Inclusion StatementThis story is about a young girl, Dylan, who bravely goes forth on a grand adventure. As a woman writer/director, I'm committed to making films with girls and women at the center of the story. I hope to inspire other girls to be bold and brave like Dylan!
About The Project
Hi, I'm Melissa McClung, a Western Massachusetts-based filmmaker. All the Marbles is my most ambitious and exciting project to date! I've gathered many regional artists, animators and filmmakers as collaborators on this film. Together, we will create a world as vivid and colorful as the main character's imagination.
This is my Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA thesis film! I've had a wonderful time going back to school, and I've been mentored by inspiring independent filmmakers including Nina Davenport, Laura Colella, and Josephine Decker. For this story, I worked with Josephine Decker to create the story through making a visual script with collage and pictures. This unconventional process brought me out of my head, beyond the written word, and into the realm of visual and visceral storytelling. You can see glimpses of the script in my campaign video, and some of the visuals from it in a one-sheet about the film. One of my campaign incentives is a download of the script!
One-sheet for All the Marbles with images from the visual script.
I love that VCFA is a low-residency program-- it's allowed me to stay in Western Mass and continue to build relationships with local creatives. In supporting this film, you are supporting Western Mass-based art and regional filmmaking. This story is going to be shot on location near my home and will be saturated with local color (literally and figuratively!).
Sounds cool. Why do you need money?
Even on a low-budget, making a film takes a lot of funds! We've already received a small production grant from VCFA to help support this project, so the ball, er, marble is rolling. Our team includes so many talented artists. We need money for: travel, production expenses (props, costumes, set dressing), and crew stipends. In exchange for your donation, there are some awesome prizes to choose from!
On the set of Gale and the Fish.
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me in my filmmaking career thus far. Your generosity means so much to me. Thank you to everyone who has given their time as an audience member, extra, or rough cut-watcher. Thank you to everyone who has provided locations, costumes, and words of encouragement. I'm so excited to make this film so I can show it to you!
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About This Team
MELISSA McCLUNG (Writer/Director) is a filmmaker based in Hadley, MA. Melissa's short Sports: An Inspirational Story (2014), won both local and national awards, her short, Gale and the Fish (2016), was produced with an Northampton Community Television production grant, and her doc Louie's Antiques (2017) screened at the Northampton Film Festival. In addition to writing and directing, Melissa teaches film at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, serves on the board of NCTV, and she is currently pursuing her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. See Melissa's previous work at melissamcclung.com.
NINA ALEXANDER (Production Design, Producer) has previously collaborated with Melissa on her films Charlie & Bluta and Gale and the Fish. [Melissa adds: Nina is the genius behind the robofish!] Nina has a BA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked in theater production for the last decade working in Props, Sets and Paint for companies and productions in Boston, Maine, Rhode Island and New York. As a Brooklyn-based artist she currently divides most of her time between crafting props or building and painting sets at New York University's Tisch Graduate School of the Arts, and helping to create and maintain exhibitions at the New York Botanical Garden's Everett Children's Adventure Garden in the Bronx. She was a part of the art department for the movie Homemakers (dir. Colin Healey) and is Prop Master for his current film in production For Entertainment Purpses Only. She is an avid believer in the magic of storytelling, and strives to enhance any project she works on with her wide knowledge of materials, building techniques, and problem-solving regardless of budget and time constraints. Here are some of Nina's critters!
ARI HAYES (Assistant Director) served as director of photography and assistant director for Gale and the Fish and wrote and co-directed Sports: An Inspirational Story. He was assistant director on the feature film The Answer, and he was an art department assistant on the feature Like Lambs. See his work at arihayes.com.
ANDREW OEDEL (Music) is a musician and record producer based in Western Massachusetts. He is the owner and operator of Ghost Hit Recording, a full-service music production and recording studio in Holyoke Massachusetts. Andrew has created original scores for many of Melissa's films, including Gale and the Fish.
KATE LALIME (Titles & Graphics) is a letterer and graphic designer from Easthampton, Massachusetts. Kate has done title design for a wide variety of projects, on- and off-screen, including Melissa's film, Gale and the Fish. See her work at katelalime.com
MICHELLE HUBER (Choreography) studied dance at Sarah Lawrence College, and has performed in New York, Boston, London and Berlin. She is currently a trainee of the Boston Feldenkrais Program.
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