Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Adventure, Comedy

Ashley Beuhler

2 Campaigns | California, United States

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Careful With That Axe, Eugene is a film that everyone can relate to, whether you are religious or not. On the inside, this film is about growing up, learning to make decisions for yourself and understanding that no one person has all the answers.

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Mission Statement

We are a group of young filmmakers trying to tell a unique story of religion and beliefs. We want people to laugh and leave the film thinking, but most importantly smiling. It can be difficult to have serious conversations about life, religion, politics, and this film is meant to bring those up.

The Story

At a young age, Eugene is fascinated with God, his servants, and the fantastic stories of the Hebrew Bible. Fighting the oppressors, saving the people, and being true to God, Eugene wishes he can take part in God’s great plan. One night he gets just that, in the form of a burning tree; God contacts Eugene and tells him that he will be a servant to God and to the Israelite people. There is just one one thing he didn’t anticipate, God isn’t who Eugene thought he’d be... for one, she is a pot-smoking drag queen who’s got a lot to say. When she tells Eugene that his task is to kill his father, Eugene wrestles with the moral conundrum; is murder okay if God tells you to do it? Consulting with his Rabbi, Eugene must decide whether to listen to God and kill his father, or go against the God he loves so much.

 

 

A Message From the Director

I chose to write this film because of my upbringing as a Jew. Throughout my childhood I was fascinated with the stories of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. The idea of these biblical heroes, the individuals who shaped the world and the culture I am a part of, was such a great interest for me. Getting older though, I began to have some questions, some critiques. Who exactly is God? What does he expect of us? Why does he seem to have free reign to do whatever he pleases? These questions––sometimes welcomed during my religious schooling and other times angrily dismissed––got me thinking about what role the Old Testament and religion as a whole should play in our lives. So I got to work, I went through and scrutinized the Old Testament, each story and every page, and the result: Careful With That Axe, Eugene. To me, it is the closest to Judaism I have ever felt, the closest to God even. The best Rabbi’s and religious teachers I ever had always told me that the stories of the Hebrew Bible were meant as a blueprint for understanding and appreciating God and through writing this story, I feel that I have gained a better understanding for God and his or her role in our lives or in my life more specifically. I hope that in watching this film, viewers will at least understand a different, maybe unheard perspective on religion, the Hebrew Bible, and on life in a way they had not previously thought.

 

 

Funding

We are asking for $5,000 to help fund our short film. This is not our entire budget, but a small portion to get us through production. Your contribution will go towards securing the best locations possible for our woods scenes and Rabbi’s office, along with equipment rentals and feeding our amazing cast and crew. Costs in a production add up quickly and any contribution towards making Careful With That Axe, Eugene come to life in the best possible way is so greatly appreciated. 

 

 

COVID-19 

Filming during the global pandemic has caused new challenges for all productions. In light of these new restrictions, we are dedicated as a full team to putting personal safety at the forefront following all local and state guidelines. This means minimizing our cast and crew size, renting larger locations to allow for social distancing, along with sanitizing frequently and wearing PPE. This has forced us to enlarge out budget slightly in order for production to provide all the safety mechanisms. We have full confidence that Careful With That Axe, Eugene is shootable under current restrictions, but if situations do worsen and productions are asked to shut down we will postpone filming until it is safe for us to resume. 

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Wishlist

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Food for Our Cast and Crew

Costs $1,200

Our crew is volunteering their time, so no better way to repay them than good meals each day!

Woods Location

Costs $1,300

No biblical story is complete without a burning bush in the forest!

Rabbi's Office

Costs $1,000

The perfect office location comes at a price for our ancient Rabbi to give advice to the chosen one!

Camera Gear

Costs $800

Camera and lenses to capture the story

Lighting Gear

Costs $700

A lot of lights are needed to create the mood and mimic the burning bush for VFX!

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

Joseph Sperber

Writer/Director

Joseph Sperber is a professional writer and director based in Los Angeles with experience in narrative productions ranging in feature films, short films, commercials, and music videos. Growing up in Chicago, Joey developed a passion and skill in storytelling early on through writing and directing short films as a high school student. His background in cinematography and directing led him to win the MMEA award for his public service announcement on mental health. Now a senior Film and Television Production/Political Science double-major at Loyola Marymount University, Joey has worked professionally with numerous production companies in roles regarding pre-production, production, and post-production to garner a thorough knowledge of what it takes to make a powerful film from start to finish. Having just finished shooting a feature film in Texas in the summer of 2020, Joey has turned his attention to directing a proof of concept this spring of 2021 for his feature script, Careful With That Axe, Eugene. “A witty, clever comedy... dry, with subtle allusions to the meaning of free will,” as reviewed by Shore Film Fund, Joey’s thorough knowledge and hands-on experience in production, his skill in writing quick-witted, laugh-out-loud, contemplative stories, and his strength in leadership will bring Careful With That Axe, Eugene to life.

 

Ashley Beuhler

Producer

Ashley Beuhler is a Senior Film and Television Production, Finance Dual Degree at Loyola Marymount University. Ashley has worked on a number of sets as a script supervisor and assistant director. She discovered her knack for logistical planning, which has led her to produce short films. Ashley strives to tell captivating, meaningful stories in a nontraditional manner, specifically those which relate to childhood. Careful With That Axe, Eugene perfectly embodies this, telling a coming of age story focused on the epic tales of the Old Testament.

 

Adam Linssen

Director of Photography

Adam Linssen first found his passion for filmmaking while growing up in San Diego, CA. In 2016, he moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. During his time at LMU, Adam quickly began freelancing in the LA area. This led him to working on music videos with many major labels, such as Interscope and Atlantic Records. Since graduating from LMU in 2020 with his B.A. in Film Production, Adam has continued his career as a freelance cinematographer working on short films and music videos. Most recently, he shot a short film titled “Hex and Rage” starring Clara McGregor. In the future, he hopes to work alongside Director, Joey Sperber, to turn “Eugene” into a full-length feature film.

 

Jessie Brown

Production Designer

Jessie Brown is an aspiring art department professional and entrepreneur in the film industry. Originally from Houston, Texas she is finishing up her last semester of college at Loyola Marymount University in the School of Film and Television. With a background in studio arts, she is passionate about aesthetics and visual storytelling, especially when it comes to comedic scripts such as Eugune!

 

Ace Salvador

Executive Producer

Ace Salvador is a producer from Long Island, New York. He recently became a member of the Producers Guild of America. 

At an early age Ace started writing while watching a lot of action movies. His interests moved to American independent films in high school, and then foreign films in college. He originally went to engineering school for microelectronics engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York, but left to pursue a filmmaking career in Los Angeles.

After attending The Los Angeles Film School in 2008, he discovered his love for film sets and putting projects together as a producer. While interning at Michael Bay’s production company, The Institute, Ace produced a variety of short films and music videos before getting hired to produce two commercials for Nike and Adidas.

In 2011, he executive produced and raised financing for his first television pilot, 'East Sandstone' (2011), which was represented by CAA and was offered an acquisition deal by the Weinstein Company and Lionsgate.

In 2015, Ace co-produced a horror feature film, 'Drifter' (2017), which secured both North American and foreign distribution and was released on Netflix, iTunes and DVD and Blu-Ray in both American and foreign markets. He then produced an action film, 'Natural Vice' (2018), which wrapped post-production in August 2016 and was released on Hulu and iTunes. He finished co-producing his third film, 'FML' (2016), where he worked with 'Point Break' (2015) producer John Baldecchi and was sold to iTunes. He also co-produced a teen thriller titled 'Confessional' (2019), which debuted at Method Film Festival in 2019 and won “Best Ensemble Cast.” He produced a drama feature film 'Strive' (2019), which won “Best Actress” and “Best Audience Award” at Harlem Film Festival in 2019, and won “Jury Award for Best Screenplay,” at American Black Film Festival in Miami. 

He is excited to represent Careful With That Axe, Eugene due to his upbringing surrounded by Jewish friends and cultural interest in the Jewish philosophies on life, morals and work ethic.

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