Don't Move

Austin, Texas | Film Short

Horror

RTS Productions

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Our goal with DON'T MOVE is to start a conversation about how our relationship to Fear has changed since 2016. This film is not about politics; it is a reaction to it – a psychological horror thriller that seeks to make people feel less alone in a sociopolitical climate that no one saw coming.

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Mission Statement

We are so proud to have formed a majority-female creative team, which also includes human beings of LGBTQ+ identity. Our commitment to this kind of gender and sexual diversity is a touchstone of what this project represents.

The Story

Don't Move is the terrifying story of a woman who suffers the gruesome consequences of trying to sell her generations-old family home. When two friends come to help her pack up the last few boxes, the walls of the cellar begin to close in on them. With limited time to escape, the friends fight for their lives. 

 

 

We started writing the script for Don’t Move in the early part of 2016, and set out to create a non-political project that examines human beings’ relationship to Fear. The initial result was a feature-length horror script with a large cast and a very complicated storyline. In the aftermath of the shocking presidential election results later that year, we found ourselves discussing more and more how our relationship to Fear rapidly changed with the heightened contentiousness of the present-day geopolitical climate. The intention behind Don’t Move changed as those conversations continued and, in the time since, we have refined that original feature script down to a short film with a much more streamlined narrative that unfolds in a real-time setting. The narrative of Don’t Move asks the audience to ponder a question pertinent to life in today’s America, particularly for marginalized sectors of society: What do you do when the action that could save you is the exact same action that could kill you?


Having previously produced the digital comedy series “Return to Sender” and “Fruitless,” this is RTS Productions’ first foray into horror filmmaking, and we couldn’t be more excited!

 

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Craft Services

Costs $500

Hey we all need to eat! This covers the food for the entire cast/crew for the duration of the shoot.

Lighting

Costs $1,025

This covers all of the lighting equipment as well as the lighting designer.

Housing and Travel

Costs $1,030

This covers transportation and housing in Austin, TX for the entire cast/crew.

Sound

Costs $950

This covers the sound designer as well as all the equipment to make the actors sound great!

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Production Crew

Costs $2,000

This helps us cover the cost of our awesome director as well as the rest of the crew.

Props and Supplies

Costs $1,995

This helps us cover the cost of props, set building, and insurance.

Camera Package

Costs $3,500

Covers all camera and lens equipment rentals.

About This Team

REBECCA WHITEHURST has worked around the globe for stage and screen–as an actor, dancemaker, writer, director and producer. She received her BA in Philosophy from Stanford, and then attended the CalArts MFA program in Choreography before embarking on a professional career with Diavolo Dance Theater. Freelancing as an actor and choreographer in New York City led her to the Institute for Advanced Theater Training MXAT/A.R.T. at Harvard, where she received an MFA in Acting and performed in regional and off-Broadway theater. While on a Fulbright Scholarship to Russia, Rebecca spent a year guest teaching at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Currently, she writes and choreographs for plays, operas, art galleries and concert dance.

CAMERON J. ORO is the creator/producer/star of the loosely autobiographical digital comedy series FRUITLESS, and was featured in the multiple award-winning film A Leading Man. As a stage actor, Cameron has performed in some of the most world-renowned theaters, including New York’s Public Theater, the Moscow Art Theatre, and the American Repertory Theater. Born in rural Texas, Cameron holds a degree in Acting from NYU’s famed Tisch School of the Arts, and currently resides in West Hollywood, CA. When he’s not lending his talents to film, television and stage projects, Cameron is volunteering his time for The Trevor Project,  Planned Parenthood, and Gay For Good.

JASON BEAUBIEN is a Los Angeles based actor/writer/producer originally from Detroit, MI. Recent TV/Film credits include Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn, My Blind Brother, Best Night Ever, Dark Feed, and the musical film Booze, Boys, and Brownies. He can also be seen in multiple web series and short films including Half Life: Raise the Bar, Before I Got Famous, the animated series Pearly Gates, and Return to Sender which he also created and produced. Theater credits include the Moscow Art Theatre, New Harmony Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Music Theatre of Madison, the national tour of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Ichabod Crane) and the Regional premiere of The Donkey Show (dir. Diane Paulus) - American Repertory Theater. Jason holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Oakland University and an MFA in Acting from the American Repertory Theater / Moscow Art Theatre School Institute at Harvard University.

 

CASSIE HAY is a director, writer, and producer based in Austin, Texas.  Her feature directorial debut, The Liberators, premiered in the Documentary Competition at SXSW and is available on Amazon Prime.  Cassie Hay's scope of video and film work includes everything from major film productions (The Wolf of Wall Street, For Colored Girls) to television (The Leftovers, Bored to Death, Law & Order) to commercials and micro-budget coaching videos (Gotham Girls Roller Derby). She earned her BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Fairleigh-Dickinson University.

 

MANDY JOHNSTON is a Director of Photography based in America. Her urban roots growing up in Chicago gave way to her ability to find beauty in the detail, finding the quiet in a city of noise and an intense appreciation for nature. After attending the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and receiving a BFA in Cinematic Arts her wanderlust set in. Her experiences traveling across Europe and America has broadened her sensibility beyond what she thought was possible. Her shooting style is always evolving, as is the medium of filmmaking. She thrives on being challenged creatively in the work place and in life.

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