Not Abel

Not Abel

Drama
Short
Texas
PRODUCTION PHASE 2
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When his twin brother forsakes the business to protect his family, a tenacious meth dealer sets out on a violent course to prove his worth.
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Camera
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Camera Accessories
These are the essentials that complement the camera, like monitors and filters.
$25.00 per unit 7 of 20
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Camera Package - RED Epic
The center of every production - the camera. We're shooting with the top-shelf RED Epic.
$10.00 per unit 10 of 100
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Easy Rig
This camera rig gives our operator more control of the camera with less stress on the body.
$60.00 per unit 0 of 5
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Set of Zeiss Lenses
Just as important as the camera.
$10.00 per unit 0 of 50
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Lighting
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Lighting Package
Equipment needed to light the film.
$25.00 per unit 2 of 40
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Makeup and Wardrobe
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Makeup and Wardrobe
The makeup and clothing that fits the time period of the film.
$5.00 per unit 1 of 20
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Transportation
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Gas
It's a long travel to the mountains of Arkansas from our home town in the DFW.
$5.00 per unit 1 of 200
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Art Direction
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Props and Set Decoration
This film is set in the early 90's, so the period-specific props and set pieces are a must.
$5.00 per unit 0 of 40
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Talent
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Cast
These are the talented artists who bring life to NOT ABEL's characters.
$10.00 per day 2 of 150
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Vehicles
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1980's Oldsmobile - Loan
Driven by one of David's cronys. Only needed in Arkansas.
$10.00 per item 0 of 20
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David's Truck - Loan
This is David's 1980's pickup. It's only needed in Arkansas.
$10.00 per unit 0 of 40
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Old Semi - Loan
Needed for one scene in DFW before we leave for Arkansas. Does not drive during the shot.
$0.01 per unit 0 of 1
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Crew
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Crew
A lot of the crew is working at a reduced rate. Help us show our appreciation for them!
$25.00 per day 1 of 60
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Production Supplies
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Hard Drives, Bug Spray, Walkie Talkies, etc.
The odds and ends to prepare us for shooting on location.
$5.00 per unit 0 of 100
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Honda 6500W Generator
Shooting in the mountains of Arkansas means we need our own portable power supply!
$10.00 per unit 0 of 30
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Catering and Craft Services
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Catering
Our hard-working cast and crew has to eat!
$5.00 per portion 7 of 200
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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 Not Abel. You'll get a HERO badge you can share with the world! BE A HERO!
Total value raised : $8,191
Wishlist total : $10,000

Incentives

$ 5 or more

Thank You and Facebook Shout-out - With your contribution, you've earned a place in the credits, and we will recognize you on our social media platforms, too!

Estimated Delivery : November, 2013
0 Supporters

$ 10 or more

David's Business Card - In addition to the above, you'll receive NOT ABEL central character David King's two-sided Business Card from the film.

Estimated Delivery : December, 2013
1 Supporters

$ 25 or more

DVD of NOT ABEL - In addition to the above, you've earned a DVD of the film, complete with the finished film, all behind-the-scenes videos and photos, teasers, and original art jacket and jewel case.

Estimated Delivery : April, 2014
5 Supporters

$ 50 or more

NOT ABEL T-shirt or Bluray - All of the above, plus the NOT ABEL T-shirt our cast and crew wear. OR, instead of the T-shirt, you may choose the Bluray of the finished film.

Estimated Delivery : April, 2014
10 Supporters

$ 75 or more

Prop from NOT ABEL - All of the above, plus a surprise prop used on screen in the film. There is no better way to take home a piece of NOT ABEL!

Estimated Delivery : January, 2014
0 Supporters

$ 100 or more

NOT ABEL Original Soundtrack - In addition to the above, you've earned a CD with the NOT ABEL soundtrack, comprised entirely of original music written and recorded by artists across the country. You've already heard their work in the teasers and BTS Logs. This soundtrack has ALL of the original NOT ABEL music.

Estimated Delivery : April, 2014
6 Supporters

$ 250 or more

Lewis's Mesh-back Cap - All of the above, plus a Mesh-back Cap similar to the one David's twin brother Lewis wears in NOT ABEL.

Estimated Delivery : April, 2014
2 Supporters

$ 1000 or more

Associate Producer - Your contributions merit more than just gifts. You have staked a tentpole in the production of this film, and for that you have earned an Associate Producer credit, in addition the above. Thank You!

Estimated Delivery : April, 2014
0 Supporters
About the project

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Inspired by Nick Reding’s New York Times bestseller, Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, and by my personal interviews with users and cooks of the American Midwest, this is a narrative grown from the backyard of our nation.

Raised in the wilderness of Franklin County, Missouri (once a national leader in clandestine lab busts), my cousin witnessed the lifestyle and danger behind this volatile designer drug. His stories were terrifying. I had always thought this kind of drug activity only lived in the roughest parts of the city - or on TV.

 

To my suprise, I learned that three sides of my own family have come into close contact with this drug.

Without question, I had to make a film about it - one that explores how this Pandora’s Box of a drug has dominated the small-town American family.

Unlike AMC’s Breaking Bad, this story takes place in the early 90’s. Before meth became a legend, resourceful laborers and farm-workers started experimenting with household ingredients. My father, once a sheriff of Newton, Illinois, learned that a cook didn’t need the smarts of a chemist to make effective methamphetamines. This designer drug is the product of a half century of experimentation - and all forms of the drug have their own unique high. Our film is a historical prologue of what meth is today.

 

This film does not mythologize the drug culture. It is an honest portrayal of a place where God and substance abuse are the two choices for coping with economic ruin. This tour of David’s life begins in a storm of pride, poverty, family, faith, and survival.

 

But it doesn’t end there. This short is the precursor to a narrative that follows David further down the rabbit hole, as the kingdom he’s built costs him his twin brother - and his identity. Through your contributions, you not only directly support this short, but you also plant a seed for the feature to come.

Synopsis

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NOT ABEL is a domestic crime drama. David King, a lone, tenacious small-towner, has built an empire in the Ouchita Mountains dealing meth to the locals. After his twin brother Lewis abandons the lifestyle to protect his own wife and son, David tries to force Lewis back into the business, but his wrecklessness pushes Lewis further and further away.

Out to prove himself a family man as able as Lewis, David tries to support his favorite nephew Lenny, but Lewis and his wife Gail are cautious of David and his growing volitality. Gail begs him to stop - to let go of the kingdom he's built around him.

Give up the empire. Or lose the family. Plagued with a dilemma, David straightens up before it all falls down - on him and the only family he has. If it’s not too late.

ABOUT THIS TEAM

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Ryan Britton. Writer-Director-Production Designer. Ryan investigates social issues and sheds light on the oppressed and misunderstood, like in his most recent film To Be Gray (official selection of the Dallas International, San Antonio, and Boston LGBT film festivals). With the background of an experimental filmmaker at Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale, Ryan paints with a somewhat abstract brush as a director and production designer. Also a highly skilled carpenter, he has built several shooting sets for films, as well as custom rigging for stunts and effects. Ryan is completing his masters at UT Arlington this year.

 

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Jordan Scott Price. Producer. Jordan is the Creative Director of Flying Canvas Pictures, a DFW-based creative media company that specializes in film production and digital media. While earning his bachelors at UT Arlington, Jordan directed and produced videos for Southwest Airlines for two years. Fourth and Orchard, the first film he wrote and directed, was an official selection of twelve festivals and a Best Shorts Award winner. Jordan has also worked as a cinematographer, shooting over a dozen short and feature films.

 

 

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Brendan Feltrup-Exum. Associate Producer. Brendan is the Creative Director of Haywire Studios, a production company that produces training videos and commercials, and he's a certified pyrotechnician, weapons handler, and special effects operator. After undergraduate study, Brendan worked with KERA PBS in Dallas and on several Hollywood features. Now in his second year of the Masters program at UT Arlington, Brendan is writing and directing his own projects, like Endeavour.

 

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Robbie Curtis. Director of Photography. Robbie is as versatile as they come. Among other things, he is a cinematographer, assistant director, and documentary filmmaker. His award-winning documentary Masq’d Hope is an uncomfortably close capture of the Occupy Dallas movement. Robbie also worked for the production manager on the film Last Vegas, starring Robert De Niro, set to release in November, and for D Magazine, Dallas’s variety entertainment circular. Currently, he is editing a cable TV show for AMS Pictures. Robbie also earned his bachelors from UT Arlington.

Schedule
Friday, November 1, 2013 to Monday, November 4, 2013
Distribution plan

Not only will the film be available to watch on Seed&Spark, we will submit the film to festivals including Texas-based Dallas International, SXSW, and Lone Star, and San Antonio, as well as festivals outside of Texas that have screened our films before, including Pacific Grove, Carmel Art & Film, Orlando, and Honolulu.

Amount you want to raise on Seed&Spark:
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UPDATES

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Learn about Not Abel Teammate Robbie Curtis.

Robbie is the film's Director of Photography and a multi-faceted filmmaker. Other than Director of Photography, Robbie is also an Assistant Director, an Editor, and a Documentarian. His award-winning documentary MASQ'D HOPE brilliantly covers the story of the Occupy Dallas movement and its protestors - http://bit.ly/1a7pu0m

Robbie also worked for the production manager on the film Last Vegas, coming out this November, and for D Magazine. Currently, he is editing for AMS Pictures. Robbie also earned his bachelors from UT Arlington.

See more of the Not Abel Team in action @ www.notabelmovie.com.

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  • Jordan Scott PriceAssistant Director, Producermore
  • Elliott GilbertCasting Director
  • Brendan Feltrup-ExumCo-Producer, Special Effects Supervisormore
  • Robbie CurtisDirector of Photographymore
  • Nate KantorArt Director
  • Nikki BrittonCostume Designer, Hair & Makeup, Hairdressermore
  • Jorge GaraSet Designer

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