My friend Shane Morton, along with his life partner are making a movie…. and they are so close to reaching their goal on Kickstarter, a website designed to help fund raise for independent art projects.
Due to recent medical issues, and financial woes I am unable to support the project financially (unless by some miracle I am visited by my own fairy Godmother). A lot of my readers, fans, and friends alike are into making films, and supporting independent art – so let us raise awareness about this project “The Cinderella Effect – A Musical Short Film,” which I want to see HAPPEN.
THE CINDERELLA EFFECT is a gay-themed short. It is a musical romp into that very possibility. Randall Grimm has arrived in Los Angeles in search of his very own happy ending. Within moments of arriving, however, Randall is thrust into the very high-pressure networking atmosphere of a local LGBTQ film festival that his friend insists on attending. Awkward and out-of-place, Randall holds fast to the notion that Hollywood produces its very own happy endings. Soon, he imagines the high-pressure after-party to become the all-too-familiar royal ball of a fairytale; the cynical partygoers adopt the characteristics of evil stepsisters, and Prince Charming exists in the body of a Hollywood Leading Man. However, no Cinderella story can exist without a Fairy Godmother, and Randall’s deconstructs his happy-ever-after notions so he can discover that the only thing real in Hollywood is the ‘FINAL REEL’ of whatever genre we write for ourselves. Full of original songs, tongue-in-cheek humor, and classic film genre staples, THE CINDERELLA EFFECT is that rare Hollywood love-story that invites its audience to love Hollywood just as much as its two love-struck characters do.
You see, ‘The Cinderella Effect’ has been developed and workshopped on paper and piano for the past four years. The project began when my partner and I went to an after-party for a film. For those of you north, south, or east of the Hollywood Sign, you may need a little more detail to paint that mental picture. This was an industry party.Everyone was hoping to meet the right person who would discover them, say yes, and open some mystical door to fame and fortune. Everyone was hoping … but no one was listening! Surely, someone at this party had to be the underdog that would come out a winner in the end. I mean, isn’t that Fairy-Tale 101? LIGHTBULB! A script was born. After writing it a friend mentioned she liked it quite a bit but suggested that since it was based on fairy tales, why not make it a musical? We took her advice and ran with it, finding the right composer in Wes Hambright. Wes shared our vision and helped bring the project to its current state. I cannot wait to share it with you and audiences across the world.
So please click here and donate what you can to help this film become a reality, and I thank you so much for your consideration!
Jake A. Wheat
Times are tight for everyone, and we would NOT be asking if we could not come up with another alternative. To be bluntly honest, this past month has introduced some rough financial changes, which include half of our normal income to no longer exist. Basic expenses are a challenge, and we will make sure to continue to pay those without asking anyone to help. However, our web hosting expenses are important, and we want to stay online.
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I love all of you, and even if you don’t choose to donate, I would like to thank you for all of your support.
Jake A. Wheat