Kickstart This: Short Party Film 'The Deal' From 'Much Ado' Producer
by Ben Pearson
August 2, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a short film project called The Deal, which takes an intriguing look at what happens when a group of estranged friends meet at a party and discover their old dynamic isn't exactly the way they remembered. There's a hint of menace here that makes it seem more memorable than your standard reunion story, so read on for more, take a look at their pitch, leave a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can.
The story of Daniel Kaminsky's The Deal follows Bryce, a 19-year-old former athlete who had to miss his senior year of high school because of a car accident. His buddy Hector took over as starting quarterback and is now playing for a major college, and Bryce's girlfriend Monica - who delayed her plans in order to stay and support him - is now starting to resent him. At a party, Bryce realizes that everyone isn't quite the same as they once were and suspects a nerdy kid named James is somehow responsible, but his search for the truth "leads him down a path he will surely regret."
This short is the brainchild of writer/director Daniel Kaminsky, a USC graduate who served as Joss Whedon's assistant on The Avengers before moving up the entertainment biz ladder to co-produce and edit Whedon's take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing earlier this year. He continues to work with Whedon, but he's branching out and wants to try his hand at directing on his own, so he conceived this short as a way to make that happen and hopes it gets optioned into a full feature. (Plus, his working relationship with Whedon means he's offering a Much Ado About Nothing poster signed by Joss as one of the rewards.)
While the story sounds sort of rote on the surface, what really sold me on this was the stellar storyboard art by Darrin Denlinger. Denlinger has a massive and impressive list of credits going back to the mid-90s, including work on The Patriot, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Fast Five, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, and tons more. In the pitch, you'll see one particularly arresting image of someone attempting to stab someone else in the eye with a lit cigarette, and that singular image in the context of this story has me very curious to see what other surprises Kaminsky has in store. Check out their video:
For more information on The Deal short film, and to help support the project, visit its Indiegogo page. The filmmakers are hoping to raise a total of $20,000 in funding by Wednesday, August 28th, and they need our help to make the film. If you're as interested as I am to see how this story unfolds, please donate and spread the word about this project on Facebook and Twitter and anywhere else you can.
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