DECEMBER 1-10 , 2017
In the following year, The Flame won the Award of Merit at the 2016 Best Shorts Competition, and, following in Sparked's footsteps, was featured in the 2016 Palm Springs International Shortfest Film Market.
...the film also lead fans and backers to question, "This can't be the end... can it?"
Of course not!
Our community's cinematic world is expanding (Thanks again, entirely to our incredible community of supporters!). In 2016, Paul teamed up again with singer/songwriter Dan Franklin to create The Live To Dream Project: an album and documentary (still in the festival submission phase). And, most-recently, in May of this year, our amazing tribe funded our first feature film: The Haunted Man.
Check back tomorrow! Many details, insights, previews and first-looks (including details regarding the Expanded Pop Top Universe) will be revealed throughout:
12/1 - Sparked & The Flame available for streaming on Vimeo!
Both films have only been distributed on DVD to all Kickstarter backers. But, during the designated annual 'Sparked Week', they are available to stream on Vimeo.
12/2 - Exclusive video: Sparked blooper reel: "Mulligans"
While Sparked was a drama, we definitely had a lot of fun on set in November of 2014. Check out these fun out-takes and bloopers!
12/3 - Exclusive video: Live table reading of: "The Haunted Man"
Sparked was the short film that marked Paul Carganilla's directorial debut... which eventually paved the way to his first feature film. In September of 2016, at the fifth Paulit's Picnic, many of Paul's friends came together for a LIVE staged reading of the second draft of his screenplay for The Haunted Man. This script was selected as a "Best Feature Screenplay" nominee at the Glendale International Film Festival in November of 2016... and (obviously) went on to be brought to life by the Kickstarter community and is currently IN PRODUCTION!
12/4 - MP3 download: Dani & Paul "Baby It's Cold Outside"
12/8 - Extended Pop Top Universe Sneak Peek at Paulie's Picnic
12/10 - Check out this trailer for BIG NEWS...!
Sparked earned recognition from several film festivals. It was an Official Selection of the 2015 Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, won Awards of Merit at the 2015 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood & Best Shorts Competition. It was also featured in the 2015 Palm Springs International Shortfest Film Market.
...the film also lead fans and backers to question, "What happens NEXT with Emma?!"
While Paul had only-ever intended for Sparked to stand alone, these inquiries inspired him to wonder: what WOULD happen next? He wrote the first draft of a possible sequel and showed it to his wife, Jamie Carganilla. After reading the first draft, Jamie stated: "I want to direct this."
The Flame began 11/11/15, with Paul & Jamie co-directing and Dani Kerry returning to star in the film. The short would also feature an original song, "Waiting For You", written by singer/songwriter Dan Franklin. The plot:
"A year after receiving an invaluable gift from her first love, Emma holds fast to the hope that she will see him again."
Due to the complexity of the shoot and a difference in cinematic style, The Flame's budget was ambitious. But, our crowd-funding community wouldn't let it fizzle, and pushed the film to fruition in the final days of the campaign.
Same as with Sparked, the main reward in The Flame Kickstarter campaign was a limited-edition DVD of the film, which would be available exclusively to original backers, and the film would only be available for public online streaming during limited engagements, every year: SPARKED WEEK.
DECEMBER 1-10 , 2017
The journey began 11/11/14, when writer/director Paul Carganilla launched a Kickstarter for his first short film, Sparked. The film would co-star Carganilla & Dani Kerry, and be co-directed by Carganilla & Tyler Cole. The plot:
"Fifteen years after their break-up, high school sweethearts Jake & Emma have a magical encounter on Christmas Eve."
Remarkably, thanks only to an incredibly-supportive Kickstarter community, the film reached its funding goal in less-than one week.
The main reward in the Kickstarter campaign was a limited-edition DVD of the film, which would be available exclusively to original backers.
The film would only be available for public online streaming during limited engagements, every year: SPARKED WEEK.