Salvation- a Short Film

By Alyse Verstraten

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Salvation- A Short Film

Project 2019-07-17 18:47:42 +1200

Our film Salvation is a film that has been worked on for the past 5 months and is now heading towards production for our final university Screen Production assignment. The film Salvation is a narrative that follows the story of a young New Zealander who must face the religious and social struggles of coming out as a transgender male after being forced to leave the Church he was raised in. Our film is a narrative which is based on a true story; It will include dramatic recreations of events and voice-over of the main character’s recount of what happened. The film covers topics relevant to LGBTQ+ and Religion. It also hits on the themes of loneliness and acceptance.

Screen Grab from proof of concept video

Roman and I (Alyse) are third-year AUT students majoring in TV Screen Production. We are hoping our film will be able to be entered into film competitions after it’s completion as our final university assignment.

Roman is the writer and director of this film. Roman decided to create this film as he is close friends with the person the story is based on, and he is passionate about filmmaking. Roman is also a transgender male and believes transgender representation in all forms of media is important. The story shows the reality of the treatment some transgender people face even in modern societies. As someone who has faced transphobia in his life, Roman feels that education about the transgender experience is key to helping people to understand and be more accepting of LGBTQ+ people. This is a topic and a story both Roman and Alyse are passionate about, and they feel it is an important story to tell. Alyse decided to come on as producer believing this film covers an important topic that is relevant in today's society and still not fully understood. Like Roman, Alyse feels education about the experience is key to helping people become more accepting and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. The education, in turn, will also help those experiencing the situation for themselves feel as though they are more likely to have a solid support system around them. Although the film is centered around a transgender character the themes of isolation and feeling out of place are big elements of the story that many can relate to regardless of how they relate to the LGBTQ+ elements our film is centered around.

Salvation Logo

We believe we are the right people to deliver this film as Roman has a personal connection to the subject matter and the story and Alyse has the creative and organized mindset that will help bring this film to life. Together we can create a finished product that will be both cinematically beautiful as well as truthful, touching and educational.

We intend to use the funds raised to cover location hire, catering and transport for cast and crew, costume and prop hire and post-production costs. Although our goal is $950 we would love to raise over $1000 so we can pay our actors to thank them for all their hard work and dedication they put towards our project. Any extra funds raised will go towards bettering post-production and paying actors and volunteers who helped with our film. Any donation towards our film would be greatly appreciated. For those who donate $50 or more, you will be thanked in the credits for your generosity.

A successful campaign for us will mean the beginning to what could be a very exciting future in the film and screen industry for both Roman and Alyse. Not only will the success of the campaign help us and our future but will help the film be at the highest caliber possible for a student short film and be competition worthy. Roman and Alyse hope to enter this film into competitions so awareness can be spread and shared worldwide as well as in New Zealand.

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Updates 6

Day 2 is complete

29/08/2019 at 10:31 PM

Day 2 of filming is complete and so is our time at our beautiful church location. Tomorrow brings the last day of filming which also means the last day with our wonderful cast and crew. We have honestly been so lucky with how incredibly well our whole team has worked together and how the cast and crew all click so well. Will definitely be a slightly sad goodbye wrapping tomorrow.

 

Work in progress

21/08/2019 at 6:43 PM

we are currently working extremely hard sorting everything we need for the shoot days which are coming up super fast. Today we had a little production meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page and could sort out what we still need to do as well as collaborate final ideas and help out the incredibly stressed director and producer.

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Casting Call is out

02/08/2019 at 5:00 PM

Had a huge day today getting the casting call out to agents and facebook acting pages and we're super excited to see we've had a number of people interested already. Auditions start next week and not long after we will be able to reveal our cast to you! Thank you once again for the huge support and donations that have come through already. With one month to go, we only have $170 until we reach our goal and we couldn't have done that without your support so thank you once again for all the love you have shown us. 

Also if you're interested in being apart of our project and live in Auckland we have an awesome opportunity for you to be an extra in our film. Just send us an email at [email protected] and I'll get in contact with you about further details.

Social Media

27/07/2019 at 8:24 PM

Just a short update to let you know our Instagram page is officially up: https://www.instagram.com/salvation_shortfilm/

Give it a follow for more updates on our film which is currently in the pre-production stage, and once again thank you so much for your support! it really is appreciated

Thank You Update

23/07/2019 at 5:43 PM

Thank you so much to those who have donated so far, we are incredibly thankful to you all! Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more updates on the project including videos and photos which will start to be posted this week. we officially have our filming dates locked in and a location ready to go so we definitely still need your help so we can reach our goal and not have to take too much out of our own pockets to cover costs involved. We would really appreciate if you could share our page to family and friends as well as anyone who would be interested in supporting or even just hearing about our project.

Once again thank you so much for the support so far, Alyse x

    Pledgers 16

    Anonymous pledger
    2019-08-05 19:57:44 +1200

    "Go make a movie you beautiful bastards ❤️"

    Antoon Brenda Verstraten
    2019-08-05 19:04:22 +1200

    "Love Mum and Dad."

    Dallas
    2019-08-03 17:17:06 +1200

    "Good luck with the film my guys, can't wait to see it :) x"

    Emma Steiner
    2019-08-03 16:42:21 +1200

    "Best of luck with your film! Can’t wait to see it :) "

    Leah Steens
    2019-08-01 21:57:46 +1200

    "Kia kaha - Arohanui from Ngaruawahia whanau 💜"

    Daniel Wright
    2019-08-01 12:25:32 +1200
    Kathy Wright
    2019-08-01 08:51:35 +1200

    "C4 Group proudly support this project and its commentary on the struggle of transgenders to find their way in today's society. Best of luck to the crew."

    Kathy Wright
    2019-08-01 08:46:31 +1200

    "Best of luck with the project guys. Very worthwhile."

    Lui Hellesoe
    2019-07-31 16:54:04 +1200

    "Good luck with the movie! Can't wait to see it"

    Liss
    2019-07-26 22:06:26 +1200

    "Good Luck guys!! I cant wait to see how this turns out "

    William Andersen-Gardiner
    2019-07-25 01:23:26 +1200
    Linda Wright
    2019-07-23 20:56:43 +1200
    Antoon Brenda Verstraten
    2019-07-20 21:12:03 +1200

    "Good luck Alyse and Roman for your film. Very excited for you. Brenda and Antoon"

    Kim Reid
    2019-07-19 20:45:47 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2019-07-19 17:00:13 +1200
    Elaine Zam
    2019-07-19 16:56:46 +1200

    "Wishing all the best! Go kick ass and take names!!! Love, Elaine <3"

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    Salvation- A Short Film

    Project 2019-07-17 18:47:42 +1200

    Our film Salvation is a film that has been worked on for the past 5 months and is now heading towards production for our final university Screen Production assignment. The film Salvation is a narrative that follows the story of a young New Zealander who must face the religious and social struggles of coming out as a transgender male after being forced to leave the Church he was raised in. Our film is a narrative which is based on a true story; It will include dramatic recreations of events and voice-over of the main character’s recount of what happened. The film covers topics relevant to LGBTQ+ and Religion. It also hits on the themes of loneliness and acceptance.

    Screen Grab from proof of concept video

    Roman and I (Alyse) are third-year AUT students majoring in TV Screen Production. We are hoping our film will be able to be entered into film competitions after it’s completion as our final university assignment.

    Roman is the writer and director of this film. Roman decided to create this film as he is close friends with the person the story is based on, and he is passionate about filmmaking. Roman is also a transgender male and believes transgender representation in all forms of media is important. The story shows the reality of the treatment some transgender people face even in modern societies. As someone who has faced transphobia in his life, Roman feels that education about the transgender experience is key to helping people to understand and be more accepting of LGBTQ+ people. This is a topic and a story both Roman and Alyse are passionate about, and they feel it is an important story to tell. Alyse decided to come on as producer believing this film covers an important topic that is relevant in today's society and still not fully understood. Like Roman, Alyse feels education about the experience is key to helping people become more accepting and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. The education, in turn, will also help those experiencing the situation for themselves feel as though they are more likely to have a solid support system around them. Although the film is centered around a transgender character the themes of isolation and feeling out of place are big elements of the story that many can relate to regardless of how they relate to the LGBTQ+ elements our film is centered around.

    Salvation Logo

    We believe we are the right people to deliver this film as Roman has a personal connection to the subject matter and the story and Alyse has the creative and organized mindset that will help bring this film to life. Together we can create a finished product that will be both cinematically beautiful as well as truthful, touching and educational.

    We intend to use the funds raised to cover location hire, catering and transport for cast and crew, costume and prop hire and post-production costs. Although our goal is $950 we would love to raise over $1000 so we can pay our actors to thank them for all their hard work and dedication they put towards our project. Any extra funds raised will go towards bettering post-production and paying actors and volunteers who helped with our film. Any donation towards our film would be greatly appreciated. For those who donate $50 or more, you will be thanked in the credits for your generosity.

    A successful campaign for us will mean the beginning to what could be a very exciting future in the film and screen industry for both Roman and Alyse. Not only will the success of the campaign help us and our future but will help the film be at the highest caliber possible for a student short film and be competition worthy. Roman and Alyse hope to enter this film into competitions so awareness can be spread and shared worldwide as well as in New Zealand.

    Comments

    Day 2 is complete

    29/08/2019 at 10:31 PM

    Day 2 of filming is complete and so is our time at our beautiful church location. Tomorrow brings the last day of filming which also means the last day with our wonderful cast and crew. We have honestly been so lucky with how incredibly well our whole team has worked together and how the cast and crew all click so well. Will definitely be a slightly sad goodbye wrapping tomorrow.

     

    Work in progress

    21/08/2019 at 6:43 PM

    we are currently working extremely hard sorting everything we need for the shoot days which are coming up super fast. Today we had a little production meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page and could sort out what we still need to do as well as collaborate final ideas and help out the incredibly stressed director and producer.

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    Casting Call is out

    02/08/2019 at 5:00 PM

    Had a huge day today getting the casting call out to agents and facebook acting pages and we're super excited to see we've had a number of people interested already. Auditions start next week and not long after we will be able to reveal our cast to you! Thank you once again for the huge support and donations that have come through already. With one month to go, we only have $170 until we reach our goal and we couldn't have done that without your support so thank you once again for all the love you have shown us. 

    Also if you're interested in being apart of our project and live in Auckland we have an awesome opportunity for you to be an extra in our film. Just send us an email at [email protected] and I'll get in contact with you about further details.

    Social Media

    27/07/2019 at 8:24 PM

    Just a short update to let you know our Instagram page is officially up: https://www.instagram.com/salvation_shortfilm/

    Give it a follow for more updates on our film which is currently in the pre-production stage, and once again thank you so much for your support! it really is appreciated

    Thank You Update

    23/07/2019 at 5:43 PM

    Thank you so much to those who have donated so far, we are incredibly thankful to you all! Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more updates on the project including videos and photos which will start to be posted this week. we officially have our filming dates locked in and a location ready to go so we definitely still need your help so we can reach our goal and not have to take too much out of our own pockets to cover costs involved. We would really appreciate if you could share our page to family and friends as well as anyone who would be interested in supporting or even just hearing about our project.

    Once again thank you so much for the support so far, Alyse x

      Anonymous pledger
      2019-08-05 19:57:44 +1200

      "Go make a movie you beautiful bastards ❤️"

      Antoon Brenda Verstraten
      2019-08-05 19:04:22 +1200

      "Love Mum and Dad."

      Dallas
      2019-08-03 17:17:06 +1200

      "Good luck with the film my guys, can't wait to see it :) x"

      Emma Steiner
      2019-08-03 16:42:21 +1200

      "Best of luck with your film! Can’t wait to see it :) "

      Leah Steens
      2019-08-01 21:57:46 +1200

      "Kia kaha - Arohanui from Ngaruawahia whanau 💜"

      Daniel Wright
      2019-08-01 12:25:32 +1200
      Kathy Wright
      2019-08-01 08:51:35 +1200

      "C4 Group proudly support this project and its commentary on the struggle of transgenders to find their way in today's society. Best of luck to the crew."

      Kathy Wright
      2019-08-01 08:46:31 +1200

      "Best of luck with the project guys. Very worthwhile."

      Lui Hellesoe
      2019-07-31 16:54:04 +1200

      "Good luck with the movie! Can't wait to see it"

      Liss
      2019-07-26 22:06:26 +1200

      "Good Luck guys!! I cant wait to see how this turns out "

      William Andersen-Gardiner
      2019-07-25 01:23:26 +1200
      Linda Wright
      2019-07-23 20:56:43 +1200
      Antoon Brenda Verstraten
      2019-07-20 21:12:03 +1200

      "Good luck Alyse and Roman for your film. Very excited for you. Brenda and Antoon"

      Kim Reid
      2019-07-19 20:45:47 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2019-07-19 17:00:13 +1200
      Elaine Zam
      2019-07-19 16:56:46 +1200

      "Wishing all the best! Go kick ass and take names!!! Love, Elaine <3"

      Followers of Salvation- a Short Film

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 06/09/2019 at 9:00 PM.