessica’s forced to find another source of income. She finds her solution in a website that connects young women with wealthy older men. After walking out on the first guy, Jessica meets Henry McComb, a retired former CEO, who is looking for someone as educated and driven as he is. As Jessica and Henry's relationship develops, Jessica knows that he’s not just paying for her company. As she becomes more comfortable with the arrangement, she quits her call center job to focus on finding a law job.

Meanwhile, an attractive guy her age starts showing up at her bar regularly, trading drinks for conversation, and her feelings for Henry become more complicated. As her relationship with Henry starts to resemble an old married couple, staying in and watching TV, her friendship with Andrew becomes more serious. Things change when Jessica gets an interview with a prestigious law firm. With Andrew’s help, she nails it. They hire her on the spot. The first person she thinks to call is Andrew. To thank Andrew for his help, she invites him over to dinner. When things move to the bedroom, Jessica feels obligated to tell Andrew about Henry. Hurt that she kept it from him so long, he leaves. 

With her relationship with Andrew in a mess, Jessica goes to work the next day, only to find out Henry got her the job through an old friend of his. Furious, she confronts him. He doesn’t think he did anything wrong. To him, he was just helping out his girlfriend. Realizing that things have gone too far, Jessica ends it with him, not letting him down gently. She reaches out to Andrew to ask his advice about her job - he convinces her that she must keep her job, despite Henry's assistance. It will get her out of her financial hole. However, he makes it painfully clear that he doesn’t want to see her again.

The film ends with Jessica where she began in some ways, pinching pennies and working harder than most. This time, however, it is by her own choice. Despite her new job, she still faces a great deal of uncertainty for her future, and we see her grappling with how to move forward from her past relationships, and realizing her own sense of self.

 

 

ABOUT THIS TEAM

You can make an independent film for very little money if you don’t pay anyone.  There’s no shortage of talented and passionate young filmmakers looking for an exciting project to work on so they can build their resume.

But, if you’re making a movie about student loan debt, it doesn’t exactly send the right message to exploit your collaborators with the rationale that you’re giving them “valuable experience” and helping them “get their foot in the door.”

With the exception of myself and our two amazingly professional sound guys, everyone who worked on Consideration was either a student or a very recent college graduate.  And, in a lot of ways, Jessica’s story is their story (except for the whole dating a “sugar daddy” part).

Screenwriter Amy Butler was the first to get involved.  As a young woman with loan debt, she was a natural choice.  It also helped that she’s a born writer, having written two screenplays as an undergrad and continuing that prolific output after graduation.  The only thing she needed to take the next step as a writer was an opportunity to see her writing brought to life on the screen.

Producer Barbara Twist graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 and is already starting to make a name for herself, producing her first feature film and working for the Art House Convergence, an organization of community-based, mission-driven cinemas, and working for her local art house, The Michigan Theater.  This fall, she will be speaking at the Austin Film Festival on DIY film distribution and the art house market.

The camera department (DP Alan Torres and assistants Walter Lin and Joe Reed), the art department (Josh Bayer), the editors (Steven Wang and Kevin Birou)  and the production team (Jacqueline Wilton, Alexa Kresojevich and James Graessle) all graduated from the University of Michigan in the past year or two.

By supporting this project, you’ll be helping them gain “valuable experience,” get their “foot in the door” and get paid for their first feature film gig.

Schedule
Sunday, September 1, 2013 to Sunday, December 1, 2013
Distribution plan

We plan to self-distribute CONSIDERATION using a hybrid distribution strategy of selling distribution rights while maintaining direct sales through our website and DVD sales at screenings of the film. We will initially screen the film at film festivals, including regional and industry festivals. By screening at festivals, we can create and maintain buzz on our film, which we can then use to promote the film to various smaller, independent distributors. We will split up the rights, maintaining distribution control and allowing us to connect individually with art house theaters across the country to book our film as well as having a more experienced third party represent our digital rights with VOD and streaming. Our audience is aged 25 – 50 and predominantly female, which fits the audience of many art house theaters, while still being an audience connected to social media and likely to use streaming video websites. We plan to engage in screenings through on-site Q&A’s and Skype Q&A’s in addition to working with local theaters and festivals to facilitate panels and discussions on student loan debt and the cost of higher education. By connecting with our audience through local screenings and discussions, we can develop a sustainable film community for CONSIDERATION and also for our future film projects.

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UPDATES

Consideration was selected to be part of the Cinetopia International Film Festival, June 4 - June 8, in Ann Arbor, MI.

Our screening time will be Sunday, June 8 at 8pm at the State Theatre. Tickets go on sale on May 9, and you can get ticket & screening information on the site here: http://www.cinetopiafestival.org/films/drama/consideration/

Let's see if we can pack the house :)

Best,

Barbara & Prasad

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Barbara Twist 2 months ago

We are pleased to announce that our first film festival screening will take place at the Cinetopia International Film Festival, June 4-8, in Ann...

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Barbara Twist 3 months ago

Hi everyone!

Since the campaign ended, we have been working hard to get the film finished by end of December. We did reshoots with our...

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Barbara Twist 8 months ago

Thank you to everyone who supported, followed, shared, donated, and talked about our film, CONSIDERATION. Without you, we would not have raised $...

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Thank you to our latest sponsors for getting us up to 68%! If we get to $10,000, we hit the Green Light!

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Current Team

  • Veerendra PrasadDirector
  • Chris NewmanCalvin
  • Ken alter Sugar Daddy
  • Tamar ToukhanianSocial Worker
  • Claire RichardsJessica Haris
  • Jacqueline WiltonAssistant Director
  • Alexa KresojevichSecond Assistant Directormore
  • Barbara TwistProducer
  • Amy ButlerScreenwriter
  • Josh BayerProduction Designer

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Henry and Jessica
Henry and Jessica
Claire Richards - "Jessica Haris"
Mark Boyd - "Henry McComb"
Philip Maxwell - "Andrew"
Nick Skardarasy - "Matt McComb"
Erika Hoveland - "Leslie"
V Prasad - Director
Barbara Twist - Producer
Amy Butler - Writer
Alan Torres - Director of Photography
James Graessle - Line Producer/Associate Producer
Jacqueline Wilton - 1st AD
Joe Reed - 2nd AC/DIT
Walter Lin - 1st AC
Alexa Kresojevich - 2nd AD
Josh Bayer - Production Designer
Steven Wang - Editor
Kevin Birou - Editor

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