A really groundbreaking crossover between real filmmaking and wedding video..
A Crossover Prewedding Film?
What is this? Who are you guys?
Award winning wedding
cinematography team "Wedmoments", (Kostas & Dimitris Mantalias)
came up with a really ambitious and unique idea for a crossover film almost one
year ago, an idea that if completed successfuly may be a total
You read right in the
previous paragraph. We mostly do weddings, but we consider ourselves
approaching the genre in a really unique and personal way. And we also love
cinema. So, when we met Vasia & Sotiris during July 2011 and talked about
their ideas for their future pre-wedding video, we came up with this
groundbreaking (for European standards) idea. Instead of creating the usual
mellow and romantic prewedding films, we would go for a real short film!
Yes, a real short film, with
the couple as main actors. Now, don't imagine some shiny love story here. When
we discussed this with the couple, we thought that we can take many risks. This
movie will NOT be something that you should watch with kids. It's a gritty
action thriller, it's violent, dark and sexy and it has its moments of dark
humour. In other words, it's something that will create a stir when it will be
shown at Vasia and Sotiris wedding reception (and maybe some film festivals).
Ok. What the film is all
Some things you should know
about the script. As we've said above, it's an action thriller. It is a story
of a guy named Sotiris, who meets a girl outside a hotel in Athens and after a
steamy night, he loses her traces completely. Trying to find her, he travels to
Rome, Italy, only to discover that the girl he met is involved in something
very big and dark, that involves high-tech heists, psychotic Interpol cops, in
a story that nobody seems to tell the truth about anything.
Unfortunately we can't say
more in order not to spoil the story which is full of twists and ends in a
really wicked fashion.
We consider the project as a
groundbreaking one, an achievement of a scale that has never been tried before
in this side of the pond (with the exception of the USA), and we really believe
it has the potential to change the European wedding video as we know it, and
bring it closer to the real film than anything before it. That is, if we make
the film as we plan it. And this is where you all potential contributors come
So, have you done anything
yet? What's the plan?
Last September we travelled
to Rome and did all the filming required there which covers around 35-40% of
the total movie. But during all this, we realized that the potential of the
project was getting really big. We wrote the initial script, we tried to keep
the thing under control, but during the whole process, we discovered the
tremendous potential for something really unique. And since the script was
written in a modular way, which means we can add or remove scenes, we decided
we want to include all those interesting stuff we thought of. Representation of
high-tech heist? Check. Action scenes with Phantom-like high-speed cameras?
Also check. And much more than that.
So, you think that you have
the potential required to make this happen?
Yes. We have our personal
style, we are experienced and we know how to film what we scripted. We also
have the gear (well, most of it). The filming will be done (as did in the Rome
filming), with Sony NEX-FS100 and two dozens of various interchangeable prime
lenses. You name the lens, we probably have it. We also have most of the other
gear required, steadicams, rails, anything, as well as some DSLRs for filming
in places where it's not allowed (like we did in Vatican or the Rome
underground train stations. :) ).
Why you need me as a
Because it's not going to be
an easy task. The couple are the producers of this project, but at such a
scale, it's not easy financing this. So, we need your help in order to go
there. If we don't do this, we will probably go for the smaller-scale stuff, but
if we manage to convince you guys, that this one will be absolutely amazing
with your help, then we will definitely go all the way.
So, what all that money will
be used for? That depends. We have set a minimum price in order to make this
start walking steadily. The bigger the funding, the most ambitious the whole
thing will be. If we go for 6000 for example, we will have a good amount to
cover travelling and accomodation expenses to and from Athens, lighting crews
and gear, make-ups, crane and audio recording equipment rentals, buying music,
assistants, booking hotel suites and restaurants for filming etc. If we go to
30.000 we can go for high-speed cameras, helicopter rentals. And if we go for
more? Well... maybe the infamous SWAT team chase (and those things are not
cheap), a scene that was written and forgotten because of the obvious costs
But rest assured. We have a
great name in our industry and we'd like it to remain like this. So, for ANY
money we will use, we will have all the receipts available, right down to the
last cent. It took us a while to build a respected name and we intend to keep
it this way. And no matter if we will gather 500 or 50.000. ALL the money go to
the film, and have no doubt about it.
Of course, everyone will be
interested to know what they will get in return. So, you can see the perks we
have set for this project.
As we stated above, this one
will be groundbreaking, not only because it has the potential to add something
really new to the European (and more) wedding industry, since it goes to
"real film" era, but also because of its way of funding. If this
works (and I really value that especially our videography and photography
colleagues will appreciate what we are trying to do here), it will set a
standard for other wedding projects to be funded like this. It happened
recently with video games, it can happen again with this industry.
Also, because this one is
actually a Greek project, we'd like to show the world that no matter what
happens in this country right now, we can still go for the best, and achieve
Other Ways You Can Help
help will be hugely appreciated in all this. But besides that, you can also
help us some more by telling everyone you know about it, either through social
networking or by using the great sharing tools of Indiegogo! Help us do it and
you will not regret it!
Follow this link and make it happen !!!!