Mechanical Bulls Feature Film
MECHANICAL BULLS is the story of four wayward twenty-somethings reconnecting after years apart. Taking place over the course of one day, the once close-knit group confront their personal truths and unresolved issues with each other. Will they recognize each other by the end of the night?
Mission StatementMECHANICAL BULLS is a fresh take on the hangout movie genre, featuring two compelling female leads. We want to kick back and have a good time while examining how identities and relationships shift after college. We plan to explore why living in your 20's is an absolute nightmare.
About The Project
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We reached 100% of our budget goals! Thank you so so much for everyone who continues to help. It means a lot to know that we are now able to keep going and make our movie. Our first stretch goal of 150% means we would be able to better compensate our cast and crew, so please keep sharing this page!
Thank you all!
JANE is a recent graduate who feels utterly stuck in life. Her job prospects are nonexistent, her friends are drifting apart, and she’s losing sight of who she is. When MAY, Jane’s best friend from college who has had a seamless transition into adulthood, crashes at her apartment for the weekend, Jane is forced to confront her own inadequacies.
Joined by ZACH and FINN, the once close-knit group spends a night reconnecting, challenging personal beliefs, and trying to find a way forward into the future. As the evening stretches on, these friends will forsake their facades and bare their true selves. Will their relationships survive the weekend?
We want audiences to see themselves in our four characters. In our experience, being in your twenties isn't a crossroads point in life. The road is gone, and whichever way you look, you can't find any landmarks or postsigns or even a wild armadillo to guide you. There's no clear way forward.
Our story highlights the fear that comes with this newfound freedom. The juxtaposing desires to retreat to childhood tendencies and to also venture into the unknown of adulthood. Being in your twenties is a time of constant change. People who seemed like they'd be friends for life become more distant than strangers. It's a time of rebirth, awful decisions, and a good deal of partying.
Additional uncertainty has been cast over our lives since the pandemic. We're drawing upon the experiences of our cast and crew to portray melancholy, loss, and isolation, and see how that blends with raucous young spirits who just want to hangout and have a good time.
Jake and Josh have completed a revised version of the script and are currently moovin' & groovin' as we prepare for production. This includes finalizing our COVID safety plan, meticulously planning our shoot, and rehearsing with our actors.
We continue to add to our talented crew to ensure a seamless production for this feature length movie.
Jake & Josh have been working on this project since last October. We now are moving towards filming, which will take place over three weeks in June. The plan is to have the first cut by July 15th and to picture lock by August 1st. The rest of August will be focused on sound design and score, and by September we will start submitting to many local and international film fesitvals.
This project was conceived from the limitations of the pandemic. We're a team of recently graduated students whose world has been thrown off kilter like everyone else.
The entirety of our production will take place in and around Jake & Josh's apartment. Practically, this choice will allow us to reduce costs and have greater control on-set. Thematically, we hope to reflect the claustrophobia and stagnation that has been cast over our lives since last March.
We continue to monitor the pandemic closely and place safety at a premium. While most our crew will be fully vaccinated prior to the start of production, we will remain diligent in wearing masks, recording temperatures at the start of every day, and requiring COVID tests to be completed every week.
Movies pictured above:
Blue Jay (2016) - Alexandre Lehmann
Frances Ha (2012) - Noah Baumbach
Funny Ha Ha (2002) - Andrew Bujalski
La Pointe Courte (1955) - Agnes Varda
Stranger Than Paradise (1984) - Jim Jarmusch
Vivre Sa Vie (1964) - Jean Luc Godard
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
If we are able to hit our stretch goal of 150%, we'll be able to better compensate our cast and crew!
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We are always happy to discuss this project with anyone interested in it. Please feel free to email [email protected] with any comments, questions, or concerns you may have.
Thank you so much.
Jake & Josh
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About This Team
JAKE SCHICK - WRITER-DIRECTOR-ACTOR
Jake co-wrote, co-directed, and acted in a play at the Brooklyn Comedy Collective in 2019, and his mom said it was "creative." He's performed stand up in cities from Houston to New York to Paris, and he co-founded the comedy group Big Tobasco, which has performed variety shows throughout New York City. He was awarded "Best New Filmmaker" at the Houston 48-Hour Film Festival, and he does freelance writing for companies like One4Kids. Now, his main priority is working with all these lovely peeps to make Mechanical Bulls the best movie it can be.
JOSH LAUFER - WRITER-DIRECTOR
Josh is a writer from New Jersey, based in Brooklyn, NY. He recently graduated from NYU's Dramatic Writing program and currently works as a freelance writer and script reader. Interested in off-beat comedies, Josh was ecstatic to join this project when Jake approached him with the initial idea. Despite many gymnastics lessons during kindergarten, he can no longer do a respectable handstand. After Mechanical Bulls is completed, he intends to take a road trip. Destination suggestions are welcomed.
CAROL ZEITUNE - PRODUCER
Carol is a Brazilian writer/producer, raised in Thailand and currently based in NYC. She's graduating with a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, where she met both Jake and Josh during their freshman year. She's the biggest fan of Jake and Josh - as artists but even more so as people, and is excited to help them bring their intimate story to life.
BRANDI POWELL - PRODUCER
Brandi is a writer and producer hailing from West Virginia. She graduated in 2020 from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Dramatic Writing and a minor in producing. Brandi is currently staffed on The Drew Barrymore Show. She is thrilled to join Jake and Josh on their storytelling journey and help them bring their story from page to screen.
SAM LOWENBURG - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Sam is a filmmaker from Cincinnati, Ohio now residing in New York. When he was little he used to play in the dirt with sticks and pebbles and tell grand stories of knights on adventures or epic wars. Sam is no longer little, but he still plays in the dirt and tells stories. A recent graduate from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he has worked on a number of films ranging from shorts to features. With a plethora of creative tools at his disposal and strong understanding of visual storytelling, he is excited to help bring stories worth telling to the big screen or a slightly smaller screen near you.
BENJAMIN KAUFMAN-SHALETT - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Ben has graduated NYU with a film degree. He has worked as a director and assistant director on many sets over the past several years. Ben is working hard to make sure this project becomes a reality.
RHEA LI - SOUND MIXER
Rhea Li is majoring in Film & TV Production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her specialty in sound makes her perfect for a dialogue-heavy film like Mechanical Bulls, bringing the auditory experience to life.
SUTTON REVELL - PRODUCTION DESIGNER/ART DIRECTOR
Sutton Revell is a production designer and writer from Manhattan Beach, CA. She will be graduating this May from New York University with a BFA in Dramatic Writing and Film & TV. Her future plans involve moving to New Mexico, becoming a chinchilla, and doing many tiny dances. She hopes this film will answer the question: do robotic cowboys ride mechanical bulls?
CLAIRE SMITH - ACTRESS
Claire Smith is an actor and writer based in New York City. She is a graduate of NYU’s Atlantic Studio where she could recently be seen in “Stupid Fucking Bird” and “Everybody.” Her one act Zoom play, “Remembering Giuseppe” premiered at Invisible Disco’s 2020 “All Work, No Play” festival. She is a proud member of Invisible Disco’s Writer’s Collective.
MIRANDA KANG - ACTRESS
Miranda Kang is a NYC and LA based actor, writer, and improviser who has studied at NYU Tisch Drama. During her time at NYU, she studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and performed in an improvisational comedy group, Pasadena Golf Club, which came in first place at the National College Improv Tournament.
KENNY ANDREW - ACTOR
Kenny Andrew is an actor, writer, and comedian based in New York City. He is an alumni of NYU's Tisch School, earning a BFA in Theatre with a minor in creative writing in 2020. He studied at the Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studios, working as an actor and crew member on numberous shoots and stage plays. He has a specific interest in comedy, performing improv, stand up, and sketch throughout his time in undergrad, and co-founding the comedy group Big Tobasco Productions, which has performed variety shows throughout New York City.