Mission StatementStorage is a psychological thriller about mental health. We tend to allow past experiences and traumas influence our decisions in the present. This film is about learning to own and embrace our past. It's about learning to let go and paving the way to the next chapter in our lives.
About The Project
Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Make the audiences suffer as much as possible."
Not only are horror and thriller films edge-of-your-seat entertainment, but at many times (the good ones at least) are thought-provoking pieces, demanding us to look at ourselves and think about society in different ways. And of course, there are always balls-to-the-wall scares and/or mind-blowing twists at the end.
Looking at you, M. Night.
That's why we can't give too much of the plot of STORAGE away here. What we can tell you is that the film begins with Dr. Rachel Clarke, played by Naiia LaJoie (The Young and the Restless), awakening in a padlocked storage locker. There is no visible way in or out. Rachel attempts to stay calm, but every moment she is imprisoned in this dense prison, the fear eats away at her.
(Credit - NJ Khan)
Emerging from the darkness is a teenage girl, Kelly, played by Kate Schrader, barely recognizable as a human being and ravaged by time and her captor. A cheerleader's outfit hangs off of her frail body. Rachel surmises that girl has been a captive for some time.
(Credit: NJ Khan)
As you might imagine, real terror now sets in. Rachel desperately searches for an exit. She wanders in every direction, ignoring the teen's claims that there is no escape. But Rachel is determined and pragmatic to the point where it can be a flaw. In order to discover who is keeping them hostage, the two women will be forced to confront their past and their innermost secrets.
To add to the terror, possibly the man, Connor, who locked them there is on his way back with another woman, Abbie. Rachel and Kelly must work together in order to stop something terrible from happening to Abbie. However, there is a terrible secret waiting for Rachel...
Tone & Style:
Since we are filming a mystery/thriller in the vein of The Twilight Zone, Split and As Above, So Below, we want our film to feel very claustrophobic. We want the audience to empathize with our characters' fears and anxieties. We want them to squirm as our characters move around their tight compartments. We want their cortisol levels to rise every minute our characters try to escape.
The walls are very gray so we will use wardrobe that not only pops our characters physically, but reflects their personalities as well.
Why I Need to Make This Now:
Rather than just being a fan of the Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling genres, Storage is actually a very personal story to me. At its heart, the story is about mental health and learning to get over past traumas and letting go so you can move forward in life.
Last year, I had a tragic event happen to me where my marriage ended abruptly. It sent my world into a downward spiral where I actually considered harming myself. But, I have recovered. I learned, am learning every day to try and move on with my life. Making this film is a part of my therapy.
From a professional standpoint, I have been identified by some in my guild and my manager as a person worth considering as a director for episodic TV. My manager needs one more film, in the vein of my other award-winning shorts The After Party and Dreamwisher, for my reel. Making Storage will accomplish that.
Storage will be filmed at two different locations in the Los Angeles area in October 2021 for three very long days. Its post-production such as editing, music tracks, visual effects and so forth will also take place in Los Angeles, with completion slated by spring 2022. The total budget will be about $30,000.
Along with a notable cast, we have assembled an experienced crew that is diverse, with women and people of color in most key positions. Funds that we raise will support all of our departments, from casting, to catering, to camera package rental. We are shooting at two locations with some green screen which involved.
We are seeking $22,093 for production, but with Seed&Spark, where Colin Francis Costello has had previous successes, we are greenlit at 80% or $17674.40. We can make this - bare-bones - for $17,000, but $22,000 gives us some breathing room. Anything left over will go into post-production, where there is always a need for more money.
Due to SAG rules a COVID person on set is necessary and is an additional cost to the budget.
Most of the Storage crew and cast are willing to work for lower rates, necessary due to our independent budget. And our film is going to be SAG low budget, which means we are paying our talented actors as well as their insurance and pension. In short, we have assembled an incredible, passionate crew that will work hard to create a thriller with a message that we promise will hit home.
This is also a message we plan to take to more than film festivals.
We invite to you join us in Storage. You'll be proud that you did.
If you are unable to help us with actual funding (we get that we are in a pandemic) you can still support us in other ways, by spreading the word on Social Media such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and even Clubhouse, where we will host a Storage room. We've even written it for you!
"I believe in improving mental health and I am supporting Colin Francis Costello's new short film Storage. You should, too"
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About This Team
We are a group of independently-driven, mostly BIPOC and female filmmakers, who have decided to bond together over a film project STORAGE and create magic. My Cinematographer, David Navarro, is more than his job title, as I have learned on the three projects we have worked on together. He is an artist with a vision that is aligned with mine. The same can be said about my producers NJ Borque (our 4th project together) and Mark Alan Hedges.
These are some of the incredible people in front and behind the camera who have chosen to embark on this journey.
NAIIA LAJOIE - "RACHEL"
Currently, on The Young and the Restless, Naiia is known for her work on the internationally-acclaimed Widow (2019), Drug Lords (2018) and Me, Myself, & Them (2018). Born in the city of Montreal and raised in the countryside of Ottawa, Canada, Naiia's parents fostered her artistic inclinations from a young age and her love of hockey.
Kate Schrader - "Kelly"
Kate Schrader is an American Actress, born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin. From a young age, she was drawn to the arts, with a passion for singing and acting. Upon graduating high school, Kate moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and study at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Jordan Butcher - "Connor"
Jordan Butcher is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer in Los Angeles, CA. He has had the privilege of training with members of the acclaimed Actor’s Studio and is known for his gritty roles in Solus, H.O.G.S. Tooth, and Blue Code. Jordan is thrilled to be joining the talented team behind Storage.
Chloe Paige Flowers - "Abbie"
A classically trained Chicagoan, Chloe Paige Flowers has recently starred in a short film beside renowned actor Marcus Henderson. She has also appeared on Scandal and Russel Simmons’ All Def Digital.
Colin Francis Costello - Writer/Director/Producer
WGA Writer and Director, Colin Francis Costello is a biracial award-winning, Emmy-nominated screenwriter and director. His features include The Stream (2013) and Alternate Universe (2107). His shorts, which he wrote and directed include The After Party (2017), Dreamwisher (2018) and the webseries currently on the festival circuit, From Russia with Motive. Below is a link to Colin's directing reel:
David Navarro - Cinematographer
David Navarro is a professional working filmmaker, starting his movie career as a Gaffer then Lighting Director and Cinematographer. He now also writes, produces, directs and edits, having helmed many festival award-winning projects and when not working on-set he is busy developing and pitching future projects.
For the past 20 years, David has built a solid and lengthy resume of music videos, commercials, pilots, web series, and feature films. Having lit shows such as ESPN: Sports Science, Lucha Underground, Director’s Chair with Robert Rodriguez, Man At Arms, Car Warriors, and many-many others. Below is a link to David's reel:
NJ Khan - Producer
Born and raised in Germany, NJ moved to Chicago and began a successful career in advertising, shooting photos for such iconic brands as Toyota and the U.S. Army. NJ and Colin have worked together on the award-winning short films The After Party and Dreamwisher.
Victorya Brandart - Line Producer
Victorya Brandart was born in Romania and moved to the United States in 1998. Victorya is the oldest of two and her younger brother attends university in Europe. Victorya began modeling and acting classes as a young girl in Lugoj and continued upon arrival to California. She is a tenacious actress and producer.
Bessy Adut - First Assistant Director
Bessy Adut is a film director/writer/producer who lives in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts as a Fulbright Grantee and a BA in Film and Television from Istanbul Bilgi University. She is also a UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program alumni. Bessy's latest short film Escape Room has done very well on the film festival circuit.
Victoria Hanna - Wardrobe
Victoria Hanna grew up in the world of fashion, design and manufacturing. She has worked with Grammy artists, models, professional athletes and others in the entertainment industry. Victoria is proud of the work she did recently with Alexandria Vino on a Lost Boys story musical videos by G Tom Mac. Most recently she completed a project with actress Danielle Harris - Don't Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead, Halloween - and Photographer Dan Santoni. She is extremely excited about being a part of the team.
Lily Kim - Production Designer/Art Director
Lily Kim is an experienced and acclaimed art director with a passion for creating strategic, conceptual brand experiences. During her 15-year career in advertising, Lily has had the privilege to work on and manage a number of projects for high-profile clients including McDonald's, Pepsi, Hasbro and Britney Spears. Lily broke into webseries with her design for the poster for the award-winning series, From Russia with Motive.
Fred Raimondi - VFX Supervisor
Before making the move to director, Fred Raimondi was recognized as one of the preeminent digital artists in the world. As a Visual Effects Supervisor he partnered on projects with, David Lynch, Michael Bay, David Fincher, Mark Pellington, Gus Van Sant, Lance Acord, and Alex Proyas. Fred has worked on The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, True Lies, Stranger Things and even took time out of his schedule to work on Colin Costello's short fan film Committed.
Raimondi's work has garnered Gold and Silver Cannes Lions, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Clios, an MTV Video Music Award (as well as 4 nominations), a Grammy, and Emmy nominations. We are lucky to have Fred.
Carrie Wick - Publicist
A seasoned, award-winning entertainment industry publicist, Carries Wick comes from a cultured and diverse PR background. Working across varied clientele, Carrie has developed a wide-ranging communications skill set and cultivated impressive press relationships with a knack for identifying trends and shaping powerful stories in press.
Carrie began her career in film production, working for Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender's A Band Apart Productions. She has worked with such filmmakers as Darren Aronofsky, Steve Buscemi, the late Wes Craven, Nigel Dick, Wayne Isham, Mc G, John Landis, Billy Bob Thornton and John Woo.
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