TurtleDove Films

Austin, Texas | Company

Film-related Business

Elena Weinberg

1 Campaigns | Texas, United States

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About The Project

  • The Story
  • Wishlist
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  • The Team
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The Story

TurtleDove Films doesn't believe you have to be a seasoned veteran to make a really incredible film happen. The most important thing is that you have a need to tell a really great story -- it turns out we're not alone in this idea. But too often people are embarassed to ask the simple questions: Why do we slate? What's an OTS? How does one record sound? We know we were afraid... and lost. And in our first month we knew nothing about making a film and we met hundreds who were just like us: eager and hungry for something more! So we taught ourselves and we would like to continue that.  We've already formed an LLC, but we know that to make it a sustainable venture we need to increase our production value and widen our audience -- this means new equipment, better final products, and more exposure through digital releases, festivals, and competition entries. All of that comes with a cost. This campaign is for that.

Short Films then Features


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Sennheiser Wireless Mic System

Costs $1,200

We spent a year using cheap, $30 wireless mics from Amazon. We'd like something with more quality!

Festival Entry Fees

Costs $1,000

Festivals are THE way to have our work seen.

Redrock Micro FollowFocus

Costs $800

Another essential piece of our camera toolkit. This helps with shot efficiency.

Shoulder Rig

Costs $560

This is a staple for any HDSLR cinematographer. This is a versatile and affordable rig.

Steadicam Merlin 2

Costs $1,000

When a simple shoulder rig won't handle long distance travel during a shot, this does the trick.

Lenses - Angenieux Optimo Zoom

Costs $1,250

This extender essentially doubles your arsenal of lenses in a single lens.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Accessories - Batteries

Costs $400

Batteries make the camera work!

Accessories - Storage / Media

Costs $340

We'll need no less than two 64GB CF cards for storage.

Accessories - Tripods / Heads

Costs $160

Tripods are essential for standard cinematography.

Monitors - On-board monitors

Costs $280

This Z-Finder makes an HDSL cinematographer more accurate and in-control of his capture.

Lighting Package

Costs $380

Go-to light kit. Easy to assemble. Light-weight. Compact.

3M Command Wire-Backed Hooks

Costs $260

This onboard monitor is a key component of a director and cinematographer tool kit.

Boompoles & Wind Protection - K-Tek 202 16.10’ Internally Cabled

Costs $300

Rode Blimp. Essential tool for live, on-location sound recording.

Canon 5D Mark III

Costs $4,000

We currently use a Canon T3i and a borrowed 7D. We'd like to upgrade to our own 5D III and rock it!

Canon EF 135mm f/2L Lens

Costs $2,000

Small, easy to travel lens with a short minimum focal length. Great starter lens.

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L Lens

Costs $2,400

This is a standard wide angle lens that is versatile.

Miscellaneous Production Costs

Costs $2,000

This covers everything else: AA batteries, web hosting, pens, pencils, and all that jazz.

Compact Field Mixer Kit with Carrying Case

Costs $3,900

We'd like to upgrade from a borrowed H4N. We like this mixer/recorder combo!

About This Team

Elena Weinberg -- Co-founder, TurtleDove Films. Award winning actress and our resident director, sound operator, and producer. Born and raised in Central Texas, Elena started acting at the age of 3 in school plays. She's always excelled in leadership roles and has a take-charge attitude. She received her BA in Theatre from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her tastes are bipolar: she loves to laugh til her stomach hurts to a good sitcom or cry her eyes out to a riveting drama -- there is no middle-ground.

Duncan Coe -- Co-founder, TurtleDove Films. Award winning actor and writer and our resident writer, cinematographer, editor, and producer. Born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, Duncan started acting at the age of 13, mostly in a summer Shakespeare program for teens. He received his BA in Theatre and English Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward's Univeristy in Austin Texas. He has a passion for sci-fi (he was named after Duncan Idaho from Dune) and drama with deep emotional ties to family (A River Runs Through It, August: Osage County).

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