Director Jeremy Haccoun always dreamed of filming a great action/adventure film, in the spirit of classics like Indiana Jones or The Goonies. So he’s taken to Kickstarter to get help funding his action-packed short film, Beyond.
Beyond is a proposed 12-minute short film about a family of three on a road trip, who are trapped in their burning car after a huge boulder falls on it. Only the 7-year-old boy is able to squeeze out of the car, and he alone can summon the hero within in order to save his parents. The story involves a construction site not far from the car accident, and a huge earth-mover that the boy commandeers.
Jeremy Haccoun recently garnered major accolades for his award-winning, indie short film Paradox, a fantasy/thriller. He also recently directed a theater-quality ad for a Chinese telecom company starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He cut his teeth on these kinds of spots for Xbox, Disney, and Coors. Now he’s ready to take things to the next level.
His plans for Beyond sound ambitious. “Ever since I started directing, I’ve been wanting to create the most incredible action sequence,” he says. “Not just spectacle, but a scene where characters we care about do extraordinary things to overcome hopeless situations. The story of this little boy brings together all the things fans of adventure will love — action, suspense, love, tears, hope, heroism… The goal is to offer all that in a sequence fresh out of a 100 million dollar Hollywood movie, and do it all for $82,000.”
He’s trying to raise that exact sum at Kickstarter, and is well on his way. At the time of this writing, his campaign has received over $19k in pledges. He’s already got the script and storyboards for the entire film, and his desire is to shoot the film in May and then hit the indie Festivals over the summer. But his campaign is scheduled to end on April 8th, so he’s still got quite a way to go to hit that $82k goal.
What intrigues me about Beyond is that it’s the kind of project Hollywood would never fund — but it should. Short films are almost always indies by nature, and rarely have budgets large enough to accommodate big-budget action sequences, or special effects. And I love seeing anyone beat the system at its own game — particularly using the great equalizer that is the Internet.
To support Beyond or find out more about it, visit its Kickstarter page.