Night and Day

Jakarta, Indonesia | Film Short

Drama, Thriller

Robert Sykes

1 Campaigns | Georgia, United States

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On the streets of Jakarta, an impulsive, small-time con swindles a big-time aristocrat out of house and home at risk of abandonment by his only brother.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

Our film reflects the diversity of its setting and deals with important social issues, such as class struggle and identity crisis. Many of our top crew positions will include people of all ages, races, genders. As our first international project, we’re excited to bring a new perspective to cinema.

The Story


As of now, we are deep in the pre-production phase. We have a polished screenplay and storyboard. We are soon to finalize our cast, full crew, equipment and locations. Also, we are in the beginning stages of scheduling our three shoot days. With your support, we will be able to accomplish all of this and more, making Night and Day the very best it can be!

If the funds raised exceed our set goal, we pledge to donate the excess to one or more of the following: orphanage, charity/foundation, social justice organization.



  • Pre-production: December 2020 — February 2021
  • Principle photography: March 6-8, 2021
  • Post-production: March 2021 — May 2021
  • Festival circuit: June 2021 — December 2021
  • Distribution: December 2021 or January 2022





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Night and Day marks our team's first international collaboration. Since there is a 12-hour time difference between Jakarta and Atlanta, maintaining all the logistics of this production is no easy task. We are working with a veteran Indonesian production house to help manage the on-ground organization. On top of that, we also understand that shooting a film during a pandemic will be challenging, but our team is working dilligently to ensure that everything goes smoothly. All of our cast and crew will be COVID tested before stepping on set. Everyone involved with the production will wear masks and social distance. We will have a designated production assistant providing crew with hand sanitizer and cleaning high-touch areas throughout the day.




  • JOHNNY (24) is an impulsive young adult and a self-made “entrepreneur.” He is street smart and a smooth-talker. He has a significant belief in his exceptionalism. To survive in modern Indonesia, he chooses to live on his own terms, not concerning himself with conservative social expectations. With his intelligence, he climbs society through immorality and selfishness by using others as rungs, unlike other typical protagonists. Through this process, he manages to survive poverty.
  • EDDIE (30s) is a successful businessman who runs a financial firm. Johnny looks up to Eddie because he is a congenial man and a prominent figure in the community. Ironically, Johnny is more observant and somehow more knowledgeable in many ways than Eddie, who is a wealthy elite of Indonesian society, yet simple-minded and gullible. Eddie is an only child and dislikes his family’s business dealings. He has always wanted a sibling and he sees something special in Johnny, thus the connection grows between the two.
  • ANTON (22) is Johnny’s younger brother and primary caregiver, after their parents abandon them. Anton is an influential, mother-like figure in Johnny’s life. Unlike Johnny, Anton serves at the local church as the pianist — the same church their mother used to attend. He feels closest to his mother’s presence when he plays the piano at church. He is deeply religious, intelligent, and moralistic.



A sly, penniless street thief lives on the edge of the law to secure some luxuries of modern living for him and his pious brother.

After the heir of an astounding fortune joins their church, the thief forms an ambitious plan to steal his opulent persona to set them up for good.

But the pressure and complexity of the long-con fractures the thief’s cunning psyche. Once he adds his brother to the mix, the scheme comes crashing down, changing the lives of all three men forever.


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Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe

Costs $300

We want our cast to look fantastic on camera!

Festival Costs

Costs $200

We will submit this film to many major film festivals, including the Student Academy Awards.


Costs $1,200

We are hiring professional film crew members local to Indonesia.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0


Costs $1,500

Our characters inhabit a wide variety of locations within the beautiful city of Jakarta.


Costs $1,000

We are hiring professional Indonesian actors to properly portray our characters on screen.

Camera + Gear

Costs $2,500

We plan to shoot with Arri Alexa and other industry-standard equipment.

Art Department

Costs $800

Props and set decoration are key to making the world within the story feel alive.

Meals + Coffee

Costs $500

Super important to keep everybody in the cast and crew well-fed and caffeinated!

About This Team


Patrick Joshua — Director / Co-Writer
Patrick Joshua is a director and cinematographer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He later moved to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker. He is the founder of PJ Studio and a member of Room 330 Productions. He is currently a senior at SCAD pursuing a BFA in Film & Television. Patrick has shot dozens of short films, commercials, TV pilots, and music videos in the US, Hong Kong and Indonesia. He also worked in professional broadcasting when he interned at Entertainment Weekly and Passion City Church. His selected projects include The Unexpected Reunion (2020), Homestead (2020), A Slice of Time (2019), Super Tyler (2019), and Tyler's Favorite (2018).

McKinley Benson — Producer / Co-Writer
McKinley Benson is a Student Emmy Award winning filmmaker and the co-founder of Room 330 Productions. He graduated from SCAD Atlanta with a BFA in Film & Television. He is a writer and director best known for Death of Childhood (2020), Homestead (2020), and Martha (2019). He has written and directed more than a dozen short films, three documentaries, and two TV pilots.

Robert Sykes — Co-producer / Editor
Robert Sykes is a video editor and motion designer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Ceaseless technical and nerdy dedication to the edit has granted him leading, coveted post-production roles on projects at SCAD Atlanta. He’s cut 13 short films in a variety of genres, as well as a docuseries, a corporate infographic series, concert videos, and a multitude of trailers for both shorts and TV pilots.

Verdi Solaiman — Associate Producer
Verdi Solaiman was born as Zulverdi Amos Solaiman. He is an actor and director, known for Halfworlds (2015) and Belenggu (2012).

Arifin Putra — Associate Producer
Putra Arifin Scheunemann, known professionally as Arifin Putra, is a German-born Indonesian actor. His international recognition is largely attributed to his role in the Indonesian action film The Raid 2: Berandal, which was released in the United States and other major markets around the world.

Yadi Sugandi — Director of Photography

Yadi Sugandi is an award winning Indonesian cinematographer, director and actor.

His debut as a cinematographer began in the film Kuldesak (1997). He later became widely known as the director of the film trilogy Merah Putih (2009), Darah Garuda (2010), and Hati Merdeka (2011), as well as a cinematographer for the films like Sherina’s Adventure, Laskar Pelangi, Sang Penari, Athirah, A Man Called Ahok, and One Day We’ll Talk About Today.

Since the era of the revival of Indonesian cinema in 2004 until today, Yadi Sugandi has been included in the elite ranks of the "Big Four" Best Cinematographers whose names are taken into account in every implementation of the Indonesian Film Festival. Yadi has been nominated seven times and won it in 2011 through the film, Tanda Tanya (Question mark), at the Indonesian Film Festival.

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