Fundraising and Questions

Huzzah! The YI has officially started our active fundraising campaign. It’s an exciting yet nerve-racking time where all the hard work of putting the film’s vision into a well-organized plan is distributed and hopefully deemed worthy enough for donors to contribute to the project.

Feedback has been positive, but as we tell more people about the film two main questions keep popping up:

  • If The Young Invincibles is a feature film, not a documentary, how are tax-deductible donations possible?
  • If this film is about young adults with cancer why not make a documentary?

Isolation and lack of media presence are two of the main issues within the young adult cancer community, and The Young Invincibles aims to change that. Since the young adult cancer community is underrepresented, we know there is a need and therefore an audience for this film. And, while many other countries have allotted funds for the arts, particularly projects attached to a good cause, Northern American artists have traditionally been funded by private investors or donors. We decided to work with Fractured Atlas because it makes sense that the same audience that would want to see this film would also help fund it, and offering a tax-deductible donation option would help make such funding possible.

So, why not a documentary? The YI’s goal is to create an intimate, entertaining look into the world of the young adult (YA) cancer community. Humans naturally love the story telling process, being able to make a meaningful connection with characters while following their journey to its end. While talking to Aaron about this he said, “Following someone around with a camera changes the nature of the person being filmed.” The reality tv phenomena clearly proves Aaron’s statement true, and is the opposite of what The Young Invincibles hopes to capture. It’s rather impossible to access the most impactful moments in the YA cancer experience in real-time, such as receiving the initial cancer diagnosis or breaking the news to friends and family. In the spirit of independent filmmaking, The YI aims to break ground for both the movie industry and the young adult cancer community!

Curious about Sarah and Aaron’s vision for The Young Invincibles and how they plan to make the film? Check out the Prospectus, and feel free to pass it along to anyone that might be interested in donating.

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The Birth of a Script

After a year of research, a month of reconfiguring index cards, three solid weeks of writing and endless debates back and forth…here it is. The script for our film titled:

The Young Invincibles

by Sarah Falk & Aaron Oetting

The Young Invincibles Script

Isn’t she beautiful?

We spent almost a year doing research and talking extensively about the possibilities of the story. We decided there would be three characters and that the story would take place over the course of one day. We wrote up bios for each of the three main characters including all of the research we had done and our choices for their fictional lives. Then, we wrote up index cards for each scene in each character’s story. We included any important information or dialogue we knew would be necessary that we didn’t want to forget! This left us with three stacks of index cards that represented each character’s story. Below, check out our progress as we posted each character’s storyline up on our “story wall.”

Story WallAfter we were satisfied with this step, we organized the index cards into one storyline. This was complicated as we needed to visualize the movie as a whole and figure out how and when to jump from one character’s story to the next. We had to do a few re-writes during this phase but eventually we finalized everything and prepared for the next big step, writing the script!

We holed up in our house and stuck to a rigorous writing schedule every day from 8AM-6PM. It took us three weeks but we did it. We had a first draft! We took a week off to let our brains cool down and then we read through the script again. After a couple of more re-writes, we felt confident that we had a solid script.

And now, the script is off in the world being read by the prying eyes of the public. We have already received some feedback and there are a few minor tweaks we have planned. On the whole, we feel really good about the script and are proud of how it turned out. Was it a difficult process? Yes. And a little scary, too. But we found that breaking it down into steps and keeping ourselves disciplined and organized made us move forward. And, having an awesome partner to help you along the way doesn’t hurt either.