With COURT, we intend to create a comedy that is honest in its message. Court is a comedic story about finding confidence within yourself, and with that we hope to create a narrative that is relatable and humble in its underlying message: Always believe in yourself.
Inclusion StatementWe are dedicated to working with a diverse crew that comes from a number of different backgrounds in order to create a project where the end result is representative of, and relatable to, many individuals, rather than a select few.
About The Project
Hello! Thanks for checking out our campaign. I'm sure you may be wondering why we're spending all our time in film school making a movie so let's waste no time getting into...
Earlier this year, we fundraised for and produced a film called TENNIS, and it had an unexpectedly positive response online.
In all seriousness, a wonderful community on Reddit (/r/me_irl) really took our video and ran with it, eventually leading to us recieving a lot more views than we had expected or anticipated.
(with 30k views, it was about 30k more than we had expected to recieve)
The response was wonderful and heartwarming, but there were many individuals asking if we had plans to expand on the world we had created with TENNIS.
Since then, we have been sending TENNIS off to festivals to endure the wrath of professional film critics. However, after wrapping production entirely, we agreed that it did not feel as if we had fully explored the world we had just created.
Cue COURT, the spiritual prequel to TENNIS that follows Calvin and Chester as Calvin vies for the attention of the newly-moved-in girl next door. It takes place a couple years before TENNIS, when Calvin and Chester are still in high school, and contains characters such as Chester's seventy-five year old neighbor Herb who is a master of karate and piano. This film is being produced as our senior thesis project at Chapman University, and we are thrilled to show you what we have planned.
We are incredibly excited to be making this film and we are even more excited that you get to be involved in the process. Our crew is a diverse group of talented individuals, and we are confident in our ability to create an engaging, comedic short film for your viewing pleasure.
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About This Team
Philip Stilwell is a senior Film Production major at Chapman University. Court is the third short film Philip has directed at Chapman University. The prior film Philip directed, Tennis, is set in the same universe as Court, and he is excited to be expanding upon the characters originally created for Tennis.
Rachel is a senior Creative Producing major and Business Administration minor at Chapman University. She has spent the last three years collaborating with her talented peers to make compelling films and learn the craft of filmmaking, and has loved every minute! As a lover of comedy Rachel is ecstatic to get to produce Court for her senior thesis.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Aaron is a Senior Cinematographer at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television. He loves to travel, experience the outdoors and create through Film and Photography. If he wasn't a filmmaker, he would be living in the woods.
Bryce Neville is a senior Film Production major at Chapman University. Bryce currently works as a professional production designer on narrative and music video sets in the Los Angeles area. He was also responsible for the production design on our previous film, Tennis.
Payton Koch is a senior film production major studying editing. His passion for storytelling runs in the family and he plans to edit films for a living. He’s worked on various dodge AP and Thesis films, and has began to delve into feature films and music videos. He’s currently interning at 20th Century Fox.
Having grown up in front of and behind a camera, it was no question that Olivia Lauletta was destined for a career in the cinematic arts. Currently, Olivia is a senior with a News and Documentary Major and a self designed minor in Sound Design. Within her time at Chapman University, she has directed 2 international documentaries and sound designed several short films.
UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGER
Katie moved to the US in the pouch of a kangaroo that knew how to swim. The kangaroo introduced her to movies and she is now a senior Creative Producing major at Chapman.