A modern, sexy reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic tale – Lord, what fools these mortals be!
About this project
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved creations. The frolicking tale of lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics, and mischievous woodland spirits is a staple of stage and screen. In the past, filmed adaptations have emphasized the play’s traditional, Elizabethan qualities. This project however is a fresh and stylish reinvention that takes an entirely different approach. Our story takes place in present day Hollywood – a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. Hollywood is sometimes called “The Dream Factory,” and like the world of Shakespeare’s Dream, it’s a place where fantasy and reality collide. In the tradition of Baz Luhrmann’s rapturous 1996 reimagining of Romeo + Juliet, this modern vision breathes new life into a classic tale. Combined with a cast of established and emerging stars, and a pulsing contemporary soundtrack, the film will appeal to ardent fans of the Bard as well as audiences discovering Shakespeare for the first time.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM wrapped principal photography in December of 2015. It was a challenging and ambitious shoot, but we ended up with the makings of something special. We have been furiously cutting away since January and expect to have the film ready just in time for the Fall festival season.
This film has been, for everyone involved, a labor of love. Fran, Josh and I were fortunate in bringing together a remarkable group of talented and passionate artists to make this DREAM into a reality.
Movies are shot in production, but they are MADE in post-production. Editing, music, color, sound… these are the things that will make a good picture great. Every member of this cast and crew believes that we have created something truly dazzling, something that deserves extra care and support in this crucial phase of the filmmaking process.
But we need your help to finish strong! We are turning to you, our friends and family, as well as the fantastic community of backers Kickstarter has assembled, to help us give this film the last push it needs.
OUR AMAZING CAST!
Help us make this DREAM come true! Please see below for a presentation of the awesome rewards we have put together for our backers. This has been a D-I-Y effort from the beginning, so if you decide to join us, we want you to feel like part of the production. We’ve designed our rewards with that in mind. We’ve also included a simple breakdown of what your contribution will be supporting. It might be easy to think that since we’re through production the movie is finished. Not so! Movies live and die in the cutting room. AND, we are very fortunate to have acclaimed LA singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd working with a selection of other accomplished musical artists on a killer original soundtrack.
Risks and challenges
Independent film by it’s nature is risky. However, because this film is already through production, this is a *relatively* low-risk way to get involved in an excellent project, with a noteworthy cast and prestige source material, that you know will make it to the finish line. We WILL have a completed film by the end of the year, one way or another. But we want to do everything we can to ensure the film is truly dazzling. We are turning to you, our friends and family, and the Kickstarter community, to help us give this film the last push it needs!