Jade and Toby, a mystic artist and comedian-magician, are on the road and making their way from Seattle to Dallas. Obsessed with conspiracy theories and all things alien, they're hoping to see some UFOs in the desert. But when they do have an encounter, it's not exactly all they hoped it would be.
Inclusion StatementOur film caters to millennials and sci-fi/alternative geeks. We have a diverse and inclusive cast & crew. On screen we have women and minorities taking the forefront. Behind the scenes we have women in all our key roles; writer/director, producers, cinematographer. We believe in good storytelling.
About The Project
Why This Project? Why Now?
Sci-fi is not a genre that is very female heavy in the filmmaker department and we'd like a chance to change that. A lot is coming out now about how powerful men in the industry have actually thwarted women's careers in film and entertainment which isn't really fair to our gender overall. Who's to say we can't make great sci-fi if we've never been given the chance to even try? This is an opportunity to flip the script and give the other half of the human species a chance to showcase our talents. Now is the time to make changes by actively being part of that change. Supporting and being a part of our journey along Route 46 is a chance to do exactly that!
Who Is Our Audience?
If you would enjoy going to Comic Con (or any such similar event), are a sci-fi geek or magic nerd, alternative kid, into conspiracy theories and/or are intrigued by UFO and alien abduction stories, believing that the truth is out there, this is definitely a film for you! If you're a mellenial into make-up and the mystic arts, Jade is your girl!
If you support women working behind the scenes in film, women directors and want to see more women and minorities on your screen - this is a film that you might be interested in too.
Our Story In a Nutshell
We're taking a road trip with a fun couple through the desert. They get stuck and things get weird.
Who Are We?
We are a group of passionate filmmakers and artists who have decided to pursue our dreams in life and make careers out of story telling. We come from all over the country, with a variety of skill sets and are continuing to build our crew.
Brian Weaver is a visual effects artist who had an idea and called his friend Jacqui Blue up to help him write and tell a story based on a fringe-conspiracy theory. Brian has worked in the previs and visual effects departments for 20 years. Jacqui has earned international acclaim with her independent first feature documentary film and is currently working on her second. She has worked with James Franco, Lou Diamond Philips, Jared Padalecki and hip hop artist TONE-z in the last 4 years since she's been in Los Angeles. Brian and Jacqui put together a team of producers including Tina Carbone who is a well respected independent producer with over 36 credits under her belt in the last 6 years including the award winning and criticially acclaimed short films Killer Friends and Fragile Storm.
We're working hard to establish ourselves in our industry and feel that going forward with this film and bringing it from script to screen will not only showcase our individual talents in our respective arenas but will also allow our talented actors the opportunity to show Hollywood (and everyone else) how awesome diversity is. Making this film is a chance for all of us to grow as artists and upon the success of our film, will hopefully serve to advance our careers so that we can better support ourselves and our families. Not just a hobby, this is our profession.
How Route 46 Was Born?
Director/Writer/Producer, Jacqui Blue and Visual Effects Artist/Producer, Brian Weaver discussed the concept for this story one night for a few hours. Together they came up with the idea to tell this story about a conspiracy theory obsessed couple who end up having some pretty strange experiences themselves, while stranded alone in the Nevada desert. About a week later the first draft of the script was done. After a few table reads and a couple minor rewrites, a team of producers was put together and the two lead roles were cast.
We've put together a solid producing team to carry this film through who are all talented, passionate and eager to take their careers to the next level with this film by showcasing their talents on a larger scale.
We thought this story was the perfect one for us to flex our creative muscle and get our feet wet with the world of feature films. We've kept it simple with one main location, two main characters, and good story.
Meet Toby & Jade!
He's a comedian-magician. She's a blogger into the mystic arts. They're madly in love and obsessed with all things alien. Now they're taking a road trip from Seattle to Dallas - but they need your help!
Toby is being portrayed by the talented and funny actor/magician, Joseph Tran. He has a successful webseries on YouTube, Reasons Not To Date a Magician. Joseph tours the country as a professional illusionist and magician by trade, when he's not acting. Catch him on the road, if you can and have your mind blown.
Jade is being portrayed by Hollywood newcomer, Makena Tolman. A life long practioner of the performing arts, she relocated from Napa Valley to pursue her passions on screen. She is a writer, actress and singer/songwriter who was recently one of the writers hand selected by James Franco to be a part of a Master Class inwhich she became a credited writer on the feature film Evil Days.
Jade has a blog. A real blog! Learn more about her and her interests - or even interact with her @ www.CloseEncountersWithJade.Blogspot.com
What You Get Out Of Supporting Us
Whether you choose to support us by Following our project on Seed & Spark, social media, Jade's blog or make a contribution - be it contribution of services or fiscal, we work hard to keep our audience engaged at every stage along with us.
Remember: In order to help us secure the Filmmakers Gift Box from Seed & Spark, we need to have at least 500 followers on the project. It doesn't cost you a penny to sign up & click a "Follow" on the little heart and support our project - but those 2 minutes it would take out of your time would really mean a lot to us and could go a long way for our project's success.
Although fiscal support is not required to help us out, it is appreciated and goes a long way towards helping us reach our goal in bringing this film from script to screen. We wanted to make sure that our supporters get something for their money's worth that they might find value in. If you are thinking of making a fiscal contribution please look over all of our incentives carefully and choose what you're most interested in. We want this experience to be more like it's a valuable exchange - like you're "buying" something of value and the money just happens to go towards the funding of a film instead of a company/corporation/sales person/etc.
We are only raising a small portion of our entire budget through this platform and these funds will go towards the production process to help us pay our cast and crew as well as provide production essentials, craft services and the bureaucratic business.
When our film ends up doing well and becomes a success, you'll also get the added satisfaction of knowing it wouldn't have ever happened without you and your support!
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About This Team
Brian Weaver - Visual Effects Artist/Producer: Originally from PA, he's been working in the previs and visual effects departments for 20 years in Los Angeles. Route 46 is Brian's original concept which spurred from his own interest in all things conspiracy theory - from a researcher point of view. He's worked behind the scenes on top tier projects, with big directors and for major studios with his niché skill set over the last two decades. But having limited experience in all the other areas of filmmaking, he phoned his friend Jacqui Blue and discussed the concept as well as how they could write a story that could be done on a low budget but be done well.
Jacqui Blue - Writer/Director: Originally from Hollywood, FL she relocated to the "other" Hollywood to pursue her behind the scene dreams in 2013. In the last four years she's achieved international acclaim with her first feature documentary and is currently working on a second feature documentary. Between the two feature documentaries she's directed, produced, edited and written a few short films; Burden of Proof was made in a Master Class instructed by James Franco, Hip hop artist TONEz hired her to co-write, direct and edit his short passion project entitled Sed (Thirst) and Love & Other Lies is an original short film written, directed, produced and edited by Jacqui Blue. She's ready to direct her first feature narrative film.
"When Brian came to me with this idea he had and we spent hours talking about it, I was excited when we hung up. I wrote an outline immediately and within a week I had a first draft of the script. I really like these characters, think we have two incredible actors cast as our leads and I'm really excited to see it all coming to life." - Jacqui Blue
Tina Carbone - Producer: She's originally from New Orleans and has thirty-six (36) producer credits under her belt in the last six (6) years. Tina has a reputation amongst her crew, friends, fans and followers as being a solid producer who works hard and gets the job done. We reached out to Tina to join our project and she was excited to jump on board, believing in our story and actors as much as we do. She co-directed and produced the crictically acclaimed short film, Killer Friends and was a producer on the award winning short film, Fragile Storm about Alzheimers that is bringing awareness to this devestating illness afflicting so many.
Debbie Rankin: Producer - She has more than 15 years experience in the industry working on screen and behind the scenes, Debbie doesn’t mind wearing multiple hats on a production including Account Executive, Senior Producer, Office Manager, Location Scout, Coordinator, PA. She is an award winning producer known for Fragile Storm and has produced for Stage18Productions, Palm Street Films, Wunderfilles, Montgomery & Co. Creative, etc.
Laura Jansen: Cinematographer (DP) - She is a Los Angeles-based director of photography primarily known for dramatic narrative work. Laura is drawn to stories that deal with emotional struggle and that explore the complexity of the human psyche. She loves to carefully tread the line between dark and light in her images and frequently makes bold choices with color. She believes that her style changes and adapts with each film. Many attribute the visual differences in each of her works to the attention to detail she gives each story. Her first feature film, Brothers In Arms (2016), recently became available to rent on Amazon Video and Amazon Prime. She has collaborated with Conrad Ricamora (How to Get Away with Murder), J Mallory McCree (The Defenders, Quantico), and Sally Pressman (Army Wives) on their personal projects. She is excited to add Route 46 as her sophomore feature film to her credits as she grows as an artist.
We will be shooting in 4K with the Arri Alexa Mini.