We're trying to make a statement about low-budget filmmaking with this feature. We want to prove that the days of 'Primer' (a $4000 feature) and 'Mariachi' (a $7000 feature) are not over. We've noticed a majority of student films have budgets in the thousands. We want to do things differently.
Inclusion StatementA central theme in this movie is the hypocrisy of white privilege. The film pokes fun at ignorant white college kids wanting the easiest route to the top, while not acknowledging the more pressing plight that affects minorities and poorer students.
About The Project
Roomates? Roomates. ROOMATES!
Why only one 'm' in the title? It just looks better that way, okay? Two m's is so boring.
What the heck is going on?
Our feature is about two struggling college students named Aiden and Jacob (played by Aiden and Jacob) who discover the ultimate solution to their suffering GPA's: a school policy which grants any students whose roommate dies a 4.0 for the given semester. Naturally, that means one of their roomates must die. However, things quickly spiral out of control when other students catch wind of their operation.
It's an urban legend as old as time. It's very possible several people around you believe in this policy. Some have even tried testing it out. It's very absurd of course...but tempting? No, no, no, of course not. Unless...?
...this isn't some brand new concept. This is no Inception, people. In fact, in 1998, two movies were released with this same basic narrative setup. So what's new in Roomates! that's worthy of support?
Every existing movie on this topic has only served to reinforce the "Pass by Catastrophe" policy myth. We wanted our feature to tear apart this silly urban legend and highlight the insanity of trusting in something like this. Also, the characters in these other films kind of suck, for lack of a better word. The characters of Aiden and Jacob aren't perfect angels, but making their desperation believable and their flaws compelling was a key piece of the writing process for us.
No money, no problem.
On top of that, for Aiden and I, Roomates! is an escape. It gives us the chance to go back to the fun filmmaking days of highschool where all you needed was a camera and some willing actors to make your story work. We wanted to get out of the mindset telling us our projects could only be good with big fancy cameras and loads of shiny lights.
It's gonna be silly.
With that said, Roomates! is going to be rough around the edges. It'll be silly and absurd. But that's what student filmmaking is all about right? We welcome silliness. And this story gave us the perfect opportunity to take things to an 11 without breaking the bank.
Editing will start in early May, and with some luck, we'll have a finished product by the end of the Summer. We'd love to show this not only to our wonderful supporters, but to everyone else, all around the world. That means festivals. Lots of festivals.
Is it Sundance material? Eh, who knows, and why worry about it anyways!? But one things for certain: we'll be putting our hearts into this project and hopefully everyone will see that passion in the final product. We greatly appreciate any and all help supporting our mission. Thank you.
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About This Team
Aiden and I wrote this script over Winter Break in about a week and a half. Granted, we did a lot of pre-planning during the Fall Semester, but things came together relatively quickly, especially since we knew we wanted to shoot on campus this Spring. So far, this collaboration has been really wonderful and fun. It's brought out the most creative parts in both of us.
Our producers include the wonderful Grayson McKim (also composing an original score for this project) and the sassy Nishanth Ramasubramanian (also our 1st Assistant Director). Ultimately, that pretty much makes this a Boondoggle Production. Boondoggle is known for wacky videos like the short, but sweet 1 minute film, "College," or the groundbreaking musical, "Food Chain." Roomates! is such an absurd and over the top film that it fits perfectly into the Boondoggle catelouge.
As for our camera team, we have the legendary Chris Pickering and the man himself, Mr. Owen Markham. Both individuals have extensive camera and lighting knowledge (ha ha, nerds...amiright?). There isn't a better duo out there to tackle a project like this. And these two really understand how to achieve high quality on a nonexistent budget. Between Chris's dance abilities and Owen's harmonica skills, things are looking spicy.
Lastly, but certainly not leastly, is our production designer, Cori DeTurk - one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Cori can brighten anyone's day and understands fun like nobody else. She just recently finished production on a short film of hers called 'Maybe I Don't Actually Suck', which is now in post production. Cori is the heartbeat that we desperately needed for this project.
This team is small and fiesty, but it's the best group of people we could ask for on a project like this.