Your life is a story. How much say do you have in the telling of it? Plunge is an examination of the level of control we reeeally have over our lives. It’s also going to put a smile on your face.
Mission StatementPLUNGE is a passion project for the creative team involved in telling the story of Marshawn and his goal to escape his narrator! We are committed to casting diverse actors, producing a high-quality comedy for film festivals, and paying cast and crew for their time and energy.
About The Project
Marshawn is in a rut. And it all hit when his girlfriend dumped him. So he decides to shake up his life a little, try some new things… but nothing seems to work. Nope, it’s time to start dating again. And after an attempt at speed dating, Marshawn thinks he’s finally found the right person in Christa. He’s even going to take her to a kung-fu film festival!
However, there’s someone who completely disagrees with Marshawn's choice: the voice that’s narrating his story. You've all seen those films where there's a narrator not related in any way to the characters but telling their stories anyway? Well it turns out this particular narrator’s been telling Marshawn’s story for a lot longer than he ever knew.
Now Marshawn’s finally listening. And what’s more, he’s fighting back!
Plunge. An uncommon comedy about free will. With not one, but two twist endings!
OTHER FILMS FEATURING UNTRUSTWORTHY NARRATORS!
MARSHAWN, African American, late 20’s. A data processor, longtime comics fan, and newly single. He thinks he’s found the right girl, and a real date is in order. His life is about to read like a comic book with the obstacles a certain someone puts in his way…
THE NARRATOR. The voice narrating Marshawn’s story… not just in this film, but for a lot longer than our main character knows. And he knows what’s best for Marshawn no matter how physically painful it might be.
JUDY: A kickboxer with some serious relationship issues of her own who Marshawn meets in kickboxing class. And regrets meeting, as evidenced my his black eye...
CHRISTA: She likes Marshawn. He likes her. So why is his narrator trying to break them up?
BELINDA: Marshawn’s ex-girlfriend.
MEAGHAN, BARRY, TIA, and PAUL: Worst-case scenarios at speed dating night.
Also FBI Agents, zombies, aliens, ninjas, and participants at pottery and creating comics classes... You’ll have to see it to believe it!
After two sessions with the Scriptwriter's Studio at Bellingham Film the script for Plunge was submitted to a number of screenplay competitions where it wound up placing high with the Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition, the Monmouth Film Festival, and the LA Comedy Festival among others.
Bellingham Script Studio, where Plunge was first read.
Photo by Bellingham Script Studio, official Facebook page.
But scripts are meant to filmed, not read. Now, after a COVID derailed our plans in 2020, the producing team of Axt, Winters, and Craig are ready to make it happen.
Now, the goal for Plunge is $30,000.
Yes, really! Even though this is a short film, Plunge's scope is very ambitious: a Hollywood-style film shot on an independent level. To produce and direct a project of this nature at a high level of quality requires a considerable investment of time and money to make a reality.
This is where you come in! Your contributions will cover all aspects of filming, from pre-production to post. Of equal importance everyone connected with the filming of Plunge will be paid for their hard work.
Shooting will take place over the course of three weekends in September and October in lovely downtown Bellingham, Washington:
(Look! Lovely downtown Bellingham, Washington!)
The completed production will be submitted to film festivals worldwide, especially those specializing in (of course) comedy.
NOTE: The production will follow COVID protocols, and providing adequate PPE on set.
The important question... why not?
Some of the best answers to questions are the simplest ones, travel from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time. The simplest answer here is that this is a film we want to make for no other reason than:
a) the script is original and made us laugh out loud, an...
b) we wanted to challenge ourselves as filmmakers.
After the past two years everyone has been through, we need to laugh. Plunge certainly fits the bill. COVID derailed our plans to make Plunge in 2020. Now we have a second shot. The team is ready to get to work; if it doesn't happen now, who knows when it will.
Consulting Producer Maggie Craig on the set of the award-winning short film The Fork (as director), also produced by her and Damon Winters.
Photo by Bellingham Script Studio, official Facebook page.
Anything beyond our production $30,000 budget will go toward submission fees and marketing (press packets, social media, etc.) for film festivals.
"It takes a lot to make me laugh. And I found myself laughing as I wrote this on a train from Bellingham to Everett, WA, a stream of consciousness quickly morphing over several drafts into one of the best scripts I've written to date. But again, scripts aren't meant to be read, they're meant to be filmed.
"Only weeks ago I turned 53. For the past 20 years I've worked as an audio dramatist, developing and producing over 60 hours of high-quality audio dramas from The X-Files and Locke & Key for Audible to Starstruck to programs for Scholastic Audio. Even before my birthday I knew that the third act of my life needed to go off with a bang. It was time to explore an artistic realm I've always been a fan of, but never truly a part of. And that realm is filmmaking.
"But I'm not jumping into the fire by myself; I'm lucky to be making this in Bellingham and Whatcom County with not only my fellow producers but also a supportive community of artists, musicians, performers, arts organizations, and especially filmmakers. Film is a collaborative medium, and I have some fantastic collaborators here to tell Marshawn's story...
Or is it the Narrator's? We'll see..."
- Lance Roger Axt, Screenwriter/Director
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About This Team
MEET THE TEAM:
LANCE ROGER AXT (Producer, Writer, and Director) is a multiple award-winning producer, writer, and actor for his work in the fields of audio drama/fiction podcasting and screenwriting. An audio dramatist since 2003, Lance is the Producing Director of Pocket Universe Productions, whose productions include The X-Files: Cold Cases and Stolen Lives with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles of Mulder and Scully, and Locke & Key with Tatiana Maslany and Haley Joel Osment for Audible Studios. Pocket Universe has also worked with Wondery Media, Scholastic Audio, and multiple creators of independent comics. A second production company, AxWood Studios, will commence with original company-owned fiction podcasts in 2023.
He lives in Bellingham, WA with his family and one very friendly West Highland Terrier, is a collector of classic concert posters, and has no idea why he’s writing this thing in the third person.
DAMON WINTERS (Producer, Director, Editor, Steadicam Operator) is a producer, director (Eddie Macken: True Legend, Psychic Travelers & the Search for the Unknown, the short horror film The Fork) and actor (Fringe, Eureka, Psych, Rogue). He has also been an editor (nominee for Best Editing for The Fork with the Unrestricted View Film Festival), assistant production manager, post-production manager, sound mixer, and yes, horse wrangler. Damon currently has the films Light of Day and Kashmir in pre-production as both producer, director and screenwriter.
Damon Winters on IMDB.com: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2842565/
MAGGIE CRAIG (Consulting Producer)
BYRON GOUETTE (Director of Photography) is an award-winning cinematographer best known for his dark, visual style that bridges monochromatic color themes to saturated tones. Experimenting with shadow and light in unique ways has become a passion of his, which also branches out to his portraiture photography. Several of the short films he has directed and shot have premiered all over the world.
Byron Gouette on IMDB.com: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm11695448/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
RORY O'SHEA is a Sound Designer and Re-recording mixer with over 22 years’ experience, having done the design dozens of TV shows, Films and Podcasts over the years winning several accolades along the way including a MPSE Golden Reel nomination for Sound Editing in Film. "They say Sound is 50% of the Movie watching experience and I love to bring worlds to life with a full cinematic soundscape."
FRANK SCHULMEYER (Composer) started his musical journey when he was only 9 and used a blue plastic keyboard to bring to life the music that was going on in his head. Fast forward a “few” years and, with countless prestigious compositions to his name, spanning over 25 years, Frankie wanders the streets contemplating how violins could help conquer the galaxy or how a flute could help slay a dragon.