A short film about dropping acid and going home to your parents! Set in the 90’s with an ambitious visual scheme and rich sound design, ACID TEST had an amazing production and now needs funds for post-production and distribution to make the audience trip alongside Jenny.
About The Project
ACID TEST is based on writer/director Jenny Waldo’s own experience at 15. An absurd story set during a painful personal time, the heart of ACID TEST lies in the imtimate moments found amidst the chaos of hallucination. A parent’s unconditional love. A question of why we love the people we do. A teenager figuring out who she is and who she wants to be. The story walks a fine balance between the absurdity of things that happen in life along with the pain of growing up in an entertaining, emotional, and authentic ride.
We shot overnight for 6 days during production. 375 takes. With a maximum of 10 usable hours per day to work with, that means we were rolling about every 10 minutes. Factoring in setups/adjustments for lighting, camera, wardrobe, makeup, production design, and more, our production ran at a hell of a pace and accomplished a ton! Even better, we still like each other and would do it all over again!
Everything looks amazing. Patrick Sane from BREAKING BAD brought his phenomenal range to the father role while Juliana DeStefano brought an abundance of dedication and emotional depth to the role of Jenny. Creating the character-Jenny’s bedroom in all its 90’s glory, Production Designer Jessica Flores used writer/director-Jenny’s old concert flyers, artwork, movie stubs, clippings, and other keepsakes. Even the journal the character writes in and the dress she wears were original from that time period. To capture the sound of that era, we licensed 4 songs from the debut album of Houston band Giant Kitty who then performed the songs at the Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar for the concert scenes. Giant Kitty captures the spirit of the Riot Grrrl bands of the 90’s like Bikini Kill. They even pressed cassette tapes of their debut album!
Every single cast and crew member elevated the project far beyond what began as Jenny’s personal story. It became everyone’s story. Everyone contributed ideas and brought their A-game, investing a piece of themselves into making ACID TEST the best it could be.
Like many independent movies, we need additional funds to finish this amazing project:
Editing: Here’s where we put our amazing visuals together to tell this story in the most compelling way.
Visual Effects: We’ll develop, test, and implement digital enhancements to the trippy visuals captured during production.
Color Correction: This process makes sure it not only looks amazing but that it’s consistent and polished from the first frame to the last.
Sound Design: In addition to a rich sound design overall, we need to create an aural world that enhances the hallucinatory experience.
Festivals: Finding showcases and accolades for the finished film is important to help build the audience-base for ACID TEST.
Distribution: In order to bring ACID TEST to our audience, we need to prepare the various final deliverables that platforms require in order to make the film available.
Here’s what you can do to help!
1. Follow our project – 500 followers guarantees distribution through Seed&Sparks partners!
2. Share our campaign on social media and encourage people to support!
3. Contribute if you can. We have a variety of incentives, goodies you get when you contribute to the project. From as low as $5 and every level up!
With additional funds, hard work and a steady pace, the film should be finished by the end of the summer! Then it’s on to the world of festival screenings and distribution options like iTunes and Fandor.
*Any level of contribution made within 72 hours of the campaign launch, will receive aBONUS PERK!
A “sheet” of tabs with the ACID TEST image on it.
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