No work? Stuck at home? Let's make a feature film! We see this challenging time as the perfect opportunity to finally shoot the feature version of our award-winning horror short, REMISSION. With a micro-cast and crew, we cannot wait to bring you this story, and scare the pants right off you. Thanks!
Mission StatementAt OneTakeFilms we create compelling films, often with an LGBTQ+ bent. My personal passion lies in independent horror films: I find nothing so satisfying as building my own film equipment, shooting a unique visual language, and editing for suspense, all to make an audience scream in unison. Join us!
About The Project
EXCITING NEWS! As of 10/19, we have reached our first stretch goal of $20,000!!
BUT WE STILL HAVE TWO MORE DAYS!
Maybe we're crazy, but we're not finished yet...
HERE'S WHAT WE STILL NEED:
Our initial $15K budget was based on funding our Pre-Production and Filming, along with partially assisting our Post-Production process (editing, sound mixing, coloring, etc.). This does not include the imposing costs of a feature's film festival journey: from submission fees, to deliverables, to hiring a Strategic Publicist, to festival travel and costs, etc. Our original plan was to possibly launch a second Seed&Spark campaign once the film was nearing completion to cover these additional costs, which can run upwards of $15,000 on their own.
Let's keep this momentum going with a BRAND NEW STRETCH GOAL!
With such support for Remission already demonstrated, we are making our new stretch goal $21,000. Our hope is to cover more of those initial film festival costs with this additional stretch amount.
About 48 hours left - we can do this!
We are grateful for your support, your zeal for our work, and for sharing our team with your team.
HERE'S OUR STORY:
Our 2010, award-winning horror short Remission was inspired by the the death of my wonderful, jolly, English-immigrant father, Raymond F. J. Smith, from cancer in 2003.
As I was intimately involved in my father's daily healthcare in Maine, the monumental emotional and physical burden for those inflicted with this disease and for their families became very palpable to me. The time period from my father's late diagnosis to his funeral spanned only four months to the date, but those long months cast a shadow I couldn't shake once I returned home to NYC - and to my husband, the wonderful actor Michael Fitzpatrick.
This dread began to gnaw on my psyche - this feeling of uncertainty, this anxiety of cancer returning to our lives. My biggest fear was that Michael would get it. That constant worry began to fester underneath everything else I was pursuing.
My first short with OneTakeFilms, 2008's gay romantic comedy The Back Room, had been a huge success, screening at over 50 film festivals on five continents, garnering multiple awards, winning "Best Short" on LOGO TV's The Click List: Best in Short Film Season 7, and Season 8's "Best of the Best - Romance," as well as being released on Wolfe Video's DVD compilation Boycrazy.
I wanted to create something completely different with my next film. And I love horror. So I decided to exorcise this dread by putting it on the screen.
We shot Remission over a long weekend in late summer in upstate New York. We had a wonderful cast and crew, including Michael as "Sam," the amazing Todd Jennision Parmley as "The Figure," and our dearly departed Boston Terrier Olive as "Brenda." My friend, the ingenious filmmaker Todd Verow, shot it for me.
With a budget of only $1000, I built all of my own camera rigs from plumbing pipe, inline skate wheels, and plywood, which began a passion for DIY filmmaking that I intend to bring to our feature.
Remission went on to screen at over a dozen film festivals, and win the Out in the Desert Film Festival Audience Award for “Best Horror Short," and the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival's “2010 Horror Film Award.” It was also included on the 2012 best-selling DVD compilation Black Briefs, by Guest House Films. I have wanted to expand the story and develop it into a feature since then.
Remission was - and still will be in its feature-length form - about the fear of cancer returning eating you alive. It's about distrusting your own gut, questioning your own vision, and about the abject terror of uncertainty in the face of death. Is Sam's fear playing tricks on his mind, or is something there, hunting him?
"Why now?" you may ask.
With the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic upon us, the themes in Remission have rarely been so universal: the fear of the intruder, the fear of contagion, the panic of isolation, the psychological strain that disease puts on us all. Also, over the last year, at least six dear friends have dealt with intense cancer issues, which has awakened much of my anxiety regarding this subject. It's time to exorcise again.
On the flip side, in true lemons-to-lemonade fashion, positive elements for filming our feature have been falling into place because of the pandemic: Michael's acting work was postponed until 2021, making him conveniently available; the original house in which we shot the short will be open to us, as its occupants will be remote teaching from elsewhere; my day job has completely evaporated, "allowing" me full concentration on pre-production, as well as the "freedom" to travel back to upstate NY for a month (we moved to LA from NYC since the short was filmed). All lemonade.
On the surface, this may seem like a bonkers time to ask for assistance in funding our little project. In light of our current economy, the important #BLM movement, and impending election, I fully understand. With OneTakeFilms, I strive to tell stories of underepresented voices, to subvert a hetero-normative narrative by including LGBTQ+ characters whose sexuality is often incidental to the plot. Visibility is key, and horror is universal. Even your small donations can be quite impactful to get these voices heard (and, of course, large donations will seriously help too!). Although our goal amount is peanuts in the world of feature films, it represents a serious chunk of change to us at OneTakeFilms. Michael and I will be creating this film by ourselves, alone, as we quarantine in upstate NY together. All pre-production and production filming will be a total cast and crew of two, with no physical assistance from the outside. Your pledges would help cover travel costs, building supplies, equipment, rentals, actor salaries, payroll taxes, insurance, and significantly assist in our post-production work flow. It's an exciting challenge for which we've been preparing a decade.
Thank you so much for your time, and for supporting our feature film Remission. We cannot wait to share it with you.
Greg Ivan Smith
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About This Team
GREG IVAN SMITH (Writer, Producer, Director, "Clive"):
Filmmaker, Actor, and Stand-up Comedian Greg Ivan Smith has been creating award-winning short-form content with his production company, OneTakeFilms, since 2006. As Producer, Writer, Director, and Editor, his work has screened at over 75 film festivals on five continents, and appeared on DVD collections and television. Smith has a passion for circumventing low budgets by building his own film equipment, which he used to great extent in such films as the original Remission and Violin Case. As an editor, his horror short Scary Larry won the "Best Editing" Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. Additional filmmaking highlights include directing the two-part season finale of the award-winning web series Darwin: The Series, helmed by Emmy-winner Carrie Preston, and his own short, The Back Room, which won LOGO TV's The Click List: Best in Short Film, Season 7 and Season 8 ("Best of the Best - Romance"). Acting highlights include several seasons at Utah Shakespearean Festival, Gross Indecency, directed by Moisés Kaufman at San Francisco's Theatre on the Square, and originating the role of 'Jason' in last year's Nancy F***ing Reagan, at Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood. Smith received a BFA in Film/Video from Hartford Art School in W. Hartford, CT, and an MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Originally from Bangor, Maine, he lives in Los Angeles, CA with his husband, actor Michael Fitzpatrick. The current, feature version of Remission will be the eleventh film project they've created together. (www.onetakefilms.com)
MICHAEL FITZPATRICK (Costume Designer, Art Director, "Sam")
Actor and Designer Michael Fitzpatrick has been working steadily in the arts since he was a child. Acting highlights include National Broadway Tours of 42nd Street and Beauty And The Beast, Gross Indecency, directed by Moisés Kaufman (both Off-Broadway and in SF's Theatre on the Square), and 'Toby Belch' in Twelfth Night at Great River Shakespeare Festival, where he has been a company member for 15 years. He's acted in several of OneTakeFilms' shorts, including the original Remission, Violin Case, What It Means To Fall, and Glasgow. As a Costume Designer and Art Director, Fitzpatrick has worked on dozens of award-winning projects, including OneTakeFilms' The Back Room, Remission, and Scary Larry (set in 1952), as well as Pearl, starring Frances Sternhagen and directed by Dan Butler, and the web series Darwin: The Series, directed by Emmy Winner Carrie Preston. He studied acting at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA, and in the MFA program at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, CA. Originally from Sacramento, CA, he lives in Los Angeles, CA with his husband, filmmaker Greg Ivan Smith.